Sharks name strong line-up to face Bulls

2008-09-04 00:00

SHARKS coach John Plumtree is resting his regular Tri-Nations Springboks for the Currie Cup outing against the Blue Bulls at King’s Park tomorrow.

Centre Adrian Jacobs and prop Tendai Mtawarira will only return against Free State next weekend, while hooker Bismarck du Plessis is on the bench tomorrow and will only be used in the second half.

Still, the Sharks coach has named a squad crowded with internationals. Centre Brad Barritt is the only backline player yet to play internationally, as wing Odwa Ndungane, centre Francois Steyn and scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar return to Currie Cup action. Jannie du Plessis is back at prop for Patric Cilliers while Sharks captain and lock Johann Muller, who missed the gala in Wellington, returns from injury in place of Albert van den Berg.

Muller will join young Alistair Hargreaves in the second row.

The Bulls, who have selected all their current Springboks, have a five forwards to two backs split on the bench and Plumtree has done the same.

Bok wing JP Pietersen, who missed the Wallaby Test because of a hamstring strain, and Rory Kockott are the two backs, along with front-row forwards Cilliers and Du Plessis, the two locks, Albert van den Berg and Steven Sykes, and loose forward Skholiwe Ndlovu.

Bismarck du Plessis’s inclusion as back-up to hooker Skipper Badenhorst sees Craig Burden make way amongst the reserves.

The match between the top teams in the Currie Cup kicks off at 5.05 pm tomorrow.

Sharks squad: 15. Stefan Terblanche, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Francois Steyn, 12. Bradley Barritt, 11. Waylon Murray, 10. Frederic Michalak, 9. Ruan Pienaar, 8. Keegan Daniel, 7. Jean Deysel, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Johann Muller (capt), 4. Alistair Hargreaves, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Skipper Badenhorst, 1. Deon Carstens

Replacements: 16. Bismarck du Plessis, 17. Patric Cilliers, 18. Steven Sykes, 19. Albert van den Berg, 20. Skholiwe Ndlovu, 21. Rory Kockott, 22. JP Pietersen.

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