{
    "title": "Continuity remains Sharks buzzword",
    "image": "https:\/\/images.supersport.com\/2018\/5\/RobDuPreez050418watchG1050.jpg",
    "body": "<p>\r\nContinuity has been Cell C Sharks coach Robert du Preez\u2019s buzzword when it comes to selection and it will remain that way for the Chiefs match this coming weekend.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nThe Sharks will take the field against the Chiefs at Kings Park on Saturday with a team that features three changes from the one that lost to the Vodacom Bulls last week, an indication that Du Preez does not see playing personnel as the reason for his side\u2019s inconsistency. Although the Sharks have played brilliantly at times and boast a sound record against New Zealand teams, they have won just four matches and have a tendency to impress one week and then be poor the next.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nTwo of the changes for Saturday are rotational switches, with Louis Schreuder coming back as the starting scrumhalf following a three match sequence as the starting No 9 for Cameron Wright. Ditto on the wing, where Makazole Mapimpi and Lwazi Mvovo swop roles, with Makazole playing off the bench this time.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nThe other change comes about because a first choice player returns from injury. Philip van der Walt is over the effects of the knock he took to the face against the Highlanders and displaces Jacques Vermeulen, who shifts to the bench.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nWith Tendai \u201cBeast\u201d Mtawarira now playing his third successive game after coming back from a short lay-off, most of the key Sharks combinations are settled ones and that may explain why, even though they lost last week to the Bulls, their performances have been fairly solid since their unexpectedly big defeat to the Bulls in the first round game a month and a bit ago.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nIt is interesting to note that Tyler Paul appears to have become the preferred lock partner for skipper Ruan Botha, perhaps because Botha and Stephan Lewies, who has been good off the bench, have similar playing styles and perform similar roles. In Paul, coach Du Preez might feel he has found the best replacement for former stalwart Etienne Oosthuizen, who is now playing overseas.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nDu Preez was rotating his hookers earlier in the season but Akker van der Merwe has been so good and playing such inspired rugby recently that it has become hard to leave him out of the starting team. The more he plays with the No 2 on his back, the better he appears to become. There is however rotation in that position on the bench, with Franco Marais returning to the match day squad in place of Super Rugby centurion, Chiliboy Ralepelle.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n<strong>Cell C Sharks team:<\/strong> 15.Curwin Bosch, 14.Sbu Nkosi, 13.Lukhanyo Am, 12.Andre Esterhuizen, 11.Lwazi Mvovo, 10.Robert du Preez, 9.Louis Schreuder, 8.Daniel du Preez, 7.Jean-Luc du Preez, 6.Philip van der Walt, 5.Ruan Botha (captain), 4.Tyler Paul, 3.Thomas du Toit, 2.Akker van der Merwe, 1.Tendai Mtawarira. <\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n<strong>Replacements:<\/strong> 16.Franco Marais, 17.Juan Schoeman, 18.Ross Geldenhuys, 19.Stephan Lewies, 20.Jacques Vermeulen, 21.Cameron Wright, 22.Marius Louw, 23.Makazole Mapimpi.<\/p>",
    "blurb": "Continuity has been Cell C Sharks coach Robert du Preez\u2019s buzzword when it comes to selection and it will remain that way for the Chiefs match this coming weekend.",
    "date": "2018-05-17T21:04:13",
    "author": "Gavin Rich",
    "credit": "supersport.com",
    "img_credit": "Robert du Preez &copy; Gallo Images",
    "category": "Vodacom Super Rugby",
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}