Richard Ferguson

Sharks XV prime to proceed to semi’s


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Vodacom Cup on 28 Apr 2011 at 10:25
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The curtain raiser to the big coastal derby on Saturday is a rather important affair s the Vodacom Cup heads into its business end with the quarter finals being played this weekend. The Sharks XV face off against the Western Province team in what should be a cracking game.

The team that has been announced to play Province has been bolstered by a few Super Rugby players, who will relish the game time and take the opportunity to prove and improve their form. Jean Deysel has obviously been bumped up to the Super squad as he is not named in the team, and has been replaced by impressive youngster Lambert Groenewald.

The surprise selection, or lack of should I say, is the omission of Kobus de Kock at fullback, who is not even in the match 22 after being the leading try scorer at one point in the season. Mark Richards is back from an injury and replaces Sithole on the wing, with Specman taking a seat on the bench.

The last of the backline changes sees Jacques-Louis Potgieter running out at flyhalf in the place of Guy Cronje, and teams up with Cobus Reinach in the nine/ten combination.

Anton Bresler and Gerhard Mostert, a Super Rugby lock combination, will form part of a formidable tight five that should dominate any Currie Cup frontrow. It is expected that Riaan Swanepoel will captain the side from the centres.

The Sharks XV

15. Gouws Prinsloo
14. Mark Richards
13. Jerome Pretorius
12. Riaan Swanepoel
11. Sbura Sithole
10. Jacques-Louis Potgieter
9. Cobus Reinach
8. Marcell Coetzee
7. Lambert Groenewald
6. Francois Kleinhans
5. Gerhard Mostert
4. Anton Bresler
3. Wiehahn Herbst
2. Craig Burden
1. Dale Chadwick

Replacements

16. Kyle Cooper
17. Sabelo Nhlapo
18. Jandre Marais
19. Daniel Adongo
20. Ross Cronje
21. Heimar Williams
22. Rosko Specman



52 Comments

  • This is one majorly strong team!!

    I hope this is televised, but I fear we will miss it..

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.04.11 10:32:42 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : It is televised. The Bulls will have to take the backseat in my house.

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.04.11 10:35:20 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 2) :

    Good on you!!

    Now I am truly excited for Saturday!

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.04.11 10:36:03 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Does any one know how Riaan Swanepoel’s form is at the moment is at the moment? I really rate him and I dont think he is as one dimensional as people say he is. Remember that the last time he really played for the Sharks was outside of Andy Not-so-Goode. Would love to see how he would play next to Lambie.

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.04.11 10:36:19 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 4) :

    The games I saw him play he impressed me, but you have to consider the opposition.

    He has lost some weight and is looking good on defence as always..

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.04.11 10:38:43 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Very impessive team this! Now go and slaughter the WP.

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.04.11 10:40:26 by Ben Reply
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  • My information is that Swannie will captain

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.04.11 10:54:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • I think we would’ve benefited so much more if we invested more in Swannie, than buying Bosman who isn’t really setting the field alight.

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.04.11 10:59:26 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Good call, I reckon.

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.04.11 11:00:24 by war1 Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) :

    The team I got had no captain and I assumed.

    My bad, I will change it..sorry..

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.04.11 11:03:23 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Damn, I had a good laugh now. Saw on a different site that the Bulls will be wearing red jerseys on Saturday to commemorate Vodacom’s change from blue to red. Does that mean they are going to be the Red Bull’s then? :lol:

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.04.11 11:03:46 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 8) : And you think Swannie would have ‘set the world alight’?

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.04.11 11:05:19 by war1 Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 11) :

    Its a one off marketing scam..

    Its not quite as impressive as the Sharks Pink jersey initiative..

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.04.11 11:06:35 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 10) : no need to apologise… bloody sloppy work to release a team without announcing the captain and it’s the second time this year they’ve done it.

    I found out Swannie would be captain on Tuesday… should just have told you then!

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.04.11 11:08:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 12) : Maybe not, but I just think he was criticized, and yet from what I hear he went and worked on his weak points. That for me points to a player with the hunger to succeed.

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.04.11 11:14:50 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 13) : Wonder if they would have more energy come saturday. Although I always get a perverse pleasure out of any game the Bulls lose. Unless they play the Stormers.

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.04.11 11:17:29 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 15) : Don’t get me wrong I’m a big Swannie fan but he will never be a player who grabs the headlines, like it seemed you wanted. But also don’t believe the negative hype about Bosman he is doing fine.

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.04.11 11:20:34 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 17) : Yeah I have to agree, Bosman is doing fine. Just wish he would learn to play more direct. He is taller than most of his back-line opponents. It should not be that difficult for him to free up his hands in the tackle and get the pass away a la SBW

  • Comment 18, posted at 28.04.11 11:25:46 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • Very good team .Province should take this due to home ground advantage .

