In a bitter blow to the Sharks’ hopes of picking up a win in Canberra this weekend, flyhalf Pat Lambie has been ruled out as the result of a dental injury.
Fred Michalak comes in to partner Charl McLeod in the former’s first run at flyhalf this season and the Sharks will again be starting from scratch with a wholly-new 10-12-13 axis. Meyer Bosman drops to the bench after a superb game against the Waratahs, with Tim Whitehead moving into the number 12 jersey. In a bit of good news, JP Pietersen has been passed fit to start at outside centre.
Bosman and Louis Ludik are the only two backs named on the bench, as the Sharks have opted for a 5-2 split with Jean Deysel the extra forward. The only other change to the lineup sees Steven Sykes come in to partner Jandre Marais in the second row, with Anton Bresler playing off the bench this week.
There is still no sign of either Nick Schonert or Paul Jordaan in the match 22, with Marius Joubert missing out this week too.
15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Fred Michalak, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (capt), 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Jandre Marais, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Dale Chadwick.
16 Craig Burden, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Anton Bresler, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Jacques Botes, 21 Meyer Bosman, 22 Louis LudikTweet