The Sharks face an important challenge on Friday when they host the Reds at Kings Park where they’ll be looking to put their recent disappointment behind them. The Sharks lost to the Jaguares 17 – 51 last weekend.
With the upcoming tour and three matches in Australia and New Zealand, it is imperative that the Sharks gain momentum ahead of next week’s game against the Waratahs.
The Reds have not had the best of the Sharks over the past few years, although they did win the last clash in Brisbane. The Reds went down 32-17 to the Bulls at Loftus last week and will not want to depart South African shores without a win.
Sharks team and injury news
Head coach Robert du Preez has brought his Springbok front rowers, Beast Mtawarira and Coenie Oosthuizen, back into the starting line-up after they were rested last week.
Jacques Vermeulen and Sbu Nkosi also return to action while there is a start in the midfield for Kobus van Wyk. Makazole Mapimpi and Lukhanyo Am have been given the week off according to Springbok resting protocols.
Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Kobus van Wyk, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder (c), 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Beast Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Fez Mbatha, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Tyler Paul, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Aphelele Fassi
Reds team and injury news
The Reds have made three changes to their starting XV for their match against the Sharks.
After being rested last week in accordance with Rugby Australia’s workload management policy, Sefa Naivalu is back and takes his place on the wing.
Brothers prop Harry Hoopert will earn his first Super Rugby start, while Angus Scott-Young has been promoted off the bench and into the number six jersey seeing Lukhan Salakaia-Loto shift back to lock.
There are a further three changes to the reserves, as JP Smith and Harry Hockings drop to the bench this week.
After making his Queensland debut in South Africa four years ago against the Bulls in Pretoria, backrower Adam Korczyk could potentially play his first game of 2019 after being added to Queensland’s 23.
Reds: 15 Hamish Stewart, 14 Sefa Naivalu , 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Samu Kerevi (c), 11 Jack Hardy, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Alex Mafi, 1 Harry Hoopert
Substitutes: 16 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 17 JP Smith, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Harry Hockings, 20 Adam Korczyk, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Duncan Paia’aua, 23 Jock Campbell
The game kicks off on 19 April at 15:05 (SAST).
TV and live stream
The game will be broadcast live on SuperSport 1 (SS1).