Team Release – Emirates Lions vs. Cell C Sharks

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Emirates Lions vs. Cell C Sharks

Date : Saturday, 1 April 2017
Time : 17h15
Venue : Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg
Referee : Jaco van Heerden
Assistant Referees : Jaco Peyper, AJ Jacobs
Television Match Official : Johan Greeff
  1. Garth April
    14. Kobus van Wyk
    13. Lukhanyo Am
    12. Andre Esterhuizen
    11. Lwazi Mvovo (v/c)
    10. Curwin Bosch
    9. Cobus Reinach *
    8. Daniel du Preez
    7. Jean-Luc du Preez
    6. Tera Mtembu (c)
    5. Ruan Botha
    4. Etienne Oosthuizen
    3. Coenie Oosthuizen
    2. Chiliboy Ralepelle
    1. Thomas du Toit

    16. Franco Marais
    17. Juan Schoeman
    18. Lourens Adriaanse
    19. Stephan Lewies
    20. Jacques Vermeulen
    21. Michael Claassens
    22. Inny Radebe
    23. Jeremy Ward

    Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira was not considered for selection this week due to the death of his grandmother.
    *Denotes that the player is playing his 50th Vodacom Super Rugby game for the Cell C Sharks.

    Quotes from Head Coach, Robert du Preez.

“Bloem is a tough place to play at and we were happy to come away with a victory. There were a few areas we let ourselves down in last week and we needed to work on for this match. I cannot fault the focus and energy that our players once again brought to training this week, which pleases us as a coaching unit.

“We are under no illusions about the enormity of the match on Saturday. The Lions are a good team with threats all around the park. They play a similar game to the Cheetahs and our accuracy with our attacking and defensive effort is going to be key. There is huge belief amongst our special group of players and we want to go out there on Saturday and make our fans proud.”
Interesting Facts

  • The Cell C Sharks are one of just four teams (Highlanders, Stormers, Sunwolves) who are yet to lose a scrum on their own feed this campaign;
  • If he comes off the bench Inny Radebe will be making his Vodacom Super Rugby
    debut for the Cell C Sharks;
  • The average age of the Cell C Sharks starting backline is 24 years;
  • The combined weight of our starting loose-trio is 329 kilograms.

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