Bok discards to blitz Lions

The Sharks have included Jake White’s rejects Brent Russell and JP Pietersen in their starting lineup to face the Lions at Ellis Park.

Bradley Barritt and Odwa Ndungane also get run-on starts after returning from injury and will line up at flyhalf and wing respectively.

Russell and Pietersen have both not played in a competitive match in over a month, after becoming intimately acquainted with the Springbok tackle bags on the away leg of the Vodacom Tri Nations tournament.

But their natural ability and flair is sure to negate any bench-rash they might be experiencing.

Russell will play on the left-wing and Pietersen slots in at what most consider to be his best position at fullback

The unlucky trio to make way is Craig Burden, Cedric Mkhize and Francois Steyn.

All three have performed well to date, but only 19 year-old Steyn keeps his place in the squad. It is unclear whether the players are injured or whether Dick Muir has employed a rotation system.

A new look midfield pair in Andries Strauss and Waylon Murray will add a physical presence and are bound create scoring opportunities for the elusive Pietersen and Russell outside them.

In the pack, Bismarck du Plessis returns at hooker after being rested for the Sharks last game against the Valke.

Sharks team:

15 JP Pietersen 14 Odwa Ndungane 13 Waylon Murray 12 Andries Strauss 11 Brent Russell 10 Bradley Barritt 9 Scott Mathie 8 AJ Venter (captain) 7 Jacques Botes 6 Warren Britz 5 Steven Sykes 4 Wouter Moore 3 Danie Saayman 2 Bismarck du Plessis 1 Kees Lensing Substitutes: 16 Skipper Badenhorst
17 Robbie Harris 18 Keegan Daniel 19 Ryan Kankowski 20 Sandile Nxumalo 21 Gcobani Bobo 22 Francois Steyn

By Ryan Vrede