Fri 19 Nov 2021 | 09:30

Sharks load up on international talent for Bloem trip

Sharks load up on international talent for Bloem trip
Fri 19 Nov 2021 | 09:30
Sharks load up on international talent for Bloem trip
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Sharks will travel to Bloemfontein to play the Free State Cheetahs in the third match of the pre-season Challenge Series.

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The Cheetahs have already played two matches in the competition – losing a heartbreaker (30-31) to Western Province and beating Diables Barcelona 99-15.

Sharks coach Sean Everitt has mixed up his team by naming three new players, alongside many familiar faces.

Some of the younger members of the squad are also getting a run during this extended break from the United Rugby Championship.

With URC action returning next weekend, this is the ideal opportunity to keep squad depth active and game-ready.

There is also good news on the return of a Sharks favourite in Aphelele Fassi

The Springbok has been released from national duty and Everitt has named him in the matchday 23.

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Samoan international flank Olajuwon Noa will start this match alongside fellow Samoan Ben Tapuai, who has represented Australia.

Dian Bleuler, a newly signed 22-year-old replacement prop from Western Province, is also in the mix.

The South African Under-20 player made his senior debut this year and will add depth to the Sharks’ front row.

Tapuai is well known in Australian circles, spending six years with the Reds and a further season with the Western Force during which time he made seven appearances for the Wallabies before playing in England at Bath and Harlequins.

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Noa has two Test caps to his name and will no doubt look to impose his 1.94m tall and 112kg frame on the opposition.

Sharks: 15 Rynhardt Jonker, 14 Werner Kok, 13 Marnus Potgieter, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Boeta Chamberlain, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Henco Venter (captain), 7 Olajuwon Noa, 6 James Venter, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Le Roux Roets, 3 Khutha Mchunu, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Khwezi Mona.
Replacements: 16 Dan Jooste, 17 Dian Bleuler, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Reniel Hugo, 20 Phepsi Buthelezi, 21 Sanele Nohamba, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Aphelele Fassi.

Date: Saturday, November 20
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 14.00 (12.00 GMT)
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant referees: Jaco Kotze, Darren Colby
TMO: Ben Crouse

PV: 11
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