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Sharks show their guns


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 5 Feb 2008 at 07:48

The Sharks have named close to a full-strength lineup to take on the Lions in Durban in a Super 14 warm-up match on Wednesday night.

First-choice tight five members Deon Carstens and Steven Sykes are still out, while Odwa Ndungane has a foot injury, but otherwise, the side named for tomorrow night’s clash is pretty close to what you can expect to see when the Super 14 kicks off for real next weekend.

In the pack, Jannie du Plessis has been chosen to start along side his brother Bismarck. Beast Mtawarira completes the front row,  with ex-retiree Johan Ackermann filling in for Sykes at 4. Numbers 5 through 8 have a settled look, with Captain Muller, Botes, Venter and Kankowski carrying on from last year.

In the backs, we see Ruan Pienaar partnering Fred Michalak, with the established centre pair of Barritt and Murray left intact. JP Pietersen will continue his try-scoring antics on the left wing, while Stefan Terblanche comes  in on the right for Ndungane. Frans Steyn will use his huge boot to good effect at fullback.

The bench is not confirmed yet, but will contain plenty experienced men, including Adi Jacobs, Rory Kockott and BJ Botha.

Here is the team, courtesy of Mike Greenaway and IOL:

Sharks: 15 Frans Steyn 14 Stefan Terblanche 13 Waylon Murray 12 Bradley Barritt 11 J P Pietersen 10 Fred Michalak 9 Ruan Pienaar 8 Ryan Kankowski 7 A J Venter 6 Jacques Botes 5 Johann Muller (capt) 4 Johan Ackermann 3 Jannie du Plessis 2 Bismarck du Plessis 1 Beast Mtawarira

Substitutes from: Kees Lensing, Craig Burden, BJ Botha, Albert van den Berg, Nickolai Blignaut, Jean Deysel, Rory Kockott, Adrian Jacobs, Andries Strauss, Henno Mentz 



18 Comments

  • Jinne, okes… that’s a strong team.

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.02.08 07:52:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • That is a hugely powerful unit – could be great things ahead this year.

    That bench also looks strong.

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.02.08 08:01:52 by Big Fish Reply
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  • they will narrow the bench down to 7, of course. Not sure why the Lions are bringing 30 guys…

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.02.08 08:03:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • Cos they are scared.

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.02.08 08:29:53 by Big Fish Reply
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  • They will draw lots. Okes who pick the short straws have to play!

    I feel sorry for BJ

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.02.08 08:36:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob

    There’s an arti on news24 where richard ‘vuilgat’ bands reckons props need be paid more cos they do all the dirty work on the field.

    Dont have time to post it. Need to go get lunch!

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.02.08 08:46:44 by wpw Reply
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  • Wes, let this site never come between you and food. I’m on a plane and will be scarce until later today.

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.02.08 08:55:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • at ELEVEN?????

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.02.08 08:57:36 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • hehehe

    It’s one of my duties to buy lunch for the whole studio.

    The boss pays of course. We prepare lunch at 12pm and chow at 12.30pm

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.02.08 09:04:20 by wpw Reply
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  • Thats just cruel of your bosses – sending the oke most in need of a diet to buy the food! :lol:

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.02.08 09:13:08 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Rugby boss not invited to the party

    February 05 2008 at 10:37AM

    SA Rugby president Oregan Hoskins is seething after his predecessor, Brian van Rooyen, emerged from the shadows to toast Peter de Villiers with some distinguished company at a function to honour the new Springbok coach.

    The R200 000 function in honour of De Villiers, hosted by the Paarl Municipality on Friday, was a slap in the face for Hoskins, who was not invited. Now he is demanding to know why.

    Van Rooyen, who was banned from rugby for life after being ousted by Hoskins in 2006, sat at the VIP table where he toasted De Villiers along with the Minister of Sport, Makhenkesi Stofile, co-opted Presidents’ Council member Cheeky Watson, former Springbok team manager Arthrob Petersen, former SA Rugby managing director Rian Oberholzer, Hoskins’s presidential rival Mike Stofile, and Saru chief executive Johan Prinsloo.

    Saru vice-president Koos Basson and SA Rugby managing director Jonathan Stones were also not invited.

    It was the first time in almost two years that Van Rooyen had attended a major rugby function. He refused to attend a judicial commission of inquiry into his rugby affairs, labelling it a “kangaroo court” before being convicted in absentia for poor corporate governance and banned in 2006.

    Hoskins made several calls over the weekend demanding to know why he had not been invited, and who had been responsible for Van Rooyen making the guest list.

    Read the full story in the sports section of the Cape Argus.

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.02.08 09:14:00 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I cant remember if I felt bad about van rooyen being banned from rugby for life or whether I enjoyed it.

    Seems a bit heavy-handed to me now though…

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.02.08 10:51:48 by Vinnie Reply
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  • Yeah i thought the banned for life part was tad harsh.

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.02.08 10:56:02 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • Dont you guys think SARU is like the Roman empire when it was in decline?

    The bigwigs are decadent, in-bred bufoons who use their power capriciously and selfishly, the hoi polloi have no influence over the administration of the empire, and each regime change is followed by savage character assassination of the ancien regime.

    Its all a cycle I tells you!

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.02.08 11:17:05 by Big Fish Reply
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  • BF,

    I couldnt agree more mate.

    What really grates me about SA, and SA Rugby in particular, is that everytime there is an election they feel they need to go through whole-sale changes, therby wiping the slate clean and starting right from the beginning.

    And then they make all the same mistakes as their predecessors…

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.02.08 11:24:22 by Vinnie Reply
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  • Vinnie, ifs simple psychology really – you will run across it in your personal and professional life all the time:

    If you aren’t sure where you are leading people, the best thing to do is to convince them that they were heading in the wrong direction previously.

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.02.08 11:39:11 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Very interesting observation BF.

    And doubtless very true, especially in SA Rugby’s case.

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.02.08 11:52:07 by Vinnie Reply
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  • If you want to observe any kind of stupid behaviour, just look for it in SA Rugby.

    People like to say that cream rises to the top.

    Unfortunately, so do floaters…

  • Comment 18, posted at 05.02.08 13:46:09 by Big Fish Reply
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