Sharks announce touring squad for Harlequins

Sharks announce touring squad for Harlequins

The Cell C Sharks Director of Rugby Neil Powell has named a 28-man touring squad, who will travel tonight to London for their Heineken Champions Cup return leg pool match against Harlequins at The Stoop on Saturday.

The two teams met in early December at Hollywoodbets Kings Park in the first round and the Cell C Sharks’ first taste of Heineken Cup rugby, with the Durban side running out 39-31 victors.

The Cell C Sharks come into this game off the back of a rewarding 32-3 victory over Bordeaux, their third in the tournament which has elevated them to  second spot in Pool A, while Harlequins are seventh with a solitary victory to date, defeating Racing 92 14-10 in round two, but losing to the same French side 30-29 over the last weekend.

Powell has had to leave Bongi Mbonambi and Boeta Chamberlain behind, the pair having left the field against Bordeaux after taking knocks, but the rest of the side that featured so dominantly remains. Curwin Bosch, a late withdrawal from that game, has been passed fit and is featured among the tourists.

Also included in the travel group are Thaakir Abrahams, Grant Williams, Fez Mbatha, Hanru Jacobs and Reniel  Hugo.

“There’s still a long way to go in this competition, but our current focus is on Harlequins in London, where we know the conditions will be different to what we played in against Bordeaux,” Powell explained.

“We want to be successful in this tournament and see how far we can go and give ourselves the best opportunity to try and get into the final. But our primary focus is on this Harlequins game, hopefully it’s a good outing for us and that we can get some more points to secure a home knock-out game at Hollywoodbets Kings Park.”

Cell C Sharks Touring Squad

Aphelele Fassi Carlu Sadie
Ben Tapuai Dan Jooste
Cameron Wright Eben Etzebeth
Curwin Bosch Fez Mbatha
Grant Williams Gerbrandt Grobler
Jaden Hendrikse Hanru Jacobs
Lionel Cronje Hyron Andrews
Lukhanyo Am Kerron van Vuuren
Makazole Mapimpi Ntuthuko Mchunu
Marnus Potgieter Ox Nche
Rohan Janse van Rensburg Phepsi Buthelezi
Thaakir Abrahams Reniel Hugo
  Sikhumbuzo Notshe
  Siya Kolisi
  Thomas du Toit
  Vincent Tshituka

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