The Sharks’ opening clash in Super Rugby is against the Sunwolves (away) on Saturday, February 16
The Cell C Sharks have named a few greenhorns in their side to play the Emirates Lions at the Cape Town Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The pre-season friendly in the Mother City is part of the teams’ preparation for the upcoming Super Rugby season. Coach Robert du Preez has not hesitated in throwing a handful of youngsters into the deep end, but what better platform from which to springboard their promising careers.
The likes of Kerron van Vuuren as the starting hooker, with prop Khutha Mchunu, lock JJ van der Mescht and victorious Sharks Under-19 captain and eighthman Phendulani ‘Phepsi’ Buthelezi will all want to put in big performances off the bench.
The Sharks’ opening clash in Super Rugby is against the Sunwolves (away) on Saturday, February 16.
There are a number of players missing from Sunday’s match, most notably those who have done duty for their clubs in Japan until recently, as well as some Springboks after a heavy workload in 2018, but they will certainly be thrown in action when the competition starts.
Louis Schreuder, the season captain, will lead the side on Sunday and he’ll have ample input and support. This match is part of a Superhero double-header festival of rugby, with the DHL Stormers hosting the Vodacom Bulls in the other clash.