Makazole Mapimpi Sharks

Makazole Mapimpi will start for the Sharks. Photo: Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images

URC LIVE: Sharks vs Dragons Saturday 25 November

Follow the action from Kings Park where the Sharks take on the Dragons in round six of the United Rugby Championship on Saturday 25 November 2023.

Makazole Mapimpi Sharks

Makazole Mapimpi will start for the Sharks. Photo: Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images

The Sharks have made full use of the availability of their returning Springboks, with Eben Etzebeth, Makazole Mapimpi, Jaden Hendrikse, Ox Nche and Grant Williams in the mix.

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Sharks attack coach Dave Williams spoke about what the Springboks bring into the squad.

“We’ve been celebrating the achievements of the Sharks players returning from the World Cup with them and they’ve brought a huge amount of energy with them which has been great for us as a collective,” Williams remarked.

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“Having these players back and the confidence they bring, has been contagious and the rest of the group are all excited for Saturday’s game.

“Although the results haven’t gone the way of the Sharks this campaign, there’s no reason to overthink things. But everyone involved does understand the need to turn things around.

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“We have a long-term plan, but the immediate focus is around getting excited about finishing opportunities that we’re creating and maximising those rewards.

“We’ve spoken as a group around evolving our game and building pressure with the ball and through our transition game. We’re seeking rewards and the focus is on getting those conversions on the back of good rugby.

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“Working for a franchise like this, you embrace the pressure of expectation. In terms of this being a must-win, we go out every game to deliver a performance that wins rugby games, and that’s no different this week.”


Sharks: 15. Aphelele Fassi, 14. Werner Kok, 13. Lukhanyo Am ©, 12. Francois Venter, 11. Makazole Mapimpi, 10. Curwin Bosch, 9. Jaden Hendrikse, 8. Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7. Phepsi Buthelezi, 6. James Venter, 5. Emile van Heerden, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Coenie Oosthuizen, 2. Fez Mbatha, 1. Ntuthuko Mchunu
Replacements: 16. Daniel Jooste, 17. Ox Nche, 18. Hanro Jacobs, 19. Corne Rahl, 20. Jeandre Labuschagne, 21. Grant Williams, 22. Boeta Chamberlain, 23. Rohan Janse van Rensburg

Dragons: 15 Cai Evans, 14 Rio Dyer, 13 Sio Tomkinson, 12 Aneurin Owen, 11 Ewan Rosser, 10 Will Reed, 9 Dane Blacker; 8 Aaron Wainwright, 7 Ollie Griffiths (c), 6 Sean Lonsdale,5 George Nott, 4 Matthew Screech, 3 Chris Coleman, 2 Bradley Roberts, 1 Aki Seiuli,
Replacements: 16 James Benjamin, 17 Rhodri Jones, 18 Lloyd Fairbrother, 19 Joe Davies, 20 Harri Keddie, 21 Rhodri Williams, 22 Steff Hughes, 23 Ashton Hewitt

Referee: Frank Murphy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Christopher Allison (South Africa); Stephan Geldenhuys (South Africa)
TMO: Eoghan Cross (Ireland)