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Mitchell helps out


Written by Warren Smith (war1)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Sharks on 4 Aug 2009 at 14:54
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After Wednesday’s Sharks training session, which revealed a temporary turn of events writes Craig Lewis for The Daily News , assistant coach Grant Bashford summed it up best when he said with a chuckle: “There’s never a dull moment here at the Sharks is there?”

First, it was a surprise to see the unmistakable figure of former All Blacks and current Western Force coach John Mitchell still working with the team.

The New Zealander, who is a close friend of coach John Plumtree’s, spent some time with the Sharks at the end of last week and made the trip to Bloemfontein with them for their match against the Cheetahs.

However, he had originally planned to return home on Sunday, following the Tri-Nations Test, but with Plumtree returning to New Zealand for his father’s 70th birthday this week, Mitchell was asked to stay on with the Sharks for an extra few days and he happily obliged.

Bashford said it was great to have him remain with the team and help out for this week with Plumtree away until Sunday and as the team prepares to face the Leopards on Friday (7pm).

“Mitch was in Durban for the Test match and when I asked him to stay on he thought it was a good idea as he has a bit of down-time at the moment, so he’s enjoying being here and he’s really adding to the team, which is great.

“With Plum away it’s a great opportunity for him to mentor some of our young guys, particularly some of the forwards, and he really adds something in every department.”

However, on the downside for the Sharks, several players were nursing various injuries after Saturday’s bruising game against the Cheetahs, with Jean Deysel (ankle), Steven Sykes (ankle), Odwa Ndungane (hamstring), Deon Carstens (ribs) and Rory Kockott (shoulder) unable to train.

Deysel and Sykes should be available for selection but the latter three are doubtful and are unlikely to be risked for the trip to Rustenburg.

However, Juan Martin Hernandez – who took part in all of yesterday’s training – is set to make his Sharks debut, probably off the bench, while Waylon Murray may well get a chance to start his first game of the year.

Looking ahead to Friday’s game, Bashford said they certainly couldn’t afford to underestimate the bottom-placed Leopards in the slightest.

“We’ve spoken about how we really need to respect the Leopards and be absolutely professional in our preparation this week. If we train really well then we should carry that into the match.

“We can’t look at their position on the log and think it’s going to be easy, rather we need to analyse their strengths and weaknesses as we do each week. If we do that we should get the result we’re after.”



21 Comments

  • he he. Nice one. Really rate this guy

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.08.09 15:03:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : it’s always good to have some different input into a team, it can only do us good

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.08.09 15:17:17 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 2) : just shows how well known and respected Plum is

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.08.09 15:26:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : yeah, but it makes sense that they are friends, isn’t plum also from waikato originally?

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.08.09 15:30:04 by war1 Reply
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  • Friday during the game, i said they are up to something, Mitchell is spying on us :mrgreen: some different input could be for us, i agree.

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.08.09 18:01:36 by JarsonX (Insomniac) Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Insomniac) (Comment 5) : when is Robbie Deans coming?

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.08.09 18:02:18 by JarsonX (Insomniac) Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Insomniac) (Comment 5) :

    YIP, so this expains what he was doing in the stand with Plumtree and Johann.

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.08.09 18:14:02 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @war1 (Comment 4) : he is

    @JarsonX (Insomniac) (Comment 5) : was he shown on TV? I didn’t see him.

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.08.09 18:14:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :

    Jarson doesn’t know if he was shown on TV. He is just going by what i told him on the thread. :razz:

    He came out of the changerooms with Plumtree and Muller after halftime and the commentators were saying that mitchell handed the jerseys out to the players for the match.

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.08.09 18:22:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : ok – I was trying to rescue my braai at halftime… explains why I missed it.

    Also drank LOTS of beer :)

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.08.09 18:42:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.08.09 19:09:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • The Witness today, states that Kockott will definitely not play, and that Hernandez will be starting the match, as without Kocky the Sharks have no place kicker.

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.08.09 07:50:41 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 12) : okai that was meant to be goal kicker :oops:

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.08.09 07:51:13 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • Also please explain to me, how could it be after Wednesday training, am I in a time warp: In my world which I thought was the same as Greenway’s its only 7:51am Wednesday now, and the article was printed yesterday :shock:

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.08.09 07:53:16 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • Just waiting for the squad so I can make my picks…

    Go Sharks!

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.08.09 08:22:32 by blackshark Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 14) : :shock: :?: Its Thursday where I am, 10.02am.

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.08.09 10:03:36 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 12) : Isnt Stefan capable?

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.08.09 10:16:17 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 17) : yes… ?

  • Comment 18, posted at 05.08.09 10:21:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • Then we should be great for Friday…..

    Just read that Juan is married…..sigh!!!!!

  • Comment 19, posted at 05.08.09 10:27:18 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 17) : I am not sure, but the Witness stated that as there now was no goal kicker Juan would start.

    @Salmonoid (Comment 16) : now you have me even more concerned, which part of the world are you in Land of the Kiwis or of the Wizzards down under?

  • Comment 20, posted at 05.08.09 10:27:53 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 20) :
    Western Cape, Dont forget to watch Boots and All / Desperate Houswives tonight. :wink:

  • Comment 21, posted at 05.08.09 12:42:10 by Salmonoid Reply
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