Boks Lambie and Ndungane join Sharks’ starting line-up

2011-10-14 00:00

TWO Rugby World Cup Springboks, fullback Pat Lambie and wing Odwa Ndungane, will start for the Sharks against the log-leading Lions in the final pool game of the Currie Cup at King’s Park tomorrow night.

Coach John Plumtree has included another four RWC Boks — the Du Plessis brothers, Willem Alberts and JP Pietersen — on the bench as the Sharks go in search of a home semi-final.

Apart from the six returning Boks, the Sharks have also been bolstered by the return from injury of hooker Craig Burden and former Test number eight Ryan Kankowski.

The Springboks dribbled back to Durban this week, some travelling via Dubai and only arriving yesterday.

Plumtree’s chief concern is the mental and physical freshness of the returning Boks and he spoke to the players yesterday.

He has opted to start most of them off the bench with a seventh international, loosehead prop Beast Mtawarira, rested for the semi-final next week.

The Sharks, who play in the final pool game of the day tomorrow night, must match any log points picked up by the third-placed Free State Cheetahs against Griquas in Bloemfontein to retain their second place and secure home semi-final advantage.

The Lions, in an unassailable position at the top, will host the first semi-final next Saturday with Western Province the likely visitors.

The Sharks do have injury problems, with both centres against the Leopards sidelined, Meyer Bosman with a fractured eye socket and Adi Jacobs with hamstring strain. Veterans Stefan Terblanche and Marius Joubert will take over in midfield.

Kankowski’s inclusion at number eight has resulted in Keegan Daniel moving to flank. Jacque Botes drops to the bench while Eugene van Staden and Wiehahn Herbst will join Burden in the front row.

Plumtree will want to use all his Springboks in the second half as he seeks to reintegrate them before the semi-finals.

Lions coach John Mitchell said on Wednesday that he wants to keep his squad fresh and has chosen to start with most of his regular replacements against the Sharks

The match tomorrow kicks off at 7.10 pm with the Sharks U19 (3 pm) and U21 (4.40 pm) playing in the curtain-raisers.

SHARKS TEAM

15. Patrick Lambie, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Stefan Terblanche, 12. Marius Joubert, 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 10. Frederic Michalak, 9. Conrad Hoffmann, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Marcell Coetzee, 6. Keegan Daniel (captain), 5. Ross Skeate, 4. Jean Deysel, 3. Wiehahn Herbst, 2. Craig Burden, 1. Eugene van Staden

Replacements: 16. Bismarck du Plessis, 17. Jannie du Plessis, 18. Willem Alberts, 19. Jacques Botes, 20. Ross Cronje, 21. Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 22. JP Pietersen.

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