Sharks name unchanged matchday squad for quarter-final clash against Crusaders

Sharks have retained the same line-up for the game against Crusaders
Sharks have retained the same line-up for the game against Crusaders
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Sharks have named an unchanged line-up for the upcoming Super Rugby quarter-final clash against Crusaders to be played at AMI Stadium on Saturday.

Head coach Robert du Preez has retained the confidence on the matchday 23 squad that emerged victorious with a 20-10 margin against Jaguares that saw them edge out Rebels in the battle for the play-offs.

Assistant coach Dick Muir believes the games against New Zealand teams has motivated Sharks to do well in the ongoing season.

"There’s a lot of excitement, the team had a long haul getting to Christchurch but everyone is in good spirits. We’re coming off a good win and the team is ready to have a go.

"Absolutely, they have the players but our expectations are pretty high as we get to the business end of the competition.

"Not too many people are giving us a chance so it’s a great opportunity to prove them wrong."

Saturday's game will also be a special occasion for Tendai Mtawarira as he is set to make his 150th appearance in Super Rugby for Sharks, which is the most for any player from a single province.

Sharks: Curwin Bosch, Kobus van Wyk, Lukhanyo Am, Andre Esterhuizen, Lwazi Mvovo, Robert du Preez, Louis Schreuder, Daniel du Preez, Jacques Vermeulen, Philip van der Walt, Ruan Botha (c), Tyler Paul, Thomas du Toit, Akker van der Merwe, Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements: Chiliboy Ralepelle, Juan Schoeman, John-Hubert Meyer, Hyron Andrews, Wian Vosloo, Cameron Wright, Marius Louw, Makazole Mapimpi

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