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Curwin Bosch returns at fullback for 'fired up' Sharks in Cardiff

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Curwin Bosch (Gallo)
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Sharks head coach Sean Everitt has made three changes to the starting XV as they face Cardiff in Saturday's United Rugby Championship clash.

The Sharks will be looking to build on their commanding victory over Ospreys last week and will hope to end the tour on a high this weekend.

Dylan Richardson comes in for James Venter and Henco Venter shifts from eighthman to flank to accommodate the return of captain Phepsi Buthelezi with Gerbrandt Grobler playing off the bench.

The final change sees Anthony Volmink starting on the wing for an injured Thaakir Abrahams, who left the field injured last week, with Curwin Bosch wearing the fullback jersey. 

Everitt says that he is hoping his side can continue their performance from last week in the Welsh capital.

"We're obviously very happy with the result we got on Friday night, and not just the result but the way we performed," he explained in the lead-up to the match.

"We believe there are four things you need to do to win rugby games, one of them is discipline and I thought we were outstanding in that department, only conceding four penalties in the last 60 minutes of the game, which contributed a lot to us winning the territory battle.

"Our discipline has improved vastly since the first game when we gave away 17 penalties, but conceded 10 against Glasgow and this last week nine, which is below the tournament average of 12, so we are doing well in that department."

Everitt also admitted that the team performed well in the other three areas: set-piece, territory and defence, which all determine whether games are won and lost.

"From a defensive point of view, we were outstanding, Ospreys had many attacking opportunities, but we were able to keep them out through some really solid defence.

"We also won the territory battle, which was due to some really good game management from Ruan Pienaar and Boeta Chamberlain, the latter deservedly Man of the Match.

"We left a couple of opportunities out there and perhaps a bonus point as well, but we'll continue to improve and looking forward to the final game on tour."

With 11 internationals in their starting line-up over the first three games, Cardiff will present an enormous challenge, but not one the Sharks will back down from.

"Cardiff have a very proud home record and we're expecting a hostile crowd which is great because it fires us up, but it is good to be playing in front of fans again."

Saturday's match kicks off at 20:35 (SA time).


Cardiff Rugby



15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Marnus Potgieter, 13 Jeremy Ward, 12 Murray Koster, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Boeta Chamberlain, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Phepsi Buthelezi (captain), 7 Henco Venter, 6 Dylan Richardson, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Ntuthuko Mchunu

Substitutes: 16 Dan Jooste, 17 Khwezi Mona, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 Reniel Hugo, 20 Gerbrandt Grobler, 21 James Venter, 22 Tian Meyer, 23 Werner Kok

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