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So what can we expect?


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 7 Oct 2009 at 15:37
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Somewhat predictably, there seems to be a fair bit of soul-searching going on in the Sharks camp right now. The message coming out seems to be a pretty clear one – the Sharks are going to get their game back on track against Griquas. How exactly will they achieve that, though?

One lesson that appears to have been learned – at last – is that protection of the ball at ruck-time is vital. Bismarck du Plessis has been quoted as saying that the Sharks know that their cleaning was sub-standard against the Lions and one can only hope that John Plumtree realises how much damage was done before the game even kicked off, through inappropriate player selection. Keegan Daniel, whatever else he may be, is simply not a blind side flank and even if Jacques Botes is passed fit to play this week (and Jean Deysel is not), the proof of the pudding will surely be whether Plumtree selects Mike Rhodes to start in the number 7 jersey.

First prize, of course, is that both Botes and Deysel make it onto the park, although given what we saw last week, I’d be more than happy to see Rhodes wear the 19 shirt, with Daniel taking the weekend off. Whatever combination takes the field, though, the entire pack is going to need to up their game considerably, or else watch as Griquas snuff out any hope of a four-try win with their legendary breakdown spoiling tactics.

A bit of good news is that Riaan Swanepoel should be fit to start at inside centre. The Sharks have missed Swannie’s unique brand of go-forward at 12 and together with a fit-again Craig Burden on the bench, that’s at least two more players in the squad that know how to get over the advantage line than were available last week. Plumtree has indicated that, with Swannie available, he’ll be able to pick his first-choice backline, which is a pretty damning indictment on the prospects of Adrian Jacobs and Rory Kockott, at least as far as this year’s Currie Cup is concerned.

Expect the Sharks team to look something like this, if you’ll excuse the brackets.

15 Terblanche, 14 Ndungane, 13 Murray, 12 Swanepoel, 11 Pietersen, 10 Hernandez, 9 Pienaar, 8 Kankowski, 7 Deysel/Rhodes, 6 Botes/Daniel, 5 van den Berg, 4 Sykes, 3 J du Plessis, 2 B du Plessis, 1 Mtawarira
16 Burden, 17 Smit, 18 Hargreaves, 19 Rhodes/Downey, 20 McLeod, 21 Dumond, 22 Jacobs



34 Comments

  • If Adi is not rated in Durban then he really should leave.

    I can’t believe Plum prefers the likes of Dries Strauss and Swannie ahead of him.

    No wonder the Sharks are struggling to score tries, they prefer a Pieter Muller/De Wet Barry type player at 12.

    Can someone say CARTHORSE?? :roll:

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.10.09 15:52:02 by wpw Reply
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  • I really expect a better performance this weekend else we can kiss the CC goodbye

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.10.09 15:53:00 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I try to expect the unexpected.

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.10.09 16:01:49 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 3) :

    Typical WP supporter… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.10.09 16:04:40 by wpw Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 3) :

    So???????

    Does that mean it will be an unexpected surprise if WP score a BP try against the Lions. :razz:

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.10.09 16:11:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 1) :

    Sorry, butI ont think Adi’s last 2 games was up to par…so I think its the better option as these okes have played together teh whole season and did a good job as well..

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.10.09 16:16:37 by GI Ice Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 1) :

    And why do you have to pluk the poepol onder die hoender uit?? Who said Adi is “not rated”??? He might be dropped coz he had a few bad games…in my books its that he is going through a bad pastch – not that he is not “rated” geeeshhh!! :evil:

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.10.09 16:19:07 by GI Ice Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : Not if I’m expexting it. :wink:

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.10.09 16:22:30 by McLovin Reply

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  • Okay peeps!! have a good rest of the week, a superb weekend with good rugby (read Sharks Win with bonus and Wp win without bonus! :twisted: )

    I will see you all on Tuesday and maybe some of you in the Cape by accident!!

