Sharks XV bolstered for EP clash

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Vodacom Cup on 7 Apr 2010 at 09:29
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A number of Sharks fringe players have been included in Sean Everitt’s Sharks XV side to take on the EP Mighty Elephants in the Vodacom Cup on Friday night. Having now lost twice away from home, this match is a must-win for the Fifteen if they hope to finish in the top two and claim home-ground advantage for the quarter-finals.

Perhaps the most interesting selection is that of Bok centre Waylon Murray in the right wing position. Murray has looked out of sorts playing at outside centre in the Super 14 and recently lost his place in the squad to Andries Strauss. A big, powerful runner, Murray could make a very dangerous wing and perhaps an extended spell with the Sharks XV is just what he needs to get his confidence back. Lwazi Mvovo, another player who has been on the fringes of Sharks selection (and spent five frustrating weeks carrying tackle-bags on tour with them) will finally play a bit of rugby as he is named on the left wing.

Up-front, another player desperately in need of game-time, Craig Burden, slots in at hooker, while promising tighthead Wiehahn Herbst will get one more chance to show what he can do before (hopefully) making his Super 14 debut against the Lions next week. The balance of the pack is unchanged, while the only other change in the backline comes at inside centre, where Jerome Pretorius starts in Strauss’s place. Pat Cilliers will captain the side from the number 1 jersey (rapidly becoming a trend in Sharks land!)

A number of stalwarts are unfortunate to lose out this week; Mark Richards will be on the bench, along with Kyle Cooper and Julian Redelinghuys. Sbu Sithole, who has played wing for the last two weeks, will be attending an SA Under 20 training camp and was thus not available for selection.

The match takes place at the EPRU Stadium and kicks off at 7pm on Friday 9 April.

Sharks XV:
15 Chris Jordaan, 14 Waylon Murray, 13 Jean Stemmet, 12 Jerome Pretorius, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Monty Dumond, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Luvo Lusaseni, 7 Justin Downey, 6 Skollie Ndlovu, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Jandre Marais, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Pat Cilliers (capt)
16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Julian Redelinghuys, 18 Mike Rhodes, 19 Lambert Groenewald, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Jacques Venter, 22 Mark Richards


  • that front row is exciting….anyone know if game is televised?

    I ;look forward to seeing Stemmett as well…

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.04.10 10:09:11 by grant10 Reply
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  • @grant10 (Comment 1) : afraid it isn’t.

    Agree with you, that’s a hell of a front row.

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.04.10 10:15:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • Why can’t they air more of these games? They keep repeating the Super 14 every day of the week. Can’t they fit some VC games in there?

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.04.10 10:19:44 by Letgo Reply
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  • damn….would liked to have watched this game.

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.04.10 10:25:36 by grant10 Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 3) : you’d think so, hey? To be honest, I don’t know why they bother with a competition that they seem determined to kill

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.04.10 10:44:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : I remember in the late 90′s a lot of the Wildebeest games used to be on SS2… There was so much more interest in it then.

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.04.10 10:54:24 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 3) : yes, one would think there would be some more support for local.

    It must be money thing, they already paid for S14 so why not milk it. Similarly this Air Nz must be coming cheaper than sending a crew for the Vodacom Cup game. One just must think about all these wiring to be done, brrrrr

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.04.10 11:24:07 by rekinek Reply
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  • The pack would look great if the loosies were, 6-downey 7-groenewald 8-rhodes. The team otherwise looks good. Just need ludik to get fit to take that 15 spot. I have never really rated Jordaan. Yes, he has his moments, but i don’t see much class in him.

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.04.10 12:43:33 by JJR Reply
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  • I don’t see lusaseni and Skollie ever playin super rugby for us. Lusaseni is a possibility if he can gain at least 7-8 kg. Ndlovu is simply not good enough for super 14 level i feel. Front row also good. Were is Nhlapo?

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.04.10 12:47:16 by JJR Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 9) : Sabz had an injury a few weeks ago… not sure if it’s still bugging him.

    Not many people successfully convert from lock to prop. He’s doing an awesome job.

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.04.10 13:03:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 8) : I haven’t seem Lambert play much, but was very impressed with what he achieved against WP. Seems to have a huge workrate. I take it you know him well?

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.04.10 13:06:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hope somebody is going to give us live updates :sad:

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.04.10 17:08:57 by Chaz Reply

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  • @Chaz (Comment 12) : me too

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.04.10 18:05:33 by robdylan Reply
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