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So far so good for JP

2012-02-06 10:18

Gavin Rich - SuperSport

Johannesburg - It seems the Sharks brains-trust were happy with the way JP Pietersen adjusted to outside centre in his first outing there in a trial match in Durban at the weekend.

The series of trials games was cut short by a power failure, but not before Pietersen had impressed in the No13 jersey, prompting some optimism from coach John Plumtree on the Springbok wing’s chances of successfully making the switch.

“It’s early days with this idea of changing JP to a centre, and we will be cautious, but the main thing is that he is excited about it,” Plumtree said.

“I thought he combined really well with Meyer Bosman. “If this move does come to pass (JP at 13), it will be exciting not just for the Sharks but potentially for the Springboks now that there is a big hole caused by Jaque Fourie’s move to Japan.”

If Pietersen moves to centre there will be less of a selection log-jam at wing, where Springbok Sevens star from last year, Sibusiso Sithole, showed a lot of potential in his first Currie Cup season and joins Springbok wings Odwa Ndungane and Lwazi Mvovo in the mix.

Plumtree seems pleased with the additional depth that will be available at lock now that Steven Sykes is coming back. Youngsters Anton Bresler and Jandre Marais reportedly had good trial matches.

The Sharks squad will be trimmed to 28 players on Monday for Friday’s first pre-season friendly against the Boland Cavaliers at Mr Price Kings Park. The Sharks complete their preparations for the Super Rugby season a week later against the Kings in Port Elizabeth.

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Comments
  • JacquesClaassen - 2012-02-06 10:56

    Why O' Why do the Sharks keep on playing players out of position?

      Stefan - 2012-02-06 11:42

      I agree Jacques, but you have to agree to the problems the Sharks have at centre. Something must be done and very soon. The bigger problem for me is how Bosman manages to remain first choice at inside centre. Moving JP to outside centre is very risky, but I seriously doubt that it could be worse than the Bosman/Terblanche combination they had going on last year. Personally I se JP as a solid defender, so it may just work out fine. Now just for the inside centre...

      Paul - 2012-02-06 12:59

      The Sharks have had this problem for about 6 seasons now ... and they only trying to fix it now 3 weeks from the start of the season ... they gave away their best centres Brad Barrit and Andries Struass and brought in "OLD MEN " Terreblache and Joubert ... lol ... what a bunch of chumps !!! Players like Bosman and Jaque Louis Potgieter ...and now Tim Whitehead get no playing time ...no wonder the Sharks are LOSRES !!!

      Byron - 2012-02-06 15:07

      @ Paul - losers as compared to who? Maybe the bulls have been better abut that's it! You want losers take a look at WP

  • Sbuda - 2012-02-06 11:07

    So The Sharks centre problem remains unsolved, yet again!!!!

  • John - 2012-02-06 11:17

    JP can be a defastating center he is a lot bigger with age i think this is a good idea......however lambie should stay at full back......

  • Anthony - 2012-02-06 12:27

    mvovo could be the best wing in the world with the right training and clean possession.

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-02-06 12:46

    Not sure if JP has the ball skills to be a centre. Hope he proves me wrong, the Sharks are terrible at centre.

  • Craig - 2012-02-06 13:16

    Meyer and JP do not instill much confidence in defence, our loosies & scrummy are going to have their work cut out providing cover.

  • legndkilla - 2012-02-06 13:54

    he's attacking skills are very limited, dont see him doing to well at outside centre....

  • Anneleen - 2012-02-06 19:44

    ...to JP and the Sharks...all of the best, team!

  • mikecremore - 2012-02-07 15:55

    I sometimes wonder if these guys over at the Sharks know what the heck they are doing? Now they have brought Tim Whitehead over who i thought would be first-choice and now he doesnt seem to even be in the starting line-up. Eish ouens wat maak julle daar in Natal........???? Joubert can still be a good classy centre but why he is now suddenly left out of the mix only these mens up in banana territory will know.

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