Sharks v Reds: Teams
At Kings Park, Saturday March 17, kick-off 3.05pm
Last Updated: 15/03/12 12:55pm
South Africa prop Jannie du Plessis will return to the Sharks line-up for the visit of defending champions the Reds on Saturday.
Du Plessis will start at loosehead - with Wiehahn Herbst providing cover from the bench - as one of three changes for the clash.
Lock Anton Bresler replaces Ross Skeate, who has a neck injury, while Charl McLeod is preferred to Frederic Michalak at scrum-half.
There is an additional change on the bench, with Louis Ludik coming in so Paul Jordaan can get some game time with the Vodacom Cup side.
Ben Lucas has been handed the No.10 shirt by Reds coach Ewen McKenzie as one of six changes for the trip to Durban.
Lucas replaces Jono Lance in the line-up, with Mike Harries - who has started the opening three matches at fly-half - moving across to inside centre.
Rod Davies, Greg Holmes, Van Humphries, Beau Robinson and Radike Samo also come into the starting XV, with Luke Morahan Ben Daley, Rob Simmons, Liam Gill and Jake Schatz all dropping to the bench.
There are also places among the replacements for scrum-half Nick Frisby, who is poised to make his Super Rugby debut, and Australia hooker Saia Faingaa.
Sharks:15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 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 Dale Chadwick.
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Jandre Marais, 19 Jacques Botes, 20 Frederic Michalak, 21 Meyer Bosman, 22 Louis Ludik.
Reds: 15 Rod Davies, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Mike Harris, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Ben Lucas, 9 Will Genia, 8 Radike Samo, 7 Beau Robinson, 6 Scott Higginbotham, 5 Van Humphries, 4 James Horwill (c), 3 James Slipper, 2 James Hanson, 1 Greg Holmes.
Replacements: 16 Saia Faingaa, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Rob Simmons, 19 Jake Schatz, 20 Liam Gill, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Luke Morahan.