Alberts beefs up Sharks pack

Willem Alberts will start against the Stormers while Pat Lambie has been selected at fullback.

Alberts’ return to the starting side sees Marcell Coetzee shifting to openside and Jacques Botes dropping to the bench. Like his coaching counterpart at the Stormers, John Plumtree has opted for five forwards on the bench in anticipation of a big clash up front. There is no room for Jean Deysel.

Plumtree has also made some interesting selections in the backline. Lambie is picked at No 15, a position he is set to play for the Boks next month. Freddie Michalak is retained at No 10 while Meyer Bosman comes in for the injured Tim Whitehead at inside centre.

Lambie’s introduction at fullback sees Riaan Viljoen dropping out of the match 22. Odwa Ndungane and Louis Ludik are promoted to the bench.

Sharks – 15. Pat Lambie, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Meyer Bosman, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Freddie Michalak, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Keegan Daniel (c), 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Anton Bresler, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Tendai Mtawarira.
Subs: 16. Craig Burden, 17. Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 19. Ryan Kankowski, 20. Jacques Botes, 21. Odwa Ndungane, 22. Louis Ludik.