The Sharks take on the defending champions the Reds in Durban this evening, after picking up their first victory of the season last weekend at home to the Lions. The Reds though, are yet to drop points this season, and will be full of confidence going into this game.
The Sharks have opted to start with Charl McLeod in place of Fred Michalak, and welcome back Jannie du Plessis to the front row who seems to be in rotation with Wiehahn Herbst for that tighthead jersey.
The Reds have back Scott Higginbotham from injury, and have opted to shift Mike Harris to inside centre, handing the pivot jersey to Ben Lucas while they await the return of Quade Cooper. Radike Samo gets a start at the back of the scrum after benching in the earlier games.
This should be a real cracking game, and I am looking forward to the Sharks picking up a home win before leaving for their tour.
Sharks: 1. Dale Chadwick , 2. Bismarck du Plessis , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 4. Steven Sykes , 5. Anton Bresler , 6. Marcell Coetzee , 7. Willem Alberts , 8. Keegan Daniel (Captain) , 9. Charl McLeod , 10. Patrick Lambie , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 12. Tim Whitehead , 13. JP Pietersen , 14. Odwa Ndungane , 15. Riaan Viljoen
Replacements: , 16. Craig Burden , 17. Wiehahn Herbst , 18. Jandre Marais , 19. Jacques Botes , 20. Frederic Michalak , 21. Meyer Bosman , 22. Louis Ludik
Reds: 1. Greg Holmes, 2. James Hanson, 3. James Slipper, 4. James Horwill (c), 5. Van Humphries, 6. Scott Higginbotham, 7. Beau Robinson, 8. Radike Samo, 9. Will Genia (vc), 10. Ben Lucas, 11. Digby Ioane, 12. Mike Harris, 13. Ben Tapuai, 14. Dom Shipperley, 15. Rod Davies
Reserves: 16. Saia Faingaa, 17. Ben Daley, 18. Rob Simmons, 19. Jake Schatz, 20. Liam Gill, 21. Nick Frisby, 22. Luke Morahan.Tweet