Although Johann Muller has been cleared to start for the Sharks against Griquas this weekend, fullback Stefan Terblanche will continue to lead the team. Argentinian flyhalf Juan Hernández has not yet recovered from an ankle injury picked up two weeks ago.
The side shows a number of changes to the team that beat the Lions last week, most caused by the withdrawal of the Tri-Nations Boks. Wiehahn Herbst starts at tighthead prop, with Pat Cilliers and Deon Carstens bracketed at loosehead prop. Both players are struggling with injury and whichever is deemed “less crocked” on Saturday morning will start in the number 1 jersey. Muller is back to partner Steven Sykes in the second row, while Keegan Daniel takes over from Ryan Kankowski at number 8.
Last week’s halfbacks, Charl McLeod and Monty Dumond have been retained, while Andries Strauss moves into the number 12 jersey in place of the injured Riaan Swanepoel. Waylon Murray gets a long-awaited start at outside centre, with Chris Jordaan replacing Springbok Odwa Ndungane at right wing.
Justin Downey comes onto the bench as loose forward cover this week, while another youngster, 19 year-old fullback Patrick Lambie will also get a chance to impress off the bench. There’s a slight chance that Rory Kockott might be fit to occupy the number 20 jersey, but if this is not the case, the Cronjé twins will again both be on the bench.
Sharks v Griquas
15 Stefan Terblanche (capt), 14 Chris Jordaan, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Monty Dumond, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Johann Muller, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Deon Carstens/Pat Cilliers
16 Skipper Badenhorst, 17 Pat Cilliers/Deon Carstens, 18 Albert van den Berg, 19 Justin Downey, 20 Ross Cronjé/Rory Kockott, 21 Guy Cronjé, 22 Patrick Lambie (*)
(*) Denotes Sharks Currie Cup debutTweet