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Strong team for Benetton

Plum has selected close to the strongest available team (given injuries) but is experimenting with Vincent Tshituka at number 8 and Gerbrandt Grobler at 7. I am not a fan of this trio but with Phepsi Buthelezi, Emile van Heerden and George Cronje out injured this is probably the best case scenario. An alternative could have been Tino Mavesere at 6, Vincent at 7 and James Venter at 8.

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Strong team for Scarlets

Plum has selected a very strong team for the Scarlets game this coming Friday night. Ox, Etzebeth, Mapimpi, Am, Kok and Fassi will all start with Hendrikse moving back on the bench.

The Sharks have a bit of an openside flank crisis at the moment with both James Venter and Dylan Richardson out injured. Phepsi will have to fill the role while Vincent Tshituka moves into the 8 position. Not sure why Masevere was not rather looked at? Bongi is still not available (Sharks will need him in next week’s semi) so Fez Mbatha will start. Boeta Chamberlain gets another opportunity from the bench.

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Boeta back at 15

Plum has decided to rest a number of his first choice players for Friday night’s game against the Warriors. Nick Hatton will feature behind the scrum with Curwin Bosch getting a start at 10, Murray Koster at 13 and Boeta Chamberlain at 15. Vincent Koch, Vincent Tshituka, Siya Masuku and Ethan Hooker will provide reinforcement from the bench later in the game.

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Strong team for Zebre

Eben Etzebeth is out with a rib injury but there are still 7 World Cup Boks in the squad with 6 starting.

Corne Rahl starts in place of Eben with Gerbrandt Grobler on the bench. Ethan Hooker starts at 12 with Francois Venter moving to the bench. Good to see Grant Williams back on the bench.

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Phepsi at 6

Ox, Vincent (both from the bench) and Eben will all strengthen the pack for the Sharks this Saturday. I am not a fan of Phepsi at openside – not sure if James Venter is out injured. George Cronje gets another start at 8 and need to start showing the form that made the Sharks buying him from Free State.

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