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Preview Currie Cup SF1 – Cell C Sharks v Xerox Golden Lions

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It is playoffs this weekend and we will have the Cell C Sharks taking on the Xerox Golden Lions as well as the DHL Western Province hosting the Vodacom Blue Bulls.

The Sharks only lost one match the whole competition which was against Province and will be favourites going into the Durban clash against the Golden Lions.

The Golden Lions had to dig deep this Currie Cup competition with a lot of young players that had step up.

Even though they did not had much of their Super Rugby players or Springboks available they still only lost two matches the whole competition.

Golden Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen, included Springboks Elton JantjiesAphiwe Dyantyi and Warren Whiteley in his starting fifteen for Saturday.

Springboks Marx and Mostert have not been selected for this match and are being managed as both will play a huge role for the Springboks in the November test series coming up.

The Sharks coach Du Preez opted to move Robert Du Preez back to flyhalf and Curwin Bosch to fullback.

He also included Marius Louw at inside center, a player who has been really good all season long.

But with so many big games these days the battle will start and end with the packs and it is going to be a big one.

With Jean-Luc du Preez and Coenie Oosthuizen recovered from their time off due to injuries, this Sharks side will also have plenty to come of the bench.

The Lions have something to proof up front after they were man-handled in the wet earlier in the season by the Sharks.

Both sides have the ability to give the ball some air and have the speedsters at the back to finish things off.

Many people do not look past Province for the title this year but the Golden Lions and the Sharks have some pretty good players who have been playing some good rugby as well.

Collectively both the Lions and Sharks are in a good enough to go all the way.

The Lions will bag on the experience the pairing of Ross Cronje and Elton Jantjies will add to the match and even bring some of that X-Factor we were getting used to from the Lions.

With both teams gunning of a place in the final one can only expect that this will be the same as one of that good old Currie Cup clashes we are used to.

They expect some rain in the morning but we should get good conditions in the afternoon when the match kick off.

Teams:

Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Jeremy Ward, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder (captain), 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Gideon Koegelenberg, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Juan Schoeman

Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Luke Stringer, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Leolin Zas, 23 Aphelele Fassi

Golden Lions: 15 Sylvian Mahuza, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Janties, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Pikkie de Villiers, 6 James Venter, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Rhyno Herbst, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Pieter Jansen, 1 Sti Sithole

Replacements: 16 Tiaan van der Merwe, 17 Danie Mienie, 18 Chergin Fillies, 19 Vincent Tshituka, 20 Hacjivah Dayimani, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Shaun Reynolds, 23 Wandisile Simelani

 

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