DURBAN- The much anticipated Super Rugby opener clash between the Sharks and Lions at Ellis Park, as the Klerksdorp rival resumes.
In form Andre Esterhuizen has returned to the team as the burly 23 year old inside centre returned to the club from his Japan club duties.
Sharks back line coach Dick Muir said, “Andre played a lot of rugby in Japan so we felt it was not a good idea to use him for the Racing trip so that he would be fresh for this opening game against the Lions.”
Also commenting on the young injection of players in the team and the dynamics that comes with it, “And it is young competition so while we may be short on experience, we are certainly not short of enthusiasm, and that is what you want – hungry youngsters pushing each other.”
“It has been very interesting coming back and seeing the young talent that is available and also a revelation to work with a different coaching staff – headed by Muir’s former Sharks and Crusaders team-mate Robert du Preez – and I guess we are feeding off each other’s experience. It has been a very exciting return to top level rugby.
“Makazole has blown me away by what he offers on the field,” said Muir, himself a product of the Eastern Cape. “He is incredibly quick and his communication on the field is excellent.”