Sharks opt for Alberts over Kankowski

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JP Pietsen (Photo: Henry Kelbrick)

Sharks coach John Plumtree has named his side to face the Crusaders in the second Super Rugby qualifier on Saturday 25 June in Nelson, New Zealand. Plumtree has made only one change to the run-on side that beat the Bulls at Loftus a week ago.

With wet, windy and cold conditions predicted for the match on Saturday, Plumtree has opted for the more direct and physical approach at the back of the scrum with Willem Albert replacing the nippy and versatile Ryan Kankowski. Kankowski drops to the bench.

The only other changes to the match 22 are on the bench where Plumtree has also decided to bank on experience rather than youth with Jacques Botes and Eugene van Staden replacing the youngsters Marcell Coetzee and Wiehahn Herbst respectively.


The Sharks team:

15. Pat Lambie

14. JP Pietersen

13. Stefan Terblanche

12. Meyer Bosman

11. Lwazi Mvovo

10. Frederic Michalak

9. Charl McLeod

8. Willem Alberts

7. Jean Deysel

6. Keegan Daniel

5. Alistair Hargreaves

4. Gerhard Mostert

3. Jannie du Plessis

2. Bismarck du Plessis

1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements: 16. John Smit; 17. Eugene van Staden; 18. Ross Skeate; 19. Ryan Kankowski; 20. Jacques Botes; 21. Adrian Jacobs; 22. Louis Ludik


They will face a Crusaders side that sees the return of Sonny Bill Williams and Sean Maitland from injury. but no Richie McCaw.


15. Tom Marshall; 14. Sean Maitland; 13. Robbie Fruean; 12. Sonny Bill Williams; 11. Zac Guildford; 10. Dan Carter; 9. Andy Ellis; 8. Kieran Read; 7. Matt Todd; 6. George Whitelock; 5. Sam Whitelock; 4. Brad Thorn; 3. Owen Franks; 2. Corey Flynn; 1. Wyatt Crockett
Replacements: 16. Quentin MacDonald; 17. Ben Franks; 18. Luke Romano; 19. Jonathan Poff; 20. Kahn Fotuali’i; 21. Matt Berquist; 22. Ryan Crotty/ Brent Ward

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