Keeping the Focus

The Cell C Sharks team remains relatively unchanged for their second last match of the Vodacom Super Rugby regular season before the looming knock-out stages arrive.

Growthpoint KINGS PARK is the venue where the two teams, with vastly differing aims (to a degree) will compete. One for bragging rights, the other for a higher purpose.

The Cheetahs are always excellent opposition and tend to bring out their best when they play the Cell C Sharks. For them, the competition ends next week as they have not accrued enough points to now fight for a place in the knockout round.

The Cell C Sharks however are still in the running as Wildcard entrants. They have a duel with the Bulls who are also fighting it out for the remaining third spot in the next round, although it is less of a physical duel in that the teams aren’t playing each other, but will certainly be taking more than a passing interest in the other’s performance in these final two weeks.

Just three points separate the two teams and just one slip-up is all it takes to open the door of opportunity; for the other.

But comparisons and duels aside, the Cell C Sharks players have the Cheetahs in focus and know that any hiccups in concentration could be severely punished.  It’s Cheetahs and nothing else on their minds right now.

The exciting young fullback, awarded the ‘Overall Player that Rocks’ from the 2015 Varsity Cup, Rhyno Smith, has been handed his first run on start for this Saturday’s penultimate clash of the pool stages after impressing off the bench in last week’s clash with the Lions.

In the last change to the starting line-up, Coenie Oosthuizen comes in for Lourens Adriaanse in the front row.

The Cell C Sharks

15. Rhyno Smith Replacements:
14. S’bura Sithole 16. Chiliboy Ralepelle
13. JP Pietersen 17. Thomas du Toit
12. Andre Esterhuizen 18. Lourens Adriaanse
11. Lwazi Mvovo 19. Ruan Botha
10. Garth April 20. Tera Mtembu
9. Michael Claassens 21. Stefan Ungerer
8. Philip van der Walt 22. Heimar Williams
7. Jean-Luc du Preez 23. Curwin Bosch
6. Keegan Daniel
5. Stephan Lewies
4. Etienne Oosthuizen
3. Coenie Oosthuizen
2. Franco Marais
1. Tendai Mtawarira (C)