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Sharks name unchanged starting XV for Lions duel

News24
06 May 2021, 20:13 GMT+10

Sharks coach Sean Everitt has named an unchanged starting XV for Saturday's PRO14 Rainbow Cup SA clash against the Lions in Durban.

The Sharks beat the Stormers 33-30 in their opening match in Cape Town last week but they will be looking for an improved performance, having trailed for large parts at Cape Town Stadium.

"Our preparation is important because we're a performance-driven side, we aren't results-driven," loose forward Sikhumbuzo Notshe said. "We know that if we get our performance right, the results will follow."

The mobile No 8 is relishing the contest against the Lions.

"I think both sides will look to lift the tempo and play a high-paced game. We'll match them if they go that route and they'll look to do the same. Decision-making will be important and making sure we stick to our plan," he added.

There are two changes on the Sharks bench, with Le Roux Roets replacing JJ van Mescht and Jaden Hendrikse having recovered from a niggle and named as the reserve scrumhalf in place of Sanele Nohamba.

Saturday's clash at Kings Park kicks off at 16:00.

Teams:

Sharks

15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am (captain), 12 Jeremy Ward, 11 Yaw Penxe, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Grant Williams, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Fez Mbatha, 1 Ox Nche

Substitutes: 16 Kerron van Vuuren, 17 Ntuthuko Mchunu, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 Le Roux Roets, 20 Phepsi Buthelezi, 21 Jaden Hendrikse, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Werner Kok

Lions

TBA

Source: News24

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