Month: October 2022

Bok / SA A Squads

Sharks Thomas du Toit, Ox Nche, Bongi Mbonambi, Eben Etzebeth, Siya Kolisi, Jaden Hendrikse and Makazole Mapimpi will embark on the end of year tour with the Boks, while Ntuthuko Mchunu, Phepsi Buthelezi, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Grant Williams and Aphelele Fassi may feature in the SA A games against Munster and Bristol.

I do think Boeta Chamberlain should have been selected for the A team but I guess that is my Shark prejudice showing.


Venter starts against the Bulls

The Sharks will be without their Bok squad for the game on Sunday against the Bulls. New recruit Francois Venter slots straight into the 13 jersey (not sure if Marnus Potgieter deserved to drop to the bench though). Fiery Gerbrandt Grobler is back from injury layoff to start in the number 4 jersey. Cameron Wright will start at 9 with Grant Williams back from injury on the bench.


Eben’s first start for the Sharks

Sean Everett has shored up the Sharks side with his available Boks including Eben Etzebeth that will make his debut in a Sharks jersey. New recruit Vincent Tshituka will feature in the number 7 jersey.

Midfield has been reshuffled with red-carded Rohan JvR replaced by Marnus Potgieter. Jaden Hendrikse starts in place of the injured Grant Williams and Anthony Volminck comes in for Thaakir Abrahams.

The Sharks at times showed great attacking skills against Leinster but were really poor defensively (and also exiting after receiving a kick off). This was very evident with poor tackling out wide, but the Sharks also allowed Leinster to get on the front foot across the field too often. Defense has reportedly been the focus in training this week.


Sharks rotate two for Leinster

The Sharks will not use any of their Boks coming back from duty in the RC in the last match of their first European tour of the season. Hyron Andrews starts for Reniel Hugo who moves to the bench. Likewise hard-grafting Phepsi Buthelezi swaps jerseys with Sikhumbuzo Notshe. Nevaldo Fleurs may make his URC debut later in the game.