Sharks coach John Plumtree might want to listen to his fellow countryman coaching the Lions, John Mitchell, as Mitchell has come out saying that he wants to build his Lions team by giving the youngsters a chance, instead of buying players.
This might be a bit of the pot calling the kettle black, as Mitchell himself signed two rather experienced campaigners in Butch James and CJ van der Linde, but this could be put down as bringing in much needed experience which needs to be rubbed off onto the youngsters.
The Lions went down to the Stormers on Friday night, but in the process, Mitchell had given a bunch of youngsters the chance to feel what it is like to face a SupeRugby team, and should they be called upon during the season, a very long and usually injury filled season, they will possess the necessary skill and level headedness to perform.
The Sharks are already facing a big decision, and the season hasn’t even started yet, as Beast Mtawarira has been ruled out for up to three months. The question now lies whether the Sharks bring in an experienced prop on a short term loan, or back the youth structures and play a guy like Dale Chadwick to see if he has what it takes.
There have been varying opinions on this, mine being quite clear in playing the youth and giving the youngsters a chance to shine, while others say that you cannot win the SupeRugby trophy with backup players. Neither opinion is wrong, and both sides make valid points, the only thing we as fans can do for the time being is wait and see.
The big difference between John Mitchell and John Plumtree, is that Mitchell can afford to risk playing every youngster he has, as his team will be more than happy to finish between eighth and twelfth position, whereas there is a huge amount of pressure on Plumtree to finish top of the South African conference and make the play-offs.Tweet