I’m very excited to see Paul Jordaan given a back to back opportunity to prove himself and it’s good to see that the people making the decisions can also see his talents. For those that do not know, Jordaan is an explosive player with explosive speed, but aside from that he reads the game very well, has a cool head on his shoulders and having played a lot of his rugby from fly half he is also a good decision maker. I hope we all have a chance to see more of him this weekend and hopefully the rest of the season. Plumtree even mentioned the situation with Lambie a few years back, where he was waiting in the wings the whole season and I think it was even against the Highlanders just like Jordaan that he was given a shot to prove himself, “…and then he was away and hopefully this is what will happen with Jordaan” Plumtree says.
Talking with his centre partner, Tim Whitehead the feeling is that we may see a more ‘ball in hand’ approach this week, “They’re a very good defensive side. They’re going to be difficult to breach. We need to keep the ball for long times and our attack will be alright.” Although Tim says he has learned a lot from his time playing with wing cum-centre-cum-wing JP Pietersen, “He’s so experienced in Test rugby and Super Rugby, he adjusted pretty well (to playing centre), he has even showed me a few things that he has learned from international rugby”, Tim is very excited to play with Paul Jordaan, “We haven’t played much together, I’m new here and he’s just been brought into the senior set up so it’s nice and exciting playing with him”.
Tim says that he has enjoyed playing with the team and the more attacking approach they have as opposed to the Stormers, “The coach backs us to have a go from everywhere and making offloads, as long as you back yourself and that’s what we’re doing this year and I have been enjoying it so much”. Plumtree apparently has been targeting Tim for a while, “He didn’t come at first, but then he saw the light and came” he said with a chuckle, “He’s very unpredictable on attack and very sound on defence , so hopefully he’ll just grow in our environment and his combination with Paul will just improve. I think he’s really enjoyed playing with us.”
The two of them will be playing together in their second game as a starting combination against the Force this weekend. Whitehead joined the Sharks from the Stormers and was put straight into the starting line-up and has impressed in both the 12 and 13 jersey. His direct play, good running lines and ability to breach the defence has kept the Sharks on the front foot this season and improved the look of the backline from previous years. Paul Jordaan was one of the standout players in the SA Schools and SA U18 High Performance teams two years ago, he became the Sharks Academy player number 55 when he ran out for the Sharks XV in the first Vodacom Cup game in 2012. He was recruited to the academy for 2011 and played for the Sharks U19 and U21 teams. He may only be 20 years old, but it is clear that this kid has talent.Tweet