Sharks seek first win, Lions out to con­sol­i­date

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - SPORT -

THE two South African Su­per Rugby sides in ac­tion on home soil this week­end will have the same goal in mind, but are ap­proach­ing their fourth-round matches dif­fer­ently.

The Sharks host the Sun­wolves in Dur­ban at 3.05pm and are look­ing for their first win of the sea­son, while the Lions will be aim­ing to build on their three wins so far when they host the Blues at 5.15pm in Jo­han­nes­burg.

Spring­bok Han­dre Pol­lard, who last week played No 12, is back at fly­half for the Bulls, who start their Aus­tralasian leg with a visit to the Reds in Bris­bane to­day. Johnny Kotze comes into the in­side cen­tre berth as a re­sult of the de­ci­sion to move Pol­lard to No 10.

Pol­lard played in­side cen­tre last Sat­ur­day against the Lions in Pre­to­ria be­cause of the late with­drawal of Burger Oden­daal.

War­rick Ge­lant, who came off the bench, re­turns to the start­ing line-up as No 15 in place of Di­van Ros­souw.

Fol­low­ing an away loss to the Lions and a home draw against the Waratahs, the Sharks will be ea­ger to regis­ter their first win of the sea­son when they host the Sun­wolves at Kings Park.

Young Spring­bok Cur­win Bosch has been picked at full­back for his first start of the sea­son, while the ex­pe­ri­enced Lwazi Mvovo shifts to the bench.

Among the for­wards, flanker Wian Vosloo is picked to wear the No 6 jer­sey in what will be his Vo­da­com Su­per Rugby de­but match.

Ex­pe­ri­enced Bok front-rower Tendai Mtawarira is set to make his 138th Vo­da­com Su­per Rugby ap­pear­ance for the Dur­ban side, which will see him take over from JP Pi­etersen as the player with the most Sharks caps in his­tory.

Lions head coach Swys de Bruin se- lected an un­changed start­ing 15 for their clash with the Blues, but made some changes on the bench, where loose for­wards Kwagga Smith and Hacji­vah Day­i­mani re­turn to­gether with Ashlon Davids, while re­serve scrumhalf Marco Jansen van Vuren drops out of the match-day 23.

The Highveld team have hit form from the out­set and are lead­ing the SA Con­fer­ence and over­all tour­na­ment logs with 14 points from three games.

They have also notched up the most tries scored so far, 18 in to­tal, four more than the Cru­saders.

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