Both sides recorded victories in the previous round; however, there is room for them to improve.
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Sharks vs Stormers: Team News
The Sharks will look to build on their fine attack, which saw them cross the tryline six times last week, when they host the Capetonians, and with both sides coming off encouraging victories last week the match is bound to be a humdinger.
The experienced Springbok duo of Bongi Mbonambi (hooker) and 2021 SA Rugby Player of the Year, Siya Kolisi (flank), will start for the Cell C Sharks, with the two Bok forwards’ inclusion being the only changes to the team for the match.
“The positives from last week were the opportunities we created, and I was happy with the quick attack and the way we were able to move the ball and the continuity we got from that,” said Sharks head coach Sean Everitt.
“The offloads in the build-up to some of the tries were also really pleasing. We also managed the game well at times and that was why we probably came out on top.”
Stormers coach John Dobson made two injury-enforced changes to their pack of forwards and three changes in total to his starting line-up after lock Salmaan Moerat (knee) and No 8 Evan Roos (minor rib injury) were ruled out, which saw Adre Smith and Hacjivah Dayimani take over, while Angelo Davids will start on the right wing.
“While it was disappointing to lose Salmaan and Evan this week, we are looking forward to seeing what all of the players coming in this week can add,” said Dobson. “Angelo, Nama (Xaba) and Marcel (Theunissen) have all performed well for DHL Western Province and will be looking to grab this opportunity.”
15 Aphelele Fassi. 14 Sbu Nkosi. 13 Lukhanyo Am (captain). 12 Ben Tapuai. 11 Makazole Mapimpi. 10 Boeta Chamberlain. 9 Grant Williams. 8 Phepsi Buthelezi. 7 Jeandre Labuschagne. 6 Siya Kolisi. 5 Hyron Andrews. 4 Ruben van Heerden. 3 Thomas du Toit. 2 Bongi Mbonambi. 1 Ox Nche.
Substitutions: 16 Kerron van Vuuren. 17 Ntuthuko Mchunu. 18 Kutha Mchunu. 19 Reniel Hugo. 20 Henco Venter. 21 Jaden Hendrikse. 22 Tito Bonilla. 23 Jeremy Ward.
15 Damian Willemse. 14 Angelo Davids. 13 Ruhan Nel. 12 Rikus Pretorius. 11 Seabelo Senatla. 10 Manie Libbok. 9 Herschel Jantjies. 8 Hacjivah Dayimani. 7 Ernst van Rhyn. 6 Deon Fourie. 5 Marvin Orie. 4 Adre Smith. 3 Sazi Sandi. 2 Scarra Ntubeni. 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain).
Substitutes: 16 Andre-Hugo Venter. 17 Leon Lyons. 18 Brok Harris. 19 Nama Xaba. 20 Marcel Theunissen. 21 Paul de Wet. 22 Dan du Plessis. 23 Warrick Gelant.
Sharks vs Stormers: Match info and tv details
Date: Saturday, 28 January
Venue: Hollywoodbets Kings Park, Durban
SA Time: 17h05
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen