Vodacom Blue Bulls vs. Cell C Sharks
Date: Saturday, 24 August 2019
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant Referees: Paul Mente, Phumzile Mbewu
Television Match Official: Johan Greeff
The Cell C Sharks team to face the Vodacom Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in the final Currie Cup clash of the pool stages has been bolstered by two returning Springboks as the team look to finish on a high.
Thomas du Toit and Andre Esterhuizen, released back to their province, have been named in the side to travel to Pretoria for one last push before the semi-finals.
Du Toit takes over from Mzamo Majola who plays off the bench, while Esterhuizen will feature at centre, with co-captain Jeremy Ward shifting to the number 13 jersey and JP Pietersen taking a place amongst the reserves.
In the other change to the starting line-up, Coenie Oosthuizen returns after missing last week’s victory over the Golden Lions due to injury.
Head coach Sean Everitt has added another debutant to the fray after last week’s glowing first match for the Cell C Sharks, Boeta Chamberlain. Andisa Ntsila has been named on the bench and is poised to be the latest debutant to wear the Black & White jersey.
After two wins – albeit tight victories – the Cell C Sharks have worked their way into a healthy position on the log with the very real chance of securing a home semi-final should they defeat the Blue Bulls and a couple of other results go their way.
“The team is in a good space right now and hopefully everything falls into place with this last game,” explains wing Kobus van Wyk.
“We’re almost there as a team, small margins have cost us a bit in terms of our rhythm, but everyone has bought into what coach Sean has put together as a campaign and in the games we lost, we lost track of the game plan.”
Both teams have a lot to lose and everything to gain out of this match which just adds to the hype.
“This is going to be a determined Bulls team, so we need to go out there and do what we have been doing for the last two weeks. We have the team to do it, we just need to do it. The past three or four weeks have been finals rugby for us, we’ve had to win every game and the team has grown immensely in that time.”
Cell C Sharks
- Thomas du Toit
- Kerron van Vuuren
- Coenie Oosthuizen
- Ruben van Heerden
- Hyron Andrews
- Phepsi Buthelezi
- Jacques Vermeulen
- Tera Mtembu (co-captain)
- Sanele Nohamba
- Boeta Chamberlain
- Lwazi Mvovo
- Andre Esterhuizen
- Jeremy Ward (c)
- Kobus van Wyk
- Aphelele Fassi
- Dylan Richardson
- Mzamo Majola
- John-Hubert Meyer
- Gideon Koegelenberg
- Andisa Ntsila*
- Cameron Wright
- Rhyno Smith
- JP Pietersen
*Denotes that the players will make their Currie Cup debuts.