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Rahl to start in Dublin

Neil Powell has selected two youngsters in his squad for the game against Leinster. Corne Rahl will start at 4 lock, while Nevaldo Floors is on the bench. Marius Potgieter moves to wing in place of Werner Kok (presumed injured?). James Venter will replace Siya Kolisi as open side flank. Boeta Chamberlain will want to dictate from 10 with Aphelele Fassi starting at full back.


Plum is back

John Plumtree will rejoin the Sharks to coach the senior team starting on the 1st of July. He will be joined by Dave Williams as an assistant coach (previous with the Sharks from 2019 to about 2021).

It will be interesting to see how the dynamic between Powell and Plumtree (who in 15’s is really the more senior of the two) will work out.

Hopefully Plum can get the Sharks on track to reach the full potential of players in the squad.

Team for WP

The Sharks Currie Cup team will on Sunday face a settled WP team that saw off a Bulls team packed with URC players. This time around Corne Rahl will partner Reniel Hugo in the locks while Thembelani Bholi moves back to 7.

The back line has fewer changes this time with Fred Zeilinga again starting at 10 partnered with Bradley Davids and Phikolomzi Sobahle making his CC debut.


Boks back in Wales

The Sharks have finally been able to call on their big guns in the URC after being unavailable since the end of January. I expect the team will be a bit rusty initially with the powerful Sharks pack hopefully stamping their authority on the game later in the first half.

Neil Powell has been able to select pretty much all his first choice players with Emile van Heerden preferred over Gerbrandt Grobler who will play from the bench.


Fred Zeilinga starts against Kwas

Fred Zeilinga will start a Currie Cup game for the Sharks after an absence of at least 4 years. Reniel Hugo and Hyron Andrews are back at locks (would have liked to see more of Ockie Barnard). Likewise Hanro Jacobs will start at tight head in place of Carlu Sadie. A strong loose trio including the two Venters and Dylan Richardson completes the pack.


Currie Cup kicks off

Joey Mongalo has selected a pretty strong starting front row which includes Carlu Sadie. Likewise the bench includes the likes of Dian Bleuler and Khutha Mchunu.

Thembelani Bholi and Celimpilo Gumede offers experience at lock and eight man with a number of youngsters making up the rest of the pack.


Mchunu and Sadie starts against the Stormers

The Sharks will have none of their Boks (Ox Nche was particularly industrious in Scotland) available for the home game against the Stormers. That means Ntuthuko Mchunu and Carl├╝ Sadie will start in the front row with Dian Bleuler and Hanro Jacobs on the bench. Likewise Cam Wright (who had a very good game except for the decision to box kick with 25 seconds left on the clock) will start at 9 with Bradley Davids on the bench.


Currie Cup team for Connacht

Due to the Sharks crazy travel schedule (was this not supposed to be better than Super Rugby?) Neil Powell has decided to keep most of his first choice players at home to prepare for the home game against Bordeaux. The team that will face Connacht has a sprinkling of A level players like Ntuthuko Mchunu, Carl├╝ Sadie, Henco Venter, Rohan Janse van Rensburg and Grant Williams but also includes 3 debutantes on the bench as well as a number of players who has not played for a while.