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Smit Returns for the Sharks


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Sharks on 25 Sep 2008 at 10:58

Sharks Coach John Plumtree would have been all smiles this week as he was able to name as close as possible his strongest line-up of the season for the Absa Currie Cup match against the Lions on Saturday in Johannesburg.

Michael Marnewick writes for Sharksrugby.co.za that earlier injury concerns to “Beast” Mtawarira and Deon Carstens have been alleviated and the pair have both been picked in the matchday 22, while, as expected, Stefan Terblanche, Odwa Ndungane, Jacques Botes and Bismarck du Plessis who all missed last week’s game are back in the fray.

However, the biggest news of all is the welcome and timely return to the playing arena of Springbok Captain John Smit who comes back from a groin injury sustained in the early part of the Vodacom Tri Nations.

His role as Captain of the South African national side has seen his provincial duties at the Sharks limited to Vodacom Super 14 rugby in recent years, his last game in the Currie Cup taking place in 2005 (having earned 54 caps in total). After the Rugby World Cup last year, he remained in France to play for Clermont before returning to South Africa to take up his Springbok duties and then came the good news of his re-signing with the Sharks.

A completely international backline is complimented by an all-Springbok tight-five and a further Bok at Eighthman, giving this Sharks side an exceptionally competitive feel about it, and with a further three Springboks on the bench, the Sharks will certainly go into this match with a lot of confidence that comes with having players with experience of playing at the highest level.

Both sides have admitted their respect for the other and like each weekend when one fixture stands out as a make-or-break game, so this clash should go a long way towards determining log positions for the protagonists.

Matchday 22

15. Stefan Terblanche
14. Odwa Ndungane
13. Adrian Jacobs
12. Francois Steyn
11. JP Pietersen
10. Frederic Michalak
9. Ruan Pienaar
8. Ryan Kankowski
7. Jean Deysel
6. Jacques Botes
5. Johann Muller ( Capt )
4. Albert van den Berg
3. Jannie du Plessis
2. Bismarck du Plessis
1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements
16. John Smit
17. Deon Carstens
18. Steven Sykes
19. Keegan Daniel
20. Rory Kockott
21. Bradley Barritt
22. Waylon Murray



51 Comments

  • Very nice team , would have liked to see Barrit next to Adi in the backline though

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.09.08 11:01:41 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Awesome side.

    Every position in the side can be covered by another player in the side.

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.09.08 11:02:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I still see Steyn long term future at 15 after Oupa Terblanche retires…but I must admit Oupa has impressed me the last couple of games he played.

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.09.08 11:05:03 by Pokkel Reply
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  • How’s this for a bench ? :mrgreen:

    16. John Smit
    17. Deon Carstens
    18. Steven Sykes
    19. Keegan Daniel
    20. Rory Kockott
    21. Bradley Barritt
    22. Waylon Murray

    My confidence levels have suddenly shot up… (as if…)

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.09.08 11:05:52 by just blackshark Reply

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  • damn what a team
    same team i told rob the team would be except we thought hargreaves would be ok and play according to press

    and also according to press carstens would have been out and so i had cilliers on the bench

    other then that i had it 100 %

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.09.08 11:07:20 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) : Oh yes…after a shaky start… Oom has come to the party in the last couple of games. Much better than starting on a high and dipping towards the end.

    The Lions will have a long day…

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.09.08 11:07:32 by just blackshark Reply

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  • Not that I was ever going to choose the Lions on SB, but this team has just increased my margin by quite a bit. :wink:

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.09.08 11:09:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : I’ve already made my picks… I’m not expecting any margin points for this one now. :twisted:

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.09.08 11:10:42 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @just blackshark (Comment 6) : This team has no excuses not to win the CC this year. The only way is if they are mentally not right for the semi’s and Final.

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.09.08 11:11:17 by Pokkel Reply
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  • injury concerns to “Beast” Mtawarira and Deon Carstens have been alleviated

    These guys were just giving Loffie a dose of false hope…

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.09.08 11:12:53 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 9) : Mr Van Zyl did an interview with e-tv and he tried his best not to put the players under pressure as far as winning the cup is cncerned. We all know what he is thinking though…

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.09.08 11:16:42 by just blackshark Reply

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  • what a side! Kitties, beware

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.09.08 11:17:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • I know that I am
    Extremely parochial but I recon that this side could more than hold it’s own against any provincial team in World Rugby.. I would go as far to venture that this 22 man squad could beat most international sides; including the Wallabies and the Bok team (sans the Shark players that are currently in it!)
    This is the year that we have been waiting for since 1996 :!:

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.09.08 11:23:49 by Ragged Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : have to agree

    tam i gave you was close huh lol

    we both just didnt know hargreaves was the actual one still injured and carstens is ok lol
    damn supersport press lol

    had i know the injuries were not as per press this is also how i would have had the team

    i also would start with albert as the lions lineouts are good
    they have a 2 long jumpers

    great great team

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.09.08 11:24:59 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Ragged (Comment 13) : whoa – slow down there, skippy!

    Ok, you’re actually right, just don’t want to seem arrogant :

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.09.08 11:26:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 14) : yeah – wanted to ping you and say well done for getting it so close.

    GREAT side, that.

