Sharks drop captain as they regroup after injuries

Sharks coach John Plumtree has been forced into a number of changes as the head to Hamilton to take on reigning champions the Chiefs.Teamsheets

–          Tendai Mtawarira is replaced by Wiehahn Herbst in the front row.

–          Craig Burden replaces Kyle Cooper.

–          Pieter-Steph du Tout shifts back to lock.

–          Derrick Minnie starts at openside flank.

–          Regular captain Keegan Daniels is dropped to the bench.

–          Jean Deysel captains the side.

–          Lubabalo Mtembu gets his first start in Super Rugby at no.8.

–          Charl McLeod starts at no.9 with Cobus Reinach dropping to the bench.

–          Piet Lindeque starts on the wing.

–          Frans Steyn replaces the injured Paul Jordaan in the centres.

The Sharks travel to Hamilton to take on the Chiefs, KO 10:35 NZ (09:35 CAT, 08:35 BST)

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Sharks

15. Riaan Viljoen , 14. Odwa Ndungane , 13. Francois Steyn , 12. Meyer Bosman , 11. Piet Lindeque , 10. Patrick Lambie , 9. Charl McLeod , 8. Lubabalo Mtembu , 7. Jean Deysel (C) , 6. Derick Minnie , 5. Pieter-Steph du Toit , 4. Anton Bresler , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 2. Craig Burden , 1. Wiehahn Herbst

Replacements , 16. Kyle Cooper , 17. Danie Mienie , 18. Franco van der Merwe , 19. Keegan Daniel , 20. Marcell Coetzee , 21. Cobus Reinach , 22. S’bura Sithole

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Sharks lose Jordaan for season

Sharks centre Paul Jordaan has been ruled out of the rest of the Super Rugby season after injuring his knee in Rugby Injurytraining.

Jordaan will leave the Sharks camp, currently in Manly Australia later this week to undergo surgery.

“We’re very disappointed to lose Paul Jordaan, he’s out for the rest of the season, Paul suffered an ACL (knee ligament) injury (6-9 months out). He was playing touch rugby, we were just having a light run, jogging out the jetlag and he stepped, was caught and his knee collapsed.  It’s a big blow for us, we’re all disappointed for Paul and for the team.  It’s the last thing you want, the side is already depleted and to lose a guy in your first training session is pretty depressing, but there’s not much we can do.” Said coach John Plumtree.

“Hopefully we’ll get Lwazi back and there’s a possibility of bringing JP back into the midfield, we’ll make those decisions once we know the status with Lwazi.  We might be forced to play JP in the midfield, it’s not his primary position obviously, but he did a good job for us last year with his x-factor.”  Added Plumtree.

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Sharks include Lambie and Jordaan for Super Rugby Final

Both Patrick Lambie and Paul Jordaan have been included in the Sharks starting line up ahead of the Super Rugby Final against the Chiefs on Saturday.

Lambie replaces starts in place of Riaan Viljoen who takes his place on the bench and Jordaan replaces the injured Tim Whiteheah who broke a bone in his hand in the semi finals against the Stomrers.

The impressive forward pack that dominated the Reds and the Stormers lead by a springbok front row of the Beast Mtawarira and the du Plessis brothers will be unchanged and looking to wreak havoc on the chief’s scrum.

The Sharks travel to Waikato to face the Chiefs in the Super Rugby Final on Saturday, KO 09:35 CAT (08:35 GMT)

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The Sharks

1. Tendai Mtawarira , 2. Bismarck du Plessis , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 4. Willem Alberts , 5. Anton Bresler , 6. Keegan Daniel ( C ) , 7. Marcell Coetzee , 8. Ryan Kankowski , 9. Charl McLeod , 10. Frederic Michalak , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 12. Paul Jordaan , 13. JP Pietersen , 14. Louis Ludik , 15. Patrick Lambie

Replacements : 16. Craig Burden , 17. Wiehahn Herbst , 18. Steven Sykes , 19. Jacques Botes , 20. Jean Deysel , 21. Meyer Bosman , 22. Riaan Viljoen

Whitehead ruled out of Super Rugby final

Tim Whitehead, one of the stand out signings of the 2012 Super Rugby has been ruled out of the final due to injury.

Whitehead has been left in Durban to recover from a broken bone in his hand sustained in the semi final victory over the Stormers last weekend.

The Sharks coach John Plumtree has not named a replacement for Whitehead with the squad now down to 23, however Paul Jordaan and Patrick Lambie make their return after injury.

The Sharks will be staying in Sydney while they prepare for the epic final against the Chiefs on Saturday, they will fly to Hamilton on Thursday.

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One change for Sharks Semi Final team

Sharks Coach John Plumtreee has been forced to make one change to the starting team that beat the Reds in Brisbane last week.

Last weeks try scorer, center Paul Jordaan has failed to prove his fitness after a hamstring strain and he is replaced by Tim Whitehead.

The bench sees some changes with the recall of Jean Deysel to replace Cobus Reinach and Riaan Viljoen replaces Meyer Bosman as backline reserve.

Pat Lambie will not appear in the semi final because of injury.

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The Sharks travel to Cape Town to play the Stormers this Saturday, KO 17:05 CAT (16:05 GMT)

The Sharks

1. Tendai Mtawarira , 2. Bismarck du Plessis , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 4. Willem Alberts , 5. Anton Bresler , 6. Keegan Daniel (Captain) , 7. Marcell Coetzee , 8. Ryan Kankowski , 9. Charl McLeod , 10. Frederic Michalak , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 12. Meyer Bosman , 13. Tim Whitehead , 14. JP Pietersen , 15. Louis Ludik

Replacements , 16. Craig Burden , 17. Wiehahn Herbst , 18. Steven Sykes , 19. Jean Deysel , 20. Jacques Botes , 21. Odwa Ndungane , 22. Riaan Viljoen