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Sharks name touring squad for Chiefs

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sharksrugby.co.za     30 Jul 2012     Getty Images

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Both players were in a race against time to be fit for the semi-final, and although the pair didn’t make it, they are expected to be available for Saturday’s Vodacom Super Rugby Final against the Chiefs in Hamilton.

No injuries were reported by coach John Plumtree and aside from the regulation bumps and bruises, The Sharks could go into the final being able to name a completely first-choice match 22.

“I always knew we were good enough to win this match,” said The Sharks coach after the game, “but it was always going to take an amazing amount of character and guts to achieve it. I think we saw that, especially when the Stormers came back at us in those last 10 minutes, we just had to hang on and did.

“There were a lot of really tired bodies in there but this group has gathered belief in the last seven or eight weeks and we’re just following through right now which is great.”

The Sharks have risen to the challenge over the latter stages of the tournament and now find themselves in a position that sees them competing for the trophy.

Sharks Touring Squad

Tendai Mtawarira
Bismarck du Plessis
Jannie du Plessis
Willem Alberts
Anton Bresler
Keegan Daniel (Captain)
Marcell Coetzee
Ryan Kankowski
Charl McLeod
Frederic Michalak
Lwazi Mvovo
Meyer Bosman
Tim Whitehead
JP Pietersen
Louis Ludik
Craig Burden
Wiehahn Herbst
Steven Sykes
Jean Deysel
Jacques Botes
Odwa Ndungane
Riaan Viljoen
Patrick Lambie
Paul Jordaan