Khaya Majola will make his first Currie Cup start for the Sharks against the EP Kings in Durban on Saturday.
Majola, a former SA U20 player, takes over the openside role from the injured Jacques Botes, who was ruled out after failing a fitness test. In the only other change to the match-day squad, Stephan Lewies has been drafted in on the bench after overcoming a niggling knee injury.
Lwazi Mvovo will start on the left wing once again, after being released by the Springboks. The Sharks enter the match in third place on the Currie Cup log, five points adrift of the Golden Lions in second, and a home semi-final.
Sharks – 15 SP Marais, 14 S’bura Sithole, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 André Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Lionel Cronjé, 9 Conrad Hoffmann, 8 Tera Mtembu (c), 7 Etienne Oosthuizen, 6 Khaya Majola, 5 Marco Wentzel, 4 JC Astle, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Subs: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Danie Mienie, 18 Stephan Lewies, 19 Johan Meyer, 20 Cameron Wright, 21 Tim Swiel, 22 Tonderai Chavhanga.
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