Windhoek Draught Griquas And Cell C Sharks Will Be Eager To Consolidate Semi-final Ambitions

 

The second match in today's Carling Currie Cup competition will be played in Kimberley @ 17h45, where Windhoek Draught Griquas will host the Cell C Sharks, and both teams will be eager to consolidate their semi-final ambitions.

The Cell C Sharks (18 points) and the Windhoek Draught Griquas (15 points) occupy positions three and four respectively in the race for the four semi-final spots.

Travelling to Kimberley is always tricky for any side, so the Durbanites will have to be at their best if they are to topple their Northern Cape hosts, who had a bye in the previous round.

These two sides clashed three times last year, with each one bagging a league win before the KwaZulu-Natalians managed to edge the Peacock Blues 28-24 in their 2021 semi-final clash in Durban.

After a tightly-contested opening round 24-23 victory over Griquas at Hollywoodbets Kings Park in January, Griquas will be highly motivated to return the favour at their home ground, a venue that hasn’t always been very kind to visiting teams.

With further wins over DHL Western Province, the Sigma Lions and Airlink Pumas, the Cell C Sharks will look to build on their early form that handed them four wins from their first four rounds.

The Windhoek Draught Griquas head coach Pieter Bergh made only one change to his starting line-up. 

The only change to the starting line-up is in the backline where George Whitehead will make his first appearance in a Currie Cup game of the season at flyhalf.

Cell C Sharks Currie Cup head coach Etienne Fynn has made three changes to his team, two of them rotational as he brings in livewire flank Dylan Richardson for Thembelani Bholi in the only change to the pack.

There are two changes amongst the backs, with Jeremy Ward moving from outside centre to the inside centre berth in place of Ethan Fisher with Marnus Potgieter wearing the number 13 jersey and another positional switch where Lloyd Koster coming in at wing for Yaw Penxe who moves to fullback in place of Jordan Chait.

Following on from their outstanding form in junior rugby, Cell C Sharks Under 20 scrumhalf and flyhalf Bradley Davids and Jean Smith have earned a call-up to the Currie Cup team and will look to feature off the bench in the latter part of the game.

Teams:

Windhoek Draught Griquas: 15. Rynhardt Jonker, 14. Munier Hartzenberg, 13. Sango Xamlashe, 12. Alex-Zander du Plessis, 11. Luther Obi, 10. George Whitehead, 9. Johan Mulder, 8. Sibabalo Qoma, 7. Hanru Sirgel, 6. Niel Otto (c), 5. Derik Pretorius, 4. Mzwanele Zito, 3. Janu Botha, 2. Simon Westraadt, 1. Eddie Davids. Replacements: 16. Gustav du Rand, 17. Kudzwai Dude, 18. Andries Schutte, 19. Johan Retief, 20. Michael Amiras, 21. Stefan Ungerer, 22. Ashlon Davids, 23. Christopher Hollis.

Cell C Sharks: 15. Yaw Penxe, 14. Lloyd Koster, 13. Marnus Potgieter, 12. Jeremy Ward, 11. Curwin Gertse, 10. Joaquin Bonilla, 9. Cameron Wright, 8. Celimpilo Gumede, 7. Dylan Richardson, 6. James Venter (c), 5. Hyron Andrews, 4. Ruben van Heerden, 3. Wiehahn Herbst, 2. Fez Mbatha, 1. Dian Bleuler. Replacements: 16. Dan Jooste, 17. Khwezi Mona, 18. Lourens Adriaanse, 19. Corne Rahl, 20. Olajuwon Noah, 21. Thembelani Bholi, 22. Bradley Davids, 23. Jean Smith.