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How to keep continuity?


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 1 Sep 2008 at 10:11
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Sharks coach John Plumtree has an almighty task on his hands this week – how to re-introduce the plethora of returning Boks to the fold without upsetting the rhythm and continuity that has been built thus far.

After a pretty uninspiring start, the Sharks understudies have really managed to find some beautiful form and must surely be considered one of the favourites for the Currie Cup title, based on the way they’re playing. The introduction of hungry young talent in the form of Jean Deysel, Riaan Swanepoel and Chris Jordaan, in particular, seems to have galvanised the rest of the team. With a huge match against the Bulls coming up this weekend, Plumtree needs to think long and hard about the changes he makes.

The Sharks are already looking at getting an entire front row back from the Boks and should they be cleared to play, one would expect that all three of Beast Mtawarira, Bismarck and Jannie du Plessis would come straight into the team. It’s a pretty tough call though, given the form and leadership of stalwart Deon Carstens, who will presumably be the prop reserve. What then of the prodigiously talented Pat Cilliers? Perhaps against a team like the Bulls, it might be wiser to play two props on the bench? Skipper Badenhorts has probably done enough to secure the backup hooker berth, although one cannot discount the value of Craig Burden’s pace and power as an impact option.

Assuming Johann Muller is fit, the second and back rows will more-or-less pick themselves, with Keegan Daniel likely to continue at eighthman, as Ryan Kankowski has yet to fully recover from his shoulder injury. Albert van den Berg and Alistair Hargreaves were both great against Boland, but expect the youngster to make way for his senior this week, with Steven Sykes continuing in the impact role. One wonders if Skollie Ndlovu is really the right loose forward to have on the bench for an encounter of this nature, but unless Kankowski makes a surprise recovery in time, expect Ndlovu to be there in the number 19 (or possibly 20) shirt.

The backline becomes a complete lottery, though, with all of Ruan Pienaar, Frans Steyn, Adi Jacobs and Odwa Nudungane presumably coming into the selection frame. Hopefully Plumtree will have learned from Dick Muir’s catastrophic semi-final mistake and will persevere with Brad Barritt at inside centre. Adi Jacobs surely MUST have the inside track on the number 13 jersey, with Waylon Murray and Odwa Ndungane the likely options at wing. That leaves scrumhalf, flyhalf and fullback as the only three positions left open, with Rory Kockott, Ruan Pienaar, Charl McLeod, Frans Steyn, Fred Michalak, Chris Jordaan and Stefan Terblanche all vying for them and it is here that Plumtree is really going to have to weigh up his options and play the diplomat.

Michalak has looked good at flyhalf, but the Sharks need to start developing continuity with an eye to next year’s Super 14, meaning a local boy has to play pivot. Ruan Pienaar should be the man, but he doesn’t want to play there. Frans Steyn does, yet has never quite looked the part at flyhalf. The combination that would probably work the best would see Kockott at 9, Pienaar at ten and Steyn at fullback. My money, though, would rather be on Pienaar and Steyn as the halfbacks with Terblanche to wear the number 15 jersey.

Possible Sharks team:

15 Terblanche, 14 Ndungane, 13 Jacobs, 12 Barritt, 11 Murray, 10 Steyn, 9 Pienaar, 8 Daniel, 7 Deysel, 6 Botes, 5 Muller (capt), 4 van den Berg, 3 J du Plessis, 2 B du Plessis, 1 Mtawarira
16 Burden, 17 Carstens, 18 Sykes, 19 Ndlovu, 20 Kockott, 21 Michalak, 22 Jordaan



40 Comments

  • THIS ARTICLE, KSA!!!! :cool:

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.09.08 10:52:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • GO SHARKS !!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.09.08 10:55:52 by Charlie Reply

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  • Good looking team there Robbo….especially the backline.

    And happy birthday to my friend Bo…even though you don’t get time to post on the site…I know you are a true Shark.

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.09.08 10:59:11 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 3) : happy birthday Bo! Whoever you are ;)

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.09.08 11:05:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • Len Olivier will be one of our flyhalves next year. :wink:

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.09.08 11:16:03 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Hello everybody.

    I was visiting your blog and it’s really nice!

    Are you sure that Frans Steyn can play at 10 better than Pienaar??
    Sport Newspapers here write about Steyn as the future Sprinbok number 10 jersey but he did not impress me at flyhalf (test match against Italy) as he did at 12 during world cup.. what do you think??

    W South African Rugby!!

    Flaco

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.09.08 11:20:54 by maurolanati Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 5) : is that for real?

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.09.08 11:22:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @maurolanati (Comment 6) : It’s debatable…but Pienaar doesn’t wanna play flyhalf anyway…and Steyn does…

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.09.08 11:22:17 by blackshark Reply

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  • @maurolanati (Comment 6) : Buon giorno, Flaco. Benvenuto a Sharksworld.

    I am not convinced about Steyn as a flyhalf and think he should rather play fullback. I think Ruan Pienaar is the Sharks’ best fyhalf, bu the player insists he would rather play at scrumhalf.

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.09.08 11:25:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 8) :

    And I dont wanna work…but do *I* have a choice??? :wink:

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.09.08 11:25:28 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 5) :

    Ahhh!!! was talking bout that on other thread – SO STOKED!!

