Sharks under 21 coach Sean Everitt has named his side to take on Western Province in Saturday’s semi-final, a game that will serve as the curtain-raiser to the big Currie Cup clash between the Sharks and the Blue Bulls at Kings Park. Experienced loose forward Francois Kleinhans, though, will sit the match out as the result of an injury picked up against the Leopards last week.
Guy Alexander comes in to replace Kleinhans at the back of the scrum and will complete a strong loose trio, featuring Chris Cloete and Pieter-Steph du Toit at flank. The rest of the starting line up is unchanged from the one that handed the Leopards a 44-21 defeat last weekend.
Gavin Hauptfleisch continues at flyhalf this week, although there is good news for Fred Zeilinga, who returns via the bench for this game. Zeilinga has been out of action for the last fortnight after picking up an injury in training and the former Glenwood flyhalf will be keen to get back onto the paddock to increase his buffer at the head of the competition’s individual points scoring table. Under 19 scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer has also won a spot on the bench this week.
Sharks under 21s:
15. Jaco van Tonder , 14. Piet Lindeque , 13. Wandile Mjekevu , 12. Heimar Williams (Capt) , 11. Sizo Maseko , 10. Gavin Hauptfleisch , 9. Hanco Venter , 8. Guy Alexander , 7. Pieter-Steph du Toit , 6. Chris Cloete , 5. Stephan Lewies , 4. Brendon Groenewald , 3. Nick Schonert , 2. Franco Marais , 1. Danie Mienie , , Replacements: 16. Allan Dell , 17. Nicolaas van Dyk , 18. Khaya Majola , 19. Murray Bondesio , 20. Stefan Ungerer , 21. Fred Zeilinga , 22. Jared Meyer