  • Comment 19, posted at 28.04.11 11:31:03 by Speed7 Reply

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  • I am surprised as well about Kobus de Kock. Not only is he the leading point scorer for the Sharks 15 this season, I also thought he played well for them. His replacement must have done very well in the games he played!

    The Sharks average is 5.13 tries for and 2.00 against, while Province is 5.00 for and 1.50 against. Not much in it. The kicking success of the Sharks is 62.5% and Province’s is 69.7% – also not much in it. However it will be a tough one, with Province maybe just ahead.

  • Comment 20, posted at 28.04.11 11:32:30 by snoestaxi Reply

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  • @Speed7 (Comment 19) : Not just coz you don’t like the Sharks?

  • Comment 21, posted at 28.04.11 11:32:57 by war1 Reply
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  • @Speed7 (Comment 19) :

    I’m not so sure. The Sharks have some very decent players in their ranks.

    I am not going to say they’re are favourites but they sure as hell have a more exciting team.

  • Comment 22, posted at 28.04.11 11:43:09 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 22) :

    I thought you liked the ‘underdog’ tag?

  • Comment 23, posted at 28.04.11 11:47:42 by Pokkel Reply
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  • No. Equal teams. Only home ground seperates the 2 for me. I actually prefer the Sharks to win this.

  • Comment 24, posted at 28.04.11 11:47:54 by Speed7 Reply

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  • @Speed7 (Comment 24) : You’re a funny man on twitter hey.

  • Comment 25, posted at 28.04.11 11:53:45 by Ben Reply
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  • WP team:
    Marcel Brache, Danie Poolman, Johann Sadie, Paul Bosch, JJ Engelbrecht, Demetri Catrakilis, Nic Groom, Tertius Daniller, Siya Kolisi, Wimpie van der Walt, Anton van Zyl, Adriaan Fondse, JD Moller (k), Sidney Tobias, Alistair Vermaak. PLAASVERVANGERS: Tiaan Liebenberg, Steven Kitshoff, Tom Botha, Quinn Roux, Hilton Lobberts, Louis Schreuder, Tim Whitehead.

    WP by plenty.

  • Comment 26, posted at 28.04.11 12:06:24 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 26) : In jou drome Oom Paarlbok ;-)

  • Comment 27, posted at 28.04.11 12:16:05 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Hilton Lobberts….is he STILL around? :evil: :shock:

  • Comment 28, posted at 28.04.11 12:37:53 by Villie Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 27) : Nah Boet, to much fire power in that WP backline. Whitehead on the bench show WPs depth. Worms and Fondse will provide with our pack enough pill to put that backline in space. Sadie to score at least two.

  • Comment 29, posted at 28.04.11 12:42:51 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 29) : How do we get Handré Pollard’s signature on a piece of paper supplied by Oom Hans?

  • Comment 30, posted at 28.04.11 14:08:00 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 30) : Handre is a fine talent Beet. He already signed at WP at the end of last year. Know his dad Andre personally, grew up together.

    Did you saw him play over Easter weekend? Have one hell of a boot on him and quite big for a grade 11 boy.

  • Comment 31, posted at 28.04.11 14:26:07 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 26) : Hilton Lobberts, first he gets drafted into UCT side and they win very unsportingly and now he is in the VC side. WP think he’s gonna do the same for them? :lol:

    Why is Liebenberg on the bench?

  • Comment 32, posted at 28.04.11 14:29:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 31) : Yes Paarlbok. It was hard not to be impressed. His placekicking is something else but on Monday in the game against Glenwood his other skills also came to the fore and he was the difference maker. Vision, play-making, distribution all top notch. It’s hard to believe he’s still grade 11. I’ll be shocked if there’s a better candidate for WP Craven Week this year, I’d even consider him for WP C/Cup u19 despite his age. He was that good.

    Tough game this weekend for Gimmies vs Grey Bloem, but GCB are beatable this year.

  • Comment 33, posted at 28.04.11 14:32:04 by beet Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 32) : Havent got all the answers Boet, Fourietjie apart with his lineout throwing has been pretty good and Ettas sure as hell a good replacement. Liebenberg probably needs some gametime and maybe will get 40 mins at least with the Voddas.

    Surprise to see Lobberts there.

  • Comment 34, posted at 28.04.11 14:35:33 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 34) : Hilton’s selection doesn’t really make sense. You’ve got big Quinn Roux to cover second row and Anton would move to blindside if you’re desperate. I would have rather gone with Nizaam or that other Kitshoff.

  • Comment 35, posted at 28.04.11 14:39:13 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 33) : Thanks for that, havent saw Handre played this year yet. Gimmies lost to Bishops in their openener but look like they are finding their feet now. Will be big if they can beat Grey Bloem with such a young side. Affies also a big one for them and then they have Paul Roos away. Tough fixture list for them to start off.

