Durban - Sharks coach Robert du Preez has named his team for Saturday’s Currie Cup final against Western Province at Kings Park.
Du Preez made only one change to the team that beat the Blue Bulls 37-27 in the semi-finals last weekend.
Veteran Odwa Ndungane starts on the wing in place of Sbu Nkosi, who is out with a dislocated elbow, while Rhyno Smith comes in on the bench.
“This is what we’ve played for throughout this campaign and a home final means everything to us. This is our final 80 minutes of rugby for the season and nothing but our best will be good enough," Du Preez said after naming his side on Thursday.
Home ground advantage will be vital for the Sharks, Du Preez believes.
“Sticking to what has worked for us, our game management and backing our systems is key. Playing a final in front of your home crowd is the ultimate honour and our players are excited to run out on Saturday in front of a passionate home crowd and give it their all.”
Kick-off for Saturday’s Currie Cup final is scheduled for 16:00
15 Garth April, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Odwa Ndungane, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha (captain), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Thomas du Toit
Substitutes: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Jean Droste, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Tristan Blewett, 23 Rhyno Smith
15 Damian Willemse, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Cobus Wiese, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl (captain), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg
Substitutes: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Frans van Wyk, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 Kobus van Dyk, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Werner Kok, 23 Dan Kriel