RECAP: Sharks v Western Province
READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to the Currie Cup Round Two encounter between the Sharks and Western Province in Durban.
The Sharks will look to bounce back from last week’s humiliation at the hands of Griquas, while WP comes off an impressive win over the Blue Bulls.
Derby matches between the Sharks and Western Province have always been massive tussles and Sharks prop Juan Schoeman expects nothing different on Saturday.
Western Province assistant coach Norman Laker is expecting an angry Sharks team after what happened in Round One.
“They will definitely bounce back this coming Saturday, so it’s going to be a tough Sharks outfit,” said Laker.
“At the moment it is still early days and we are focusing more on ourselves than the opponent because I don’t think we are the finished product yet.”
2018: Sharks won 17-12, Cape Town (Final)
2018: Western Province won 50-28, Cape Town
2017: Western Province won 33-21, Durban (Final)
2017: Western Province won 31-20, Durban
2017: Sharks won 21-20, Cape Town
Prediction: Western Province
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Sharks: 15 Rhyno Smith, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Jeremy Ward (co-captain), 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Cameron Wright, 8 Lubabalo Mtembu (co-captain), 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Luke Stringer, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Juan Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Gideon Koegelenberg, 20 Phendulani Buthelezi, 21 Sanele Nohamba, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Aphelele Fassi.
Western Province: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Edwill van der Merwe, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Justin Phillips, 8 Jaco Coetzee, 7 John Schickerling, 6 Ernst van Rhyn, 5 Chris van Zyl (capt), 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Corne Fourie.
Replacements: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Kwenzo Blose, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 David Meihuizen, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Josh Stander, 23 Craig Barry.
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant referees: Paul Mente, Vusi Msibi
TMO: Marius Jonker