Sharks name Bok front row for Cheetahs

Sharks coach John Plumtree has named his team to face the Free State Cheetahs at Kings Park in the Currie Cup in the Semi-final with a new front row.

“Beast” Mtawarira, Bismarck and Jannie du Plessis have been named to start but the medical staff will deliver a late decision on Jean Deysel on Friday – he has been bracketed in with Anton Bresler at lock.

Willem Alberts, Ryan Kankowski and captain Keegan Daniel form a potentially devastating loose-forward trio while JP Pietersen starts ahead of Lwazi Mvovo who has been struggling with his hamstring this week. He will play off the bench along with Adrian Jacobs who replaces Jacques-Louis Potgieter.

“Everyone has to bring energy – this is a big game, a huge game,” explained Plumtree on the Sharks site.

“It was great to have the Boks back last week, but after having to integrate them, this week we’re a team, everyone has a big responsibility, not just them.”

Another significant achievement worth mentioning is the probability of flank Jacques Botes playing in his 100th Currie Cup game for The Sharks. “Since 2005, I’ve had some good times at The Sharks and I’m very grateful to still be playing,”

Botes explains, “and there are still a few more game left in the tank. It’s been awesome, it’s gone fairly quickly and I’m excited to celebrate it in front of a home crowd.”

The Sharks

15. Patrick Lambie , 14. Odwa Ndungane , 13. Stefan Terblanche , 12. Marius Joubert , 11. JP Pietersen , 10. Frederic Michalak , 9. Conrad Hoffmann , 8. Ryan Kankowski , 7. Willem Alberts , 6. Keegan Daniel (Captain) , 5. Ross Skeate , 4. Jean Deysel / Anton Bresler , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 2. Bismarck du Plessis , 1. Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira

Replacements , 16. Craig Burden , 17. Eugene van Staden , 18. Marcell Coetzee , 19. Jacques Botes , 20. Ross Cronje , 21. Adrian Jacobs , 22. Lwazi Mvovo

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