Richard Ferguson

Host of seniors for Sharks XV crunch match


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Vodacom Cup on 25 Apr 2012 at 14:13
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The Sharks XV face the Pampas XV this weekend in Cape Town, fighting for a chance to finish second on the log and secure a home play-off game, having been boosted by returning senior players such as Odwa Ndungane, Marius Joubert, Jean Deysel and Beast Mtawarira.

We also see the return of Paul Jordaan and Piet-Steph du Toit from Baby Bok duty, while the most exciting bench player has to be the return of Ryan Kankowski following his injury early in the season.

The halfback combination of Reinach and Zeilinga will continue together, while a brand new centre combo of Joubert and Jordaan will see the old and the new of Sharks rugby taking on the Pampas in midfield.

Jean Deysel will enjoy some much needed game time, as will Beast Mtawarira, after looking rather tired after his 55 minute run against the EP Kings last weekend. Should these players and Kankowski manage through the game, we are sure to see signs of them come the Sharks Super Rugby match against the Highlanders next weekend.

The Sharks XV:

15. Gouws Prinsloo
14. Odwa Ndungane
13. Paul Jordaan
12. Marius Joubert
11. S’bura Sithole
10. Fred Zeilinga
9. Cobus Reinach
8. Lubabalo Mtembu
7. Jean Deysel
6. Francois Kleinhans
5. Pieter-Steph du Toit
4. Jandre Marais (Captain)
3. Nick Schonert
2. Kyle Cooper
1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements

16. Monde Hadebe
17. Danie Mienie
18. Peet Marais
19. Brynard Stander
20. Ryan Kankowski
21. Hanco Venter
22. Heimar Williams



58 Comments

  • Not so sure I agree with this, to be honest..

    Loading the team up for the crunch match, says a lot about the players that are replaced..

    I can understand that players need game time, those coming back from injury, but this is a bit extreme..

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.04.12 14:18:15 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • OMS; probably strongest Vodacom Cup team i have ever seen…5 boks and 2 former Blitzbokke…Chuffed it’s being televised!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.04.12 14:27:01 by JJR Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : Deysel still isn’t match fit, Joubert has hardly played Ndungane needs match fitness, etc. I don’t see anything wrong with this selection, gives the side a better balance of youth and experience and that will help them Win this weekend.

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.04.12 14:29:29 by JJR Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 3) :

    Just so that they can go lose it in playoffs due to having to make new combinations again.. Silly really..

    If the team that has been playing all season cannot make the playoffs, they don’t deserve to be there based on one match where all the seniors come help them..

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.04.12 14:38:17 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Boys are gonna heat up Stellies this weekend!! Can’t wait to have Shark back up in town! Stoked:)

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.04.12 14:39:14 by jessi Reply

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  • After Ndungane and Marius Joubert, we don’t need any more experience in the team :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.04.12 14:40:29 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 4) : Rather be in the knockouts than not; in the knockouts anyone can Win.

    BTW, where is Mjekevu? Would be better to have him on the bench in place of Williams.

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.04.12 14:41:44 by JJR Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 7) :

    I’d rather not be in the playoffs if it is done in a manner that is unsettling to a team..

    Should we make the playoffs, and there is a big chance we won’t, I can’t see us getting anywhere..

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.04.12 14:42:58 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 8) : 3 teams from each section go through to quarters…we just need to Win…And we will with that team, i have no doubt, Kings beat Pampas in Stellenbosch and our young Sharks XV last week that was missing many players thanks to SA U/20 beat the Kings in Durban.

    We will be fine in knockouts if we can make use of our SA U/20 players. Messing up the team…well they’ve had like 5 million different captains, the team changes like every week, so i think they used to the changes, the group of players that have played for Sharks XV for most of the time will be available for Knockouts, we will be fine.

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.04.12 14:51:09 by JJR Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 8) : we need to make sure of the win in order to qualify for a home quarter-final game. simple as that. the regular team should be good enough to win that one playing at home. can’t look any further than that as we don’t know yet what the other results will be like.

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.04.12 15:02:19 by Greg Reply

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  • @Greg (Comment 10) : Well said, i agree.

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.04.12 15:12:42 by JJR Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 10) :
    @JJR (Comment 11) :

    I’m sorry, I just cannot agree with the manner in which it is done..

    How motivated are the players, who are now dropped for this match, going to be when they get back in the team?

