Steyn starts at 10 for Sharks




Francois Steyn will start at flyhalf for the Sharks in Saturday’s Super 14 match against the Lions at Ellis Park. He replaces French international Frederik Michalak who gets a break and is on the bench.

Good news for the Sharks is that tighthead prop BJ Botha is fit and will start, with Tendai Mtawarira at loosehead in place of Jannie du Plessis, who is on the bench.

Ruan Pienaar (pictured)  is also fit after his collarbone injury three weeks ago, and has been included on the bench from where he will no doubt get a run.

AJ Venter is also back after his leg injury. Meanwhile Lions coach Eugene Eloff has made only two changes to his side, with Anton van Zyl returning for Willem Stoltz and Jaco van Schalkwyk starting at flyhalf in place of Louis Strydom, who is injured and could be out for three to four weeks. Rudi Vogt from the Pumas will be the flyhalf on the bench.

The teams are:


Sharks: Stefan Terblanche, Odwa Ndungane, Waylon Murray, Bradley Barritt, JP Pietersen, Francois Steyn, Rory Kockott, Ryan Kankowski, Jacques Botes, Keegan Daniel, Johann Muller (capt.), Albert van den Berg, BJ Botha, Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira.

Replacements: Craig Burden, Jannie du Plessis, AJ Venter, Jean Deysel, Ruan Pienaar, Frederic Michalak, Adrian Jacobs.


Louis Ludik, Dusty Noble, Jaco Pretorius, Walter Venter, Rayno Benjamin, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Jano Vermaak, Joe van Niekerk, Ernst Joubert (capt.), Cobus Grobbelaar, Anton van Zyl, Gerhard Mostert, Ross Geldenhuys, Willie Wepener, Heinke van der Merwe.

Replacements: Ethienne Reynecke, JC Janse van Rensburg, Willem Alberts, Franco van der Merwe, Chris Jonck, Rudi Vogt, Jannie Boshoff.   


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