Am boost for Sharks
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Sharks coach Robert du Preez has selected a team as close to full strength for their final Super Rugby pool match of the competition against the Lions at Kings Park on Saturday.
Mahlatse Ralepelle starts in place of Franco Marais at hooker in the only change to the front row for this match, while Jean-Luc du Preez returns and he replaces Lubabalo Mtembu in the back row
Lukhanyo Am returns from injury with Kobus van Wyk shifting to the wing and Lwazi Mvovo replaces Curwin Bosch at fullback.
Am will partner Andre Esterhuizen in the midfield.
Prop Tendai Mtawarira was not considered for selection this week due to a neck strain.
Sharks: 15 Lwazi Mvovo, 14 Jacobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Sibusiso Nkosi, 10 Garth April, 9 Jacobus Reinach, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt (captain), 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenraad Oosthuizen, 2 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Jean Droste, 20 Lubabalo Mtembu, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Curwin Bosch, 23 Jeremy Ward.
Date: Saturday, July 15
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Kick-off: 17.15 (15.15 GMT)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs (South Africa), Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)