Reinach at scrumhalf for Sharks

Cobus Reinach returns at No 9 in one of four changes to the Sharks' starting lineup for Saturday's clash against the Crusaders in Durban.

Reinach takes over from Michael Claassens, who drops back to the bench, in the only change to the backline. Up front, Philip van der Walt shifts to No 8 as Dan du Preez receives a well-deserved rest, while brother Jean-Luc makes his return from injury at blindside flank.

In the front row, Coenie Oosthuizen and Franco Marais return to the starting XV, taking over from Lourens Adriaanse and Kyle Cooper respectively.

Sharks – 15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 André 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 (c). Subs: 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.

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