Andre, Trevor and Jason move to the Sharks

The Sharks have confirmed that Andre Esterhuizen, Trevor Nyakane and Jason Jenkins have all signed to move to the Sharks. This should strengthen the Sharks squad. However the coaching staff will still have to find a way to build up their second tier players (as the Bulls and Stormers have managed).

So far Werner Kok (to Ulster), Le Roux Roets (to Sale Sharks) and Rohan Janse van Rensburg (already moved to Canon Eagles) have confirmed they will leave the Sharks. No confirmation on Boeta Chamberlain yet.

Am and Ox rested for Lions

The Sharks travel to Johannesburg pretty much playing for pride, practicing for the Challenge Cup and giving more game time to youngsters. Ntuthuko Mchunu have the big boots of Ox Nche to fill to keep the scrum up along with Bongi and Coenie Oosthuizen. Jaden Hendrikse, Lukhanyo Am and Makazole Mapimpi are all rested – not sure why Am and Mapimpi who missed a number of games due to injuries at the World Cup need rest at this stage.


Eben rested against the Dragons

Dave Williams (or Neil Powell) has made just two rotational changes to the starting lineup – James Venter and Jaden Hendrikse swaps with Tinotenda Mavesere and Grant Williams. However Dan Jooste, Coenie Oosthuizen, Le Roux Roets, Lionel Cronje and Rohan Janse van Rensburg all move onto the bench. Eben Etzebeth is rested for this match. On that topic hopefully this plus the following three weeks counts towards Eben’s mandatory break.


Three debutantes vs. Oyonnax

Plum has kept the same back line, but has made some changes in the pack with Corne Rahl swapping with Eben Etzebeth. Tino Masevere gets his first start in an international competition with Diego Appollis and Eduan Keyter likely making their debuts in the second half. Khwezi Mona comes onto the bench in place of Joel Hintz (who has looked very uncomfortable in the last two games).