Challenge Awaits Cell C Sharks XV

The Cell C Sharks XV take on the Free State XV at Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein on Friday evening in a successive SuperSport Rugby Challenge away match, looking to make it three from three.

Consecutive victories, against the Griffons and Leopards, have elevated the Cell C Sharks XV into third spot on the Central Log, but Friday evening’s challenge against the log-leaders won’t be easy, particularly away from home.

Free State have won all three of their matches in the competition, although the Cell C Sharks XV aren’t far behind with a two-from-three record, and the latter will take comfort from a pleasing 57-28 victory over the Leopards in Rustenburg last Sunday.

There were some enterprising passages of play and good individual performances, although Head Coach Ricardo Loubscher will have drummed into his players the need for greater accuracy in execution for what is expected to be a much tougher assignment this week.

Five tries in the opening 20-odd minutes set the tone for a very big score, but to their credit, the Leopards proved to be stronger opposition as the game wore on.

Ricardo Loubscher has made just two changes to the starting XV, Wian Vosloo returning from his commitments in Vodacom Super Rugby with the Cell C Sharks, replacing Cornelius Otto at flank, while Danrich Visagie takes over from an injured Garth April at flyhalf.

The match kicks off at 6pm.

The Cell C Sharks XV
1. Mzamo Majola
16. Kerron van Vuuren
2. Andrew du Plessis
17. Jordan Els
3. Khutha Mchunu
18. Kyle-John Whyte
4. Gideon Koegelenberg
19. Jean Droste
5. Hyron Andrews
20. Cornelius Otto
6. Wian Vosloo
21. Francois de Villiers
7. Kwanda Dimaza
22. Kobus van Wyk
8. Tera Mtembu

9. Grant Williams
10. Danrich Visagie
11. Leolin Zas
12. Johan Deysel (C)
13. Jeremy Ward
14. Aphelele Fassi
15. Courtney Winnaar