Deysel dropped for new signing

2010-02-24 00:00

BURLY Springbok flank Jean Deysel has been dropped from the Sharks’ starting line-up for Friday’s Super 14 outing against the Crusaders in Christchurch.

Deysel, who has been slow off the side of the scrum and has failed to match his storming form of last year, has been dropped for new signing Willem Alberts.

Alberts, the 120 kg number eight, will make his first start for the Sharks since being signed from the Lions and coach John Plumtree is looking to this massive loose forward to provide the pack with some momentum.

Alberts and fullback Louis Ludik were only released to the Sharks by the Lions after a high court battle in Cape Town on the eve of the competition. Ludik, who is making his way back to full fitness after knee surgery, is expected to join the Sharks later on their tour.

While the unsuccessful Sharks backline has been retained by Plumtree, there are four changes — one positional — to the pack.

The positional switch sees captain John Smit revert from hooker to tighthead prop, taking over from Jannie du Plessis. Bok hooker Bismarck du Plessis moves up from the bench.

Lock Johann Muller has recovered from the pinched nerve in his shoulder and he takes over from Alistair Hargreaves, who has stayed behind in Durban to work on his conditioning. Bulls lock Wilhelm Steenkamp remains on the bench.

Plumtree, seeking some continuity to the backplay, will again start with Ruan Pienaar at flyhalf but the Bok will also cover scrumhalf. England flyhalf Andy Goode is on the bench and is likely to take the field in the second half with Pienaar moving to scrumhalf.

The Sharks coach has again opted for a 5:2 split on the bench with Riaan Swanepoel joining Goode as the only backs among the replacements.

The Crusaders, coming off a weekend loss like the Sharks, have suffered a setback with athletic All Blacks lock Isaac Ross sidelined by injury. Ross suffered an ankle injury at training on Monday and was withdrawn yesterday with uncapped Tasmanian lock Joe Wheeler drafted as replacement.

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder will name his starting line-up today and it is expected that All Black flank and captain Richie McCaw, who was only due to play from round four, will be on the bench.

Sharks team:

15. Stefan Terblanche, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Waylon Murray, 12. Adrian Jacobs, 11. JP Pietersen, 10. Ruan Pienaar, 9. Rory Kockott, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Johaan Muller, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. John Smit (c), 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Tendai Mtawarira.

Replacements: 16 Deon Carstens, 17 Jannie du Plessis, 18. Wilhelm Steenkamp , 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Keegan Daniel, 21. Andy Goode, 22. Riaan Swanepoel.

The Sharks match — the first of five on tour — kicks off at 8.35 am on Friday.

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