Match of the weekend? SARU don’t think so.
The Sharks are hosting Western Province in Durban to close out the first half of the Currie Cup season.
Who would have thought I’d be able to say this? The Sharks are the best attacking team in the Currie Cup 2010 having scored 3 tries more than their closest rivals and having scored 6 tries more than Western Province. Western Province on the other hand have let in half as many tries as the Sharks have.
I am totally disgusted that SARU have appointed a no name referee to handle a match of this magnitude, with our top referees all sitting on the sidelines this weekend.
Ref: Lourens van der Merwe
ARs: Dilbert November, Reuben Rossouw
TMO: JC Fortuin
Venue: Absa Stadium, Durban
Kick-off: 19.15 (17.15 GMT)
Sharks: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Stefan Terblanché (captain), 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Alistair Hargreaves, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Eugene van Staden, 18 Ross Skeate, 19 Jacques Botes, 20 Rory Kockott, 21 Monty Dumond, 22 Riaan Swanepoel.
Western Province: 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 JJ Engelbrecht, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Paul Bosch, 11 Frikkie Welsh, 10 Willem de Waal, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Pieter Louw, 5 Anton van Zyl (captain), 4 Adriaan Fondse, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Wicus Blaauw.
Replacements: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Buhle Mxunyelwa, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Nick Köster, 20 Conrad Hoffmann, 21 Lionel Cronjé, 22 Morgan Newman.