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

Du Preez says that although the Sharks beat the Cheetahs last weekend they did not perform as they wanted to.

“Bloem is a tough place to play at and we were happy to come away with a victory. There were a few areas we let ourselves down in last week and we needed to work on for this match. I cannot fault the focus and energy that our players once again brought to training this week, which pleases us as a coaching unit.

“We are under no illusions about the enormity of the match on Saturday. The Lions are a good team with threats all around the park. They play a similar game to the Cheetahs and our accuracy with our attacking and defensive effort is going to be key.”

There is huge belief amongst our special group of players and we want to go out there on Saturday and make our fans proud.”

Inny Radebe has been named on the replacements bench and should he come off he will make his Super Rugby debut for the Sharks.

The Sharks have named a youthful starting backline with an average age of 24 years. Cobus Reinach will make his 50th Super Rugby appearance for the Sharks

The Sharks are one of just four teams (Highlanders, Stormers, Sunwolves) who are yet to lose a scrum on their own feed this campaign.

Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira was not considered for selection this week due to the death of his grandmother.

Sharks

15. Garth April,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. Jean-Luc du Preez,6. Tera Mtembu (c),5. Ruan Botha,4. Etienne Oosthuizen,3. Coenie Oosthuizen,2. Chiliboy Ralepelle,1. Thomas du Toit

Replacements :16. Franco Marais,17. Juan Schoeman,18. Lourens Adriaanse,19. Stephan Lewies, 20. Jacques Vermeulen,21. Michael Claassens,22. Inny Radebe,23. Jeremy Ward,

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