Big Quest for Under 21s

The Cell C Sharks Under 21s will be looking to return to winning ways when they host the Free State Under 21s at Jonsson KINGS PARK on Saturday morning in their SA Rugby Under 21 Championship match.

A narrow 31-26 loss in a top of the table clash against the Blue Bulls last week ended a good run of form and they will be hoping that they can get the better of Free State who leap-frogged them into second spot on the log after they beat Western Province 45-39.

In a three try-apiece thriller, JJ van der Mescht, Muller du Plessis and Caleb Dingaan all scored tries, but four penalties to three and two conversions to one was the eventual difference on the scoreboard.

The Blue Bulls continue to lead the log table with 19 points from their four matches, Free State are in second with 12 and the Cell C Sharks Under 21s third with 11. The Golden Lions, Western Province and Leopards make up the remainder of the table.

In changes to last week’s side, Sean Barnes comes in for James Scott at loosehead prop while Fez Mbatha returns to hooker with Dylan Richardson shifting to flank in place of Vian Fourie. JJ van Mescht is replaced by Marcell Barnard at lock in the final change amongst the forwards.

In the backline, there is just one change, Boeta Chamberlain returns to flyhalf with Murray Koster switching to centre in place of Le Roux Malan.

The match kicks off at 11.30am as the curtain-raiser to the Cell C Sharks Currie Cup match against DHL Western Province.

Cell C Sharks Under 21s

1. Sean Barnes
2. Fezo Mbatha
3. Cleo Kundiana
4. Marcell Barnard
5. Jeandre Labuschagne
6. Dylan Richardson
7. Evan Roos
8. Adam Mountford (c)
9. Jaden Hendrikse
10. Boeta Chamberlain
11. Caleb Dingen
12. Murray Koster
13. Muller du Plessis
14. Henk Cilliers
15. Thaakir Abrahams

Replacements
16. Cole Haggard
17. Francois Klopper
18. Emile van Heerden
19. Lunga Ncube
20. Vian Fourie
21. Xavier Swartbooi
22. Le Roux Malan
23. Sicelo Thole