Revenge for Sharks

Sharks coach Dick Muir has gone with the same pack for the Absa Currie Cup match against Western Province on Saturday.

Hooker Bismarck du Plessis, who was impressive against the Lions and scored a try for his efforts, said the Sharks “owe them one” when the two clash at Newlands.

After losing heavily twice to Province last year – 47-19 away and 45-21 at home – and the Stormers then doing the Sharks no favours in the Vodacom Super 14, the time is right to set the record straight.

“Success in our first game has made a huge difference to the team morale and now we are focussed on this weekend. It is a crucial game and we owe them one after losing the last three games to them,” Du Plessis told keo.co.za. The Sharks also failed at Newlands in 2004, losing 32-26.

The continuity in the pack, the main strength of the Sharks in the Super 14, will be key to the outcome, while the backline has been tampered with a little.

The backline shuffle sees Brett Hennessey replacing young Carl Bezuidenhout at fullback. Dusty Noble gets a start at left wing with Adi Jacobs moving into the midfield to partner Grant Rees.

Scrumhalf Scott Mathie and No 10 Butch James come in for Ruan Pienaar and Andries Strauss at halfback, with the latter two dropping to the bench.

Sharks team v Western Province:

15. Brett Hennessey
14. Odwa Ndungane
13. Grant Rees
12. Adrian Jacobs
11. Dusty Noble
10. Butch James
9. Scott Mathie
8. AJ Venter (captain)
7. Jacques Botes
6. Warren Britz
5. Johann Muller
4. Steven Sykes
3. Danie Saayman
2. Bismarck du Plessis
1. Kees Lensing

Reserves:
16. Jody Jenneker
17. Sangoni Mxoli
18. Ryan Kankowski
19. Keegan Daniel
20. Ruan Pienaar
21. Andries Strauss
22. Gcobani Bobo

By Andrew Hollely