Huge Challenge Ahead

The Cell C Sharks Women take on Western Province Women in Cape Town on Saturday as the Women’s Inter-provincial Premier Division competition starts to hot up.

Province are top of the log and unbeaten in the tournament to date and will no doubt present formidable opposition to a team that is working hard to develop and grow.

After going down to the Border Women’s side last week, Conditioning coach Lusanda Mtiya admitted that, “We played well in the first half against Border, the half-time score was 12-10 so it was very close, but things just didn’t go our way in the second half.”

Changes to his week’s line-up see a new second row pairing, with Chantell Bothma coming off the bench to start at lock in place of Thando Mbambo and Mjwara Nobuhle replacing Karthy Dludlu.

Nomonde Mbanjwa comes in at flank with Mpumie Mathe shifting to the right flank in place of Phatheka Dzanibe in the other changes amongst the pack.

There is a new scrumhalf, with Thandazile Madlabane in for Nothando Wendy Majozi, and other changes in the backline see Bianca Louw returning on the wing in place of Mbali Bukhosini who moves to outside centre and partners Megan Comley. The final changes see Anesipho Malgas taking Lyno Ziqubu’s place at fullback.

“Speaking in all honestly, we know this match is going to be very tough,” admitted Mtiya.

“Western Province are currently the log leaders in this competition and we have a huge challenge ahead of us, but we will give it our best shot.”

Saturday’s clash kicks off at 10.30am.

Cell C Sharks Women:

1. Vanessa Holmes
2. Micke Gunter
3. GuGu Mthethwa
4. Chantell Bothma
5. Mjwara Nobuhle
6. Nomonde Mbanjwa
7. Mpumie Mathe
8. Sizo Solontsi
9. Thandazile Madlabane
10. Mary Zulu
11. Bianca Louw
12. Megan Comley
13. Mbali Bukhosini
14. Buhle Msomi
15. Anesipho Malgas

16. Sne Luthuli
17. Nosipho Mkhwanzi
18. Chanel Lupke
19. Nomfondo Mshololo
20. Danielle Janse van Rensburg
21. Jaime Norton
22. Zinhle Ndawonde
23. Thembalethu Ntuli