Loose forward Khaya Majola will make his first start for the Sharks in Saturday’s Currie Cup clash with the EP Kings in Durban.
Coach Brad Macleod-Henderson has made just one enforced change to the side that beat the Blue Bulls 26-15 in Pretoria last week.
Openside flank Majola starts for the first time in the absence of Jacques Botes who has been ruled out with a shoulder injury.
On the bench, Springbok lock Stephan Lewies makes his return having been passed fit
“We have to play well and have a good game, we have to man up defensively and we just have to keep winning,” said forwards coach, Paul Anthony.
“EP Kings will be difficult because they have nothing to lose, they can play as they want, with some sort of freedom. There won’t be any pressure on them, so we need to settle down, focus and go hard at them.”
Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 S’bura Sithole, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Cameron Wright, 8 Tera Mtembu (c), 7 Etienne Oosthuizen, 6 Khaya Majola, 5 Marco Wentzel, 4 JC Astle, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Dale Chadwick. Replacements 16 Franco Marais, 17 Danie Mienie, 18 Stephan Lewies, 19 Johan Meyer, 20 Conrad Hoffmann, 21 Tim Swiel, 22 Tonderai Chavhanga.
Date: Saturday, 27 September
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Kick-off: 14.00 local (12.00 GMT)
Referee: Ben Crouse
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry, Eduan Nel