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Lambie & Steyn startsfor Sharks in Currie Cup Semi

Patrick Lambie will start at flyhalf for the Sharks

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Article Published: Wednesday 16 October 2013






The Sharks have named their team to play the Free State Cheetahs in the Currie Cup Semi-final at Kings Park on Saturday.

The line up is near enough to being the strongest possible Sharks line up as the Sharks look to reach their fourth consecutive appearance in the final.

The starting line up sees the return of Francois Steyn who gets his first Currie Cup start of the year and he is one of 11 capped Springbok players in the starting XV.

Steyn will partner Louis Ludik at centre with Pat Lambie returning to start at flyhalf.

"We've got a tough game on our hands, they've got a big forward pack and some strong ball-carriers that we will need to take care of," said Forwards Coach, Brad Macleod-Henderson.

"We must make sure we are strong in the set-piece and play to the structures we know we can.

"Frans is a world-class player and we are lucky to have him, although Heimar has done really well for us all season. So we're just fortunate to be able to see both of them in action in the semi-final."

Meanwhile Backline Coach, Sean Everitt said that they are wary of the Cheetahs forward pack which has two Boks in the front row.

"Free State is very much an improved team now with Adriaan Strauss and Coenie Oosthuizen back."

"They can never be underestimated; they had a good game against the Blue Bulls on the weekend and are certainly not the same team we beat well in Durban earlier in the competition."

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 (Captain) , 7. Jean Deysel , 6. Marcell Coetzee , 5. Pieter-Steph du Toit , 4. Peet Marais , 3. Wiehahn Herbst , 2. Bismarck du Plessis , 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements : 16. Kyle Cooper , 17. Danie Mienie , 18. Stephan Lewies , 19. Jacques Botes , 20. Cobus Reinach , 21. Fred Zeilinga , 22. Heimar Williams

 
 
 
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Currie Cup Table

Currie Cup table (Premier Division)              Currie Cup Table
 
Team
P
W
L
D
PF
PA
PD
Bp
Ttl
1. 10 8 0 2 245 201 44 1 37
2. 10 7 3 0 271 223 48 5 33
3. 10 5 5 0 262 238 24 6 26
4. 10 4 5 1 326 296 30 8 26
5. 10 3 6 1 225 235 -28 3 17
6. 10 1 9 0 208 326 -118 7 11

(Updated each Monday to check with officials)