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Springbok trio return for Sharks

24th October 2013 13:18

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Presence: Willem Alberts

The Sharks have included Jannie du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira and Willem Alberts for the Currie Cup Final against Western Province.

Unfortunately, Jean Deysel has been ruled out with a hamstring injury sustained in last week's semi-final victory over the Cheetahs and will not play, which means Alberts comes into the starting line-up at flank.

Mtawarira, a late withdrawal last week, has been passed fit along with Jannie du Plessis to complete an all-Springbok front row that includes Bismarck du Plessis at hooker.

The rest of the team remains unchanged as the Sharks enjoy continuity in team selection, bolstered by the return to fitness of their Springboks.

"I thought we played nicely in the last pool game we played against Province," said Sharks coach Brad Macleod-Henderson.

"Rugby is a physical sport and every week the collisions are important and winning those are going to be key to getting a victory on Saturday.

"They have a quality experienced pack which has been finding a lot of good ball, and some electrifying backs out wide. But we're worrying about them as a team rather than individuals at the moment. We just need to make sure that physically we will be up for it - no doubt we will be."

"We haven't spoken about records or looked back at the past," said Sharks backs coach Sean Everitt.

"We're certainly looking forward to the game on Saturday and we've gone about our preparation as we would for any game we'd play in the round stages. We're looking at keeping everything the same, everyone knows within themselves that it's a massive game on Saturday."

Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Louis Ludik, 12 Francois Steyn, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (c), 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Peet Marais, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Stephan Lewies, 19 Jacques Botes, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Fred Zeilinga, 22 Heimar Williams.

Date: Saturday, October 26
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-off: 17.30 (15.30 GMT)
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan
Assistant Referees: Christie du Preez, Stefan Breytenbach
TMO: Deon van Blommestein

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Currie Cup 2013
Currie Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Western Province1037
2Sharks1033
3Cheetahs1026
4Golden Lions1026
5Blue Bulls1017