Durban - The Sharks team to take on the Western Force
in a Super Rugby clash at Kings Park on Saturday sees a number of changes to
the side that defeated the Chiefs at the same venue last weekend.
Due to the suspension of Bismarck du
Plessis, Jean Deysel - who returns to the side in the absence of Marcell Coetzee
who is being rested - will captain the team for this match.
The good news is that Mouritz Botha and
Beast Mtawarira, both of whom took heavy blows last weekend, have been passed
fit to play, while Kyle Cooper taking over at
hooker is the only other change amongst the forwards, reports Sharks website
editor Michael Marnewick.
There will also be a new halfback
combination, with Springboks Cobus Reinach and Pat Lambie rested.
Conrad Hoffmann takes over at scrumhalf and
Frans Steyn shifts from centre to flyhalf, while Andre Esterhuizen earns his second
start, partnering JP Pietersen in midfield.
These two teams have met on eight
occasions, but it is the Sharks who hold the upper hand, having won seven of
them, including a six match winning streak stretching back to 2007.
Kick-off for Saturday’s clash is scheduled
15. SP Marais, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. JP Pietersen, 12. Andre Esterhuizen, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Frans Steyn, 9. Conrad Hoffmann, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Jean Deysel (captain), 6. Renaldo Bothma, 5. Marco Wentzel, 4. Mouritz Botha, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Kyle Cooper, 1. Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16. Monde Hadebe, 17. Thomas du Toit, 18. Lourens Adriaanse, 19. Lubabalo Mtyanda, 20. Daniel du Preez, 21. Stefan Ungerer, 22. Fred Zeilinga, 23. Waylon Murray