Cell C Sharks Seeking A Big Win Against DHL Western Province In Stellenbosch


In the first of two Friday matches, DHL Western Province hosts the Cell C Sharks from 16h00 at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch, with the home side fighting for pride and their KwaZulu-Natal opponents seeking a big win to remain in contention for the top-four.

DHL Western Province's home match against Cell C Sharks at Stellenbosch will set the weekend’s important fixtures off, with the Capetonians determined to finish the season on a high after suffering nine losses in their previous 11 games. A look at the previous five meetings between these two coastal rivals sees them even at 2-2, with one match cancelled.

The KZN visitors won the previous encounter, in February this year, by 35-20 in Durban. The Cape outfit finished on the losing side last week against Windhoek Draught Griquas (43-41) and will be hoping home ground advantage gives them the edge in Stellenbosch.

Centre Juan de Jongh will captain DHL Western Province in their final Carling Currie Cup match of the season.

Tristan Leyds is at flyhalf, with Sergeal Petersen at fullback and Ebenezer Tshimanga coming into the starting line-up on the left wing.

There are two changes to the forward pack, with Shaine Orderson making his first start on the flank and Lee-Marvin Mazibuko at tighthead prop.

DHL Western Province Head Coach Jerome Paarwater said that his team will be aiming to send their campaign on a high in Stellenbosch.

“The players are determined to show how much it means for them to play in this jersey and we will be giving it everything we have while also enjoying the experience on Friday.

“We want to finish strong and show what we are capable of, so it should be a great game against a strong Cell C Sharks side,” he said.

Cel C Sharks' head coach Etienne Fynn has made a number of changes to the side, bolstering the match 23 with Vodacom United Rugby Championship players available for this vital match as the fight for log positions reaches an exciting finale.

The Cell C Sharks must win, and win well against a side that has won just twice in 11 outings. Like the Sigma Lions in the last couple of weeks, Province will throw everything into this match, knowing that there is little else but pride to play for.

Fynn has brought in hooker Kerron van Vuuren, tighthead prop Khutha Mchunu, lock Le Roux Roets, eighthman Sikhumbuzo Notshe, scrumhalf Cameron Wright, flyhalf Curwin Bosch and wing Werner Kok to add experience to a young Currie Cup team that knows just how important this final pool clash is.

With five debutants involved in last week’s penultimate match, Fynn admitted that the excitement they brought was impressive against a strong Sigma Lions team.

“We played the Lions URC team, and while it was not a faultless performance, it was certainly a committed one, from which we took two valuable log points, with everything to play for against Western Province.

“All our preparation has been done for Friday’s game, now it’s all about consolidating it.”


DHL Western Province: 15. Sergeal Petersen, 14. Angelo Davids, 13. Cornel Smit, 12. Juan de Jongh (captain), 11. Ebenezer Tshimanga, 10. Tristan Leyds, 9. Thomas Bursey, 8. Keke Morabe, 7. Marcel Theunissen, 6. Shaine Orderson, 5. Ben-Jason Dixon, 4. Simon Miller, 3. Lee-Marvin Mazibuko, 2. Jacques van Zyl, 1. Ali Vermaak. Replacements: 16. HP van Schoor, 17. Kwenzo Blose, 18. Leon Lyons, 19. Hilton Lobberts, 20. Jarrod Taylor, 21. Bobby Alexander, 22. Jonathan Roche, 23. Mnombo Zwelendaba.

Cell C Sharks: 15. Anthony Volmink, 14. Marnus Potgieter, 13. Jeremy Ward (c), 12. Murray Koster, 11. Werner Kok, 10. Curwin Bosch,  9. Cameron Wright, 8. Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7. Jeandre Labuschagne, 6. Mpilo Gumede, 5. Hyron Andrews, 4. Le Roux Roets, 3. Khutha Mchunu, 2. Kerron van Vuuren, 1. Dian Bleuler,. Replacements: 16. Dan Jooste, 17. Khwezi Mona, 18. Wiehahn Herbst, 19. Reniel Hugo, 20. OJ Noa, 21. Bradley Davids, 22. Boeta Chamberlain, 23. Ben Tapuai.