Sharks name team for Edinburgh visit

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The Sharks host Edinburgh at Kings Park on Saturday evening in a United Rugby Championship clash that has an important bearing on the fight for log positions.

A win over the fifth-placed Edinburgh would see the Sharks leap-frog the Scottish outfit and take them to within one victory of the top four – all of whom have played an extra game.

Building momentum in the URC

The Sharks will be looking to take the momentum of the four bonus point victories on the trot into this match against a side with a similar record to themselves.

Having played 13 games to the Sharks’ 12, both sides have seven wins and a draw, with Edinburgh losing their extra game.

Bonus points are all that separate the Sharks and Edinburgh currently fifth and sixth on the log.

A fifth straight victory, and in doing so maintaining an outstanding home record at Kings Park, would do the team’s aspirations and ambitions absolutely no harm whatsoever.

As expected after a run of such good form, Sharks head coach Sean Everitt has stuck with the same team as last week aside from two changes.

Springbok prop Ox Nche is welcomed back after missing last week’s game with his capable replacement Ntuthuko Mchunu reverting to the bench, while the second change at fullback is injury-enforced, Anthony Volmink coming in for Aphelele Fassi who left the field against Zebre last week with an ankle injury.

Everitt has addressed the European rugby focus on set-piece and forward domination with a six-two split on the bench, bringing in Currie Cup captain James Venter to bolster the stocks.

Sharks team

  1. Ox Nche
  2. Bongi Mbonambi
  3. Thomas du Toit (v/c)
  4. Gerbrandt Grobler
  5. Reniel Hugo
  6. Siya Kolisi (c)
  7. Henco Venter
  8. Sikhumbuzo Notshe
  9. Grant Williams
  10. Curwin Bosch
  11. Makazole Mapimpi
  12. Marius Louw
  13. Ben Tapuai
  14. Werner Kok
  15. Anthony Volmink

Replacements

  1. Kerron van Vuuren
  2. Ntuthuko Mchunu
  3. Khutha Mchunu
  4. Le Roux Roets
  5. Phepsi Buthelezi
  6. James Venter
  7. Jaden Hendrikse
  8. Boeta Chamberlain

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