Mallett questions Stevens' recruitment
Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Nick
Mallett has questioned the Sharks’ recruitment of prop Matt Stevens from
English club Saracens.
Stevens, 32, started at tighthead prop for the
Sharks in their Super Rugby clash against the Stormers at Newlands on Saturday night.
He replaced Jannie du Plessis who was given
off to be with his wife who gave birth to their second child.
Stevens though had a torrid time in the
scrums and struggled heavily against Steven Kitshoff as the Sharks
conceded several tightheads.
Mallett, speaking in the SuperSport studio
after the Stormers’ 29-13 win, said:
“You’ve got to question, perhaps question,
the recruitment of Matt Stevens. He’s a guy at the very end of his career at
“Obviously there is a very strong Saracens
connection with the Sharks. You’ve got (CEO) John Smit who played there, you’ve
got (consultant) Brendan Venter who was Director of Rugby there, so they know
him (Stevens) very well as a person and I’m not saying he’s not a great team man, but his
job is to scrum.
“His job is also to help poor old Jannie du
Plessis have a bit of a break this season, but if every time he plays they’re
going to give away three or four tightheads, then it wasn’t a very worthwhile
Stevens played 39 Tests for England between 2004 and 2012.