Clayton(PJLD)

Gold looking forward to battle of packs


Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :Stormers, Super 14 on 10 Feb 2009 at 15:03

It is going to be a battle royal at Newlands on Saturday when the Vodacom Stormers and the Sharks meet in the first Vodacom Super 14 match of the season.

And all eyes will be on the two packs of forwards in what promises to be a ferocious and fiery battle. The Sharks could come to Cape Town with big names such as Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira, Deon Carstens, John Smit, Bismarck and Jannie du Plessis and Ryan Kankowski

The Stormers will be relying on Springbosk Schalk Brits, Brian Mujati, Andries Bekker and Schalk Burger to set the standard and help their mates to stem the expected tide. Stormers forwards coach Gary Gold is full of confidence that his guys are ready and fully prepared for what will be an intriguing 80 minutes.

“Yes, we are confident that we had a very good build-up. The guys have worked hard and applied themselves, so I think we are suitably prepared. We had good opposition in the two warm-up games and had good practice sessions against the Varsities (Stellenbosch and Cape Town) as well. We had quite a bit of game time and by and large it went well.”

Gold expects all his forwards, except for injured prop Brok Harris, to be fit for consideration. “They are all looking good. Everybody is healthy, fit, enthusiastic and raring to go.”

The man who also doubles as the forwards coach of the Springbok side doesn’t agree with those who reckon the Stormers are lacking depth at lock after the departure of Ross Skeate and Francois van der Merwe. “I don’t think that is right,” commented Gold.

“AJ (Venter) had a fantastic pre-season and he hardly missed a session during the pre-season. He is in fantastic shape. Then we have Hilton (Loberts) covering and also the young George Earl. I am confident that we have three good locks who are fit and ready and chomping at the bit.

“They are ready to play and I am confident about our depth in that position. Some might feel we don’t have a state of the art five lock because that was what Ross was. People should however remember that last year AJ played his Super 14 rugby at flank.

“He might now be short of the mobility and pace required at loose-forward, but that is not the case at lock. AJ was the main jumper for the Sharks during the years he played there. He is hugely physical and there never was a question mark over his physicality. I am excited to have him.

“Hilton is the back-up to Fondsie (Adriaan Fondse) and he also had a fantastic pre-season. He is enjoying it in Cape Town and he’s been working hard. It is pleasing to have him for us as coaching staff.”

The Stormers side will be announced on Wednesday.

 

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33 Comments

  • Gold must enjoy shitting his pants too :oops:

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.02.09 15:27:12 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) :

    Lekker windgat né??? :evil:

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.02.09 15:28:19 by Roly Poly Reply
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  • Shplah

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.02.09 15:33:22 by PJLD(Sharks supporters are all fairweather bandwagon jumpers) Reply
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  • I agree PJLD.

    Since their CC victory last year the number of Sharks supporters have suddenly increased by the dozens.

    Quite pathetic if you ask me. :twisted:

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.02.09 15:38:03 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) : shame Wes… it must be tough being such a diehard. WP and Liverpool… when last did either side win anything?

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.02.09 15:53:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) :

    Liverpool won the FA Cup in 2006 and WP the CC in 2001.

    Before last year, when did the Sharks win anything??? :twisted:

    1996 was it??? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.02.09 15:57:24 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) : Especially so considering they all supported WP until recently!

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.02.09 15:59:45 by Baldrick Reply

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  • This game needs to get here and get over with now, I can only do friendly ribbing for so long. :wink: Thereafter I have to go back to my roots……….. :razz: :roll:

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.02.09 16:06:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Lucky the Sharks and Stormers are only likely to play each other about 3 times this year ( excluding finals ) so after next weeks ranting we’ll all be friends again

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.02.09 16:07:03 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Roly Poly (Comment 2) : Lucky the Sharks and Stormers are only likely to play each other about 3 times this year ( excluding finals ) so after next weeks ranting we’ll all be friends again

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.02.09 16:07:53 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) : nah it just seems that way cause the stormers fans are getting less, after the wp became a almost team, almost reached the semi’s, almost beat the sharks, almost a good front row, almost puked on my jersey,and so on, and so on :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.02.09 16:07:57 by willa Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 6) :
    Thats just it – Sharks arent meant to win anything,but yet they do while The Stormers / WP who are as blueblooded a rugby franchise as can be, should be winning everything but dont. Lekker is’nt it?

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.02.09 16:17:22 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @willa (Comment 11) :
    almost a full side of loose forwards :razz:

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.02.09 16:18:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I back the Stormers pack to win this weekend…

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.02.09 16:35:29 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 14) : I think everyone does. Thats why they’re all so nervous.

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.02.09 16:41:37 by molly Reply
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  • @Hmmm (Comment 14) :

    @molly (Comment 15) :

    You would never guess it if you look at the Superbru picks for this round or the LMS picks for that matter. :wink:

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.02.09 16:43:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 16) : I blame it on blind faith.

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.02.09 16:50:24 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 17) :

    On SB i can understand the picks, but on LMS I am surprised at how many people are putting their faith on the Sharks.

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.02.09 16:53:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : Thats because they’re blinded… by faith.

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.02.09 16:56:55 by molly Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 16) :

    Yeh they back your backs and loosies to pul it through for you…

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.02.09 17:22:36 by Hmmm Reply

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  • PJLD, u say that the Sharks come with BIG names like Carstens, Beast, Jannie, Bis, JS and Kanko. You forgot to mention Wolla, JB, Muller, Sykes, Keegan. :-D :-D

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.02.09 17:33:55 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 21) :

    Jordaan and Swanepoel too….

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.02.09 17:58:56 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Keegan and BIG in the same sentence? surely not.

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.02.09 18:01:41 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 23) : he’s big where it counts… or so I’ve heard :)

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.02.09 18:03:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : :oops:

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.02.09 18:04:49 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 25) : nice avatar

  • Comment 26, posted at 10.02.09 18:45:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : Awesome team!!!

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.02.09 18:52:54 by molly Reply
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  • Stormers cant scrum!

  • Comment 28, posted at 10.02.09 19:42:22 by blackshark Reply

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  • Hi there all the sharks fans!!! I cant wait for the sharks stormers game!.I will be booing puke watson at newlands on saturday cause i cant stand the stormers!.

    To all the other teams out there,this is the year of the SHARK and no one will stand in our way!.Rassie can flash his lights as much as he he wants but we are gonna put the lights of the stormers players out on saturday!. I just hope that rassie are not going to start making it not contestant scrums again when we start to trample their pack.

    If anyone wants to have my email to chat rugby or exchange info contact me at: [email protected] would love to hear from you.
    Big thanks to sharksworld for an awsome,awsome website we realy appreciate all the quick updates we always receive,thanks again!!!.

  • Comment 29, posted at 10.02.09 20:42:17 by The Shark Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 14) : Excellent…thats GREAT news. Now we know the Sharks will win! :wink: :lol:

  • Comment 30, posted at 10.02.09 22:14:35 by Villie Reply
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  • @Hmmm (Comment 14) : And do you back Mujati to destroy the Sharks scrum? :razz: :lol:

  • Comment 31, posted at 10.02.09 22:16:19 by Villie Reply
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  • Hope they play lobberts.. That boy is always worth a few penalties and a yellow!

  • Comment 32, posted at 10.02.09 22:42:00 by beez Reply

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  • Hope they play lobberts.. That boy is always worth a few penalties and a yellow!

  • Comment 33, posted at 10.02.09 22:42:00 by beez Reply

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