Richardson returns to the Sharks squad for the Currie Cup clash with Cheetahs

Sharks Currie Cup manager Etienne Fynn made a number of changes to the squad last week for the crucial match against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Fynn, who saw his side being beaten by the Pumas last weekend, named a new front row of Khwezi Mona, Fez Mbatha and Lourens Adriaanse, while on the second row, Emile van Heerden replaces Ruben van Heerden.

In the last row Dylan Richardson takes over from James Venter and Mpilo Gumede in place of Sikhumbuzo Notshe.

There is only one change to the baseline, where Murray Koster replaces Ethan Fisher in center.

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With three rounds remaining in the tournament – including this week’s action – five teams remain in contention for the playoffs, with the Sharks currently in third place in the standings, but knowing there can be no mistakes with the three-point Griquas. behind in fourth place and the Pumas, with a game in hand, are two more points behind in fifth place.

Recovering from last week’s defeat to the Pumas at Kings Park will be the Sharks’ main focus, even if they know they have the job for them to do.

Bloemfontein’s men have been in imperious form this season, focusing all their attention on rugby on the Currie Cup. They have not yet tasted defeat in this year’s competition and with a match in hand on the Bulls at the top of the register, they will do going to great lengths to secure first place and the home advantage in the single elimination.

sharks: Nevaldo Fleurs, Marnus Potgieter, Jeremy Ward (captain), Murray Koster, Anthony Volmink, Boeta Chamberlain, Cameron Wright, Mpilo Gumede, Thembelani Bholi, Dylan Richardson, Hyron Andrews, Emile van Heerden, Lourens Adriaanse, Fez Mbatha, Khwezi Mona. Bench: Dan Jooste, Dian Bleuler, Blaine Golden, Le Roux Roets, Nick Hatton, Mthokozisi Mkhabela, Tito Bonilla, Ethan Fisher