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Sharks bring in Deysel & Botes for Blue Bulls

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The Sharks have named their team to play the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup and have included Jean Deysel and Jacques Botes in the starting line up.

The Sharks have also brought in Marcell Coetzee and Louis Ludik on the replacements bench.

The Sharks coaches have made one change to the backline with Cobus Reinach and Charl McLeod swapping jerseys.

The Blue Bulls need to beat the Sharks to remain in the running for the Semi-finals and coach Brad Macleod-Henderson said that they expect a difficult clash on Friday.

“It’s going to be another tough game against the Bulls away from home, they’ll be desperate to keep their hopes alive of qualifying for the play-offs.”

Last week, they would have known that they needed three wins to get a semi-final place, and they played a fantastic game against Griquas to get the result they did.”

“That will give them a lot of confidence, they have quite a few young guys in their squad and some previous results hadn’t gone their way, so last weekend’s win would have given them a big boost.”

The match will be captain Keegan Daniel’s 100th Currie Cup match for the Sharks while Jacques Botes will equal Helgard Muller’s record of 142 Currie Cup games when he runs out on Friday.

Sharks backline backline coach Sean Everitt said that the Blue Bulls showed last week that they are in form and pose a serious threat for the Sharks.

“The Bulls put in an incredible performance against Griquas on the weekend. No-one else has been able to put that kind of score on them this year, and in Kimberley, Griquas are difficult so the Bulls were really good and we’ll have to be at our best at Loftus on Friday.”

Sharks

15. SP Marais , 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Tim Whitehead, 12. Heimar Williams, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Fred Zeilinga, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Keegan Daniel (Captain), 7. Jean Deysel, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Stephan Lewies, 4. Peet Marais, 3. Wiehahn Herbst, 2. Kyle Cooper, 1. Dale Chadwick

Replacements: 16. Monde Hadebe, 17. Danie Mienie, 18. Edwin Hewitt, 19. Marcell Coetzee, 20. Charl McLeod, 21. Butch James, 22. Louis Ludik

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