Well, well, well… seems there may be more changes afoot in Shark-town after all.
As I mentioned in the comments section yesterday, the team that was announced for the Sharks only appeared on www.superrugby.co.za and nowhere else. Of particular interest (or concern) was the fact that no team announcement had yet appeared on the official Sharks site, casting doubts over the validity of the team that SuperRugby carried.
Based on an article that Gavin Rich wrote on the very same site this morning, it appears that we should probably discard their previous announcement, as the named team might differ substantially.
The gist of Rich’s article seems to be that Frans Steyn may be selected to play at inside center, with Brad Barritt facing the chop. Rich makes this deduction based on a single quote from coach Muir, viz “I think Frans was a little frustrated at fullback and that is why we saw him coming up into the line so much and take so many big hits”. Pretty speculative, if you ask me, but again, Rich seems pretty sure of himself on this one and following the “no smoke without fire” theory, we should probably brace ourselves for the possibility that we might see Steyn in 12 and Terblanche in 15 once the real side is named.
Pienaar is definitely out and will be replaced by Kockott, that much we know for sure. It appears, though, that we were probably spot on regarding Bismarck du Plessis earlier this week and that he is at this stage considered extremely doubtful. My guess is that the Sharks are trying really hard to hide this fact from the Bulls until the very last minute.
We have had this corroborated by yet another source (or sauce). Don’t expect Skipper Badenhorst to be named in the number 2 shirt, though. We think Craig Burden will get the nod for his first Super 14 start.
Stop the mind games, Dick. Name your team. You have a strong squad with a lot of depth. Show the players that you back them. Name the team early and get one with honing your own gameplan. This cloak and dagger nonsense is counterproductive.Tweet