The Cell C Sharks have selected their strongest possible team for this weekend Carling Currie Cup Semi Finals against DHL Western Province at Newlands.
Lukhanyo Am leads the team with flank Henco Venter adding his voice to the leadership that will be required in a high stakes clash such as this one.
Am, in the lead-up to the game, admitted: “The delay was a blessing in disguise, giving teams a longer period to prepare for the semi-finals and to sharpen up on the issues that needed to be improved upon.”
He added that he didn’t believe there would be a break in their momentum, saying: “With the group we have that’s been together for a long time, missing a week isn’t something that we feel will bite us. It happens in season anyway, I still believe it came at the perfect time.”
The match has been hyped up as pitting an exciting Cell C Sharks’ backline against a dominant Province pack and Am felt that both sides will be looking to counter their opponents’ strengths.
“We know what Western Province’s strengths are in terms of set-piece dominance, they’ve proven it throughout the comp, so from our side, we’ve been working on us mainly, to try strengthen any parts we feel need working on.
“If we’re able to get our own set-piece going and challenge them on theirs, I think it will be a very exciting game to watch.”
Cell C Sharks: 1. Ox Nche 2. Fezokuhle Mbatha 3. Thomas du Toit 4. JJ van der Mescht 5. Ruben van Heerden 6. Dylan Richardson 7. Henco Venter 8. Sikhumbuzo Notshe 9. Sanele Nohamba 10. Curwin Bosch 11. Yaw Penxe 12. Marius Louw 13. Lukhanyo Am (C) 14. Sbu Nkosi 15. Aphelele Fassi
Replacements: 16. Daniel Jooste 17. Mzamo Majola 18. Michael Kumbirai 19. Hyron Andrews 20. Thembelani Bholi 21. Jaden Hendrikse 22. Jeremy Ward 23. Manie Libbok