How are we doing?

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 21 Mar 2012 at 09:16
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As promised, let’s do our bi-weekly check-in on the Sharks to see how well players are being managed in terms of game time.

As we reported after round 2, a number of key players in the Sharks team suffered debilitating injuries during the course of last year, with overuse being one of the contributing factors. We’re going to do our bit to keep the Sharks honest, if we can, by pointing out which players are getting lots (maybe too much) time on the field – and which aren’t getting enough.

After round 2, we singled out 7 players who up to that point had played 160 minutes each. Of those players, one (JP Pietersen) has already succumbed to injury and missed the game against the Reds (and the one to come against the Waratahs). The other 6 all went through rounds 3 and 4 without being replaced as well, meaning a total of 320 minutes game time for each of Dale Chadwick, Bismarck du Plessis, Marcell Coetzee, Keegan Daniel, Pat Lambie and Lwazi Mvovo. It is now getting to the stage where each of these players is simply going to have to be managed better, if we want to avoid each in turn breaking down.

The prop crisis in the camp is well known and with emergency tight-head cover needed on the tour, a deputy for Chadwick doesn’t seem readily available. The Sharks now have to give Jannie du Plessis a run in the number 1 jersey and give Chadwick a bit of a break, even if it’s just for 20 minutes or so here and there. Bismarck and Daniel were both under an injury cloud last week and while it’s difficult to rest both, given that they are the team leaders, it’s nevertheless crucial that some sort of schedule is agreed that sees each allowed a break at some stage. The return of Jean Deysel in a few weeks should allow for more loose forward rotation, which will benefit both Daniel and Coetzee, but since Bismarck’s deputy, Craig Burden, has enjoyed a scant 9 minutes on the field all season – at prop! – there is no excuse not to give the fiery hooker a rest now and then.

Lambie and Mvovo will probably be ok for a few more weeks, but again, Meyer Bosman and either Louis Ludik or Paul Jordaan could be given the opportunity to run in those positions a little more too.

Riaan Viljoen (272 minutes), Timmy Whitehead (232 minutes) and Steven Sykes (197 minutes) are the other players with the highest game time, although none of those are close to the heights of the 6 already mentioned. Of the players who are not getting enough time on the field, it’s only really Burden who sticks out, with Marius Joubert (14) and Paul Jordaan (27) each having their own reasons for not getting much time on the field.


  • The commeneators must read SW because they pointed out those same players in the build up to the Reds game. I hope we see some rotation soon. Burden looks like he needs some more game time before he comes into his own. I’d love to see him come on early if we’re far ahead in a game, otherwise at least 10-15 minutes each game.

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.03.12 09:25:03 by StevieS Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 1) : Christo Buchner reads our articles and then repeats large chunk of what we say in Beeld.

    I’m flattered as f*ck, even though we never get a mention.

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.03.12 09:31:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • Given the nature of a back VS forward, and the contact and physicality of it, it is obviously vital that the forwards get rotated more… Lwazi will need to be rotated a little later only so he can stay fresh. Viljoen gets taken off routinely which is good, keeping him fresh, as he takes a lot of contact for a FB, Lambie will be due for a rest soon… Lets hope it happens, looking forward to see Deysel make it through the Vodacom Cup build up and add his considerable weight into the Super mix.

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.03.12 09:45:52 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : I have a joke for you, and one which I suspect has a lesson in regards to your comment.

    A native American chief dies and his young, tech savvy son replaces him. A few months before winter the tribe asks him if it will be cold, so they know how much firewood to collect.
    Now the young chief never really learnt the ways of nature, so he rings up his pal at the weather channel to ask him. “It could be a bit chilly” his friend replies, so he tells his tribe to collect some wood.
    After a week they ask the chief if they have enough wood, so he rings up his friend again. “It’s gonna be a cold one!” his friend says, so the chief tells the tribe to collect more wood.
    Two more weeks pass, and the tribe again asks if they have enough, chief phones friend, friend says “This is going to be one heluva cold winter” so the chief tells his tribe to collect every scrap of wood they can
    Just before winter starts, the chief phones his friend one last time. “We are expecting the coldest winter ever!” his friend says, and the chief replies “every time I call your predictions get worse, how do you know this?”
    “Because the Indians are collecting firewood like crazy!”

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.03.12 10:06:29 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Oi, you should at least get a mention! I call plagiarism :lol:

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.03.12 11:34:14 by StevieS Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : I’ve noticed that too. Christo, if you’re reading this, at least give us a shout out once in a while! ;-)

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.03.12 13:06:46 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 5) : haha… seems the goose and gander have different rules applied, mate…

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.03.12 13:21:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Hahaha it would seem so.

    I had an idea for an article line. What about a “Where are they now” segment on some of our old Sharks heroes? Not sure how one would go about it, but it would be interesting to see what the like of Lem, Cabous etc are up to.

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.03.12 13:55:51 by StevieS Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 8) : I like that idea!i

    I guess first one has to identify by means of people posting who they want to hear about, then you take the list (perhaps 1 person every week or two weeks), do re-search and voila!

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.03.12 14:14:15 by Ice Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 8) : I’ll second it. Would be great to have articles like those especially when there’s no rugby on or during a bye weeks.

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.03.12 14:28:41 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 10) : A bye WEEKS…did u proofread that? :twisted: :lol:

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.03.12 14:33:08 by Ice Reply
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  • When you look at the structure of this competition, and consider the average collisions per game by a forward – near the end of the comp, he could conservatively be in involved in around 700 collisions – now consider the tenacity per hit, and one can immediately see why resting and player management is vital. Mental fatigue is also a serious issue… train, train, train, gym, train, gym, gym, train, match day, gym, train, gym – very difficult to get psyched up every time… Mental fatigue… Eish

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.03.12 15:24:43 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 11) : Apologies, typing on my phone is no fun. Pretend as though you don’t see the “a”. :grin:

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.03.12 15:39:39 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 13) : just kidding! But remember, some of us use our phones to type articles! So be lenient next time! Haha

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.03.12 16:31:30 by Ice Reply
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