Richard Ferguson

Could this be it?


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 7 Feb 2012 at 08:30
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Coach John Plumtree has come out and said that he will select his strongest possible squad to face the Kings in Port Elizabeth in two weeks time, meaning that his fringe players will get a run in the game on Friday night against Boland.

This has left the door open to a few of the youngsters to shine again, or in the case of those who never got a chance as a result of the power failure last Friday night, will a get their chance to prove they have what it takes.

There are a few of the fringe players that I would like to see get some game time, and I wish the coach would read this article and announce his team for the game on Friday night accordingly.

Firstly, I would love to see Kyle Cooper get a run at hooker, but seeing as he is injured, we are in all likelihood going to see young Monde Hadebe run out. This is of course assuming that the du Plessis brothers are not considered for the Boland clash. I would also play Chadwick at loosehead again, to give him some more confidence and momentum before the season kicks off. I would round off the front row with Herbst.

The second row becomes rather tricky, as I am quite sure Plumtree himself has no idea who his strongest lock combination is. One thing is sure though, that Ross Skeate will be first choice 5 at the start of the season, and rightfully so. His partner though, is yet to be decided amongst the growing group of impressive second rowers we have. For the Boland clash, I would partner up Jandre Marais and Anton Bresler and see how that combination works. Steven Sykes to play the second half partnering Bresler.

The loosies is another area where the combinations are endless, and with such a long season ahead, I would certainly not include Keegan Daniel for this game. My loose forward combination would be Jacques Botes at 6, Pieter-Steph du Toit at 7 and Lubabalo Mthembu at the back of the scrum. If Marcell Coetzee is fit again, I would consider him at the back of the scrum in place of Mthembu.

The backline is a bit easier, with my combinations easy to predict. Cobus Reinach at 9, Fred Zeilinga or Fred Michalak at 10, with the other on the bench and getting the second half to play. It is a difficult decision on whether to give JP Pietersen another run at 13 to see what he can do, or to not risk him and play Whitehead instead. Personally, I would try the Jordaan/Whitehead combination again, this time behind a decent pack and hopefully with some front foot ball.

The back three is a combination of giving young talent a go and giving Riaan Viljoen another shot at impressing the coaches, with the wingers being Sbura Sithole and Lwazi Mvovo. This back three would be solid and with quite a bit of pace thrown in as well.

So there you go Plum, I’ve just made your life so much easier:

1. Chadwick, 2. Hadebe, 3. Herbst, 4. Marais, 5. Bresler, 6. Botes, 7. du Toit, 8. Mthembu/Coetzee, 9. Reinach, 10. Michalak, 11. Sithole, 12. Jordaan, 13. Whitehead, 14. Mvovo, 15. Viljoen.



27 Comments

  • Not a bad side !

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.02.12 08:37:10 by Talent Reply
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  • A lot of effort gone into predicting a warm up team. Isn’t it better just to wait and see who runs out. It means nothing anyway. The only positives that come out of warm up games is getting the backline to handle the ball under pressure. And fine tune timing.

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.02.12 08:44:16 by waje Reply

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  • For a mixed side that is not bad at all :smile: I’m expecting good things from the Sharks this year. I especially like the idea of JP at 13, despite the host of negative comments directed at Plum et al for that decision.

    I rate Plum as a coach and I like the fact that he’s willing to think outside the box.

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.02.12 08:45:14 by StevieS Reply
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  • I could be totally wrong in my line of thinking about the stategic approach to the Boland game but this is how I think things will work.

    I don’t think there’ll be a limitation on the no of reserves for the game and my expection with the season starter being so close is that trial players not in line for SR squad selection at this stage to drop out of contention.

    So I don’t hold out to see the likes of Zeilinga or Mthembu in Friday’s team. If anything Michalak and Kanko will start and players like Lambie and Daniel will be on hand to sub.

    A big decision will be Reinach. A 3rd scrummy in a squad seems a must but not sure Plum see it that way.

    Also a decision between Sithole and Mjekewu may be on the cards altho I’d possible want to keep both on board a little longer before deciding who should drop down to the VcC squad.

    Another decision – Marius Joubert??? And if you drop him then what. Surely the Sharks don’t want a veteran to stand in the way of developing younger centres in the VcC.

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.02.12 08:59:52 by beet Reply

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  • Nice article Richard!! I wish they’d televise the warm-up games so that we could see how the players are doing. I’m stuck in Secunda so the trials last week weren’t an option!

