Rugby 4.7.2014 07:00 am

Sharks rest Bok frontrowers

FILE PICTURE: Jean Deysel of the Sharks during The Sharks training session at Growthpoint Kings Park on October 07, 2013 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

FILE PICTURE: Jean Deysel of the Sharks during The Sharks training session at Growthpoint Kings Park on October 07, 2013 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

For a pragmatic man, Sharks director of rugby Jake White isn’t afraid to make the big calls.

One of those instances occurred yesterday after the former Springbok mentor decided to bench the Du Plessis brothers for a vital Super Rugby meeting with the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein tomorrow.

Fatigue has been a prominent theme in the past few weeks with the trio of Bismarck and Jannie and Beast Mtawarira (currently sidelined with a neck injury) particularly under the spotlight for their heavy workload at Super and international level.

Despite calls from certain pundits this week, like Ollie le Roux stating that the workload among front rowers is a superficial debate, White clearly feels that some reinvigoration is in order as the Durbanites resume their aim of finishing in the top two.

Bismarck du Plessis’ relegation to the bench means that Jean Deysel will take over the captaincy duties.

Another surprise was White’s decision to include young Tim Swiel at pivot, meaning that Frans Steyn returns to the midfield, a position many feel is his best.

White’s willingness to refresh his resources is also predicated on the Sharks’ penchant for churning out wins away from King’s Park.

 

 

 

 

 

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