The Sharks side to contest the Currie Cup Final has been named…
Coach John Plumtree, who opted to take a conservative approach with his returning Springboks, has made a number of rotational changes this week, resulting in his strongest possible lineup starting the match. This means starts up front for Beast Mtawarira, Craig Burden, Steven Sykes and Willem Alberts, whilst the backline remains unchanged.
Jannie du Plessis has been passed fit to play and will be in the number 3 jersey, with Wiehahn Herbst providing front row cover off the bench. Kyle Cooper, Jandre Marais and Jean Deysel will all be called on to provide second half impact, while the move back to a 4-3 split on the bench sees the unlucky Dale Chadwick miss out, for the first time in the campaign.
The extra spot amongst the backline replacements goes to a fit-again Odwa Ndungane, whose high-ball skills and nose for the tryline have been invaluable so far this season, particularly in the wet at Kings Park.
Jacques Botes, who was also passed fit this week, unfortunately misses out on the match 22, with Marcell Coetzee preferred in the number 6 jersey.
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. Willem Alberts, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Anton Bresler , 4. Steven Sykes , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 2. Craig Burden , 1. Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Jandre Marais , 19. Jean Deysel , 20. Charl McLeod, 21. Meyer Bosman, 22. Odwa Ndungane