The Sharks welcome the Jaguares to Kings Park on Saturday, hoping to put in a similarly comprehensive performance that earned a valiant Super Rugby win (42-5) over the Lions last week.
Last week’s match against the Lions required little motivation for the Sharks outside of honouring Beast Mtawarira’s record-breaking feat, but this week there is no such event.
However, the motivation remains high explained head coach Robert du Preez:
“After all the emotions of last week when the boys really wanted to play for Beastie, it’s going to be a tough act to follow. One of our goals at the beginning of the year was to win all of our home games and we’ve lost two here, so that’s a big motivational factor: to win at home for our fans.”
Continuity is vital, especially in performances, but the coach warned that despite last weekend’s outstanding match effort, there can be no resting on laurels.
“The team really hit their straps against the Lions, but having said that, that game is in the past and there are still a lot of things to work on. We believe we have a good plan and will stick to it, there are such small margins between winning and losing and we’ve seen how tight the games are in Super Rugby this year.
“This is now our eighth game of the competition and it’s important that we attach massive importance to it, we’re going all out, that’s for sure.”
Sharks team and injury news
Du Preez has rested a few players but the replacements will be looking to give a strong showing, as did Kerron van Vuuren in his first run on start last week.
Otherwise, an unchanged backline bodes well for continuity and there is a welcome return to action for Jean-Luc du Preez after a few month out injured.
Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Lwazi Mvovo, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Philip van der Walt, 6 Luke Stringer, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Juan Schoeman
Substitutes: 16 Fez Mbatha, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 JJ van der Mescht, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Grant Williams, 22 Kobus van Wyk, 23 Aphelele Fassi
Jaguares team and injury news
Jaguares head coach Gonzalo Quesada made some changes to his starting XV that will face Sharks.
Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro will play his first game of the season in the place of Mayco Vivas, while Tomás Lavanini will come in, in the No 5 jersey. Marcos Kremer comes in at No 3 while Javier Ortega Desio moves to the bench.
Joaquín Tuculet returns to the starting lineup at fullback and Emiliano Boffelli on the wing, replacing Ramiro Moyano who is injured.
Among the substitutes is Santiago Carreras who is hoping to make his Super Rugby debut.
Este es nuestro XV para jugar el sábado frente a @TheSharksZA
— JaguaresARG (@JaguaresARG) April 11, 2019
Kick off time
Saturday, 13 April at 15:05 (SAST).
TV & Live Stream
The game will be broadcast live on SuperSport 1 (SS1).