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.04.12 15:16:29 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 12) : without wanting to debate a question that is essentially of a psychological nature, I reckon that guys like Mjekevu and Specman will be more than keen to make their mark playing for a Sharks representative team in a playoff game :smile:

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.04.12 15:37:04 by Greg Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : I don’t know Rich, it’s just Marius Joubert that I would not have played. Odwa needs game time, he will replace Ludik for the Sharks, so does Deysel who has only just come back from an injury, and Beast also needs to prove that he’s fit. Kanko’s on the bench and needs game time and also a good showing to get a spot at the Sharks.

    REally it’s just joubert that gives me a bit of a pain…

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.04.12 16:49:34 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 12) : It’s just the way the cookie crumbles. Five players for the Sharks are coming back from injuries, and they need game time if they’re going to be effective in their next game for the Sharks, it doesn’t even have anything to do with the players that has been left out. The fact is this team and these games will always be used to give some match fitness to the Super Rugby players.

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.04.12 16:53:03 by Letgo Reply
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  • All the injured players need to get match fit and unfortunately this is how it works,playing a high tempo game is what these players need,glad the Centre combination is there more solid than the previous and I’ve seen Joubert and Zeilinga do some damage,they gel nicely ,Mtembu has had a good few games and has shaped well,would love to see Reinach give a bit more ball to the backs so the game can flow and we see the speedsters get more ball,Prinsloo needs to pick up his overall game but his place kicking is good. A very nice team should be a good game.

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.04.12 17:30:32 by spyderco Reply

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  • @Greg (Comment 13) : Perfectly said :smile: I agree, again.

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.04.12 18:00:36 by JJR Reply
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  • Sorry for hi-jacking the article, breaking news: my source tells me that Adriaan Strauss might captain the Boks against England with Chilli on the bench. Looks like old Bissie is out. Can’t blame Meyer, Strauss is kicking butt.

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.04.12 18:29:52 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @Letgo Comment 15. Spot on. It’s all about the S15 team. Any Sharks Team endeavors to be as competitive as possible and tries to win every game, BUT, always within the parameters that the Sharks senior team’s interests come first. Nobody has been “dropped” from the Sharks XV and all regular players know that if the team qualifies, they will be in contention for SEMI-F selection. Remember, any player who has been in the Sharks S15 22 for any match more than 3 times cannot play Semi’s onwards in Vodacom.

    @JJR Comment 9. 4 teams from each section qualify for the quarter finals. Positions 1 &2 get home quarters.

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.04.12 20:50:54 by insider Reply

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  • @JJR (Comment 7) : They need Heimar on the bench to cover inside centre for Mr Marius ‘Unreliable’ Joubert

  • Comment 20, posted at 26.04.12 09:30:23 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 20) : give credit where it’s due,Marius had a bad start to the season but has gotten better as the games went on,on defense he is better than Hiemar as Hiemar has missed alot of vital tackles that cost his team, both players have there moments and let’s see what happens this weekend

  • Comment 21, posted at 26.04.12 09:58:23 by spyderco Reply

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  • @spyderco (Comment 21) : My perception is also probably skewed because I have never liked Marius and his signing was like a knife in the gut for me.

  • Comment 22, posted at 26.04.12 09:59:50 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • Apologies if it has already been asked.

    Is this game on the telly?

  • Comment 23, posted at 26.04.12 11:26:50 by dawj Reply

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  • @dawj (Comment 23) : I believe so, yes

  • Comment 24, posted at 26.04.12 11:39:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • I believe the game is at 14-40 on supersport channel 201

  • Comment 25, posted at 26.04.12 11:49:37 by spyderco Reply

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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 22) : no problem let’s hope all goes well.

  • Comment 26, posted at 26.04.12 11:59:41 by spyderco Reply

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  • @spyderco (Comment 21) : got to say I love your sensible commentary here. Great to have you. And still can’t get over the awesome squirrel :)

  • Comment 27, posted at 26.04.12 12:34:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : Thanx great bunch of people here nice to be a part of it.

  • Comment 28, posted at 26.04.12 14:07:02 by spyderco Reply

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  • @spyderco (Comment 28) : @robdylan (Comment 27) : Get a room, would you two? :lol:

  • Comment 29, posted at 28.04.12 14:24:51 by Ben Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 29) : ha ha.

    This game is about to start and I forgot to do a match thread… Let’s use this one.

  • Comment 30, posted at 28.04.12 14:39:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • Gonna be a cracker of a game great weather as well,go sharks xv, good to see kanko starting

  • Comment 31, posted at 28.04.12 14:42:25 by spyderco Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 30) : Was my plan yes.

