Sean Everitt’s Sharks under 21 side to take on Western Province shows a few changes to the unit that managed to down the Lions by four points last week, in a see-sawing game. After three matches, the Sharks remain the only unbeaten team in the competition, but will have their hands full with a powerful WP outfit on Saturday afternoon (4:45pm).
Francois Kleinhans has been plucked from the under 21 side to sit on the bench for the Currie Cup team, leaving a hole at blindside flank which is filled by Brendon Groenewald. The big Glenwood boy has been helping out in the second row of late, but now get a chance in what is arguably his most natural position. The switch, however, does leave the Sharks a bit thin in the second row. Wade Elliott, who was a year behind Groenewald at Glenwood, moves from the bench to the starting side, with Paul Sanders coming into the number 18 jersey.
A potentially serious injury to regular loose forward replacement Stefan Willemse has opened the door for a player with great pedigree, Gary Teichmann’s nephew Guy Alexander, to make the squad for the first time too.
Everitt has opted to make some rotational changes too; the presence of four such good props in the squad (three of them Baby Boks) has allowed the coach to start with Allan Dell and Maks van Dyk this week, replacing Danie Mienie and Nick Schonert, who will play off the bench. The only change amongst the backs sees Jared Mayer come in at outside centre, replacing KES centre partner Wandi Mjekevu, who will be amongst the backline reserves.
Sharks under 21:
15 Jaco van Tonder, 14 Piet Lindeque, 13 Jared Meyer, 12 Heimar Williams (capt), 11 Sizo Maseko, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Hanco Venter, 8 Braam Steyn, 7 Brendon Groenewald, 6 Khaya Majola, 5 Stphan Lewies, 4 Wade Elliott, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Allan Dell
16 Danie Mienie, 17 Nick Shonert, 18 Paul Sanders, 19 Guy Alexander, 20 Gavin Hauptfleisch, 21 Wandile Mjekevu, 22 Keelin Bastew