Meyer Bosman set to start for Sharks

2012-05-23 00:00

FORMER Springbok Meyer Bosman is expected to be included in the Sharks’ starting line-up for Saturday’s crunch Super Rugby clash against the log-leading Stormers at King’s Park.

Bosman, one of the best midfield distributors in South African rugby, is an obvious replacement if the injured Tim Whitehead is rested.

Flyhalf Pat Lambie and fullback Louis Ludik, who both missed the weekend trip to Bloemfontein, are also expected to return for Freddie Michalak and Riaan Viljoen.

“Tim Whitehead didn’t train today because of tightness in his groin,” coach John Plumtree said yesterday. “He must be doubtful for the weekend, but apart from him, we’re in good shape.”

Whitehead has perfomed consistently well since arriving in Durban from Cape Town, but he was clearly battling with the injury during the Sharks’ excellent 34-20 win over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

The tall Bosman, who replaced him in the second half, showed several neat touches and he will be a more than adequate replacement.

“We have full confidence in Meyer.

“He played really well against the Cheetahs and I’m happy with the way he has gone this season,” said Plumtree.

Plumtree again praised the efforts of his players in Bloemfontein.

“A win up there is really good for us. It’s a tough fixture for us, and I thought the boys played some lovely rugby.

“To get five points up there is outstanding. Defensively, we let ourselves down a bit at times, but there was some really good attacking play.”

Plumtree said that the Sharks had not set out to peak for the closing rounds of the seaon.

The return from injury of several influential players had boosted the Sharks, but, he said, every weekend provided fresh incentives.

“Everyone is talking about peaking at the right time, but at the end of the day, each challenge is different. We have to make sure we remain focused on each week.

“Our preparation has been good so far and we’re just looking forward to this one on the weekend,” he said.

The Sharks coach described the Stormers as “an outstanding side and very clinical in what they do”.

“They’re top of the log, they have enjoyed continuity in selection and they’re a very efficient outfit. So we know that we’re going to have to play very well to beat them on Saturday night.”

He said the Stormers had been criticised for not scoring many tries, but he could not fault their approach and praised their defence.

“They’re focused on winning and how they do that doesn’t really matter. They’ll be looking at improving their processes just like we all do.

“We know we have to play well to win this game and it is going to take a big effort to score tries against their defence.”

The match kicks off at 7.10 pm and South African referee Jaco Peyper will handle the game.

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