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Vosloo plays his way in

Jean-Luc du Preez will bolster the Cell C Sharks during their four week tour of Australasia but the talking point of the 27-man squad named by coach Robert du Preez is the inclusion of openside flank Wian Vosloo.

The loose-forward made his debut in the 50-22 win over the Sunwolves that finally got the Sharks’ 2018 Vodacom Super Rugby campaign on track at Jonnson Kings Park at the weekend and impressed the coach enough to make the cut ahead of the experienced Keegan Daniel.

Experience is needed on tour and the Sharks have a longer journey to look forward to than other South African teams this year as they play four games. So it was a big call to omit the former captain, but Vosloo was one of the young players who put their hands up in the comfortable win over the Japanese team.

“The match served its purpose in the sense that the players who were given a chance grabbed their opportunities and I was very impressed with Wian Vosloo, who I thought had a good debut game,” said Du Preez on Saturday night.

“We are a work in progress and are certainly not the finished article, but I was pleased with the win. I thought our pack did well and the way we won would have gained us confidence ahead of the tour. There are areas to work on still, and I thought we really struggled to exit at times in the first half, but that will improve.”

Playing multi-phase rugby is a difficult task in the late summer Durban humidity and the Sharks still made too many errors, but three of their tries came from good build-ups and there has been a noticeable improvement in the Durban team’s off-load game.

“I thought the fact we scored three tries from multi-phase play was very encouraging,” said the coach.

Loose-forward Du Preez will be part of the Sharks’ campaign for the first time this season as he has just returned from an injury sustained playing for the Springboks last November. Two other top Sharks loose-forwards, Philip van der Walt and Dan du Preez, are expected to be fit again in three weeks and will be ready to play again when the Sharks return from tour.

Thomas du Toit missed the Sunwolves game because of a niggle but has been cleared to tour, as has Tyler Paul, who will cover both blindside flank and lock.


Backs: Andre Esterhuizen, Cameron Wright, Curwin Bosch, Garth April, Kobus van Wyk, Louis Schreuder, Lukhany Am, Lwazi Mvovo, Makazole Mapimpi, Marius Louw, Robert du Preez, Sbu Nkosi.

Forwards: Akker van der Merwe, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Franco Marais, Hyron Andrews, Jacques Vermeulen, Jean-Luc du Preez, John-Hubert Meyer, Juan Schoeman, Ruan Botha, Stephan Lewies, Tendai Mtawarira, Tera Mtembu, Thomas du Toit, Tyler Paul, Wian Vosloo.


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