Durban – The Sharks have named the same starting XV and replacements for the third consecutive week ahead of their Super Rugby clash with the Lions at Kings Park in Durban on Saturday.

“I've enjoyed the progress with this group, they've been good enough, bright enough and keen enough to understand that if we prepare properly, we know exactly what we need to do,” Sharks director of rugby Jake White said.

“We have a game plan and a master plan of what we want to do and stick to it, then there will be rewards. That only comes if you prepare properly and you've done your homework and then execute well in the game.”

The coastal side had a bye last weekend after opening wins against the Bulls and Hurricanes.

They top the South African conference with nine points from two games and are second on the overall table Ä a point behind the Waratahs.

The Sharks team: SP Marais, Odwa Ndungane, Paul Jordaan, Frans Steyn, Lwazi Mvovo, Patrick Lambie, Cobus Reinach, Ryan Kankowski, Willem Alberts, Marcell Coetzee, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Anton Bresler, Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis (capt), Tendai Mtawarira.

Replacements: Kyle Cooper, Dale Chadwick, Lourens Adriaanse, Stephan Lewies, Jean Deysel, Charl McLeod, Heimar Williams, S'bura Sithole. – Sapa