Ludik back for the Sharks’ Bulls Currie Cup clash

Sharks coach John Plumtree has tried to maintain continuity by making as few changes as possible to the team that played last week.

The Sharks play the Blue Bulls this weekend and the return of Ludik means Monty Dumond slips out of the matchday 22 and the return from the groin injury that kept Hargreaves out last week means

“We’ve picked as close to full-strength a side we’re able to, ” Plumtree explained on the Sharks website.

“Alistair Hargreaves has trained positively over the last couple of days, as has Louis Ludik. ”

Anton Bresler drops out of the team with Skholiwe Ndlovu named in his place on the bench in the final change to the team that beat Griquas last Friday night.

“Selection hasn’t been too difficult based on consistency of performance as well as injuries, ” adds the coach.

With a seven point buffer on the top of the log, The Sharks have no danger of dropping their position this weekend but Plumtree is adamant that there is no shortage of focus.

“We’re taking the competition week by week and there won’t be any taking it easy this week. We’re playing the Bulls up at Loftus and if we take it easy, we’ll get our bums kicked.

“The boys are ready to go, they’ve trained well, today especially, and they’re really excited about the challenge. There has been enough talk of complacency and we’re just looking forward to the weekend.

“If you want to win this trophy, you have to be the best in this competition and that’s what we are aiming for. ”

The Sharks

15. Louis Ludik , 14. Odwa Ndungane , 13. Stefan Terblanche (Capt) , 12. Andries Strauss , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 10. Patrick Lambie , 9. Charl McLeod , 8. Keegan Daniel , 7. Willem Alberts , 6. Jacques Botes , 5. Alistair Hargreaves , 4. Steven Sykes , 3. Wiehahn Herbst , 2. Bismarck du Plessis , 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements , 16. Craig Burden , 17. Eugene van Staden , 18. Michael Rhodes , 19. Skholiwe Ndlovu , 20. Rory Kockott , 21. Andre Pretorius , 22.Riaan Swanepoel

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