The Sharks flew out to Sydney yesterday with only three props in their touring squad, one of which will not be able to play this coming weekend against the Waratahs, thanks to an injury picked up against the Reds.
Dale Chadwick, Jannie du Plessis and Wiehahn Herbst arrived in Sydney today, not knowing who will come from Durban within the next few days to help them take on a rather gruelling tour. Herbst will not be available to play this weekend, and with the Sharks deciding to leave Janro van Niekerk at home, have only two fit props to put in their match 22.
The best the Sharks can do at such short notice, is to utilise one of the Sharks XV props, of which we have Allan Dell, Nic Schonert and Danie Mienie. All three these young men are talented but untested, and will require the players around them to help settle them into the squad.
The best option is most certainly Dell, who can cover both sides of the scrum. He would then be able to bench for the Sharks this weekend, able to cover both loose- and tighthead, and can then revert back to covering his preferred loosehead position when Herbst recovers from his injury.
Dell has represented South Africa U20 and has leadership experience from leading the Sharks U19 campaign in the Currie Cup last season, so the man is motivated and has the attitude required to make the step up from the junior ranks.
Both Schonert and Mienie are great talents, and we can be sure that they will wear the Black and White of the Sharks main team in the not too distant future, but neither of these men can cover both sides of the scrum, and to send a prop over that is limited to just one side of the scrum can prove costly.
Simply put, the Sharks cannot afford to wait any longer in making a decision on which player to send, as every day waited, costs a player two days in travel time, and this can only disrupt the team. My call is to send Allan Dell this today, together with Steven Sykes, and give the man a chance to prove his worth.Tweet