Most Sharks fans should be quite pleased with the current CC log standings. How are we gonna fair in the second half of this campaign? More importantly how is the team going to shape up?
It is great to see that we are able to keep some consistency going; Especially in a CC campaign that can be up and down concerning The Springboks jumping from union to country almost every week. The Sharks have none the less been able to keep consistency in selection as much as possible, but do we need to start introducing guys like Mostert, Pretorius and Adi? I say yes the earlier the better. Gerhard has played at least 160 minutes of club rugga and still he can’t make the bench against the Pumas? Why? Skholiwe has shown enough in the past to suggest he will never truly play the role that The Sharks loose trio needs to do week in and week out. That is why Rhodes should be looseforward cover and either Mostert/skeate(injured)/Bresler should be 18; I mean they are specialist locks.
Enough about this weeks squad, what is the best team we can put together to win this cup? I am very sure that many will disagree with my take, but i think this team will allow us to fully take advantage of the brand of rugby we are currently playing.
*-Back 6 October from Springbok conditioning programme.
1. Beast*/Cilliers 2. Bissie*/Burden 3.Jannie(currently crocked)/van Staden.
4.Always goona be sykes 5.Mostert(when fully fit)
6.Keegan(currently Injured) 7. Willem
13.Jacobs 11.Mvovo 14.Ndungane/Mapoe?
16.Smit*/Cooper 17.Herbst/Van staden 18. Hargreaves/Skeate(undicided on these 2) 19. Botes 20. kockett (please regain some reasonable form) 21.Monty(EP?)/Mapoe? 22. Ludik
Now let me tell you why.
Up front beast, bis and jannie are our best complete front row in that they do the scrumming bladdy well and also do a very good amount of ball carrying and tackling. Herbst in an awesome scrummager, but Eugene ain’t to shabby either, therefore having Van Staden come off the bench would be awesome in that he does a great amount of ball carrying and tackling; whereas Herbst to be honest in not as mobile.
At lock Mostert is my man at 5, because we need our tight 5 to dominate physically, before we can unleash our Back line and execute our Brand of Rugby to it’s fullest. Standing at at least 2 M and 122 Kg he is a man one would struggle to leave out of the starting tight five in my mind. Hargreaves and skeate would do a good job off the bench. Both work hard and do a good amount of tackling too. Possibly Hargreaves would be a better option if we play The Bulls in the knockouts, because he clears out the rucks a lot better than skeate can; Don’t think Skeate can get down there.
Looseforward it is pretty much easy to select; botes/keegan, botes is obviously a real hard worker, but Daniel has been in real awesome form and allows Alberts to rest slightly, due to the fact that Keegan does his fair share of good ball carrying.
Now to Pretorius and Lambie. Pretorius firstly, when fit he is a world class 10. He has a long passing game, kicking game and a good eye for a gap too. Lambie has obviously been great for us at fly so far, but his lack of experience in a knockout game still worries me. But, i think at inside he has alot more opportunity to run at gaps and space which he did brilliantly when he played there. No disrespect to Strauss and Riaan, but they don’t have such a great eye for a gap, they rather have a great eye for their opposite number…if you know what i mean.
Adi is a no brainer for me at outside, great running game, can create opportunities for outside backs and is probably one of the best in the business when targeting the gap. Stef has also been good at outside, but i feel he still offers the most for us from the back. Great in the air, long kicking game, runs ball up at pace and he is a great last line of defence.
Mvovo…self explanatory. Ndungane over JP? Just until JP gets his head in the game again, to me he seems way too comfortable. Odwa always gives his all and hardly made any silly errors over the last couple of years, and his basics and support play is really solid.
On the bench, Botes is obviously our number 4 loosie now that Deysel is out for a while.
At halfback rory is our only experienced option until Hoffman arrives and Dumond to cover flyhalf. Only as a 3rd choice option at 10. Ludik is cover for stef if stef gets hurt or he is required at 13. Ludik can also cover wing if we need him too.
All in all we have a pretty solid pack to release our exciting backline and a Fly that can play the conservative game too. Can’t wait to analyse our super 15 squad, with pottie,meyer,Mapoe and hoffman we will have even more quality options. Lets not forget about Deysel and Steve coming back next year too. We are going to have the most depth across each position in the world!!! For a club/union that is; gonna be awesome.
We got the team, management and brand of rugby to win us This years Currie Cup! Sharks Forever!!!Tweet