Richard Ferguson

Boks back to boost Sharks


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 9 Oct 2013 at 12:14
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The Sharks have opted to utilise a full Springbok front row against Western Province this weekend, starting with Beast Mtawarira, Bismarck du Plessis and Jannie du Plessis.

More Springboks in the starting team include Pieter-Steph du Toit and Marcell Coetzee, starting in the second row and loose trio respectively. Jacques Botes, Stephan Lewies, Wiehahn Herbst, Kyle Cooper and Dale Chadwick all miss out on starting spots.

The only change to the backline sees Charl McLeod start ahead of Cobus Reinach.

On the bench, we see Herbst, who will win his 50th Currie Cup cap when he comes on, while Jacques Botes is set to become the most capped Currie Cup player when he takes the field. There is also a bench spot for Pat Lambie, who must be quite comfortable on the wood after so many times practicing this spot with the Springboks.

Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Heimar Williams, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (capt), 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Peet Marais, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Stephan Lewies, 19 Jacques Botes, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Pat Lambie, 22 Louis Ludik



46 Comments

  • Let’s go Sharks! Looks like a damn good team, going to be one hell of a match.

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.10.13 12:21:21 by PTAShark Reply
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  • Jake White is going to enjoy having that pack at his disposal next year. Here’s hoping we manage to keep them all at the Sharks – and all fit!

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.10.13 12:25:27 by MerckZ Reply

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  • Hello? Loui ludik back to fullback? Are we forgetting how well he played before being forcefully moved to centre?

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.10.13 12:59:38 by Alfred Krebs Reply

     
  • my first post in a year I think :shock:
    this looks like a decent team…I really feel for Lambie
    my whole fandamily supports the Weer Probeer team!!!! I really really hope we bat the for a SIX! lol

    lets do this boys!!! :mrgreen: :twisted:

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.10.13 13:04:51 by capesharks Reply

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  • @Alfred Krebs (Comment 3) :

    I think Ludik leaving at the end of the season has forced him to sit on the bench for this season.

    Totally understandable..

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.10.13 13:05:02 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Alfred Krebs (Comment 3) : you can’t leave sp marais out of the team at the moment, he is just sensational and on attack is much better than ludik. The other thing that count against ludik is that he is leaving at the end of the season

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.10.13 13:05:30 by jovner Reply

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  • Very strong Sharks team!!!!! Go Sharks!!!!!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.10.13 13:13:33 by JD Reply
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  • @jovner (Comment 6) : I actually thought SP had a bit of an off day against the Bulls especially with his kicks. Both he and Fred are going to have to be more accurate this weekend becasue the Province back 3 will run it back at you with interest. Nice looking team. Need to win this one!

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.10.13 13:15:26 by Vince Reply

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  • This here is going to be a preview to the CC final. In both the venue and the teams.

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.10.13 13:35:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Good side but i wonder how long Beast and Jannie will last in the game. Depends how well recovery has been managed. Its a strong bench though. WP will be very tough to beat as they are the form side.

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.10.13 13:43:26 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 10) : They only played 50 minutes – Meyer took them off because he was resting them for this…

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.10.13 14:10:45 by MerckZ Reply

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  • @MerckZ (Comment 11) : Ah i was wondering about his thinking. Makes sense now.

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.10.13 14:25:08 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Hello from Sacramento!

    Amazingly strong team this… a little surprised to see Lewies on the bench.

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.10.13 14:33:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 12) : It’s the only explanation. :lol:

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.10.13 14:37:46 by MerckZ Reply

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  • @MerckZ (Comment 14) : glad you guys could find a grain of logic in that decision…

    I’ve been racking my brain for days

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.10.13 14:44:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • MARCELL COETZEE IS NO OPENSIDE…our Loose trio could get owned by the better balanced WP trio. No fetcher in our midst at all

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.10.13 14:45:46 by pienaar111 Reply

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  • @pienaar111 (Comment 16) : Thought Marcel was outstanding the other week when he featured for the Sharks. He ripped the Cheetahs apart. As for the trio I can’t think of a better balance than Marcel, Jean and Keegan. Tireless work rate from Marcel, wrecking ball in Jean, and sublime skill and speed in Keegan. Bismarck is one of the best fetchers in the game not to mention Marcel who showed us some new skills in this department and Keegan can do it too.

