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Sharks to welcome back 3 BIG names


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 20 Aug 2008 at 17:11
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The Sharks should have something resembling a full squad to pick from for next weekend’s potentially tricky away fixture in Wellington.

Most crucially, skipper Johann Muller should be fully recovered from a minor knee injury sustained during the game against WP and will take his place in the number 5 jersey. The Sharks tight five have finally started to find some rhythm and are approaching good form again, which would have made Muller’s non-availability a major blow. Fortunately, the three-week break seems to have come at just the right time for the Sharks lock and captain.

Tighthead prop Pat Cilliers will also come straight into the squad, having come through fine after 40 minutes with the Under 21s last week in Bloemfontein. The Sharks juniors didn’t do as well as they would have liked on that trip, with the Under 21s losing by 10 points and the Under 19s managing a draw. Cilliers and his cronies were further put to the sword this week, playing a practice match against the Bok team. Details are sketchy, but it sounds as though the Boks may have been a tad rough with the youngsters. Perhaps some scores will need to be settled as these youngsters come through – who knows?

Offsetting the good news of Cilliers’ return however, is the departure of BJ Botha. The popular DHS old boy has played his last game for the Sharks, but in Cilliers, there is a replacement ready to step out of the great man’s shadow and hopefully, in time, develop into as good a prop.

The third returnee is livewire scrumhalf Rory Kockott, who broke his leg in the home fixture against Boland and has thus, disappointingly, ended up missing out on an entire round of the Currie Cup. Rocket’s availability will create an interesting problem for the coaching staff, given Ruan Pienaar’s “9 or nothing” stance. Both players are too good to be left on the bench at this level of the game, but I guess we will probably see Kockott introduced from the wood this week, with Charl Mcleod the man to miss out. Scott Mathie has left for Leeds Carnegie in the UK 1st Division.

The Sharks will continue with Fred Michalak at flyhalf, while there is presumably a mad scramble going on in the background to secure the services of a competent pivot to direct matters in next year’s Super 14. Rumours suggest that promising Valke five-eighth Len Olivier may be a target, but with Pienaar opting to concentrate on becoming the country’s premier scrumhalf, the Sharks are left with the option of the journeyman Monty Dumond, the erratic wünderkind Frans Steyn, or perhaps even the untried Andrew Borgen or Riaan Swanepoel as flyhalf options.

Faced with those choices, Brad Barritt suddenly doesn’t seem such a bad flyhalf at all…



43 Comments

  • my team for Boland

    1 Deon, 2 Skip, 3 Jannie, 4 Ali, 5 Johann, 6 JB, 7 Wolla, 8 Keegs (Kanko?), 9 Rory, 10 Ruan (I know, I know), 11 Stef, 12 Swannie, 13 Waylon, 14 Odders, 15 Chris
    16 Burds, 17 Pat, 18 Big Al, 19 Keegs/Skollie, 20 Macleod, 21 Fred, 22 Bodders

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.08.08 17:15:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • so rob are u leaving brad out completely now ?

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.08.08 17:34:46 by jjj1 Reply

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  • @jjj1 (Comment 2) : Oh shit. He’s still available, isn’t he? Oops!

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.08.08 18:01:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • I like Ruan Pienaar at 10. He has all the skills, and he would have the added 1 second or more to use those skills. He is not a quick distributor of the ball, but a ball player. George Gregan was probably the closest to a play-making scrumhalf around, and did bloody well there. For some reason, he always had time on the ball that no other 9 seems to have.

    Ruan has the makings of one of the best 10s around. I understand that he wants to play in one position, the one he’s always played at and so more comfortable with, but he should try. He would be guaranteed a start in the S14 and solve a lot of problems for the Sharks.

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.08.08 18:11:27 by Baldrick Reply

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  • I think he is and if he isn’t going to be picked they should release him now. I don’t however know why they wouldn’t pick him because he is leaving? he ha s given the sharks 3 seasons ,why play michalak and not brad he is leaving too and lets be honest hasn’t really dleivered

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.08.08 18:14:34 by jjj1 Reply

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  • I’m pretty certain that Len Olivier already signed for some French club.

    Pat should not be hurried back – 21 years old and under 110kg – he is a super talent, but his injury should be a warning about over-exposing a youngster to the big leagues.

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.08.08 19:19:00 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Personally, I believe the same as Naas Botha in this respect, ” If you’re good enough, you’re old enough.” Gee, now I only hope it was Naas that made that one famous.

    @robdylan (Comment 1) : Nothing much wrong with your team except for the nicknames! :???:

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.08.08 05:33:08 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : Has Ruan been released again from the Bok squad? Last I read he was recalled, though not playing I see?

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.08.08 05:35:31 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • I would like to see Ruan take on the responsibilities of the fly half full time. He is a brilliant scrummie, but picking 10 as his position would be the more mature move. SA has been struggling to get quality 10′s for a while now and it’s not going to change fast, he would become our no1 10 at the Sharks and Boks. We have enough great scrummies.

