Super Rugby

Sharks forced into changes for Sunwolves




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

The Sharks coach said that after last week’s loss to the Southern Kings the team needs to get back to winning ways and to gain some momentum.

“This match is hugely important and it’s not about maintaining a hold on our log position, but also about building momentum and confidence,” said du Preez.

”This was supposed to be our momentum phase but we’re back to square one again so we need a win to get us back on track. And we need a proper win, it needs to be an all-out great performance and that will set us up nicely for the three derbies we have at home.”

In a completely rejigged front row and going with his rotation policy, du Preez has brought in Thomas du Toit for Beast Mtawarira, Chiliboy Ralepelle and Franco Marais swap jerseys and Lourens Adriaanse replaces Coenie Oosthuizen, who has been rested in line with the Springbok rest protocol.

Stephan Lewies comes in for Etienne Oosthuizen in the second row in the final change to the pack, with the loose-forward trio of captain Philip van der Walt and the du Preez twins, Jean-Luc and Daniel remaining intact for this match.

Michael Claassens, has picked up a hamstring injury and Rowan Gouws has flown to Singapore to take his place on the bench. Cobus Reinach will decide matters as the link between forwards and backs.

With an unfortunate injury toll hitting the backline, there are a number of changes made for this week.

Fullback Rhyno Smith (Pectoral Muscle Tear), centre Jeremy Ward (broken nose) and Pat Lambie (concussion symptoms) have all been replaced. Garth April comes in at 10, Johan Deysel takes over at inside centre for Ward and Lwazi Mvovo has be moved from wing to fullback to accommodate the loss of Smith.

This opens the door for Sbu Nkosi to start his second match for the Sharks after making his debut two weeks ago


15. Lwazi Mvovo,14. Kobus van Wyk,13. Lukhanyo Am,12. Johan Deysel,11. S’busiso Nkosi,10. Garth April,9. Cobus Reinach,8. Daniel du Preez,7. Jean-Luc du Preez,6. Philip van der Walt (c),5. Stephan Lewies,4. Ruan Botha,3. Lourens Adriaanse,2. Chiliboy Ralepelle,1. Thomas du Toit

Replacements ,16. Franco Marais,17. Tendai Mtawarira,18. John-Hubert Meyer,19. Etienne ,Oosthuizen ,20. Tera Mtembu,21. Rowan Gouws,22. Benhard Janse van Rensburg,23. S’bura Sithole

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