The Cell C Sharks side to take on Toyota Free State in Bloemfontein in Saturday’s Currie Cup semi-final shows great continuity which should translate into continuity in performance.
Cell C Sharks head coach Sean Everitt has made just one change to the side, Curwin Bosch returning to flyhalf after a minor injury sustained in the last meeting between the two sides. After losing to the Pumas in round three, the Cell C Sharks have enjoyed a fruitful run of good form, beating the Cheetahs at JONSSON KINGS PARK before back-to-back away wins against the Emirates Lions and Vodacom Blue Bulls.
The head of steam that has been built up bodes well for continuity, and with just the one change, the side will be looking to reap the benefits of continuity in team selection.
Cell C Sharks fullback and last week’s Man of the match against the Blue Bulls, Aphelele Fassi, admits to the growing excitement in the camp following a good run of form.
“After last week’s victory over the Blue Bulls, I’m really happy with where the team is at right now. We lost two games which we could have won, but we’ve grown since then through lots of hard work.
“As a youngster, I grew up dreaming of playing in the oldest rugby competition, and now that we’re here and I’m in a semi-final with a whole lot of other young players, it’s a huge honour and privilege for us. The youngsters bring a lot of energy into the team and although they’re learning, they’re doing well and contributing in a good way.”
For the Cell C Sharks team, it’s all about continuing the good work and the outstanding performances they’ve produced in the last few weeks. These performances have come off the back of hard work and preparation and then delivering on match day.
“This weekend is about us sticking to our processes, doing the basics right and if we can achieve that, we stand a good chance,” he adds.
Cell C Sharks: 1. Thomas du Toit, 2. Kerron van Vuuren, 3. Coenie Oosthuizen, 4. Ruben van Heerden, 5. Hyron Andrews, 6. Phepsi Buthelezi, 7. Jacques Vermeulen, 8. Tera Mtembu (cc), 9. Sanele Nohamba, 10. Curwin Bosch, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 12. Andre Esterhuizen, 13. Jeremy Ward (cc), 14. Kobus van Wyk, 15. Aphelele Fassi. Replacements: 16. Dylan Richardson, 17. Mzamo Majola, 18. John-Hubert Meyer, 19. Gideon Koegelenberg, 20. Andisa Ntsila, 21. Cameron Wright, 22. Rhyno Smith, 23. JP Pietersen.