Sharks Name Squad For Reds Clash

The Sharks have named their match day squad for Friday’s Super Rugby clash against the Reds in Brisbane.  Director of Rugby Gary Gold has opted for Lwazi Mvovo, Odwa Ndungane and Lwazi Mvovo as his back three with JP Pietersen and Frans Steyn forming the centre pairing.

Lionel Cronje and Stefan Ungerer are the halfbacks with Renaldo Bothma, Willem Alberts and Marcell Coetzee making up the loose trio.  Gold says:  ‘You look at the players in their team – Slipper, Horwell, Genia, Turner, O’Connor – these are really good rugby players, highly experienced internationals and this is a team going through a similar season to us.  A couple of injuries, a couple of poor performances and they’ve found themselves on the end of a couple of bad results.  But credit to them, they turned the corner last weekend against a good Rebels team and we know we’re going to have our hands full this weekend.’  Captain Marco Wentzel and Stephan Lewies will scrum down behind Jannie Du Plessis, Bismarck Du Plessis and Tendai Mtawarira.

Gold says:  ‘A really good performance and a win this weekend against the Reds is critically important for our campaign, and confidence.’  The replacements are as follows:

16. Franco Marais
17. Dale Chadwick 
18. Lourens Adriaanse 
19. Mouritz Botha
20. Etienne Oosthuizen
21. Conrad Hoffmann
22. Fred Zeilinga
23. Andre Esterhuizen