• Coetzee back on the charge

    The Sharks have made just one change for their Super Rugby match against the Stormers in Durban.

    Marcell Coetzee, who was sent home from the Sharks' hugely successful overseas tour, will start for the first time since their win over the Rebels.

    He will take the place of Jacques Botes, who drops out of the match-day 23 completely, and will form a formidable loose trio with Willem Alberts and the in-form Tera Mthembu.

    Frans Steyn will start once again in the pivot position despite suffering from 'chronic knee dysfunction'.

    The Sharks will be looking to head into the international break on a high, but coach Jake White expects a tough assignment against a resurgent Stormers outfit.

    'They didn’t have a good run early on but they are definitely improving, they’re playing better rugby now and their confidence will be much higher now that it was three or four weeks ago,' explained White. 'I’m sure it will be another big derby game where we are going to have to play well.'

    Sharks – 15 SP Marais, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 S’bura Sithole, 12 Paul Jordaan, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Francois Steyn, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Willem Alberts, 7 Tera Mtembu, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis (c), 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
    Subs: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Ryan Kankowski, 20 Keegan Daniel, 21 Charl McLeod, 22 Tim Swiel, 23 Heimar Williams.

    Super Rugby teams (Round 16)

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