Currie Cup Final: Sharks switch scrumhalf for climax
The Sharks will take on the Bulls in Saturday's Currie Cup Final with continuity and momentum providing great confidence for the season’s climax.
The Sharks have made just one change to their starting XV as they prepare to face the Bulls in the Currie Cup final on Saturday 30 January.
Sean Everitt has the rare privilege of being able to name the same match day 23 that defeated Western Province in last week’s semi-final in Cape Town, with just one rotational change – at scrumhalf – where Jaden Hendrikse will start and Sanele Nohamba playing off the bench.
Nohamba engaged in a niggle duel with Springbok halfback Herschel Jantjies, but by some metrics was outdone by his opposite number, raising questions about his temperament.
Hendrickse is an exciting talent, possessed of terrific pace and attacking intent around the fringes to go with a penchant for the quick tap.
The Sharks will need to be at their best to repeat their performance against the Bulls last time out, when they handed the team from Pretoria their first defeat of the Currie Cup campaign.
For eighthman Sikhumbuzo Notshe, this marks a momentous achievement for the Sharks.
“We’re thrilled to have secured a place in the final, but we accept that we have a massive assignment at Loftus on Saturday afternoon,” he explains. “But it’s an assignment we’re really excited about, especially as not a lot of players in our squad have been in finals, so this is a very special occasion.”Sharks press release
The triumph in Durban will be tempered by the hammering the Sharks received when they made the trip to Loftus in Super Rugby Unlocked.
“What happened in the past is in the past, although it is possible to learn from those games. What we took out of those games was that mistakes are punished. We made a lot of mistakes at Loftus we got punished for that.”
Notshe believes the Sharks will need another massive effort up front to get past the Bulls and claim a second Currie Cup in three seasons.
Sharks team for Currie Cup final vs Bulls
1. Ox Nche
2. Fezokuhle Mbatha
3. Thomas du Toit
4. JJ van der Mescht
5. Ruben van Heerden
6. Dylan Richardson
7. Henco Venter
8. Sikhumbuzo Notshe
9. Jaden Hendrikse
10. Curwin Bosch
11. Yaw Penxe
12. Marius Louw
13. Lukhanyo Am (c)
14. Sbu Nkosi
15. Aphelele Fassi
16. Dan Jooste
17. Mzamo Majola
18. Michael Kumbirai
19. Hyron Andrews
20. Thembelani Bholi
21. Sanele Nohamba
22. Jeremy Ward
23. Manie Libbok