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Sharks get their Beast back for Bulls clash

Tendai 'Beast' Mtawarira returns to the Sharks starting line up

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Article Published: Thursday 23 May 2013|


The Sharks have named their team to play the Bulls at Kings Park Stadium on Saturday with Beast Mtawarira returning to the starting line up.

Sharks coach John Plumtree has tried to keep the team as close as possible to the one that beat the Force in Perth last week but injuries have forced one change.

The return to fitness of Beast Mtawarira sees him coming into the starting line up and JC Janse van Rensburg, on loan from the Lions, drops out.

In the second row, Anton Bresler injured himself in training on Thursday, hurting his shoulder, which means Pieter-Steph du Toit will partner Franco van der Merwe, with Jandre Marais providing cover off the bench.

The loose-forward trio of Marcell Coetzee, Willem Alberts and captain Keegan Daniel remains unchanged, as does the half-back pairing of Charl McLeod and Patrick Lambie.

The only change to the backline is injury enforced as JP Pietersen is out injured so Piet Lindeque comes into the starting line up at centre.

Sharks coach John Plumtree confirmed that although Butch James and Bismarck du Plessis had been training with the team this week, they haven't been considered for selection. "They aren't fit yet so they haven't been included," said Plumtree on the Sharks site.

"This is a big game for both teams, the Bulls have been playing really well lately, their forwards have dominated and they're enjoying momentum. "

"They've also dominated territory through their kicking game, they've dominated upfront and we know it's going to be a really tough game for us.

"Although our preparation this week has been quite short, we have trained well, and we're looking forward to putting our plans into place and the boys can go out there and enjoy the massive clash that this game is."


15. Riaan Viljoen , 14. Odwa Ndungane , 13. Piet Lindeque , 12. Meyer Bosman , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 10. Pat Lambie , 9. Charl McLeod , 8. Keegan Daniel (C) , 7. Willem Alberts , 6. Marcell Coetzee , 5. Franco van der Merwe , 4. Pieter-Steph du Toit , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 2. Kyle Cooper , 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements , 16. Monde Hadebe , 17. Wiehahn Herbst , 18. Jandre Marais , 19. Jean Deysel , 20. Lubabalo Mtembu , 21. Tian Meyer , 22. Sean Robinson

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