McLeod and Skeate back for Sharks

2011-09-30 00:00

SHARKS coach John Plumtree has brought back Charl McLeod and Ross Skeate into the starting line-up for tomorrow’s Currie Cup clash against Western Province after the duo returned to the team from injury last week.

Both teams know the value of a win in this game, the Sharks fighting for a home semi and Province fighting for their lives. Losing at King’s Park tomorrow and a Blue Bulls win against the Pumas could see the Cape team dropping out of the top four.

The injury-ravaged Western Province side, hopeful of having the services of eighthman Nick Koster, fullback Conrad Jantjies and centre Johann Sadie for this match will have to do without the experienced trio in the starting line-up, forcing coach Allister Coetzee to pick a youthful Province side for Saturday.

The Sharks have made just two changes from the team that earned a bonus point win over Griquas last week. McLeod comes in at scrumhalf in the only change to the backline with Conrad Hoffmann returning to the side after missing out last week and playing off the bench.

In the only change among the forwards, Skeate comes into the lock position after being named on the bench for the Griquas game after missing out on some game time due to a nose fracture with Alistair Hargreaves dropping out of the team altogether. Jan André Marais will provide the necessary second row back-up off the bench.

Team: 15. Stefan Terblanche, 14. Sibusiso Sithole, 13. Marius Joubert, 12. Meyer Bosman, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Frederic Michalak, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Keegan Daniel (Captain), 7. Jean Deysel, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Ross Skeate, 4. Anton Bresler, 3. Eugene van Staden, 2. Kyle Cooper, 1. Dale Chadwick.

Replacements: 16. Monde Hadebe, 17. Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Jan Andre Marais, 19. Marcell Coetzee, 20. Conrad Hoffmann, 21. Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 22. Adrian Jacobs


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