Plumtree hopes fun outing against Barney’s Army will give young Sharks a workout ahead of Bulls clash

2012-06-21 00:00

IT will be a light-hearted romp, and played for a good cause, but coach John Plumtree is hoping the outing against John Smit’s World XV team, Barney’s Army, at King’s Park tomorrow will help the Sharks in their preparation for their remaining Super Rugby games.

The Sharks have a bye next weekend when the Super Rugby competition resumes after the month’s break for the various international tours.

He will also be hoping that the break will allow Springboks Willem Alberts (knee), Pat Lambie (ankle) and Junior Bok Paul Jordaan (hamstring) to recover from their injuries — and Frans Steyn from his wedding on Saturday.

Adding to the fun of the fair will be on-field microphones which will be carried by both Smit, as captain, and referee Mark Lawrence.

“We see this as an opportunity for some young players and preparation for the Super Rugby guys ahead of the Bulls game [at King’s Park on July 6],” said Plumtree.

“The game is important for these guys to get 80 minutes under the belt. Although the game will probably be played in a friendly spirit, I hope there will be some really good intensity and flow in the game so we can get a good work out.”

The match kicks off at 7.05 pm tomorrow, with tickets just R50 for adults. Proceeds are for a number of Smit’s charities.

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