Sharks “excited” by Final challenge

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 22 Oct 2013 at 14:56
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“There’s obviously a huge amount of excitement in the squad this week,” says Sharks backline coach Sean Everitt, “but we’re trying to keep our planning and our schedule the same as we have done for any other match this campaign.”

Spirits are running high in Durban, with the Sharks players relishing the unique opportunity of playing in a Currie Cup Final. “We just think it’s a massive opportunity and know that on the day, anything can happen. A disciplined, clinical performance from us is what’s needed to give us the best chance of prevailing.” Far from the Sharks being put off by their two narrow losses against their final opposition, Western Province, Everitt says that the team takes huge confidence from those games. “We felt that last game in particular (in Durban) showed us that we have what it takes to beat them. We feel we won the collisions and dominated that game physically and but for a few mistakes could have ended up winning it. Also, if you look back to last year this time, it was the Sharks who had beaten Western Province twice in the regular season. We all know what happened on Final day.”

Speaking about Bok hooker Bismarck du Plessis, the Sharks brains-trust are thrilled to have him available. “Bismarck just brings such a physical presence and he’s got such good leadership skills, ” says Everitt. “Also, his lineout throwing is impeccable and really adds a lot to our game in that facet.” Asked about the other injuries in the squad, Everitt told us we’ll need to wait a little longer for clarity. “Both Jean Deysel and Jannie du Plessis will be put through another run tomorrow, to see if they pass.” If fit, both players will start, with Willem Alberts and Wiehahn Herbst the men lined up to replace them should either be ruled out. Apart from the expected inclusion of Beast Mtawarira for Dale Chadwick, no other changes are likely to the semi-final team; however, should Deysel be cleared to play, the coaches will need to make a choice between Alberts and Jacques Botes for the loose forward spot on the bench.

One player in particular who has taken his chances incredibly well is Stephan Lewies, a fact that clearly delights Everitt, who coached him at various stages through the Sharks age-group ranks. “Stephan has had bad luck with injuries in the past, but has earned his spot based on a string of great performances for the under 21s this year. He’s an intelligent player who really understands how to read lineouts. That, for us, has been a hugely satisfying thing about this campaign; we said at the start we wanted to expose youngsters and build depth, while still doing as well as we can. The fact that we’ve reached the final, while blooding guys like Stephan, Fred Zeilinga, Heimar Williams and a few others, is great. All the youngsters we’ve backed have stepped up big time and rewarded us with great performances; we’re also in with a chance of winning the trophy in the final week of the competition.”


  • If Deysel is avaidable it will mean Botes will be out of the match 22? I feel he brings a different kind of play to our game which will be missed!

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.10.13 15:07:18 by Chaldyzlabu Reply
  • @Chaldyzlabu (Comment 1) : they haven’t made a final decision between Alberts/Botes yet

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.10.13 15:12:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Jeez. How do you select between those two. One of them has just been outstanding the whole CC and the other is the Bone Collector who seems to play his best rugby when teamed up with Bismarck.

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.10.13 15:22:34 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Wow, I would have thought it would be between Deysel and Alberts or Botes and Daniel, since these are the like for like players, well in a manner of speaking. Botes is in fact our only loosie playing to the ball instead of away/off the ball waiting for the ball to simply carry it up. Keegan has also been playing more to the ball, clearing rucks and so on, but he’s much more ineffective when expected to do that.

    All the rest likes waiting for the ball and usually is pretty good at crashing over the advantage line when they do get it, but as they all do this, they don’t work so well as a combination. Marcell had someone to offload to because Botes was ready to clear if Marcell went to ground and Botes scored our second try. Had it been any of the other mentioned loosies, they would tend to wait for the next phase to recieve the ball and do the same as the first loosie.

    I don’t think I have to say – I hope Botes plays.

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.10.13 16:01:06 by Letgo Reply
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  • Couldn’t agree more hey! We need that bit of versatility! the article after this discusses the very same thing… Players like Botes and Tera Mtembu have made a big impact.. We need to use them more

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.10.13 16:06:13 by Chaldyzlabu Reply

  • Having a look at social media today it seems the WP supporters are more excited about Bismarck not being banned from the final. Priorities/Focus??

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.10.13 16:24:05 by Tackler Reply

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  • @Tackler (Comment 6) : To be fair I wouldn’t want any players from either side to be banned or unluckily injured.

    Even though he is a diabolical thorn in our side I hope Fourie gets to play. The guy has played his heart out to get WP to the final.

    How great is it for SA rugby to see the two undeniably best unions in the final with each possibly able to field their strongest side?

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.10.13 16:43:23 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Are you serious did the “brains trust” watch the last 2 games?? Or are they just too stupid to work it out??? Fine play Deysel or Alberts on the bench but leave Botes out?????? No ways.

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.10.13 19:30:19 by markp Reply

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  • @gregkaos (Comment 7) : Very true

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.10.13 20:41:54 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Its official, Rob Houwing is the biggest one eyed moan gat in Cape Town.

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.10.13 08:42:20 by Uli Reply
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  • Botes was close to man of the match on Saturday. He was just there if anybody needed to offload and there were a lot less turnover ball in the loose as he was there so fast. I will really be disappointed if they drop him. They did it when we played the Lions in the currie cup final and we lost!!! One swallow does not make a summer but his leadership, play by example, composure and calmness is needed in a final. He will not let you down.

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.10.13 09:09:33 by Stef Reply

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  • Difference between SA and NZ sides…they can identify intelligent players and prefer them to just pure brawn.

    Would Conrad Smith have ever made it big in South Africa???NOOOO…

    We have those players…Lambie, Botes, Whitehead, Ludik…
    And others include Aplon and co….

    I would have Ludik at 15 (regardless of where he is going next year) with Whitehead at 12 and Williams at 13

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.10.13 11:21:33 by pienaar111 Reply

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