Du Preez: Reinach is SA's No.1 scrumhalf

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:46

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Sharks head coach Robert du Preez believes Cobus Reinach is currently the best scrumhalf in South Africa.

Reinach will play his 50th Super Rugby match against the Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday and his head-to-head battle with Francois de Klerk will attract a lot of attention.

The Sharks scrumhalf was included in Allister Coetzee's latest Springbok squad for a camp in Stellenbosch next week, while De Klerk was left out.

Reinach's inclusion in the Bok setup raised eyebrows as he is leaving South Africa for English club Northampton Saints at the end of the current Super Rugby season, which means he will become ineligible for Springbok selection after the June international window.

Under the new South African Rugby Union rules, only overseas-based Springboks with more than 30 Test caps will be eligible for national selection after July 1. Reinach currently has 10 Test caps. 

"Cobus [Reinach] is a very good No.9," Du Preez told reporters ahead of the clash against the Lions.

"He is the number one scrumhalf in the country and we know he will get better every week. 

"I think he is improving every week. He is a stalwart and he has been with this union for eight years. He is a fantastic guy to have in our setup.

"I think he will be a huge loss."

Meanwhile, Du Preez has included Garth April in his starting XV for the clash against the Lions ahead of French international Clément Poitrenaud.

April will wear the No.15 jersey and Du Preez believes the 25-year-old is mentally right for the challenge.

"Garth I thought did really well when he came on [in the 38-30 win against the Cheetahs]," he said. 

"It has been a long tough road for Garth coming back, but he is in a great space mentally. We are very happy with Garth having a start," 

Du Preez added: "Clement had a bit of a niggle two weeks ago against the [Southern] Kings and I just wanthim to play 80 minutes of rugby, so we are going to give him an opportunity to do that against Griquas on Friday. 

"He needs to get 80-minute games under the belt and then he will definitely be coming back into the setup."

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Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
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Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 12 5 0 7 28
Waratahs 12 4 0 8 19
Force 12 4 0 8 17
Reds 12 3 0 9 16
Rebels 12 1 1 10 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 13 13 0 0 59
Hurricanes 12 10 0 2 48
Highlanders 13 10 0 3 45
Chiefs 12 9 1 2 45
Blues 13 6 1 6 33
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 12 7 0 5 34
Cheetahs 13 3 0 10 16
Bulls 12 3 0 9 15
Sunwolves 12 1 0 11 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 13 12 0 1 56
Sharks 13 9 1 3 42
Jaguares 12 5 0 7 24
Kings 12 4 0 8 19