    @robdylan (Comment 7) :

    If the “rapport” can be believed… yes it is!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.09.08 11:26:47 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) :
    I saw a footnote, after the Sharks/Boland matc report, in this Sundays Rapport saying so. It was almost hidden away and I havent seen it anywhere else but it did say that he was going to the Sharks.

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.09.08 11:28:02 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 5) : How did you let a WP and a BB fan take you off the top spot on SB?

    Less BP points shared with Rob and KSA …then maybe I will make up the 3 point deficit.

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.09.08 11:28:30 by blackshark Reply

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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 11) : who wrote the article? Any idea?

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.09.08 11:28:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • My baby have SPRING day today at creche – they have to dress as either a superhero or a princess…in the light of her nature, I dont entirely see her as a “princess” – so i dressed her in her SPRINGBOK jersey and a prinses crown – so we have a Superhero Princess! :mrgreen: :wink:

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.09.08 11:28:49 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 12) : ok – I have sent Len a message on FaceBook – let’s see what he says.

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.09.08 11:31:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) :

    i will look for you…De Jongh some weird name something – just hang in..

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.09.08 11:31:31 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • Here’s a nother snippet I just picked up. Boland’s Lionel Cornelius is apparently also headed our way. Not that we need another inside centre, but he can also play flyhalf and is a bloody good goal kicker.

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.09.08 11:34:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • Buon giorno anche a te!!

    yep that’s strange that Pienaar doesn’t want to play ten. The times i saw him playing at flyhalf (almost) always did great.

    But is it true that next year Du Plessis and Smit will be playing together at Durban?? If so who will be the squad number 2??

    A prediction that comes from far away: Sharks S14 winner next year.

    Byeeee

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.09.08 11:35:56 by maurolanati Reply

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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 17) : De Jongh Borchardt?

  • Comment 20, posted at 01.09.08 11:36:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @maurolanati (Comment 19) : we are waiting eagerly to see who wears the number 2 jersey. Smit is better in the lineouts and his value as squad captain cannot be overemphasised. Bismarck, though, is far better in the loose and particularly at the breakdown. It’s going to be very tough.

    A fair few seem to think that Smit might be used at tighthead prop, but I don’t think that will make sense, with Jannie du Plessis and Pat Cilliers already in the squad.

    BTW, do you know anything of Juan Pablo Orlandi?

  • Comment 21, posted at 01.09.08 11:39:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) :

    YEAH!!! (I specifically looked for the name, knowing that you might ask and still forgot!) LOL

  • Comment 22, posted at 01.09.08 11:39:57 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 13) :
    Im still so pissed off with myself about that. I have forgotten to make my picks on 2 occassions for 3 games. I did fortuneately pick up default points for 2 of them but got squat for the Sharks/Boland game which would have netted me 1 point at least -there was no way I would have gone with anything more than 10 points for that game considering the weather. I also wouldnt have had the Bulls by such a margin so I actually think I only dropped one point but that was enough to drop me to third I, think.
    And to crown it all I missed making my picks last weekend because I had decided at the last minute to go and watch the Sharks/Boland game. So, ultimately its all the Sharks fault, but I forgive them because they entertained me royally, especially in the second half. Full redemption will be gained when they whip the Bulls this weekend.

  • Comment 23, posted at 01.09.08 11:42:07 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 22) :

    I hope that was the right juorno at the right article…

  • Comment 24, posted at 01.09.08 11:42:51 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 23) : you based in the cape, Salmo?

    @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 24) : you’d be amazed at how quickly rumours can become an article ;)

  • Comment 25, posted at 01.09.08 11:54:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @maurolanati (Comment 19) : you are right. We ARE going to win the Super 14

  • Comment 26, posted at 01.09.08 12:01:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 23) : Don’t worry…it’s a decimal difference anyway…you’ll move back to the top this weekend. The BB oke will definitely pick the Bulls…so that will be his downfall. :wink:

  • Comment 27, posted at 01.09.08 12:08:28 by blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : True… :wink:

  • Comment 28, posted at 01.09.08 12:08:45 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 28) : what – can you confirm the rumour?

  • Comment 29, posted at 01.09.08 12:14:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) :

    FOUND it!!!! :lol:

  • Comment 30, posted at 01.09.08 12:22:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) :
    In the Boland, but on the other side of the great divide from which Paarlbok is.

  • Comment 31, posted at 01.09.08 12:33:49 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 31) :

    Now why in the world did I think youre from the green green land of Natal?? :shock:

  • Comment 32, posted at 01.09.08 12:36:53 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 27) :
    Lets hope he goes with his heart and not his head, which he will of course.

  • Comment 33, posted at 01.09.08 12:37:57 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 32) :
    Because thats where my heart is.

  • Comment 34, posted at 01.09.08 12:40:00 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 31) : Shtellies?

  • Comment 35, posted at 01.09.08 12:44:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 35) :

    Skelmbos se boy! :grin:

  • Comment 36, posted at 01.09.08 12:46:17 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 36) : hie kommie alibama…

  • Comment 37, posted at 01.09.08 12:54:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 37) :

    You surprise me everyday!! :wink: What do you know about the Alibama?? :grin:

  • Comment 38, posted at 01.09.08 12:58:40 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • No, the other great divide, there close to where the “sous” is from.

  • Comment 39, posted at 01.09.08 13:01:22 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 38) : something about coming over the sea?

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