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Sharks expect tough match against Lions

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The Sharks are not misled by the close 26-24 win of the British and Irish Lions over the Cheetahs on Saturday. They realise it will be a tough match, said captain Johann Muller on Monday.
 
“Their score against the Cheetahs was close, but they (the Lions) are still a very good team,” said Muller.
 
“It takes a special effort to go 20-0 up in Bloemfontein and I think the Lions players fell asleep after that.” That was also something that Lions head coach Ian McGeechan criticised in his team’s play on the day.
 
“We started well, but should have built on that,” he again said on Monday at the Lions team announcement for the Sharks match.
 
Muller, who leads an experienced backline but one which is not quite in the class of the Sharks’ best, expects to be tested up front and behind the scrum.
 
“They throw the ball around a lot and they have a good pack and backs, so our guys are going to be tested in all facets of the game.
 
“There was also a big focus on the scums and the breakdowns in their last two games, so we are going to have to try to dominate there.”
 
As far as these two facets are concerned, the Sharks are especially well-equipped.
 
They have an experienced and a very good loose trio in Keegan Daniel, Jacques Botes and big Jean Deysel, and also two experienced props in Springboks Deon Carstens – released from the Bok squad for the game by Springbok coach Peter de Villiers – and Jannie du Plessis. Skipper Badenhorst at hooker is as experienced as they come.
 
The Sharks team to play the British and Irish Lions at the Absa Stadium on Wednesday night at 7.10pm.

More to follow.

The Sharks:

Stefan Terblanche, Chris Jordaan, Andries Strauss, Riaan Swanepoel, Luzuko Vulindlu, Monty Dumond, Rory Kockott, Keegan Daniel, Jean Deysel, Jacques Botes, Johann Muller (captain), Steven Sykes, Jannie du Plessis, Skipper Badenhorst, Deon Carstens.

Replacements: Craig Burden, Patric Cilliers, Albert van den Berg, Michael Rhodes, Charl McLeod, Guy Cronje, Lwazi Mvovo.

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