White wants results

2014-05-01 00:00

SHARKS coach Jake White has gone for experience and selected Frans Steyn at flyhalf for tomorrow morning’s Super Rugby game against the Rebels in Melbourne.

With Steyn moving to flyhalf, Heimar Williams comes into the side for his second start of the season in the number 12 jersey he occupied against the Lions at Kings Park earlier this season.

S’bura Sithole, who started last week’s loss to the Highlanders on the wing, and flyhalf Tim Swiel drop out of the match 23.

White’s men will be boosted with the return of halfback pair Cobus Reinach and Fred Zeilinga who will both be on the bench.

For White, bouncing back after their disappointment in Durban last week is important. “We want to bounce back. It doesn’t matter who it is. It’s not the Rebels we’re targeting. When we lost to the Bulls, we won the next game against the Waratahs,” said White.

“This week we need to make sure that regardless of who we’re playing, we need to be better than we were last week to get a result,” he said.

The Sharks ran riot last year when they faced the Rebels, finishing the game with a massive 64-7 win under the lights at King’s Park Stadium, but White believed they would offer a tougher challenge this time around.

“We must remember that although we beat them comfortably last year in Durban, we’re playing them in Melbourne and they are a good team playing at home.

“They’ve picked up some good wins this year, they beat the Brumbies in Melbourne,” White said.

Tomorrow’s game is the Sharks’ first of their tour Down Under. They also face the Brumbies in what should be a top of the table encounter next week, before heading to New Zealand to take on the Crusaders and Blues.

In all, White’s men, who are yet to win the competition, will be up against teams that have won a collective total of 12 Super Rugby titles between them in their last three games of the tour.

But, that didn’t stop the ambitious former Springbok coach from targeting four wins from their four games.

“We want to get our tour off to a good start and take momentum through the tour. And in order to do that, we need to get a win in the first game,” said White.

Tomorrow’s game will kick off at 11.40 am, and Australian Andrew Lees will be the referee. He will be assisted by Rohan Hoffmann and James Leckie, and Peter Marshall will be the TMO.

Sharks: 15. Lwazi Mvovo, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Heimar Williams, 11. JP Pietersen, 10. Frans Steyn, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Jean Deysel, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Stephan Lewies, 4. Willem Alberts, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Tendai Mtawarira Replacements: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Dale Chadwick, 18. Lourens Adriaanse, 19. Etienne Oosthuizen, 20. Keegan Daniel, 21. Cobus Reinach,

22. Fred Zeilinga, 23. SP Marais.

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