Daniel, Bosman join Sharks lineup for Cheetahs clash

2012-08-31 00:00

THE Sharks have been bolstered for tomorrow evening’s Currie Cup outing against the Free State Cheetahs at King’s Park with discarded Springboks Keegan Daniel and Meyer Bosman included in the starting line-up.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer this week dropped Daniel from his Rugby Championship squad while Bosman, who was suffering from a knee injury, has been cleared to play after missing last weekend’s trip to Pretoria.

Daniel takes over from Francois Kleinhans in the backrow, but will play at number eight, with Jacques Botes switching to the flank and they join Jean Deysel to form a powerful and experienced loose forward trio.

Deysel has been retained as captain ahead of Daniel, who led the Sharks with distinction in this year’s Super Rugby competition.

Bosman has been a steadying influence in the Sharks midfield, and has kicked superbly at goal. He takes over from another former Springbok in Marius Joubert who showed good from against the Blue Bulls last Saturday but now returns to the bench.

The Sharks had been hoping that Craig Burden, the Boks’ third-choice hooker in the squad, would be released this weekend, particularly as it has been reported that the recalled flank Francois Louw will be playing for Bath on Saturday before flying to Australia to join the Boks on Sunday.

But Meyer has turned down the request and the Sharks have instead signed the former Western Province and Bath hooker Pieter Dixon.

The 34-year-old is obviously short of game time but he will add massive experience to the bench on Saturday.

Rosko Specman replaces Gouws Prinsloo on the bench in the only other change to the 22 who did duty at Loftus.

The Free Staters have been forced to make a number of changes. Johan Goosen, who started against Griquas last Saturday and was clearly rusty after a four-month break, has been included in the Bok squad and Sias Ebersohn takes over at flyhalf.

Wing Nico Scheepers is rotated with Ryno Benjamin, while loosehead prop Schalk van der Merwe takes over from Trevor Nyakane (broken thumb) in the front-row.

Lock Francois Uys has been suspended from all rugby for two weeks for striking a Griqua opponent at the weekend. Waltie Vermeulen takes over from Uys on the bench. The injury suffered by Riaan Smit in the recent win over the Blue Bulls, and the loss of Goosen, has left the Cheetahs without specialist back-up to flyhalf Ebersohn in the 22-man squad.

The match kicks off at 5.05 pm tomorrow.


Sharks: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Sbura Sithole, 10 Riaan Viljoen, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel, 7 Jean Deysel (c), 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Monde Hadebe, 1 Dale Chadwick.

Replacements: 16 Pieter Dixon, 17 Julian Redelinghuys, 18 Jandre Marais, 19 Francois Kleinhans, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Marius Joubert, 22 Rosko Specman.

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 Robert Ebersohn (c), 12 Barry Geel,

11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Kabamba Floors, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Frans Viljoen, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Andries Ferreira,

3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Hercu Liebenberg,

1 Schalk van der Merwe.

Replacements: 16 Elandré Huggett, 17 Ross Geldenhuys, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Davon Raubenheimer, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Phillip Snyman, 22 Ryno Benjamin.

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