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Sharks weakened for Boland trip?


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 26 Aug 2008 at 10:14
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Sharks winger Odwa Ndungane has already been summoned to join the Springbok squad, as a replacement for his injured team mate JP Pietersen. Should CJ van der Linde fail to escape suspension for his stupid headbutt last Saturday, it’s quite likely that Jannie du Plessis will join Ndungane on the plane to Johannesburg.

The Boland trip represents an interesting prospect for the Sharks; they were really riding the crest of a wave going into the break and would consider themselves quite fortunate to have this hit-out against the lowly Bolanders up next, before facing tough home games against the Bulls and Cheetahs. That said, they need five points and they would be foolish not to take heed of the result when Free State also thought they just needed to pitch up to get a bonus point in Wellington.

Probably the biggest challenge for the Sharks coaching staff, though, will be managing the re-introduction of the Springbok stars in the week heading up to the Bulls game. Indications are that they will already be weaker than they may have foreseen for that encounter, with Pietersen, Bismarck du Plessis and Beast Mtawarira picking up injuries during the Boks’ drubbing at the hands of the Aussies. John Smit is also unlikely to come into contention for that game.

It is, as always, Frans Steyn and Ruan Pienaar who will present the biggest headaches as the coaches try their utmost to include these two in positions that may not necessarily be in the best interests of the team.

Possible Sharks team to face Boland:

15 Stef Terblanche, 14 Chris Jordaan, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Fred Michalak, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Keegan Daniel, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Johann Muller (capt), 4 Albert van den Berg, 3 Robbie Harris, 2 Skipper Badenhorst, 1 Deon Carstens
16 Craig Burden, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Steven Sykes, 19 Skholiwe Ndlovu, 20 Rory Kockott, 21 Andreis Strauss, 22 Riaan Swanepoel



29 Comments

  • tell you what, I’d be VERY pleased to have a fit Beast and Bissie available for the Bulls game, particularly in light of the fact that they have no Bakkies…

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.08.08 10:37:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • Albert a bit maar for a #4 innit?

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.08.08 10:52:12 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
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  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 2) : ja, I guess he is, but the combo has actually been working quite well. Muller is very chunky for a 5 ;)

    I still want Sykes as starting 4, but he seems to be a little out of favour at the moment

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.08.08 11:00:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : I scheme im the only one that doesn’t get what the Sykes hype is about.From what ive seen or watched he doesn’t really do much.

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.08.08 11:07:18 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
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  • good moaning everyone !!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.08.08 11:09:33 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • uh rob???
    isnt the Argintinian tight head playing for the sharks till end of curry cup ??

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.08.08 11:13:22 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 5) : Howzit chap. How are you?

    @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 4) : Blerrie Province Moegoe ;)

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.08.08 11:13:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 6) : he’s a loosehead and I’ve had nobody in Durban actually confirm that story for me…

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.08.08 11:14:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • fine and you rob???

    oh ok damn pity
    or we could hasve played him and carstens

    just very happy cilliers is back
    and i hope even stronger with that flair he had before

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.08.08 11:17:50 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 9) : exactly. But Harris is coming along well too… he really isn’t a bad prop at Currie Cup level and more than capable of holding his own against Boland. I wouldn’t rush Pat straight into the starting lineup now

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.08.08 11:21:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • I wonder what’s up with Kanko… the dude shouldn’t be far off being fit to play as well…

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.08.08 11:24:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 4) :

    Nah it ain’t just you. :wink:

    I am not a detractor of his but don’t see any reason for the “hype” around him either. He is an average player IMO.

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.08.08 11:35:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : but no 4 is not an easy position in which to “stand out”… to be fair.

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.08.08 11:40:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • Something I didn’t realise, is that Ruan Pienaar is apparently also back with the Boks.

    According to Greenaway, we should expect to see Macleod start with Kockott on the bench. Johann Muller might also be doubtful, in which case Brad will be the skipper. Waylon might take over at wing with Swannie starting at 13…

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.08.08 11:48:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) :

    Bakkies does it well :wink:

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.08.08 11:50:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) :

    :sad: Why is Pienaar there? Is PdV going to drop someone? Maybe a bombshell?

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.08.08 11:51:19 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) : fair enough ;)

    @KSA Shark © (Comment 16) : Pienaar at 10?

