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Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 23 Sep 2013 at 10:57
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Time to raise the inevitable point. While the elevation of Pieter-Steph du Toit to the Bok squad is great news for the player, it does once again expose a short-term lack of second-row depth in Sharks country.

With du Toit gone – and Marco Wentzel and Anton Bresler both injured – the Sharks are now in the unenviable position of having only two fit locks in the squad. While Peet Marais and Edwin Hewitt are both in good form, the primary concern is that neither of them has yet worn the number 5 jersey in this competition, with the associated responsibility of making the line-out calls. Of the two, Marais is clearly the man to be entrusted with that task this weekend, but a big step up will be required form the young man, who has at least played in the position for the Vodacom Cup side.

Equally concerning is the absence of a lock to sit on the bench and while the Sharks wouldn’t be the first team this year to be forced to pick a tall loose forward in the number 18 jersey, it does highlight an area of alarming “shallowness” in a squad otherwise noted for its depth. The smart money would be on a return to the match 22 for both Jean Deysel and Jacques Botes, with the former designated lock backup if required.

The other option would be to call up Sharks under 21 lock Stephan Lewies. The former Eldoraignean has been in good nick for Etienne Fynn’s team and is a natural number 5 to boot.



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