Plumtree keeps seven returned Boks on the benchGriquas get young Sharks

2011-08-04 00:00

THE Sharks will have more Springboks on the bench than in the starting line-up for tomorrow night’s Currie Cup game against Griquas in Kimberley.

Coach John Plumtree, in naming his team yesterday, was true to his word in overlooking all seven of the returning Springboks and staying with his youngsters for the Kimberley outing.

The only change to the team which started against the Cheetahs in Durban at the weekend is at lock, where Jan Andre Marais, who came on as a replacement for lock Ross Skeate on Saturday, retains his place in the second row.

Marais’ younger brother Peet, also a lock, has been promoted from the Sharks’ U21 side and will be on the bench. He will have four Springboks for company with Tri-Nations tourists, flyhalf/fullback/inside centre Pat Lambie, scrumhalf Charl McLeod, and number eight Ryan Kankowski joining veteran Test centre Marius Joubert on the replacement bench.

Two of the returning Boks, centre Adi Jacobs and lock Alistair Hargreaves, were not considered because of injury while two others, wings Odwa Ndungane and Lwazi Mvovo, who both played in the weekend Test against the All Blacks, have been given the weekend off.

While there are four internationals on the bench, there are just three former Boks in the starting line-up in Stefan Terblanche, Meyer Bosman and Keegan Daniel.

Plumtree has selected bravely, but he was determined to reward the young players who have taken the Sharks to three successive victories. He also believes his selection will result in fierce competition for places with both the players still in the side, and the Boks when they are getting a run, under pressure to perform.

Still, most coaches would have been tempted to find places for a couple of the returning Boks, particularly Lambie, wing Mvovo and McLeod.

Griquas have named the itinerant Earl Rose as their flyhalf for tomorrow’s game while Riaan Viljoen, their usual fullback who has signed for the Sharks next year, is on the wing. The match kicks off at 7.10 pm tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Sharks commercial manager Rudolf Straeuli yesterday dismissed gleeful Cape Town reports that the Du Plessis brothers, Bismarck and Jannie, were on the point of leaving Durban.

The brothers are under contract to the Sharks until the end of the year and Straeuli said negotiations to extend their stay in Durban were continuing.

“There is nothing sinister in this. We are in the process of talking to them about new contracts,” he added.

Straeuli said that all the Sharks’ other first-choice Super Rugby players had already signed contracts for next year.

TEAMS

Sharks: 15. Louis Ludik, 14. Mark Richards, 13. Stefan Terblanche, 12. Meyer Bosman, 11. Sibusiso Sithole, 10. Frederic Michalak, 9. Ross Cronje, 8. Keegan Daniel (captain), 7. Marcell Coetzee, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Jan Andre Marais, 4. Anton Bresler, 3. Wiehahn Herbst, 2. Craig Burden, 1. Dale Chadwick. Replacements: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Eugene van Staden, 18. Peet Marais, 19. Ryan Kankowski, 20. Charl McLeod, 21. Patrick Lambie, 22. Marius Joubert.

Griquas: Rudi Vogt, Riaan Viljoen, Jean Stemmet, Barry Geel, Dusty Noble, Earl Rose, Marnus Hugo, Burger Schoeman, Davon Raubenheimer, Jonathan Mokuena (captain), Martin Muller, Hendrik Roodt, Lourens Adriaanse, Ryno Barnes, Jean Botha. Replacements: Matthew Dobson, Ivann Espag, Frikkie Spies, Marnus Schoeman, Matthew Rosslee, Monty Dumond, Wilmaure Louw.

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