Injured Bosman to miss Bulls clash

2012-08-23 00:00

FORMER Springbok centre Meyer Bosman has failed a fitness test and Sharks coach John Plumtree was yesterday forced to make two changes to his starting line-up for Saturday night’s Currie Cup outing against the Blue Bulls at Loftus.

Bosman, who has shown encouraging form in recent weeks and kicked superbly at goal as the Sharks beat first Western Province and then the Lions, has been nursing a sore knee and Plumtree has decided not to risk him against the Bulls.

He has been replaced by another former Test player, veteran Marius Joubert, while Riaan Viljoen is expected to assume the kicking duties.

In a second change to the team that started against the Lions, hooker Craig Burden, now on Springbok duty in Argentinia, is replaced by former Sharks U21 captain Monde Hadebe.

Plumtree, expecting a torrid battle up front, has opted for a five-two split on the bench, with young flank Brynard Stander added to the replacements and scrumhalf Cobus Reinach and fullback Gouws Prinsloo providing cover for the backs.

Sharks U21 hooker Franco Marais will provide back-up for Hadebe.

Sharks assistant coach Grant Bashford remained confident that the young and depleted team would remain a major threat.

“Obviously confidence comes with winning, so there is definitely a belief in this group that they can win,” he said yesterday.

“The good thing for us is that we don’t feel that we have played particularly well.

“In Cape Town [against WP], there was a whole lot of room for improvement and there were aspects of our game again against the Lions where we felt we weren’t good enough.

“But, despite having got some things wrong, we still won and that gives us confidence.”

The news from Pretoria yesterday was that Johann Sadie will start in his first Currie Cup match for the Blue Bulls against the Sharks.

Sadie, highly rated in Cape Town, left Province and moved to Pretoria this year but has been regularly overlooked in both the Super Rugby and Currie Cup competitions.

Frustrated at his treatment, he is leaving the Bulls to join Free State at the end of the year, but he has the chance to make an impression this weekend when he will be up against the young Sharks centre, Paul Jordaan.

Sadie replaces Ulrich Beyers, who will return to the U21 side in the only change amongst the backs.

Dewald Potgieter returns as captain and number eight after he missed the loss to Free State in Bloemfontein last weekend, while CJ Stander moves to the side of the scrum.

Grant Hattingh, who played on the flank last week, moves to lock in place of Cornell Hess.

The most experienced prop in the province, Werner Kruger, returns as tighthead, with Frik Kirsten moving to the bench.

The match kicks off at 7.10 pm and one of South Africa’s leading referees, Jaco Peyper, will handle the game.

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