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Plum resists Bok temptation


Jean Deysel will win his 50 Absa Currie Cup cap for The Sharks in Saturday’s semi-final when they host the Blue Bulls at Mr Price KINGS PARK for the 4.30pm kick-off.


He is one of a host of Springboks who will feature – for both teams.

In changes to last week’s side, JP Pietersen shifts to the right wing in place of Odwa Ndungane who picked up an ankle injury against Griquas last weekend and hasn’t come through a late fitness test. Jacques Botes, another player under an injury cloud (back), also failed to make it through and will miss out this week. The third player facing a late decision was Steven Sykes who has been bracketed in with Peet Marais on the bench.

After playing off the bench last weekend, the Springbok duo of Lwazi Mvovo and Jannie du Plessis start this week, while Beast Mtawarira and Willem Alberts, who were rested last week following their heavy workload in the Castle Rugby Championship, have been recalled and will feature off the bench.

“We’re starting Jannie, it’s a big game and he had some Currie Cup action last week,” explains coach John Plumtree of the changes he’s made. “He’ll be partnered by Dale Chadwick and Kyle Cooper, and then we have a whole front row on the bench with Craig Burden, Beast and Wiehahn Herbst. It could be wet and having Willem Alberts and someone with experience like Steven Sykes on the bench will be important because how we finish the game off could be vital.

“There were a lot of choices, but I don’t think we could ignore what the guys have achieved without the guys who are now back. And we also couldn’t ignore the importance of experience.

“Everyone is just really excited.”

The Sharks

15. Louis Ludik
14. JP Pietersen
13. Paul Jordaan
12. Tim Whitehead
11. Lwazi Mvovo
10. Pat Lambie
9. Cobus Reinach
8. Keegan Daniel (Capt)
7. Jean Deysel
6. Marcell Coetzee
5. Anton Bresler
4. Jandre Marais
3. Jannie du Plessis
2. Kyle Cooper
1. Dale Chadwick

16. Craig Burden
17. Tendai Mtawarira
18. Wiehahn Herbst
19. Steven Sykes / Peet Marais
20. Willem Alberts
21. Charl McLeod
22. Meyer Bosman

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  1. I think this game is huge in terms of South African rugby culture. If the Bulls win it will be an endorsement of HM game plan and will set the game plan and players, especially flyhalf, for the foreseeable future.

    If the Bulls win it will set the game plan for the next year. So for me there is much more at stake then a semi and I hope the Sharks not only win but win well and put to rest any small notions in HM’s mind that his last century game plan will work.

    So the sakes on South African rugby I hope the Kiwi coached team wins.

  2. Reply to Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa @ 8:45 am:

    For the sake of South African rugby, the Bulls must lose.

    For the sake of South African rugby, winners must become losers.

    For the sake of South African rugby, success must fail, so that we could reject a winning culture and swap it for…..what? A culture of mediocrity?

    That’s just great!

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