Steyn starts at 10 for Sharks against Stormers

The Sharks have named Frans Steyn at flyhalf for their final regular Super Rugby season match against the the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday.

Director of Rugby Jake White has rotated his squad again and named a strong starting line up in contrast to last week when the Sharks lost to the Cheetahs.

Francois Steyn takes over from Tim Swiel at flyhalf and Fred Zeilinga has been named as back-up off the bench.

The Sharks had hoped to name Paul Jordaan, Pat Lambie and Beast Mtawarira in their starting line up but only Jordaan was passed fit so he starts alongside JP Pietersen in the midfield.

Ryan Kankowski is back at eighthman after withdrawing from last week’s game with a groin strain, and White has bolstered the starting line-up with three Boks who played off the bench last week, Willem Alberts, Jannie du Plessis and brother and captain Bismarck.

Thomas du Toit has enjoyed a meteoric rise in fortunes, having been selected out of the Sharks Academy to play for the Sharks XV in the Cup, representing South Africa at the IRB Junior World Championship in New Zealand recently and last week earned his debut for the Sharks in Super Rugby when he came on off the bench this week comes into the starting line-up.

“It was his first game, he’s just a 19 year old prop, but it was obviously massive for him and he scrummed against a Springbok front row,” said White on the Sharks site.

“I’m sure he enjoyed it which is nice, but I think he would have enjoyed it more if he’d won.”

The Stormers are playing purely for pride, looking to give their fans a happy, final send off when their tournament concludes on Saturday.

“At the beginning of the year, people said the Stormers and the Sharks had amongst the two strongest squads in the competition, and that hasn’t changed,” White explained.

“It doesn’t matter what they say about the injuries, they still have a great squad. We always knew at the back end of the competition they were going to be a threat and that’s exactly what’s happened.

“In a lot of ways, with nothing to gain, that gives them a lot of freedom because it doesn’t feel like they have a noose around their neck.”


15. SP Marais, 14. S’bura Sithole , 13. JP Pietersen , 12. Paul Jordaan, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Francois Steyn , 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Ryan Kankowski , 7. Willem Alberts , 6. Maroetzee , 5. Stephan Lewies , 4. Anton Bresler , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 2. Bismarck du Plessis (C) , 1. Thomas du Toit

Replacements: 16. Kyle Cooper , 17. Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Lourens Adriaanse , 19. Etienne Oosthuizen, 20. Jean Deysel , 21. Charl McLeod, 22. Fred Zeilinga, 23. Tonderai Chavhanga

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