Sharks snub Solly again

Springbok flank Solly Tyibilika still can’t find a way into the Sharks match 22.

Coach Dick Muir has gone with veteran loose forward Warren Britz at No 6 and named Samoan import Daniel Farani on the bench for Saturday’s match against the Chiefs in Durban. It is a selection that will no doubt irk Bok coach Jake White who has spent the last two years trying to convince the Sharks that Tyibilika is good enough to play in the Vodacom Super 14.

Tyibilika earlier in the week told keo.co.za that he needed regular game time ahead of the World Cup and was in the best form of his life. In Bok conditioning tests held over the last year, Tyibilika was always the fittest loose forward in the squad.

While Muir’s decision to play Britz and AJ Venter on the flanks is understandable, he will have a hard time defending the selection of a foreigner ahead of a black Bok.

However, Britz’s selection is subject to a fitness test after he obtained a mild strain at training on Tuesday evening, when he was pulled from training as a precautionary measure.

Should he be unable to play, his position will be taken by Jacques Botes with Farani moving to eighthman, and Tyibilika taking his place on the bench.

Britz’s inclusion should be finalised at training on Wednesday evening.

Sharks team to play Chiefs:

15. JP Pietersen
14. Dusty Noble
13. Gcobani Bobo
12. Andries Strauss
11. Henno Mentz
10. Percy Montgomery
9. Ruan Pienaar
8. Jacques Botes
7. AJ Venter (c)
6. Warren Britz
5. Johann Muller
4. Johan Ackermann
3. Brendon Botha
2. Skipper Badenhorst
1. Heinke van der Merwe

Reserves:
16. Jody Jenneker
17. Brent Moyle
18. Albert van den Berg
19. Daniel Farani
20. Sandile Nxumalo
21. Bradley Barritt
22. Brent Russell