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Lambie, Ludik shift as JPP returns


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 15 Jul 2010 at 11:33
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Sharks coach John Plumtree has shuffled his backline with Pat Lambie’s move from fullback to inside centre the main talking point this week. The Sharks take on the Blue Bulls at ABSA Stadium at 17h10 on Saturday.

Somewhat surprisingly, given the amount of turnover ball conceded against Griquas, no changes have been made to the starting forward pack, with Ross Skeate coming into the bench in place of Anton Bresler as the only forward change. Willem Alberts, touch-and-go to return this weekend, will be forced to sit out one more week and Keegan Daniel, Mike Rhodes and Jacques Botes will need to play out of their socks to prevent the Bulls loosies running riot at the breakdown.

It’s all change in the backline, though, with Lambie replacing Riaan Swanepoel, who drops out of the squad this week. Rory Kockott, another player to deliver a below-par performance in Kimberley, will be in the number 20 jersey, handing the starting scrumhalf berth to Charl McLeod. Changes to the back three see a welcome return for Bok winger JP Pietersen in the number 14 jersey. Louis Ludik moves into the vacant fullback spot as a result.

Sharks v Blue Bulls

15. Louis Ludik
14. JP Pietersen
13. Stefan Terblanche (Capt)
12. Patrick Lambie
11. Lwazi Mvovo
10. Steve Meyer
9. Charl McLeod
8. Keegan Daniel
7. Michael Rhodes
6. Jacques Botes
5. Alistair Hargreaves
4. Steven Sykes
3. Wiehahn Herbst
2. Craig Burden
1. Patric Cilliers

Replacements
16. Kyle Cooper
17. Eugene van Staden
18. Ross Skeate
19. Skholiwe Ndlovu
20. Rory Kockott
21. Monty Dumond
22. Andries Strauss



61 Comments

  • Better looking backline. Now if Mapoe can sort out his injury and FS contract it would be nice to see him at 13 (wishfull thinking)

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.07.10 11:37:29 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Hi Rob. Great ‘mistake’ you made on FL by putting Lambie as a centre. :lol:

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.07.10 11:39:06 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 2) : I never make mistakes… just sometimes it takes a while for Plum to catch up

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.07.10 11:44:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : :mrgreen: :wink:

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.07.10 11:49:08 by Jarson Reply
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  • I just hope that JPP is ready, he hasnt played for a while, maybe moving from 11 to 14 is just what he needs.

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.07.10 11:51:37 by Jarson Reply
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  • I still think we can and should beat the Bulls :twisted:

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.07.10 11:52:57 by Jarson Reply
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  • why wait for jp’s return when richards could have played against the griquas? imbeciles. again a case of lack of foresight by the coaching staff.

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.07.10 11:55:56 by try time Reply

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  • Great to see Charl starting at 9.

    Strange that Swannie goes from first choice 12 straight out of the squad. Shouldn’t the dude on the bench drop out? Strauss comes to mind.

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.07.10 11:58:00 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 6) : I don’t think we have a snowballs hope……if Deysel & Alberts were there…maybe

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.07.10 12:28:06 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 8) : Swannie had a poor game and the action that has been taken is certainly decisive…

    I agree, though, that it’s pretty harsh for him to miss out completely.

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.07.10 12:30:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • Great side!

    Of course 13 and the loose trio are not ideal, but the best we have right now.

    Hats off to Plum for the back 3, bravely moving Lambie to 12, and dropping Rory and Swannie. This is decisive and smart selection, and I hope the players reward this.

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.07.10 12:33:41 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 11) : yes – true.

    We are so quick to criticise, let’s be equally quick to praise.

    That is a bloody good backline. Pity we’re going to get stuffed up front :(

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.07.10 12:43:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sharks will win.

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.07.10 12:48:23 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 13) : That’s what I want to hear :grin:

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.07.10 12:53:58 by Jarson Reply
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  • GO SHARKS !!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    …Skapie @ 12, another Primadonna in the making, surely don’t hope so, keeping fingers crossed… :|

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.07.10 12:54:23 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Morné (Comment 13) : I have a lot of respect for your opinions, but what makes you think the Sharks will win this match?

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.07.10 12:54:46 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 14) : …and see… :twisted:

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.07.10 12:55:00 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Jarson (Comment 14) : Me2!!!

