Cell C Sharks Announce Currie Cup Final’s Squad


For the second time this year, the Cell C Sharks and Vodacom Bulls will contest South Africa’s most prestigious rugby competition, the Carling Currie Cup, when the sides meet in Pretoria on Saturday.

Looking to continue the momentum the team has built up over the last month, with wins over the Bulls, Cheetahs, Lions and Griquas, Cell C Sharks head coach Sean Everitt has largely stuck with the side that won last weekend’s semi-final at Jonsson Kings Park, the continuity and confidence the team are able to take into Saturday’s final is worth their weight in gold.

Khwezi Mona has been named in place of Ntuthuko Mchunu in the front row while the return of Thomas du Toit from the Springboks is a timely boost, particularly for the expected battle upfront.

A new face has been included in the match 23 where replacement scrumhalf Lucky Dlepu is set to make his debut for the Cell C Sharks. The 21-year-old featured at age group level for Western Province, captaining their Craven Week side in 2017, before making the move to Durban last year.

“It’s one-all in the Currie Cup, we’ve beaten them once and there’s no reason why we can’t do it again,” said Everitt.

“We know that the ball travels far at Loftus so we’re going to have to handle the aerial battle well, but we have three players – Curwin, Sanele and Lionel – who kick really well and will be up for the challenge.

“We know the Bulls have a massive pack of forwards, they are playing well and were sublime in their semi-final. It’s all about momentum, we know what’s coming our way with regards to how they play and the emphasis for us will be about stopping their momentum and stopping their big ball-carriers.”

Cell C Sharks: 1. Khwezi Mona, 2. Kerron van Vuuren, 3. Thomas du Toit, 4. Le Roux Roets, 5. Gerbrandt Grobler, 6. Dylan Richardson, 7. Henco Venter, 8. Phepsi Buthelezi (c), 9. Sanele Nohamba, 10. Lionel Cronje, 11. Thaakir Abrahams, 12. Marius Louw, 13. Werner Kok, 14. Yaw Penxe, 15. Curwin Bosch. Replacements: 16. Dan Jooste, 17. Ntuthuko Mchunu, 18. Khutha Mchunu, 19. Thembelani Bholi, 20. Reniel Hugo, 21. Lucky Dlepu* (debut), 22. Jeremy Ward, 23. Anthony Volmink.