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Will Gouws get the call?


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 26 Sep 2011 at 13:12
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With the Sharks reporting a fresh set of injuries after Friday night’s somewhat disappointing win over Griquas, John Plumtree and his coaching team are going to have to dig deep to keep a fit side on the park for the final three (and hopefully more) weeks of the competition.

In addition to the core of 8 Springboks missing through World Cup duty, the Sharks have additionally lost number 8 Ryan Kankowski to a broken hand and now will also have to make do without both Craig Burden and Louis Ludik, injured at various stages last week. Lock Anton Bresler is also in doubt for the next few weeks, after picking up an ankle injury, while Wiehahn Herbst is also battling to overcome a niggling injury.

With ready-made cover available in the squad for Bresler, Burden and Herbst – Jandre Marais, Kyle Cooper and Julian Redelinghuys have all played big roles already this year – it is the injury to Ludik that is most vexing, with the Sharks short of cover amongst the outside back positions. JP Pietersen, Odwa Ndungane and Pat Lambie are all with the Boks, leaving the pair of Lwazi Mvovo and the young Sibusiso Sithole to join Stefan Terblanche in a mostly-exciting back three. With Ludik out of the picture – and Mark Richards seemingly released to the SA Sevens side for the time being – the time would seem right for promising under 21 fullback Gouws Prinsloo to come into the selection frame.

Prinsloo has been in fine form for the juniors so far this season emerging as the competition’s leading points scorer. In fact, he has scored nearly twice as many points to date as the bloke sitting in second position and regularly emerges from those matches as a real stand-out player, notwithstanding the up-and-down form of the Sharks under 21 side this year.

While the Sharks must surely be tempted to bring Jacques-Louis Potgieter into the squad this weekend, particularly given that his educated boot and good reading of the game make his a useful stand-in fullback, I feel that it would be a wasted opportunity to not give Prinsloo an opportunity to show his mettle – and aptitude for senior rugby – at some point within the next few weeks.



22 Comments

  • We can only hope!

    Would love to see him have a go..

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.09.11 13:21:33 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : me too, but for an important game like this, I reckon we’ll see Marius and Jacques-Louis on the bench

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.09.11 13:26:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    I see you are assuming an Adi start.

    Do you think it will happen? Im hoping more than anything, but he has said in a presser before that Adi will get a start and it never happened…

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.09.11 13:29:00 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : yes… assuming an adi start

    I think whatever the case, we will probably see JLP in 21. Then either Adi or Marius in 22…

    Did Plum say anything about Ross? Cos I would imagine he;ll go back to Hoffmann as bench option now

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.09.11 13:40:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : There’s still hope :twisted:

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.09.11 13:40:13 by Charlie Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :

    Strangely enough, I think everybody was too scared to ask him about Ross.

    I think it was just assumed that normal service would resume, with McLeod starting and Hoffmann on the bench..

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.09.11 14:12:03 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I think if Mccloed is fit he will start this week and i think Hoffman may get the nod on thr bench cos of his versatility. If they dont use JLP and instead bring in Prinsloo then i think that means JLP will be leaving the Sharks next year. Will Adi Jacobs get a start this week…hmm i dunno

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.09.11 14:41:37 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 6) : Everyone was scared of Plum? Surely not?

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.09.11 14:51:29 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 8) : he’s MEAN in a press conference… cuts you down to size if you ask a question he doesn’t think you should have asked… it’s those eyes…

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.09.11 15:07:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Wish he could be so MEAN in making honest selections on form… :evil:

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.09.11 15:15:53 by Charlie Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : I was being sarcastic. I have personally experienced a Plum press conference and even had a question shot down. I don’t think he likes the media at all.

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.09.11 15:31:13 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 11) : yup – been there and also got that scar :)

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.09.11 15:39:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 11) : @robdylan (Comment 12) : PLUM…SuurKnol !!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.09.11 16:01:12 by Charlie Reply

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  • 2 sure things this week.

    Gouws Prinsloo won’t be playing for the seniors.
    And Adi Jacobs won’t be starting.

    I only agree with the latter though.

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.09.11 16:32:00 by hendrikp Reply

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  • Plum will pick a 5-2 bench.

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.09.11 16:42:27 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 15) : he’s not going to have enough fit forwards to pick 5 on the bench

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.09.11 19:58:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • I’m guessing JLP will be on the bench…

  • Comment 17, posted at 26.09.11 21:25:47 by Ben Reply
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  • JLP was good @ 13 for the Nulle a season or so back…. Why not give him a shot there? Or am I loosing my marbles ;-)

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.09.11 07:41:58 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 18) : Or 12 for that matter with Adi @ 13… Bosman @ 10 and Oupa @ 15. :???:

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.09.11 07:42:56 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 18) : I agree with you. JLP isnt going to be able to play 10 anywhere, well maybe at the Pumas but still. He was good at 13, but Plum wont play him there. Im curious to see what he would offer at 15….maybe against the Leopards?

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.09.11 08:12:50 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 18) : @SharksRTB (Comment 19) : @SheldonK (Comment 20) : JLP has, for me, shown more promise at centre than flyhalf. That individual try he scored against the Crusaders in S15 showed that he has the ability to attack space, has a reasonable step and if not blistering pace, then at least is no slower than our current crop of centres. The only problem is his defense, which may be found wanting. Still, it would have been interesting to see him and Adi combine, maybe even as a left/right combo rather than the traditional inside/outside arrangement.

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.09.11 08:27:09 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 21) : I think the left/right combo is more relevant in today’s game than classifying someone as an inside or outside centre. With the number of breakdowwns and speed of the game the entire backline should have a similar skill set. In the professional era i dont understand guys have fundemental weakness’s such as defense- surely that can be worked on in practise?

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.09.11 09:00:50 by SheldonK Reply

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