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Aphelele Fassi back as Covid-19 hit Sharks-Cheetahs clash goes ahead

By Mike Greenaway Time of article published 14m in the past

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DURBAN – The excellent news for the Currie Cup is that the Cheetahs versus Sharks match on Sunday goes ahead as deliberate regardless of Covid -19 closely affecting the Sharks’ preparations this week.

But the Sharks have gutsed it out and regardless of having to depart some important gamers and training employees behind, they’ll entrance up in Bloemfontein for an important encounter for each side.

The match had been referred to as into query in some quarters of the media after the Sharks early this week suffered a cluster of constructive outcomes after they had their routine testing.

Subsequent follow-up testing over the course of the week meant the Sharks couldn’t practice till Thursday, however in keeping with CEO Eduard Coetzee, they had been all the time going to do every part of their energy to make the sport occur.

“It has been a very difficult week for us — it is far from ideal when you can’t train before a big match — but we want to play this game and make our supporters proud, especially after a poor performance against the Lions in our last match,” Coetzee mentioned.

“We will train on Christmas Day and go up to Bloemfontein on Boxing Day. We will be leaving behind some of the coaching staff and some key players but we are making no excuses.

“We will make the best of the situation. Our guys are professional rugby players; they are a happy squad and the guys want to get back on the winning trail with the competition starting to head towards the semi-finals,” Coetzee added.

The Sharks are but to finalise their group having solely educated at this time and with a number of the gamers needing to be reassessed within the morning as they’re making comebacks from accidents.

The group will likely be introduced round midday on Christmas Day, and the good news for the South African sport is that rising star Aphelele Fassi is for certain to be within the match 23.

The fullback has not performed for 3 months due to a critical shoulder damage.

The Sharks are determined to win the match in order that they get heading in the right direction for a house semi-final by ultimately securing second spot on the log, whereas the Cheetahs must win in the event that they hope to maintain on monitor for a high 4 end.

The Sharks host Griquas subsequent week and end in opposition to Western Province at Newlands.

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