  • Comment 32, posted at 28.04.12 14:42:43 by Ben Reply

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  • Late change. Hoff starts, tera benched

  • Comment 33, posted at 28.04.12 14:45:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • Our single and majour problem is HANDLING nothing else this seperates the teams

  • Comment 34, posted at 28.04.12 14:45:38 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Game under way.

  • Comment 35, posted at 28.04.12 14:46:09 by Ben Reply

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  • Game started a bit scrappy for the sharks xv, nice line running by Fred and Marius and Paul finishing it off, starting to look better

  • Comment 36, posted at 28.04.12 14:55:48 by spyderco Reply

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  • Pampas 0 – 12 Sharks

    21 mins

  • Comment 37, posted at 28.04.12 15:08:32 by Ben Reply

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  • Pampas 0 – 19 Sharks

    35 mins

  • Comment 38, posted at 28.04.12 15:23:58 by Ben Reply

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  • Half Time

    Pampas XV 3 – 19 Sharks XV

  • Comment 39, posted at 28.04.12 15:33:29 by Ben Reply

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  • Is this Pampas’ home venue?

  • Comment 40, posted at 28.04.12 15:33:38 by klempie Reply

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  • OK, there have been lots of calls for Paul Jordaan to play, let us know how he gets on.

  • Comment 41, posted at 28.04.12 15:37:53 by siorc Reply

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  • Sharks xv starting to get things going, glad the fitness of the more senior players from super 15 is holding up, Beast having a much better game than last week, Kanko fitness looking good, would like to see more running rugby in 2nd half from the backs.Zeilinga distribution looking good and Deysel playing his best

  • Comment 42, posted at 28.04.12 15:38:46 by spyderco Reply

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  • 6 handling errors both Sharks with little ball We can’t drop them!!

  • Comment 43, posted at 28.04.12 15:43:06 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Pampas 6 – 22 Sharks

    52 mins

  • Comment 44, posted at 28.04.12 15:56:59 by Ben Reply

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  • Well worked team try!!

  • Comment 45, posted at 28.04.12 15:58:54 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Great play jordaan ,go sharks xv

  • Comment 46, posted at 28.04.12 15:59:37 by spyderco Reply

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  • Pampas over for a try now. Poor defence from Sithole.

  • Comment 47, posted at 28.04.12 16:04:27 by Ben Reply

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  • Pampas 11 – 27 Sharks

    60 mins

  • Comment 48, posted at 28.04.12 16:05:09 by Ben Reply

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  • Pampas intercept try.

    Pampas 18 – 27 Sharks

    73 mins

  • Comment 49, posted at 28.04.12 16:19:57 by Ben Reply

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  • Pampas kick a penalty.

    Pampas 21 – 27 Sharks

    76 mins

  • Comment 50, posted at 28.04.12 16:24:17 by Ben Reply

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  • Gouws kicks a penalty.

    Pampas 21 – 30 Sharks

    79 mins

  • Comment 51, posted at 28.04.12 16:28:05 by Ben Reply

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  • Seems like anoooooooother “edge of the seat” win from a comfortable position for a Sharks team.

    Jeepers the Sharks only make it hard for their fans, don’t they?

  • Comment 52, posted at 28.04.12 16:28:21 by siorc Reply

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  • FULL TIME

    Pampas XV 24 – 30 Sharks XV

  • Comment 53, posted at 28.04.12 16:30:38 by Ben Reply

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  • Wow a game of two halves, sharks need to pick up there game, a few silly mistakes and decision making errors but we will take the win. Well done pampas xv a great comeback

  • Comment 54, posted at 28.04.12 16:37:10 by spyderco Reply

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  • Same mistakes from juniors to senior – we can’t hold onto the ball!!! Flyhalf is our weekest link here

  • Comment 55, posted at 28.04.12 16:45:21 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Both Zeilinga and Sitole had a good first half and a off second half Sitole missing tackles and Zeilinga an intercept, Zeilinga tackled good throughout the game above his weight,Sitole some good runs.The sharks are going into a tough game next week with alot of there super stars going up to super rugby

  • Comment 56, posted at 28.04.12 17:03:43 by spyderco Reply

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  • Kleinhans Cooper and Deysel had a great game, a lot of weekly changes to the team really disrupts the momentum of the team but they doing well .

  • Comment 57, posted at 28.04.12 17:09:51 by spyderco Reply

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  • Well done Sharkies.

  • Comment 58, posted at 28.04.12 17:38:49 by JarsonX Reply
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