    Been watching Handre playing since his U13 days at KleinGim. Andre (his dad)also a former Gimmie headboy and played WP Craven Week if I remember correct.

  • Comment 36, posted at 28.04.11 14:40:05 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 36) : Gimmies are an exciting package to watch. Their good ball handling and continuity means that they’re always in with a change against the powerhouses. However they also have to watch out. There are some credible intruders in the top 10 this year (N-Kaap, Selborne and Klofies. You guys could play the entertaining rugby and still end up on the wrong side of the top 10. Bishops are in the same boat. You’re going to hate me saying this but I think HJS are the W/Cape team to watch this year.

    How do I get hold of you on personal email or do you have a twitter account

  • Comment 37, posted at 28.04.11 14:49:05 by beet Reply
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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 29) :

    Im impressed with Sadie!! ;-)

    By the way, where is young Yaya Hartzenberg?? :shock:

  • Comment 38, posted at 28.04.11 14:53:57 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 38) : Good question. I forgot about him. Also they’ve either shafted that Coleman oke who’s been starting or he’s injured.

  • Comment 39, posted at 28.04.11 14:58:28 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 37) : Dunno this titter thing? Dunno if I can send messages here?

    @wpw (Comment 38) : Sadie is a fine talent. Had provincial colours in 5 different sports as an U13 kiddie. Comes from Malmesbury and his dad, older Johan played for Boland rugby. Johann was between my two oldest kids first at Swartland Prymary and then Gimmies HS. You sure can write his name down as a future Bok.

    Yaya was at Ikeys last time I checked. Maybe injured.

  • Comment 40, posted at 28.04.11 15:00:15 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 40) : From last year I’ve been saying that the Sharks should have tried to get Whitehead or Sadie. It was just a matter of time before Sadie leapfrogged Whitehead (that was a few months back).

    Remember how I asked you to compare Johann Sadie to Marius Joubert. Who would have figured back then that we would be signing the player that had to come via Boland to make a name for himself.

  • Comment 41, posted at 28.04.11 15:05:52 by beet Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 18) : I met him on Saturday (Bosman, that is)… flippin hell, the oke is a monster!

  • Comment 42, posted at 28.04.11 15:10:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 39) :

    Coleman will be on the bench for the Stormers if Grant is ruled out.

  • Comment 43, posted at 28.04.11 15:21:15 by wpw Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 42) : Rob can you please give my PM adress to Beet.

    @beet (Comment 41) : I know a long time ago Marius would join you lot but could not post it. He will be a big asset for the Sharks. Sadie had it much easier compare to Marius. Marius did not played WP Craven Week and had to work hard to get to the top, ditto De Wet Barry.

    Sadie scored a winning try in his inetrschool clash. By the way also think the GalPille is going to be strong this year. They send their Seccies and Chippies to Japan but you never know with Inter Schools.

  • Comment 44, posted at 28.04.11 15:22:11 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 44) : lemme see

  • Comment 45, posted at 28.04.11 19:25:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 45) : Hi Rob, I’ll send you a PM tomorrow to remind you. Thanks.

  • Comment 46, posted at 28.04.11 19:35:56 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 46) : I’ve already done it….

    BTW, we don’t support PMs here. I just use email :)

  • Comment 47, posted at 28.04.11 19:37:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 44) : Life is sometimes so unfair. Having watched all our KZN top schools with the exception of Hilton, I’m still puzzled about what our selectors are going to do at flyhalf. We don’t have the pedigree of last year. Now I’ve just heard from a reliable source that as good as Pollard is, the Paul Roos 10, Luhann de Kock is going to be pushing him all the way this season.
    With all the talent down there how do you guys fail to win trophies?

  • Comment 48, posted at 28.04.11 19:40:55 by beet Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 47) : So little I know. :cry: I thought they were one and the same thing. Just googled it and now understand the difference. I meant email all along. Thanks for the email and the clarification. :smile:

  • Comment 49, posted at 28.04.11 19:46:47 by beet Reply
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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 44) : oom – can you organise me an interview with Marius?

  • Comment 50, posted at 28.04.11 20:20:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 50) : Sure I can try.

  • Comment 51, posted at 29.04.11 07:40:17 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @beet (Comment 48) : WP have some talent coming trhough from last years U16 group. Handre obvious in the HP squad already but myself was really impressed with the lot coming through from the Slaapstad soutie lot. They were just as good as the Boland Big 4 (Paul Roos, Boishaai, Gim and Boland)area.

    Pollard is in good hands, Louis Koen is our newly appoint sport organiser since Dec.

  • Comment 52, posted at 29.04.11 07:44:12 by PaarlBok Reply

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