After an international season of sitting on the Springbok bench, Pat Lambie is chomping at the bit to get onto that field and start playing. He is the only returning springbok that Coach John Plumtree has included in his starting line up to face the Griquas on Friday.
As the Sharks have already secured a semi-final spot, Plumtree has taken the opportunity to rest his Springboks by starting them from the bench. This is a luxury that no other coach has not been given to his rivals and may be extremely important come the play offs.
Lambie replaces Meyer Bosman and the explosive young scrumhalf Cobus Reinach takes over from Charl McLeod, both of whom drop to the bench.
In the pack, Kyle Cooper comes in for Pieter Dixon who has broken his arm and Craig Burden returns from Bok duty to provide cover from the bench.
The Sharks take on the Griquas in Durban on Friday, KO 19:10 CAT (18:10 BST)
Sharks: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Jandre Marais, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Jannie du Plessis, 18 Peet Marais, 19 Marcell Coetzee, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Meyer Bosman, 22 Lwazi Mvovo.