Plumtree shifts Murray to the wing

2008-08-28 00:00

Sharks coach John Plumtree has shifted centre Waylon Murray out to the wing for tomorrow's Currie Cup outing against Boland in Wellington.

Brad Barritt, who will lead the side in the absence of Johann Muller, is paired with Riaan Swanepoel in midfield.

Murray, a powerful runner and solid defender, has not made the expected impact in the centre this season and his distribution and linking with those on his outside remains a problem.

With Adrian Jacobs and Francois Steyn returning from the Springboks next week, the competition for places in the midfield will be particularly fierce.

Scrumhalf Charl McLeod, in the absence of Springbok Ruan Pienaar, Scott Mathie - now with Leeds - and Rory Kockott, who is returning from injury and on the bench tomorrow, will be starting for the first time for the Sharks.

A new centre combination has been selected as well, with youngsters Riaan Swanepoel and Brad Barritt pairing up for the first time this season.

Jannie du Plessis has been recalled to the Bok squad and the exciting Pat Cilliers, after his knee injury, returns at tighthead prop.

The loss of Muller sees Plumtree field a relatively light lock pairing in Alistair Hargreaves and Albert van den Berg.

Boland coach Deon Davids has picked two young centres, overlooking captain Piet van Zyl - his most experienced player - and including the promising Cornell Hendricks and Lionel Cornelius in midfield.

Davids has also selected Neil Papier in place of Marnus Hugo at scrumhalf. Angelo Brinkhuis is at flank in the place of Whalied Heyns, while prop Janro van Niekerk returns at loosehead.

Frikkie Spies, chosen for his aggression, is preferred to Namibian international Nico Esterhuyse.

Sharks:

Stefan Terblanche, Chris Jordaan, Riaan Swanepoel, Bradley Barritt (capt.), Waylon Murray, Frederic Michalak, Charl McLeod, Keegan Daniel, Jean Deysel, Jacques Botes, Alistair Hargreaves, Albert van den Berg, Deon Carstens, Skipper Badenhorst, Patric Cilliers.

Replacements: Craig Burden, Melusi "Barra" Mthethwa, Steven Sykes, Skholiwe Ndlovu, Rory Kockott, Andries Strauss, Monty Dumond.

Boland

Justin Peach, Danwel Demas, Cornell Hendricks, Lionel Cornelius, Alvin Hugo, Isma-eel Dollie, Neil Papier, Dries van Schalkwyk, Angelo Brinkhuis, Zolani Mofu, Bradley Mockford, Frikkie Spies, WP Nel, Clemen Lewis, Janro van Niekerk.

Replacements: Harry Vermaas, Jean Botha, Nico Esterhuyse, Whalied Heyns, Danie van der Merwe, Elgar Watts, Deon Scholtz.

The match kicks off at 4 pm tomorrow and will be screened by SuperSport.

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