Hugo leads Sharks in opposition to defending champs


Reniel Hugo will lead the Sharks into battle in a house Currie Cup fixture in opposition to title holders the Pumas in Durban on Friday.

The defending Currie Cup champions come to Durban off the again of a profitable season to this point, persevering with their good type of final yr after they received the home title for the primary time. They’ve received all 4 of their fixtures thus far and are available to Durban off the again of a formidable 61-21 victory over the Free State Cheetahs final weekend.

The Sharks, at present in fourth place on the eight-team desk, shall be searching for a robust exhibiting on Friday night. They have been spectacular of their first half effort in opposition to the  Lions final weekend and the earlier spherical put one over their coastal rivals, DHL Western Province.

Joey Mongalo has made a lot of modifications to his staff this week, beginning with Dian Bleuler changing Khwezi Mona within the entrance row after which lock Ockie Barnard coming in for Corne Rahl who shifts to the flank instead of Jeandre Labuschagne within the ultimate change to the pack.

Amongst the backs, Tiaan Fourie makes a begin after taking part in off the bench, changing Bradley Davids at scrumhalf whereas Anothony Volmink is available in on the wing with Marnus Potgieter taking part in at exterior centre and Murray Koster taking up from the injured Francois Venter at inside centre.

Nevaldo Fleurs is in for Yaw Penxe at fullback is the ultimate change to the beginning XV. The skilled lock Hugo leads the staff on this conflict.

Sharks – 15 Nevaldo Fleurs, 14 Phikolomzi Sobahle, 13 Marnus Potgieter, 12 Murray Koster, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tiaan Fourie, 8 James Venter, 7 Corne Rahl, 6 Thembelani Bholi, 5 Reniel Hugo (c), 4 Ockie Barnard, 3 Khutha Mchunu, 2 Fez Mbatha, 1 Dian Bleuler.
Subs: 16 Dameon Venter, 17 Khwezi Mona, 18 Weihahn Herbst, 19 Marco de Witt, 20 Tinotenda Mavesere, 21 Zee Mkhabela, 22 Lionel Cronje, 23 Josh Jonas.

Photograph: Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

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