Tough selection decisions ahead

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 2 Jul 2012 at 11:14
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The Sharks, as we know, need to throw everything they have into achieving a bonus-point win against the Bulls at Kings Park on Friday night. Coach John Plumtree should have a pretty strong squad to select from.

There has been absolutely no news out of Durban over the last week, though, as to who is in the frame for selection. We know that the Bok contingent sat out training last week, so will presumably only be assessed this morning. Of those players, it’s Pat Lambie and Willem Alberts about whom their is currently some doubt. Lambie hurt an ankle in the second test win over England, whilst Alberts strained knee ligaments and it’s not completely ridiculous to say that the Sharks probably won’t pull off the result they need without both of these key players fit to take the field; a case of “wait and see”, I guess.

We’re expecting Francois Steyn to come into the picture, since his new Sharks contract officially started yesterday; what’s more, Fred Michalak has returned to Durban to play in the last few matches as well, despite currently being under contract to Toulon (according to our information). Another key player who is under an injury cloud, though, is Paul Jordaan, having sustained what looked like a serious hamstring injury during the Junior Springboks’ JWC quarter-final win over Argentina. With Steyn back in the picture – and Jordaan assumed out – it’s quite likely that the Sharks will line up with a Steyn-Whitehead combination in midfield, but again, that’s just speculation at this point.

Neither Steven Sykes not Jacques Botes played against Barney’s Army – we’re told that each had a minor injury – so it also remains to be seen whether either is fit to face the Bulls this weekend. Conrad Hoffmann was another who missed out against John Smit’s team, but with both Charl McLeod and Michalak fit, it’s unlikely that he would feature in the match 22 this week anyway.

As always, the Sharks’ key selection decisions will be at loose forward, flyhalf, centre and fullback, with the rest of the team pretty much selecting itself.


  • Would love to see, if all fit: Beast, Bissie, Jannie, Sykes, Bresler ,Marcell, Alberts, Keegan, McLeod (wish I could write Ruan Pienaar), Pat, Mvovo, Fransie, Tim, JP, Ludik, Burden, Chadwick, Marais, Deysel, Freddie, Bosman, Odwa. Picking a specialist lock because we are playing the kicking Bulls. Not picking Kanko for the same reason (rather Deysel) and might bring in Botes for Odwa on the bench (4 – 2 split)????

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.07.12 11:37:19 by Bite me Reply
    Bite meVodacom Cup player
  • i remember Paul Jordaan making a real impact when coming on in the first round of the competition at loftus. Would lie Frans to start from the bench (stick to tried and tested) and start with Whitehead and Jordaan (if jordaan is available). Bring Frans on with 30mins to go at 12, and if we are chasing the game, leave Jordaan at 13, and if we are leading, move Whitehead to 13.

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.07.12 11:44:36 by VanWilder Reply
    VanWilderCurrie Cup player
  • @Bite me (Comment 1) : That would be nice – but also going for the 5-2 split.

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.07.12 13:31:04 by King Shark Reply
    King SharkVodacom Cup player
  • Time to start blooding youngsters like Sithole, PSDT and Reinach more regularly at a higher level

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.07.12 13:45:44 by Bokhoring Reply

    BokhoringAssistant coach
  • I have heard that Jordaan is out for 4 weeks after the JWC?

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.07.12 14:27:34 by Bite me Reply

    Bite meVodacom Cup player
  • I hope the injured guys aren’t injured guys anymore. Lambie and Alberts will be a big blow, Jordaan has also become an important part of our backline. I hope they don’t play Fred at 10 if Lambie’s okay to play.

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.07.12 14:30:42 by Letgo Reply
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    LetgoAssistant coach
  • What’s the point of playing steyn if for some miraculous reason we make the quarters and we can’t use him?

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.07.12 14:42:53 by shaniboi Reply

    shaniboiVodacom Cup player
  • Just read in the papers that Lambie is over his ankle strain and will be good to go come Friday night. There is doubt about Alberts injury though and also Sykes might not start. Sykes they say has had a scope on his knee and is only 50/50 for now to start.

    A huge pity about Jordaan too, though we have Fransie for the next two weeks. If we do somehow make it we will then need a fit Jordaan or Bosman will play inside centre and Tim outside. Just think it will be tough, we now have to not only win, but win with a bonus point in both the next two games. Reds are above us because of having more wins than us. They have Landers this week and Tahs the following, they should win both. Canes have a bye this week so collect the 4 points and then Chiefs the following. So for now it looks more like Reds making it.

    So if Lambie does start this week it will be at fb it seems with Freddie back at fh.

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.07.12 14:56:49 by Puma Reply

    PumaCurrie Cup player

    I know Alberts played well for the Boks but I almost hope he is injured. I want a Daniel/Coetzee/Kankowski loose trio to outclass the BULKY Springbok-type background…Pace and power and intelligence over brute strength…

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.07.12 16:33:35 by pienaar111 Reply

    pienaar111Currie Cup player

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.07.12 16:36:00 by pienaar111 Reply

    pienaar111Currie Cup player
  • @pienaar111 (Comment 9) : there’s no need to shout.

    We’ve pointed out repeatedly that he is not.

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.07.12 16:36:06 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
  • Tough selection decisions ahead….to select a new coach hopefully. (no I’m not commenting again, I’m only posting a link)

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.07.12 16:47:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : sure you’re commenting :)

    maybe if you post that link enough you’ll get to 5 stars :)

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.07.12 17:25:10 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
  • Just noticed I got to 4 platinum stars AND I’m ahead of KSA on total points for the first time ever :)

    Thank you, John Plumtree :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.07.12 17:26:31 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : that’s like that for weeks now, thought you knew :)

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.07.12 07:28:46 by Franshark Reply
    FransharkTeam captain

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