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Du Preez tinkers with Sharks for Jaguares

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Sharks head coach Robert du Preez has named his Super Rugby team to play the Jaguares in Durban on Saturday.

Du Preez has kept changes to a minimum and made one change in the forward pack as Jean-Luc du Preez picked up a niggle during the week and was therefore not considered for selection.

As a result Philip van der Walt comes into the starting line up with Jacques Vermeulen providing loose forward cover on the bench.

In the backs there are two positional and one personnel change. Curwin Bosch returns to fly-half after a late change that saw him move to fullback with Rhyno Smith at fullback.

“After seven weeks of tough competition, we welcomed the opportunity to have a few days off.  The players arrived at training refreshed and energetic,” said coach Du Preez.

”We’ve set out our goals as a team and we have a few important weeks coming up, with two trips abroad, and we need to remain focused and take each game as it comes, without getting ahead of ourselves.

“Our performances this year have shown that our young team has the talent and the temperament needed to succeed and we still have room for improvement.  What excites us is the work ethic and commitment that our players have shown.

“The Rebels have come off a win against the Brumbies and will want to start their SA tour off well.  Like the other Australian sides they like to spread the ball wide and play an expansive game.  We’ve had a good training week and will certainly not be taking the Rebels lightly.  We once again get an opportunity to play at home and we need to take our opportunities and make our home advantage count.”

Sharks

15. Rhyno Smith,14. Kobus van Wyk,13. Lukhanyo Am,12. Andre Esterhuizen,11. Lwazi Mvovo (v/c),10. Curwin Bosch,9. Cobus Reinach,8. Daniel du Preez,7. Philip van der Walt,6. Tera Mtembu (c),5. Stephan Lewies,4. Etienne Oosthuizen,3. Coenie Oosthuizen,2. Franco Marais,1. Beast Mtawarira,

Replacements:16. Chiliboy Ralepelle,17. Thomas du Toit,18. Lourens Adriaanse,19. Ruan Botha,20. Jacques Vermeulen,21. Michael Claassens,22. Benhard Janse van Rensburg,23. Jeremy Ward

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1 Comment

  1. GERT SAUNDERS

    21st April 2017 at 1:15 pm

    BEST OF LUCK TO THE SHARKS.

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