Sharks Starting XV Unchanged For Lions


Continuity in team selection is gold for coaches and Cell C Sharks head coach Sean Everitt will be thrilled to be able to name an unchanged starting XV to host the Emirates Lions this weekend.

After getting their opening match of the Rainbow Cup SA tournament off to a winning start against the DHL Stormers in Cape Town last weekend, the Cell C Sharks will look to refine their performance further when the Lions visit Jonsson Kings Park on Saturday afternoon in the Cell C Sharks’ first home game of the competition.

The performance in the 33-30 victory was always going to show some rustiness due to the lack of match action and this week’s match offers the perfect opportunity to perform at a level they strive for.

“Our preparation is important because we’re a performance-driven side, we aren’t results-driven,” explains Cell C Sharks loose forward Sikhumbuzo Notshe. “We know that if we get our performance right, the results will follow.”

The highly mobile eighthman should revel in play on Saturday given his expectations of the way the game will unfold.

“I think both sides will look to lift the tempo and play a high-paced game. We’ll match them if they go that route and they’ll look to do the same. Decision-making will be important and making sure we stick to our plan.”

There are two changes on the bench with Le Roux Roets replacing JJ van Mescht and Jaden Hendrikse having recovered from his niggle being named as the reserve scrumhalf.

The Cell C Sharks will look to build on last week’s performance with a strong showing at home.

Cell C Sharks: 1. Ox Nche, 2. Fez Mbatha, 3. Thomas du Toit, 4. Ruben van Heerden, 5. Reniel Hugo, 6. Siya Kolisi, 7. Henco Venter, 8. Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 9. Grant Williams, 10. Curwin Bosch, 11. Yaw Penxe, 12. Jeremy Ward, 13. Lukhanyo Am (C), 14. Sbu Nkosi, 15. Aphelele Fassi, Replacements: 16. Kerron van Vuuren, 17. Ntuthuko Mchunu, 18. Wiehahn Herbst, 19. Le Roux Roets, 20. Phepsi Buthelezi, 21. Jaden Hendrikse, 22. Manie Libbok, 23. Werner Kok.