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Sharks name strong team to face Lions in warm up

Ryan Kankowski has been named on the Sharks replacements bench

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Article Published: Wednesday 5 February 2014|

Sharks Director of Rugby Jake White has named a strong team to play the Lions in their final Super Rugby warm up match against the Lions at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

White has named a side very close to his strongest selection and potentially very similar to the one expected to be named to play the Bulls in their first Super Rugby match.

Former Springbok Ryan Kankowski has been named on the replacements bench as White wants to get him back into the system as early as possible.

White has named an all-Springbok front row and Pat Lambie returns from honeymoon and Francois Steyn has recovered from his injury. SP Marais has been named at fullback.

Lwazi Mvovo played against Saracens and was stretchered off as a precautionary measure but suffered no ill-effects from the bump he took and has been named on the wing.

"It's going to be as close as it gets to a dress rehearsal," said Director of Rugby Jake White.

"I'd like to pick a team that I'd like to start against the Bulls, I'll give them as much game-time as I can in the first 40 or 50 minutes."

"Then if I've seen enough of what I need to, then I'll look to give other guys a run. But the quicker I can get cohesion and group work going the better it will be.

"What we want is a situation where we hopefully come through this Friday's game unscathed, but if they don't then we've at least used the two warm-up games to give other guys an opportunity to get game-time, and they're ready to step in if need be."

The match will not be televised.


15. SP Marais , 14. Odwa Ndungane , 13. Paul Jordaan , 12. Francois Steyn , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 10. Patrick Lambie , 9. Cobus Reinach , 8. Tera Mtembu , 7. Jean Deysel , 6. Marcell Coetzee , 5. Pieter-Steph du Toit , 4. Anton Bresler , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 2. Bismarck du Plessis (C) , 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements : 16. Monde Hadebe , 17. Dale Chadwick , 18. Lourens Adriaanse , 19. Stephan Lewies , 20. Jacques Botes , 21. Ryan Kankowski , 22. Charl McLeod , 23. Fred Zeilinga , 24. Heimar Williams , 25. S'bura Sithole , 26. Jaco van Tonder

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