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Sharks welcome back ‘big five’


Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Sharks, Springboks, WP on 7 Jul 2009 at 14:12
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The Sharks will welcome the availability of some returning Springboks for their Currie Cup opener this weekend, while youngster Guy Cronje will be at flyhalf in the absence of Ruan Pienaar, Frans Steyn and Juan Martin Hernandez.

Rugby 365 reports that the return of five of the Sharks current Springboks will be a welcome boost to the Sharks, who have a tricky opening fixture in Cape Town. Ryan Kankowski, Deon Carstens, Odwa Ndungane as well as lock pairing Johann Muller and Steven Sykes return from Springbok duty, and should be fresh to take on Province as they all played limited roles in the victorious Lions tour.

John Plumtree has expressed his delight at having the experience of the Springboks to call upon against a Western Province side that will closely resemble a Stormers team, but admits that there are no new developments on Hernandez’s arrival.

The Sharks mentor will be hoping that Hernandez will be able to make his debut in the black and white strip sooner rather than later, as he will be without the services of Springbok backs Frans Steyn and Ruan Pienaar, who remain unavailable alongside John Smit, Tendai Mtawarira, Adi Jacobs, JP Pietersen and Bismarck Du Plessis.

In Hernandez, Pienaar and Steyn, the Sharks have three the most exciting and talented play makers in the world game and their absence leaves a big hole at flyhalf, which is likely to be filled by last year’s Sharks Under-19 flyhalf, Guy Cronje.

It seems likely that Cronje will wear the No.10 jersey on Saturday, after the youngster impressed against the Pumas in last Friday night’s compulsory friendly.

Plumtree certainly thinks that the youngster has what it takes to step up, saying:

“I was very happy with Guy’s performance against the Pumas,

“A lot of things about that position come naturally for him and he understands time and space, he’s going to be excellent in time. It will certainly be a baptism of fire for him in Cape Town, but we’ll put him in and see how he goes.”

The Sharks will also have prop Jannie Du Plessis and centre Riaan Swanepoel available after the pair recovered from niggles which kept the out of the Pumas game, while veteran fullback Stefan Terblanche will return after being rested for the friendly.

However, Waylon Murray (knee), Alistair Hargreaves and Skholiwe Ndlovu (both ankle) will miss out on a trip to Cape Town due to injury.



25 Comments

  • :grin: Good news!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.07.09 14:15:56 by Candygirl Reply
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  • How long has Murray been injured now?

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.07.09 14:17:06 by McLovin Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 2) : Yeh! It’s been ages since my favourite Sharks centre played. :evil:

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.07.09 14:18:17 by klempie Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 3) : Surely you joking….Waylon ‘Crabman’ Murray :evil:

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.07.09 14:22:43 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 2) : since about 1982

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.07.09 14:23:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ok- the Hernandez thing is VERY promising…awoooooo! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.07.09 14:26:10 by blackshark Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 4) : at his best, he was very good. Before he learned the Province sidestep

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.07.09 14:52:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) :

    We all know he learned it from the Original Goose stepper!!

    Campese anyone?? :twisted:

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.07.09 14:58:36 by wpw Reply
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  • Go Sharkies!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.07.09 19:38:49 by JarsonX (Insomniac) Reply
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  • So is this article then the confirmation that we have been waiting for on hernandez, or is there an article that i have missed somehwere?

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.07.09 20:57:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Well ladies and gents , and Rob :lol:

    Here is the team i think will be chosen

    15 Stefan
    14 Odwa
    13 Strauss
    12 Swanepoel
    11 Vulindlu
    10 G Cronje
    09 Rory
    08 Ryan
    07 Deysel
    06 Botes
    05 Muller
    04 Sykes
    03 Jannie
    02 Burden
    01 Carstens

    16 Skipper
    17 Cilliers
    18 Oom Albert
    19 Keegan
    20 Downey/jordaan
    21 Lambie
    22 McCleod

    It would’nt surprise me to see someone else like Jordaan at fullback or lambie with Stefan moving to outside center, but i feel they will stick to the old school

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.07.09 00:16:54 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 11) : If I’m not mistaken, Plum has made Keegan captain of the CC team this year in the absence of JS and the limited availability of Muller. So I think Keegan will/have to start.

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.07.09 06:01:35 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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  • I can’t believe you guys still have Skipper on your books.

    He is to the Sharks what Gus Theron was to WP. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.07.09 06:44:56 by wpw Reply
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  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 12) : i think you’re right that Keegan is the captain-elect, but I’m sure Muller will still captain when available

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.07.09 07:26:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 13) : however bad old Skip may be, he’s always been a better hooker than Schalk Brits! :-)

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.07.09 07:28:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) :

    Dude, you know I don’t like Schalk but now you really is pushing it!! :???:

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.07.09 07:38:19 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 16) : Note, I said ‘hooker’, not ‘rugby player’ :-)

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.07.09 07:53:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) :

    Exactly!! :mrgreen:

    No way Skipper can play flank, center and hooker and do so in the same game!! :twisted:

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.07.09 08:07:36 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 13) : Or he is to the Sharks what Kees Lensing was to the Sharks. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 08.07.09 08:21:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Mornin ya’ll, can someone approve my pic please :twisted: note the Bull fans swimming in the back ground he he he!

  • Comment 20, posted at 08.07.09 08:33:45 by JarsonX (Insomniac) Reply
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  • I see you most people didn’t make full use of the new comments section on SB… :neutral:

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.07.09 10:10:14 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 21) :

    How did YOU get there? :lol:

  • Comment 22, posted at 09.07.09 10:11:18 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 22) : huh?

  • Comment 23, posted at 09.07.09 10:17:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) :

    I see most people didn’t make full use of the new comments section on SB…

    You know…the one that let’s you justify your picks…

  • Comment 24, posted at 09.07.09 10:27:33 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 24) : oh right… what a waste of time, not so?

  • Comment 25, posted at 09.07.09 10:53:02 by robdylan Reply
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