Everitt to continue experimenting with Sharks
“It will be exciting playing against a Lions team with a similar style of play, moving the ball around and giving it air," said captain Lukhanyo Am.
Lukhanyo Am will lead a far from full strength Sharks team against the Lions. Picture: Steve Haag/Gallo Images
Sharks coach Sean Everitt has named a largely experimental team for Saturday’s Preparation Series match against the Lions in Johannesburg.
Only two Springboks will run out at the start, namely captain Lukhanyo Am and No 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe.
Two other Boks will play off the bench – prop Thomas du Toit and Curwin Bosch.
New recruit, Siya Kolisi, is still not ready for action after joining from Western Province and the Stormers a month ago.
“This preparation series has been an opportunity for the coaches to test depth, try new combinations and to see what we have,” explained captain Am.
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“It’s been beneficial for the squad and helped the coaches make decisions going forward.
“We know what type of team the Lions are and what threats they bring, but this is a game where our focus is on ourselves, trying to master our own DNA and style of play.
“It will be exciting playing against a Lions team with a similar style of play, moving the ball around and giving it air. From our side, we’ll be looking to execute the plan and showcasing our DNA.”
Sharks: Aphelele Fassi, Werner Kok, Lukhanyo Am (capt), Rynhard Jonker, Yaw Penxe, Boeta Chamberlain, Sanele Nohamba, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Mpilo Gumede, Henco Venter, Reniel Hugo, Le Roux Roets, John-Hubert Meyer, Dan Jooste, Mzamo Majola. Bench: Dylan Richardson, Ntuthuko Mchunu, Thomas du Toit, Emile van Heerden, Thembelani Bholi, Grant Williams, Curwin Bosch, Marius Louw