Super Rugby

Sharks duo set for Super Rugby milestones

Andre Esterhuizen (Gallo Images)
Andre Esterhuizen (Gallo Images)

Durban - Sharks coach Robert du Preez has named his team for Saturday's Super Rugby encounter against the Bulls in Pretoria (17:15 kick-off).

Du Preez has made just one change to the starting XV that thumped the Highlanders 38-12 in Durban last week.

In the loose trio, Jacques Vermeulen comes in for Philip van der Walt, who took a blow to the face against the Highlanders.

Two Sharks players are also set for milestones, with centre Andre Esterhuizen to earn his 50th Super Rugby cap and hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle set for this 100th game if he gets a chance off the bench.

Ralepelle replaces Franco Marais on the bench. The Springbok had played on 69 occasions for the Bulls and will be playing his 31st match for the Sharks.

Teams:

Bulls

15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal (captain), 11 Johnny Kotze, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Marco van Staden, 7 Jason Jenkins, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Lizo Gqoboka

Substitutes: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Frans van Wyk/Nqoba Mxoli, 18 Conraad van Vuuren, 19 Thembelani Bholi, 20 Nic de Jager, 21 Andre Warner, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Divan Rossouw

Sharks

15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Cameron Wright, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Ruan Botha (captain), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Tendai Mtawarira 

Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Stephan Lewies, 20 Wian Vosloo, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Lwazi Mvovo

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