In what must surely be some sort of a record for the franchise, Cell C Sharks Director of Rugby Jake White has named a completely unchanged match 23 for the third match in a row.
Bismarck du Plessis thus leads a full strength Sharks lineup into battle against the Lions on Saturday, with 11 capped internationals in the starting team and a further three on the bench.
All talk coming out of the camp this week has focused on the amount of respect the Sharks have for their opponents and the team selection reflects that nothing other than the very best Sharks performance will be acceptable against them.
Cell C Sharks
15 SP Marais, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Francois Steyn, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Anton Bresler, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis (captain), 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Subs: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Stephan Lewies, 20 Jean Deysel, 21 Charl McLeod, 22 Heimar Williams, 23 Sibusiso Sithole