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Sharks pick strong side for WP clash

The Sharks will close out the pool stages of this year’s Currie Cup competition when we host Western Province at Kings Park this Saturday afternoon andLukhanyo Am returns to the side from injury.

With home ground advantage for next weekend’s semi-final already all sewn up, the Sharks don’t need a result to maintain their status as log leaders.

Western Province come into the match having suffered an unexpected 29-20 defeat to the Lions last week which has put into jeopardy not only hosting a semi-final as runner-up in the pool stages, but the very real threat that a loss could knock them out of the next round completely.

Sharks coach Robert du Preez is clearly not taking this match lightly, having selected his strongest possible side.

Am returns from injury to take his place at centre, with Tristan Blewett shifting to the bench, in the only change to the team that defeated the Lions two weeks ago.

On the bench, Chiliboy Ralepelle and Jean-Luc du Preez return from Springbok commitments, while Louis Schreuder is back after missing the Lions match, due to a family reasons and Kobus van Wyk is over the injury that side-lined him.

“The last thing you want to do is go into a semi-final having lost the last game, but for us, winning isn’t all we’re focusing on, but rather getting better from two weeks ago when we played the Lions,” said wing Odwa Ndungane.

“We want to make sure we keep improving. We already have a guaranteed home semi-final, so there isn’t any pressure on us this weekend, but we want to go out and play well, to keep improving.”

Teams:

Sharks

15 Garth April, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Marius Louw, 11 S’bu Nkosi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Dan du Preez, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha (captain), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Thomas du Toit

Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Jean Droste, 19 Jean-Luc du Preez, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Tristan Blewett, 22 Kobus van Wyk

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  1. avatar

    Craven

    October 13, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Would have been great if Thomas du Toit could be a more permanent part of the Bok mix, but unfortunately with the required demographics I cannot see a place for him in the current squad.

    Can he still qualify for another country or did he disqualify himself through playing for the SA u20 & SA “A” sides?

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    bryce_in_oz

    October 13, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    @Craven:

    Certainly not a dearth of big unit really young props coming through whether they will get neglected or not is the question. Not sure if the `A` sides disqualify them or not anymore? I was asking about Carlu Sadie on another thread… he has just disappeared after being one of the form TH`s in the U20… a beast?

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    Craven

    October 13, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Carlu Sadie signed on with WP at the start of the season and then was in the mix with the Junior Boks. I have not seen much of him subsequent to that.

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    Craven

    October 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Just to add, he is not part of the 2017 Currie Cup squad.

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  5. avatar

    bryce_in_oz

    October 13, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    @Craven:

    Yep that is as far as I tracked him… disappeared.

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    Craven

    October 13, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    @Craven:

    Aah, he’s playing for the U21’s. This was the team announced a week ago:

    DHL Western Province U21: 15 Aidynn Cupido, 14 Duncan Saal, 13 David Brits, 12 Michaine Fick, 11 Edwill van Der Merwe, 10 Tiaan Swanepoel, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Ernst van Rhyn (captain), 6 Daniel Maree, 5 Ruben de Villiers, 4 Brendon Esterhuizen, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Nico Peyper, 1 Wikus Groenewald.
    Replacements: 16 Percy Mngadi, 17 Lee-Marvin Mazibuko, 18 David Meihuizen, 19 Nama Xaba, 20 Paul de Wet, 21 Jordan Chait, 22 Mujaahid van der Hoven.

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  7. avatar

    bryce_in_oz

    October 13, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    @Craven:

    Well spotted… I was going to ask where Augustus was too.

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