    Aste la Vista Babies!!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.10.09 16:26:10 by GI Ice Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Comment 9) : Travel safely. :smile:

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.10.09 16:31:09 by McLovin Reply

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  • Im seriously worried about the locks, and a little less so but also the loose forwards, i dont think we have the pack for the playoffs!

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.10.09 18:14:23 by war1 Reply
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  • sharks by 20 :mrgreen:
    I am saying this only because Griquas don’t look as lethal as they were at the beginning of the competition. plus there is a small chance it may rain :mrgreen:

    but do not go and bet on my prediction – i shall take no responsibility :mrgreen:

    and morning

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.10.09 07:06:19 by rekinek Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 1) : adi must start and get back to gelling with guys.

    they are just bit disjointed right now.they will come right but not sure whether there is enough time.

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.10.09 07:11:12 by rekinek Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Comment 9) : cape is cold – take a sweater ;-)

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.10.09 07:12:25 by rekinek Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 1) : @GI Ice (Comment 6) : @rekinek (Comment 13) : Adi Jacobs needs to pull up his socks, if he wants to get back in the Sharks no.13 jumper, not even talking about the Bok jersey… :evil:

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.10.09 07:47:09 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 15) : is that an official opinion? :)

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.10.09 08:42:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 15) :
    Agree, but where and when is he meant to do this, he has had so little rugby these last few months, he and the Sharks would probably have been better off if he hadnt made the Bok team this year.

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.10.09 08:45:18 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 17) : hate to agree, but I agree

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.10.09 08:57:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 17) : Very true, the poor oke has barely played any rugby in the last couple of months and the few minutes he got was on the wing where he clearly wasn’t comfortable.

  • Comment 19, posted at 08.10.09 08:59:13 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : Yes… :shock:

  • Comment 20, posted at 08.10.09 09:41:30 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 17) : This may sound weird coming from my side, but just look @ Meisiekind :roll:

  • Comment 21, posted at 08.10.09 09:45:15 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 19) : He played wing before, and surely are versatile enough to adept, Adi’s not you robot type of player that needs to be pre-programmed IMO :evil:

  • Comment 22, posted at 08.10.09 09:52:59 by Charlie Reply

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  • :oops: your :oops:

  • Comment 23, posted at 08.10.09 09:53:53 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 21) :
    True, but I cant think of any other reason why Adi may have lost form and the CC is and was at such a stage that there is no time to regain that form, unfortunately the Boks return at the cut throat stage of the competition.
    I think that, given a decent run, Adi will be back.

  • Comment 24, posted at 08.10.09 10:03:29 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 24) : Agree, but he needs to get back as we are used to, the Sharks will need him to be at his best and the time is now… ;-)

  • Comment 25, posted at 08.10.09 10:10:09 by Charlie Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : your first step to understanding yourself.

  • Comment 26, posted at 08.10.09 10:11:59 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Comment 27, posted at 08.10.09 10:13:59 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 26) : :twisted:

  • Comment 28, posted at 08.10.09 10:15:16 by Charlie Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 27) : Where’s Newlands :?: :evil: :?:

  • Comment 29, posted at 08.10.09 10:15:44 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 29) : Bit of a strange one. Think something to do with the soccer.

  • Comment 30, posted at 08.10.09 10:18:34 by McLovin Reply

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  • hey charlie back on the site. does this mean the return of form of adi? :grin:

  • Comment 31, posted at 08.10.09 10:44:52 by try time Reply

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  • are the sharks reading this site? every week areas we discuss on this site are then areas the sharks talk about sorting out later in the week. look at rory getting dropped. now cleaning out at ruck time. stefan being too conservative, now he isn’t. or are the problems just obvious that everyone sees it at the same time.

  • Comment 32, posted at 08.10.09 10:48:43 by try time Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 1) : adi has a serious case of crabs. he runs sideways and kills any space the wing has when he finally passes the ball. it isn’t that adi is not appreciated, it is more a case of adi not in form at the moment.

  • Comment 33, posted at 08.10.09 10:53:00 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 33) :

    Dude, you’ve got him confused with Waylon… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 34, posted at 08.10.09 11:31:59 by wpw Reply
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