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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Super Rugby Final – Chiefs vs Sharks – 24 hours to go!

With around 24 hours to go till kick off in the Southern Hemispheres Premier club competition we take a look at the teams, past records, predictions and odds for the final held in Waikato on Saturday.

Chiefs:1. Sona Taumalolo, 2. Mahonri Schwalger, 3. Ben Tameifuna, 4. Craig Clarke (c), 5. Brodie Retallick, 6. Liam Messam, 7. Tanerau Latimer, 8. Kane Thompson, 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 10. Aaron Cruden, 11. Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 12. Sonny Bill Williams, 13. Andrew Horrell, 14. Tim Nanai-Williams, 15. Robbie Robinson.

Substitutes: 16. Hika Elliot, 17. Ben Afeaki, 18. Michael Fitzgerald, 19. Sam Cane, 20. Brendon Leonard, 21. Jackson Willison, 22. Lelia Masaga.

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

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

Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand, KO 09:35 CAT (08:35 GMT)

Last ten results
21 Apr 2012 Chiefs v Sharks 18-12 Durban
18 Mar 2011 Chiefs v Sharks 15-9 Hamilton
13 Feb 2010 Chiefs v Sharks 19-18 Durban
28 Feb 2009 Chiefs v Sharks 15-22 Hamilton
17 May 2008 Chiefs v Sharks 25-47 Durban
21 Apr 2007 Chiefs v Sharks 35-27 Hamilton
11 Feb 2006 Chiefs v Sharks 21-30 Durban
09 Apr 2005 Chiefs v Sharks 40-5 Hamilton
16 Apr 2004 Chiefs v Sharks 34-27 Durban
12 Apr 2003 Chiefs v Sharks 25-31 Hamilton

Chiefs overall record against the Sharks
Played 15, Wins 8 , Losses 7 , Draws 0

Average score: Chiefs 24 Sharks 25

Predictions: MM Chiefs by 15, SGR Chiefs by 2

Ladbrokes Betting Odds

Time

Event

Handicap

Odds

Totals

Odds

Match betting

More

04 Aug.08:35 Chiefs

(-6.0)

10/11Susp. 4/9Susp. +27
Sharks

(+6.0)

10/11Susp. 2/1Susp.
Tie

(-6.0)

16/1Susp. 22/1Susp.

http://sports.ladbrokes.com/en-gb/rugby-union/super-15-t210002003

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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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