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Backline options looking better


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 14 Jul 2009 at 12:38
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It’s amazing the difference that just a player or two can make. I’m looking ahead to the Bulls game in two weeks’ time and hoping that we’ll be able to field a far stronger backline than the one that did duty against WP.

It’s still going to look pretty scary against Boland this weekend, but (hopefully) a better showing upfront, coupled with some drier weather and (dare I say) weaker opposition should mean some more opportunities for Guy Cronj&eacute and Riaan Swanepoel to cause damage with ball in hand. Dries Strauss will need to find a way to keep up!

Looking ahead to the Bulls game, though, the big news is obviously that we should (crossing fingers furiously here) have Juan Martin Hernandez de Compostella available – and I guess it’s a bit of a no-brainer that he’ll be at flyhalf. Add in a (hopefully) rejuvenated Waylon Murray at either outside centre or left wing, together with good old Odwa, who looks set to be with us for the foreseeable future… and suddenly you have a back division not quite as devoid of class and experience as we may have feared.

We still have some youngsters in tow, of course, in the form of Riaan Swanepoel and Zuks Vulindlu, but the former has shown a huge amount of maturity this season and hopefully, with a more attacking experienced flyhalf beside him, might finally have some opportunities to do something other then run headlong into contact every chance he gets. Zuks is still very raw, but you get the feeling he’s going to do something very special quite soon – all he needs is some continuity.

What about Guy Cronjé, though? I think it’s key that we continue to develop him, keep him in the match 22 and let him serve as Hernandez’s understudy at flyhalf. That way, when Ruan Pienaar is back for next year’s Super 14, we can look at using Hernandez at fifteen while we move Stefan Terblanche out of the picture and towards the retirement home.



44 Comments

  • question is, can this pack take the Bulls?

    1) Carstens
    2) Burden
    3) Herbst
    4) Sykes
    5) vd Berg
    6) Botes
    7) Deysel
    8) Daniel

    My call is no… we’ll need to do something different to make up for the loss of Jannie and Muller. So I’d rather pick this pack

    1) Carstens
    2) Badenhorst (I know, I know)
    3) Herbst
    4) Rhodes (if fit)
    5) Sykes
    6) Deysel
    7) Downey
    8) Botes

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.07.09 12:48:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • Is this Herrie-bloke any good???

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.07.09 12:48:58 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 2) : I think so. Played Baby Boks and has come through the Academy. Plum seems to rate him.

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.07.09 12:51:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :

    I was talking ’bout Juan Martin Hernandez de Compostella … :lol:

    You talking bout Herbst?? :?:

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.07.09 12:55:10 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) :

    I think the change you’re most like to get from Plum there is the Skipper/Burden one…

    I think his mind is pretty made up on the loose-trio…provided they are all fit…

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.07.09 13:03:13 by blackshark Reply

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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 4) : oh, oops… yes I was.

    El Mago is superb… let’s just hope there aren’t any communication problems.

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.07.09 13:07:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) :

    Bulls pack is not all that daunting mate.

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.07.09 13:07:50 by Morné Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 5) : when will he ever learn?

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.07.09 13:11:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 4) : hey ice, sorry i went out for lunch after previous comment,they said on the sharks site that oupa stef will be captain, and rhodes and nikolai wil cover

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.07.09 13:13:36 by willa Reply

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  • @Morné (Comment 7) : Steenkamp, Kuün, Kruger, vd Merwe, Steenkamp? Not a bad Currie Cup tight five…

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.07.09 13:14:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hernández is a “utility back” capable of playing fly-half, centre, or fullback, though he generally prefers fly half.

    Oh my Greatness!! This will give Plum the chance to play him all over the show…NOT GOOD!! :wink:

    @willa (Comment 9) :

    Thnks Willa – after they shut down the blog there – I hardly ever visit it.. :cry:

    Go OUPA!!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.07.09 13:18:52 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) :

    Only guys I rate in there is Wilhelm Steenkamp.

    Guthro will be called up to the Boks after this game.

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.07.09 13:22:38 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 12) :

    This game being this weekend’s game.

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.07.09 13:25:29 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 13) : he’s not in the squad, though… what makes you say he’ll be called up? Even if he is, Engels is a reasonable replacement. Has an awesome punch too…

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.07.09 13:45:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : Prefer your second pack! Rob what has happened to Burra Mthethwa?

