Sharksworld can reveal that Waylon Murray is set to play in the unfamiliar inside centre position for the Sharks XV on Saturday, as Sean Everitt’s team look to beat Griquas and advance to the Vodacom Cup semi-finals.
The elevation of Mike Rhodes to the Sharks bench, along with a number of injuries sustained against the Pampas XV have forced a reshuffle in the Sharks XV ranks. The tight five of Pat Cilliers, Kyle Cooper, Wiehahn Herbst, Anton Bresler and Jandre Marais remains unchanged, however, while Justin Downey moves from number 8 to blindside flank in place of Rhodes. Luvo Lusaseni comes in at the back of the scrum, with Skholiwe Ndlovu continuing on the open side.
Monty Dumond moves back to flyhalf, after covering at fullback last week, meaning an opportunity in the last line of defence for regular winger Mark Richards An injury to centre Trompie Pretorius has necessitated the switch inside for Murray and with Sbu Sithole also crocked, a new pair of wingers will take the field in Luzuko Vulindlu and Rosco Speckman, with Arno van Zyl on the bench. Both Speckman and van Zyl played for the Sharks under 21s last year and while van Zyl made the Sharks XV bench last week, Speckman put in a solid performance for College Rovers at club level and has won selection based on that.
Sharks XV side:
15 Mark Richards, 14 Luzuko Vulindlu, 13 Jean Stemmet, 12 Waylon Murray, 11 Rosco Speckman, 10 Monty Dumond, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 7 Justin Downey, 6 Skholiwe Ndlovu, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Jan-Andre Marais, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Patric Cilliers (capt)
16 Dale Chadwick, 17 Julian Redelinghuys, 18 Lee Thompson, 19 Lambert Groenewald, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Jacques Venter, 22 Arno van Zyl