Building a Lead

The Cell C Sharks Under 21s will want to go all out to secure victory against the Golden Lions Under 21s at Emirates Airline Park on Friday afternoon in their bid to maintain a top four finish in the SA Rugby Under 21 Championship.

Now into the second round, the top four teams have put some distance between themselves and the chasing pack with five points separating Western Province in fourth place and the Lions fifth with 11 points.

The Blue Bulls continue to lead the table on 25 points, but Free State are close behind with 22 followed by the Cell C Sharks Under 21s on 18.

Head coach Mike Vowles will be asking his charges to show the same kind of determination and ruthlessness they displayed in last week’s victory over the Leopards while the Lions will be mindful of the gap they need to close if they have any hopes of making the semi-finals.

Wing Caleb Dingaan was in particularly good form in the 73-28 win, scoring four tries with contributions from Cullen van der Merwe, Jaden Hendrikse (2), Henry Chamberlain (who also converted none), Sicelo Tole (2) and Muller du Plessis in a comprehensive victory that heralded 11 tries to the four from the Leopards.

Vowles has the good fortune of being able to name an unchanged starting XV for this match with the only changes to last week’s side coming on the bench where James Scott and JJ van der Mescht are in for Cole Haggard and Lunga Ncube respectively.

The away match at Emirates Airline Park kicks off at 1pm on Friday.

Cell C Sharks Under 21s

1. Sean Barnes
2. Cullen van der Merwe
3. Francois Klopper
4. Dylan Weideman
5. Emile van Heerden
6. Adam Mountford (Captain)
7. Jeandre Labuschagne
8. Evan Roos
9. Jaden Hendrikse
10. Boeta Chamberlain
11. Caleb Dingaan
12. Murray Koster
13. Henk Cilliers
14. Sicelo Thole
15. Muller du Plessis

Replacements
16. Donovan Grant
17. James Scott
18. Tiaan de Jager
19. JJ van der Mescht
20. Ntsika Fisanti
21. Xavier Swartbooi
22. Le Roux Malan
23. Asanda Khunene