Beast back to strengthen Sharks
The Sharks have made a number of changes to their team as they prepare to face the Highlanders at Mr Price Kings Park in Durban for their Vodacom Super Rugby clash on Saturday.
Springbok prop Tendai Mtawarira will be making his first Super Rugby start this season, after a pre-season ankle injury delayed his participation in the tournament. He has played two Vodacom Cup games for the Sharks XV.
Fellow Springbok prop Jannie du Plessis is an injury concern and the Sharks coaching staff will decide closer to the day whether Jannie starts or he will be replaced by Wiehahn Herbst
The Sharks backline also has a couple of positional changes. With Louis Ludik moving to fullback and Springbok JP Pietersen moving from centre to his more natural wing position, Paul Jordaan will now partner Tim White head in the midfield.
Springbok eighth-man Ryan Kankowski will start the game on the bench.
The Sharks: 15. Louis Ludik; 14. JP Pietersen; 13. Paul Jordaan; 12. Tim Whitehead; 11. Lwazi Mvovo; 10. Patrick Lambie; 9. Charl McLeod; 8. Keegan Daniel (capt); 7. Marcell Coetzee; 6. Jacques Botes; 5. Anton Bresler; 4. Steven Sykes; 3. Jannie du Plessis / Wiehahn Herbst; 2. Bismarck du Plessis; 1. Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: 16. Craig Burden; 17. Wiehahn Herbst / Jannie du Plessis; 18. Pieter-Steph du Toit; 19. Jean Deysel; 20. Ryan Kankowski; 21. Frederic Michalak; 22. Meyer Bosman