    Keep us posted if you hear any news on what the team is likely to be please. I’d also like to see the Jandre/Anton lock pairing but I’d love to see Sykes used at blindside again. He had a start there in Currie Cup 2 or 3 seasons ago.

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.02.12 09:07:52 by ChrisS Reply
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  • I have BIG BIG expectations for the SHARKS this year…
    Its the year of the Shark…

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.02.12 09:09:46 by Franshark Reply
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  • @waje (Comment 2) : do you ever have anything nice to say? I guess not… it takes a lot less effort to denigrate the work that others have done than to actually do something yourself, hey?

    I’m sure I speak for most of the other readers, though, in saying that I’m bloody glad that Rich put the effort into this piece, because it’s given us something to discuss for the day. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.02.12 09:10:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 4) : my thinking is in line with yours…. The Sharks will pick a squad of 28 for Boland, but I’m expecting that to be the strongest 28, with the rest sent to Vodacom Cup to allow the Sharks XV to at least do some meaningful preparation there. They haven’t been able to practise lineouts, for instance, because they’ve only had 1 lock!

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.02.12 09:11:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Well said.

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.02.12 09:15:06 by StevieS Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 5) : With you there.

    To think the first time I`ll see the sharks in action again would be when they take the field at Loftus.

    How am I supposed to play mind games with the Bulls if I don`t know the strength of my team? :twisted:

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.02.12 09:20:46 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : A1 for that… Good stuff Rich…

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.02.12 09:21:44 by Franshark Reply
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  • I agree, some of the guys do need another game to prove their worth. Isnt this game televised?

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.02.12 09:37:31 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 10) : It’s killing me!!! I’m so keen to see Peter-Steph and find out what the hype is about and see for myself how JP does at 13!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.02.12 09:38:32 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 5) : Dont worry SW always has the news everyone wants to hear :razz:

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.02.12 09:42:38 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Given the concerns over The Hoff’s form, I’d like to see the warmup games not being used to give him an opportunity to find his mojo, but also to test our backup plans. I’ve always felt that Keegan’s best position is at 8, but we need to work out how to offset the loss in bulk.

    Marius Joubert’s profile seems to have lowered somewhat in the coaches’ eyes… *fade across to scene of Culling Song performing ecstatic cartwheels and backflips across his office floor*

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.02.12 09:49:18 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 15) : LOL :mrgreen: If I were able to I would join in with those backflips. Instead I’ll have to settle for a wee jig across my office floor and hope the security footage isn’t reviewed :lol:

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.02.12 09:52:53 by StevieS Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 15) : Are you planning on going to the ‘other’ side anytime. We would like to hear ‘that’ Plum’s thoughts :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.02.12 09:53:44 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 16) : My stomach doesnt allow for cartwheels either :oops:

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.02.12 09:55:19 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 18) : :lol:

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.02.12 09:57:33 by StevieS Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 18) : Well done on topping the Six Nations SuperBru picks.

  • Comment 20, posted at 07.02.12 10:01:42 by StevieS Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 18) : It’s all about momentum…tuck your legs in tight and pray that you don’t break your neck! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 07.02.12 10:02:49 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 20) : Well to start it, it does take a lot of research, sleepless nights and a great mind for maths. But most of all, LUCK :twisted:

  • Comment 22, posted at 07.02.12 10:06:58 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 21) : @ChrisS (Comment 21) : :lol:

  • Comment 23, posted at 07.02.12 10:08:00 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Hear, hear! Thanks for the article Rich!

  • Comment 24, posted at 07.02.12 10:14:10 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 15) : I fear that Kanko is being powered by his reputation tank these days and if that runs out before he’s able to find his mojo, I really don’t whereto for him. Euro seems an obvious destination but his style is so completely unsuited to N/Hem rugby that no matter where he ends up, he’s bound to be a misfit. Perhaps the Rebels, Force or Brumbies wud be a better an option for him.

    Anyway he desperately needs 1 or 2 things to happen very soon to prolong his Sharks career – a return to the form of old or reinvention of himself as a fatter, tighter, higher workload, more traditional no.8 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 07.02.12 10:17:43 by beet Reply

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  • I don’t think Plumtree will change the midfield before giving it another look, at least for the first half.

  • Comment 26, posted at 08.02.12 10:54:02 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 26) :

    I think you are spot on there..

    I would just love to see Jordaan in action again, and Whitehead actually touching the ball..

  • Comment 27, posted at 08.02.12 11:02:26 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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