Everything you need to know about round six of Super Rugby Unlocked

Everything you need to know about round six of Super Rugby Unlocked

With time running out, Super Rugby Unlocked victories will be vitally important this weekend as the chasing pack of the Stormers, Sharks and Cheetahs aim to reel in the Bulls at the top of the standings.


As things stand, the men from Pretoria – who are on a bye this weekend – have accumulated 19 log points from their four wins in five outings, followed by the teams from Cape Town and Durban, both of whom are on 13 points from four games. Next are the men from Bloemfontein on 12 points.


Griquas and the Sharks will be first out of the blocks on Friday evening in Kimberley, where the hosts will be desperate for their first win of the campaign. 


The two remaining matches are scheduled for Saturday, with the Lions hosting the Pumas from 16h30 (all times mentioned are local) in Johannesburg, followed by the 19h00 fixture in Cape Town between the Stormers and the Cheetahs.




Griquas ready for visiting Sharks

Griquas will face the Sharks with a reshuffled team in Friday evening’s encounter in Kimberley.


Upfront, there is a new look lock pairing, with Adré Smith starting at No 5 next to last weekend's replacement lock Cameron Lindsay, who swaps places with Mzwanele Zito. Johan Momsen returns to the No 8 position in a rotational swap with Carl Els, who joins Zito on the bench.


Griquas skipper George Whitehead returns at flyhalf and resumes the captaincy duties as last weekend’s starting flyhalf, Tinus de Beer, is now slated to come off the bench.


Jeremy Ward, who co-captained the side in last year’s Currie Cup with Tera Mtembu, will lead a harks team that shows a number of changes, hoping to make it three wins in three outings.


After playing off the bench in the last few games, Kerron van Vuuren comes in for Daniel Jooste at hooker, while Ruben van Heerden is back in the second row after two starts for JJ van der Mescht.


In the backrow, James Venter is in for Dylan Richardson with Thembelani Bholi earning a first start and Phepsi Buthelezi completing the loose trio.


The teams:


Griquas: 15 Masixole Banda, 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Harlon Klaasen, 12 Johnathan Francke, 11 Eduan Keyter, 10 Tinus de Beer, 9 Zak Burger (captain), 8 Johan Momsen, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Gideon van der Merwe, 5 Cameron Lindsay, 4 Adre Smith, 3 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 2 HJ Luus, 1 Mox Mxoli. Replacements (from): Monde Hadebe, Andrew Beerwinkel, Madot Mabokela, Carl Els, CJ Velleman, Theo Maree, Daniel Kasende, Bandisa Ndlovu, Ewan

Coetzee, Ashlon Davids.


Sharks: 15 Anthony Volmink, 14 Yaw Penxe, 13 Jeremy Ward (captain), 12 Marius Louw, 11 Madosh Tambwe, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Sanele Nohamba, 8 Phepsi Buthelezi, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 James Venter, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 John-Hubert Meyer, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Ox Nche. Replacements: 16 Daniel Jooste, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 Khwezi Mona, 19 JJ van der Mescht, 20 Dylan Richardson, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Sbu Nkosi.


Match information – Griquas vs Sharks

Date: Friday, 13 November 2020

Time: 19h00

Venue: Tafel Lager Park, Kimberley

Referee: Griffin Colby

Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge, Paul Mente

Television Match Official: Jaco Peyper

TV: SuperSport Rugby and Grandstand, ESPN Scrum, Sky Sports Arena, Sky Sports Mix, Sky Sports NZ, Kayo Sports



Lions rope in Bok trio for Pumas match


The Super Rugby Unlocked match between the Emirates Lions and Pumas scheduled for Emirates Airline Park on Saturday has been postponed in line with COVID-19 protocols. The decision was taken as part of prescribed precautions advised by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) to limit the risk of further infection in the rugby community.

The intention is to reschedule the match as soon as possible. The decision was triggered on Friday following receipt of two further positive results from a second batch of tests after one player from the Phakisa Pumas returned a positive result in scheduled testing earlier in the week.

Contact tracing protocols were followed which identified that all the infected players were engaged in a scrumming session. As a result, a number of the Pumas forwards have been placed in quarantine for ten days. The Pumas are scheduled to conclude their Super Rugby Unlocked programme at Loftus Versfeld on 20 November. Plans are already being made to reschedule both Pumas’ matches against the Lions and Bulls.


Stormers mix things up for Cheetahs visit

Springboks Frans Malherbe and Scarra Ntubeni return to the Stormers' front row for their encounter with the Cheetahs at Newlands on Saturday.


The Bok front row duo played off the bench in last weekend's commanding win over Tafel Lager Griquas and are amongst the five changes to the starting line-up from DHL Stormers which will also see two Blitzboks on the wing for the home side.


Ruhan Nel replaces the injured Edwill van der Merwe on the right wing, with Angelo Davids will again start on the left. There is also a recall for Springbok halfback, Herschel Jantjies, who sat out last week on compassionate grounds.


“We are focused on delivering an accurate display in what will be our last game in a DHL Stormers jersey at DHL Newlands this year," said DHL Stormers head coach John Dobson.


Springbok Rugby World Cup-winning centre Frans Steyn will have to pass a late fitness test to determine his readiness for Saturday's crunch round six match.


Steyn missed last weekend's match against the Cell C Sharks due to a groin injury and although he is back in the starting line-up a call on his availability will only be made later. He is bracketed at inside centre with Chris Smit.


Meanwhile, Ian Groenewald will be making his debut in the place of JP du Preez at lock. The other change to the starting pack sees the selection of Phakisa Pumas recruit Jeandre Rudolph at No 8, in place of Aidon Davids.


The teams:


Stormers: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Ruhan Nel, 13 Dan du Plessis, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Angelo Davids, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Ernst van Rhyn, 6 Marcel Theunissen, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain). Replacements (from): 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Kwenzo Blose, 18 Sazi Sandi, 19 Neethling Fouche, 20 Chris van Zyl, 21 David Meihuizen, 22 Ben-Jason Dixon, 23 Godlen Masimla, 24 Kade Wolhuter, 25 Michal Hazner, 26 Leolin Zas.


Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Malcolm Jaer, 13 William Small-Smith, 12 Frans Steyn/Chris Smit, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Jeandré Rudolph, 7 Junior Pokomela (captain), 6 Andisa Ntsila, 5 Carl Wegner, 4 Ian Groenewald, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Reinach Venter, 1 Charles Marais. Replacements: 16 Boan Venter, 17 Marnus van der Merwe, 18 Khutha Mchunu, 19 JP du Preez, 20 Aidon Davis, 21 Ruben de Haas, 22 Reinhardt Fortuin, 23 Chris Smit/Howard Mnisi.


Match information – Stormers v Cheetahs

Date: Saturday, 14 November

Time: 19h00

Venue: DHL Newlands, Cape Town

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen

Assistant referees: Cwengile Jadezweni, Egon Seconds

Television Match Official: Joey Klaaste-Salmans

TV: SuperSport Rugby and Grandstand, ESPN Scrum, Sky Sports Arena, Sky Sports Mix, Sky Sports NZ, Kayo Sports


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