Sharks forced to switch things up

The Sharks have made two injury-enforced changes for a Vodacom United Rugby Championship tour clash against Dragons on Saturday. Lock Justin Basson comes into the starting lineup at No 4 for Gerbrandt Grobler, with Hyron Andrews taking the former’s place on the bench, where utility back Anthony Volmink replaces Fred Zeilinga. Sharks assistant coach Noel McNamara has warned just how tough the match against Dragons will be. “We saw with their performance against Munster, they’re in a really positive place and I’m sure people sat up and took note of that result,” he said. “We’re under no illusions as to the challenge we face on Saturday.” Highlights: Zebre chase Sharks to final whistle On how the Sharks’ approach might change taking on Welsh opposition after playing the Italians in the first game, McNamara added: “The weather and surface is going to be different; we saw against Zebre the weather was perfect, the surface fantastic and quick but here it is wet and cold. “That is one thing, in terms of playing the Dragons, they’re physical and they go hard at the breakdown so that’s going to be particularly important. They have a good set piece, they caused Munster plenty of problems at maul and scrum time. And they have pace, they have international wingers and if we give them opportunities, we’ll be in trouble. ALSO: Fast Fassi revving for the green light “We’re looking forward to getting stuck into a very physical and confrontational contest.” While the weather may not come to the party, McNamara pointed out that they would be playing on a soccer pitch in Newport, which shouldn’t get bogged down. “We are used to a wet ball in Durban, not so much from rain as the heat and humidity, the challenge for us it to have an all-round game, to have the ability to play and at times, when you need to play pressure rugby as well,” he said. “We’re very much of the mindset that we need to adapt, before or even during the game.” MORE: Bok trio back to spark Bulls  Sharks – 15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Werner Kok, 13 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Thaakir Abrahams, 10 Boeta Chamerlain, 9 Grant Williams, 8 Phepsi Buthelezi, 7 Dylan Richardson, 6 James Venter, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Thomas du Toit (c), 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Ntuthuko Mchunu. Subs: 16  Dan Jooste, 17 Dian Bleuler, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Cameron Wright, 22  Marnus Potgieter, 23 Anthony Volmink. Photo: Dan Sheridan/INPHO/Shutterstock The post Sharks forced to switch things up appeared first on SA Rugby magazine.

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