During the last Super Rugby Tournament the Sharks stuck to a tried and tested core of players and onlyentured outide of this group when injuries struck. The same can be said for the other franchises as well.
There’s a rumour going around that we may get Elton Jatjies and Franco Van Der Merwe and that is what lead to this article. All Sharks fans want Lambie to start every game but in Elton we have a quality alternative who should be donning the Green and Gold very soon. Franco also brings lots of experience and wouldn’t be out of place starting for the Sharks.
Nobody will argue that Morne Steyn has been overplayed since 2009 having played almost every minute for the Boks and the Bulls with the odd 10 minutes rest here and there. In order to preserve Lambie’s career and ensure that he’s at his peak for the Boks and also that he doesn’t become jaded I’d love to see him rotating with Elton. For the first 2 weeks he gets 50 minutes and Elton 30 and then they switch for the next 2 weeks. This will ensure them both adequate playing time but also not run them into the ground.
The same concept can be employed elsewhere eg. Burden and Bissie or Viljoen and Ludik. This will expose a greater number of players to super rugby while also keeping our players fresh.
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