Sharks unchanged for Hurricanes

FILE PICTURE: Jack White. Picture: Steve Haag / Gallo Images.

The Sharks have named an unchanged starting XV to take on the Hurricanes in their Super Rugby encounter at Kings Park in Durban on Saturday.

The bench was also not altered, meaning there was still no place for former captain and Springbok loose forward Keegan Daniel as he concludes his recovery from injury.

“The nature of this competition just tells you it’s a war of attrition,” director of rugby Jake White said on Thursday.

“So it’s nice to go into our second round of the competition will all our players fit and available. One of the things that we’re lucky about is that we have a bye next week, another four-week block and then another bye.”

He said one the things the team wanted was to get some consistency.

“With a bye now and if we can avoid injuries, it’s highly likely we can play the same team for the next four weeks.”

There are a total of 11 South Africa players in the 23 for the clash against the New Zealanders, who are playing their first game of the season.

White saw his Sharks side begin the competition with a bang last week when they overcame the Bulls 31-16 on the east coast.

“It is going to be a completely different game and that’s the nice thing about this competition,” the Sharks boss added.

“You have to tick the box then move on, you can’t bask in your glory because you managed to win your game against the Bulls.”

The Sharks team is: SP Marais, Odwa Ndungane, Paul Jordaan, Frans Steyn, Lwazi Mvovo, Patrick Lambie, Cobus Reinach, Ryan Kankowski, Willem Alberts, Marcell Coetzee, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Anton Bresler, Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis (captain), Tendai Mtawarira.

Replacements: Kyle Cooper, Dale Chadwick, Lourens Adriaanse, Stephan Lewies, Jean Deysel, Charl McLeod, Heimar Williams, S’bura Sithole.



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