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Sharks to rotate one more time


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 24 Sep 2013 at 10:05
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According to the Sharks website, the rotation policy that has been employed thus far in the Currie Cup is set to be used again for Friday’s match against the Lions, before being shelved in favour of continuity ahead of the knock-outs.

Coach Brad Macleod-Henderson confirmed that the coaching staff have got what they wanted from the approach and feel that it has brought dividends – most players in the squad have enjoyed a decent run and there are certainly fewer concerns about squad depth than there were at the start of the campaign, after a slew of new players have put their hands up when given the chance.

While this week’s team isn’t completely settled, it appears as though the bulk of the outfit that played against the Cheetahs will be retained. Changes will need to come at lock and loose forward, given the loss of Marcell Coetzee and Pieter-Steph du Toit to the Bok cause. Young Stephan Lewies looks set to come in at number 5, while Justin Downey looked to be training in the “first team strip” yesterday – an indication that he may be set for his first start of the campaign – perhaps as a replacement for Coetzee on the open side.

Both Sbura Sithole and Hansie Graaff are fit for selection this week as well and with the former understood to have been a big part of the plans ahead of his pre-season injury, don’t be too surprised to see the Queens head boy get a run at Ellis Park. Whatever the case, for the likes of Sithole and Downey, Friday night looks set to be their big opportunity to prove that they deserve to be in the mix ahead of the Sharks’ selection of a first-choice team to play the Bulls next weekend.



2 Comments

  • Might I say… that even though we seem to get better week by week in the CC. I have always feared playing the lions at home. But I will still back the ouens!

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.09.13 10:14:56 by R Hayward Reply
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  • Lions in JHB are the real deal. The likes of Jaco Kriel and Derrick Minnie should be training with the Boks not terrorising teams in the CC.

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.09.13 10:45:11 by GreatSharksays Reply
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