Ndungane milestone to be celebrated against Lions
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Sharks head coach Robert du Preez has largely stuck with the same team that did duty in the win against the Blue Bulls for their clash against the Golden Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday.
The forward pack remains unchanged, while there are some changes in the backline.
A new halfback pairing featuring Cameron Wright at scrumhalf and Benhard Janse van Rensburg at No.10 has been chosen, with Marius Louw coming in at centre to replace Jeremy Ward who wasn't considered for selection due to laceration.
Odwa Ndungane who is playing his 100th Currie Cup game for the Sharks comes in for Jacobus van Wyk on the wing in the final change to the starting line-up.
There is a new face featuring on the bench, former Kings scrumhalf Louis Schreuder is named as replacement scrumhalf and will his debut for the Sharks.
"I'm proud of the boys and the guts they showed against the Blue Bulls," said Du Preez. "We did miss 40-odd tackles which wasn't great, but that started with our bad exits and something we’re going to have to work hard on."
Sharks: 15 Garth April, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Sibusiso Nkosi, 10 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 9 Cameron Wright, 8 Tera Mtembu, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha (captain), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements - from: Armand van der Merwe, Inny-Christian Radebe, Juan Schoeman, John-Hubert Meyer, Jean Droste, Michael Claassens, Mzamo Majola, Wian Vosloo.
Date: Saturday, August 12
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 19.30 (17.30 GMT)
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant referees: Jaco Pretorius, Eduan Nel
TMO: Willie Vos