Currie Cup Teams Round 9

SHARKS vs GOLDEN LIONS

Sharks – 15 SP Marais, 14 S’bura Sithole, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 André Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Lionel Cronjé, 9 Cameron Wright, 8 Tera Mtembu (c), 7 Etienne Oosthuizen, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Marco Wentzel, 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Kyle Cooper/Monde Hadebe, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Subs: 16 Monde Hadebe/Franco Marais, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Matt Stevens, 19 JC Astle, 20 Khaya Majola, 21 Conrad Hoffmann, 22 Fred Zeilinga.

Golden Lions – 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe (c), 12 Stokkies Hanekom, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Martin Muller, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Subs: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Julian Redelinghuys, 18 Jacques van Rooyen, 19 Derick Minnie, 20 Kwagga Smith, 21 Mark Richards, 22 Howard Mnisi.

FS CHEETAHS vs WESTERN PROVINCE

FS Cheetahs – 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 JP du Plessis,13 Francois Venter,12 Joubert Engelbrecht, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Willie du Plessis, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Lappies Labuschagné, 7 Neil Claassen, 6 Tienie Burger, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Werner Lourens, 3 George Marich, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld (c), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.
Subs: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 19 Henco Venter, 19 Vincent Jobo, 20 Shaun Venter, 21 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 22 AJ Coertzen.

Western Province – 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh (c), 12 Jaco Taute, 11 Pat Howard, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Rynhardt Elstadt, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Alistair Vermaak.
Subs: 16 Neil Rautenbach, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Oliver Kebble, 19 Jurie van Vuuren, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Michael van der Spuy.

GRIQUAS vs EP KINGS

Griquas – 15 Gouws Prinsloo, 14 Danie Dames, 13 Johnathan Francke, 12 Wayne Stevens (c), 11 PJ Vermeulen, 10 Dean Grant, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Carel Greeff, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Jaco Nepgen, 4 Hugo Kloppers, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 Janro van Niekerk.
Subs: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Simon Westraadt, 18 Jonathan Adendorf, 19 RJ Liebenberg, 20 Dustin Jinka, 21 Ederies Arendse, 22 Jacquin Jansen.

EP Kings – 15 Siviwe Soyizwapi, 14 Ronnie Cooke, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Ntabeni Dukisa, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Tobie Botes, 8 Tim Agaba, 7 Devin Oosthuizen, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Steven Cummins, 4 Cameron Lindsay, 3 CJ van der Linde, 2 Martin Ferreira, 1 Charles Marais.
Subs: 16 Albé de Swardt, 17 Charl du Plessis, 18 Darron Nell/Steven Sykes, 19 Thembelani Bholi, 20 Kevin Luiters, 21 George Whitehead, 22 Scott van Breda.

PUMAS vs BLUE BULLS 

Pumas – 15 JW Bell, 14 Ruwellyn Isbell, 13 JW Jonker, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Rosco Speckman, 10 Justin van Staden, 9 Reynier van Rooyen, 8 Renaldo Bothma, 7 Jaco Bouwer, 6 Corné Steenkamp (c), 5 Marius Coetzer, 4 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Frank Herne, 1 Corné Fourie.
Subs: 16 Francois du Toit, 17 DeJay Terblanche, 18 Uzair Cassiem, 19 RW Kember, 20 Dylon Frylinck, 21 Coenie van Wyk, 22 Jerome Pretorius.

Blue Bulls – 15 Ulrich Beyers, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Sampie Mastriet, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Jono Ross, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Deon Stegmann (c), 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling.
Subs: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Morné Mellett, 18 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 19 Wiaan Liebenberg, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Tian Schoeman, 22 Jesse Kriel.

Western Province remain unchanged for Currie Cup final (team sheet)

The DHL Western Province team for the 2013 Absa Currie Cup Final (v Sharks) is as follows:

15. Gio Aplon
14. Gerhard van den Heever
13. Jean de Villiers (vice-captain)
12. Damian de Allende
11. Cheslin Kolbe
10. Demetri Catrakilis
9. Louis Schreuder
8. Duane Vermeulen
7. Siya Kolisi
6. Deon Fourie (captain)
5. De Kock Steenkamp
4. Eben Etzebeth
3. Pat Cilliers
2. Scarra Ntubeni
1. Steven Kitshoff

Replacements:
16. Frans Malherbe
17. Brok Harris
18. Michael Rhodes
19. Schalk Burger
20. Nic Groom
21. Kurt Coleman
22. Juan de Jongh

Pieter-Steph back for Sharks (team sheet)

Young locking prodigy Pieter-Steph du Toit will make his long awaited return from injury this Saturday against Griquas.

The Sharks lost to the men from Kimberly in their very first game of the tournament and will be looking to make amends with a strong showing.

“In the first game against Griquas we were maybe just a bit underdone, and they played well and physically dominated us,” said forwards coach Brad Macleod-Henderson after naming the team.

“We want to make sure we are physically up for the challenge. It’s always tough going to Kimberley, but we are looking forward to the game.”

