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Sharks pick strong outfit to face Lions in Durban

The Sharks have picked a strong side laden with Springboks for their clash with the Lions at Kings Park in Durban on Saturday.

Beast Mtawarira and Akker van der Merwe of the Sharks. Picture: @TheSharksZA/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - The Sharks have picked a strong side laden with Springboks for their clash with the Lions at Kings Park in Durban on Saturday.

Head coach Robert du Preez had no hesitation in throwing his Springbok players back into action as they look to take the confidence out of the Test series win over England into Vodacom Super Rugby.

One of those is wing Sbu Nkosi who put in one outstanding performance for the Springboks after another.

The 22-year-old set the international rugby scene alight with some electric performances for the Springboks in the Test series against England. Curwin Bosch, who wasn’t involved in the three-Test series against England but played the once-off Test against Wales in Washington, starts at fullback, while lock Ruan Botha will continue to captain the side.

Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 André Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Cameron Wright, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Phillip van der Walt, 5 Ruan Botha (c), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Beast Mtawarira.

Subs: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Lwazi Mvovo.