Fred Zeilinga will start a Currie Cup game for the Sharks after an absence of at least 4 years. Reniel Hugo and Hyron Andrews are back at locks (would have liked to see more of Ockie Barnard). Likewise Hanro Jacobs will start at tight head in place of Carlu Sadie. A strong loose trio including the two Venters and Dylan Richardson completes the pack.
Thaakir Abrahams starts at 15 with Marnus Potgieter moved to wing, Murray Koster to 13 and Francois Venter starting at 12.
Hopefully the pack will be able to again stamp their authority on the game, as the rejigged back line will very likely still struggle to achieve cohesion.
Sharks – 15 Thaakir Abrahams, 14 Yaw Penxe, 13 Murray Koster (c), 12 Francois Venter, 11 Marnus Potgieter, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Cameron Wright, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Dylan Richardson, 6 James Venter, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Hyron Andrews, 3 Hanro Jacobs, 2 Fez Mbatha, 1 Khwezi Mona.
Subs: 16 Dan Jooste, 17 Dian Bleuler, 18 Khutha Mchunu, 19 Athenkosi Khetani, 20 Marco de Witt, 21 Damon Royle, 22 Bradley Davids, 23 Lionel Cronje.