Sharks ring the changes for Waratahs clash

Jake White has named his Sharks Super Rugby team to play the Waratahs at Kings Park on Saturday with Lwazi Mvovo moving from wing to fullback.

White has dropped SP Marais to the replacements bench to make way for Mvovo while Odwa Ndungane returns from compassionate leave to regain his starting place.

The loss for the season of Patrick Lambie means that Fred Zeilinga gets a chance to impress White while Charl McLeod replaces Cobus Reinach who is also injured.

In the forwards there are two changes with Willem Alberts shifting to lock following the loss through injury of Anton Bresler, with Alberts’ flank position taken up by Jean Deysel.

There is a debut opportunity for scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer while Keegan Daniel makes a welcome return to the side having completed his injury recovery programme.

“We didn’t play well and we’re not making excuses; we weren’t on top of our game properly,” said White following the Bulls match.

“But it’s a new week, a new opportunity and we have a bye next week, so there is a lot to play for and no reason why we don’t give everything this weekend. The Waratahs are a good team, they have a lot of Wallabies in their squad and they have been on a good roll so far in the competition.”

“Like us, they’ve only lost one game and they have a really well-balanced team. Of the three games they’ve won, they’ve scored bonus points in all three victories, so they can obviously score tries.”

“They’re a strong, well-balanced side and that means it’s going to be a tough game for us,” said White on the Sharks site.

Even though the Sharks lost their first match last week they still lead the standings and a victory this week will keep them on top.

“The nice thing is that we’re still in control of what happens to us; the one thing you want to do in this competition is to be able to control your own destiny.”

“You don’t want to get into a situation where other teams dictate where you end and who you play against. That’s what every team aspires to in this competition, making sure you control your own destiny, and the only way you can make sure of that is by winning.”

Sharks

15. Lwazi Mvovo , 14. Odwa Ndungane , 13. S’bura Sithole , 12. Frans Steyn, 11. JP Pietersen , 10. Fred Zeilinga , 9. Charl McLeod , 8. Ryan Kankowski , 7. Jean Deysel, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Stephan Lewies, 4. Willem Alberts , 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis (Captain) , 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Dale Chadwick , 18. Lourens Adriaanse , 19. Etienne Oosthuizen , 20. Keegan Daniel, 21. Stefan Ungerer, 22. Heimar Williams, 23. SP Marais

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