Coach Sean Everitt has taken an ‘if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it’ approach by naming an unchanged lineup for the Sharks’ clash against Irish side Connacht in Durban on Saturday.
Everitt has retained the matchday-23 that claimed a bonus-point win over table-topping Leinster last weekend.
The Sharks are currently in fourth place on the Vodacom United Rugby Championship table and captain Thomas du Toit said they are aiming to secure a home playoff with victories in their final two games of the season.
“We’re not aiming to be in the top eight, we’re looking for a home quarter-final,” he said. “We’ll treat each game as if it’s our last game and the only opportunity we’re going to get, so the focus on each game is massive.
“We’re treating each game like a final and the value of a home quarter-final can’t be underestimated. We’re playing for that.”
Sharks – 15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Werner Kok, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Phepsi Buthelezi, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Gerbrandt Grobler, 4 Le Roux Roets, 3 Thomas du Toit (c), 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ox Nche.
Subs: 16 Kerron van Vuuren, 17 Ntuthuko Mchunu, 18 Khutha Mchunu, 19 Reniel Hugo, 20 Jeandre Labuschagne, 21 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 22 Grant Williams, 23 Boeta Chamberlain.
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