Sharks rotate heavies

Bismarck du Plessis and Beast Mtawarira are the only new additions to the Sharks side to face the Brumbies at King’s Park on Saturday.

They replace John Smit and Deon Carstens respectively in keeping with the Sharks’ policy to rotate their front row forwards.

It is testament to the Sharks’ depth that they are able to replace Smit and Carstens with the Springboks incumbents at hooker and loosehead prop.

The only other changes come on the wood where flanker Justin Downey and scrumhalf Ross Cronje are replaced by Skholiwe Ndlovu and Charl McLeod.

Riaan Swanepoel impressed enough at inside centre against the Force to earn a second crack, while, as expected, Frans Steyn is maintained at flyhalf in the absence of Ruan Pienaar.

Sharks – 15. Stefan Terblanche, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Adrian Jacobs, 12. Riaan Swanepoel, 11. JP Pietersen, 10. Francois Steyn 9. Rory Kockott, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Keegan Daniel, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Johann Muller (c), 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Tendai Mtawarira
Subs: 16. John Smit, 17. Deon Carstens, 18. Albert van den Berg, 19. Skholiwe Ndlovu, 20. Charl McLeod, 21. Monty Dumond, 22. Luzuko Vulindlu