Chasing a Semi-final

The Cell C Sharks Under 21s will be looking to secure a place in the top four this Friday when they host the Golden Lions in their SA Rugby Under 21 Championship match on KP2 at Growthpoint KINGS PARK.After losing 39-33 to Free State in their previous match, the pressure is on to remain in fourth spot on the log, with Free State trailing behind by two points with the final round of matches to be played this weekend.“I felt we were really unlucky last week, we played for 45 minutes with seven forwards after suffering a red card,” explains coach Paul Anthony.“We appealed the card which has since been replaced by a yellow card, and despite losing, I really felt that we were the better team. We would have qualified for the semis last week had we won, so this week becomes a must-win match.

“The Lions will come here also wanting to win because they’re looking to finish in second spot which would give them a home semi. This is a match where both teams want to get the points, so it’s going to be hugely competitive and physical. But we have a lot of self-belief, our set-piece has improved.

“This is a big match for both sides, we know it’s four points or nothing and we’re going to give everything to get the points.”
The Cell C Sharks Under 19s cannot qualify for the semi-finals with the last round of matches remaining in the SA Rugby Under 19 Championship, but will be playing for pride and hoping to finish on a high against a Lions side that has already sewn up second spot on the log.

The Under 19s match kicks off at 12 noon on Friday with the Under 21s battling it out at 1.45pm.

The Cell C Sharks u/19s
1 Brendon Schwulst 16 Cornelius van der Vyver
2 Cornor Botha 17 Gugu Nelani
3 Edward Davids 18 Tiaan de Jager
4 Ruan Fourie 19 Calvin Zandamela
5 Stiaan Basson 20 Donavan Grant
6 Christoff Brendel 21 Izak Burger
7 Matthew Hamilton 22 Emilio Adonis
8 Phendulani Buthelezi  23 Gert Coetzee
9 James Bruce
10 Marthinus Holtzhausen
11 Tristan September
12 Sibabalwe Mzanywa
13 Heinrich Kroon
14 Luyanda Mngadi
15 Ruben van Blerk


The Cell C Sharks u/21s
1 Jordan Els 16 Samuel Swanepoel
2 Franco Botha 17 Ngoni Chidoma
3 Khuthazani Mchunu 18 Cornelius Otto
4 Rikus Zwarts 19 William Squires
5 Andrew Evans 20 Taigh Schoor
6 Michael Meyer 21 Matthew Kriel
7 Bandisa Ndlovu 22 Hendrik de Villiers
8 Kwanda Dimaza
9 Gareth Simpson
10 Barend Janse van Rensburg
11 Ilunga Mukendi
12 Alwayno Visagie
13 Tony Botha
14 Mfundo Ndhlovu
15 Morne Joubert