Currie Cup: Plumtree makes five changes as Sharks look to redeem WP defeat with Boland win

2009-09-03 00:00

SHARKS head coach John Plumtree has made five changes to his team for tomorrow’s Currie Cup game against Boland in Wellington.

The Sharks, surprisingly easily beaten by Western Province at the weekend and losing their place at the top of the log, have an excellent opportunity to bounce back against the struggling Cavaliers.

Three of the changes were forced on Plumtree, with scrumhalf Rory Kockott and prop Wiehahn Herbst dropping out with injury, and captain Johann Muller joining the Springboks in Brisbane.

In unforced changes, hooker Craig Burden swaps with Skipper Badenhorst and centre Waylon Murray dislodges Andries Strauss at centre.

Charl McLleod takes over from Kockott at scrumhalf, Albert van den Berg is at lock in place of Muller, and Pat Cilliers is Herbst’s replacement in the front-row.

Fullback Stefan Terblanche, who led the Sharks to six successive wins in Muller’s absence, again takes over the captaincy.

Two players return, after an extended period with injury, to the sidelines — front-row forward Melusi Mthethwa and lock Alistair Hargreaves. U21 scrumhalf Ross Cronje also rejoins the bench in Kockott’s absence.

The game kicks off at 3.00 pm and will not be covered by television.

The Sharks:

15. Stefan Terblanche (captain) 14. Chris Jordaan 13. Waylon Murray 12. Riaan Swanepoel 11. Lwazi Mvovo 10. Juan Hernandez 9. Charl McLeod 8. Keegan Daniel 7. Jean Deysel 6. Jacques Botes 5. Albert van den Berg 4. Steven Sykes 3. Patric Cilliers 2. Craig Burden 1. Deon Carstens

Replacements 16. Skipper Badenhorst 17. Melusi Mthethwa 18. Alistair Hargreaves 19. Michael Rhodes 20. Ross Cronje 21. Monty Dumond 22. Andries Strauss

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