The Sharks have named their team to play against the Blue Bulls in Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup match At Loftus Versveld in Pretoria.
Due to injuries The Sharks starting line-up shows 2 changes as Monde Hadebe moves up from the bench in place of Craig Burden who has been called up for National duty and veteran Springbok Marius Joubert who replaces his fellow Springbok Meyer Bosman.
With Craig Burden having been called up to the Springbok touring squad to Argentina following the loss of Bismarck du Plessis to injury, Monde Hadebe, the former Sharks Under 21 captain, gets a great opportunity to prove his worth while Franco Marais is elevated from his current role with the Sharks Under 21s onto The Sharks bench as back-up.
Meyer Bosman will not be risked this weekend after injuring his knee against the Lions which sees Springbok Marius Joubert coming into the starting line-up. Of course being unbeaten thus far they the Sharks feel they are doing some things right they do understand that there is much work to be done to maintain that momentum and to right the problem area’s in their game.
“Obviously confidence comes with winning, so there is definitely a belief in this group that they can win,” explains Sharks assistant coach Grant Bashford. “The nice thing for us is that we don’t feel that we have played particularly well; in Cape Town there was a whole lot of room for improvement and there were aspects of our game against the Lions where we felt we weren’t good enough, but despite having got some things wrong and still won, that gives us confidence.
“So we have some things to work on but certainly winning brings confidence to the group.”
The Sharks: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Marius Joubert, 11 S’bura Sithole, 10 Riaan Viljoen, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Jacques Botes, 7 Jean Deysel (Captain), 6 Francois Kleinhans, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Monde Hadebe, 1 Dale Chadwick
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Julian Redelinghuys, 18 Jandre Marais, 19 Lubabalo “Tera” Mtembu, 20 Brynard Stander, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Gouws Prinsloo.