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Steyn at 15 for Sharks

03rd April 2013 11:05

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Frans Steyn: Back for Sharks

Francois Steyn will run out in the number fifteen jersey when the Sharks play host to the Crusaders at Kings Park in Durban on Friday.

Louis Ludik is bracketed in with S'Bura Sithole on the bench, pending a late fitness test. The loss of Lwazi Mvovo to a hand injury means JP Pietersen moves across to his wing with Odwa Ndungane slotting in on the other.

Jannie du Plessis will start at tighthead prop with Wiehahn Herbst shifting to the bench in the only change to the forward pack that featured against the Rebels.

Pieter-Steph du Toit will continue in the second row as his development is given a real test against a quality side like the Crusaders.

After last week's line-out problems suffered by the Stormers, the Sharks are well-aware of the importance of getting the set-piece functioning and Du Toit will have a big role to play.

"You can't have a meltdown in an area like the line-outs, it takes good, hard work to get into an attacking situation, and then to lose ball puts you under immense pressure," said Sharks coach John Plumtree.

"And you don't want to be doing that against a team like the Crusaders who are able to hold on to the ball for long periods of time.

"The lineout has been a big focus for us, not only for this match but throughout the competition. We're operating at around 84 per cent and we've been going OK, but it is going to be tough, the Crusaders boast All Black locks.

"There is a mixture of reasons why the Stormers line-out failed, it's not one person, it takes a good throw, a good lift, a good jump and hopefully the same thing won't happen to us."

Sharks: 15 Francois Steyn, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Keegan Daniel (c), 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Anton Bresler, 19 Ryan Kankowski, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Riaan Viljoen, 22 Louis Ludik/S'bura Sithole.

Date: Friday, April 5
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Kick-off: 19.10 (17.10 GMT; 06.00, Saturday, April 6 NZ time)
Referee: Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Marius Jonker (South Africa), Reuben Rossouw (South Africa)
TMO: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)

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