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Sharks Super Rugby 2014: The halfbacks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 21 Jan 2014 at 11:33
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When it comes to those crucial selections in jersey 9 and 10, I think it’s safe to say that most Sharks fans probably know pretty much exactly what to expect for the coming Super Rugby season.

Scrumhalf, in fact, is one of the few areas in the squad where depth is something of a concern. The only names we’re likely to see this year, barring injury, are the incumbents from the Currie Cup, with Charl McLeod‘s good form towards the latter stages of that competition probably nosing him ahead of Cobus Reinach in the early season pecking order. Outside of those two, White will be forced to turn to the young Vodacom Cup options, Stefan Ungerer and Hanco Venter, or look outside of the province, in case an injury should occur.

One fancies that unless one of the juniors really puts his hand up in a big way this year, the Sharks will be on the lookout for at least one more experienced scrumhalf – perhaps one with whom White has worked before – to bolster the squad.

Flyhalf is a little different in that White has already laid his cards plainly on the table; Patrick Lambie, he says, will be the first (and pretty much only) choice player in that position and will wear the number 10 jersey until it falls off him. Fred Zeilinga and Tim Swiel look to be the likely deputies, with both named to travel to London while Lambie enjoys his honeymoon. One feels that both will get a chance to run the show against Saracens this weekend, with whomever performs best likely to assume the mantel of official understudy.

The other man currently in the picture is Hansie Graaff, who has continued to train with the Super Rugby side even after the “first cut” at the start of the year. It’s likely, though, that he will find himself playing more often in the Vodacom Cup, unless an injury should strike.


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