The Sharks open their Super Rugby campaign away from home against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein this afternoon, hoping to start the season on a high note.
The Cheetahs team named is filled with players we have seen with the squad for a while now, with the only new face being Johann Sadie making his debut. Johan Goosen will be the catalyst for the Cheetahs should he be able to fire from the start, and his exchanges with Lambie in terms of the kicking boot should be interesting to follow.
The Sharks also have one new face in their line-up, the on loan France van der Merwe slotting into the second row. Cobus Reinach has been selected ahead of Charl McLeod, in what coach John Plumtree calls a like-for-like selection, and will relish the opportunity to show what he can do. Frans Steyn will captain his first Super Rugby match in the hope of getting his new role off to a winning start.
Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Frans Viljoen, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane.
Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Boom Prinsloo, 20 Sarel Pretorius, 21 Elgar Watts, 22 Ryno Benjamin.
Sharks: 15. Louis ludik, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Frans Steyn (c), 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Marcell Coetzee, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Franco van der Merwe, 4. Anton Bresler, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Craig Burden, 1. Tendai Mtawarira
Reserves: 16. Kyle Cooper , 17. Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 19. Jean Deysel, 20. Charl McLeod, 21. Meyer Bosman, 22. Odwa NdunganeTweet