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Preview – Cell C Sharks v Lions


This should be another entertaining match when the Sharks host the Lions on Saturday in Durban.

Two off the sides that will represent South Africa in the Rainbow Cup, we do expect a step up from what we have seen from them so far in these warmup matches.

Both teams have included some of their top players in this weekend matchday 23 squads which should bring the standard up as well.

Sharks coach have selected his captain Lukhanyo Am to lead the side against the Lions.

He has also included Sanele Nohamba, Yaw Penxe and Aphelele Fassi among the backs. In the pack Le Roux Roets and Reniel Hugo will start in the second row for this weekend with Notshe at number 8.

The Lions also have their Springbok Elton Jantjies back to lead the side against the Sharks. This means that exciting youngster Tiaan Swanepoel will move to fullback this weekend.

Other regulars that will be back this weekend is Skosan on the wing with Simelane and Odendaal back in the midfield.

In the pack Tshituka, Willem Alberts and Dryer also get their spots back in the starting lineup.

On the bench we also see Fred Zeilinga who is on trail with the Lions.

The two teams looks evenly matchup and should bring the best out of each other.


Cell C Sharks: Aphelele Fassi, Werner Kok, Lukhanyo Am (captain), Rynhard Jonker, Yaw Penxe, Boeta Chamberlain, Sanele Nohamba, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Mpilo Gumede, Henco Venter, Reniel Hugo, Le Roux Roets, John-Hubert Meyer, Dan Jooste, Mzamo Majola.

Replacements: Dylan Richardson, Ntuthuko Mchunu, Thomas du Toit, Emile van Heerden, Thembelani Bholi, Grant Williams, Curwin Bosch, Marius Louw.

Emirates Lions: Tiaan Swanepoel; Ngia Selengbe, Wandisile Simelane, Burger Odendaal, Courtnall Skosan; Elton Jantjies (capt), André Warner; Francke Horn, Vincent Tshituka, MJ Pelser, Wilhelm van der Sluys, Willem Alberts, Carlu Sadie, Jan-Henning Campher, Ruan Dreyer.

Replacements: PJ Botha, Nathan McBeth, Jannie du Plessis, Reinhard Nothnagel, Sibusiso Sangweni, Ross Cronjé, Fred Zeilinga, Dan Kriel.

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