Cap Town – The Sharks have made four changes to their starting line-up for Saturday’s Super Rugby clash against the Crusaders in Durban.
Cobus Reinach returns to the starting line-up at scrumhalf in the only change in a rather settled looking backline that has enjoyed continuity over the first month of the competition.
Philip van der Walt starts his second consecutive match, this week shifting to No 8 to give Daniel du Preez a much-needed break as he shifts to the bench.
The good news is the return of his twin brother Jean-Luc who missed last week’s showdown with the Bulls after suffering a minor foot injury against the Stormers.
The final changes come in the front row – Coenie Oosthuizen and Franco Marais back in the starting XV after rotational changes had the duo playing off the bench last week.
The Sharks are the only undefeated team left in the competition following wins against the Kings, Jaguares and Stormers and a draw against the Bulls.
Kick-off on Saturday is at 17:15.
15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Joe Pietersen, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Tendai Mtawarira (captain)
Substitutes: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Daniel du Preez, 21 Michael Claasens, 22 Garth April, 23 Odwa Ndungane
15 David Havili, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody
Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Mike Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Jimmy Tupou, 21 Tim Boys, 22 Mitchell Drummond, 23 Ben Volavola