Reds v Sharks - Super Rugby match preview

Last Updated: 09/05/13 6:48am

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The Reds will be without captain James Horwill for Fridays Super Rugby encounter against the Sharks at Suncorp Stadium.

Horwill has been rested as part of his recovery from the a jaw injury, with Will Genia leading the side on his absence.

The Reds have made four changes to their line-up following the 11-11 draw with the Force.

Ed O'Donoghue and James Slipper come into the pack, while Rod Davies and Chris Feauai-Sautia start in the backs.

The Sharks have made three changes of personnel to the starting line-up that lost to the Highlanders last time out.

Piet Lindeque, Jean Deysel and JC Janse van Rensburg all start, with coach John Plumtree making some positional alterations.

JP Pietersen moves across to outside centre, Wiehahn Herbst starts at tighthead, Keegan Daniel returns to No 8 and Marcell Coetzee handed the No 6 jersey.

Monde Hadebe could also make his Super Rugby debut having been named on the bench, where he is joined by Springboks flanker Willem Alberts.

Reds: 15 Jono Lance, 14 Rod Davies, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Anthony Faingaa, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia (c), 1 Greg Holmes, 2 Saia Faingaa, 3 James Slipper, 4 Rob Simmons, 5 Ed O'Donoghue, 6 Eddie Quirk, 7 Liam Gill, 8 Jake Schatz.
Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 Albert Anae, 18 Adam Wallace-Harrison, 19 Beau Robinson, 20 Jarrad Butler, 21 Ben Lucas, 22 Ben Tapuai

Sharks: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Piet Lindeque, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (c), 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Monde Hadebe, 17 Jannie du Plessis, 18 Anton Bresler, 19 Derick Minnie, 20 Willem Alberts, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Odwa Ndungane.

What they said...

Reds director of coaching Ewen McKenzie

"The Sharks are battling a few injuries but they are still stacked with talent across the park, including having a number of Springboks on their bench.

"It's going to be a huge game and we're also cognisant of the importance of getting an outcome before we get on the plane to South Africa."

Sharks coach John Plumtree

"We've sent four to five guys home already and it's only halfway through the tour. We've had to change personnel, we've had to play players out of position, it's not great. But right now the focus is solely on getting a team prepared for the weekend."

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