The Sharks will have play maker Lukhanyo Am back at outside center while hard working Ruben van Heerden starts in the number 4 jersey. Le Roux Roets who provides a lot of bulk and go forward to the Sharks pack is not in the mix – I can only assume he is out injured. Likewise fiery Gerbrand Grobler will also be missed.
I am worried that the Sharks will be rusty due to the bulk of the squad not playing rugby for 3 weeks. If the Sharks can pull of a win they will be guaranteed a home quarter final.
Etienne Fynn has made wholesale changes to last week’s pack and one change in the back line. Khwezi Mona, Fez Mbatha and Lourens Adriaanse will start this week, Emile van Heerden replaces Ruben van Heerden and Dylan Richardson, Thembelani Bholi and Mpilo Gumede start in the back row. Murray Koster is back at inside centre.
Junior Bok Blaine Golden will most likely get a first CC cap later in the game along with Nick Hatton.
Yesterday the Sharks announce the signing of Vincent Tshituka from the Lions on a three year deal. At only 23 he will be one to watch for the future. He’s also not a small lad at 1.95m and 107kg. Some good performances placed him on the Bok radar but before that can happen he will need to get his SA passport. Although the Sharks loose forward department is well stocked for now I’m sure he will add value and further depth to the Sharks loose forward pool.
Today the Sharks announce the signing of another Lions player in Carlù Sadie. The 25 year old will join the Sharks on a 2 year contract and will for sure help to prop up the tight head department.
And there is yet another new player signing announced. Well not totally new as Lionel Cronje previously played for the Sharks. The 32 year old Cronje signed a 2 year contract.
New signing Nevaldo Fleurs who just over a week ago featured for Maties in the Varsity Cup final will start at fullback against the Pumas on Friday night.
It is good to see URC bench players like Kerron van Vuuren, Sikhumbuzo Notshe and especially Boeta Chaimberlain get some game time before the business end of the competition. Zee Mkhabela may make a Currie Cup debut at nine later in the game.
In other news the signing of centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg has been confirmed.