Plumtree to rest stalwarts Daniel, Terblanche for Leopards tie

2011-08-18 00:00

SHARKS coach John Plumtree is resting senior players Keegan Daniel and Stefan Terblanche for tomorrow night’s Currie Cup outing against the Leopards at King’s Park.

Both have captained the Sharks this year and flank Jacques Botes will lead the side in their absence.

“Keegan will take a break because of general wear and tear. He’ll come off the bench later in the game, but I want to give him a little less time on the field this week,” Plumtree said yesterday.

Wing Lwazi Mvovo was released for the weekend game, but he is likely to be included in the Boks’ World Cup squad, and rather than having him coming and going Plumtree has opted for continuity by naming young Sibusiso Sithole in his place.

With Pat Lambie back with the Springboks, and Terblanche, who took a blow to the jaw during last weekend’s win over Western Province, playing off the bench, Plumtree has returned to the midfield pairing of Marius Joubert and Meyer Bosman.

“I’m giving Meyer Bosman and Marius Joubert the opportunity to work together. I’d like to see what they can show me as a partnership, as well as individually,” Plumtree said.

Plumtree is also rotating Conrad Hoffman and Springbok Charl Mcleod at scrumhalf.

“It’s an opportunity to see what Conrad can do after a long lay-off. He’s keen to show me what he’s capable of,” said Plumtree.

In a sixth change to the side, Wiehahn Herbst will start in place of Eugene van Staden at tighthead.

Lock Alistair Hargreaves, over his injury, is on an exceptionally strong bench that includes five Springboks. They are Daniel, McLeod, Adrian Jacobs, Hargreaves and Terblanche.

“The Leopards have conceded a few points this year, but they’ve also scored a few, so they have plenty of attacking threats,” said Plumtree.

“They will come here with an attitude of wanting to attack and put on a good show. Defensively, we’re going to have to be really up for it.

“Our defence was good against Western Province, but it was easier in the rain.

“The Leopards will look to stress us and we have to make sure defensively we’re on target . Defence is a big focus for us this weekend,” the Sharks coach said.

The match kicks off at 7.10 pm.

Sharks team:

15. Louis Ludik, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Marius Joubert, 12. Meyer Bosman, 11. Sibusiso Sithole, 10. Frederic Michalak, 9. Conrad Hoffmann, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Marcell Coetzee, 6. Jacques Botes (captain), 5. Ross Skeate, 4. Anton Bresler, 3. Wiehahn Herbst, 2. Craig Burden, 1. Dale Chadwick.

Replacements: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Eugene van Staden, 18. Alistair Hargreaves, 19. Keegan Daniel, 20. Charl McLeod, 21. Adrian Jacobs 22. Stefan Terblanche.

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