April, Bosch have full back­ing

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - MIKE GREEN­AWAY

THE Sharks will bust their bulls, if you par­don the play on words, when they take on the Pre­to­ria men at Kings Park to­mor­row night in a match that the hosts must har­vest five Su­per Rugby log points to stand a chance of play­ing a quar­ter­fi­nal in South Africa.

As it stands, the Sharks can sneak into a play-off in Jo­han­nes­burg against the Lions should they get max­i­mum points from their fi­nal two matches — the Bulls to­mor­row and then the Lions, both at Kings Park.

“It looks like we are play­ing a quar­ter-fi­nal in New Zealand but you never know how things will turn out over the next fort­night be­cause if we get 10 points, and the Crusaders lose against the Hur­ri­canes, we could sud­denly be play­ing against the Lions at Eliis Park, and we would fancy our chances of win­ning there as against trav­el­ling for the best part of two days to an en­counter in New Zealand.

The only thing that the Sharks can in­flu­ence is who they pick to play this week­end, and there is a no­tice­able ab­sence of Spring­boks that played against France.

“Play­ers such as Jean-Luc du Plessis and Beast Mtawarira are sore and need a break,” the coach said.

In-form lock Ruan Botha is an­other out of the se­lec­tion frame be­cause of the red card he in­curred play­ing for SA ‘A’ against the French Bar­bar­ians last week.

Coach Du Preez has de­cided to go with Garth April at fly­half for this must-win game and picked Cur­win Bosch at full­back.

Many would sug­gest that it should be the other way around.

“Look, there are play­ers we can­not pick be­cause of in­jury.

“They are wing Kobus van Wyk, out­side cen­tre Lukhanyo Am and Lwazi Mvovo, and then there are play­ers com­ing back from in­jury that are not ready yet.”

Re­gard­ing, the choice of April at 10 ahead of Bosch, Du Preez said: “Garth did very well for us in that em­phatic win against the Storm­ers.

“He at­tacked the gain line and de­fended so well that we have re­warded him, while Cur­win is equally happy at 15 where he has been ex­cep­tional for us. So it works.”

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