Unbeaten Sharks and Stormers forced into changes

Unbeaten Sharks and Stormers forced into changes

The two unbeaten sides of the SA Conference go into the third round of the Super Rugby competition with changes forced by injury.

The Sharks have been forced to replace flyhalf Curwin Bosch in the only change to the side that impressively beat the Highlanders last weekend for their Saturday morning clash with the Highlanders in Wellington.

Former Junior Springbok flyhalf Boeta Chamberlain comes in for his first start at flyhalf in place of Bosch, who has returned to South Africa because of a family bereavement.

Meanwhile, star All Blacks hooker Dane Coles has been named in the Hurricanes match-day 23 after returning from injury. Coles  will be on the bench while the starting line-up remains relatively unchanged from the one that beat the Jaguares in Buenos Aires last weekend.

 ♦ The only local match takes place on Saturday afternoon in Johannesburg between the Lions and the Stormers. The action at Airlines Park starts at 15:05.

The Bulls have a bye this weekend, while the Jaguares play their third successive home game in Buenos Aires when they host the Reds from 23:40. SuperSport will again broadcast all the matches live on channel SS1.

Click here to read the full preview. (by SA Rugby Communications) 

♦ In Johannesburg Lions prop Dylan Smith will run out in his 50th Super Rugby game on Saturday when they host the  Stormers at Ellis Park from 15:05 (live on SS1).

The burly prop made his Super Rugby debut in 2016 and has scored two tries in the red and white jersey. In the only change to the Lions starting line-up, Manuel Rass comes in at centre in place of Duncan Matthews, while Springbok loose forward Willem Alberts is on the bench.

There are four changes to the Stormers starting line-up, with Godlen Masimla (scrumhalf), Juarno Augustus (No 8) and Wilco Louw (prop) all set to make their first starts of the season. Masimla and Augustus come in for the injured Herschel Jantjies and Jaco Coetzee respectively, with Johan du Toit shifting to flank from the back of the scrum.

Louw comes in at tighthead in the place of fellow-Springbok Frans Malherbe, who starts from the bench.

Click here to read the full preview. (by SA Rugby Communications)  

♦ The Bulls, still to score a try after their first two matches, have a bye this weekend.

♦ The Jaguares, shocked by the Hurricanes who rebounded from their 0-27 lost to the Lions the previous week, last Sunday morning (SA time) lost at home to the New Zealand side in the last seconds.

The Jaguares are up against the Reds in Buenos Aires late on Saturday night (23:40) in a match that the Argentinians should win.

Other Round 3 fixtures are (SA times) –

Friday
08:05: Blues v Crusaders – Eden Park, Auckland
10:15: Rebels v Waratahs – AAMI Park, Melbourne
Saturday
05:45 – Sunwolves v Chiefs – Prince Chichibu Stadium, Tokyo
10:15 – Brumbies v Highlanders – GIO Stadium, Canberra