The Sharks XV will take on the Cheetahs Vodacom Cup team in the curtain raiser to today’s Super 14 clash in Durban. Louis Ludik will start at fullback in a strong Sharks XV outfit.Since there’s been no official announcement, I’ve needed to use my contacts within the squad to try and piece together the starting 15. I think I have it right, but there might be a few positions that aren’t 100% accurate.
Pat Cilliers will captain the team from loosehead prop, with Baby Boks Kyle Cooper (hooker) and Wiehahn Herbst (tighthead) joining him in the front row. The settled combination of Jandre Marais and Anton Bresler continue in the second row, with Justin Downey, Lambert Groewald and Luvo Lusaseni making up the loose trio.
Ross Cronjé will be at scumhalf, with a certain Jacques Venter picked as his partner. This may well be the same Venter who up until recently was playing Varsity Cup rugby for the TUT Vikings. Jean Stemmet and Jerome Pretorius are the centers, with Rosco Speckman and Mark Richards, both of whom played for the under 21s last year, joining Ludik in the back 3.
Expect to see wholesale changes in the second half, though, as there’s a big squad and coach Sean Everitt will want to give everyone a run.
1 Pat Cilliers (capt), 2 Kyle Cooper, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 4 Jandre Marais, 5 Anton Bresler, 6 Justin Downey, 7 Lambert Groenewald, 8 Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 9 Ross Cronjé, 10 Jacques Venter, 11Rosco Speckman, 12 Jean Stemmet, 13 Jerome Pretorius, 14 Mark Richards, 15 Louis LudikTweet