Sharks Name Squad For Canes

Gary Gold has named his Sharks match day squad for the second overseas Vodacom Super Rugby fixture on Saturday against the Hurricanes.  Gold has gone for Lwazi Mvovo, Odwa Ndungane and S’bura Sithole as his back three with JP Pietersen and Frans Steyn in midfield.  Lionel Cronje is the flyhalf with Stefan Ungerer at nine.

Gold says:  ‘The Hurricanes are a team on an absolute high at the moment, their performance against the Crusaders was outstanding and this is probably going to be a big challenge for many of our players at this moment in time, with backs against the wall.  We’re playing the best team in the competition; it’s going to be an unbelievable challenge, but one that’s going to make us grow as a group.’ Renaldo Bothma, Etienne Oosthuizen and Marcell Coetzee form the back row with captain Marco Wentzel and Stephan Lewies scrumming down behind Jannie Du Plessis, Bismarck Du Plessis and Tendai Mtawarira.  The Cell C Sharks Director of Rugby added:  ‘From our point of view, we need to concentrate on the things we can do well, we know we have the ability to do well, even though we haven’t done it very often.  But we’re a proud bunch of guys and this is an opportunity against the odds to step up to the plate.’

The replacements bench is as follows:

16. Franco Marais
17. Dale Chadwick 
18. Lourens Adriaanse 
19. Mouritz Botha 
20. Kyle Cooper
21. Conrad Hoffmann
22. Andre Esterhuizen
23. Waylon Murray