Preview: Boland Cavaliers v Sharks

Date published: August 17 2016

This Currie Cup clash could prove a big test for the Boland defence against a Sharks team who's proven to be a handful on the attack in the competition so far.

The Sharks have got the perfect start to their campaign with two wins out of two and look like one of the more dangerous teams. After a disappointing loss to the Cheetahs in their first game, Boland bounced back nicely against a disjointed EP Kings side in Port Elizabeth last week, bringing five points back to Wellington where they face the Sharks on Friday.

 "There are a few guys that have played a lot of rugby and who are carrying a few niggles. We have decided to rest them this week. Chiliboy (Ralepelle comes into the starting line-up for this match, which is rotational," Sharks coach Robert du Preez said.

“In a team set-up a coach looks for healthy competition in the squad, which starts at training. Intensity is vital. We want to improve every week. This week we are looking for improvement in our set-pieces, scrums, lineouts and execution. It is important that our forward pack gives us that stability and foundation to attack from.

“The intensity against Boland is not going to be any different to the other two matches we’ve played. They are a difficult team to play against and they have nothing to lose. We are looking forward to the challenge.”

The last time these teams met: Boland managed a surprising 37-22 victory during the Currie Cup qualifiers.

Team news: The Sharks have rotated their squad. In the pack, Ruan Botha takes over from Stephan Lewies at lock and Chiliboy Ralepelle is preferred to Franco Marais at hooker. In the back-line, former Springbok Odwa Ndungane comes in for Neil Maritz on the right wing while Heimar Williams replaces Lukhanyo Am at outside centre.

Boland coach Brent Janse van Rensburg has made just two changes to the side who beat the Kings in PE. Shaun Adendoff takes over from Kenan Cronje at number six while Francois Esterhuyzen comes in for Chadley Wenn at hooker.

Prediction: This could turn out to be a one-sided game with plenty of tries. Sharks to get a comfortable bonus-point victory.

Boland Cavaliers: 15 Nico Scheepers, 14 Sergio Torrens, 13 Ryan Nell (c), 12 Christopher Bosch, 11 Danwel Demas, 10 Adriaan Carelse, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Zandré Jordaan, 7 Jacques Engelbrecht, 6 Shaun Adendorff, 5 Hanno Kisthoff, 4 Shaun McDondald, 3 Basil Short, 2 Francois Esterhuyzen, 1 SP Wessels.
Replacements: 16 Clemen Lewis, 17 Abongile Mnyaka, 18 Francois Hanekom, 19 Joubert Horn, 20 Kenan Cronje, 21 Jovelian de Koker, 22 Theuns Kotze.

Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Heimar Williams, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 S'bura Sithole, 10, Inny Radebe, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Tera Mtembu, 6 Keegan Daniel (C), 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dale Chadwick. 
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 John-Hubert Meyer, 18 JC Astle, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Hanco Venter, 21 Wandile Mjekevu, 22 Garth April.

Date: Friday, August 19
Venue: Boland Stadium, Wellington
Time: 15.00 (13.00 GMT)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Referees: Rodney Boneparte, Aimee Barrett
TMO: Willie Vos