Here we go, fans! The Sharks toughest challenge to date and one which could define the early stages of the Currie Cup season for them.
Each team is missing somewhere in the region of 13 first-choice players, so this contest really is all about depth. Will Monty Dumond astound his critics by turning in a sublime performance at flyhalf this evening? Will the severely depleted Sharks pack have enough to ensure the backs any ball whatsoever?
Or will the Bulls bully their way to yet another victory in Durban. Their latest flyhalf wünderkind, Francois Brümmer, will have a huge role to play in a game that is unlikely to see the ball travel past 10 for either side.
kick-off in Durban is at 18h00 South African time.
The Sharks: 15 Stefan Terblanche (captain), 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Andries Strauss, 12 Riaan Swanepoel, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Monty Dumond, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Keegan Daniel, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Albert van den Berg, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Deon Carstens.
Replacements: 16 Skipper Badenhorst, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Michael Rhodes, 19 Justin Downey, 20 Ross Cronjé, 21 Len Olivier, 22 Luzuko Vulindlu.
Blue Bulls: 15 Tiger Mangweni, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Francois Brümmer, 9 Heini Adams, 8 Dries van Schalkwyk, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Jacques Burger, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Derick Kuün (captain), 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp.
Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Jaco Engels, 19 Fudge Mabeta, 20 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Marius Delport.
Referee: Mark Lawrence
Assistant Referees: Tiaan Jonker, Reuben Rossouw
TMO: Michael Cupido