The Griqua Challenge

The Cell C Sharks are at home for the first time in the Currie Cup competition this year when they host Griquas at Growthpoint KINGS PARK on Friday evening in a match they know they must win, for a number of reasons.

While there was plenty of motivation for last week’s clash against the Pumas to right the wrongs of defeat in 2015, there will be no such ‘revenge’ this week against Griquas.  Last year the Cell C Sharks registered a sound 45-20 victory in Kimberley in the latter stages of the season but will be motivated by other factors.

There was evidence of an exciting, attacking style of rugby, played at a high pace, and this week will see coach Robert du Preez exhort his players to continue and improve. Particularly as they are playing at home and this presents the twin motive to both win at home and make Growthpoint KINGS PARK a fortress, as well as to play a style that attracts the fans to come out and support their team.

There have been a couple of changes from the team that defeated the Pumas 33-10 last week for this Friday night’s showdown in Durban.

With Lourens Adriaanse gaining selection this week to the Springbok squad ahead of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship, Thomas du Toit gets a start at tighthead prop and will look to deliver the scrumming power of the man he replaces, as well as his own brand of power play with ball in hand where he has proved an exciting prospect.

Etienne Oosthuizen and Stephan Lewies have built up a formidable partnership this season in the second row and having locked together for most of the year, bring great continuity in the tight five.

Jean-Luc du Preez is carrying a slight niggle and will miss this match.  He is replaced in the starting line-up by Tera Mtembu who will play at eighth man with Philip van Walt moving to the right flank.  The loose-trio will continue an outstanding back row that combines aggression, physicality and mobility, which played a big role in last week’s emphatic win.

Inny Radebe will start in the number 10 jersey after playing there off the bench last week and delivering an exciting attacking option, while last week’s starter, another exciting young player, Curwin Bosch, shifts to the fullback position with the rest of the backline remaining intact.

Dale Chadwick will earn his 50th Currie Cup cap for the Cell C Sharks.


The Cell C Sharks

15. Curwin Bosch Replacements:
14. Neil Maritz 16. Chiliboy Ralepelle
13. Lukhanyo Am 17. John-Hubert Meyer
12. Andre Esterhuizen 18. Ruan Botha
11. S’bura Sithole 19. Jean Deysel
10. Inny Radebe 20. Michael Claassens
9. Stefan Ungerer 21. Heimar Williams/Odwa Ndungane
8. Tera Mtembu 22. Rhyno Smith
7. Philip van der Walt
6. Keegan Daniel (C)
5. Stephan Lewies
4. Etienne Oosthuizen
3. Thomas du Toit
2. Franco Marais
1. Dale Chadwick