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Sharks have locks aplenty


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 16 Aug 2011 at 08:00
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While Sharks coach John Plumtree will need to scratch his head over a number of positions for this weekend’s Currie Cup match against the Leopards at Kings Park, one area where he certainly won’t be short of options is the second row. The return to fitness of Bok Alistair Hargreaves means that Plumtree’s lock dilemma becomes who to leave out, rather than who to pick.

Flyhalf, of course, is going to be a tricky one, with Plumtree needing to decide whether to risk Fred Michalak, who appeared to pull up lame against Province, or rest him altogether. Compounding the conundrum is the fact that Pat Lambie has gone to the Boks, meaning a straight choice between Jacques-Louis Potgieter and Meyer Bosman for the number 10 shirt, should the Frenchman sit out, with whichever one is left over starting at 12. Lwazi Mvovo’s spot on the left wing will go to Mark Richards, I’m sure, although moving Louis Ludik to wing, shifting Stefan Terblanche to fullback and bringing Marius Joubert back in at centre is also a possible approach.

In the front row, Dale Chadwick is touch-and-go, but with Julian Redelinghuys ready to come into the squad – and Eugene van Staden a more-than-capable loosehead option – young Chadders can be given time off this week. Should Hargreaves come back in, Plumtree will need to decide whether to play him in tandem with the rather similar Ross Skeate, or reward the consistent Anton Bresler for his good form to date by retaining him in the number 4 jersey. Either way, Jandre Marais looks likely to miss out this week, which is in itself hardly fair given the great work he’s put in so far this campaign.

Those looking for sweeping changes this week – with yet more undiscovered youngsters given an opportunity to stake a claim for higher honours – would do well to keep those hopes in check, though. The Sharks need to consolidate their position with a good win over the lowly Leopards, with a hard away fixture against the log-topping Lions ahead in the next round. Banking on points from that trip to Johannesburg would be somewhat foolish at this stage, one would think.

The Sharks team will be confirmed on Wednesday.



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