There will be a distinctly “Sharks XV” look to the UJ backline when they take on Maties in their Varsity Cup opener this evening.
Former Sharks Vodacom Cup fullback Kobus de Kock will enjoy his new start for the University, joining another former Sharks man, Guy Cronje, who will plat at flyhalf. The duo, both of whom played age-group rugby for the Sharks, will have another former team-mate in the ranks, with tighthead prop Jabs “Hulk” Mkhize also having spent some time at the Sharks Academy.
The game kicks off at 4:45pm today, at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch.
FNB UJ: 15 Kobus De Kock, 14 Tommy Damba, 13 Bradley Moolman, 12 Divan Van Zyl, 11 Chrysander Botha, 10 Guy Cronje, 9 Jacques Pretorius, 8 RJ Liebenberg, 7 Justin Wheeler (captain), 6 Steph De Witt, 5 David Antonites, 4 Shane Kirkwood, 3 Njabulo Mkize, 2 AJ Le Roux, 1 Wessel Du Rand.
Replacements: 16 Jan-Ras Van Der Linde, 17 Ewald Van Der Westhuizen, 18 Fabian Booysen, 19 Kobus Porter, 20 Lukas Van Zyl, 21 Luan Steenkamp, 22 Lincoln Koopman, 23 Wiseman Kamanga.