JP Pietersen has been named in the Sharks team to face the Hurricanes this weekend, but will need to pass a late fitness test before the game. If he falls out, he will be replaced by young Luzuko Vulindlu in the number 11 jersey.
Somewhat predictably, apart from the weekly rotation in the front row, the rest of the team is completely unchanged from the unit that totally annihilated the Brumbies last week. John Smit starts at tighthead this week, with Beast Mtawarira on the other side. Deon Carstens and Jannie du Plessis will both be on the bench.
Chris Jordaan has been earmarked to take Vulindlu’s spot on the bench, should Pietersen be ruled out altogether.
15. Stefan Terblanche 14. Odwa Ndungane 13. Adrian Jacobs 12. Riaan Swanepoel 11. JP Pietersen / Luzuko Vulindlu 10. Francois Steyn 9. Rory Kockott 8. Ryan Kankowski 7. Keegan Daniel 6. Jacques Botes 5. Johann Muller (Captain) 4. Steven Sykes 3. John Smit 2. Bismarck du Plessis 1. Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: 16. Jannie du Plessis 17. Deon Carstens 18. Albert van den Berg 19. Skholiwe Ndlovu 20. Charl McLeod 21. Monty Dumond 22. Luzuko Vulindlu / Chris Jordaan