Another game that’s just impossible to call in this round! The Sharks are finally home and have finally managed to pick up just a little momentum, going through the last two weeks in New Zealand unbeaten.
The Reds, however, are anything but easy-beats this year – not that the Sharks have ever found them a walkover, barring 2007 – and are riding high near the top of the table. They waltzed over the limp Cheetahs last week and if anything have picked a stronger side to face the Sharks this weekend.
The home side will need to overcome the effects of travel and a long tour, as well as a disrupted midfield featuring veteran Stefan Terblanche playing his 100th game in the unfamiliar position of outside centre.
Ref: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
ARs: Vinny Munro (New Zealand), Marc van Zyl (South Africa)
TMO: Johann Meuwesen (South Africa)
Venue: ABSA Stadium, Durban
Kick-off: 17h05 SA Time, 16h05 BST
he Sharks: 15 Patrick Lambie, 4 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Stefan Terblanche, 12 Riaan Swanepoel, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Andy Goode, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Alistair Hargreaves, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 John Smit (captain).
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Tendai Mtawarira, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Rory Kockott, 21 Andries Strauss, 22 Lwazi Mvovo.
Reds: 15 Peter Hynes, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Will Chambers, 12 Anthony Faingaa, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Daniel Braid, 6 Scott Higginbotham, 5 Van Humphries, 4 Adam Byrnes, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Sean Hardman, 1 Ben Daley.
Replacements: 16 Saia Faingaa, 17 Greg Holmes, 18 Jack Kennedy, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Leroy Houston, 21 Ben Lucas, 22 Rod Davies.