The Cell C Sharks has named their first side for this years Super Rugby tournament for this weekend clash with the Emirates Lions.

Robert du Preez in his first season with the Sharks after moving from Western Province last year will start the match at the pivot number ten jumper.

He will be partner with Cameron White at nine and on his outside he has experience Esterhuizen and Am in the midfield.

The excitement in the Sharks backline does not stop there as they have Mapimpi and Nkosi on the wing.

Mvovo will take his place at fullback which makes an exciting backline first up for the Sharks.

Coach Robert Du Preez is happy with his team and that they can start the season.

“This squad has worked extremely hard in the pre-season and what’s especially pleasing to see is the vibe and excitement in the group.

Every player was given an opportunity during the warm-up games and so many of them put their hands up, which made it extremely difficult to decide on our matchday 23.  Naturally, the guys who have been left out will feel desperately disappointed as they have all put in the hard yards.

I stressed the fact that this campaign is going to be a squad effort and every guy will be called upon, at different stages, to contribute to the team’s goals.

“This is an important game and a great start will set the tone for our campaign.  We are excited to go out there and play.”

Akker van der Merwe who has moved from the Lions to the Sharks last year with Du Preez and Mapimpi will earn their first caps for the Sharks on Saturday.

The talented Curwin Bosch will start from the bench as well as Daniel du Preez

  1. Lwazi Mvovo
    14. Sbu Nkosi
    13. Lukhanyo Am
    12. Andre Esterhuizen
    11. Makazole Mapimpi
    10. Robert du Preez
    9. Cameron Wright
    8. Keegan Daniel
    7. Jacques Vermeulen
    6. Philip van der Walt
    5. Stephan Lewies
    4. Ruan Botha (c)
    3. Thomas du Toit
    2. Franco Marais
    1. Juan SchoemanReplacements
    16. Akker van der Merwe
    17. John-Hubert Meyer
    18. Beast Mtawarira
    19. Hyron Andrews
    20. Daniel du Preez
    21. Michael Claassens
    22. Curwin Bosch
    23. Kobus van Wyk

The Match can be followed live on Saturday



  1. Form 10 of the latter part of the 2017 CC, well deserved pick. Hope he has sorted his tactical kicking as well as clearance kicking out. He could well become a bok if he sorts those out, as he played really well on return from injury as well as for the barbarians.

    On the clearance kicks, I so wish we could unearth a flyhalf that can clear our 22 further than the 10m line this year. The Boks are lacking serious firepower in that department. Bosch can kick the ball a mile but has serious defensive frailties to sort, as well as being to young to throw in the deep end.

  2. Pretty damn good backline (other than Mvovu at full-back)… expecting big things from Cameron Wright at 9 this year too. Not too impressed with that loose-forward trio, not that un-impressed either.

    Reckon they can take it if they kick onto the Lions back three who are tiny. But then Captain courageous is back and Marx no doubt champing at the bit.

  3. Bryce the better bet would be to have Sharks wings run at them. The Lions players are actually quite good at dealing with high balls. But those Lions wings are worrisome. However with Mapoe and Vorster and Dayumani able to play wing and Mnisi and Rohan Janse Van Rensburg are on the bench it could conceivably happen. Dayumani can basically play scrumhalf, center, wing and any loose forward position.

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