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Botes starts as Sharks make one change for Blues

Jacques Botes will start in place of Jean Deysel who is suspended

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Article Published: Wednesday 21 May 2014|

The Sharks Director of Rugby Jake White has made one change to the team that beat the Crusaders for this week's match against the Blues in Albany.

Jean Deysel's three week suspension has opened the door for Jacques Botes to win his first start of the 2014 Super Rugby season.

Although the match will be Botes' first for the season it will be his 115th Super Rugby appearance for the Sharks.

White expects the Sharks defence to be heavily tested by the attack minded Blues this weekend.

"We are going to have to defend, I don't think they will kick as much as the Crusaders did, they'll definitely try run it back and they've got some dangerous outside backs, but, in saying that, we need to make sure that the rest of our game is good enough as well, we can't rely on defence only.

"There has been a lot of criticism about our lack of tries. To put it in perspective, the Crusaders had scored nearly 100 points in the two matches before we met, and they scored just one try against us. "

"But, the positives are that we scored three tries and there is a massive vibe in the team now and we need to take that forward into the next couple of weeks."

The Sharks have won their last eight matches against the Blues.


15. SP Marais , 14. JP Pietersen , 13. S’bura Sithole , 12. Paul Jordaan , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 10. Francois Steyn , 9. Cobus Reinach , 8. Willem Alberts , 7. Tera Mtembu , 6. Jacques Botes , 5. Stephan Lewies , 4. Etienne Oosthuizen , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 2. Bismarck du Plessis (C) , 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements : 16. Kyle Cooper , 17. Dale Chadwick , 18. Lourens Adriaanse , 19. Ryan Kankowski , 20. Keegan Daniel , 21. Charl McLeod , 22. Tim Swiel , 23. Heimar Williams

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