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Tough Assignment Looms:

The Cell C Sharks XV won’t have it easy in their second round SuperSport Rugby Challenge match against the Tafel Lager Griquas at Sisa Dukashe Stadium in East London on Sunday afternoon.

Although they can take confidence from last week’s 52-24 victory over the Leopards in their return leg match, they didn’t have things all their way. But testament to the character of the side to hold out and then finish strongly.

“The first half was very tough, they’re a physical side that won’t be broken down in the first 50 or 60 minutes,” explained head coach Ricardo Loubscher of the match last week.

“If you look at the half time score, it was close, which shows how tight it was. But in general, I’m happy. The guys came out guns blazing in the second half and scored the first try which was a good response.

“It was a good performance overall.”

After defeating Free State last week, Griquas (like the Cell C Sharks XV) have a game in hand over the top placed Free State side and a win on Sunday could propel them into prime position which just adds to the spice.

“This is a tough one for us again, on the road,” Loubscher added. “Griquas are a physical side, they’re a Currie Cup side with a big, physical pack. It will be tough but our plan is to stick to our guns and hopefully we can sneak in with a win.

With the way the log is currently going and with the knock-out rounds in sight, Loubscher admitted that: “This one is a must-win for us.”

The Cell C Sharks XV
Replacements
1. Jordan Els
16. Kerron van Vuuren
2. Andrew du Plessis
17. Khutha Mchunu
3. Ross Geldenhuys
18. Mzamo Majola
4. Andrew Evans
19. Kwanda Dimaza
5. Hyron Andrews
20. Grant Williams
6. Wian Vosloo
21. Aphelele Fassi
7. Jacques Vermeulen
22. Rhyno Smith
8. Tera Mtembu (C)

9. Francois de Villiers
10. Danrich Visagie
11. Leolin Zas
12. Marius Louw
13. Jeremy Ward
14. Kobus van Wyk
15. Courtney Winnaar

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