The Sharks are back to full strength for their tour to Australasia with the return of Akker van der Merwe, who has served his three-match suspension for his part in the altercation with fellow-Springbok hooker Schalk Brits at the end of March.
The Sharks Super Rugby hooker Fez Mbatha and lock JJ van der Mescht will make their first appearances for the Junior Springboks in the UK after being named as part of coach Chean Roux’s 28-man touring squad for their matches against England and Wales.
To what extent will the preparation of the Springboks for their test matches and the World Cup be affected?
If this wasn’t the Stormers worst of the season against a side that won away from home for the first time, it is best not to know what was.
Playing without their head coach Swys de Bruin who had returned to South Africa hours before the kick-off of the Lions against the Chiefs in Hamilton, the South African franchise were irresistible in a first half that brought back visions of the Lions at their very best.