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Jordaan back in Sharks mix

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 8 Apr 2014 at 09:42
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The Sharks have confirmed, via their official website, that center Paul Jordaan is fit for selection this week.

Jordaan, who enjoyed a great start to the season, scoring tries in the big home wins against the Bulls and Lions, was forced out of action ahead of the Reds game in round 5 due to a knee injury that required surgical correction. His rehabilitation has now run its course and has been exactly in line with the four weeks initially confirmed by the Sharks.

The only headache for coach Jake White, though, is how (if at all) to re-incorporate Jordaan into the team this week. Since being asked to step into the breach in the unfamiliar number 13 jersey, S’bura Sithole has been in fine form, possibly one of the best players for the Sharks overall in the time Jordaan has been away. White has spoken of his desire to ensure he has as many speed merchants in his backline as possible, a desire which prompted a move to fullback for Lwazi Mvovo ahead of the last game in order to include four out-and-out-wingers in the starting lineup.

Prior to that last game against the Waratahs, the Director mentioned the possibility of looking at Jordaan as an inside center, thus adding his express pace to the mix as well. This would imply a shift to flyhalf for Frans Steyn – but after Fred Zeilinga’s great showing at pivot against the ‘Tahs, I’d say it now stands as unlikely that Zeilinga wouldn’t get another shot in the jersey.

My money would be on a bench spot for Jordaan at best this week, possibly at the expense of Heimar Williams.

The Sharks side to face the Lions at Ellis Park will be confirmed on Thursday morning.


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