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So what to do with Brad?


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 6 May 2009 at 10:10
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It’s always nice to have something to speculate about, so let’s look at the options for the Sharks going into this weekend’s game against the Waratahs. It’s a must-win, remember?

The pack pretty much picks itself and given the utterly superb performance by the front row (well, other than a certain chap in the number 2 jersey in open play) it would be pretty hard to justify picking anyone other than Beast and John Smit as the props. Sure, the Tahs will present a different challenge up-front, but then again, the Highlanders were also a pretty highly-rated scrummaging outfit until they left Durban with their tails firmly between their legs – not to mention considerably shorter necks.

So, it’s in the backline where all the fun will be. So far, we know that Rory Kockott is definitely out – handed a one-week suspension for flattening Adam Thompson. Frans Steyn will also play no part and it looks as though his Super 14 season – as well as potentially his Sharks career – has now come to an end. Adi Jacobs is still rated as 50/50, while Waylon Murray’s knee has flared up again, so he too is out. I’ve heard talk that JP Pietersen might also be a doubtful starter, but I’m choosing to ignore that in the interests of staying positive.

To mitigate, we have Ruan Pienaar back to full fitness, as well as Bradley Barritt in the mix. Together with the irrepressible Charl McLeod and ever-dependable Andries Strauss, we should hopefully have enough options to keep the Tahs at bay.

McLeod straight in for Kockott is a given. Had Steyn been available to slot in at flyhalf, I guess the temptation may have been to move Pienaar back to scrumhalf, but unless the coaching staff has strange ideas about trying Barritt at ten, it looks like the blonde speed-merchant will partner Pinie in the halfbacks. Expect young Ross Cronjé to be on the bench providing scrumhalf cover.

The centre combination is going to depend a lot on whether Jacobs is fit enough to play. I wouldn’t risk him as a starting option, whatever the case. Assuming all the barriers to Barritt being able to play are successfully negotiated, I’d pick the Sarries man at inside centre, with Riaan Swanepoel outside him. Jacobs would be on the bench as cover, together with either Strauss or Monty Dumond. I guess the smart money, though, would probably be on Jacobs taking up his place at outside centre with Swanepoel (or potentially even Barritt) the man to take the bench spot.

Here’s a possible line-up

1 Mtawarira, 2 B du Plessis, 3 Smit, 4 Sykes, 5 Muller (capt), 6 Botes, 7 Deysel, 8 Kankowski, 9 McLeod, 10 Pienaar, 11 Pietersen, 12 Barritt, 13 Swanepoel, 14 Ndungane, 15 Terblanche
16 J du Plessis, 17 Carstens, 18 van den Berg, 19 Daniel, 20 Cronje, 21 Strauss/Dumond, 22 Jacobs



43 Comments

  • Why risk Adi :?: :roll:

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.05.09 10:17:20 by Charlie Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 1) : Becuase its a must win :wink: so get yourself sorted out Adi :wink:

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.05.09 10:26:18 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 1) : so what’s the latest on his shoulder?

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.05.09 10:29:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : So Rob I suppose your in your element….can we expect lots of articles of your lovechild the next couple of weeks?? :wink:

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.05.09 10:32:05 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 4) : now THERE’s an idea…

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.05.09 10:35:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob, nice work using brads name to get people to read your article. very sneaky.

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.05.09 10:38:40 by try time Reply

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  • spell check before posting, please. :lol: :wink: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.05.09 10:40:11 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 7) : :oops:

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.05.09 10:41:36 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : the chip is easing with frans gone.

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.05.09 10:42:12 by try time Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 8) : no the bloggers don’t need to spellcheck. but the authors of articles should it is more professional. :mrgreen: :lol:

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.05.09 10:44:57 by try time Reply

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  • Keep the changes to a minimum.

    And please, do not shuffle guys around.

    Play Ruan at 10, play Brad at 12 – dont get any funny ideas.

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.05.09 10:53:33 by Morné Reply
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  • but whatever we say about the backline, it means nothing if mumm and waugh aren’t nullified at the breakdown.

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.05.09 10:54:31 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 10) : where’s the spelling mistake?

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.05.09 10:58:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • “the” isn’t spelt “hte” and a few apostrophes, but i really only wanted to see if you would take the bait. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.05.09 11:01:23 by try time Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 2) : @robdylan (Comment 3) :

    Similar good news presents itself with Adrian Jacobs who ran at training on Monday and Tuesday in that his return could be sooner than initially thought. “We will treat his case conservatively,” explained Bashford. “Hopefully he will come through without needing an operation and is potentially available for selection this weekend, but we will be cautious with him.”

