JP Pietersen will start at left wing for the Sharks against the Cheetahs this weekend.
The Bok flyer has been passed fit to play, after injuring his thumb in the Super Rugby final and missing out on all rugby in the intervening months. He starts along with Odwa Ndungane and Louis Ludik in a phenomenally experienced back three, with Paul Jordaan switching back from left wing to outside centre.
Riaan Viljoen will be on the bench this week, after a less-than-stellar showing at pivot against the Blue Bulls, with Meyer Bosman and Tim Whitehead each moving up a jersey. Charl McLeod, surprisingly, starts at scrumhalf with the in-form Cobus Reinach relegated to a bench role.
Up front, the only change sees Jandre Marais start in the number 4 jersey ahead of Steven Sykes, who drops out this week. Marais’ younger brother, Peet, replaces him in the number 18 jersey and there’s also an opportunity for under 20 prop Allan Dell to make his mark with the seniors. He replaces Julian Redelinghuys in the number 17 jersey this week.
Sharks: 15. Louis Ludik , 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Tim Whitehead, 11. JP Pietersen , 10. Meyer Bosman, 9. Charl McLeod , 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
Replacements: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Allan Dell, 18. Peet Marais, 19. Lubabalo Mtembu, 20. Cobus Reinach, 21. Riaan Viljoen, 22. Sibusiso SitholeTweet