The big match for the morning in terms of Sharks supporters, where the Sharks take on the Brumbies in Canberra, looking to get their first win of their tour, after narrowly losing to the Waratahs last weekend.
The Brumbies come off a confidence boosting win over the Highlanders last weekend, and with that are the top ranked Australian team in the tournament as it stands, this after being touted as being the worst of the lot in the pre-season build up.
The Sharks welcome back influential backliner JP Pietersen to the starting team, with Jean Deysel flying in during the week, certain of making an impact from the bench. The Sharks have to win this match to stay in contention with the two South African teams taking each other on later today, in a bid to stake a claim in the play offs.
Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Pat McCabe, 13 Andrew Smith, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Henry Speight, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Ian Prior, 8 Ben Mowen (capt), 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Peter Kimlin, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Leon Power, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Ruadhri Murphy.
Reserves: 16 Anthony Hegarty, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Scott Fardy, 19 Ita Vaea, 20 Nic White, 21 Zack Holmes, 22 Joe Tomane.
Sharks: 15. Riaan Viljoen, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. JP Pietersen, 12. Tim Whitehead, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Frederic Michalak, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Keegan Daniel (Captain), 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Jandre Marais, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Dale Chadwick
Replacements: 16. Craig Burden, 17. Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Anton Bresler, 19. Jean Deysel, 20. Jacques Botes, 21. Meyer Bosman, 22. Louis LudikTweet