PRE-SEASON WARM UP MATCH Cell C Sharks vs. Vodacom Bulls

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Cell C Sharks vs. Vodacom Bulls

Date:Saturday, 9 February 2019
Venue:Ashton College, Ballito
Referee:AJ Jacobs
Assistant Referees:Archie Sehlako, Damian Varney

Cell C Sharks head coach Robert du Preez has selected his strongest available squad to take on the Vodacom Bulls in Saturday’s warm-up match at Ashton College in Ballito, in preparation for the imminent Vodacom Super Rugby competition.

There were no injury concerns aside from a few minor niggles out of the Super Hero Sunday clash with the Emirates Lions and du Preez admitted that, “We’re all good to go for Saturday.”

Explaining his selection, the coach pointed out that, “The plan is to potentially start the same team against the Bulls that we would pick to play in our opening Vodacom Super Rugby game. This match is very much a dress rehearsal for the Sunwolves game next Saturday.

“We have two full teams and when the game is finished on Saturday, everyone involved in the pre-season would have played, rewarding each one of them for the hard work they’ve put into this pre-season.”

The coaches have the good fortune of having an almost full squad of players at their disposal, with just a handful of players unavailable due to injury, but who are making steady progress and will return to action not too long from now.

Beast Mtawarira, Akker van der Merwe and Coenie Oosthuizen will start in the front row with Hyron Andrews and Ruan Botha partnering at lock. Jacques Vermeulen, Tyler Paul and Dan du Preez complete the back-row trio.

Captain Louis Schreuder and Curwin Bosch start as the half-back pairing with Marius Louw and Lukhanyo Am partnering in the centrefield. A young and exciting back three complete the team, du Preez going with Makazole Mapimpi, Sbu Nkosi and Aphelele Fassi.

There are plenty of exciting young players as well as experienced talent amongst the reserves to suggest that this is a very strong side.  Kickoff for this final warm-up match is 14h00.

Cell C Sharks                                                                 
1.   Beast Mtawarira                                            
2.   Akker van der Merwe                                    
3.   Coenie Oosthuizen                                        
4.   Hyron Andrews                                              
5.   Ruan Botha                                                    
6.   Jacques Vermeulen                                       
7.   Tyler Paul                                                       
8.   Daniel du Preez                                             
9.   Louis Schreuder                                            
10. Curwin Bosch                                                
11.  Makazole Mapimpi                                        
12.  Marius Louw                                                  
13.  Lukhanyo Am                                                
14.  Sbu Nkosi                                                      
15.  Aphelele Fassi                       
16.  Juan Schoeman
17.  Fezo Mbatha
18.  Khutha Mchunu
19.  Ruben van Heerden
20.  Gideon Koegelenberg
21.  Wian Vosloo
22.  Luke Stringer
23.  Phepsi Buthelezi
24.  Cameron Wright
25.  Robert du Preez
26.  Lwazi Mvovo
27.  Andre Esterhuizen
28.  Jeremy Ward
29.  Leolin Zas
30.  Courtney Winnaar
31.  Kerron van Vuuren
32.  Grant Williams
33.  Rhyno Smith 

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