Russell returns

Brent Russell is back in the Sharks starting XV for their Vodacom Super 14 match against the Cheetahs on Saturday.

The pocket rocket came off the bench against the Chiefs and is now fully fit after his injury lay-off.

Craig Burden gets his first senior start for the Sharks, playing on the wing in place of injured Henno Mentz.

Among the forwards, Braam Immelman replaces Jacques Botes at No 8, Albert van den Berg comes in for Johann Muller who moves to the bench and Deon Carstens returns from injury to replace the injured Heinke van der Merwe.

“It will take another courageous performance from the guys to beat the Cheetahs,” said Sharks coach Dick Muir. “We saw some good things last week but there is definitely room for improvement.â€?

He describes the Cheetahs as “a well-balanced side. They are getting to a stage of desperation where they need the win, so it’s going to be a hard-fought battle, particularly upfront.�

15. Brent Russell
14. Dusty Noble
13. Gcobani Bobo
12. Andries Strauss
11. Craig Burden
10. Percy Montgomery
9. Ruan Pienaar
8. Braam Immelman
7. AJ Venter (c)
6. Solly Tyibilika
5. Albert van den Berg
4. Johan Ackermann
3. Brendon Botha
2. Skipper Badenhorst
1. Deon Carstens

16. Bismarck du Plessis
17. Brent Moyle
18. Johann Muller
19. Jacques Botes
20. Sandile Nxumalo
21. Scott Spedding
22. Bradley Barritt