Bosch and Du Preez back where they belong
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Sharks coach Robert du Preez made a couple of significant changes to his team for their Currie Cup semifinal showdown with the Golden Lions in Durban on Saturday.
Marius Louw is back at inside centre, after missing last week’s win over Griquas.
This means Robert du Preez returns to the flyhalf position, with Curwin Bosch reverting back to fullback.
After being named to start against Griquas, but then pulling out late, Thomas du Toit and Daniel du Preez return in the tighthead prop and No.8 positions respectively.
The stage is set for an enticing encounter between two great sides.
After finishing second on the overall log, the Sharks earned the honour of a home semifinal – where we host the Lions, who finished in third spot on the log.
Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sibusiso Nkosi, 13 Jeremy Ward, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder (captain), 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Gideon Koegelenberg, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Armand van der Merwe, 1 Juan Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Luke Stringer, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Leolin Zas, 23 Aphelele Fassi.
Date: Saturday, October 20
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Kick-off: 14.30 (12.30 GMT)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs, Jaco Pretorius
TMO: Christie du Preez