John Plumtree has named seven World Cup Springboks in the Sharks’ semi-final starting XV to face the Cheetahs on Saturday.
In their 53-9 thrashing of the Lions in Durban last weekend, fullback Pat Lambie and wing Odwa Ndungane were the only returning Boks who started the game. For the semi-final clash against the Cheetahs, wing JP Pietersen, flanker Willem Alberts and the front row of Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis and Beast Mtawariria also find themselves in the run-on side.
Lock Jean Deysel is struggling with injury and will face a late fitness test on Friday. He’s been bracketed with Anton Bresler in the second row.
‘Everyone has to bring energy – this is a big game, a huge game,’ said Plumtree. ‘It was great to have the Boks back last week, but after having to integrate them, this week we’re a team. Everyone has a big responsibility, not just them.’
Sharks – 15 Pat Lambie, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Stefan Terblanche, 12 Marius Joubert, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Conrad Hoffmann, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Keegan Daniel (c), 5 Ross Skeate, 4 Jean Deysel/Anton Bresler, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Beast Mtawarira.
Subs: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Eugene van Staden, 18 Marcell Coetzee, 19 Jacques Botes, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Adi Jacobs, 22 Lwazi Mvovo.