URC – Hollywoodbets Sharks Name Team To Host Ulster


The Hollywoodbets Sharks host Ulster at Hollywoodbets Kings Park this Saturday in a Vodacom United Rugby Championship clash that’s shaping up to be a season-changer for the Durban side.

Lukhanyo Am leads the Hollywoodbets Sharks team to take on the Irish giants, with Rugby World Cup winning prop Vincent Koch set to make his Hollywoodbets Sharks debut off the bench.

SA Rugby Player of the Year winner (for the second successive year) Eben Etzebeth does not mince his words when he reflects on the season so far and his thoughts ahead of the match.

“We haven’t had a good season so far and no excuses, we need to take a hard look at ourselves as individuals and as a collective,” he says.

“Somehow, we haven’t been executing our plans and that’s disappointing, but we’ll be looking to rectify that over the remainder of the season and make the last part of it a successful one.

“We’re looking to end strong, there’s always a sense of pride when we wear the Hollywoodbets Sharks jersey and win games and that motivates the guys to not give up, but to make it difficult for the teams coming to Durban.”

Looking at the upcoming game, he admits of the team selection, “As a collective, this was probably the strongest 23 we could have picked for this game so far this season and it’s a big boost having guys like [himself and] Bongi and Vincent Koch back.”

With Ireland having won back-to-back Six Nations Championships, Ulster will be buoyed by their national team’s success, but Etzebeth believes the Hollywoodbets Sharks’ focus should be on themselves, not their opponents.

“We as a Sharks team must get our confidence right for next season and finish this season on a high. Hopefully, we can produce a great performance on Saturday. We need to step up in the physicality department, we haven’t had a great set-piece this year and we as South Africans love that battle, but I just feel at the moment we’re letting ourselves down and letting the supporters down with what we’ve produced.

“The plan is to be a lot more physical on the field this weekend.”

Hollywoodbets Sharks
1. Ntuthuko Mchunu**
2. Bongi Mbonambi
3. Hanro Jacobs
4. Eben Etzebeth
5. Gerbrandt Grobler
6. Phepsi Buthelezi
7. Vincent Tshituka
8. George Cronje
9. Jaden Hendrikse
10. Siya Masuka
11. Makazole Mapimpi
12. Ethan Hooker
13. Lukhanyo Am (c)
14. Eduan Keyter
15. Aphelele Fassi

16. Kerron van Vuuren
17. Ox Nche
18. Vincent Koch*
19. Corne Rahl
20. Jeandre Labuschagne
21. Cameron Wright
22. Curwin Bosch
23. Francois Venter