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Michalak to start at 10 – Freddie Michalak will spearhead the Sharks’ backline while Pat Lambie has been shifted to fullback.
Jean Deysel is included in the starting line-up as is Bismarck du Plessis. John Smit moves to the bench, while Willem Alberts, back from a shoulder injury, is also among the reserves.
Sharks – 15 Patrick Lambie, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Stefan Terblanche (c), 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Alistair Hargreaves, 4 Gerhard Mostert, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Subs: 16 John Smit, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Ross Skeate, 19 Willem Alberts, 20 Marcell Coetzee, 21 Adrian Jacobs, 22 Louis Ludik.
Four week ban for James - Lions flyhalf Butch James has been suspended for four weeks for a dangerous tackle.
The offence, a high tackle on Sharks flanker Keegan Daniel, was classified as mid-range. As the Lions have a bye in the final round of the tournament, it has ruled that the commencement of the sanction be deferred to Monday 20 June. James is therefore effectively suspended from all rugby up to and including 17 July 2011.
The Tri-Nations commences a week after James is eligible to play once more, with a Test against Australia in Sydney.
Duvenage in doubt – Louis Schreuder is likely to start the Stormers’ final game in Bloemfontein as Dewaldt Duvenage is struggling with an ankle injury.
Duvenage has been listed as doubtful for the Cheetahs’ match, and given that Ricky Januarie is out with a broken hand, Schrueder is likely to start. In that event, Nic Groom will come onto the bench.
Duvenage’s absence will also mean the Stormers go into this game without flyhalf cover for Peter Grant, unless of course Earl Rose is brought onto the bench. Kurt Coleman is unavailable due to an ankle injury.