JP’s back in business

Bok wing JP Pietersen will wear the No 11 jersey for the Sharks in their Currie Cup match against the Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

Pietersen broke a thumb in the Super Rugby final that ruled him out of the entire Rugby Championship, but returns to bolster the Sharks for the latter stage of their Currie Cup campaign.

In other changes to the team that beat the Blue Bulls 13-12 at Kings Park, Louis Ludik starts at fullback, Meyer Bosman takes over from Riaan Viljoen at flyhalf, and Jandre Marais replaces Steven Sykes in the second row.

Sharks – 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Meyer Bosman, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (c), 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Jandre Marais, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Pieter Dixon, 1 Dale Chadwick
Subs: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Allan Dell, 18 Peet Marais, 19 Tera Mtembu, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Riaan Viljoen, 22 S’bura Sithole