The final match of the weekend, and one of the more interesting ones at that, is the Sharks hosting the Lions at Mr Price Kings Park. This match could go one of two ways, with the Sharks winning by a large margin thanks to the Lions being disrupted by external factors, or the Lions winning by a large margin, with the external factors pumping the team up to a good performance.
The Sharks see the return of three big names in Bresler, McLeod and Ludik, following their weekend off last week. There is also a small change in the loose trio, with the impressive Francois Kleinhans getting his first start in a Sharks jersey, forcing a shuffle.
The Lions got news of the external factors on Thursday, and it remains to be seen how it affects the team. The team shows only one change from the one who beat the Cheetahs so comprehensively last weekend, with Warren Whiteley coming in for the injured Derick Minnie.
As mentioned, this game could go either way, but my gut tells me the Sharks have the mental strength to pull this off.
Sharks: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 S’bura Sithole, 10 Riaan Viljoen, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Jacques Botes, 7 Jean Deysel (captain), 6 Francois Kleinhans, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Replacements: 16 Monde Hadebe, 17 Julian Redelinghuys, 18 Jandré Marais, 19. Lubabalo “Tera” Mtembu, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Marius Joubert, 22 Gouws Prinsloo.
Golden Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 JR Esterhuizen, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Waylon Murray, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Butch James, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Joshua Strauss, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg (captain).
Replacements: 16 Francois du Toit, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Willie Britz, 19 Jaco Kriel, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Guy Cronje, 22 Ruan Combrinck.Tweet