Category: United Rugby Championship

No changes for Connacht

Sean Everitt has picked an unchanged side for the game against Connacht. The Sharks should be safe for a quarter final, but now it is all to play for the final position in the top 8 in order to play the QF at home.

The Sharks showed some very positive progress in the game against Leinster (good to see Bosch and Fassi counter-attacking again), but they do need to work on their discipline. Too often the team let up the pressure by giving away silly penalties at crucial times.


Kolisi starts against the Lions

Siya Kolisi and Henco Venter will regain their jerseys for the match against the Lions while Reniel Hugo starts in the 5 lock position and Le Roux Roets moves back to the bench. No changes have been made to the backline.

The Sharks will do well not to underestimate the Lions who have recently managed to put away top 5 teams Munster and Edinburgh.


Ox back for Edinburgh

Aphelele Fassi is still out injured but the Sharks will welcome back Ox Nche. Anthony Volmink takes over the fullback position after not having featured in any Sharks team for weeks.

Having doing well to manage bonus points against below strength Benetton and Scarlets teams (due to Six Nations call-ups) and the bottom dwelling Zebre team, the Sharks will face a full strength Edinburgh team featuring the likes of Hamish Watson.


Bosch and Notshe on the bench for Bulls

Gerbrandt Grobler and Henco Venter start in the pack while Sikhumbuzo Notshe will make a welcome return later in the game. Marius Louw comes in at inside centre while Lukhanyo Am puts the 13 jersey back on. Curwin Bosch replaces Boeta Chaimberlain on the bench.

The Sharks will need to improve all over the park after an indifferent performance against the Stormers. Neil Powell (future defense coach for the Sharks after the current Sevens season) visited the Sharks this week – hopefully he can provide some tips on how to improve the back line defense after the Stormers regularly found gaps to exploit.


Am to dazzle from 12

Ben Tapuai picking up an injury during training required a midfield reshuffle with Lukhanyo Am moving to 12 and Jeremy Ward coming in at 13. Grant Williams and Boeta Chaimberlain move to the bench with Jaden Hendrikse and Tito Bonilla starting this week. Werner Kok moves onto the bench.

Cape Town is usually a good hunting ground for the Sharks – so hopefully the Sharks can play to their potential and put the Stormers away. The Sharks will have to improve their exits and cut down the penalty count.