Two predators, both on the rise in recent weeks.
Two weeks ago the Lions were the laughing stock of the Big 5. Last week they gave the Blue Bulls a big scare with the 18 – 32 scoreline flattering the Blue Bulls massively. With this in mind the Sharks will not be taking this clash lightly. Add the factor that there are a few Durban boys in the Lions team who will be lifting their game to prove a point and we could easily an upset, that won’t actually be an upset, today.
The Sharks may have won their last two matches, unfortunately both were against minnows (Pumas and Cheetahs) and we looked anything but convincing. Last week we narrowly managed to snatch victory from the Cheetahs’ claws.
A Lions victory will be anything but an upset.
Ref: Jason Jaftha
ARs: Ben Crouse, Reuben Rossouw
TMO: JC Fortuin
Venue: Absa Stadium, Durban
Sharks: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Stefan Terblanché (captain), 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Alistair Hargreaves, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Eugene van Staden, 18 Ross Skeate, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Jacques Botes, 21 Rory Kockott, 22 Riaan Swanepoel.
Lions: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Trevor Hall, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco Van der Merwe (captain), 4 George Earle, 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Ross Geldenhuys, 18 David Bulbring, 19 Ronaldo Bothma, 20 Chris Jonck, 21 Carlos Spencer, 22 Marius Delport.