Thursday, 02nd November 2023

The Sharks Media Release
VODACOM UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP

Ospreys vs. Hollywoodbets Sharks 

Date: Friday, 03rd November 2023
Time: 21h35 (CAT), 19h35 (UK)
Venue: Twickenham Stoop, London
Referee: Mike Adamson
Assistant Refs: Dewi Phillips, Mark Butcher
TMO: Matteo Liperini

Friday evening’s clash between the Ospreys and Hollywoodbets Sharks takes on historic significance as the first ever Vodacom United Rugby Championship fixture to take place in London, when the two teams meet at the Twickenham Stoop.

Hollywoodbets Sharks head coach John Plumtree has made four changes to last week’s side, handing Dylan Richardson his first start of the season, swapping the hooker jersey with Kerron van Vuuren, who he come on to replace against Leinster.

Coenie Oosthuizen returns to the side after starting in week one, taking over from Hanro Jacobs at tighthead prop, while Sikhumbuzo Notshe comes in at eighthman, with Phepsi Buthelezi shifting to the flank in place of Vincent Tshituka.

There is just one change in the backline where Aphiwe Dyantyi gets his first start in place of Marnus Potgieter on the wing.

Plumtree has made no secret of the fact that he wants his charges to play an attacking brand of rugby and after the first two rounds, he will be looking for further evolution of the team’s playing style that wows the fans and delivers plenty of tries, and with that, a winning style of rugby.

The team’s ambitions are lofty, but in no way pie in the sky. Friday night’s clash offers the perfect opportunity to showcase that.

Hollywoodbets Sharks
1. Ntuthuko Mchunu
2. Dylan Richardson
3. Coenie Oosthuizen
4. Corne Rahl
5. Emile van Heerden
6. James Venter
7. Phepsi Buthelezi
8. Sikhumbuzo Notshe
9. Cameron Wright
10. Curwin Bosch
11. Aphiwe Dyantyi
12. Rohan Janse van Rensburg
13. Francois Venter (c)
14. Werner Kok
15. Aphelele Fassi

Replacements
16. Kerron van Vuuren
17. Dian Bleuler
18. Hanro Jacobs
19. Hyron Andrews
20. George Cronje
21. Zee Mkhabela
22. Boeta Chamberlain
23. Murray Koster

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