SUPER RUGBY PREVIEW : Sharks vs Lions

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Shark director of rugby Gary Gold has made only one change to his starting line-up for Saturday’s Super Rugby clash with the Lions in Durban.

Philip van der Walt, who suffered a neck injury in the 19-14 defeat to the Crusaders two weeks ago, is not yet ready to resume playing and in his place comes Daniel du Preez at number eight.

Keegan Daniel takes du Preez’s place on the bench in the final change to the matchday 23.

Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has made two changes to his starting line-up for Saturday’s clash with the Sharks in Durban. 

Ross Cronje will start at scrum-half, after recovering from a facial injury sustained in the friendly against the Bulls in Polokwane earlier this year.

Cronje replaces Faf de Klerk while Rohan Janse van Rensburg comes in at inside centre for Howard Mnisi.

De Klerk and Mnisi are both amongst the replacements.

“Both these inclusions are part of the rotational system that we have in place to manage to big squad of players in a very long Super Rugby competition,” explained Ackermann.

The Teams:

Sharks: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Joe Pietersen, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Tendai Mtawarira (c)
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Keegan Daniel, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Garth April, 23 Odwa Ndungane

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Rohan Janse Van Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley (c), 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Ruan Ackermann, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Faf De Klerk, 22 Howard Mnisi, 23 Jaco Van Der Walt

Date: Saturday, April 9
Venue: Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Kick-off: 17:05 local (15:05 GMT)
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant Referees: Nic Berry (Australia), Rodney Bonaparte (South Africa)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)


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