100th match for yo-yo man

2010-04-02 00:00

STEFAN Terblanche will be celebrating both his 100th Super Rugby match for the Sharks and making his debut when he takes the field against the Reds at King’s Park tomorrow.

The 34-year-old veteran, capped 37 times for the Springboks on the wing, but a consistently reliable performer at fullback for the Sharks in recent seasons, will be seen in a new role when he plays at outside centre tomorrow.

Head coach John Plumtree was expected to name the powerful Waylon Murray as the replacement for Adi Jacobs, who is out for the season with a dislocated shoulder. But instead he has opted for the all-round skills of Terblanche in an attempt to add an attacking edge to the backplay.

Indeed, Terblanche has become one of the oldest yo-yo players in Super 14 rugby. Three weeks back he was at fullback, but then switched to wing to accommodate the precocious talents of Pat Lambie at the back while replacing the injured Odwa Ndungane. And tomorrow he moves again — to centre — with Ndungane returning on the wing.

With the Sharks’ bye just a week away, Plumtree has opted for continuity and has made no other changes to the team that started and beat the Hurricanes in Wellingon last Saturday.

Plumtree has, predictably, stayed with John Smit at loosehead and the Bok captain makes his eighth successive start this season and is again alongside the Du Plessis brothers in the front-row. Willem Alberts retains his place at blindside flank ahead of Jean Deysel and, with Keegan Daniel and Johann Muller both injured, the Sharks are unchanged in the backrow and at lock.

There are changes among the replacements, with Sharks XV captain Andries Strauss and wing Lwazi Mvovo joining Rory Kockott as the backline reserves and hooker Craig Burden, in place of prop Wiehahn Herbst, lock Wilhelm Steenkamp, Bok prop Beast Mtawarira and Deysel providing strong cover for the forwards.

Terblanche will be lining up against Australian rugby league convert Will Chambers, who is making his first start at outside centre for the Reds after being used (at wing) off the bench. He takes over from centre Digby Ioane, who switches to wing and dislodges Brando Va’aulu.

The Queensland team have also been boosted by the return from a knee injury of their excellent former Auckland Blues flank Daniel Braid, who played four Tests for the All Blacks before joining the Reds last year. He replaces Leroy Houston.

Coach Ewen McKenzie, looking to both freshen up his side and beef up his pack, has made six changes to his 22 with a split of five forwards and two backs on the bench.

McKenzie has recalled veteran forward Sean Hardman and fiery lock Adam Byrnes to his starting pack and he has three front-row forwards — Saia Faingaa, Greg Holmes and Jack Kennedy — among the reserves.

The match tomorrow kicks off at 5.05 pm.

TEAMS

SHARKS:

15. Patrick Lambie, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Stefan Terblanche, 12. Riaan Swanepoel, 11. JP Pietersen, 10. Andy Goode, 9. Ruan Pienaar, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Alistair Hargreaves, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. John Smit (captain)

Replacements: 16. Craig Burden, 17. Tendai Mtawarira, 18. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19. Jean Deysel, 20. Rory Kockott, 21. Andries Strauss, 22. Lwazi Mvovo

REDS:

15. Peter Hynes, 14. Luke Morahan, 13. Will Chambers, 12. Anthony Faingaa, 11. Digby Ioane, 10. Quade Cooper, 9. Will Genia (captain), 8. Jake Schatz, 7. Daniel Braid, 6. Scott Higginbotham, 5. Van Humphries, 4. Adam Byrnes, 3. Laurie Weeks, 2. Sean Hardman, 1. Ben Daley

Replacements: 16. Saia Faingaa, 17. Greg Holmes, 18. Jack Kennedy, 19. Rob Simmons, 20. Leroy Houston, 21. Ben Lucas, 22. Rod Davies.

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