Super Rugby Unlocked Preview: Round 6

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With time running out, Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked victories will be vitally important this weekend as the chasing pack of the DHL Stormers, Cell C Sharks and Toyota Cheetahs aim to reel in the Vodacom 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.

Tafel Lager Griquas and the Cell C 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. This match at Tafel Lager Park game starts at 19h00.

The two remaining matches are scheduled for Saturday, with the Emirates Lions hosting the Phakisa Pumas from 16h30 in Johannesburg, followed by the 19h00 fixture in Cape Town between the DHL Stormers and the Toyota Cheetahs.

All the round six action will be televised live on the SuperSport Grandstand and Rugby channels.

Tafel Lager Griquas ready for visiting Cell C Sharks

Tafel Lager Griquas will face the Cell C 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.

Regular Tafel Lager 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 Cell C Sharks 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 back row, James Venter is in for Dylan Richardson with Thembelani Bholi earning a first start and Phepsi Buthelezi completing the loose trio.

Prediction: Cell C Sharks by 10.

The teams:  

Tafel Lager Griquas: 15 Masixole Banda, 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Harlon Klaasen, 12 Johnathan Francke, 11 Eduan Keyter, 10 George Whitehead (captain), 9 Zak Burger, 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, Tinus de Beer, Daniel Kasende, Bandisa Ndlovu, Ewan Coetzee, Ashlon Davids. 

Cell C 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 – Tafel Lager Griquas vs Cell C 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

Emirates Lions rope in Bok trio for Phakisa Pumas match

Emirates Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen recalled three Springboks into his starting team for their Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked match against Phakisa Pumas at Emirates Airline Park, and named Tiaan Swanepoel at fullback for this clash on Saturday.

The Bok trio of Ruan Dreyer (prop), Willem Alberts (lock) and Ross Cronje (scrumhalf) are all back in the run-on team in place of Sti Sithole, Marvin Orie and Morne van den Berg respectively.

Swanepoel, who made his Emirates Lions debut against the Jaguares in February, replaces injured Gianni Lombard.

As soon as the Phakisa Pumas have officially named their team, it will be on

Prediction: Emirates Lions by 12.

The teams:

Emirates Lions: 15 Tiaan Swanepoel, 14 Stean Pienaar, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies (captain), 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Len Massyn, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 MJ Pelser, 5 Reinhard Nothnagel, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Ruan Dreyer. Replacements: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 Marvin Orie, 20 Hacjivah Dayimani, 21 André Warner, 22 Dan Kriel, 23 Divan Rossouw.

Phakisa Pumas – TBA 

Match information – Emirates Lions v Phakisa Pumas

Date: Saturday, 14 November

Time: 16h30

Venue: Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg

Referee: AJ Jacobs

Assistant referees: Aimee Barrett-Theron, Morne Ferreira

Television Match Official: Willie Vos

TV: SuperSport Rugby and Grandstand

DHL Stormers mix things up for Toyota Cheetahs visit

Springboks Frans Malherbe and Scarra Ntubeni return to the DHL Stormers’ front row for their encounter with the Toyota Cheetahs at DHL 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.

Prediction: DHL Stormers by three.

The teams:

DHL 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.

Toyota 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 – DHL Stormers v Toyota 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

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