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.10.13 15:36:30 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13)

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.10.13 15:40:46 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • :shock:

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.10.13 15:43:43 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Very Strong Sharks team that has not played as a team ? This will be strength against strength and the first of two finals in three weeks! Brendon and his staff are experienced and intelligent about their selections but however WP with their springboks are certainly a formidable team and very balanced in physicality and attacking speed at the back. A few comments about the selections:
    Catrakilis has BMT, Fred has all the talent but no experience in final situations. Would have started Pat to gel the team before playoffs. SP is a risk as he is inconsistent. Marais and Lewies are talented but no experience in this situation. They are up against a machine in Eben. Would have chosen Hewitt as he has the physicality,experience and played with PSDT earlier. All being said still believe we have enough to beat the WP. Go Sharks.

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.10.13 16:36:06 by observer Reply

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  • Fred will run circles around the Cat. Our problem will be goal kicking. du Toit should have enough to keep Etzebeth at bay. We may have size disadvantage at 12 and speed disadvantage at 13. Marais will be tested on defense. I can imagine Ndungane taking some of his workload in that area. Our loose-forwards will have to be physical but that is hardly a concern.

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.10.13 17:08:38 by David12246 Reply

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  • @David12246 (Comment 21) : I think you underestimate Demetri at your peril.

    That boy is a SUPERB flyhalf who has already won a Currie Cup final. Also showed his class in winning a match against the Cheetahs two weeks ago virtually on his own after the rest of his team had done their level best to lose it.

    We need to be realistic about the challenge we face. Fred is a young man brimming with potential, but to assume he’s going to “run rings around” Demetri at this stage of his career is naive – bordering on arrogant.

  • Comment 22, posted at 09.10.13 17:10:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : I suppose what I said may have been quite ignorant, but I do believe Fred has a superior running ability, and this is what I originally meant to say. Catrakilis could still be the better 10 on the day due to the way he controls the game with his boot. I don’t think it will be easy for the Sharks by any means. We’ll just have to see.

  • Comment 23, posted at 09.10.13 17:18:41 by David12246 Reply

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  • @observer (Comment 20) : Well WP are kinda in the same boat with regards to changes to the team. One thing that may be in the Sharks favour is how well our guys have adapted to changes throughout the CC.

  • Comment 24, posted at 09.10.13 17:21:01 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 17) : would like a line-out option in that backrow.sharks struggled against wp in the line-outs in ct.maybe that is what kankowski can add when he returns from japan.

  • Comment 25, posted at 09.10.13 18:22:57 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

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  • Neither our 2 scrumhalves have an accurate kicking game-would like to see some pressure put on the wp back three with high kicks ,esp on the wing defending the blindside channel.get keegan just behind our 9 and chasing to harass in tandem with the winger.either win the kick in the air or bundle him into touch or win ball on the ground.

  • Comment 26, posted at 09.10.13 18:28:35 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

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  • @50shadesofblackandwhite (Comment 25) : Yeah line outs will need to be very accurate this weekend. We are unlucky with Marco’s injury but he’ll be back for the SR.
    Speaking of line outs though, I read this on IOL or somewhere but apparently Albert van den Berg is officially the line out specialist coach for the Sharks. Anyone able to confirm that? I thought he was just helping out earlier on in the CC.

  • Comment 27, posted at 09.10.13 18:40:33 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 27) : wonder if jw is looking at bringing-in players to the sharks?a shame juan smith is in france -he coudve added to the sharks (but he is unlucky with injuries-robbed him of an even greater bok career).

  • Comment 28, posted at 09.10.13 18:45:49 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

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  • @50shadesofblackandwhite (Comment 28) : you don’t think we’re good at loose forward?

  • Comment 29, posted at 09.10.13 18:54:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @50shadesofblackandwhite (Comment 25) : umm – you not seen Keegan operate in the lineouts?

