Plumtree sticks with young line-up for tomorrow's Currie Cup clash

2010-07-22 00:00

COACH John Plumtree has passed a resounding vote of confidence in his young players and named an unchanged starting line-up for tomorrow night’s Currie Cup game against the Pumas at King’s Park.

Plumtree has recalled Willem Alberts to the bench in the only change to the 22 who played, and beat, the champions Blue Bulls at the weekend.

Alberts injured an ankle in the latter stages of the Super 14 and he takes over from Skholiwe Ndlovu as one of the seven replacements.

“I think it’s important that I reward the team that did so well last week. I had spoken to the players about fronting up and said they had a great chance of being selected if they performed. I thought everyone deserved to be re-selected this week and that’s the kind of environment I want to create, one where there is healthy competition for places.”

Plumtree said players will be returning in the weeks ahead, but they will have to work to get back into the team.

“Willem Alberts returns this week with a view to giving him some game time ahead of the match against the Cheetahs next week,” Plumtree added.

“If we can go out against the Pumas and perform with the same intent and purpose as we did against the Bulls, then I’ll be happy.”

Tomorrow’s match is not being televised and Plumtree said he hopes the Sharks fans will make the trip to King’s Park to provide support.

Leading referee Jonathan Kaplan will handle the game.

The match kicks off at 7 pm with the Sharks U19 in action against the Griffons at 5 pm. Tickets are R40 in the stands and R20 in the student benches.

Sharks team:

15. Louis Ludik, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Stefan Terblanche (capt), 12. Patrick Lambie, 11. Lwazi Mvovo,10. Steve Meyer, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Keegan Daniel, 7. Michael Rhodes, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Alistair Hargreaves, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Wiehahn Herbst, 2. Craig Burden, 1. Patric Cilliers.

Replacements: 16. Kyle Cooper, 7. Eugene van Staden, 18. Ross Skeate, 19. Willem Alberts, 20. Rory Kockott, 21. Monty Dumond, 22. Andries Strauss.

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