Robinson to make Sharks debut against Stormers

The Sharks have named their team to play the Stormers at Newlands in Cape Town this weekend with teenager Sean Robinson set to make his Super Rugby debut after being named in the starting line up.

The 19-year-old winger, who played for the Sharks Under-19 side last year, replaces veteran Odwa Ndungane, who is carrying a hamstring strain but has recovered sufficiently to take a spot on the bench.

Springbok forward Ryan Kankowski is also back in the team, after a few weeks on the bench, in the only other change to the run-on XV. He takes over from Jacques Botes who broke his arm in the Sharks’ 21-17 victory over the Crusaders last week.

“Sean Robinson is a youngster in his second year at the Sharks Academy and looks to have all the attributes of being a really good footballer,” Plumtree said of the former SA Schools player.

“It’s a great opportunity for him and we’ve placed no pressure on him to have a big game, rather that he goes out and enjoys the experience.

“We’re hoping he has a good game and that he plays many more games for the Sharks.”

Also returning to the match 22 is Jean Deysel after several weeks on the sidelines with an ankle problem.

“Losing Jacques Botes with the form that he was in is a big blow for us, but we’re very happy to have Jean Deysel coming back in,” Plumtree said.

“He was playing really good rugby before he got injured and his return is a timely boost for us.

“Against the Stormers you need that physicality and he’ll come off the bench and provide that.”


Francois Steyn, Sean Robinson, Paul Jordaan, Meyer Bosman, JP Pietersen, Patrick Lambie, Cobus Reinach, Keegan Daniel (captain), Ryan Kankowski, Marcell Coetzee, Franco van der Merwe, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Jannie du Plessis, Kyle Cooper, Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements: Craig Burden, Wiehahn Herbst, Anton Bresler, Jean Deysel, Charl McLeod, Riaan Viljoen, Odwa Ndungane.

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