Sharks Name Squad For Pumas Match

Gary Gold has named his Sharks match day squad for Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup clash against the Pumas in Durban. Gold has selected Joe Pietersen at fullback with Wandile Mjekevu and S’bura Sithole on the wings. Paul Jordaan and Andre Esterhuizen are in midfield with Lionel Cronje and Cobus Reinach forming the halfback partnership.

Gold says: ‘Physicality is going to be a critical element against the Pumas. They are not a massively elaborate team, but what they do they do well.’ Philip Van Der Walt, Daniel Du Preez and Francois Kleinhans make up the loose trio with captain Marco Wentzel and Etienne Oosthuizen scruming down behind Gerhard Engelbrecht, Monde Hadebe and Dale Chadwick. Odwa Ndungane (Rib joint sprain), Michael Claassens (Lower back contusion), Lourens Adriaanse (Labral tear in the right shoulder), Khaya Majola (Meniscus injury), Jean Deysel (Tricep muscle strain) and SP Marais (Knee and ankle injury) were not considered for selection.

The full match day squad is:

15. Joe Pietersen
14. Wandile Mjekevu
13. Paul Jordaan
12. Andre Esterhuizen
11. S’bura Sithole
10. Lionel Cronje
9. Cobus Reinach
8. Philip Van Der Walt
7. Daniel Du Preez
6. Francois Kleinhans
5. Marco Wentzel (Capt)
4. Etienne Oosthuizen
3. Gerhard Engelbrecht
2. Monde Hadebe
1. Dale Chadwick

Replacements
16. Kyle Cooper
17. Thomas Du Toit
18. JC Astle
19. Jean-Luc Du Preez
20. Stefan Ungerer
21. Heimar Williams
22. Garth April