Currie Cup latest (Thurs)
14 Oct 2010
Keo.co.za brings you the news from the Currie Cup.
Lambie reverts to pivot
Pat Lambie will start at flyhalf in the Sharks’ semi-final game against the Bulls.
Charl McLeod is also back to partner Lambie at halfback while JP Pietersen replaces Odwa Ndungane on the wing. The forwards will be boosted by the return of flankers Keegan Daniel and Willem Alberts, as well as lock Steven Sykes.
Sharks - 15 Louis Ludik, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Stefan Terblanche (c), 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Alistair Hargreaves, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Subs: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Eugene van Staden, 18 Anton Bresler, 19 Jacques Botes, 20 Rory Kockott, 21 Andre Pretorius, 22 Odwa Ndungane.
Maku signs with Lions
Bandise Maku has agreed to a two-year deal with the Lions.
After receiving limited opportunities with a Bulls team that has two other Springbok hookers, Gary Botha and Chiliboy Ralepelle, at their disposal, Maku has decided to move on. He will feature in the 2011 Super Rugby tournament for the Johannesburg-based side.
With sound financial backing, the Lions will be looking to make more acquisitions before the competition kicks off.
Mossie’s season is over
It’s been confirmed that Jaque Fourie will not be fit for a possible Currie Cup final and will miss the Springboks’ end-of-year tour.
Fourie injured his foot in WP’s 33-21 win over the Sharks last Saturday, and underwent corrective surgery on Tuesday. He will be sidelined for eight weeks before he can begin rehabilitation work.
This means the combination of Jean de Villiers and Juan de Jongh is likely to be reinstated at national level.
Naka questions WP scrum
Naka Drotske has emailed Saru manager of referees Andre Watson and Saturday’s match official Mark Lawrence to check the legality of WP’s scrumming tactics.
The Cheetahs head coach believes the WP front row has been scrumming illegally with their ‘slingshot engagement at the hit’ while he added that their loose forwards release their bind too early.
Sharks to get physical
Sharks head coach John Plumtree says his team will need to out-muscle the Bulls to beat them in the semi-final clash in Durban on Saturday.
Last weekend against WP, the Sharks were dominated at the breakdown as the more physical Province loosies had the upper hand.
This weekend, the Springbok-laden Bulls have been tipped as favourites to triumph at Kings Park, but Plumtree believes his side is able to down the defending champions with greater physicality.
‘Against the Bulls you know that you have to take them on physically, otherwise you stand no chance of winning,’ said Plumtree. ‘That is what this semi-final will be about. You will have to be tough up front and get the ball on the front foot.’