Selection headache for Plumtree
John Plumtree has revealed that he faces a dilemma over whether to pick all his returning Springboks for their semi-final against the Blue Bulls.
The Durban outfit host the men from Pretoria at Kings Park in Durban on Saturday after finishing first in the preliminary rounds of the competition.
They played without most of their senior players who were away on Bok duty but all seven are now back, leaving plenty to ponder for Plumtree.
"It hasn't been easy, there's been a little bit of walking around in the middle of the night," said Plumtree.
"But I've been in this situation so many times before.
"It's about finding a balancing act between breaking up the rhythm you already have and bringing great players back into your side, which the Springboks are.
"We've seen it work before and we've also seen it fail. So we just have to make sure we pick the 22, which will do the job on the day."
The Bulls and Western Province, two of the major strugglers in this season's competition, recalled almost all their available players last week for must-win matches, a ploy, which worked as they secured wins over the Golden Lions and Free State Cheetahs respectively.
Only fly-half Patrick Lambie made the first XV for the Sharks, while flanker Marcell Coetzee was a late inclusion due to injury.
"Generally, from my experience, when the Boks have been successful, they've struggled to come back and play Currie Cup rugby," said Plumtree.
"I'm not saying it's a generic thing, but it's from my experience."