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Be bold, Plummo – back youth


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 6 Apr 2010 at 14:31
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With a serious injury to Ryan Kankowski and a potential ban for Jannie du Plessis looming as the cost of victory over the Reds, John Plumtree is going to need to make some changes against the Lions. Will the coach show that he is learning from the Pat Lambie experiment and back the youngsters to deliver for him?

Starting from the front and working back, Wiehahn Herbst is the logical replacement for du Plessis in the squad and the young man is simply itching to play Super 14 rugby. He’s sat on the bench and toured with the side, but is yet to make his on-field debut and I believe that a straight swap here would make the most sense. John Smit is looking comfortable at loosehead and I would seriously advise against any attempt to move him back to the other side of the scrum. The other possibility is to move Deon Carstens in at 3, assuming he is fit, but I have had no recent news regarding his injury. Carstens, to my mind, has always been a makeshift tighthead at best and is far better on the loosehead side of the scrum.

Looking further back, Willem Alberts has been a revelation over the last two weeks and is a no-brainer to take over the number 8 jersey from Kankowski, with Jean Deysel coming in at 7. Alberts made an astounding 23 tackles against the Reds and seemed to cross the advantage line virtually at will; he gives the Sharks pack plenty of go-forward and working in tandem with Deysel and an in-form Jacques Botes, the loose forward combination looks superb. Keegan Daniel looks set to come back into the squad this weekend, but I must say I’m nervous about not having a bigger loose forward on the bench as cover, in case either Alberts or Deysel is forced off. As often as we’ve tried it, the Daniel-Botes combination simply does not work and with Mike Rhodes yet again battling injury, Justin Downey is the man who surely HAS to come into the reckoning now. Downey is in the same boat as Herbst, having toured down under with the Sharks and sat on the bench, without actually gaining a Super 14 cap. His versatility in being able to cover all three positions in the back row should swing this one in his favour.

Amongst the backs, while there may not have been any further injuries this week, it is blatantly clear that the Sharks are short of options in midfield. For this reason, to my mind we should be looking very closely at the younger guys in the Vodacom Cup team, such as Jean Stemmet and Jerome Pretorius. Neither Riaan Swanepoel nor Dries Strauss are looking the part at inside centre, while Stefan Terblanche is a makeshift 13. It’s crucial that we start bringing the younger guys through, get them practising with the seniors and give them a little gametime – off the bench initially – in order to see what they can do. Perhaps, like Lambie, a Stemmet, Pretorius or Mvovo can add that spark that the Sharks backs seem to be missing right now.

Whatever the case, this Friday’s Vodacom Cup game against the Mighty Elephants is going to be a huge one for all of the above-mentioned guys. Let’s hope they come through well and put in the sorts of performances that will force the coach’s hand.



42 Comments

  • on the 13 thing, in the pre-match interviews plum said waylon needed to play some more rugby which seems to suggest he would play for the vc team, maybe he played a club match this weekend

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.04.10 15:28:21 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 1) : like I said on the other thread, I hear that Stemmet came very close to being picked this weekend… apparently they decided he wasn’t quite ready, but it was a near thing.

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.04.10 15:32:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • I wouldn’t back al those youths. Not all at once at least. phase them in. Although looking at how well Lambie’s going, I geuss I’m going to have to trust your judgement. :smile:

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.04.10 15:33:45 by Letgo Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 1) : Waylon will play right wing for the Sharks XV this weekend…

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.04.10 15:59:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : That is really gonna help his 13 play isn’t it :?: :???:

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.04.10 16:02:15 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 5) : should help his confidence

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.04.10 16:05:06 by war1 Reply
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  • well sometime soon tree is going to have to start to bring some of the youngsters why not now and get reading for the cc and s15 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.04.10 16:07:12 by Chaz Reply

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  • Cant wait for the CC to see all these youngsters in action. I’m hoping the Sharks will stick with the same team during the CC and not play any of the returning Boks.

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.04.10 16:26:19 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Solve our FH problem and Swaan will improve, give Swaan and Blanche time to gel at 12/13.

    Patience fellow Sharks fans, it’s because of constant impatience we’re sitting with Goode at fh. (yes yes I know, I was most guilty, I’ve seen the wrong of my ways :mrgreen: )

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.04.10 16:29:58 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 9) : :mrgreen: :smile: ;-)

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.04.10 16:31:55 by Chaz Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 8) : I miss going to Currie Cup games. The before and after parties. Now I just get to go to the odd Top 14 game. Not the same but still nice to watch some rugby.

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.04.10 16:32:39 by lostfish Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 9) : ok, ok… I need to write a nice article about Swannie. I’ve been unfair to him.

