Bongi Mbonambi Sharks

Siya Kolisi and Bongi Mbonambi will return to the Sharks pack for Saturday’s United Rugby Championship clash against the Stormers. Photo: Twitter @Springboks

Former Stormers Springbok duo named in Sharks side

Siya Kolisi and Bongi Mbonambi will return to the Sharks pack for Saturday’s United Rugby Championship clash against the Stormers.

Bongi Mbonambi Sharks

Siya Kolisi and Bongi Mbonambi will return to the Sharks pack for Saturday’s United Rugby Championship clash against the Stormers. Photo: Twitter @Springboks

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi and 2019 Rugby World Cup-winning hooker Bongi Mbonambi will make their returns to the Sharks pack for Saturday’s United Rugby Championship (URC) clash against the Stormers at Kings Park.

Kick-off is at 17:05.

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The former Stormers stalwarts will make their seasonal debut after they were given an extra week to get back their full fitness after they had been given extra time off over the festive break.

Neither Kolisi nor Mbonambi were part of the Sharks team that beat the Lions 47-37 in Johannesburg last weekend.

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The return of the duo accounts for the only two changes to the Sharks starting team from the Johannesburg match.

Kolisi returns for James Venter at openside flank, with Venter dropping out of the match day squad, while Mbonambi comes in for Kerron van Vuuren.

Siya Kolisi will not skipper the Sharks

The latter’s shift to the bench for Fez Mbatha is the only change to the bench that did duty last week.

Despite being Springbok skipper, Kolisi will not lead the Sharks. That honour will once again fall to centre Lukhanyo Am.

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Sharks coach Shaun Everitt was mostly happy with last week’s performance, but understandably after the first game following a six-week break he believes there are areas where his men need to improve on their Johannesburg performance.

“The positives from last week were the opportunities we created and I was happy with the quick attack, the way we were able to move the ball and the continuity we got from that,” said Everitt.

“We also managed the game well at times and that was why we came out on top.”

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After six matches for all four South African teams competing in the tournament, it’s the Sharks in 10th place in the 16th team log who lead the way for Mzansi.

The Stormers are in 12th, the Lions 13th and the Bulls a lowly 15th at this stage.

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In another round of SA derbies this Saturday, the Lions will host the Bulls at Ellis Park (15:00) in an earlier match.

TEAMS: SHARKS V STORMERS

Sharks

15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am (captain), 12 Ben Tapaui, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Boeta Chamberlain, 9 Grant Williams, 8 Phepsi Buthelezi, 7 Jeandre Labuschagne, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ox Nche

Substitutes: 16 Kerron van Vuuren, 17 Nthuthuko Mchunu, 18 Khutha Mchunu, 19 Reniel Hugo, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Jaden Hendrikse, 22 Tito Bonilla, 23 Jeremy Ward

Stormers

TBA

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