Rainbow Cup

Sharks coach Sean Everitt on Bulls/Sharks clash: It won't be a Springbok trial

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Sean Everitt. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)
Sean Everitt. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)
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  • Sharks coach Sean Everitt said Saturday's Rainbow Cup SA clash against the Bulls won't be a quasi-Springbok trial as the Bok team has taken shape.
  • The Bulls and the Sharks are currently unbeaten after their first two games, and a cracker of a match is expected at Loftus Versfeld.
  • Everitt said Saturday's game will give his fringe Springbok players a chance to prove themselves. 

Sharks coach Sean Everitt says Saturday's crucial Rainbow Cup SA clash against the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld won't be a quasi-Springbok trial as the Bok think-tank has already shaped the players who are set for international duty.

Everitt's match-day 15 for Saturday contains seven Springboks, two of which are set starters in loose-forward and Bok captain Siya Kolisi and outside centre Lukhanyo Am.

Wing S'bu Nkosi, flyhalf Curwin Bosch, number eight Sikhumbuzo Notshe and props Thomas du Toit and Retshegofaditswe Nche are all capped Springboks, but not sure starters.

Everitt said the players who were part of the Springbok alignment camps led by SA Rugby director of rugby Rassie Erasmus and coach Jacques Nienaber have the selectorial inside lane.

"I think Rassie has already selected his squad because of the players who have attended the alignment camp," Everitt said.

"I presume the players who have been part of the alignment camp will be part of the Springbok camp.

"The places that they'll be competing for are starting places, so every game that is played is a trial."

Everitt though, felt the door isn't completely closed for his fringe Springbok players and the Bulls will again be a test of how ready they will be for the step up.

"When our players are playing against the Bulls with the youngsters they've developed over the past, they'll want to put their hands up," Everitt said.

"We've got guys like Aphelele Fassi and Curwin Bosch who have been on the fringes of Springbok selection, and a guy like Thomas du Toit will also want to put his hand up.

"We've also got a guy like Ox Nche at loosehead who sees an opportunity now that Beast has departed. We've also got youngsters who'll want to show Rassie what they can do."

Saturday's clash kicks off at 18:15.

Teams:

Bulls

15 David Kriel, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Marco Jansen van Vuren, 12 Cornal Hendricks, 11 Stravino Jacobs, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7 Arno Botha, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Walt Steenkamp, 3 Mornay Smith, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Gerhard Steenekamp

Substitutes: 16 Schalk Erasmus, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Janko Swanepoel, 20 Elrigh Louw, 21 Zak Burger, 22 Chris Smith, 23 James Verity-Amm

Sharks

15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am (captain), 12 Jeremy Ward, 11 Yaw Penxe, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Fez Mbatha, 1 Ox Nche 

Substitutes: 16 Kerron van Vuuren, 17 Ntuthuko Mchunu, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 Le Roux Roets, 20 Phepsi Buthelezi, 21 Sanele Nohamba, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Werner Kok

 

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