Aphelele Fassi takes on Lions wing Courtnall Skosan in the Currie Cup semi-final last week. Photo: Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

CAPE TOWN – Aphelele Fassi will have a chance to display in his incredible speed as a starter this time for the Sharks after he was picked at left wing for the Currie Cup final against Western Province on Saturday.

Coach Robert du Preez announced his team on Thursday morning, naming Fassi as a replacement for the concussed Lwazi Mvovo at No 11.

Fassi became a social media sensation after he chased down Springbok wing Aphiwe Dyantyi in last week’s semi-final against the Golden Lions, and the youngster will have a chance to showcase his talents on the biggest domestic stage at Newlands.

He is likely to come up against the top try-scorer in the competition this season, Sergeal Petersen, who is sure to start at right wing when the Western Province team is named later on Thursday.

Both players will hope to catch the eye of Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus, who will name the squad for the end-of-year tour to Europe after the Currie Cup final.

As expected, the coach recalled his son Jean-Luc du Preez at blindside flank, which sees Tyler Paul move to openside in place of Jacques Vermeulen.

And Jean-Luc can’t wait to operate with his twin brother Daniel once more from the start, having come off the bench in recent games.

It’s the business end of the season, but fortunately we’re in the final again this year and hopefully we can bring the cup home,” Jean-Luc du Preez said on the Sharks website on Thursday.

“Playing off the bench has been good for me, obviously coming back from a long-term injury, I was gradually eased into action and it’s great to be back!

“We can take a lot out of that game (in the league, which WP won 50-28), as we can from last week’s game against the Lions.

“In both matches we didn’t play for a full 80 minutes, we got a bit complacent. We’re focussing on the full 80, or the full 90, if that’s what it takes.

“The focus is on us right now, not on Western Province , although we know it’s going to be a huge clash.

“They have a massive pack, we have a big pack too, so it’s the old cliché again: it will all be won upfront. It will be huge. If all eight and the forwards off the bench all put up our hands, it will be good.”

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Sharks Team

15 Curwin Bosch 14 Sbu Nkosi 13 Jeremy Ward 12 Marius Louw 11 Aphelele Fassi 10 Robert du Preez 9 Louis Schreuder (captain) 8 Daniel du Preez 7 Jean-Luc du Preez 6 Tyler Paul 5 Hyron Andrews 4 Gideon Koegelenberg 3 Thomas du Toit 2 Akker van der Merwe 1 Juan Schoeman.

Bench: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle 17 Mzamo Majola 18 Coenie Oosthuizen 19 Jacques Vermeulen 20 Luke Stringer 21 Cameron Wright 22 Kobus van Wyk 23 Leolin Zas

 

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