Sharks’ Boks could return for Lions tie

2011-08-23 00:00

THE Sharks could have wing Lwazi Mvovo and flank Jean Deysel back for Saturday’s big Currie Cup game against the Lions at Ellis Park.

There are suggestions that both players will be overlooked when the World Cup squad is announced tonight.

The omission of Mvovo will not go down well with Sharks officials (and Mvovo, for that matter).

The Sharks were led to understand last week that Mvovo could have played against the Leopards last Friday, but would not be available for the Lions game this weekend because he would be in the RWC squad.

So to retain some continuity Sibusiso Sithole was chosen on the wing for the Sharks.

Mvovo was at King’s Park yesterday, and according to the rugby grapevine he will now not be among the 30 names read out tonight, with one of the wing positions going to a player who can also cover fullback (Gio Aplon or Odwa Ndungane).

Deysel’s selection on the flank for the RWC could depend on whether coach Peter de Villiers selects Danie Rossouw as a lock or a backrower.

De Villiers said last month he regards Rossouw as an obvious successor to the injured Free State and Bok flank Juan Smith, but in recent outings the Bulls utility forward has looked like a lock playing flank.

If Rossouw is included as one of the loose forwards Deysel could be the one to make way.

The Sharks, looking ahead to the top-of-the-log Lions game, still have problems in the midfield where former Springboks Meyer Bosman and Marius Joubert are still to gel.

Coach John Plumtree said the pair “had their moments” in a ragged game of rugby.

“Not enough space was created for them. It looked like Meyer did pretty well defensively and there was pressure on him to make those tackles. It’s still a bit of a dilemma for us …

“It’s hard to feel happy, or perform, as an individual or a combination when the whole team doesn’t click.”

Plumtree said he had wanted to give scrumhalf Conrad Hoffman as much rugby as possible after his extended injury break, but he replaced him at half-time with Charl McLeod “to see if we could get our game going a little bit better”.

Saturday’s match kicks off at 5.05 pm.

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