Lewies back for Sharks

Date published: September 8 2016

The Sharks have made just one change to their starting XV for Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash with the Free State Cheetahs in Durban. 

Lewies comes in to the run-on side at lock, replacing Ruan Botha.

Otherwise, all other changes are on the bench with Michael Claassens being bracketed with Hanco Venter, Botha bracketed with Jean Droste and Jean Deysel bracketed with Francois Kleinhans as the former players are all carrying niggles and will undergo late fitness tests to determine their availability.

Sharks head coach Robert du Preez says they are aiming to limit their error count as he believes errors is what led to their loss last weekend.

“We’ve had a good training week and are determined to rectify our mistakes from our previous weekend’s performance. We have spoken this week about respecting the ball, cutting down our error rate and being more patient with ball in hand,” he told the Sharks official website.

The Sharks boss also lauded the Cheetahs for the progressive rugby they’ve played this season.

“Free State are playing good rugby at the moment and we will definitely need to show great intensity and intent on Saturday,” he added.

“It is an honour for us to play in front of our home crowd, and we want to make our fans proud.”

The Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 S’bura Sithole, 10 Inny Radebe, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Keegan Daniel (c), 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Juan Schoeman
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 John-Hubert Meyer, 18 Ruan Botha/Jean Droste, 19 Jean Deysel/Francois Kleinhans, 20 Michael Claassens/Hanco Venter, 21 Wandile Mjekevu, 22 Rhyno Smith

Date: Saturday, September 10
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Time: 17:00 local (15:00 GMT)
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)
Assistant Referees: AJ Jacobs (South Africa), Rodney Boneparte (South Africa)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)