Willem Alberts and Pat Lambie return for the Sharks’ decisive match against the Cheetahs at Kings Park.
Both missed last week’s win over the Bulls through injury. Alberts plays from the wood with Marcell Coetzee retaining his place at blindside flank. Lambie starts at fullback in place of Louis Ludik, who drops to the bench.
Elsewhere, lock Pieter-Steph du Toit has been bracketed in with Jean Deysel amongst the reserves, as have the backline duo of Meyer Bosman and Paul Jordaan. Jandre Marais will start in the second row.
Sharks – 15. Patrick Lambie, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Tim Whitehead, 12. Francois Steyn, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Frederic Michalak, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Marcell Coetzee, 6. Keegan Daniel (c), 5. Anton Bresler, 4. Jandre Marais, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Craig Burden, 1. Tendai Mtawarira.
Subs: 16. Bismarck du Plessis, 17. Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Pieter-Steph du Toit / Jean Deysel, 19. Willem Alberts, 20. Jacques Botes, 21. Meyer Bosman / Paul Jordaan, 22. Louis Ludik