URC: Sharks v Edinburgh: Scotland quartet return for Durban clash

Duhan van der Merwer, Pierre Schoeman, Ewan Ashman and Jamie Ritchie all added to starting XV

Duhan van der Merwe has been named on the wing for Edinburgh versus Sharks. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Duhan van der Merwe has been named on the wing for Edinburgh versus Sharks. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

DUHAN VAN DER MERWE, Pierre Schoeman, Ewan Ashman and Jamie Ritchie have all been added to Edinburgh’s starting XV for tomorrow [Saturday] afternoon’s URC clash against the Sharks in Durban. The only other change to the side sees Chris Dean switch from the wing to centre in place of the concussed Mark Bennett.

“It’s great to welcome back some more of our Scotland internationalists,” said head coach Sean Everitt, who is hoping for an improved performance and result following last weekend’s 43-21 defeat to the Stormers. “Guys like Jamie and Pierre bring a lot of quality and experience to the pack, and they’ll be raring to go after getting a bit of time off after the Six Nations.

“We’ve spoken this week about remaining resilient and sticking to our game plan, while staying strong mentally when coming under pressure. Sharks are strong at home but we’re ready for the challenge and look forward to the opportunity of representing our city and fans while here on South African soil.”



Charlie Shiel, who announced a one-year contract extension with the capital club on Thursday, is named on the bench.


Edinburgh (v Sharks at Kings Park on Saturday @ 1pm GMT): W Goosen; J Henry, M Currie, C Dean, D van der Merwe; B Healy, B Vellacott ©; P Schoeman, E Ashman, W Nel, J Hodgson, S Skinner, J Ritchie, H Watson, V Mata. Replacements: D Cherry, B Venter, J Sebastian, M Sykes, C Boyle, C Shiel, C Scott, J Lang.

Unavailable: Mark Bennett (concussion), Emiliano Boffelli (back), Luke Crosbie (shoulder), Darcy Graham (groin), Robin Hislop (knee), Harry Paterson (foot), Scott Steele (hip), Nathan Sweeney (groin), Glen Young (ankle).


Hollywoodbets Sharks: A Fassi; W Kok, L Am ©, F Venter, M Mapimpi; S Masuka, J Hendrikse; O Nche, B Mbonambi, V Koch, E Etzebeth, E van Heerden, J Venter, V Tshituka, P Buthelezi. Replacements: D  Jooste, N Mchunu, H Jacobs, C Rahl, J  Labuschagne, C Wright, C Bosch, E Hooker.

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  1. Jamie Ritchie had a brilliant game but lack of true quality 9 10 12 cost Edinburgh dear. Healy needs a running threat at 9 12 to supplement his excellent kicking game.
    Skinner Schoeman Ashman all did well but need to score tries.
    Hastings would be better signing for Edinburgh rather than the expected move to Glasgow

    • That was a shambles. Unlike last week when we played a very good side, playing very well, the Sharks were there for the taking but Edinburgh were light years off it. It speaks volumes that our best period was the couple of minutes leading up to our try, when we were playing without a 9.

      Who would have believed Edinburgh’s attack would look at its most cohesive with all our scrum halves off the pitch? Well, anyone who has watched any of Edinburgh’s 9s at any point this season, that’s who.

      Our kick chase was lamentable – I don’t recall a Sharks receiver being under any pressure at any kick. Our kick reception was as bad; hardly ever taking the ball when there was a contest.

      I thought DVDM didn’t back himself on the edge when he looked to have the space to go on a couple of occasions (and given that is the only reason he is in the team, this is a major black mark against him). Healy’s so called tackle attempt at Sharks last try was diabolical.

      That was a worrying performance for me and suggests that there is something not right in the squad.

      We are still well in the playoff mix as most of our competition still have their SA swing ahead but we need to bounce back straight away or this could well be the point at which our season spirals away from us.

  2. Glad to see Chris Dean get a start in position of choice, also awesome to see Jake Henry hold his place – excited for this one.

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