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.05.09 11:01:53 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Morné (Comment 11) :
    Agree…

    I’m pretty happy with the squad Rob picked.
    We need Bismarck to start …but we also need him to bring both of his hands for this one.

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.05.09 11:04:14 by blackshark - YNWA Reply

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  • i have been baited a lot recently, so i thought i would see if i could land a big fish. but i got rob d instead, the site big fish, not big fish the other blogger dude. :lol: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.05.09 11:05:05 by try time Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 15) : i never knew you could remove chips on shoulders surgically. :twisted:

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.05.09 11:06:00 by try time Reply

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  • @blackshark – YNWA (Comment 16) : and leave the ky jelly at home. nothing worse than dropping balls like a tosser… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.05.09 11:07:15 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 18) : Nah, wrong bait mate :neutral:

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.05.09 11:10:24 by Charlie Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 19) : :shock: :lol:

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.05.09 11:13:40 by blackshark - YNWA Reply

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  • i am just checking if my luke bok jersey is showing.

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.05.09 11:25:23 by try time Reply

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  • ok can someone tell me how to change my profile pic. please.

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.05.09 11:34:17 by try time (history forgets losers) Reply

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  • @try time (history forgets losers) (Comment 23) : TT, why would you have an ordinary rugby pic :?:

    sth more scary looking would be more fitting :mrgreen:

    good morning (still)

  • Comment 24, posted at 06.05.09 11:39:43 by rekinek Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 22) : spelling error: luke bok jersey :roll: is that Luke’s vomit covered bok jersey :wink:

  • Comment 25, posted at 06.05.09 11:49:55 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 25) : @rekinek (Comment 24) : it is a rugby related pic. it is lukes bok jersey, just won’t show eventhough i loaded it.

  • Comment 26, posted at 06.05.09 12:07:40 by try time (history forgets losers) Reply

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  • @try time (history forgets losers) (Comment 26) : oh! :oops: but does it have vomit on it?

  • Comment 27, posted at 06.05.09 12:09:16 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 15) : In your own words please :roll: :wink:

  • Comment 28, posted at 06.05.09 12:09:20 by Pokkel Reply
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  • ok there you go it is working. schweet.

  • Comment 29, posted at 06.05.09 12:10:19 by try time (history forgets losers) Reply

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  • Thought you may appreciate this guys grumble:
    http://sportsmongrel.bundublog.com/2009/05/05/rugby-grumble/

  • Comment 30, posted at 06.05.09 12:12:00 by molly Reply
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  • @try time (history forgets losers) (Comment 29) : Should be without the Spingbok as well….maybe two proteas :roll:

  • Comment 31, posted at 06.05.09 12:12:18 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 31) : i dare protea is more prominent – i dare say will suffice for now – maybe another year :mrgreen:

  • Comment 32, posted at 06.05.09 12:17:18 by rekinek Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 30) : interesting .

  • Comment 33, posted at 06.05.09 12:20:08 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 28) : 50/50…will make a descision as late as possible :wink:

  • Comment 34, posted at 06.05.09 12:23:10 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 31) : :lol:

  • Comment 35, posted at 06.05.09 12:23:21 by try time (history forgets losers) Reply

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  • Didn’t Bismarck play SA Schools Waterpolo. I don’t think he has bad nadling in general, I just think the guys were overeager when the tryline was calling.

  • Comment 36, posted at 06.05.09 13:01:28 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 36) : we are joking baldrick. for a blackadder man you are far too serious.

  • Comment 37, posted at 06.05.09 13:05:18 by try time (history forgets losers) Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 36) :

    But that could be why he knocks on all the time, Isn’t Waterpolo like Volley ball where you actually slap the ball around a lot more than catching it. :wink:

  • Comment 38, posted at 06.05.09 13:17:44 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • how good is barritt’s goal kicking? Sabc news is going to have a piece on the sharks(barritt)

  • Comment 39, posted at 06.05.09 19:04:34 by JarsonX Reply
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  • chances looking for adi to play aswell

  • Comment 40, posted at 06.05.09 19:24:30 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 39) :

    Why do you ask about his goal kicking? I’d think Ruan and Stefan would be the kickers.

  • Comment 41, posted at 06.05.09 19:29:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • coz according to bashford, i think, he is another option for goalkicking coz he is kicking for sarecens

  • Comment 42, posted at 06.05.09 21:58:29 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Brad was goalkicker throughout highschool, but suffered a leg injury which meant he didnt kick while with the Sharks.

  • Comment 43, posted at 07.05.09 08:12:40 by Big Fish Reply
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