Nineteen-year-old Sharks centre Brad Barritt is ready to play in the ABSA Currie Cup.
Barritt was a spectator as the Sharks beat a young and determined Western Province 28-25, but the SA under 21 star thought his team did well to win the game in the last minute.
“The guys did an amazing job to come back like they did, playing at Newlands is never an easy task,” Barritt the Sharks website.
Barritt, who hurt his ankle during the recent IRB Under 21 World Championship, won’t play against the Pumas but is likely to start against Griquas a week later.
He claims he is “100 % fit” and just waiting for the call from coach Dick Muir.
With the introduction of the Sharks new dual-squad system it is unclear in which squad Muir will use the 95kg centre.
The midfield pairing of Grant Rees and Adrian Jacobs showed promise, and Gcobani Bobo looked lively and creative when brought on as a second-half substitute.
But Barrit’s value lies in his versatility. He covered flyhalf for an injured Tony Brown in the Vodacom Super 14 and was largely impressive in the role. If Butch James’s dodgy knee decides to let him down yet again, Barritt is an obvious choice to play flyhalf.
“Watching the last couple of weeks, it’s obvious that the Sharks are well set and it’s going to be a good year. There is a lot of depth, and a lot of guys knocking on the door, waiting for an opportunity, so I’m just waiting for mine.”