Richard Ferguson

Selection poser for this weekend


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content, Sharks on 14 Aug 2012 at 12:35
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As the Sharks get into Currie Cup mode, after a superb come-from-behind victory at Newlands in the opening round, ahead lay some interesting selection posers which is sure to have Plumtree and his assistants scratching their heads.

Firstly, the Sharks managed a good victory, albeit rather lucky, with the team that was selected to take on Western Province, which excluded certain players that were involved in Super Rugby, so that those players could get a brief break and let the body recover. Now we are into the second week, and the question is – do we keep the team and go for some form of consistency, or do we make wholesale changes?

There are pro’s and con’s to both these scenarios. Let’s have a look at what will happen if we keep the starting team unchanged and bring those players back onto the bench. This will mean that Anton Bresler, Charl McLeod and Louis Ludik will move onto the bench, with Peet Marais, Conrad Hoffmann and Marius Joubert or Rosco Speckman falling out of the match 22. The latter should put a smile on a few faces, but let’s move on.

The positives here, firstly, are that a settled team will face the Lions this weekend, a team that has come through a tough opening encounter, taking quite a bit of confidence into this weekend. Certain combinations would have gelled nicely with the extra week of training, and we can expect better showings from the front row, the line-out work with a settled second row, as well as in the backline, where the half backs have a second week to gain an understanding.

This will also allow the likes of Bresler, McLeod and Ludik to sit on the bench, not only meaning another week off, but will give the team some back-up, should the game plan or players selected not pull through.

The other side of the coin is to push these players back into starting line-up with immediate effect, which should make a difference to the team in terms of experience and grunt, especially in the case of Bresler, but this could backfire as these players can potentially be off the boil following their break. Not that they can lose all form from sitting one week out, but it is possible that they are out of the loop and could harm the momentum gained from beating Province this weekend.

Personally, I would bring the rested players onto the bench, allowing some momentum for the first half of the match, with a thrust of fresh and experienced players to come on in the second half, early second half if we are battling or late in the second half if the game is going our way.

1.Dale Chadwick
2.Craig Burden
3.Wiehahn Herbst
4.Steven Sykes
5.Jandre Marais
6.Jacques Botes
7.Jean Deysel
8.Tera Mtembu
9.Cobus Reinach
10.Riaan Viljoen
11.Sbura Sithole
12.Meyer Bosman
13.Paul Jordaan
14.Odwa Ndungane
15.Gouws Prinsloo

16.Monde Hadebe
17.Julian Redelinghuys
18.Anton Bresler
19.Francois Kleinhans
20.Charl McLeod
21.Marius Joubert
22.Louis Ludik



30 Comments

  • Can I please just put in a bit of an “I told you so” to all the people telling us we need to buy a new scrumhalf? :)

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.08.12 12:53:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) :

    On that note.. Do you think we will ever see Conrad Hoffmann start a game for the Sharks?

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.08.12 12:56:24 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I think your selections make a fair bit of sense, Rich… give the youngsters one more chance against the Lions to see what they can do.

    From next week, though, I want Bresler at 5 and Ludik at 15… Gouws gives lots of nice options off the bench (10,13,15).

    Don’t really want to drop Reinach, but McLeod is first choice and should also start after this weekend.

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.08.12 12:57:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : I think that ship has sailed

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.08.12 12:57:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :

    Tend to agree with you..

    Away to the Bulls is never going to be easy, we need to put a full strength team up for that match..

    In fact, now that I think about it, starting with the best fifteen this week gives them a week to play together before facing the Bulls.. which could really help in winning that encounter..

    Eish, to be a coach…

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.08.12 12:59:34 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Ever since Currie Cup 2010, Charl McCleod has pretty much been our only established scrumhalf. Setting aside the issue of how good Charl is or isn’t, we really, really need to use this Currie Cup to build depth ahead of next year’s Super 15. So Charl should bench, with Reinach being given some more starts, not just in this game.

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.08.12 12:59:44 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : There are a lot of skills scrumhalves should have, such as the judgment and ability to snipe, tactical kicking, etc., but the two non-negotiables should be tackling, and an ability to pass quickly and accurately.

    In last year’s CC final, Conrad’s clearing from the base of the scrum/ruck was as fast as continental drift. He’ll need to rectify that is he wants to come into contention, in my opinion.

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.08.12 13:02:27 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Put Rosco Specman in the 21 jersey in stead of he-who-shall-not-be-named and you have a very good team :o

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.08.12 13:03:20 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : I agree, we playing the top team in CC so we should pick the best we have for this game….

