Smit dropped for Bulls match

2011-06-16 14:37

Captain John Smit has been dropped to the bench for the Sharks’ decisive Super Rugby clash against the Bulls at Loftus on Saturday.

Bismarck du Plessis comes in ahead of the Springbok captain, with his brother, Jannie also returning to contention after passing a late fitness test on a knee injury that forced him to miss the last three games.

Smit is one of five team changes made by coach John Plumtree.

Eugene van Staden, Jacques Botes and Steven Sykes make way while Jean Deysel is back after a two-week suspension.

Second rower Alistair Hargreaves has been promoted to the starting XV.

The only change at the back sees the inclusion of newly- signed French utility back Frederic Michalak in the place of Louis Ludik who moves to the bench.

He slots in at flyhalf with exciting Patrick Lambie moving to fullback.

Willem Alberts has recovered from the shoulder injury that kept him out against the Lions last week, but must make do with a place on the bench.

The match in Pretoria is a “winner-take-all” meeting as the side that ends up victorious is guaranteed a place in the competition play-offs.

Team: 15 Patrick Lambie, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Stefan Terblanche (captain), 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Alistair Hargreaves 4 Gerhard Mostert, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.

Substitutes: 16 John Smit, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Ross Skeate, 19 Willem Alberts, 20 Marcell Coetzee, 21 Adrian Jacobs, 22 Louis Ludik.

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