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.07.09 13:47:03 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) :

    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.07.09 13:49:34 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 15) :
    I believe he is injured…

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.07.09 13:54:12 by blackshark Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 15) : Melusi has hurt his ankle pretty badly… apparently it was the same sort of thing that happened to Hargo. Maybe we’ll see him back this year, but I doubt it.

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.07.09 13:55:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 17) : DAM :evil: what a pity, he really looked good.

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.07.09 13:57:30 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • And then last cc didn’t the Sharks get that Argentinian prop? What ever happened to him? maybe we could have two Argentinians on the field they could help each other with the lingo :wink:

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.07.09 13:59:32 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 20) : he never came… it was all a strange rumour that never went anywhere.

  • Comment 21, posted at 14.07.09 14:03:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : How is this Herbst chap haven’t seen him play. I am afraid I am a bit of a lousy Shark, I only keep abreast with the big boys :oops:

  • Comment 22, posted at 14.07.09 14:09:19 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) :

    His fitness will be assessed this weekend.

    Just wait and see, he will be called up next week ;)

  • Comment 23, posted at 14.07.09 14:11:34 by Morné Reply
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  • Don’t worry guys.

    We’ll thrash the Bulls this weekend so that you guys can take them on while they are on a low. :twisted:

  • Comment 24, posted at 14.07.09 14:16:23 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 24) : Thank you WPW! Just hope your team is on the same page as you!

  • Comment 25, posted at 14.07.09 14:19:07 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 24) :

    oe jinne, I am afraid h your pleasure was van korte duur…kort voor lank is beteken jou “ons’ weer “Sharks”…

  • Comment 26, posted at 14.07.09 14:19:53 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 23) : and will any of our boys be called up with him?

  • Comment 27, posted at 14.07.09 14:33:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 26) :

    Sorry, what was that??

    All I heard was blah blah blah blah blah!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 14.07.09 14:36:54 by wpw Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) :

    Nope just Guthro dude, dont worry, you are safe with Sykes, Bekker unfortunately came through his injury.

  • Comment 29, posted at 14.07.09 14:36:58 by Morné Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 24) :

    I see your Stormers t-shirt fits now… :roll:

  • Comment 30, posted at 14.07.09 14:44:29 by blackshark Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 24) : sounds good. but when was when last WP / Stormers did Sharks any favours. hmmm… can’t remember – hehe :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 14.07.09 14:48:35 by rekinek Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 28) :

    No one as deaf as the one that does not WANT to hear… :wink:

    @blackshark (Comment 30) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 32, posted at 14.07.09 14:55:49 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 30) : wonder for how long – yoghurts can be treacherous :lol:

  • Comment 33, posted at 14.07.09 15:02:07 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 33) :

    especially if you take your young son’s yoghurt.. :twisted:

  • Comment 34, posted at 14.07.09 15:07:32 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 33) :

    Reks, check this out!! :wink:

    http://www.sharksworld.co.za/2009/07/13/one-for-the-ladies/

  • Comment 35, posted at 14.07.09 15:10:44 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 34) :

    blerrie fool!! :evil:

  • Comment 36, posted at 14.07.09 15:19:18 by wpw Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 29) : now if only they’ll move him to 5 and put Albert back on the bench… :)

  • Comment 37, posted at 14.07.09 15:20:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 36) :

    Eesh!! Who you think you’re talkin to, kiddo?? :wink:

  • Comment 38, posted at 14.07.09 15:22:13 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 35) : some controversy there :mrgreen:

  • Comment 39, posted at 14.07.09 15:22:54 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 37) :

    Morras have THOSE powers?? :twisted:

  • Comment 40, posted at 14.07.09 15:23:47 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • i’ve just cast a first vote !

  • Comment 41, posted at 14.07.09 15:26:47 by rekinek Reply
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  • Baby Sharks up 12-5 at half time against Free State at Craven Week.

    Four penalties by flyhalf Fred Zeilinga

  • Comment 42, posted at 14.07.09 17:39:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 42) : a Glenwood boy

  • Comment 43, posted at 14.07.09 17:40:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • great. We lost 22-15. Where’s Willem?

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