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.08.12 13:05:07 by Franshark Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 8) :

    I wanted to, believe me..

    But, you can’t really have two wings/fullbacks on the bench, and no centre cover..

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.08.12 13:05:15 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 10) : Damn, can’t Odwa or Ludick cover centre as well?

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.08.12 13:10:38 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 11) : I reckon Odwa, Gouws and Ludik could all cover 13… not so much 12, though.

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.08.12 13:26:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • Cobus Reinach i believe is the future at 9 for The Sharks, and has showed last week exactly why. It is nice to have a scrummie that doesn’t knock on the ball 5 times a game ;-) So hope Mcloed plays second fiddle to Reinach for this season and let Reinach get some more experience.

    Regarding loose forwards, Tera is a really good ball runner in open flowing games, but as we could see when you need an 8 to get you over the advantage line, he is not always going to be the best option; at this stage Deysel at 8, Kleinhans at 7 and Botes at 6 looks like the best loose forward combination in my view, for this CC.

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.08.12 13:32:35 by JJR Reply
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  • Actually i also think Brynard Stander could add some value to our Currie Cup team…really good ball carrier, can cover whole loose trio and amazing work rate…really believe he is player The Sharks should give a chance in the future.

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.08.12 13:36:48 by JJR Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 13) :

    Honestly don’t think you can write off McLeod after one good game from Reinach.

    Agree, give him game time during the Currie Cup, but you simply cannot drop McLeod indefinitely..

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.08.12 13:44:10 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I tend to agree with you on this one Rich and yet there’s this worry in the back of my mind. The Lions are turning into our bogey team and to break that cycle we need a really good result against them away from home.

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.08.12 14:02:16 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 16) :

    We are playing at home this weekend..

    But yes, I agree to a cretain extent, I think our players can pull off a victory here..

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.08.12 14:03:24 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 17) : Apologies, I must have misread the fixtures then – that makes me far more comfortable with the idea of sticking with the youngsters for this week’s game.

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.08.12 14:20:20 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 15) : Maybe dropping Mcleod down tot he bench for a few games might give him a little more hunger and he might start punching at levels equal to 2010 when he was at his best for us.

    So I’m saying let Reinach start the next few matches and see how he goes.

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.08.12 16:03:55 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • Boks given a boost

    http://www.rugby365.com/article/49081-spies-blow-for-boks

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.08.12 18:52:02 by byron Reply

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  • I perceived that Tera was lost. I would train him as a lock Give Kleynhans a start. Maybe Tera 1 more chance at 8 from bench then lock

  • Comment 21, posted at 14.08.12 21:28:50 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • I agree with Ferg to a certain extend.
    However I would definately find places for Bresler and Ludik in the starting 15.
    Lions think they are on a high right now, we need to nip them in the bud early on this year. We all saw what happened when they got a home final, they seem to have our number in Jhb.

    Select our best possible line up this weekend, secure our place at the top of the log and then play around with the team in easy games like the bulls and Griquas in Durban.

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.08.12 08:33:10 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @byron (Comment 20) : :lol:

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.08.12 09:23:59 by Letgo Reply
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  • @byron (Comment 20) :

    So…

    Keegan
    Alberts
    Marcell

    or

    Alberts
    Marcell
    Kolisi

    or

    Marcell
    Alberts
    Kolisi

    but I think Keegan should start if his spider bite is okay.

  • Comment 24, posted at 15.08.12 09:27:16 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 24) : Nevermind Keegan, how’s the spider doing? :lol:

  • Comment 25, posted at 15.08.12 09:39:23 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 25) : apparently the spider now has superpowers.

  • Comment 26, posted at 15.08.12 09:48:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) :

    Some say.. Daniel taught Chuck Norris how to play rugby..

  • Comment 27, posted at 15.08.12 09:52:19 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Now that we’re on that topic of discussion, apparently Death once had a near-Keegan experience…

    When Keegan jumps in the pool, he doesn’t get wet, the water gets Keeganed…

    Every time Keegan Daniel blinks, the world stops existing for a split second…

    I’m stopping now before this gets out of control

  • Comment 28, posted at 15.08.12 09:55:06 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : @Richard Ferguson (Comment 27) : @Culling Song (Comment 28) : Love It :lol:

  • Comment 29, posted at 15.08.12 10:14:15 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Culling Song (Comment 28) : Spiderman wears Keegan Daniel boxers

  • Comment 30, posted at 15.08.12 10:29:00 by Die Kriek Reply

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