Competitive practice run

2012-02-04 00:00

THE lights went out at King’s Park last night, bringing a premature end to the Sharks’ internal trial, but coach John Plumtree was happy with the hour of rugby he got.

The Zambezi Sharks, for what it is worth, were leading the Raggies 28-7 after three chukkas when the lights failed and brought an early end to a competitive evening of rugby played on a hot night and in front of a decent crowd.

Plumtree said he was satisfied with the standard of play.

“Obviously the players were a bit rusty, and the referee was strict in blowing the breakdown, but it was a good outing. I’m sorry we did not see more of some of the younger players.”

The Sharks coach was particularly taken with the performance of Springbok wing JP Pietersen at outside centre.

“I wouldn’t have tried him in that position if he wasn’t keen on a possible switch,” Plumtree said.

“But I was very happy with what I saw and now that Jaque Fourie [the Springbok No. 13] is playing in Japan, JP might offer South Africa an option at outside centre.”

Plumtree was also delighted with the sharpness shown by Pat Lambie at flyhalf.

“I thought he ran on to the ball well and he looks in good shape.”

The Zambezi Sharks’ tries went to Craig Burden, Keegan Daniel, Meyer Bosman and Paul Jordaan and Lambie kicked four conversions.

Flyhalf Fred Zeilinger broke from the halfway line to score for the Raggies with Fred Michalak converting.

There were no obvious injuries to any of the players.

The Sharks take on Boland at King’s Park next Friday and then travel to meet the Eastern Province Kings in Port Elizabeth a week later before opening their Super Rugby campaign against the Bulls at Loftus on February 24.

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