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Who will crack the nod?


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 26 Jan 2009 at 22:26
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So I guess the big question is, will any of the Sharks players involved in Saturday’s rather uninspiring performance in Witbank actually crack the nod for final Super 14 selection? My gut feeling is that squad places will be like hen’s teeth, with only a very few getting in.

The Sharks matchday 22 is pretty much a closed shop at the moment, with only a few early season injuries leaving the door slightly ajar to a select few outsiders. Beast Mtawarira, Jannie du Plessis and Deon Carstens will all be there, as will John Smit and Bismarck du Plessis. It’s a rare luxury these days to carry a sixth front-ranker and one could argue that neither a spare prop, nor another hooker, is really necessary. One of Skipper Badenhorst or Craig Burden stands an outside chance of getting into the 22, but I wouldn’t bet on it. Expect the former to stay with the extended training squad, while Burden seems (unfortunately) destined for the Sharks XV this year.

Given Albert van den Berg’s current non-availability, there’s an opening in the squad for reserve lock and the smart money will be on Alistair Hargreaves filling this. Joe Snyman can probably expect to remain in the picture for the time being, but will likely be the man to lose out when Albert returns. Amongst the loose forwards, Skholiwe Ndlovu, Justin Downey and Nikolai Blignaut are all chasing only two spots. Blignaut has the most experience of the three, but has failed to really make his mark at Super 14 level. His ability to double as a lock in a tight spot might just see him edge out one of the other two, though. Ndlovu is the guy I would leave out, simply based on the fact that Keegan Daniel and Jacques Botes offer adequate options on the open side, whereas blindside and number 8 look a little thin. Downey’s versatility should see him remain on the fringes of the Super 14 22.

I doubt that either Charl McLeod or Monty Dumond showed enough this weekend to seriously alter the coaches’ thinking; expect Ruan Pienaar and Rory Kockott to be the only scrumhalf options in the match 22, with McLeod only coming onto the bench in case of injury. Frans Steyn will likely be the flyhalf backup, with Len Olivier possibly doing enough to crack a bench spot, depending on squad composition.

Adi Jacobs is a must at centre and since Waylon Murray won’t be available for the first few weeks, his spot on the bench will belong to Riaan Swanepoel for the time being. Andries Strauss will probably stay with the squad until Murray recovers sufficiently, where after he’ll probably also head back to the Vodacom Cup, along with Luzuko Vulindlu. Odwa Ndungane and JP Pietersen will be the wings, with Chris Jordaan and Lwazi Mvovo both likely to remain in (or near) the squad, particularly given the lack of depth at fullback. Olivier, Ndungane and Jordaan are all adeqaute replacements for Stefan Terblanche, if required.



37 Comments

  • This is a boring article i can’t find anything to disagree with. :razz:

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.01.09 07:50:28 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I have a feeling olivier will be part of the 30man squad. He is good enough and will only gain in form and confidence as the year goes on.

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.01.09 09:29:11 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • My gut feeling is that squad places will be like hen’s teeth, with only a very few getting in.

    Initially yes, but after a loss in their opening game the panic buttons will be pressed and it will be open season!

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.01.09 09:32:35 by MorneN Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 3) :

    Dude the Stormers preview is only scheduled for 12 o’clock.

    :wink:

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.01.09 09:38:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) :
    :twisted:

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.01.09 09:41:52 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I don’t think anyone that played Sat deserve it…

    But to be realistic I’d say that Smith, Burden…they will need to bring in a lock (even though none of the Saturday team deserve a place)…Strauss for midfield back-up (and he has some S14 experience and has been good on def in the past for the Sharks)…

    And then possibly Jordaan for back 3 depth (and he has played well in the CC…will have to wait and see how he steps up)…

    I donno Len much…but he might be the 3rd choice 10 then…(well that is if Steyn is the second choice)…

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.01.09 09:47:49 by Hmmm Reply

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  • I still believe that was by far the worst performance…especially taking into consideration who the oppo was…

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.01.09 09:49:21 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 7) : i didn’t realise you’d actually seen the game. How was Witbank?

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.01.09 09:55:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) :

    The Stormers players will lose their spots simply because no-one can bloody spell and pronounce half the names in the team!

