The big match for us Sharks supporters, as the Sharks host the Highlanders at Mr Price Kings Park, a match that has to be a must win game for the Durban based side.
The Sharks come off a loss to the Chiefs and a bye weekend, and should be raring to go as most of their players are back from injury. We see the inclusion of Beast Mtawarira in the front row, while the inclusion of Paul Jordaan in midfield is an exciting change. We can only hope that the centre combination of Whitehead and Jordaan see a lot of quick ball in order to put JP Pietersen and Lwazi Mvovo in plenty of space.
The Highlanders came from 21 points down to beat the Cheetahs last weekend, displaying the kind of running rugby we can only dream of. The Highlanders have impressed this season so far, and currently lie in second spot in the New Zealand conference, and will want to pick up another win today to stay ahead of the rumbling Crusaders.
Sharks: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie,9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain ), 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Jannie du Plessis / Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Wiehahn Herbst / Jannie du Plessis, 18 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Ryan Kankowski, 21 Frederic Michalak, 22 Meyer Bosman
Highlanders: 15. Ben Smith, 14. Siale Piutau, 13. Tamati Ellison, 12. Shaun Treeby, 11. Hosea Gear, 10. Mike Delany, 9. Aaron Smith, 8. Nasi Manu, 7. Doug Tietjens, 6. Adam Thomson, 5. Jarrad Hoeata, 4. Josh Bekhuis, 3. Chris King, 2. Andrew Hore, 1. Jamie MacKintosh (captain)
Substitutes: 16. Jason Rutledge, 17. Ma’afu Fia, 18. Culum Retallick, 19. Elliot Dixon, 20. Jimmy Cowan, 21. Chris Noakes, 22. Kurt BakerTweet