The Old Foe

The Cell C Sharks travel to Pretoria on Wednesday evening to take on old rivals the Vodacom Blue Bulls in what should be an uncompromising Carling Currie Cup clash as they look to put extra breathing space between themselves and the chasing pack.

With one loss in their four match campaign, the Blue Bulls are entrenched in the top four, while the Free State Cheetahs and Cell C Sharks, occupying positions one and two on the log, enjoy unbeaten status. The two teams both have 18 points from a maximum of 20, with points’ difference the only deciding factor in log positions.

Cell C Sharks head coach Etienne Fynn has made a number of changes to the team that defeated the Airlink Pumas in the team’s most recent match.

There’s a new lock partnership with Emile van Heerden and Hyron Andrews taking over from Le Roux Roets and Reniel Hugo, both of whom featured in the Cell C Sharks URC victory over the Scarletts at Hollywoodbets Kings Park on Friday evening.

There is also a new halfback pairing as Cameron Wright takes over from Sanele Nohamba at scrumhalf (and also takes on the vice-captaincy from Jeremy Ward who also played in the URC match), while Tito Bonilla starts at flyhalf.

With Ward not involved, Marnus Potgieter shifts to centre and Curwin Gertse gets a start on the wing.

Wednesday evening’s clash at Loftus Versveld kicks off at 8pm.

Cell C Sharks

1. Dian Bleuler

2. Fez Mbatha

3. Wiehahn Herbst

4. Emile van Heerden

5. Hyron Andrews

6. James Venter (c)

7. Thembelani Bholi

8. Celimpilo Gumede

9. Cameron Wright (v/c)

10. Tito Bonilla

11. Curwin Gertse

12. Murray Koster

13. Marnus Potgieter

14. Yaw Penxe

15. Inny Radebe


16. Dan Jooste

17. Braam Reyneke

18. Lourens Adriaanse

19. Jeandre Labuschagne

20. Ntsika Fisani

21. Sanele Nohamba

22. Jordan Chait

23. Ethan Fisher