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Sharks unchanged for Connacht clash while Durbanites target quarterfinals at home

Thomas du Toit. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

sharks Coach Sean Everitt has named a matchday 23 unchanged for Saturday’s United Rugby Championship clash Konnacht in Durban.

The Sharks defeated leaders Leinster 28-23 last weekend, and after escaping unscathed on the injury front, Everitt opted for the same squad this weekend.

Last week’s win pushed the Sharks up to fourth place URC placementand captain Thomas du Toit said the goal now is to stay in the top four.

“We’re not aiming to finish in the top eight, we’re looking for a home quarter-final,” said Du Toit. “We’re going to treat every game like it’s our last game and the only opportunity we’ll get, so the focus on every game is huge.

“We treat every game like a final and the value of a quarter-final at home cannot be underestimated. That’s what we play for.”

Sharks team:

15 Aphelele Fassi 14 Werner Kok 13 Ben Tapuai 12 Marius Louw 11 Makazole Mapimpi 10 Curwin Bosch 9 Jaden Hendrikse 8 Phepsi Buthelezi 7 Henco Venter 6 Siya Kolisi 5 Gerbrandt Grobler 4 Le Roux Roets 3 Thomas du Toit (captain), 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 ox Nche

Substitutes: 16 Kerron van Vuuren, 17 Ntuthuko Mchunu, 18 Khutha Mchunu, 19 Reniel Hugo, 20 Jeandre Labuschagne, 21 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 22 Grant Williams, 23 Boeta Chamberlain

Du Toit added that tenth-placed Connacht was different from the other Irish teams.

“Munster, Leinster and Ulster have similar attacking and defending patterns, while Connacht play a freer style of rugby. The other three have more structure, but Connacht are the more physical side, if not one of the most physical teams in the competition.

“Connacht is well prepared and well trained and it will be a big challenge for us.”

Saturday’s clash at Kings Park begins at 4:05 p.m.

Sharks unchanged for Connacht clash while Durbanites target quarterfinals at home

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