The high flying Sharks travel to Pretoria to take on a struggling Blue Bulls team.
The recent success of the Sharks coupled with the recent failures by the Blue Bulls could make for an interesting afternoon of rugby. The Sharks have been know to, on the odd occasion, go to sleep against the smaller teams and wake up when it is to late. Even though their log position may suggest so, the Blue bulls are NOT a smaller team and any dozing off at Loftus will cost the Sharks dearly.
Both teams have announced late changes to their side for the match this afternoon.
For the Blue Bulls prop Werner Kruger failed a late fitness test and is replaced by Frik Kirsten. Kirsten’s place on the bench is taken by Rossouw de Klerk.
For the Sharks Anton Bresler comes into the squad replacing Skholiwe Ndlovu.
Ref: Jonathan Kaplan
ARs: Tiaan Jonker, Johan Greeff
TMO: Shaun Veldsman
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 19.10 (17.10 GMT)
Blue Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Jaco van der Westhuyzen, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Ruan Snyman, 8 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Derick Kuün (captain), 5 Fudge Mabeta, 4 Juandré Kruger, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Henry Bantjes, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Jaco Engels, 19 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 20 CJ Stander, 21 Dustin Jinka, 22 Stefan Watermeyer.
Sharks: 15 Louis Ludik, 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 André Pretorius, 22 Riaan Swanepoel.