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Sharks make four changes for Stormers



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Sharks Super rugby head coach Robert du Preez has named a team with four changes for this Saturday’s match against the Stormers in Cape Town.

A Sharks victory this weekend will almost certainly cause the Stormers to finish bottom of the South African Conference.

Head coach Robert du Preez has been forced to make a change at flank where Jacques Vermeulen replaces the injured Jean-Luc du Preez in one of four changes to the side that beat the Lions last Saturday.

In the second change to the pack, Juan Schoeman comes in for Beast Mtawarira who, with his heavy workload in June for the Springboks and Sharks, gets a break, but will play off the bench.

Scrumhalves Louis Schreuder and Cameron Wright rotate, while Sbu Nkosi returns after pulling out of the Lions match at the last minute, with Lwazi Mvovo retaining a starting position on the other wing, with Makazole Mapimpi turning out for the Sharks XV.

Centre Andre Esterhuizen will continue his fantastic partnership with outside centre Lukhanyo Am.

“That win over the Lions was a great game for us, we’re very happy with the result,” Esterhuizen said.

“Our defence was brilliant, in the first half we had to defend for 20 or 25 minutes at one stage and all the boys stepped up. In the second half we played great rugby, got some possession and hung on to the ball a bit more and that’s when we started playing a bit.

“We want to win all our games, we just want to play our best rugby and we know that if we do, we can win these final pool games.”

Of the Stormers, Esterhuizen admitted that it won’t be easy against a side playing for nothing but pride.

“It’s their last game, a home game and because they haven’t had a great year, we know they will throw everything at us. They have nothing to lose and will want to finish the tournament off on a positive.

“It’s going to be tough, we expect a lot from them.”

Thomas du Toit will play his 50th Super Rugby match for the Sharks this Saturday.


15 Curwin Bosch, 14 S’bu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Ruan Botha (captain), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Juan Schoeman

Replacements : 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Beast Mtawarira, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Wian Vosloo, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Kobus van Wyk

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