The Sharks team to face Western Province this weekend shows a number of changes after Saturday’s away loss to Griquas.
Winger Rosco Speckman will finally make his debut for the Sharks, after being unused on the bench twice this season. The in-form Rovers man will start in the number 11 jersey this week, with S’bura Sithole named on the bench. Another rotational change amongst the backs sees Cobus Reinach rewarded for superb form against Griquas, with a start ahead of Charl McLeod.
In the third change, Tim Whitehead returns at outside centre in place of the injured Paul Jordaan.
Things are more stable up-front, with Pieter Dixon replacing Monde Hadebe in the only change to the starting pack. Keegan Daniel takes over the captaincy from Jean Deysel and we’re told that there’s a slight chance that the latter may miss out altogether, with Brynard Stander primed to take over in that case.
Speaking of Stander, he’s the only loose forward replacement on the bench, with Francois Kleinhans asked to play for the under 21s this week. That side has thus been updated, with Kleinhans starting at 6 and Murray Bondesio replacing Braam Steyn on the bench.
15. Louis Ludik, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Tim Whitehead, 12. Meyer Bosman, 11. Rosco Speckman, 10. Riaan Viljoen, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Keegan Daniel (Capt), 7. Jean Deysel, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Anton Bresler, 4. Jandre Marais, 3. Wiehahn Herbst, 2. Pieter Dixon, 1. Dale Chadwick
16. Monde Hadebe, 17. Julian Redelinghuys, 18. Peet Marais, 19. Brynard Stander, 20. Charl McLeod, 21. Marius Joubert, 22. S’bura Sithole