Plumtree rotates his Sharks Currie Cup stars

The Sharks have named their team to face the Leopards at Kings Park in the Currie Cup on Friday with the goal of remaining unbeaten at home.

In team changes from last week, John Plumtree has given some of his hard-working players a break while looking to retain much of the continuity that has taken them to second place on the log.

With Lwazi Mvovo and Patrick Lambie being called up by the Springboks Sibusiso Sithole returns to the starting line-up and a new-look centre partnership named

“I’m giving Stefan Terblanche a bit of a break to give Meyer Bosman and Marius Joubert the opportunity to work together, I’d like to see what they can show me as a partnership as well as individually,” said the Sharks coach.

Keegan Daniel will play off the bench this weekend which opens the door for Jacques Botes to start, where he takes over the captaincy from the flank.

“Keegan will take a break, he has a bit of wear and tear, but he’ll come off the bench later in the game, but I want to give him a little less time on the field this week.”

Conrad Hoffman will get a start this weekend to partner Freddie Michalak, “it’s an opportunity to see what he can do after a long lay-off, he’s keen to show me what he’s capable of” said Plumtree on the Sharks website.

The final change to the starting line-up sees Wiehahn Herbst start for Eugene van Staden at tighthead prop with Alistair Hargreaves coming into the team for the first time in the current campaign.

“The Leopards have conceded a few points this year, but they’ve also scored a few, so they have plenty of attacking threats and will come here with an attitude of wanting to attack and put on a good show. Defensively, we’re going to have to be really up for it.

“Our defence was good against Western Province, but it was easier in the rain. Hopefully there won’t be any on Friday. They will look to stress us and we have to make sure defensively we’re on target – defence is a big focus for us this weekend.”

The Sharks

15. Louis Ludik , 14. Odwa Ndungane , 13. Marius Joubert , 12. Meyer Bosman , 11. Sibusiso Sithole , 10. Frederic Michalak , 9. Conrad Hoffmann , 8. Ryan Kankowski , 7. Marcell Coetzee , 6. Jacques ( C ) Botes , 5. Ross Skeate , 4. Anton Bresler , 3. Wiehahn Herbst , 2. Craig Burden , 1. Dale Chadwick

Replacements , 16. Kyle Cooper , 17. Eugene van Staden , 18. Alistair Hargreaves , 19. Keegan Daniel , 20. Charl McLeod , 21. Adrian Jacobs , 22. Stefan Terblanche

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