Lambie to start, Burden on for Bismarck in Sharks’s last Super 15 match

2012-07-13 00:00

THE combative Springbok hooker, Bismarck du Plessis, will play off the bench tomorrow evening when the Sharks play their last Super Rugby game of the year against the Cheetahs at King’s Park.

The in-form Du Plessis, nursing a knee problem, has been included among the substitutes.

Craig Burden, a most capable replacement, will start at hooker.

Also returning from injury and joining the starting line-up is Springbok fullback Pat Lambie.

Louis Ludik drops to the bench in the only change to the backline that saw action against the Bulls a week ago.

Two loose forwards back from injury, Springbok Willem Alberts and Jacques Botes, are included on a powerful bench.

In a second change to the pack which started against the Bulls, lock Jandre Marais takes over from Pieter-Steph du Toit, who left the field with an ankle injury.

Lock Steven Sykes, who was also hoping to be available, failed a late fitness test.

Du Toit is bracketed on the bench with Jean Deysel, while either Meyer Bosman or Paul Jordaan will be one of the two backline replacements.

The three changes to the side that started against the Bulls are at fullback, lock and hooker.

Plumtree, expecting a tough battle up front, has opted for five forwards and two backs on the bench.

Ludik, dropping down from the starting line-up, has dislodged Odwa Ndungane.

“Having the players coming back from injury is really good for us,” said Plumtree. “There is real competition for places, particularly among the forwards.”

The Sharks have to win tomorrow’s game, possibly with a bonus point — depending on results earlier in the round — to qualify for the play-offs with a place in the top six.

The match kicks off at 5.05 pm.

SHARKS TEAM

15 Pat Lambie, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Keegan Daniel (c), 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Jandre Marais 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Craig Burden 1. Beast Mtawarira.

Replacements 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Pieter-Steph du Toit/Jean Deysel, 19 Willem Alberts, 20 Jacques Botes, 21 Meyer Bosman/Paul Jordaan, 22 Louis Ludik

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