Du Plessis will join fellow Bok prop Beast Mtawarira in the scrum after both missed last weekend’s semifinal against the Cheetahs, replacing Dale Chadwick and Wiehahn Herbst.
Unfortunately, flank Jean Deysel has been ruled out with a hamstring which means bulldozing Willem Alberts comes into the starting line-up at flank after recovering from his neck injury.
With an all-Bok front row hooker Bismarck du Plessis completing the trio a Bok loose trio and backline Boks in flyhalf Pat Lambie, centre Frans Steyn and wings Lwazi Mvovo and Odwa Ndungane, this is a quality side.
And they have learnt the lessons of two weeks ago in Durban when they went down 17-13 to Province, mainly due to poor goal-kicking.
“Rugby is a physical sport. Every week, the collisions are becoming more important and winning those is going to be key to victory,” said Sharks coach Brad MacLeod-Henderson. “I thought we played nicely in the last pool game against Province, but they have a quality, experienced pack which has been finding good ball, and some electrifying backs out wide.”
Bok wing Odwa Ndungane said this would be a thriller. “It’s a big week for us, we’ve worked hard to get here, to put ourselves in this position where we can win the Currie Cup,” he added.