  • Comment 30, posted at 09.10.13 18:55:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @David12246 (Comment 23) : oh right – gotcha. He is kinda special, but I reckon they’ll be watching him.

    Province has the best defensive system in the country, after all

  • Comment 31, posted at 09.10.13 18:57:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 30) : sharks have been using him really well,especially in the sr game vs bulls at loftus he did really good work _if memory serves me right?(But dont know numbers of where he won line-out ball- middle,back or front).our line-outs were in shambles in the cc game at ct against wp with keegan there.let pstd operate in the middle and back of the line-out?

  • Comment 32, posted at 09.10.13 19:03:25 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

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  • We can even toss our scrummie into the air at 2 jumper if must for surprise tactic -like brumbies did with gregan on occasion!

  • Comment 33, posted at 09.10.13 19:05:34 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

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  • @50shadesofblackandwhite (Comment 28) : We are probably sitting quite pretty with our current batch. I honestly can’t think of any particular area where we don’t have good players and depth for the SR next year. We’ll also have guys like Frans, Lourens (great buy IMO), JPP, Clyde Rathbone (Kidding! But that would be cool if Great White could convince him to come back to Durbs! :mrgreen: ) back in the squad.

  • Comment 34, posted at 09.10.13 19:08:49 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 30) : Yeah I’ve noticed in the last few games Sharks opposition have been throwing a hellva lot of screw lineouts. Keegan has that fear factor now in lineouts.

  • Comment 35, posted at 09.10.13 19:10:50 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 34) : a shame we didnt get to see hansie graaff.still wouldve liked to have had ludik for next season in the squad.

  • Comment 36, posted at 09.10.13 19:16:45 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

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  • @gregkaos (Comment 34) : I don’t know how we are gonna give all 3 of Jannie, Herbst, and Adriaanse good game-time next year. For the sake of his career I reckon Adriaanse would have been better off moving to Pretoria.

  • Comment 37, posted at 09.10.13 19:21:32 by David12246 Reply

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  • There’s a lot of bok firepower on that wp bench.
    Glad to see lewies in the squad for this game.didnt watch the bulls game but he seemed to have had a good game on debut the prev week.

  • Comment 38, posted at 09.10.13 19:22:34 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

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  • @David12246 (Comment 37) : the bulls would have been better off :-D

  • Comment 39, posted at 09.10.13 19:26:17 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

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  • @David12246 (Comment 37) : Rotation system should provide them with ample game time and rest IMO. Each gets to sit out a game entirely every 3rd game. Probably a really good thing for Jannie even though he is made of 90% duracell batteries. Also Lourens learning from the single best TH in the country, if not the world, is not a bad thing for his career. God knows we need a backup to Jannie in the Boks because Coenie is not it!

  • Comment 40, posted at 09.10.13 19:30:43 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : kanko,keegan,marcell,deysel,alberts and botes(?).seems pretty adequate :-D
    Would just like to have a lock/7 flanker in the squad,someone like an atherton,charl van rensburg,aj venter of past sharks teams.

  • Comment 41, posted at 09.10.13 19:31:40 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

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  • @50shadesofblackandwhite (Comment 38) : Yeah I thought he slotted in brilliantly considering he got yanked out of the u21s. Oh crap. Just remembered Bresler! We’ll have him back too! :smile:

  • Comment 42, posted at 09.10.13 19:32:55 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @50shadesofblackandwhite (Comment 41) :and mthembu also.

  • Comment 43, posted at 09.10.13 19:34:37 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

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  • @gregkaos (Comment 42) : bresler is a give 100% player.

  • Comment 44, posted at 09.10.13 19:36:15 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

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  • Anybody know where Marco Wentzel is? Was he not supposed to be a player/coach? Now Albert VDB is doing it ? The sharks must have deep pockets ?

  • Comment 45, posted at 10.10.13 08:53:32 by observer Reply

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  • @observer (Comment 45) : Marco is currently recovering from a shoulder injury. He is a player for the Sharks and not a coach. Although the knowledge he passes on to the new guys is pure gold.

  • Comment 46, posted at 10.10.13 09:30:56 by gregkaos Reply
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