The Sharks have brought Keegan Daniel back into their starting line up for their third round Currie Cup clash against the Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Friday.
Daniel has recovered from a knee injury that kept him out of the Sharks opening two matches of the tournament and he comes into the team to replace Brynard Stander who sustained a minor knee strain against the Lions.
While Daniel has captained the Sharks in the past including in Super Rugby, Jacques Botes will retain the captaincy playing at eighthman.
Daniel’s return is one of two personnel and one positional changes to the team.
The loss of Odwa Ndungane with a hamstring strain means last week’s debutant SP Marias shifts back to his preferred position at fullback while Sizo Maseko, who missed last week’s match, returns to the wing.
Sharks forwards coach Brad Macleod-Henderson believes that steady improvement is what The Sharks are looking for in their campaign as they showed this from week one to week two.
“It’s probably more important for us to focus on our performance rather than the results,” he explained on the Sharks site.
“The results are secondary to performance; if you perform well you’ll get the result. "
"The highlight for us is that we played better this past week against the Lions than in the first match against Griquas, and if we continue to improve each week then the results will take care of themselves.”
Sharks backline coach Sean Everitt said that the team were really happy to have gotten a win under their belts last weekend.
"It's been a tense 160 minutes of rugby so we were very happy with the win and getting our campaign on track."
"We've been together for three weeks and new things were put in place and it takes a while for things to become a habit so that the players can do things on the field sub-consciously.
"The Cheetahs will be disappointed after their loss on the weekend; they know that they are better than that, so it will be a big challenge for us to try contain them. "
"I believe that we have the team to win this competition, we do have a lot of work to do in certain areas of the game and if we can get it right this weekend, we can come away with a win, even though it is in Bloemfontein."
15. SP Marais , 14. Sizo Maseko , 13. Louis Ludik , 12. Heimar Williams , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 10. Fred Zeilinga , 9. Charl McLeod , 8. Jacques Botes (C) , 7. Jean Deysel , 6. Keegan Daniel , 5. Marco Wentzel , 4. Edwin Hewitt , 3. Wiehahn Herbst , 2. Kyle Cooper , 1. Dale Chadwick
Replacements : 16. Craig Burden , 17. Rayno Gerber , 18. Peet Marais , 19. Tera Mtembu , 20. Cobus Reinach , 21. Butch James , 22. Jaco van Tonder