Siya Masuku Sharks Springbok

Siya Masuku of the Sharks kicks at goal. Image: Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

Sharks keep continuity for Benetton clash

The Sharks have made just three changes to the team that beat Clermont for their home fixture against Benetton in the URC.

Siya Masuku Sharks Springbok

Siya Masuku of the Sharks kicks at goal. Image: Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

The Sharks are back in action at Kings Park on Saturday when they entertain Italian outfit Benetton in the closing stages of the United Rugby Championship.

While they might have swapped tournaments, the Sharks have pledged not let the focus of the season waver.

The Sharks will be using this match for growth and improvement according to management.

A few changes to Sharks team

Head coach John Plumtree hasn’t tinkered much with the side that defeated Clermont last weekend to advance to the EPCR Challenge Cup Final as he looks to maintain continuity in team selection as well as how the team continues to gel.

There are two changes in the forwards where Corne Rahl replaces Emile van Heerden and Gerbrandt Grobler gets a start at flank, with Vincent Tshituka shifting to eighthman in place of Phepsi Buthelezi.

The final change sees Francois Venter replacing Ethan Hooker at centre.

Fine tuning performances

Assistant coach Warren Whitely admits that despite the change in focus in terms of title aspirations, there isn’t much in the way of shifting focus, but using this match to fine tune their performances.

The Sharks will be out to tighten up certain areas in preparation for a Challenge Cup final.

“What we’ve made clear is that after our review of the Clermont game, there were things we felt that we need to work on and be better at, so this weekend gives us an opportunity to be better, even though it’s a different competition,” Whitely said.

“We will need to be better in the final and that’s why our focus is on this week, to be better than we were against Clermont and improve where we can.”

The team still has plenty of Springbok power and we get another looks at Grant Williams and Siya Masuku as an exciting halfback pairing.

The Hollywoodbets Sharks team vs Benetton

1.    Ox Nche

2.    Bongi Mbonambi

3.    Vincent Koch

4.    Eben Etzebeth

5.    Corne Rahl

6.    James Venter

7.    Gerbrandt Grobler

8.    Vincent Tshituka

9.    Grant Williams

10.    Siya Masuku

11.    Makazole Mapimpi

12.    Francois Venter

13.    Lukhanyo Am (Captain)

14.    Werner Kok

15.    Aphelele Fassi


16.    Fez Mbatha

17.    Ntuthuko Mchunu

18.    Hanro Jacobs

19.    Lappies Labuschagne

20.    Tino Mavesere

21.    Cameron Wright

22.    Boeta Chamberlain

23.    Diego Appolis

Players not available for selection due to injury 

Coenie Oosthuizen

Curwin Bosch

Dylan Richardson 

George Cronje

Jaden Hendrikse

Phepsi Buthelezi

Marnus Potgieter

Muller du Plessis

Nevaldo Fleurs 

Zee Mkhabela