Cell C Sharks Name Team To Travel To Pretoria


Sunday’s Vodacom United Rugby Championship derby showdown with the Vodacom Bulls is set to be an explosive affair when the Cell C Sharks travel to Pretoria following their enforced bye with Ulster over the weekend.

‘Disappointment aplenty’ might best describe last week’s home clash with the Irish team that had to be called-off following an outbreak of gastro in the Ulster camp, and the Cell C Sharks will relish the opportunity to get stuck into their local rivals this weekend.

The Cell C Sharks coaching team do not have their Springboks available for selection this week, but have nonetheless a powerful squad to select from.

The Springboks’ contribution was immense in the victory over Glasgow Warriors two weeks ago, but with their unavailability the squad now reverts to the one that toured and achieved pleasing results overseas.

Changes from the last team that played see only one switch amongst the forward pack, with lock Gerbrandt Grobler replacing Springbok Eben Etzebeth, while three changes amongst the backline have been made.

Cameron Wright takes over from another Springbok, scrumhalf Jaden Hendrikse and Thaakir Abrahams is in for Anthony Volmink. Newly signed, seven-time Springbok-capped centre Francois Venter gets his debut start ahead of Marnus Potgieter, who has been named on the bench.

Cell C Sharks: 1. Ntuthuko Mchunu, 2. Kerron van Vuuren, 3. Thomas du Toit (c), 4. Gerbrandt Grobler, 5. Hyron Andrews, 6. Dylan Richardson, 7. Vincent Tshituka, 8. Phepsi Buthelezi, 9. Cameron Wright, 10. Boeta Chamberlain, 11. Thaakir Abrahams, 12. Ben Tapuai, 13. Francois Venter, 14. Werner Kok, 15. Aphelele Fassi. Replacements: 16. Dan Jooste, 17. Dian Bleuler, 18. Carlu Sadie, 19. Justin Basson, 20. James Venter, 21. Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 22. Grant Williams, 23. Marnus Potgieter.