Sharks seek first win, Lions out to consolidate
THE two South African Super Rugby sides in action on home soil this weekend will have the same goal in mind, but are approaching their fourth-round matches differently.
The Sharks host the Sunwolves in Durban at 3.05pm and are looking for their first win of the season, while the Lions will be aiming to build on their three wins so far when they host the Blues at 5.15pm in Johannesburg.
Springbok Handre Pollard, who last week played No 12, is back at flyhalf for the Bulls, who start their Australasian leg with a visit to the Reds in Brisbane today. Johnny Kotze comes into the inside centre berth as a result of the decision to move Pollard to No 10.
Pollard played inside centre last Saturday against the Lions in Pretoria because of the late withdrawal of Burger Odendaal.
Warrick Gelant, who came off the bench, returns to the starting line-up as No 15 in place of Divan Rossouw.
Following an away loss to the Lions and a home draw against the Waratahs, the Sharks will be eager to register their first win of the season when they host the Sunwolves at Kings Park.
Young Springbok Curwin Bosch has been picked at fullback for his first start of the season, while the experienced Lwazi Mvovo shifts to the bench.
Among the forwards, flanker Wian Vosloo is picked to wear the No 6 jersey in what will be his Vodacom Super Rugby debut match.
Experienced Bok front-rower Tendai Mtawarira is set to make his 138th Vodacom Super Rugby appearance for the Durban side, which will see him take over from JP Pietersen as the player with the most Sharks caps in history.
Lions head coach Swys de Bruin se- lected an unchanged starting 15 for their clash with the Blues, but made some changes on the bench, where loose forwards Kwagga Smith and Hacjivah Dayimani return together with Ashlon Davids, while reserve scrumhalf Marco Jansen van Vuren drops out of the match-day 23.
The Highveld team have hit form from the outset and are leading the SA Conference and overall tournament logs with 14 points from three games.
They have also notched up the most tries scored so far, 18 in total, four more than the Crusaders.