Sharks team : 15. SP Marais, 14. Sizo Maseko, 13. Louis Ludik, 12. Tim Whitehead, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Butch James, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Jacques Botes (capt), 7. Jean Deysel, 6. Keegan Daniel, 5. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4. Edwin Hewitt, 3. Wiehahn Herbst, 2. Kyle Cooper, 1. Danie Mienie.

Replacements: 16. Monde Hadebe, 17. Dale Chadwick, 18. Peet Marais, 19. Justin Downey, 20. Cobus Reinach, 21. Fred Zeilinga, 22. Jaco van Tonder.

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7 Springboks start for Sharks against Griquas (team sheet)

Marco Wentzel will make his return to local rugby, having joined the Sharks from London Wasps, this weekend against Griquas.

Other notable selections include:

  • Tim Whitehead (back from a long term injury)
  • Butch James
  • Odwa Ndungane at fullback

Sharks team:

15 Odwa Ndungane, 14 Sizo Maseko, 13 Louis Ludik, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Butch James, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (c), 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Brynard Stander, 5 Marco Wentzel, 4 Edwin Hewitt, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Subs: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Rayno Gerber, 18 Peet Marais, 19 Tera Mtembu, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Fred Zeilinga, 22 Jaco van Tonder.

Beast back for battling banana boys (Sharks team sheet)

Tendai Mtawarira returns to the Sharks setup this weekend, in what was very good news for not only the franchise but the Springboks as well. The Experienced Mtawarira’s form has been up and down in 2013, but he remians a vital cog in the Sharks and Bok engine.

Changes/Milestones:

  • Tendai Mtawarira starts at loosehead prop
  • Piet Lindeque replaced the injured JP Pieterson at outside center
  • Pieter-steph du Toit returns to the starting lineup in place of the injured Anton BreslerRW Stamp
  • Bresler drops out of the match 22 altogether, with Jandre Marais providing lock cover
  • Uncapped Sean Robinson moves up onto the bench in Lindeque’s place
  • Ryan Konkowski remains sidelined despite being fit again (and picked for the Springbok squad)
  • Bismarck du Plessis and Butch James trained this week but were not considered for this week’s match

Sharks Team:

Riaan Viljoen, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Piet Lindeque, 12. Meyer Bosman, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Pat Lambie, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Keegan Daniel (Capt), 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Franco van der Merwe, 4. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Kyle Cooper, 1. Tendai Mtawarira.
Substitutes: 16. Monde Hadebe, 17. Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Jandre Marais, 19. Jean Deysel, 20. Tera Mtembu, 21. Tian Meyer, 22. Sean Robinson.

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JP Moves to 13 for Sharks (teamsheet)

Springbok wing JP Pieterson has been named at outside centre for the Sharks match up against the Reds this weekend. The Teamsheetssharks have been hit by an astounding amount of injuries, the latest to Frans Steyn necessitating the move for Pieterson. Coach John Plumtree has put their last two losses on tour down to missed opportunities, but it must eb said that winning in New Zealand with a B team was always going to near impossible.

“We have worked really hard on attack, and it hasn’t been easy losing personnel and with the combinations continually changing. That makes life difficult for us, but the boys have gone out there and looked to play adventurous rugby, playing with ball in hand and building up some real pressure on the opposition,” said Plumtree.

“People who know rugby will see that, but ultimately we didn’t get the results. They just haven’t gone our way.”

Changes/Milestones:

  • Willem Alberts returns from injury on the bench
  • Jean Deysel returns to the starting 15 at blindside flank
  • Captain Keegan Daniel shifts to his preferred no. 8 position in Place of Tera Mtembu
  • Mtembu is sent back to South Africa through a  injury and Coetzee shifts back to openside
  • Wiehahn Herbst starts ahead of Springbok prop Jannie Du Plessis
  • Ex-Lions captain JC Janse van Rensburg will start at loosehead
  • Plumtree opts for a five/two split (forwards/backs) on the bench

SHARKS TEAM:15. Riaan Viljoen, 14. Piet Lindeque, 13. JP Pietersen,12. Meyer Bosman, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Keegan Daniel (captain), 7. Jean Deysel, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Franco van der Merwe, 4. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 3. Wiehahn Herbst,2. Kyle Cooper, 1. JC Janse van Rensburg.

Replacements: 16. Monde Hadebe,17. Jannie du Plessis, 18. Anton Bresler, 19. Derick Minnie, 20. Willem Alberts, 21. Tian Meyer, 22. Odwa Ndungane.

Sharks to debut teenager against the Stormers

The injury ravaged Sharks will hand rookie teenager Sean Robinson his first Super Rugby cap after being Teamsheetsnamed in the starting line-up for their match with the Stormers.

–          Robinson replaces injured Odwa Ndungane on the wing.

–          Ryan Kankowski returns to the starting side.

–          Springbok Jean Deysel returns to the 22 via the bench.

“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, 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. 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, 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.” Said Sharks coach John Plumtree.

The Sharks travel to Cape Town to take on the Stormers on Saturday, KO 17:05 CAT (16:05 BST)

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Sharks

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.