Sharks name team for Bulls duel

Robert du Preez (Gallo Images)
Robert du Preez (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Sharks coach Robert du Preez has named his team for Wednesday’s Currie Cup clash against the Blue Bulls in Pretoria (17:30 kick-off).

After last weekend’s comprehensive 41-3 win over Griquas in Durban, Du Preez has kept changes to a minimum.

The trio of Chiliboy Ralepelle, Daniel du Preez and Curwin Bosch are all unavailable for the clash as they will be at a Springbok training camp this week, with their starting places taken by Franco Marais, Tera Mtembu and Inny Radebe respectively.

Jean-Luc du Preez, who was rested last week, has also been included in the Springbok squad.

There are no other changes to the starting line-up.

With two matches being played in the space of a few days, the Sharks will be taking 26 players on their trip to the Highveld - the Sharks also tackle the Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The Sharks bench for Wednesday’s match has not yet been confirmed.

“Our continuity against Griquas was good and although there were a few tries left out there, we were happy with the effort on attack," Du Preez said.
 
“This week is going to be about consistency and with a short turnaround between matches, making the step-up will be important.”

Teams:

Blue Bulls

15 Manie Libbok, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Franco Naude, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tony Jantjies, 9 Andre Warner, 8 Nic de Jager, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Johannes Prinsloo (captain), 5 Ruben van Heerden, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 John-Roy Jenkinson, 2 Jan-Henning Campher, 1 Pierre Schoeman

Substitutes: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Matthys Basson, 18 Abongile Nonkontwana, 19 Shaun Adendorf, 20 Ivan van Zyl, 21 Dries Swanepoel, 22 JT Jackson

Sharks

15 Garth April, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Jeremy Ward, 12 Lukhanyo Am, 11 S’busiso Nkosi, 10 Inny Radebe, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Tera Mtembu, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha (captain), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Thomas du Toit
 
Substitutes (from): Akker van der Merwe, Juan Schoeman, John-Hubert Meyer, Jean Droste, Cameron Wright, Benhard Janse van Rensburg, Odwa Ndungane, Louis Schreuder, Marius Louw, Mzamo Majola, Wian Vosloo

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