With many players involved in the weekend’s URC action, the result is a number of younger players get an opportunity.
Both teams will be skippered by experienced campaigners though.
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Marius Louw is now the nominated leader although he commands a relatively experienced Sharks side brimming with talent.
The Sharks have, however, been bolstered by the inclusion of No 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, who makes a welcome return to action after an eighth-month injury lay-off.
Meanwhile, flyhalf Tim Swiel will captain WP in their first away encounter in Durban.
Swiel partners with another experienced campaigner in scrumhalf Godlen Masimla in the halfback axis.
Meanwhile, Mnombo Zwelendaba starts at outside centre.
WP have experience at the back, however, there is an all-new back three with Sergeal Petersen at fullback and Leolin Zas and Andre Manuel on the wings.
Sharks vs Western Province
Date: Wednesday, 2 February
Venue: Hollywoodbets Kings Park. Durban.
Referee: Griffin Colby
Streaming: DStv Now
Teams: Sharks vs Western Province
15 Sergeal Petersen, 14 Andre Manuel, 13 Mnombo Zwelendaba, 12 Cornel Smit, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Tim Swiel (captain), 9 Godlen Masimla, 8 Kake Morabe, 7 Simon Miller, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 David Meihuizen, 4 Connor Evans, 3 Lee-Marvin Mazibuko, 2 Chad Solomon, 1 Ali Vermaak.
Substitutions: 16 Jacques Goosen, 17 Kwenzo Blose, 18 Corne Weilbach, 19 Hilton Lobberts, 20 Hannes Gous, 21 Thomas Bursey, 22 Kade Wolhuter, 23 Ethan James.
15 Inny Radebe, 14 Yaw Penxe, 13 Werner Kok, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Marnus Potgieter, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Cameron Wright. 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Celimpilo Gumede, 6 James Venter, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Emile van Heerden, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Fez Mbatha, 1 Khwezi Mona
Substitutes: 16 Dan Jooste, 17 Dian Bleuler, 18 Hanru Jacobs, 19 Le Roux Roets, 20 Thembelani Bholi, 21 OJ Noa, 22 Sanele Nohamba, 23 Murray Koster.