    I think Ruan has been called up, I just don’t know if he will be released for next week.

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.08.08 06:54:37 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 9) : Agreed, it is only Ruan that does not see it in this way… :wink:

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.08.08 06:59:44 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • Why not try and sign Burton Francis of the Bulls, seems to be quit a prospect, had been part of the Bulls Super 14 squad this year and showed some nice touches… :wink:

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.08.08 07:28:13 by Charlie Reply

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  • Hey that’s not funny, the Sharks has way better prospects than this guy, we just need to manage these guys well. Most SA 10′s are messed up and turned into utility backs or wings. If we put some faith into our guys they’ll come through for us.

    Anyway, I don’t like this Burton guy, he rubs me the wrong way, like many of the Bulls players does.

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.08.08 07:39:08 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 12) : As they do to most supporters outside of Pretoria! :wink: The funny thing is if you look at the two best Rugby countries ie NZ and SA, NZ seems to breed the best flyhalves in the world but has a problem with their loosies, (except McCaw who is a freak of nature) and SA breeds so many brilliant loosies but has no flyhalves maybe we should swop some loosies for Dan Carter :shock:

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.08.08 07:56:41 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • I’d give 10 of our loosies to NZ to have Dan Carter.

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.08.08 08:04:36 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 14) : Just not Wolla, Botes, Grobelaar, Kanko, Alberts! The rest can go :cool:

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.08.08 08:09:14 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • scrumhalf Rory Kockott, who broke his leg

    It was just a hairline fracture… but good to have him back.
    I think he has something special in him and if he keeps his game up he might be the Bok scrumhalf in the next world cup. :smile:

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.08.08 08:30:06 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 16) : Poetic licence :-)

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.08.08 08:36:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • Pat Cilliers a big name? :shock:

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.08.08 08:46:11 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 18) : In Robs mind

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.08.08 08:54:54 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 18) : He was instrumental in your loss at Absa Stadium last CC ;)

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.08.08 09:16:07 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 19) : you are just jealous cos you are still stuck with Juan “Broken” Harris as your only tighthead ;)

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.08.08 09:16:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 18) : If he is not, he will be. He is, after all, a Shark!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.08.08 09:20:51 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 22) : Good morning Silver! Brilliant reply :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.08.08 09:23:45 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 23) : Morning Dudette. All in a day’s work my dear. :smile:

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.08.08 09:31:29 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 22) : love your work ;)

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.08.08 09:50:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : tee hee :lol: and remember you refused to tell me in what sense you used this. :smile:

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.08.08 10:09:56 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 26) : tee hee. I need to keep my air of mystique…

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.08.08 10:21:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 20) :

    Was he even on the field?

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.08.08 11:15:11 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 28) :

    In fact, I quickly checked, he wasn’t…LOL!

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.08.08 11:16:27 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • This was the match report

    http://www.transvaal.co.za/mr20080726.asp

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.08.08 11:17:32 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • BUSTED :grin:

  • Comment 31, posted at 21.08.08 11:18:42 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
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  • Rob, I just got a message back from Len Olivier himself, he says he is not allowed to say anything at this stage.

  • Comment 32, posted at 21.08.08 11:22:13 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 20) : LAST CC :)

  • Comment 33, posted at 21.08.08 11:23:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 32) : awesome – thanks dude.

  • Comment 34, posted at 21.08.08 11:23:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 32) : I have more questions, though… perhaps I should rather send you email?

  • Comment 35, posted at 21.08.08 11:24:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 33) :

    If I recall correctly we klapped you in Durban in LAST year’s CC Semi-final…

    Rob, you are welcome to send me a mail!

  • Comment 36, posted at 21.08.08 11:30:39 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 36) : I think Sharksmad is talking about the CC pool match in Durban last year. Pat had an absolute stormer of a game, but that was also the game in which he ruptured his ACL.

  • Comment 37, posted at 21.08.08 11:32:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • A STORMER of a game…so you are trying to say he played rather [email protected]?

  • Comment 38, posted at 21.08.08 11:36:06 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 38) : you are too sharp for me today

  • Comment 39, posted at 21.08.08 11:39:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 29) : He was walter, he got injured in that match! go check carefully, we all thought it was a Lion that had caused the damage, we should have known better, the knee gave in about 5m from try line. Go check the list again ;)

  • Comment 40, posted at 21.08.08 12:17:44 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 40) : Walt is a year ahead of you ;)

  • Comment 41, posted at 21.08.08 12:32:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 41) : ahh! I thought he had gone senile :oops:

  • Comment 42, posted at 21.08.08 12:37:13 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 42) : now now… ;)

  • Comment 43, posted at 21.08.08 12:43:59 by robdylan Reply
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