The Cell C Sharks v Leinster will be Leo Cullen’s side first game in South Africa this season. With the men in blue 10 points clear at the URC table and through to the quarter finals of the Champions Cup, Leinster will be confident going into this clash. However, Irish sides have come unstuck in South Africa, and the Sharks, captained by Siya Kolisi, will want to claim another scalp. The Sharks have hit form in the second half of the season, and will be targeting a home quarter final in their first season of the URC. Here's how to watch Leinster v Cell C Sharks.
When is Leinster v Sharks?
The game is this Saturday at 5.15pm
How To Watch Leinster v Sharks?
The game is live on TG4, with coverage beginning at 5.10pm
After a difficult first leg that saw them take a five-point lead back to the Aviva Stadium, Leinster took control of their last 16 last Friday to record a resounding win over Connacht. Four tries from James Lowe helped them to a 560-20 win, and 82-41 on aggregate. They also sit ten points clear at the top of the URC table, with Ulster their nearest challengers.
After a difficult start to life in the URC, the Sharks have turned things around, with their home form playing a huge part. Currently the highest played South African side in the league, they sit in 5th place, level on points with fourth placed Munster. A strong end to the season could see them earn a home quarter final.
While Leinster will fancy themselves against anyone, this double header in South Africa has not come at a good time for them. This has resulted in a weakened squad, captained by Rhys Ruddock, travelling to play.
Brian Deeny and John Mckee are set to make their debuts, while Chris Cosgrove makes his first start. Harry Byrne returns from injury to start at out-half.
— Leinster Rugby (@leinsterrugby) April 22, 2022
The Sharks have huge experience in their side captained by Siya Kolisi in a huge pack. South African full back Aphelele Fassi comes back from injury, in a near full strength side.
— The Sharks (@SharksRugby) April 22, 2022