Plumtree makes seven Sharks changes for Rebels

Sharks coach John Plumtree has made seven changes to the team that was beaten by the Brumbies for this weekend’s match against the Rebels.

Plumtree has brought in a blend of youth for this week’s Rebels match and dropped
big named players such as former Captain Frans Steyn and Ryan Kankowsi.

“There have been changes because of what I saw as poor performance,” said
coach John Plumtree.

“I was really happy with what Pieter-Steph du Toit brought to the team
last week and we ,re continuing his development by giving him a start,
it ,s the same with Kyle Cooper.

“Meyer Bosman deserves an opportunity too and we ,ve taken Frans
out to give him quite a big week of conditioning.”

“Jannie du Plessis has a minor knee injury and his wife is about to have a baby
so he’s had a difficult week and Wiehahn Herbst starts at tighthead prop.”

Jacques Botes has been in great form so he gets a start this week and Ryan
Kankowski will get a rest this week, the same as Craig Burden. They can show
me what they have when they come off the bench.”

The Sharks have been missing some of their big strike-runners which has hampered
some of the onfield things they want to achieve. But that ,s not to take
away from what they want from the players currently doing battle.

“We’re a bit down in firepower, we ,re missing quality players and we know
we’re not at full strength, but we still have a good side,” he admits.

“But it is a different team and we’ve played really good opposition
and we’ve won three games and only lost one, that’s not all bad.
But we want to play better, we had a lesson on the weekend and it’s how
we respond to that lesson that will characterise us.”

He adds that this week has been all about themselves: making sure they do what
they need to in training and then translate that into accuracy and intensity
on game day.

“We’re in a situation where we’ve put a huge focus into what
we’re trying to achieve as a team because we haven’t clicked yet.
So no disrespect to the Rebels but we have to worry about ourselves.”

Sharks

1. Tendai Mtawarira , 2. Kyle Cooper , 3. Wiehahn Herbst , 4. Pieter-Steph du Toit , 5. Franco van der Merwe , 6. Jacques Botes , 7. Marcell Coetzee , 8. Keegan Daniel (Captain) , 9. Cobus Reinach , 10. Patrick Lambie , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 12. Meyer Bosman , 13. Paul Jordaan , 14. JP Pietersen , 15. Louis Ludik

Replacements , 16. Craig Burden , 17. Jannie du Plessis , 18. Jandre Marais , 19. Ryan Kankowski , 20. Charl McLeod , 21. Francois Steyn , 22. Riaan Viljoen

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