JP back for Sharks as they try to avoid being first Highlanders scalp in 2013 (teamsheet)

John Plumtree has opted for a youthful pack to take on the bottom-of-the-log Highlanders, who have lost all 8 games so far this season. He contrasts this with a potent backline boasting Springboks from 9 to 15 (Riaan Viljoen has played midweek for the Boks). Having dropped to 3rd in the South African conference, the Sharks will be hungry to get their push for a playoff spot back on track, but will they be as hungry as the desperate men from Dunedin?


  • JP Pieterson returns on the right wing
  • Springbok wing Lwazi Mvovo returns from a hand injury in the number 11 jersey
  •  Lubabalo Mtembu retains his place at no.8 after an impressive run-on debut last weekend
  • Keagan Daniel returns at open side flank and will captain the team
  • Last week’s captain Jean Deysel drops down to the bench

The Sharks:15. Riaan Viljoen, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Francois Steyn, 12. Meyer Bosman, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Lubabalo Mtembu, 7. Marcell Coetzee, 6. Keegan Daniel (C), 5. Franco van der Merwe, 4. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Kyle Cooper, 1. Wiehahn Herbst

Replacements: 16. Craig Burden, 17. JC Janse van Rensburg, 18. Anton Bresler, 19. Jean Deysel, 20. Tian Meyer, 21. Piet Lindeque
22. Odwa Ndungane/Derick Minnie