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.04.10 16:34:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • can we just backtrack a few moments to remember and appreciate, just one more time, how flipping unbelievably good Willem Alberts was this weekend

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.04.10 16:37:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob, insightful stuff.

    Hope they take your advice.

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.04.10 16:40:33 by grant10 Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : That he was, in fact I would have given him the MOTM award.

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.04.10 16:44:17 by lostfish Reply
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  • @grant10 (Comment 14) : maybe tree read what we were saying about bringing in the young guys and put Lambie in well me hoping he’ll lisen to Rob and do as he is told :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.04.10 16:49:13 by Chaz Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : what a legend, very good combo with deysel

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.04.10 16:49:26 by war1 Reply
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  • well see you all later ;-)

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.04.10 16:53:58 by Chaz Reply

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  • Alberts, Botes, Lambie and Smit at 1 have all been inspirational…
    When will we hear the outcome of the Doc’s hearing?

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.04.10 17:02:42 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Photoshop loads faster than bleeding I(can’t)explorer :!: :!:

    Fru-bloody-stration…to anyone with ears, download google Chrome NOW…PLEASE

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.04.10 17:03:28 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • For toe mention Kankowski – he is gonna be missed.

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.04.10 17:04:52 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 20) : Firefox is brilliant…

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.04.10 17:05:19 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 20) : me heard that google chrome is shit :oops: :???:

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.04.10 17:06:12 by Chaz Reply

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  • @Chaz (Comment 23) : no no… Google Chrome is THE shit! That means it’s good!

  • Comment 24, posted at 06.04.10 17:12:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Chaz (Comment 23) : I don’t know who told you that but it is much faster than IE and Firefox. Chrome is also super skinny and now if I use Firefox it just looks chunky.

  • Comment 25, posted at 06.04.10 17:13:28 by lostfish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : oh shit eeee :oops: ok i was :oops: to go to google chrome someone down here said i does not work so lekke just maybe she didn’t know how it works ;-)

  • Comment 26, posted at 06.04.10 17:19:41 by Chaz Reply

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  • @lostfish (Comment 25) : :oops: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 06.04.10 17:20:26 by Chaz Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : while you are talking tech. Any chance of incorporating the WPtouch plugin? Make it more friendly for your blackberry and my iphone.

  • Comment 28, posted at 06.04.10 17:25:47 by lostfish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : He was immense! Jacques Botes was great, but how Willem didn’t get the MoM award amazes me.

  • Comment 29, posted at 06.04.10 21:04:40 by MerckZ Reply

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  • @MerckZ (Comment 29) : They probably still think he’s a Lions player :lol:

  • Comment 30, posted at 06.04.10 21:16:40 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @lostfish (Comment 28) : alas, my BlackBerry isn’t a touchscreen one… but still, it looks great.

    I’ll incorporate it as soon as I’ve managed to do some testing

  • Comment 31, posted at 06.04.10 23:05:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : sounds good… I wonder how it will render on an ipad?

  • Comment 32, posted at 06.04.10 23:33:23 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 32) : send me one and I’ll let you know ;)

  • Comment 33, posted at 07.04.10 07:50:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • yes to the title !

  • Comment 34, posted at 07.04.10 09:28:11 by rekinek Reply
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  • i like the idea of herbst, but i do not think plum will go with it, especially that he has 2 good looseheads in beast and carstens waiting for their return to starting line-up.

    did john play loosehead before? i keep wondering why this move worked out so well. it could not be as simple as pleasing the brothers, perhaps it was just that sharks were due for the win.

  • Comment 35, posted at 07.04.10 09:45:32 by rekinek Reply
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  • I agree that moving alberts to eight should be nobrainer. Having him and deysel in the line is exciting, will add much needed bulk to the Sharks pack and Botes can do the running around once the other two bashed through :mrgreen: . Just hope that Plum won’t be tempted to put Keegan on as 8.

  • Comment 36, posted at 07.04.10 09:51:55 by rekinek Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 1) : it seems he was.

  • Comment 37, posted at 07.04.10 09:53:19 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 3) : I agree with you. Plus part of why Lambie is doing so well is because he was sorrounded by experience players and he was put in the settled team. Too many changes usually unsettle teams.

  • Comment 38, posted at 07.04.10 09:54:49 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : hehehe.. do you still have some hats left to eat :lol:

  • Comment 39, posted at 07.04.10 09:58:01 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 35) : John, to my knowledge, has never played loosehead. He was a tighthead at school

  • Comment 40, posted at 07.04.10 10:01:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 39) : I’m running out, fast!

  • Comment 41, posted at 07.04.10 10:02:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 41) : :mrgreen: perhaps we should organise collection for some new ones , lost fish can send it with the iPad ;-)

  • Comment 42, posted at 07.04.10 10:05:14 by rekinek Reply
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