  • Comment 17, posted at 26.08.08 11:56:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • right – CJ confirmed out, which means Jannie confirmed out for the Sharks.

  • Comment 18, posted at 26.08.08 12:03:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : I thought Pienaar and 10 were not to be used in the same sentence…at least where the Boks are concerned?

  • Comment 19, posted at 26.08.08 12:27:19 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 19) : I thought so too, but then why the hell has he been called up?

  • Comment 20, posted at 26.08.08 12:28:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : Unless PdV said…”Son! I’m calling you up as a scrumhalf…but just to confuse the opposition we’ll make you wear number 10 and do what a flyhalf is supposed to do.” :???:

  • Comment 21, posted at 26.08.08 12:33:20 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 21) : in that case, Ruan will still not appear any less confused than Fourie du Preez currently does ;)

  • Comment 22, posted at 26.08.08 12:44:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • Have fun against Boland, lads, cos the Bulls are going to stuff you. AGAIN!

  • Comment 23, posted at 26.08.08 12:59:24 by BruceMac Reply

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  • @BruceMac (Comment 23) : Now that’s talking a lotta bull :twisted:

  • Comment 24, posted at 26.08.08 13:05:55 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @BruceMac (Comment 23) : How are they hoping to achieve that?

  • Comment 25, posted at 26.08.08 13:32:16 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 25) : clearly been sipping Tshwane’s finest this morning ;)

  • Comment 26, posted at 26.08.08 13:34:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • this in from Sharksrugby… Kanko should be fit next week, while Smittie is still about 3 weeks away from fitness.

  • Comment 27, posted at 26.08.08 15:35:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • If continuity is what every coach wants, Sharks Head Coach John Plumtree deserves some credit for the way he has managed his squad this season in the face of ongoing challenges.

    Despite the three week break in between Absa Currie Cup matches, once more the Sharks squad to play Boland in Wellington on Friday afternoon will show a number of changes from the side that last played back in early August.

    With Ruan Pienaar and Francois Steyn back with the Springboks and Odwa Ndungane and Jannie du Plessis having left this week to join the national squad, and with Johann Muller out injured, it looks like Plumtree will be forced to make at least five changes to the side that beat Western Province.

    The good news is that scrumhalf Rory Kockott (pictured) is back, and will play in a limited capacity. “He is still in a bit of discomfort, but he’ll play off bench,” explained Plumtree. “We’ll start with Charl McLeod, he’s been in and out of the squad and this is nice opposition for us to see what he can do. He’s an exciting, attacking player, a good defender and an area of his play we will be watching closely is his decision-making.”

    He admits that the mood in camp is positive. “Everyone has come back refreshed and like me, really enjoyed the break. I’ve been enjoying the coaching this week. The players have come back showing great enthusiasm.”

    He gives the Sharks a healthy pass-mark at this stage of the competition, especially considering the hurdles that have been placed in their way. “I think if you review the season to date, we have to be happy,” he explains. “We’ve had a lot of injuries, haven’t been able to select the same side in consecutive weeks and when a lot of questions were asked of the Sharks play, we weathered that storm and came back, winning some useful games.

    “I’m proud of the players and of the management squad. In terms of our preparation each week, sometimes it’s felt like we were putting a pub team together late in the week, trying to find fit players. But if we have a good core of leaders and everyone paddles in same direction, we will play well.”

    With the Vodacom Tri Nations ending for South Africa following this weekend’s match against Australia in Johannesburg, Plumtree can expect to receive a boost in player numbers as the Springboks are released back to their provinces.

    “We’re looking forward to getting some Boks back next week with a five game run into the play-offs,” he said. “There is a stand-down period for some Boks, but not all.”

    He added that John Smit is cycling and swimming at the moment, “he’s still around three weeks off and Ryan Kankowski will hopefully be available next week.

    “If all goes according to plan, we could have 6 or 7 changes next week.”

  • Comment 28, posted at 26.08.08 17:27:55 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @BruceMac (Comment 23) :

    Dude!!!!!! When the Bulls asked for pictures of bakkies so that they could chose one to carry the bronze bulls did you lie next to the exhaust pipe to take the photo of yours?

    You seem to have inhaled some noxious gases. :wink:

  • Comment 29, posted at 26.08.08 17:35:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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