Willem Alberts, Best Mtawarira and Craig Burden have all been named on the bench as the Sharks prepare for their Currie Cup semi-final against the Blue Bulls.
John Plumtree has bucked the trend set by all three other coaches who have made it this far and has opted not to rush his battle-weary Springboks straight back into action this week. Instead, Dale Chadwick, Kyle Cooper and Jean Deysel are given starts in this key game, with the last-named earning a 50th Currie Cup cap in the process. Jannie du Plessis starts at tighthead in a swap with Wiehahn Herbst as the only change to the starting pack; however, Plumtree has opted to mirror the Bulls’ tactic of picking a full front row on the bench, hence a place for Herbst among a 5-man forward replacement section.
Steven Sykes is bracketed with Peet Marais as the reserve lock and will need to pass a late fitness test.
The only change to the starting backline sees Lwazi Mvovo come into the left wing position, with JP Pietersen switching to the right to replace the injured Odwa Ndungane.
15. Louis Ludik , 14. JP Pietersen , 13. Paul Jordaan , 12. Tim Whitehead , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 10. Pat Lambie , 9. Cobus Reinach , 8. Keegan Daniel (Capt) , 7. Jean Deysel , 6. Marcell Coetzee , 5. Anton Bresler , 4. Jandre Marais , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 2. Kyle Cooper , 1. Dale Chadwick
Replacements: 16. Craig Burden , 17. Tendai Mtawarira , 18. Wiehahn Herbst , 19. Steven Sykes / Peet Marais , 20. Willem Alberts , 21. Charl McLeod , 22. Meyer Bosman