Lambie replaces Meyer Bosman as Plumtree’s patience runs out

2011-08-11 00:00

JOHN Plumtree’s patience has run out and the Sharks’ coach has replaced former Springbok centre Meyer Bosman with Pat Lambie for tomorrow night’s Currie Cup game against Western Province at Newlands in Cape Town.

Plumtree has made six changes to the starting line-up following last Friday’s upset loss to Griquas in Kimberley and four Springboks return after their Tri-Nations tour.

They are wings Odwa Ndungane and Lwazi Mvovo, Lambie and scrumhalf Charl McLeod. Two Springbok forwards released to the Sharks after the tour — number eight Ryan Kankowski and Alistair Hargreaves — were not included in Plumtree’s original squad.

Kankowski was on stand-by for the Springboks and with the announcement of the South African team delayed until today, he had been overlooked by Plumtree while lock Hargreaves is nursing an abdominal strain.

Just hours after Plumtree named his squad, the Springboks released Kankowski and the Cheetahs’ Ashley Johnson.

Plumtree told The Witness last night that Kankowski might still be drafted into the squad.

“We’ll make a decision after our captain’s practice tomorrow [today],” he said.

Kankowski could still be included on the bench in place of young flank Francois Kleynhans.

There was speculation that Lambie would be at either flyhalf or fullback against Province, but Plumtree has named him at inside centre with Frederic Michalak and Louis Ludik, who have both shown encouraging form in recent weeks, retaining their positions.

Bosman, the highly-rated former Bok centre, has failed to play with any conviction or consistency since moving to Durban, and Plumtree, after months of backing the former Free Stater, has now finally dropped him from the 22-man squad.

Another Springbok centre who recently arrived in Durban to rave reviews, Marius Joubert, has also struggled to make an impact and has been named on the bench with veteran Stefan Terblanche retaining his place in the midfield.

In two changes to the pack experienced lock Ross Skeate returns from injury and takes over from Jan Andre Marais while Eugene van Staden replaces Wiehahn Herbst in the front row.

The squad has been further strengthened by the return of scrumhalf Conrad Hoffman following an extended break with an elbow injury while Bok centre Adi Jacobs will join him on the bench.

Province coach Allister Coetzee has made two changes to his front row for the game with Steven Kitshoff in for Wicus Blaauw and hooker Deon Fourie taking over as captain with Tiaan Liebenberg moving to the bench.

Coetzee said the inclusion of Kitshoff is as much about giving him the experience.

He said, “Steven Kitshoff has been part of the setup since Super Rugby and has done well.

“Both Brok Harris and Wicus Blaauw have played a lot of rugby this season.”

Coetzee has left veteran flank Pieter Louw on the bench after his lengthy lay-off with injury and continued with the young trio of Nick Koster, Siya Kolisi and Ruan Kitshoff.

The game kicks off at 7.10 pm tomorrow and Lourens van der Merwe will be the referee.

TEAMS

Sharks:

15. Louis Ludik, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Stefan Terblanche, 12. Patrick Lambie, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Frederic Michalak, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Keegan Daniel (captain), 7. Marcell Coetzee, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Ross Skeate, 4. Anton Bresler, 3. Eugene van Staden, 2. Craig Burden, 1. Dale Chadwick.

Replacements 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Jan Andre Marais, 19. Francois Kleinhans, 20. Conrad Hoffmann, 21. Adrian Jacobs, 22. Marius Joubert.

Western Province:

15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Danie Poolman, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 JJ Engelbrecht, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nick Koster, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Rohan Kitshoff, 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Hilton Lobberts, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Deon Fourie (captain), 1 Steven Kitshoff.

Replacements: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 Adriaan Fondse, 19 Pieter Louw, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Berton Klaasen, 22 Marcel Brache.

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