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Cooper returns for semi-final


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 16 Oct 2014 at 11:14
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The Sharks coaches have stuck to their guns ahead of Saturday’s Currie Cup semi-final against the Lions, making just one change to the team that beat Western Province in the final round of league action.

Kyle Cooper, who missed that trip to Cape Town due to an ankle strain, returns to the mix this week and takes over as starting hooker from Monde Hadebe. Hadebe, who had a good game at Newlands, moves to the bench, with Franco Marais dropping out of the squad.

Tera Mtembu leads an otherwise unchanged side onto the park, with three capped Springboks in the backline in scrumhalf Cobus Reinach and wings Lwazi Mvovo and Tonderai Chavhanga. Stephan Lewies (one cap) and Marco Wentzel (two caps) are the Boks in the pack, while Matt Stevens is, of course, a seasoned test veteran in English colours.

Lourens Adriaanse will add further test experience off the bench to what is otherwise the least-experienced sharks side to contest a Currie Cup semi-final in many a year.

Sharks: 15. SP Marais, 14. Tonderai Chavhanga, 13. S’bura Sithole, 12. Andre Esterhuizen, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Lionel Cronje, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Tera Mtembu (Capt) , 7. Etienne Oosthuizen, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Marco Wentzel, 4. Stephan Lewies, 3. Matt Stevens, 2. Kyle Cooper, 1. Thomas du Toit
Replacements: 16. Monde Hadebe, 17. Dale Chadwick, 18. Lourens Adriaanse, 19. JC Astle, 20. Khaya Majola, 21. Conrad Hoffmann, 22. Fred Zeilinga



31 Comments

  • Pretty much our strongest available team youd have to say.

    I have a feeling the Lions loosies are going to be the difference on the day.

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.10.14 11:17:58 by John Galt Reply
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  • Wright really unlucky to loose out even on a bench spot.

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.10.14 11:19:56 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Interesting that the Sharks went for two bench props while the Lions reverted to one and added Kwagga Smith

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.10.14 11:23:23 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 3) :
    Yep, expect the Sharks to keep things fairly tight while the Lions will try free up their mobile loosies up to play a much more looser game.

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.10.14 11:25:08 by John Galt Reply

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  • @John Galt (Comment 4) : True. The Lions bench is very much an impact bench for the last quarter of the game

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.10.14 11:28:04 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 3) : Our scrums are a bit of a worry lately. Wouldn’t mind having Kwagga on our bench – can slot into the backline as well.

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.10.14 11:29:25 by MysticShark Reply
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  • Have to say I very much doubt a Sharks victory this weekend, Lions one can clearly see are out to run us ragged, We are going for a tighter game with the heavies, if their scrums hold out we in trouble

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.10.14 11:30:13 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Sharks only hope is to dominate up front and that’s very unlikely

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.10.14 11:31:06 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • to many bad experience with the Lions when the are favorite . Sharks to win .

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.10.14 11:35:44 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 9) : Nice try Zibbie, :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.10.14 11:37:59 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Best side that the Sharks can offer. Hoffman is there for experience having played in finals etc. Lets hope the boys bring the pain in Jhb. Finals rugby is another breed…form means bugger all.

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.10.14 11:38:27 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Zibbie (Comment 9) : I see Ackers is talking up the Sharks big time :grin:

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.10.14 11:43:23 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Go Sharks! We need to keep the ball in hand and play a wider game if we hope to take this.

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.10.14 12:04:03 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Good team!!!!! GO SHAKS!!!!!

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.10.14 12:14:29 by JD Reply
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  • Good team! GO SHARKS!!!!

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.10.14 12:15:19 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 11) : Yep, Hoffman does have finals experience. More specifically, of the 2011 Currie Cup final, where he played a starring role in handing the game to the Lions (although, to be fair, they were vastly superior on the day). They really should have had Wright on the bench

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.10.14 12:16:38 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 16) : jinne, but he was HONDKAK that day

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.10.14 12:31:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 16) : @robdylan (Comment 17) : Can Wright not feature for the u19s??

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.10.14 12:38:20 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : You clearly have a talent for understatement…

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.10.14 12:40:50 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 18) : He probably can, but that still does not address the more pertinent question; does Hoffman HAVE to be involved with the Sharks?

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.10.14 12:46:46 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 20) : Well guys raved about him last week and said he was a thousand times better than Reinach so on that basis yes…

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.10.14 12:49:13 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 12) :

    you see ! he knows :razz:

    I see SA rugby mag has Lions as favorites by 4 – 8 points …

    eish .. theses people …

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.10.14 12:59:21 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 20) :
    Hoffmann was a very good player before joining the Sharks, getting injured and forgetting how to play rugby.

    If he can find the form he showed at WP, then he is a real asset. Quite a glut of quality 9s developing in Durban.

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.10.14 13:05:58 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 22) :

    Simon Borchardt: Lions by 7
    Gary Lemke: Lions by 8
    Mark Salter: Lions by 8
    Mark Keohane: Lions by 7
    Jon Cardinelli: Lions by 5
    Brenton Chelin: Lions by 4

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.10.14 13:26:29 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 24) :

    yea .. those

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.10.14 13:54:24 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 23) : “If he can find the form he showed at WP…”

    If wishes were horses, beggars would ride
    If turnips were watches, I’d wear one by my side,
    If Ifs and Ands were pots and pans, there would be no need for tinkers

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.10.14 14:12:03 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 26) :
    Well, the good news is that there IS no need for tinkers anymore.

    How many years should we extend his contract by then?

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.10.14 14:46:47 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 24) : Rob Otto Lions by 5

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.10.14 15:08:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : R365 – Expect the Lions to come out victorious by eight points.

  • Comment 29, posted at 17.10.14 09:02:25 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 29) : yeah, but you can discount the predictions of a Lions fan site :) :)

  • Comment 30, posted at 17.10.14 09:10:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 30) : haha true. Just been scouring the net to see if anyone anywhere (aside from the optimistic posters/lions fans trying to shred the favourite tag) is backing the Sharks.

  • Comment 31, posted at 17.10.14 09:30:45 by gregkaos Reply
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