The return of Springbok scrum-half Cobus Reinach is one of a number of changes to the Sharks starting XV to face Western Province.
The return of Springbok scrum-half Cobus Reinach is one of a number of changes to the Sharks starting XV for Saturday’s Currie Cup battle with Western Province at Newlands.
Reinach will play his first game in this year’s Currie Cup after being released from the national team camp.
The season-ending injury to Paul Jordaan necessitates a midfield reshuffle, with S’bura Sithole shifting from wing to outside centre to partnerAndre Esterhuizen.
Tonderai Chavhanga comes in on the wing.
There are only two changes to the forward pack, both in the front row as Matt Stevens starts at tighthead prop and Monde Hadebe takes over the hooking duties from Kyle Cooper who has not been passed fit to play.
“Western Province have had a fantastic season, they’ve only lost once and they’ve secured first place on the log, so congratulations to them,” said Sharks Head Coach Brad Macleod-Henderson.
“We’re looking forward to the challenge, Newlands is a great place to play rugby. We’re building momentum at the right time so we’re looking forward to the game.
“It’s good to know, going into our game, what is needed if we have the chance to go to second if the Lions slip up against Free State. Whether it’s a draw, whether we need four tries, or whatever else is required. But the reality is that we need to prepare to go down there and play well.”
Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 Tonderai Chavhanga, 13 S’bura Sithole, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Tera Mtembu (c), 7 Etienne Oosthuizen, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Marco Wentzel, 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Matt Stevens, 2 Monde Hadebe, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 JC Astle, 20 Khaya Majola, 21 Conrad Hoffmann, 22 Fred Zeilinga
Date: Saturday, 11 October
Venue: Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
Kick-off: 17:05 local (15:05 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Referees: : Lourens van der Merwe, Marc van Zyl