25.5.2019 07:28 pm
It certainly was a contrast of styles as the Durbanites claim a vital derby win.
With their powerful pack in menacing form, the Sharks used their opportunities well to beat the Lions 27-17 at Kings Park in Durban on Saturday in a riveting Super Rugby contest.
The Proteas skipper also acknowledges that he and his teammates can’t deny a troubled history at the tournament.
With a Lions loose trio that focuses more on pace and guile, the imposing blindsider will have his work cut out against the Du Preezs.
Handre Pollard’s compulsory rest of two weeks became three due to a calf strain.
Head coach Norma Plummer said on Wednesday she was confident that the best possible group of players had been selected.
The 2003 World Cup will be remembered for the Proteas being stumped by rain and Duckworth-Lewis, but that was actually the least of their problems.
And a very willing move to the No 12 jersey at stages this season merely strengthens the argument.
Dale Benkenstein was a member of the 1999 squad … and a ‘victim’ of that team’s one big failing.
The dynamic sevens legend is ready to take on his giant direct opponents.
The potential benefit of the two men’s wicket-taking displays before the World Cup is obvious.
The rookie scrumhalf stands only 1.67m tall, but his tackle stats are better than various giants in Super Rugby.
Flyhalf Richie Mo’unga is also accused of allegedly groping a Cape Town woman.
She’ll run the 3000m in California next month, an event she’s competed in at home but not internationally.