25 Jul 2014

Lambie to start for Sharks

1:30 pm on 25 July 2014

Pat Lambie has been restored to first-five and fellow international Willem Alberts has been shifted to lock as the Sharks made three changes to their starting line-up for the Super Rugby semi-final against the Crusaders in Christchurch.

Lambie, who made his first appearance in four months as a replacement in last weekend's win over the Highlanders, is restored to No.10, with Frans Steyn moving to second five eighths alongside Paul Jordaan.

Springbok JP Pietersen, who was in the centre's jersey last week, is named on the wing in place of Sibusiso Sithole, who drops to the bench.

Alberts shifts to lock to replace the injured Anton Bresler, with Jean Deysel taking Alberts' place on the flank.

Stephan Lewies is back at lock after injury in place of Etienne Oosthuizen.

It will be Lambie's first start since March when he tore his bicep.

With Deysel having been elevated into the starting line-up, Tera Mtembu comes on to the bench.

Injury keeps talismanic prop Tendai Mtawira out but his teenage replacement Thomas du Toit received high praise after last weekend's playoff win.