The Sharks welcome back Pieter-Steph du Toit to match action where he will line-up for his first start in this year’s Absa Currie Cup campaign for Saturday’s clash with Griquas at GWK Park in Kimberley.
Jean Deysel, who was nursing a few bruises, has been passed fit and will take his place at flank with Jacques Botes retaining the captaincy for this important game.
“Griquas are a team that never lie down, we saw that against the Lions on the weekend, they had their backs to the wall at one stage but they just kept going,” warns Sean Everitt, Sharks backline coach.
“And that’s what we’ve seen from them in all their games. They came from behind against Province, against us too. They are a team that keep coming at you, they have big hearts and they’re very brave. We are going to have to really defend well and concentrate on staying within our systems, that is going to be crucial.”
Forwards coach Brad Macleod-Henderson adds that physicality is going to be important and believes that matching the home side blow for blow will be crucial.
“In the first game against Griquas we were maybe just a bit underdone, they played well and physically dominated us a bit. We want to make sure we are physically up for the challenge, it’s always tough going to Kimberley but we are looking forward to the game.”
Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 Sizo Maseko, 13 Louis Ludik, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Butch James, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Jacques Botes (Captain), 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Edwin Hewitt, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Danie Mienie
Replacements: 16 Monde Hadebe, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Peet Marais, 19 Justin Downey, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Fred Zeilinga, 22. Jaco van Tonder.