Lwazi Mvovo can’t make it for Barney’s Army clash

2012-06-22 00:00

WITH the Boks sweating over the fitness of wing Bryan Habana, the Sharks have failed to secure the services of Lwazi Mvovo for the John “Barney” Smit testimonial game at King’s Park tonight.

The Sharks were hoping to fly Mvovo back from Port Elizabeth for the game, but Habana picked up a slight niggle at Ellis Park and coach Heyneke Meyer has Mvovo on stand-by.

Still, there is plenty to amuse and enthuse tonight with a Sharks line-up including five Springboks and a host of Super Rugby players.

Former Sharks and Springbok coach Ian McIntosh is in charge of Barney’s Army and after practice yesterday he and Smit named an experienced team crowded with well-know international players for tonight’s game.

Barney’s team includes the only three players boasting 100 caps or more for the Springboks (John Smit, Victor Matfield and Percy Montgomery). They are joined by internationals from New Zealand, Argentina, Scotland and England and a number of former Sharks in eighthman Shaun Sowerby, flyhalf Butch James, centre Marius Joubert and popular wing Brent Russell.

Proceeds from the game are for Smit’s charities.

TEAMS

Sharks: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Sibusiso Sithole, 10 Riaan Viljoen, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Lubabalo Mtembu, 7 Jean Deysel (c), 6 Francois Kleinhans, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Jandre Marais, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Criag Burden, 1 Dale Chadwick.

Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Julian Redelinghuys, 18 Peet Marais, 19 Chris Cloete, 20 Jacobus Reinach, 21 Gouws Prinsloo, 22 Rosko Specman

Barney’s Army: 15 Percy Montgomery — Springboks 14. Brent Russell — Springboks 13. Matt Banahan — England 12. Marius Joubert — Springboks 11. Joe Maddock — NZ Maori 10. Butch James — Springboks 9. Mark McMillian — Bath 8. Shaun Sowerby — Springbok 7. Francois Louw — Springbok 6. Julian Salvi — ACT Brumbies 5. Victor Matfield — Springboks

4. Jason White — Scotland 3. Faan Rautenbach — Springboks 2. John Smit — Springboks 1. Martin Scelzo — Argentina Replacements: 16. Peter Dixon — Stormers 17. Danie Minnie — Sharks XV 18. Rob Linde — Stormers 19. Hottie Louw – Springboks 20. Rory Kockott – Sharks 21. Stephen Donald – New Zealand 22. Stefan Terblanche – Springboks

Referee: Mark Lawrence. Kick-off: 7.05 pm.

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