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Big Clash for Cell C Sharks XV:

The Cell C Sharks XV host Western Province at Jonsson KINGS PARK KP1 on Friday afternoon in a third round SuperSport Challenge clash hoping to put in the kind of performance the team is aiming for.

Cell C Sharks XV head coach Sean Everitt has had his squad decimated by SA Under 20 call-ups and unfortunate injuries but will nevertheless look for a top performance from his side against perennial achievers.

“Western Province’s SuperSport Challenge side has always been good and they’ve won the competition twice over the last 10 years,” he explains of the opposition. “They have great depth with their three universities and contracted players so they have the numbers to choose from.

“But they’re going to be good competition for us and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

The Sharks XV team is made up of Under 19 and club players who have been given an opportunity, while the side has been bolstered by Vodacom Super Rugby players who are getting game time. These include Lwazi Mvovo and Rhyno Smith.

Two concussions and a serious knee injury against Free State in Week One put paid to the team’s chances after a great start, while Zimbabwe managed to fight strongly before going down to the Cell C Sharks XV last week.

“Zimbabwe had everything to play for but our performance wasn’t what we were looking for and performance is what we judge ourselves by,” Everitt explains. “Although we got a bit sloppy after starting well, we did get the five points in an away game soo we’re happy with the result but we know we need to perform better on Friday.

“We need to put in an 80 minute performance against Western Province.”

The Cell C Sharks XV

1. James Scott
2. Cullen Collopy
3. Roger Zondi
4. Lunga Ncube
5. Andrew Evans
6. Adam Mountfort
7. Wian Vosloo
8. Kwanda Dimaza
9. Zee Makabela
10. Murray Koster
11. Leolin Zas
12. Jeremy Ward (Captain)
13. DJ Falconer
14. Lwazi Mvovo
15. Rhyno Smith


16. Connor Botha
17. Tian de Jager
18. Jeandre Labuschagne
19. Vian Fourie
20. Damian Stevens
21. Inny Radebe
22. Sicelo Tole

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Finishing on a High:

The Cell C Sharks have accomplished much on tour so far and will be challenging themselves to repeat the highs of the past two weeks with an equally emphatic performance against the Chiefs on Saturday morning.

With six log points from two tour matches, this Cell C Sharks team go into Saturday’s Vodacom Super Rugby clash with the Chiefs riding a wave of confidence, knowing that a bright finish will provide just the impetus for the final stretch of the competition.

Head coach Robert du Preez has made three changes to the starting line-up, making rotational changes to give rest to players who have endured a heavy workload.

Upfront, Hyron Andrews returns to the starting XV in place of Ruben van Heerden while Philip van der Walt moves to eighthman for Daniel du Preez with Jacques Vermeulen coming in at flank.

There is just one change to the backline, Marius Louw replacing Andre Esterhuizen while Fezokuhle Mbatha, Tyler Paul, Luke Stringer and Kobus van Wyk all come onto the bench.

Curwin Bosch has been in outstanding form at flyhalf and du Preez admitted from New Zealand that, “He’s played really well and done well for us, he’s a very good all-round player.”

The performances on tour so far have been outstanding, the team undefeated against the Waratahs and the Crusaders and looking to finish the tour on a high when they take on the Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday morning. Du Preez put the good results down to “great team spirit.”

In summing up the previous two weeks, du Preez said: “Defence shows the character in the team and the team spirit that exists. They’ve been immense and I’ve said that from the word go. From the beginning of the year I said we have a great plan both from an attacking point of view and on defence. On Friday the boys showed how they care for each other; that’s the bottom line.”

The coach agreed that six points in the bag after two games on tour, against quality opposition, is a huge return.

“I would have taken that, absolutely,” said du Preez. “We know how tough it is to tour and how tough this competition is, so to beat the Waratahs for the first time in 19 years in Sydney [the last time was in 2000], that’s a great feat as was the draw against the Crusaders, very nearly a win.

“We’re very pleased with where we are.”

The Cell C Sharks

1 Thomas du Toit
2 Kerron van Vuuren
3 Coenie Oosthuizen
4 Hyron Andrews
5 Ruan Botha
6 Jacques Vermeulen
7 Jean-Luc du Preez
8 Philip van der Walt 
9 Louis Schreuder (C)
10 Curwin Bosch
11 Makazole Mapimpi
12 Marius Louw
13 Lukhanyo Am
14 Sbusiso Nkosi
15 Aphelele Fassi


16. Fezokuhle Mbatha
17. Mzamo Majola
18. John-Hubert Meyer
19. Tyler Paul
20. Luke Stringer
21. Cameron Wright
22. Robert du Preez
23. Kobus van Wyk

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