Sharks Super rugby head coach Sean Everitt has been able to include captain Lukhanyo Am in his team to play the Reds in Brisane on Saturday.
The Sharks captain returns to the side after an enforced break last week to lead the side in their final Super Rugby tour match.
Am sat out last week due to Springbok player workload protocols and this weekend it’s the turn of wing Makazole Mapimpi, together with Tyler Paul and James Venter.
Coach Sean Everitt has made several changes for this game, handing Dylan Richardson and Henco Venter starts on either side of the scrum, with Louis Schreuder returning at scrumhalf.
In the final two changes, Lwazi Mvovo takes over from Mapimpi and Am is back in place of Jeremy Ward.
For a performance-based side, improvement last week was exactly what this team is all about and they will look to continue the hard work put in to rectifying any concerns.
“We were pleased with the improvement in our set-piece against the Rebels and that made the world of difference,” said Sharks head coach Sean Everitt from the team’s camp.
“As a whole, the team is displaying a lot of energy on the field and the excitement they show is rubbing off on one another and we’ve managed to put in some good performances along the way.
“Although the performances haven’t been perfect, we are striving towards that end.”
15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am (captain), 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Dylan Richardson, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Ox Nche
Replacements:16 Craig Burden, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Le Roux Roets, 20 Phepsi Buthelezi, 21 Sanele Nohamba, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Jeremy Ward