Sharks vs Lions

Try time for Sikhumbuzo Notshe of the Cell C Sharks during the Super Rugby match between Cell C Sharks and Jaguares at Jonsson Kings Park Stadium on March 07, 2020 in Durban, South Africa. Image: Steve Haag/Backpagepix

Sharks name experimental side for Cardiff clash

The Sharks have named their side to take on Cardiff in the United Rugby Championship this weekend with some new combinations on show.

Sharks vs Lions

Try time for Sikhumbuzo Notshe of the Cell C Sharks during the Super Rugby match between Cell C Sharks and Jaguares at Jonsson Kings Park Stadium on March 07, 2020 in Durban, South Africa. Image: Steve Haag/Backpagepix

The Hollywoodbets Sharks side named to take on Cardiff in the closing stages of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship at Hollywoodbets Kings Park on Saturday afternoon is reflective of the union’s dual commitments.


With next weekend’s EPCR Challenge Cup Final against Gloucester in London, the Hollywoodbets Sharks side for this week’s match against the Welsh is a much-changed side, while the rest of the squad makes the trip north in preparation for the big final.

Experimental outfit takes on Cardiff


The Sharks said: “The emphasis this season has been on a squad effort rather than separate teams for different competitions, and the players who receive this opportunity have been part of the training squad throughout.


“They now get the chance to shine, having contributed positively and invaluably over the course of the last two campaigns. Their inclusion also adds depth for the future.”


Cardiff and the Hollywoodbets Sharks have both accumulated 25 log points, with the Durban side keen to put in a good showing in this, their penultimate home game of the tournament.


“We’ve given guys an opportunity to put their hands up and play well, to give the team that goes to Gloucester good momentum going forward,” explains Hollywoodbets Sharks defence coach Joey Mongalo.


“Hopefully, the way these guys account of themselves is a true reflection of where we are and how far we’ve come as a collective.”


Reniel Hugo leads the team against a side that Mongalo warns needs to be respected.


“They have specific individuals who have good ‘defenders beaten’ stats, which we’ve looked at, and that comes from a good set-piece. So, if your set-piece is dominant, the defence is going backwards, and you’re going forwards, you’re likely to gain momentum and line-breaks.


“Even though they’ve lost games, the losing margin has been narrow, even against top sides. They’re a solid unit and will want to impose their game on the opposition.”

Hollywoodbets Sharks team to face Cardiff


1. Dian Bleuler
2. Dylan Richardson
3. Khwezi Mona
4. Corne Rahl
5. Reniel Hugo (c)
6. Tino Mavesere
7. Simon Miller*
8. Sikhumbuzo Notshe**
9. Tiaan Fourie
10. Lionel Cronje
11. Aphiwe Dyantyi
12. Eduan Keyter
13. Diego Appollis
14. Yaw Penxe
15. Boeta Chamberlain

Replacements
16. Dan Jooste
17. Braam Reyneke*
18. IG Prinsloo*
19. Thomas Dyer*
20. Nick Hatton
21. Bradley Davids
22. Curwin Bosch
23. Anthony Volmink

*Denotes debut for the Hollywoodbets Sharks
** Denotes 50th cap for the Hollywoodbets Sharks in an international competition


Players not available for selection due to injury 
Coenie Oosthuizen
Emile van Heerden
George Cronje
Jaden Hendrikse
Marnus Potgieter
Muller du Plessis 
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