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Sharks Boks to play off the bench


JOHANNESBURG — The Sharks have a long history of announcing different teams from the one that runs onto the field and the Blue Bulls might well be forgiven if they fear that John Plumtree is continuing with a ruse started by Ian McIntosh in that famous Currie Cup final of 1990 at Loftus Versfeld.

The current Sharks coach has certainly given his team’s opponents in today’s Absa Currie Cup semi-final at Mr Price Kings Park plenty to think about, with the various options showcased by the selection for this week both advertising the depth that Plumtree has developed during the regular season, as well as probably what he has learned from previous mistakes.

Plumtree was one of the first to admit that maybe he erred when he pushed all the returning World Cup Boks back into action in last year’s playoffs, and starting with last week’s final league match against Griquas, he has shown a willingness to ease the top players back where others have rushed.

Perhaps the biggest surprise, given who they are playing against, is the absence of Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira from the front row, with Dale Chadwick being entrusted with the responsibility of starting out in the No 1 jersey.—Supersport

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