NEWS: The Sharks were forced to adjust their backline before clinching the Rainbow Cup against the Bulls in Durban.
Springbok winger Makazul Mbembe, who was originally named to start with the No. 11 jersey, withdrew from the team due to injury.
On Thursday, Sharks coach Shaun Everett said Mapembe pulled his leg “rigid” in training. At the time, Everett suggested that the BOOK star would be fine to play against the Bulls
Anthony Voulmink will now move from the right wing to the left wing with Werner Cook taking over the number 14 shirt.
Due to injury, some late changes have been made to #our fish The team that will face the Vodacom Bulls at Jonsson Kings Park tomorrow afternoon
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– Sharks (TheSharksZA) June 11, 2021
The Sharks also confirmed the bench for Saturday’s game, which features Thomas du Toit and Ox Enshi.
The Sharks and Bulls go to penalties to decide who will face Benetton at Treviso, Stadio Comunale di Monigo, in the Rainbow Cup Final.
The Bulls have a four-point advantage before their trip to Durban, but the sharks can sneak ahead and travel to take on the Italians.
One bonus point would probably be enough for the bulls, given the difference in points between the two highest points.
Sharks must aim to win bonus points, while leaving the bulls empty-handed if they want to reserve their spot without having to rely on tie breakers.
Sharks – Revised: 15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Werner Kok, 13 Lukhanyo Am (Captain), 12 Marius Louw, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Phepsi Buthelezi, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 J der Misht, 3 Khotha Mashunu, 2 Kieron van Vooren, 1 Khoizi Mona.
Alternatives: 16 Dan Jost, 17 Oaks Nshe, 18 Thomas de Tweet, 19 Renell Hugo, 20 James Venter, 21 Grant Williams, 22 Manny Leboc, 23 Jeremy Ward.
Date: Saturday 12th June
Place: Kings Park, Durban
Starting: 18.15 (16.15 GMT)
Rule: AJ Jacobs
Assistant Referees: Jacko Pepper, Griffin Colby
TMO: Stuart Perry