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.07.10 12:56:36 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 15) : Lambie has good hands..he might put you into a couple of gaps when you return ;-)

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.07.10 12:56:45 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Come on Charles, Lambie has done absolutely nothing to warrant even the hint of a prima donna tag.

    You are being ungenerous.

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.07.10 12:59:18 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 20) : We need to build up some hits on this one :twisted:

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.07.10 13:05:57 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 16) :

    The only real issue you guys have are in the loosies.

    For the rest I actually rate the Sharks combo’s more.

    If the forwards lay the platform I suspect they will, the Sharks backline can have a field day in what I believe is a very shoddy Bulls midfield.

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.07.10 13:06:02 by Morné Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 19) : Prefer it vice versa… ;-)

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.07.10 13:06:22 by Charlie Reply

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  • And even in the loosies, the Bulls only have Stegmann you can concern yourself about.

  • Comment 24, posted at 15.07.10 13:06:45 by Morné Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 20) : Your Honour to ad, I said “surely don’t hope so”, in defence… ;-)

  • Comment 25, posted at 15.07.10 13:08:31 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 20) : well said.
    why is everyone knocking the kid, all of a sudden?
    He was not THAT bad last week.
    Time be positive about our players…getting tired of all the name calling :sad:

  • Comment 26, posted at 15.07.10 13:08:44 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 23) : I thought you prefered 13 :roll:

  • Comment 27, posted at 15.07.10 13:09:21 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 24) : Kuun’s not bad either.@Morné (Comment 22) : So you think an old fullback and a young fullback at centre for the Sharks should dominate the Bull’s two centre’s?? :razz:

  • Comment 28, posted at 15.07.10 13:12:16 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 28) :

    Mate Kuun is the most useless player since Gus Theron and Jorrie Muller to ever play the game.

    Not happy with Stefan at 13 but I see his role as a calming influence on Lambie at 12 as crucial.

    Lambie at 12 will give your backline more dimensions than a review of the Hitchikers Guide…

    (At least compared to what you had).

  • Comment 29, posted at 15.07.10 13:14:43 by Morné Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 28) : Will be interesting to see :grin:
    Must say, I’m looling forward to this game :smile:

  • Comment 30, posted at 15.07.10 13:17:32 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • Come on Saturday :mrgreen:
    Go Sharks :mrgreen:
    Can’t wait :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 15.07.10 13:30:12 by Jarson Reply
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  • “Changes to the back three see a welcome return for Bok winger JP Pietersen in the number 14 jersey.” that is pushing it a little. jp hasn’t played well in a sharks jersey for a while. so it will be more welcoming to see jp’s 2007/8 form return rather than him.

  • Comment 32, posted at 15.07.10 13:41:21 by try time Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 27) : You getting influenced easily… ;-)

  • Comment 33, posted at 15.07.10 13:43:56 by Charlie Reply

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  • So from 12 – 15 all play fullback for the sharks…mmm how wonderfull…

  • Comment 34, posted at 15.07.10 13:43:58 by Uli Reply
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  • how good is this Greyling youngster that Bulls are playing at loosehead? Any idea?

    Also, does anyone rate van Veltze? I saw a bit of his play against the Pumas and it didn’t exactly have me quivering in my boots.

  • Comment 35, posted at 15.07.10 13:45:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Me2 aka Mama Shark (Comment 30) : “looling” :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 36, posted at 15.07.10 13:45:35 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 36) : “nit picking”??? :-)

  • Comment 37, posted at 15.07.10 14:14:06 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • Excellent to see some changes to the backs – looking forward to seeing Lambie at 12, JPP back and Ludik at 15 this weekend!!

  • Comment 38, posted at 15.07.10 14:28:56 by Mole Reply

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  • @Me2 aka Mama Shark (Comment 37) : :lol:

  • Comment 39, posted at 15.07.10 14:31:57 by Charlie Reply

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  • I’m worried that Lambie’s going to get hammered at Centre… although I guess with all the Currie Cup teams only at half-strength this is as good a time as any to try it.

  • Comment 40, posted at 15.07.10 14:40:46 by CS Reply

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  • @CS (Comment 40) : He is only a “little Lamb” afterall :mrgreen:

  • Comment 41, posted at 15.07.10 14:44:06 by CS Reply

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  • Go BULLE!!! :twisted: :???:

  • Comment 42, posted at 15.07.10 14:48:59 by wpw Reply
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  • @CS (Comment 40) : I`m worried his self confidence will get a huge knock . .
    But hey if it comes off we`ll be celebrating!

