First start for Majola

2014-09-26 00:00

YOUNG flank Khaya Majola will earn his first start for the Sharks in tomorrow’s Currie Cup clash against the Kings in Durban.

After making his debut off the bench last weekend, Majola has been brought into the starting XV to replace the injured Jacques Botes. The Sharks also have the services of Lwazi Mvovo once again.

Although the Sharks are playing the bottom-of-the-log EP Kings this weekend, they are not taking the visitors lightly.

Coming off an impressive win against the Bulls, Sharks coach Brad Macleod-Henderson wants his charges to keep on improving and the side is hardly changed from last week.

“We want to put up a good performance [against the Kings], we want to get the result and keep improving as a team,” he said.

The Sharks managed to cut out errors and their defence and set-piece dominance at the lineout were critical in their win at Loftus. The coach believes that once they bring that altogether they will be difficult to beat.

“The last two games there have been patches of fantastic play and if we can string that together for 80 minutes it will be hard for any side to live with us,” he said.

As the Currie Cup moves into the business end, most teams are starting to settle on tried and tested combinations. Despite some injuries, the Sharks are now starting to show continuity in selection.

A good example is flyhalf Lionel Cronjé, who has been a revelation for the Sharks on attack and starts again at number 10.

“Lionel has been great; he arrived just before the start of the Currie Cup. He was fantastic on the weekend and pushed another individual [Tera Mtembu] very closely for man of the match,” Macleod-Henderson said.

Sharks captain Mtembu was outstanding at Loftus and put his body on the line. He admits that the stakes aren’t as high this weekend and he will have to psych his team-mates up for the clash.

“Every weekend is tough. Playing against second division sides as it were, it’s a lot harder to get yourself up for those games. If you play the Bulls you don’t need to say much, it’s a local derby and it’s easier to rev yourself up for that game. If we’re mentally up for it and we’ve prepared well, we should be fine on the weekend,” Mtembu said.

Looking closely at the Kings, the Sharks captain holds the opposition in high regard.

“EP have a quality forward pack, some big boys and guys that go hard on the ball so it’s going to be important for our forwards to stand up and win our physical battles,” he said.

The match kicks off at 2 pm.

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