For local fans, this will be the match of the weekend, the match between two teams vying for that top spot in the South African conference. The Sharks host the Stormers at Mr Price Kings Park in a very late game, drawing a curtain on the weekend action, with hopefully an entertaining match.
The Sharks welcome back Pat Lambie and have selected him at fullback for the first time this season, while Michalak continues in the pivot role. There is also a change in the midfield, where Tim Whitehead misses out on facing his old team, with Meyer Bosman starting instead. The match up I am most keen on seeing is in the front row, where the Stormers scrum has been in good form, and face up to a Springbok front row.
The Stormers have lost Joe Pietersen to injury, with Gio Aplon filling in as the last line of defence and Gerhard van den Heever coming onto the wing. The back three all have exceptional pace, and will look to run at the Sharks as much as they can. It will be interesting to see how Elstadt manages against the off form Willem Alberts, with the former just being able to upset the Bok flanker.
This will be an intense match, which could put the Sharks right in the mix in terms of the South African log, or can simply end a season that has been filled with a mixed bag of hope and disappointment.
Stormers: 15. Gio Aplon,14. Gerhard van den Heever,13. Juan de Jongh,12. Jean de Villiers (C),11. Bryan Habana,10. Peter Grant ,9. Dewaldt Duvenage ,8. Jebb Sinclair ,7. Rynhardt Elstadt ,6. Siya Kolisi ,5. Andries Bekker (VC),4. Eben Etzebeth ,3. Brok Harris,2. Tiaan Liebenberg ,1. Steven Kitshoff
Reserves:16. Deon Fourie ,17. Frans Malherbe ,18. De Kock Steenkamp ,19. Don Armand,20. Nick Fenton-Wells,21. Louis Schreuder,22. Burton Francis
Sharks: 15. Patrick Lambie , 14. JP Pietersen , 13. Paul Jordaan , 12. Meyer Bosman , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 10. Frederic Michalak , 9. Charl McLeod , 8. Keegan Daniel (C) , 7. Willem Alberts , 6. Marcell Coetzee , 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. Ryan Kankowski , 20. Jacques Botes , 21. Odwa Ndungane , 22. Louis Ludik.
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1:Lourens Van der Merwe
Assistant Ref 2:Reuben Roussouw
TMO : Johann Meuwesen