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.09.08 11:27:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sharks by 8 would be good enough for me. :twisted:

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.09.08 11:34:01 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 17) : 8 what ??? Tries :wink: :?:

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.09.08 11:40:04 by Ragged Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 17) : he he

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.09.08 11:43:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • nostradamus is right!

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.09.08 12:14:08 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 20) : of course :)

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.09.08 12:20:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ragged (Comment 18) : Tee hee… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.09.08 12:27:36 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : yeah bro brillian side

    cilliers i guess will be playing for the sharks under 21 which is good keep him match fit

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.09.08 12:57:41 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 23) : shit! Didn’t think of that.

    The under 21s are getting pk’ed every week… not a great season for them. U19s are doing much better

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.09.08 13:09:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : i have to agree with you

    i dont think the coaching is upto scratch

    we have this acadamy and our junior teams are useless to say the least
    i cant believe we get all that talent and they cant even beat the valka at age group

    last saturday the valka under 21 beat the sharks under 21 35-12 in kempton

    thats shocking
    :shock:

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.09.08 13:13:25 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 25) :

    SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
    Sharks u21 14 – 25 Vodacom WP u21
    Griquas u21 26 – 29 Border u21
    Free State u21 42 – 34 Leopards u21
    Griffons u21 36 – 12 BA Mighty Elephants u21
    Boland u21 10 – 20 Golden Lions u21
    Valke u21 39 – 19 Mpumalanga u21

    Dude – do you drink a lot at these games? :)

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.09.08 13:20:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • lol nope

    last week we got inlate and people there told us under 21′s had lost badly to valka under 21
    was it not maybe under 19′s??

    there was a game on the field we could see from just outside the grounds ??

    guess people we asked there must have been drinking to much
    lmao
    :roll:

  • Comment 27, posted at 25.09.08 13:28:06 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 27) : both of our junior teams played against WP last week, at home.

    it must have been the Mpumalanga u21s who lost to the Valke

  • Comment 28, posted at 25.09.08 13:37:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • guess so
    damn people dont even know what game they were watching lol
    :mrgreen:

    we only got into the staium 5 min before main game cuzz guy with out tickets ran late
    we were so pissed off at him

  • Comment 29, posted at 25.09.08 13:42:41 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • in saying that rob i see both under 19′s and under 21′s have played 4 games

    19′s played 4 lost 1
    21′s played 4 lost 3

  • Comment 30, posted at 25.09.08 13:44:06 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • still not good as i was saying

  • Comment 31, posted at 25.09.08 13:45:01 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 31) : you’re spot on… our u21s are pants, but I really doubt they would lose to the Valke!

    U19s have also drawn one, so they’ve only really one two out of four. That said, they lost very narrowly to Province this weekend and their draw was against Free State. They’ve beaten the Bulls and the Lions

  • Comment 32, posted at 25.09.08 14:20:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • they beat boland 41-0

  • Comment 33, posted at 25.09.08 14:23:09 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • 29 Boland u19 0 – 41 Sharks u19 Boland Park, Wellington

  • Comment 34, posted at 25.09.08 14:26:34 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • dont think they have playes lions yet

    thats saturday

  • Comment 35, posted at 25.09.08 14:29:29 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 35) : oh – ok. Hey, even the great robdylan is allowed to get something wrong once in a while, right?

  • Comment 36, posted at 25.09.08 15:02:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 36) :

    Rob’D Great… :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 37, posted at 25.09.08 15:14:33 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 36) : :shock: :lol:

  • Comment 38, posted at 25.09.08 15:41:44 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 37) : Yay! :)

  • Comment 39, posted at 25.09.08 15:45:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • damn rob sees a blonde and gets all :shock: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 40, posted at 25.09.08 15:51:31 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 37) : good day hun , you joining me and kirsten for the game saturday>??
    hope so lol

  • Comment 41, posted at 25.09.08 15:52:22 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 41) :

    Nah..I am gooiing a braai for the hubby’s 28th… :wink:

  • Comment 42, posted at 25.09.08 15:56:04 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 42) :

    but thanks for the invite!! Next time!± :grin:

  • Comment 43, posted at 25.09.08 15:56:30 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • :evil: :mrgreen: :lol: its cool hun another tme

  • Comment 44, posted at 25.09.08 15:58:27 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Mmm…see it’s Jacobs vs Fourie on Voldy… :twisted:

    GO ADI… YOU BEAUTY !!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 45, posted at 25.09.08 16:15:08 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 45) :

    A question Charlie…if Adi plays for a different team…will you still support the Sharks?? :twisted:

  • Comment 46, posted at 25.09.08 16:17:32 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 46) : Off course… :grin: But I am a fanatic Adi Jacobs fan… :wink:

  • Comment 47, posted at 25.09.08 16:25:07 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 47) :

    I know Charlie, dear…was just asking… :wink:

  • Comment 48, posted at 25.09.08 16:26:49 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 46) : lol good question

  • Comment 49, posted at 25.09.08 16:38:45 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • That ADI- FOURIE battle is pointless because its based on current form vs old form. ADI! ADI! Until Mossie plays 5 tough games…

  • Comment 50, posted at 25.09.08 17:04:30 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @just blackshark (Comment 50) : reckon Mossie ain’t even really match fit yet. Bit of a tough ask.

    And as for Jannes…

  • Comment 51, posted at 25.09.08 17:30:16 by robdylan Reply
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