Rugby 5.9.2013 06:45 am

Sharks stick to rotation as Butch returns

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 06:Butch James of the Sharks spreads the ball during the Super Rugby match between Vodacom Bulls and The Sharks from Loftus Versfeld on July 06, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images)

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 06:Butch James of the Sharks spreads the ball during the Super Rugby match between Vodacom Bulls and The Sharks from Loftus Versfeld on July 06, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images)

If anyone weren’t aware of the lengths to which the Sharks will go to implement their new strategy of fully utilising a squad system, the line-up for Saturday evening’s Currie Cup clash with Western Province would serve as final confirmation.

The most salient change is the swopping of flyhalves Fred Zeiling and Butch James. 20-year-old Zeilinga had been impressive in the last two weeks, particularly showcasing the type of composure that marks out truly exciting prospects.

Given the prevailing sentiment that the competition has adopted more of a developmental framework, the temptation must’ve been to keep the former Glenwood pupil in the thick of things. But that would to an extent contradict director of rugby Brendan Venter’s declared aim.

“Butch comes in for Fred in a purely rotational switch because Fred has done well over the last couple of weeks, but it is Butch’s turn to start,” said backline coach Sean Everitt. It’s the same case in midfield where the returning Tim Whitehead bumps off Heimar Williams.

In fact, whether by accident or design, this particular bout of rotation looks shrewd given the experience that James and Whitehead bring to the equation in the cauldron that is Newlands.

Yet will it trump good form and enthusiasm from the youngsters?

 

 

 

 

 

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