The Sharks will face an almost unchanged Western Province team this weekend, with coach Allister Coetzee making one injury-enforced change, with Rynhardt Elstadt ruled out of rugby for the next few weeks and Tyrone Holmes returning to the side of the scrum.
The other changes all relate to the bench, where Coetzee suddenly found himself with one less prop after Frans Malherbe was summoned to New Zealand to join the Springbok squad, with Tom Botha taking his place on the wood. In better news for the team, Joe Pietersen is back in the selection frame and is sure to get a few minutes off the bench, as he replaces young Pat Howard in the reserves.
According to Sport24.com, Tom Botha is a former WP U21 star and a member of the 2012 Vodacom Cup winning squad, and will make his debut should he take the field of play, which is sure to happen.
Demetri Catrakilis has been getting a lot of media time this week regarding his proposed move to the Kings, and Coetzee seems adamant to continue playing the youngster and potentially keeping him for Super Rugby action next year, but the decision of Elton Jantjies next week is sure to influence the young flyhalf’s decision.
Western Province 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 JP du Plessis, 12 Marcel Brache, 11 Damian de Allende, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Jebb Sinclair, 7 Tyrone Holmes, 6 Deon Fourie (c), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Don Armand, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Deon Carstens
Substitutes: 16 Steven Kitshoff, 17 Tom Botha, 18 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 19 Helmut Lehmann, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Joe PietersenTweet