Bok duo bolster Sharks

 Oct 25,2012
Written by: Editor

Sharks coach John Plumtree has named Bok duo Willem Alberts and Tendai Mtawarira in his run-on XV for Saturday's Currie Cup final against Western Province.

This means Jean Deysel drops to the bench with Dale Chadwick the unfortunate one to miss out and falls out of the matchday squad.

Steven Sykes returns for a start after his recovery from injury (which had him playing off the bench last week) with Jandre Marais providing lock cover.
In the front row, Craig Burden switches with Kyle Cooper.

Plumtree has retained the same backline from last week's semi-final with Odwa Ndungane adding further experience off the bench after returning from injury.
"The squad is all together now, we have been for a couple weeks, so there were fewer selection headaches for me," said Plumtree.

"We do feel for the players that are left out, that makes it hard on those who went through the whole campaign. And might not be involved."

With home ground advantage, the Sharks have been instilled as favourites, with Western Province themselves happy to take the underdog tag.

"It's a way of deflecting pressure away from themselves for them to call us the favourites," said Plumtree.

"They'll have their own expectations and they will be coming here to win, I am not buying into that.
"They are good enough to be here at this point, we respect that and we will go full out at them and they will be doing the same with us."

The Sharks: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Keegan Daniel (c), 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Beast Mtawarira.

Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Jandre Marais, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Meyer Bosman, 22 Odwa Ndungane.


Date: Saturday, October 27
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Kick-off: 17.00 (15.00 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper

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