Plumtree to play his Boks in Currie Cup

Sharks coach John Plumtree has said that he will use his Springboks for this week’s Currie Cup rugby match against Western Province in Cape Town.

Patrick Lambie, Ryan Kankowski and Charl McLeod were all left on the bench for Friday’s 43-22 loss against Griquas, while Odwa Ndungane was not even selected for the clash in Kimberley.

Kankowski was recalled to the Bok squad on Monday, for the Tri-Nations match against Australia on Saturday, but the other three should all be available.

Lwazi Mvovo and Adrian Jacobs could also turn out for the title holders, provided they pass fitness tests.

“We’ll definitely get those guys back into it this weekend,” Plumtree said.

“I think everyone would be expecting that.

“We need to go with our experience, if we can, for the visit to Newlands.”

Flyhalf Lambie, whose place in the side has been lost to in-form Frenchman Frederic Michalak, may even feature at fullback as Plumtree looks to accommodate both playmakers.

Plumtree stood by his decision to rest his Boks at the weekend, giving a chance to the players that had done well in the first three matches of their campaign.

“Hindsight is fantastic when it comes to selection, isn’t it?” he said.

“I rewarded the group that played so well in July and we didn’t have such a good night (against Griquas).

“But it wasn’t just the youngsters that didn’t have a good night.

“It was some of the senior players as well, and they’ve been spoken to.

“We certainly expect a bit more than that from them.”

Plumtree said he and his players were frustrated after the loss to Griquas, which he saw as a missed opportunity for his side.

“It was pretty frustrating,” he said.

“I mean, we started so nicely, we were building momentum and then when they got a yard or two on us, we struggled to keep them out.

“Their big forward pack hurt us a little bit, but you’ve got to give Griquas a fair bit of credit.

“They play some pretty good rugby and we knew what they were capable of because of what we saw the week before, and against the Stormers at Newlands.

“If they get it together, they can be quite difficult to stop.”

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