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Sharks unchanged for Bulls in Durban

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Sharks Super Rugby head coach Robert du Preez has retained his starting team from last week for this Saturday’s match against the Bulls in Durban.

Du Preez said that after a pleasing two weeks in New Zealand the same players deserved a shot against the Bulls.


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He has however made three rotational changes on the bench with Akker van der Merwe replacing Franco Marais while Tyler Paul will now cover lock ahead of Hyron Andrews and Daniel du Preez returns to the matchday 22 from injury and will potentially form a trio of brothers on-field should he join fellow loose forward Jean-Luc and flyhalf Robert during the match.

Beast Mtawarira believes that the Bulls match offers the opportunity to continue the form they showed in the last two weeks. “Those performances in New Zealand showed what this team is all about,” he said. “We can take a lot out of the way we played in those games.”

The Bulls have already enjoyed their two mandatory byes and with a game in hand over the second placed Sharks (in the South African Conference) and two over the conference leading Lions, will come to Durban full of purpose in their own quest to move up the table.

However, they will be up against a fired-up Sharks side high on confidence and determined to make their efforts count after the last gasp loss to the Hurricanes last weekend when we dominated but could not get the win.

“The tour didn’t all go our way as far as results are concerned, but it ended up us showing what we’re all about. We showed how well we can play against the Blues and Hurricanes, that we can be contenders. We are getting cohesion in our game, we’ve changed our mindset – we want to attack, not defend.

“We want to put in massive performances in front of our home supporters,” said Beast on the Sharks site.

“This match is going to be a cracker, they are highly motivated, but so are we. It’s going to be two dynamic attacks up against each other and that means fireworks.”

Sharks

15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Tera Mtembu, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Ruan Botha (captain), 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Tyler Paul, 20 Daniel du Preez, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Kobus van Wyk.

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