No rest for returning Boks duo

2012-09-20 00:00

THERE is no rest for the jet-lagged and Sharks coach John Plumtree has tossed his two returning Springboks into the starting line-up for Saturday’s top-of-the-table Currie Cup outing against the Golden Lions at Ellis Park.

Wing Lwazi Mvovo and hooker Craig Burden, who returned with the Springboks from New Zealand on Monday night, have been included while experienced lock Steven Sykes is also back — for Jandré Marais — after his injury break.

Mvovo takes over from the young Rosko Specman on the wing while Burden replaces veteran hooker Pieter Dixon. The 34-year-old former WP hooker drops out of the squad with Plumtree opting for the younger Monde Hadebe as his impact player off the bench.

Exciting centre Paul Jordaan, who suffered concussion in the Griquas game in Kimberley, is back but Plumtree has retained his midfield pairing of the in-form Meyer Bosman and Tim Whitehead. Jordaan is certain to see action in the latter stages with Bosman likely to move to flyhalf in the second half.

The Sharks coach has returned a vote of confidence in young scrumhalf Cobus Reinach, who replaced the experienced Charl McLeod against Province. Reinach, in the wet, testing conditions, performed admirably and he should be even more of a threat on the hard pitch at Ellis Park.

Kick-off is at 7.10 pm.

Sharks team: 15. Louis Ludik, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Tim Whitehead, 12. Meyer Bosman, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Riaan Viljoen, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Keegan Daniel (capt), 7. Jean Deysel, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Anton Bresler, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Wiehahn Herbst, 2. Craig Burden, 1. Dale Chadwick.

Replacements: 16 Monde Hadebe, 17 Julian Redelinghuys, 18 Jandre Marais, 19 Brynard Stander, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Paul Jordaan, 22 Sibusiso Sithole.

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