    What do you guys think of Puma vs Leopards . . .
    I`m leaning towards home ground cause I don`t have a clue!

    Free State are weak at lock this weekend but I think Kwasse lost a lock as well. In KY I definately would`ve gone with Kwasse but in Bloem I`m not so sure . . .
    It should give us a good indication of how good wp really is and I have to add . . . how bad we really are.

  • Comment 43, posted at 15.07.10 14:55:51 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 43) : I think the Pumas will take it…

    Going to be difficult to predict a Leopard win this season… as a result I don’t think any of us are going to make it to the end on LMS.

  • Comment 44, posted at 15.07.10 14:58:09 by CS Reply

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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 43) :

    You should go for the Leopards on LMS. Trust me!! :twisted: :lol:

  • Comment 45, posted at 15.07.10 15:56:58 by wpw Reply
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  • Lambie and Stefan at center worries me as it is a lightweight combination. i am certain the bulls are going to try and punch some holes through the center using the big loosies.

  • Comment 46, posted at 15.07.10 16:05:52 by dawj Reply

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  • @dawj (Comment 46) : what big loosies? The biggest one they have is van veltze who weighs 102 kg :)

  • Comment 47, posted at 15.07.10 16:17:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @dawj (Comment 46) : their centres arent that big either :smile:

  • Comment 48, posted at 15.07.10 17:22:44 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 48) : how big are their centres?

  • Comment 49, posted at 15.07.10 17:25:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 49) : I dont know :oops: They dont look big, I mean they are not Ma’ Nonus :razz:

  • Comment 50, posted at 15.07.10 17:32:08 by Jarson Reply
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  • I would rather have gone with kockett, he is always a threat on attack and i believe if we lose him we got no 9 with pedegree. Many people in SA rate him and a quality 9 is essensial for a cup winning team. Don’t now if mcleod can make that step up. We sure as hell need to give young centers a chance or else we are going nowhere slowly!

  • Comment 51, posted at 15.07.10 17:56:19 by Stof Reply

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  • I believe stefan watermeyer of the bulls will become a great player. He is the player holding the record with the most school point scored in SA. Sharks should try and snatch him from the bulls!

  • Comment 52, posted at 15.07.10 17:59:28 by Stof Reply

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  • Just heard on SABC News that Jannie du Plessis is on his way home due to aggrevating the injury or something :shock:

  • Comment 53, posted at 15.07.10 19:25:52 by Jarson Reply
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  • If P.lambie works out at 12 and charl macleod plays well and we get a outside centre the sharks have a good chance of making the super 15 semi,s , the sharks should actually make the super 15 semi,s if they don,t plumtree needs to go ,if he can,t make this group of players work then what else would he need .I,d say they should be in the currie cup final but I don,t really know what to expect from steve meyer I,m really backing him but can he win you a currie cup his better than monty dumond though that i,m sure of

  • Comment 54, posted at 15.07.10 19:29:01 by zvision10 Reply

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  • greylings been there a while I havn,t really paid attention when his played cause he doesn,t stand out but if the bulls keep him and back him they must be something there ,the n0 8 is no piere spies but as far as I can tell his good ,they hyped him up alot at schoolboy level don,t know if he translates to the next level .What you think of stefan watermeyer the lions should steal him

  • Comment 55, posted at 15.07.10 19:46:49 by zvision10 Reply

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  • just watch he has represented SA at under 21, only the bulls havent given him much of a chance at provincial level

  • Comment 56, posted at 15.07.10 20:45:06 by Stof Reply

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  • Where is the Cronje twins? They not playing seniors or under 21′s!! This is obviously not good for their development! The Bulls team this week looks so strong I hope we can drill those blue guys!!!

  • Comment 57, posted at 16.07.10 05:49:45 by Ozbok789 Reply

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  • Both twins are injured

  • Comment 58, posted at 16.07.10 07:07:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 58) : Is Guy still out with his foot? What did Ross do?

  • Comment 59, posted at 16.07.10 07:12:13 by Ozbok789 Reply

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  • I think its ridiculous that Lambie is at 12. He is our best fullback and we move him to accommodate Ludick who has done nothing at 15 for some time. Cocking around a youngster once again. Idiots.

  • Comment 60, posted at 16.07.10 10:50:23 by Oubaas2009 Reply

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  • @Oubaas2009 (Comment 60) : did you watch the game against Griquas?

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