The Sharks host the Force at Mr Price Kings Park in an all important match for the hosts, as results so far this weekend have gone in their favour to reach that playoff spot. They now have their destiny in their own hands, and have to go out and get the full bag of points.
Coach John Plumtree has, for the first time this season, named an unchanged starting line-up, and the team should be able to build on their performance against the Highlanders last weekend, with combinations getting time to settle.
The Force have also named an unchanged team from the side that ran the Cheetahs so close last weekend, and will see this as their last chance to pick up a win in South Africa. The Sharks have to keep David Pocock and Matt Hodgson busy as they will steal Sharks ball all afternoon.
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 (c), 7. Marcell Coetzee, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Anton Bresler, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16. Craig Burden, 17. Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 19. Jean Deysel, 20. Ryan Kankowski, 21. Frederic Michalak, 22. Meyer Bosman.
Western Force: 1 Pek Cowan,2 Nathan Charles,3 Salesi Ma’afu,4 Toby Lynn,5 Nathan Sharpe,6 Richard Brown,7 David Pocock (Captain),8 Matt Hodgson,9 Brett Sheehan,10 David Harvey,11 Napolioni Nalaga,12 Winston Stanley,13 Nick Cummins,14 Sam Wara,15 Alfie Mafi
Replacements :16 Elvis Taione,17 Salesi Manu,18 Phoenix Battye,19 Lachlan McCaffrey,20 Josh Holmes,21 Ben Seymour,22 Rory Sidey
Referee: Mark Lawrence
Assistant Ref 1:Joey Salmans
Assistant Ref 2:Cobus Wessels
TMO : Johann Meuwesen