The table topping Sharks take on fourth placed Griquas in an untelevised match on Friday night in a match that some supporters might label a grudge match, after the Sharks threw away a victory against this very team only 8 weeks ago.
What would have been expected to be a close game, Griquas have been hit with an injury list as long as their team bus, and have even gone so far as to rope in some fringe Sharks players from next week.
The Sharks haven’t lost to Griquas in the Tank in quite some time, and I suspect they will extend their winning run to 7 games. That said, the Sharks will not be able to rest on their laurels as Griquas can easily come from nowhere, as they have proved before.
Watch out for a rare Currie Cup appearance from Andre Pretorius off the bench.
2007: Sharks won 43-20, Durban
2007: Sharks won 24-14, Kimberley
2008: Sharks won 44-15, Kimberley
2008: Sharks won 66-12, Durban
2009: Sharks won 41-6, Durban
2009: Sharks won 45-30, Kimberley
2010: Griquas won 40-34, Kimberley
Sharks: 15 Monty Dumond, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Stefan Terblanche (captain), 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Alistair Hargreaves, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Eugene van Staden, 18 Anton Bresler, 19 Michael Rhodes, 20 Rory Kockott, 21 Andre Pretorius, 22 Riaan Swanepoel.
Griquas: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Richard Lawson, 13 Wilmaure Louw, 12 Barry Geel, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Naas Olivier (captain), 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Burger Schoeman, 7 Rohan Kitshoff, 6 Davon Raubenheimer, 5 Cecil-John Kemp, 4 Michael Passaportis, 3 Jean Botha, 2 Ryno Barnes, 1 Steph Roberts.
Replacements: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse/Ivann Espag, 18 Johan van Deventer, 19 Gerhard Human, 20 Marnus Hugo, 21 Rocco Jansen, 22 Rudi Vogt.
Date: Friday, August 27
Venue: Absa Stadium, Durban
Kick-off: 19.10 (17.10 GMT)
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan
Assistant referees: Lourens van der Merwe, Reuben Rossouw
TMO: Johann Meuwesen