College Rovers flyhalf Andrew Borgen could be a new cap in the Sharks team team to play Boland in an Absa Currie Cup game in Durban on Friday night.
Mike Greenaway writes for www.iol.co.za.
The 23-year-old ran in the No 10 position in the shadow team at Monday’s training session, and opposite him in the defending combination was another flyhalf newcomer, Monty Dumond, who is back from a stint in Europe. He played a few Currie Cup games for the Sharks at fullback last year.
But coach John Plumtree says Borgen has the inside track to replace Bradley Barritt should he not recover from a variety of ailments.
“It was something of a miracle that Brad made kick-off against Western Province. He had a shocker of a week. He had bad flu and picked up two injuries as well (back and quadricep), one of them the day before the game,” Plumtree said. “He may still make it this week, but we won’t push him.”
The 23-year-old Borgen is the son of seventies Natal scrumhalf Brian Borgen.
Plumtree said he wanted to have another look at Steven Sykes at blind-side flank.
“His intensity at the breakdown is useful to us, as is his physical size,” Plumtree said of the young lock.
“We are working on changing his awareness of his new role at the breakdowns because he is tending to hit the rucks like a lock, when a loose forward needs to be aware that sometimes he should not commit himself to the ruck.”
The use of Sykes on the flank is also necessary because Plumtree is still missing Jean Deysel (broken hand), who would be the first choice in the position vacated by A J Venter. Nikolai Blignaut is back from injury, though, and is an option in this position.
Plumtree said the Sharks would show Boland the respect they deserved.
“We treat minor and major unions exactly the same way,” he said. “In any case, we have had some tight games with Boland in recent years, especially in Wellington. But even when they come to Durban they always give it a full go, and they relish being underdogs. They are a very attacking team.”
The Bolanders have been strengthened by the return of a number of players from the Emerging Springboks, and from the SA Sevens squad.Tweet