The Sharks host the Cheetahs at Mr Price Kings Park in the first of two Currie Cup games today. Top spot on the log is up for grabs after Griquas stunned the Lions last night, with the winner of this clash owning top spot.
The Sharks will be happy to be back at home after their miserable outing at Loftus last weekend, while also welcoming back Springbok discard Keegan Daniel to bolster their loose trio. We also see Pieter Dixon in action on South African soil for the first time since leaving the Cape for Bath.
The Cheetahs have lost Johan Goosen to the national setup, just as he returned to action, with Sias Ebersohn returning to the starting line-up with no other flyhalf left in the province. His partnership with Sarel Pretorius should be telling in the overall performance of the team.
Sharks: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Odwa Ndungane , 13 Paul Jordaan , 12 Meyer Bosman , 11 S’bura Sithole, 10 Riaan Viljoen, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel, 7 Jean Deysel (captain), 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Monde Hadebe, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Replacements: 16 Pieter Dixon, 17 Julian Redelinghuys, 18 Jandré Marais, 19 Francois Kleinhans, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Marius Joubert, 22 Rosko Specman.
Free State Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 Robert Ebersohn (captain), 12 Barry Geel, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Sis Ebersohn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Lucas Floors, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Frans Viljoen, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Elandré Huggett, 17 Ross Geldenhuys, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Davon Raubenheimer, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Phillip Snyman, 22 Ryno Benjamin.Tweet