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Sharks XV named for Cheetahs clash


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 5 Mar 2009 at 14:43
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Sharks XV coach Sean Everitt has named a powerful side for the second-round Vodacom Cup clash against Free State, to be played in the bustling metropolis of Petrusburg.

Continuity is the name of the game amongst the backs, with an unchanged lineup named this week. Halfbacks Charl MacLeod and Len Olivier will dictate matters, while Andries Strauss captains the side from inside centre. Sevens Bok Ian Adendorff will wear the number 13, with Chris Jordaan and Lwazi Mvovo adding the speed out wide. Monty Dumond completes the back division in his somewhat new position of fullback and will look to build on some devastating form last week, particularly with the boot.

There have been a number of changes in the pack, though. Barra Mthethwa comes in at loosehead prop for Dave Hawksworth, while Craig Burden is over his bout of flu and takes his place at hooker. Wiehahn Herbst, who represented South Africa at junior level in both 2007 and 2008, continues at tight head. Nolan Clarke is joined in the second row this week by young Jandre Marais, who joined the Sharks U21s last year after representing the Griffons at junior level. Marais is just about exactly the same size as Steven Sykes and should fit the mould of “enforcer” lock just about perfectly. There is no sign of Joe Snyman this week.

Justin Downey’s call-up to the Sharks tour has forced a reshuffle in the back row. Out goes Nik Blignaut, while the exciting (and very BIG) Mike Rhodes comes in at blindside flank. Former young Lion Nick Claasen comes up into the starting side and will wear the number 6 jersey vacated by Downey, while Warren Whiteley continues at the back of the scrum.

I’m pleased to say that I’ve solved the riddle of the “missing prop” on the Sharks XV bench. It seems that Sabs Nhlapo, who played all the way through the ranks at lock, is in the process of converting to loose head and he provides front row cover, along with Frik Venter (who I believe is Saracens bound). Luvo Lusaseni and Nqubeko Zulu are both new faces on the bench this week, covering lock and loose forward respectively.

Sharks XV: 15 Monty Dumond; 14 Chris Jordaan, 13 Ian Adendorff, 12 Andries Strauss (capt), 11 Lwazi Mvovo; 10 Len Olivier, 9 Charl McLeod; 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Nick Claasen, 5 Nolan Clark, 4 Jandre Marais, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Barra Mthethwa.
Reserves: 16 Frik Venter, 17 Sabelo Nhlapo,18 Luvuyiso Lusaseni , 19 Nqubeko Zulu, 20 Neil de Bruin, 21 Andrew Borgen, 22 Carl Bezuidenhout.



35 Comments

  • very interested to see how Rhodes goes at 7. He’s huge – 1.97m and 110kg!

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.03.09 15:32:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : well he has a chance to impress and push to take deysels spot when the sharks get back.

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.03.09 15:37:08 by try time Reply

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  • It’s awesome to see some homegrown black talent coming through the ranks.

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.03.09 15:59:13 by CapeShark Reply
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  • No sign of Snyman. Being dropped altogether or back to NZ? :shock:

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.03.09 16:07:30 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • Well, sarugby.co.za says this Rhodes guy is a lock/flank.
    Unless this guy has some burning pace and skills, size won’t count for much…

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.03.09 16:16:25 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : New lovechild? :lol:

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.03.09 16:28:11 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 6) : I have so many…

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.03.09 16:33:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : I know…

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.03.09 16:35:12 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • Great that they are taking the game to the real platteland.

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.03.09 17:06:03 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 6) : how many lovechildren does Rob have :?: :razz:

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.03.09 17:28:20 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 10) : about 12 at the last count

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.03.09 17:33:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : that makes for a nice family :lol:
    bradley, diesel deysel and … have no idea who else :roll:

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.03.09 17:49:52 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 12) : Justin Downey, Pat Cilliers, Zuks Vulindlu, Mike Rhodes, Craig Burden… have I left anyone out?

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.03.09 17:57:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : yip, don’t you remember the names of 5 of you children :razz: :?:
    anybody from the starting XV :?: or is it too mainstream

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.03.09 18:07:43 by rekinek Reply
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  • Can anybody tell me what happened to the Canes fullback, Corey Jane. Not in the 22 for the past 2 weeks

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.03.09 18:34:21 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 14) : faaar too mainstream for me. I’m more of a connoisseur of up-and-coming talent

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.03.09 18:37:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 15) : injured? Or maybe he cut his hair, so you don’t recognise him.

    Corey is from Lower Hutt… I have a good friend who’s also from there.

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.03.09 18:38:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : Nope! He is not named in the starting 22 at all. Even a face lift won’t make me miss that :-) PS. I have NO idea where Lower Hutt is. Is it where the Hobbits lives?

  • Comment 18, posted at 05.03.09 19:47:49 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 18) : something like that :-)

  • Comment 19, posted at 05.03.09 20:19:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : Ja Rob…but does he have the dedication and the desire? So many talented guys join the Sharks but then get seduced by the laidback and party lifestyle of Durban and their rugby goes off the rails.

  • Comment 20, posted at 05.03.09 22:59:51 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 20) : you seen the facebook pics?

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.03.09 00:11:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 6) :

    The bigger the better… Rob likes his Souties…

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.03.09 05:20:38 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • as far as i remember Jane took a ball on the beak 2 games ago so chances are he broke it

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.03.09 13:10:42 by Fattmann Reply
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  • sorry that was for justplainshark

  • Comment 24, posted at 06.03.09 13:12:11 by Fattmann Reply
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  • been tracking Rhodes for a while and like him if he sorts his hands out he could well develop into jean’s back up Maybe he will develop into the Jonty of rugby

  • Comment 25, posted at 06.03.09 13:15:06 by Fattmann Reply
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  • @Fattmann (Comment 25) : he a bit of a butter-fingers?

  • Comment 26, posted at 06.03.09 13:18:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • tries to do that one to many and tends to loose the ball But heres hoping I like the size of the man I have a theory about forward 900kg pack all who can move like carstens in the tight/loose he fits my idea of a tight/loose forward Rob have you heard of any move to kill the elv’s in the north

  • Comment 27, posted at 06.03.09 13:22:34 by Fattmann Reply
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  • @Fattmann (Comment 27) : nah – nothing overt. I don’t have any real connections this side.

    It wouldn’t surprise me, though.

  • Comment 28, posted at 06.03.09 13:47:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • bustling metropolis of Petrusburg

    :lol:

  • Comment 29, posted at 06.03.09 14:11:08 by blackshark Reply

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  • was at a breakfast with a certain coach who has just returned from the isle but who shall remain nameless he recons that the english coaches dont like the elv’s bar 2 laws and they will vote against it in the next few months interesting
    Claim if want to play like that must play league
    by the way were braaing tonight 37 degrees and a bit of a breaze thinking of you

  • Comment 30, posted at 06.03.09 14:11:30 by Fattmann Reply
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  • @Fattmann (Comment 30) :

    I wonder who that is… :lol:

  • Comment 31, posted at 06.03.09 14:15:14 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 31) : he he he

  • Comment 32, posted at 06.03.09 14:22:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • so thats the week
    so far so good with superbru looking forward to sharks game tight but we will win
    enjoy the cold RD

  • Comment 33, posted at 06.03.09 14:30:34 by Fattmann Reply
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  • hehe (and I have no idea :razz:

  • Comment 34, posted at 06.03.09 14:30:49 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Fattmann (Comment 33) : loving it

  • Comment 35, posted at 06.03.09 14:50:00 by robdylan Reply
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