Two of the Sharks stars over the past few Super Rugby rounds, centre Lukhanyo Am and on his recent form probably South Africa’s top wing at present, Makazole Mapimpi, both sit out the Super Rugby match against the Reds this weekend.
It is probably not ideal, coming off the thrashing the team took against the Jaguares last weekend, but it may have been an opportunity to give Curwin Bosch a run at flyhalf in place of Robert du Preez.
However, with a retreaded centre Kobus van Wyk playing at outside centre in Lukhanyo Am ‘s place and Sbu Nkosi coming in for Mapimpi with Lwazi Mvovo switching from right to left wing, this is a selection that has to wait.
In the pack, there are three returnees: The Springbok props Beast Mtawarira and Coenie Oosthuizen are back, and flank Jacques Vermeulen returns in place of Luke Stringer.
15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Kobus van Wyk, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder (captain), 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Beast Mtawarira. Replacements: 16 Fez Mbatha, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Tyler Paul, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Aphelele Fassi.