Coach Sean Everitt has made three changes and a positional swap to the Sharks starting lineup for Saturday’s Vodacom United Rugby Championship return fixture against the Stormers in Cape Town.
Although the Sharks team selected to travel to Cape Town for the clash with the Stormers shows minimal changes, there is a new selection in the midfield necessitated through injury to Ben Tapuai.
Following on from last week’s 22-22 stalemate against the same opponents at Kings Park, head coach Sean Everitt has not tinkered too much with the team for the return leg.
The forward pack that dominated the Stormers at scrum time has been retained.
Everitt has opted for a new halfback axis, with Jaden Hendrikse teaming up with Argentina flyhalf Tito Bonilla in place of Grant Williams and Boeta Chamberlain, who have been relegated to the bench.
The injury to Tapuai has captain Lukhanyo Am shifting from outside to inside centre this week, with Jeremy Ward promoted to start at outside centre.
This opens the door for Werner Kok to wear the No 23 jersey, with the final change Reniel Hugo making way for Gerbrandt Grobler.
Just two points separate the Sharks (10th) and Stormers (12th) on the URC table.
Sharks – Aphelele Fassi, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Jeremy Ward, 12 Lukhanyo Am (c), 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Tito Bonilla, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Phepsi Buthelezi, 7 Jeandre Labuschaghe, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ox Nche.
Subs: 16 Kerron van Vuuren, 17 Ntuthuko Mchunu, 18 Khutha Mchunu, 19 Gerbrandt Grobler, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Grant Williams, 22 Boeta Chamberlain, 23 Werner Kok.