Sharks coach makes four changes
February 29, 2000
Sharks coach Hugh Reece-Edwards has called strongman Baksteen Nel into the side for Friday's clash against Otago.
Nel is one of four changes to the Sharks line-up as Reece-Edwards looks for answers to the disappointing 40-23 loss to the Wellington Hurricanes.
Nel, who replaces Brent Moyle, forged a reputation as a fearsome scrummager in last year's Currie Cup, and his selection gives a strong hint that the Sharks intend to fight fire with fire against the renowned Highlanders front-row. The Sharks scrumming power is further augmented by Chris Rossouw's return from injury in place of Mornay Visser. Rossouw will also captain the side in the absence of injured Wayne Fyvie.
Reece-Edwards initially offered the captaincy to Ollie le Roux, but the popular prop declined the honour, claiming that captaincy adversely affects his game. Warren Brosnihan steps into the breach on the side of the scrum following the loss of Fyvie. Former Griquas flanker Gideon Watts replaces Brosnihan on the bench.
Sevens star Rodger Smith gets his chance to continue to impress in the 15-man game by replacing Eastern Province's Ricardo Loubscher on the right win. Reece-Edwards warned that there could be more changes to the backline if it misfires again after a poor performance against Wellington.
Sharks: Justin Swart, Rodger Smith, Trevor Halstead, Pieter Muller, Stefan Terblanche; Gaffie du Toit, Chad Alcock, AJ Venter, Warren Brosnihan, Charl van Rensburg, Albert van den Berg, Philip Smit, Baksteen Nel, Chris Rossouw (capt), Ollie le Roux.
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