Durban - Englishman Andy Goode has been dropped to the bench for the Sharks' Super 14 match against the Stormers on Saturday night, with Ruan Pienaar returning to flyhalf.
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Goode will be joining Worcester after the Super 14 and so Sharks coach John Plumtree, has opted to start Rory Kockott and Pienaar in the half-back channel for this weekend's game at the Absa Stadium.
Pienaar has been in outstanding form this season and has regularly shifted to flyhalf when Kockott has come on to replace Goode during the latter stages of the game.
Last weekend, the nuggety scrumhalf made a noticeable impact when he came on against the Bulls, scoring an impressive solo try, and he has now been rewarded with a rare starting berth.
Plumtree has also opted for an interesting loose-trio combination, with Ryan Kankowski, Jean Deysel and Willem Alberts all overcoming slight injury worries to turn out in the back row together for the first time this season.
With lock Johann Muller out for eight weeks with a fractured arm, Alistair Hargreaves will start in the second row with Steven Sykes.
Similarly, with Bismarck du Plessis out with a long-term neck injury, Tendai Mtawarira, John Smit and Jannie du Plessis remain as the front row combination.
The Sharks may be out of semi-final contention, but will be doing no favours for the Stormers, who will want to win to secure a place in the playoffs.
15. Patrick Lambie 14. Odwa Ndungane 13. Stefan Terblanche 12. Riaan Swanepoel 11. Lwazi Mvovo 10. Ruan Pienaar 9. Rory Kockott 8. Ryan Kankowski 7. Willem Alberts 6. Jean Deysel 5. Alistair Hargreaves 4. Steven Sykes 3. Jannie du Plessis 2. John Smit (captain) 1. Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16. Craig Burden 17. Patric Cilliers 18. Wilhelm Steenkamp 19. Keegan Daniel 20. Jacques Botes 21. Andy Goode 22. Andries Strauss
15. Gio Aplon, 14. Sireli Naqelevuki, 13. Jaque Fourie, 12. Juan De Jongh, 11. Tim Whitehead, 10. Peter Grant, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Francois Louw, 6. Schalk Burger (captain), 5. Andries Bekker, 4. Adriaan Fondse, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg, 1. JD Moller
Substitutes: 16. Deon Fourie, 17. Eusebio Guinazu, 18. Anton van Zyl, 19. Pieter Louw, 20. Ricky Januarie, 21. Willem de Waal, 22. Joe Pietersen