Changes galore - and a new skipper for Sharks
Cape Town - Sharks coach Robert du Preez has made a number of changes to his side for Saturday's Currie Cup clash against Griquas in Kimberley.
There is a new captain in scrumhalf Louis Schreuder as season captain Chiliboy Ralepelle swaps with Akker van der Merwe, handing the latter a start.
Also in the front row, and the only other change among the forwards, Coenie Oosthuizen comes in for Thomas du Toit for a straight rotational swap.
Curwin Bosch has been handed a start at flyhalf, with Robert du Preez shifting to inside centre in place of Marius Louw.
There is also a welcome return for Sbu Nkosi after being called up for the Springbok squad ahead of their final game against the All Blacks, and he will be raring to go.
In the final change, Aphelele Fassi takes over Bosch’s place in the vacated fullback position.
On the bench, Jean-Luc du Preez returns from injury at the most opportune time.
This final week’s action will see the permutations for the semi-finals being finalised, but right now, there is no guarantee for any of the top five teams.
Western Province need just two points from their match against the Blue Bulls to remain in top spot.
The Sharks could leap-frog the men from Cape Town should we gain a bonus point victory and Province are denied any log points.
Kick-off on Saturday is at 15:00.
15 AJ Coertzen, 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Kyle Steyn (captain), 12 Andre Swarts, 11 Enver Brandt, 10 George Whitehead, 9 Zak Burger, 8 Conway Pretorius, 7 Sias Koen, 6 Wendal Wehr, 5 Pieter Jansen van Vuuren, 4 Sintu Manjezi, 3 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 2 Khwezi Mkhafu, 1 Devon Matinus
Substitutes: 16 Liam Hendricks, 17 Nicolaas Oosthuizen, 18 Jonathan Janse van Rensburg, 19 Eital Bredenkamp, 20 Louis Venter, 21 Stephan Janse van Rensburg, 22 Edwin Sass
15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Jeremy Ward, 12 Robert du Preez, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Louis Schreuder (captain), 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Gideon Koegelenberg, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Juan Schoeman
Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 JJ van der Mescht, 19 Jean-Luc du Preez, 20 Grant Williams, 21 Marius Louw, 22 Kobus van Wyk