Friday, 25th November 2022
The Sharks Media Release
VODACOM UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
Cell C Sharks vs. Cardiff Rugby
|Sunday, 27th November 2022
|Hollywoodbets Kings Park, Durban
|Aimee Barrett-Theron, Stephan Geldenhuys
James Venter will lead the Cell C Sharks against Cardiff Rugby on Sunday evening at Hollywoodbets Kings Park as they return to Vodacom United Rugby Championship action following the autumn test window.
There is several Sharks Springboks still engaged in national duty – the Springboks take on England in the final test of the season this weekend – the Cell C Sharks team that host the side from the Welsh capital will look to both impress as well as fight for important gains.
Cardiff come to Durban off a 25-17 home loss to Edinburgh in their last VURC outing and will not want to slip up again, while the Cell C Sharks players selected for this match will take full opportunity given to them to really have a go at their visitors.
Squad depth is vital to the Cell C Sharks’ cause over the next few months and the players given this opportunity will look to really step up and deliver a powerful, victorious performance.
Two log points separate the sides, but Cardiff have played two extra games and a non-negotiable home win for the Cell C Sharks will do their title chase the world of good.
The changes for the Cell C Sharks for this match see Dian Bleuler and Carlü Sadie replacing Ntuthuko Mchunu and Thomas du Toit respectively in the front row.
Following his fine efforts off the bench, Justin Basson gets a start in the second row, with Gerbrandt Grobler shifting in place of Hyron Andrews who plays off the bench.
In the back row, James Venter takes over from Dylan Richardson on the side of the scrum while Sikhumbuzo Notshe and Phepsi Buthelezi, both fresh off their SA’A’ commitments, swap jerseys.
In the backline, Werner Kok shifts to the left wing in place of Thaakir Abrahams, with the Blitzbok star’s position on the right wing occupied by Marnus Potgieter.
Rohan Janse van Rensburg is back, Ben Tapuai moved to the bench, with van Rensburg forming a Springbok partnership with the highly-rated and vastly experienced Francois Venter who has also been given the vice-captaincy for this match.
The final change sees Anthony Volmink in for Aphelele Fassi who suffered an ankle injury in his SA’A’ appearance against Munster.
Cell C Sharks
1. Dian Bleuler
2. Kerron van Vuuren
3. Carlu Sadie
4. Justin Basson
5. Gerbrandt Grobler
6. James Venter (c)
7. Vincent Tshituka
8. Sikhumbuzo Notshe
9. Cameron Wright
10. Boeta Chamberlain
11. Werner Kok
12. Rohan Janse van Rensburg
13. Francois Venter
14. Marnus Potgieter
15. Anthony Volmink
16. Dan Jooste
17. Khwezi Mona
18. Khutha Mchunu
19. Hyron Andrews
20. Phepsi Buthelezi
21. Bradley Davids
22. Lionel Cronje
23. Ben Tapuai
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