Sharks 'drop' Beast

Thu, 18 May 2017 11:35
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Sharks head coach Robert du Preez has opted to move Springboks prop Tendai Mtawarira to the bench for the side's match against the Sunwolves in Singapore.

The Sharks veteran has been replaced by Thomas du Toit in the starting XV.

Du Toit will partner up with tight head prop Lourens Adriaanse who replaces Coenie Oosthuizen. The Springbok has been rested this week in line with the Springbok rest protocol.

While hooker Mahlatse Ralepele rounds off the new-look front row.

The last change in front sees lock Stephan Lewies replacing Etienne Oosthuizen.  

Injuries forced Du Preez to shuffle his backline for the Sunwolves - with Patrick Lambie (concussion symptom), Rhyno Smith (pectoral muscle tear) and Jeremy Ward (broken nose) all missing from the side.

Garth April gets the number 10 jersey, while regular wing Lwazi Mvovo is shifted to fullback and  Sibusiso Nkosi moves to wing.   

In the absents of Ward, Johan Deysel will be making his first start in a Sharks jersey for the season at inside centre.

On the bench, Michael Claassens has picked up a hamstring injury during the week and Rowan Gouws has flown to Singapore as scrumhalf cover.

Du Preez emphasised the importance of a victory against the Sunwolves, especially after their shock 32-35 defeat to the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth last weekend

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

"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,"

Sharks: 15 Lwazi Mvovo, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Johan Deysel, 11 Sibusiso Nkosi, 10 Garth April, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt (captain), 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Ruan Botha, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacement: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Tendai Mtawarira, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Etienne Oosthuizen, 20 Lubabalo Mtembu, 21 Rowan Gouws, 22 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 23 Sibusiso Sithole

Date: Saturday, May 20
Venue: Singapore National Stadium, Singapore
Kick-off: 18.55 (11.55 GMT; 13.55 SA Time)
Referee: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
Assistant referees: Aki Aso (Japan), Tasuku Kawahara (Japan)
TMO: Minoru Fuji (Japan)

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 29 July 2017
Crusaders v Chiefs 07h35 Christchurch
Golden Lions v Griquas 10h00 Johannesburg
Lions v Hurricanes 12h30 Ellis Park
Sharks v Pumas 15h00 Durban
Sun, 30 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 12h30 Bloemfontein
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28