Super Rugby

Lewies starts for Sharks against Brumbies




Sharks head coach Robert du Preez has named his team to play the Brumbies in Canberra on Saturday.

The Sharks will be without Etienne Oosthuizen for this match but Du Preez has started Stephan Lewies.

“The boys are in good spirits, we’ve had a good training week and our focus will be on our discipline and on our exit – we need to get more territory on our exits,” said Du Preez about the team.

“The Brumbies are probably better organised defensively than the Reds, and as an all-round team, they’re well coached by Stephen Larkham. It’s going to be a tough one in a tough environment.

“Etienne Oosthuizen is a big loss but we have a very good replacement in Stephan Lewies.  Our squad depth is really important and the guys that come into the starting line-up have to use their opportunity.”

Du Preez has named Jean Droste on the replacements bench and if he comes off the bench he will be making his Super Rugby debut.

More to follow.


Clement Poitrenaud,14. Kobus van Wyk,13. Lukhanyo Am,12. Andre Esterhuizen,11. Lwazi Mvovo,10. Patrick Lambie (c),9. Cobus Reinach,8. Tera Mtembu (v/c),7. Jean-Luc du Preez,6. Philip van der Walt,5. Ruan Botha,4. Stephan Lewies,3. Coenie Oosthuizen,2. Franco Marais,1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements : 16. Chiliboy Ralepelle,17. Thomas du Toit,18. Lourens ,driaanse,19. Jean Droste,20. Jacques Vermeulen,21. Michael Claassens,22. Jeremy Ward,23. Curwin Bosch

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