Sharks rest Bok props, stand-out flank Vermeulen against Jaguares

Sharks rest Bok props, stand-out flank Vermeulen against Jaguares

If the Sharks are stepping into the same hole as the Bulls last weekend by dropping two Boks and a stalwart for the match against the Jaguares, it is at least on a much lesser  scale.

The Sharks made two changes in the front row, with Juan Schoeman and Thomas du Toit packing down in the front row on either side of Kerron van Vuuren who starts his second match for the Sharks.

Springboks Coenie Oosthuizen en Beast Mtawarira, who became the most capped South African player in Super Rugby last week, are rested for this weekend.

Beast was undoubtedly one of the stand-out players for the Sharks over the last two weekends.

The only other change to the starting line-up is Philip van der Walt who comes in for Jacques Vermeulen at flank with the backline remaining intact from last week.

♦ The Sharks have received the good news that  Springbok flanker Jean-Luc du Preez has made a welcome return to rugby after a long-term injury and has been named on the bench for the clash with the Jaguares on Saturday

Du Preez spent the latter stages of the 2018 season at Sale Sharks on loan where he picked up a groin injury and returned to Durban for recovery and now takes his place in the matchday 23 in one of a handful of changes made by head coach Robert du Preez.

Sharks

15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Lwazi Mvovo, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 André Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Rob du Preez, 9 Louis, Schreuder (captain), 8 Dan du Preez, 7 Philip van der Walt, 6 Luke Stringer, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Juan Schoeman. Replacements: 16 Fez Mbatha, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 JJ van der Mescht, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Grant Williams, 22 Kobus van Wyk, 23 Aphelele Fassi.