Sharks keep winning formula for Bulls clash
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Sharks team named to travel to Pretoria to take on the Bulls on Saturday shows just one change to the matchday 23 as the team continues to build momentum in playing personnel in the Rainbow Cup SA competition.
At the end of the halfway stage, head coach Sean Everitt will have been able to play an almost identical team each week, with just one change to the starting line-up for this match after retaining the same XV for the opening two matches.
Jaden Hendrikse returns to the side in the place of Grant Williams at scrumhalf, with Sanele Nohamba playing off the bench.
Building momentum is all about continuity and being able to retain the bulk of the team week after week provides the platform for a side to grow as a unit and for the individuals to revel in the sustained opportunities they are being given.
It won’t be easy against the only other unbeaten side in the tournament and these two sides have a powerful rivalry that goes back many years.
With two bonus point victories so far – against the Stormers in round one and the Lions in round two – the Sharks are clearly doing something right, although there are still areas of their game that they know are still works in progress.
There is a lot of excitement when this team gets into its stride and this makes them a dangerous proposition.
“With the freedom we’re given to play, decision-making becomes crucially important,” explains flyhalf Curwin Bosch.
“That’s knowing when to run and when to kick and with all the hard work put in with that in mind, hopefully we can put in the perfect performance this weekend
Sharks: 15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am (captain), 12 Jeremy Ward, 11 Yaw Penxe, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Fez Mbatha, 1 Ox Nche.
Replacements: 16 Kerron van Vuuren, 17 Ntuthuko Mchunu, 18 Wiehahn Herbst 19 Le Roux Roets, 20 Phepsi Buthelezi, 21 Sanele Nohamba, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Werner Kok.
Date: Saturday, May 15
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 18.15 (16.15 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Referees: Griffon Colby, Paul Mente
TMO: Marius van der Westhuizen
The Cell C Sharks team named to travel to Pretoria to take on the Vodacom Bulls on Saturday shows just one change to the matchday 23 as the team continues to build momentum in playing personnel in the Rainbow Cup SA competition.ADVERTISEMENT
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