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.01.09 09:55:38 by MorneN Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :
    :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.01.09 10:01:54 by Big Fish Reply
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  • the only meaningful match report I saw indicated that Joe Snyman had a pretty good game

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.01.09 10:02:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 10) : you like that, huh? :-)

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.01.09 10:03:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) :
    Bit of an evil sod myself – and was wondering the same thing.

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.01.09 10:05:33 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.01.09 10:07:26 by wpw Reply
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  • Off Highveld this morning.

    http://www.pod947.co.za/podcast/whackhead/Whackheadswindow20090127.mp3

    A fantastic follow up to the Aussie day cricket win! HAHAHAHA

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.01.09 10:10:04 by klempie Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 13) : no wonder we get on so well

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.01.09 10:17:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :

    Coldish…

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.01.09 10:24:29 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 15) :

    Hehehehhehehe that was awesome.

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.01.09 10:24:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) :
    Must be. :lol:

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.01.09 10:26:09 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 10) :

    Why is that funny?

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.01.09 10:26:59 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : $150 000 on advertising. THAT’S the bit that floors me. HAHAHA. Apparently it is all over the Sydney media. This is off their website. http://www.2dayfm.com.au/shows/kyleandjackieo/blog/kyle-and-jackie-o-speak-to-tom-cruise-not/20090127-2gsu.html

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.01.09 10:29:57 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 21) :

    :lol:

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.01.09 10:45:07 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 15) :

    That was some good stuff…

  • Comment 23, posted at 27.01.09 11:01:03 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 20) :
    A sense of humour cannot be taught – look inside yourself for the answer young Padwan.

  • Comment 24, posted at 27.01.09 11:06:40 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @blckshrk – PROTEAS (Comment 23) : Brilliant. They spent $150 000 to speak to whackhead! rofl!

  • Comment 25, posted at 27.01.09 11:18:01 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 25) :

    And then he rubs it in by ‘Congratulating the Proteas on their fantastic win’ LMAO

    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 27.01.09 11:23:12 by wpw Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 25) : @wpw (Comment 26) :

    That was just too easy…and The Proteas bit was the cherry on top…

    I actually thought he was gonna impersonate Tom Cruise…

  • Comment 27, posted at 27.01.09 11:30:52 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 26) : Priceless. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 27.01.09 11:32:10 by klempie Reply

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  • @blckshrk – PROTEAS (Comment 27) : Would have been better if he had. He has a voice processor so he should have tried. Would have made it easier to get through the producer too. I’ll still take it though. :wink:

  • Comment 29, posted at 27.01.09 11:33:44 by klempie Reply

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  • He spoke to Julius Malema as Obama the other day. Malema has the brains of a 4 year old and the conversation skills of a piece of lettuce.

    Later denied it but someone else high up in the kindergarten playground said he was standing next to him.

    Priceless.

  • Comment 30, posted at 27.01.09 11:39:26 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 30) :
    I heard that one – had all the markings of being a good gag but only left one speechless.

  • Comment 31, posted at 27.01.09 11:44:19 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 30) : Careful Blackadder’s Aide. You’re walking a dangeroud line there. :wink:

  • Comment 32, posted at 27.01.09 11:45:18 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 32) : I was using the context of the interview to descibe his verbose skills. I’m sure he’s a very nice woodworker.

    (OK, enough, I’m warning myself off here).

    Point was Whackhead has some good gags.

  • Comment 33, posted at 27.01.09 11:51:56 by Baldrick Reply

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  • So anyway, lets change the subject to what this thread was actually about:

    Who will crack the nod???

    :roll:

  • Comment 34, posted at 27.01.09 11:52:43 by wpw Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 33) :

    you tube is FULL of Whackhead scams. :lol: I have a CD of his over here, even the Brits and the Americans piss themselves laughing.

  • Comment 35, posted at 27.01.09 11:55:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 33) : Indeed he does. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 36, posted at 27.01.09 11:55:56 by klempie Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 34) : Too tough to say in the absence of tv coverag eof the game. Hmm saw it, perhaps he can help out?

  • Comment 37, posted at 27.01.09 11:59:24 by Baldrick Reply

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