April at fullback for Sharks

Garth April (Gallo Images)
Garth April (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold has named his team for their clash against the Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday (14:00 kick-off).

Gold made minimal changes from the team that beat Griquas 45-20 in Kimberley last weekend.

Among the backs, Garth April starts at fullback, with Odwa Ndungane moving to right wing.

Wandile Mjekevu, who started at fullback against Griquas, is sidelined with an ankle injury.

As a result, Odwa Ndundane moves from fullback to right wing.

The Cheetahs are currently fourth on the log, two points ahead of the fifth-placed Sharks.

It is the final round-robin clash of the season for both sides which means the match will effectively be a 'quarter-final'.

The winner will face the Golden Lions in the semi-finals at Ellis Park.

Teams:

Free State Cheetahs

15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Rayno Benjamin, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Boom Prinsloo, 5 Francois Uys (captain), 4 Armandt Koster, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Jacques du Toit,1 BG Uys

Substitutes: 16 Neil Rautenbach, 17 Teunis Nieuwoudt, 18 Reniel Hugo, 19 Freddy Ngoza, 20 Gerhard Olivier, 21 Ruan van Rensburg, 22 Niel Marais, 23 AJ Coertzen

Sharks

15. Garth April, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Andre Esterhuizen, 11. S'bura Sithole, 10. Joe Pietersen, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Philip van der Walt, 7. Etienne Oosthuizen, 6. Francois Kleinhans, 5. Marco Wentzel (captain), 4. David McDuling, 3. Gerhard Engelbrecht, 2. Franco Marais, 1. Thomas du Toit

Substitutes: 16. Monde Hadebe, 17. Mzamo Majola, 18. Christiaan de Bruin, 19. Jean Deysel, 20. Michael Claassens, 21. Heimar Williams, 22. Waylon Murray

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