Bosch returns for Sharks
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Sharks coach Sean Everitt has made only one change to the side that will take on the Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein in Saturday’s Currie Cup semi-final.
The change sees Curwin Bosch returning to flyhalf after a minor injury sustained in the last meeting between the two sides.
After losing to the Pumas in round three, the Sharks have enjoyed a fruitful run of good form, beating the Cheetahsbefore back-to-back away wins against the Golden Lions and Blue Bulls.
The head of steam that has been built up bodes well for continuity, and with just the one change, the side will be looking to reap the benefits of continuity in team selection.
Sharks fullback and last week’s Man of the match against the Blue Bulls, Aphelele Fassi, admits to the growing excitement in the camp following a good run of form.
“After last week’s victory over the Blue Bulls, I’m really happy with where the team is at right now. We lost two games which we could have won, but we’ve grown since then through lots of hard work.
“As a youngster, I grew up dreaming of playing in the oldest rugby competition, and now that we’re here and I’m in a semi-final with a whole lot of other young players, it’s a huge honour and privilege for us. The youngsters bring a lot of energy into the team and although they’re learning, they’re doing well and contributing in a good way.”
Sharks: 15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Jeremy Ward, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Sanele Nohamba, 8 Tera Mtembu, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Phepsi Buthelezi, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Dylan Richardson, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Gideon Koegelenberg, 20 Andisa Ntsila, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Rhyno Smith, 23 JP Pietersen.
Date: Saturday, August 31
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 17.00 (15.00 GMT)
Referee: AJ Jacobs
Assistant Referees: Marius van der Westhuizen, Paul Mente
TMO: Joey Klaaste-Salmans
The Cell C Sharks side to take on Toyota Free State in Bloemfontein in Saturday’s Currie Cup semi-final shows great continuity which should translate into continuity in performance.
— The Sharks (@TheSharksZA) August 29, 2019