Alberts at lock for knock-out

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 18 Jul 2012 at 12:17
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The Sharks team to face the Reds this weekend has been named.

Coach John Plumtree is clearly an avid reader of Sharksworld these days, with the coach naming a vicrtually identical side to the one we suggested a few days back. The key selection is that of Willem Alberts in the number 4 jersey, to partner Anton Bresler in the second row.

There are a number of changes to the outfit that started against the Cheetahs last weekend, with Beast Mtawaria and Bismarck du Plessis taking over from Dale Chadwick and Craig Burden respectively, as anticipated. Bresler moves across to the number 5 jersey, in place of the injured Piet-Steph du Toit, with Alberts coming up off the bench.

The loose trio and halfbacks remain unchanged, with Louis Ludik in for Pat Lambie in the only change to the back three. Tim Whitehead moves to inside centre for Frans Steyn, with Paul Jordaan starting in the number 13 jersey he last wore against the Stormers.

In the only variation from our team, Plumtree has opted to include a specialist scrumhalf on the bench rather than an extra forward. Cobus Reinach will wear the number 20 jersey, with Steven Sykes and Jacques Botes covering lock and loose forward respectively. Jandre Marais, along with Chadwick, misses out completely this week.

The Sharks

1. Tendai Mtawarira
2. Bismarck du Plessis
3. Jannie du Plessis
4. Willem Alberts
5. Anton Bresler
6. Keegan Daniel (Captain)
7. Marcell Coetzee
8. Ryan Kankowski
9. Charl McLeod
10. Frederic Michalak
11. Lwazi Mvovo
12. Tim Whitehead
13. Paul Jordaan
14. JP Pietersen
15. Louis Ludik

16. Craig Burden
17. Wiehahn Herbst
18. Steven Sykes
19. Jacques Botes
20. Cobus Reinach
21. Meyer Bosman
22. Odwa Ndungane


  • No surprises from Plum here.

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.07.12 12:23:39 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • BTW what is with the early announcement of the team – no more tricky dicky tricks?

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.07.12 12:24:43 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Really not a bad team, lets hope the guys can keep the intensity up and carry on with the way they were playing against the Bulls and the second half against the Cheetahs

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.07.12 12:24:48 by KingRiaan Reply
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  • So does this team have the 100% Sharksworld Seal of Approval

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.07.12 12:29:31 by Die Kriek Reply
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  • I’m happy with this team. Alberts at lock; it kinda makes sense to have all your form players in the team no matter if they have to be played slightly out of position. Alberts role will still remain the same; with Kanko and Bresler our lineout should be fine. Best team Plum could’ve named for this weekend. Go Sharks!!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.07.12 12:31:26 by JJR Reply
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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 4) : Nope, sorry, I’m going to be the voice of dissent. I’d have preferred Jandre Marais as lock, with Alberts on the bench with an instruction to inflict maximum pain on tired opponents with 30 minutes to go.

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.07.12 12:32:21 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 6) : I reckon Willem will be more use while the game is tight, as he can even get momentum against strong defenses.

    At the moment I would prefer Marais over Sykes on the bench

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.07.12 12:38:10 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @Culling Song (Comment 6) : i see your point, but maybe plum wants the sharks to dominate from the kick off. i think he is scared that if the reds go 9 points clear at half time like the cheetahs did, then maybe it will be to late to play catch up rugby.

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.07.12 12:41:41 by jovner Reply

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  • @Culling Song (Comment 6) : I’m just hoping it’s a sign that he wants the breakdowns bossed and the gainline breached from early on.

    @jovner (Comment 8) : Pretty much what jovner said.

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.07.12 12:44:04 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I don’t like Alberts at lock, he is wasted there.
    I have a good feeling about this game for the Sharks.

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.07.12 12:45:20 by Loosehead Reply

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  • Where is our cover at 10 and 15¿

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.07.12 12:45:36 by Rahul Reply

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  • @Rahul (Comment 11) : Bosman at 10, Odwa or JPP at 15.

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.07.12 12:48:57 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Loosehead (Comment 10) : yes but with the Reds playing a lot like the Cheetahs? the match could be pretty loose, and then just maybe its the right call boet

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.07.12 12:49:32 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 6) :
    I agree with you mate. Marais has done well when given the chance…But its not the worst decision Plum has made this season.
    - would have been good to see a rampaging 120kg man mountain running at tired defense as you said!!!

