Allow me to conduct a bit of a “thought experiment” here, if you will. I wasn’t terribly impressed with the overall configuration of the Sharks backline on Friday evening and reckon it’s time for an overhaul.
Now, I’m not suggesting wholesale changes to the personnel in the back line – we don’t really have enough depth or options to try that – but I wonder if doing a wee bit of shuffling of positions might not give us the best result. We are the Sharks, after all and playing players out of their regular positions is kind of “our thing”
Firstly, we need to find a proper outside centre. I thought that Odwa Ndungane, simply by virtue of his willingness to always get involved, coupled with the outstanding strength he showed in scoring his try, could be a pretty solid option in the number 13 jersey. He is widely acknowledged to be a little on the slow side for wing these days, but I’m sure he is quick enough to play one position in.
Stef Terblanche is not the answer at fullback either – we know this, since we made huge strides forward ever since we first moved him away from that position. He’s no centre either and since he’s destined to stay in the team as the captain, I would seriously consider picking him on the right wing. That leaves a spot open at fullback, which could obviously be filled by Louis Ludik if he’s fit. That wouldn’t be nearly radical enough for me, though, so let’s see if we can find somebody else to fill that tricky number 15 shirt.
Somebody with great defence, the ability to counter attack and link up with other players, who is safe under the high ball and has a decent tactical boot. If he was a reliable goal kicker, that would be so much better, because we could then take some pressure off Pat Lambie and allow him to develop the rest of his game. Gee now, if only we had such a player in the set up…
Oh wait, we do! He’s looking grumpy on the bench wearing the number 20 shirt. What do you guys think?Tweet