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Beast on bench

Beast Mtawarira will feature on the bench when the Sharks face the Leopards in Rustenburg on Friday.

The loosehead prop started in the win against the Lions last weekend but has been replaced by Pat Cilliers in the starting line-up. Another change in the front row sees Eugene van Staden start at tighthead in Jannie du Plessis’ place.

Wing Odwa Ndungane passed his medical test this week and also finds a starting place while scrumhalf Rory Kockott returns to the run-on side as Charl McLeod is dropped to the reserves.

As expected, Willem Alberts, Keegan Daniel and Jacques Botes form the loose forward trio.

Sharks – 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Stefan Terblanche (c), 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Willem Alberts, 7 Keegan Daniel, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Alistair Hargreaves, 4 Ross Skeate, 3 Eugene van Staden, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Pat Cilliers.
Subs: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Beast Mtawarira, 18 Steven Sykes, 19 Michael Rhodes, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Monty Dumond, 22 Riaan Swanepoel.

Mitchell changes three

John Mitchell has made three changes for the Lions’ game against the Cheetahs.

Renaldo Bothma replaces the injured Trevor Hall at flank while tighthead Ross Geldenhuys is in for a battling Kevin Buys. Edgar Marutlulle’s inclusion means hooker Martin Bezuidenhout moves to the bench.

Lions – 15. Jaco Taute, 14. Deon van Rensburg, 13. Waylon Murray, 12. Doppies la Grange, 11. Michael Killian, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Jano Vermaak, 8. Warren Whiteley, 7. Derek Minnie, 6. Renaldo Bothma, 5. Franco van der Merwe, 4. George Earle, 3. Ross Geldenhuys, 2. Edgar Marutlulle, 1. JC Janse van Rensburg
Subs: 16. Martin Bezuidenhout, 17. Wayne Swart, 18. Johan Snyman, 19. Joshua Strauss, 20. JP Joubert, 21. Burton Francis, 22. Jannie Boshoff

Griquas get loosie boost

No 8 Leon Karemaker and flanker Rohan Kitshoff will start for Griquas when they face the Pumas on Friday.

Both loose forwards were sidelined when Griquas lost 50-3 against Western Province last weekend. However, Karemaker and Kitshoff have recovered from their respective injuries this week to start in Kimberley.

Matthew Rosslee has been promoted to inside centre ahead of Barry Geel, who drops to the wood.

Griquas – 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Richard Lawson, 13 Wilmaure Louw, 12 Matthew Rosslee, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Naas Olivier (c), 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Leon Karemaker, 7 Davon Raubenheimer 6 Rohan Kitshoff , 5 Cecil Kemp, 4 Frikkie Spies, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Ryno Barnes, 1 Steph Roberts
Subs: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 Jean Botha, 18 Michael Passaportis/Johan van Deventer, 19 Burger Schoeman, 20 Marnus Hugo, 21 Barry Geel, 22 Rocco Jansen.