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.07.12 12:52:25 by pienaar111 Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 12) : thats pushing it a bit. Reds could target that area esp if cooper cab overturn his suspension

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.07.12 12:57:17 by Rahul Reply

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  • Plum is going to have to use the bench very well in this game. Sharks are going to be tired towards the end of the game due to the travel factor – same as in Waratahs game

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.07.12 12:57:29 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @Culling Song (Comment 6) : as I said as well – that’s the only change I would make to this team

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.07.12 12:57:29 by Ice Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 7) : @jovner (Comment 8) : I’m just worried about the efects of jet lag, and think our bench is going to have to play a huge role in this game if we want to maintain a high tempo and intensity.

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.07.12 12:59:36 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 18) : The Reds will try and loosen up the game in the second half – specifically to target the tiring Sharks. That will probably take Alberts’s strengths a bit out of the game

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.07.12 13:03:01 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • I’m with Culling Song.

    Alberts hasn’t played at lock all season, and won’t be viewed as one long term. Sharks would’ve been better off going with combinations that have done the job previously / a combination that has done the job previously.

    Line-outs get a shake up… and they lose the balance between ball carrier and support etc.

    Throwing a player into different positions also creates issues with the pods when on attack. When you play the same position all the time, it becomes instinctive.

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.07.12 13:13:20 by hendrikp Reply

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  • The fact that Alberts played lock for 50min, the 50 min the Sharks actually looked good against the Cheetahs, has me convinced that it was the right decision, especially because we really don’t want the loose trio to be broken up, we really don’t want Alberts on the bench, not with the form he’s in, Sykes have just come back from an injury and Juandre haven’t played that much for us during this season and the lock pairing between him and Anton is still new (he is unlucky to miss out completely though, he has been doing well when he’s got the chance).

    I’m happy with this team.

    Now the boys just have to pitch up.

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.07.12 14:32:54 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 4) : 100%. Good luck guys, power game, lots of intensity, good rucking – guys must do their jobs when it comes to rucking.

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.07.12 14:34:48 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 21) : my reason for supporting he call is simple… Sykes has played not 1 minute of rugby for 6 weeks.

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.07.12 14:38:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Moer hulle! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Bliksem hulle! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.07.12 14:45:26 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Some Brisbane based Sharks supporter on “the site that shall not be named” saying that it is currently very wet and raining and more rain expected on Saturday.

    Wonder who would benefit more from wet and rainy conditions – Reds or Sharks?

  • Comment 25, posted at 18.07.12 14:57:52 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 25) : That should be us, we have a more rounded game, although that could bring Gill to the fore even more

  • Comment 26, posted at 18.07.12 15:26:31 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • I think our big problem is Charl against Will,if he is given any room we will b in trouble,that’s where Keegan and Marcell have to close him DOWN

  • Comment 27, posted at 18.07.12 20:19:35 by clarkville Reply

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  • I hear there’s a fire on KP…
    Wonder what’s going on there…

  • Comment 28, posted at 19.07.12 07:23:43 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 28) : Probably started by the city council to force the Sharks to move to Moses Madibha stadium :razz:

  • Comment 30, posted at 19.07.12 08:19:11 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • I like Alberts at lock. Not because of playing lock but more about having him on the park without loosing Marcell, Kanko and Daniel. It will make it nice and physical for the reds and give marcell and daniel more time to close the space down for Guinea.

  • Comment 31, posted at 19.07.12 09:12:21 by Viking Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 31) : Guinea? Careful he doesn’t cry fowl over being called that! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 32, posted at 19.07.12 09:35:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 32) : Why – he is not of Italian decent?

  • Comment 33, posted at 19.07.12 09:41:35 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • On the other hand Marcell and Keegan need to pluck his tail feathers – and the Reds are half shut down :razz:

  • Comment 34, posted at 19.07.12 09:57:31 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • Q: has Cobus played 4 games this season?

  • Comment 35, posted at 19.07.12 11:55:05 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 35) : doesn’t need to have…. he was contracted long before 1 April

  • Comment 36, posted at 19.07.12 12:18:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • I hope the bone collector tackles the poef out of the best scrumhalf on the planet in the first minute.

  • Comment 37, posted at 19.07.12 12:52:07 by King Shark Reply
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  • @King Shark (Comment 37) : LIKE

  • Comment 38, posted at 19.07.12 13:53:58 by robdylan Reply
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