generic hexagon

Hoffmann given No 9 for Sharks

  • 27 Aug 2014
Conrad Hoffmann during the warm-up against the Cheetahs Conrad Hoffmann during the warm-up against the Cheetahs

Conrad Hoffmann will start at scrumhalf in one of two changes to the Sharks team to face the Pumas in Nelspruit on Friday.

Hoffmann has had to contend with a bit part role after injury and the form of Cameron Wright has kept him on the sidelines. However, his introduction to the match against the Cheetahs coincided with an improvement in the Sharks' attack and he has been rewarded with a starting berth.

In the only other change to the run-on team, lock JC Astle has recovered from injury to take his place alongside Etienne Oosthuizen in the second row. Stephan Lewies will continue to provide cover from the bench.

S’bura Sithole, who was an injury doubt earlier in the week, has been cleared to play and will resume his midfield partnership with Paul Jordaan.

The front row who had struggled at times against an inexperienced Cheetahs pack has been retained, while Thomas du Toit has been rested, leaving Lourens Adriaanse as the only prop on the reserve bench.

Sharks – 15 SP Marais, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 S’bura Sithole, 12 Paul Jordaan, 11 Tonderai Chavhanga, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Conrad Hoffmann, 8 Tera Mtembu (c), 7 Francois Kleinhans, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 JC Astle, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Matt Stevens, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Subs: 16 Franco Marais,17 Lourens Adriaanse, 18 Stephan Lewies, 19 Johan Meyer, 20 Cameron Wright, 21 Heimar Williams, 22 Lionel Cronje.

Currie Cup teams (Round 4)

Photo: Steve Haag/Gallo Images

Rudy Paige spent the World Cup holding tackle bags

What we’ve learned

Five lessons from the World Cup final and third-place play-off, according to SIMON BORCHARDT.

Richie McCaw holds the Webb Ellis Cup aloft

Richie ‘the great’ has done it all

Richie McCaw’s longevity, leadership and consistency have made him the greatest player of the modern era, writes CRAIG LEWIS.

Saru CEO Jurie Roux and Blitzboks coach Neil Powell with squad members

Big boost for Blitzboks

The inclusion of a number of high-profile players in the Blitzboks’ squad is good for the game in more ways than one, writes CRAIG LEWIS.

You may also like
Get our daily email update. Subscribe to the SA Rugby magazine newsletter: