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Sharks v Stormers - Super Rugby match preview
Sharks coach John Plumtree has made one change to his line-up for Saturday's clash against the Stormers.
Following the victory over the Cheetahs in their opening game of the Super Rugby season, Jean Deysel comes into the back-row ahead of Jacques Botes.
Deysel, who came off the bench against the Cheetahs, has been passed fit along with Meyer Bosman and Lwazi Mvovo to play.
Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has responded to the opening loss to the Bulls by making two changes to his team.
Full-back Joe Pietersen and tighthead prop Frans Malherbe both come into the starting XV following the 25-17 defeat at Loftus Versfeld.
There is also a return to the matchday 22 for fly-half Peter Grant, who is available after completing his commitments in Japan.
Joining Grant on the bench will be prop Pat Cilliers and scrum-half Louis Schreuder.
Sharks: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Francois Steyn (c), 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Anton Bresler, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 19 Jacques Botes, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Meyer Bosman, 22 Odwa Ndungane.
Stormers: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Jean de Villiers (c), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 De Kock Steenkamp, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Don Armand, 19 Nizaam Carr, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Peter Grant, 22 Gerhard van den Heever.
What they said...
Sharks coach John Plumtree
"We were a bit clumsy at the breakdown (against the Cheetahs), we would secure the ball comfortably and then it would pop out the side and we'd ask: 'how did that happen?' A couple of times we were short of numbers and got turned over, a couple of times poor carrying into contact.
"The Stormers hit you hard, so you need to make sure you maintain possession when they do. We've worked on that in training, it's a big focus, you need to keep the ball."
Stormers coach Allister Coetzee
"The Sharks will always be a quality side. We said right from the start that it would be a tough start for us this season - playing two games away from home and playing three of the best franchises."
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