Cell C Sharks Coach Brad Macleod-Henderson only made one stage to his team who would face the Steval Pumas this weekend from the team that beat GWK Griquas.
Talking to www.sharksrugby.co.za the couch explains the selections, “We’ve taken a lot of confidence out of our away win last week and we’re very excited about being back home, it’s fantastic to play at Growthpoint KINGS PARK,” he explains.
One huge bonus for the Sharks is the return of Pat Lambie, as he was released by the Springbok coach as was the case last week with Eben Etzebeth. Lambie will play of the bench with Zeilinga getting the nod to start again in the number 10 jersey. The lucky one must be the young Cameron Wright who will be playing with both talented fly half’s.
“I thought Cameron came through brilliantly for a first game at this level in difficult conditions,” said Macleod-Henderson. “He had a fantastic game, so we’re very happy.”
Stephan Lewies is not available, and JC Astle will start at lock after making a very good first appearance off the bench last week. There are no other changes to the starting XV.
“The Currie Cup is a tough competition, all eight sides have quality players and the Pumas showed that last week when they got a good win over Free State,” the coach adds. “They’re a very good side, they’ve only lost two or three games in the last two years, their players have been together as a team for a while now and they know where they’re going. They’re well-structured and we’ll need to perform well on Friday night to get the result.”
The Cell C Sharks Team:
15. SP Marais 14. Odwa Ndungane 13. S’bura Sithole 12. Paul Jordaan 11. Tonderai Chavhanga 10. Fred Zeilinga 9. Cameron Wright 8. Tera Mtembu (Captain) 7. Ettienne Oosthuizen 6. Jacques Botes 5. Marco Wentzel 4. JC Astle 3. Lourens Adriaanse 2. Kyle Cooper 1. Thomas du Toit
Replacements 16 Monde Hadebe 17. Matt Stevens 18. Johan Meyer 19. Francois Kleinhans 20. Hanco Venter 21. Patrick Lambie 22. Lionel Cronje