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Toulon vs Sharks


Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 5 Feb 2015 at 12:00
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It’s almost time for kick-off Sharks fans! I don’t know about you, but I am extremely excited for this match. It’s only a week until we kick-off our Super Rugby season against the Cheetahs at Growth point Kings Park and it looks like this pre-season match will be exactly what we need to see where we stand.

Yes, Toulon has named a weakened side with 6 players featuring in the 6 Nations this weekend and quality players like Bakkies Botha, Juan Smith, Drew Mitchel, Delon Armitage and Matt Giteau not considered for this match, but such is the depth of this French Top 14 side that the starting Toulon 15 includes 10 international players with 409 caps between them. That’s 135 more international caps than a Sharks side that includes 8 Springboks, 2 English internationals and a Namibian international.

Toulon’s team includes All Black legends like Carl Hayman, Ali Williams and Chris Masoe. Current Argentina internationals Nicolas Sanches, Juan Martin Harnandes, Fernandez Lobbe starts the game while hooker Martias Cortese will come of the bench. English international Steffon Armitage will also provide some experienced cover in an otherwise green looking Toulon bench, which includes Andy Cramond and UJ Seuteni who recently played for Scotland u/20 and Australia u/20 respectively.

This Toulon side also includes 3 South African players, the lesser known Gerhard Vosloo, who started his career with the Lions in 2004. Vosloo moved to Castres Olympique in 2006 when he was 27 and played for them 45 times, he then moved on to CA Brive, then Clermont Auvergne before being signed by Toulon in 2014. Micheal Claassens, who has recently been linked with the Sharks will start at scrumhalf. Claassens was picked for the Springboks by Jake White in 2004 at the age of 22, before playing any provincial rugby for the Cheetahs. He played for the Boks 8 times between 2004 and 2007, after which he signed a contract for Bath rugby playing for them 92 times, before being signed by Toulon in 2013.

Then there is Bryan Habana, interestingly selected at outside centre for this game, Habana singed with Toulon in 2013. We know everything about him, including the fact that he started his career at outside centre. Habana mostly plays on the left wing for Toulon, although they have used him in the midfield before.

On the Sharks side we have a number of things to look forward to, like the return of Pieter-Steph (please stay injury free) du Toit. Losing him at the start of the season was a big blow to the Sharks, not to mention the Boks and the prospect of the second row combination of Etzebeth/Du Toit. Then there is the new Springbok halfback pairing, also returning for the Sharks for the first time since their injuries during the Bulls game last year. Another big blow to the Sharks season and another two players very much welcome back in Sharks colours.

Our new signings Mouritz Botha and Ronaldo Bothma will get their first run in a Sharks jersey. Bothma had an excellent season for the Pumas last year and with Jean Deysel and Keegan Daniel’s departure to Japan leaving our stocks in the backrow much thinner than we have become used to, his performance against strong opposition will be closely watched to determine how much we would be able to rely on him as cover for the injury riddled Willem Alberts.

Waylon Murray is another “new signing” to keep an eye on. The return of the 28 year old Springbok centre (that’s right, capped 4 times during 2007 – no question about his potential), has sparked some debate amongst fans. At 28 he is certainly not over the hill, but having tried and “failed” at 3 different unions since his departure in 2010, it is hard to believe that anything will be different now. Being a big fan of the 2007 midfield combination of Brad Barrit and Waylon Murray, who so nearly took us to our first Super Rugby trophy, I am excited to see if Waylon can recapture some of the potential he showed as a youngster. His combination with Heimar Williams is also an interesting one. Heimar has fallen out of favour with coaches in the recent past, with Andre Esterhuizen passing him in the packing order. Paul Jordaan was even selected out of position at inside centre over Williams. We don’t know if this Sharks team is any indication of first choice though. There are still a number of players  who will return to the squad in the coming weeks that will change the look of this starting team considerably, but this game will certainly be an opportunity for a few players to play for their spots.

Toulon and the Sharks are considered two of the best in their respective hemispheres. It’s pre-season for the Sharks and mid-season for Toulon. Will that matter to the players? Two quality sides with world class players clash for the first time – I don’t think there will be any lack of motivation to make this pre-season opener a great spectacle.

Toulon: 15 Juan-Martín Hernández, 14 Josua Tuisova, 13 Bryan Habana, 12 Jimmy Yobo, 11 David Smith, 10 Nicolas Sánchez, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Chris Masoe, 7 Juan-Martín Fernández-Lobbe, 6 Gerhard Vosloo, 5 Jocelino Suta, 4 Ali Williams, 3 Carl Hayman, 2 Jean-Charles Orioli, 1 Xavier Chiocci
Replacements: 16 Matías Cortese, 17 Florian Fresia, 18 Corentin Braendlin, 19 Steffon Armitage, 20 Virgile Bruni, 21 UJ Seuteni, 22 Eric Escande, 23 Karim Bougherara, 24 Andy Cramond, 25 Stéphane Munoz

Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 S’bura Sithole, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Heimar Williams, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Tera Mtembu, 7 Renaldo Bothma, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Mouritz Botha, 3 Matt Stevens, 2 Bismarck du Plessis (c), 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Monde Hadebe. 20 Marco Wentzel, 21 Etienne Oosthuizen, 22 Andre Esterhuizen, 23 Paul Perez, 24 Odwa Ndungane, 25 Conrad Hoffmann, 26 Fred Zeilinga

Date: Thursday, February 5
Venue: Stade Mayol, Toulon
Kick-off: 21.00 (20.00 GMT; 22.00 SA time)
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)



56 Comments

  • Going to be an awesome game! Can’t wait!

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.02.15 12:06:26 by PTAShark Reply
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  • Almost kick-off time. That just shows how starved I am for some Sharks rugby. 10h hours to go! :grin:

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.02.15 12:06:42 by Letgo Reply
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  • Thanks Letgo, the excitement is building!

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.02.15 12:07:30 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 2) : @vanmartin (Comment 3) : ja can’t wait! !!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.02.15 12:09:44 by JD Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 2) : Make that 9 hours 43 minutes and 36 seconds

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.02.15 12:17:16 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • I have been thinking about Habana at center for a while now. I would like to see how he performs there. As for Heimar falling out of favor with coaches, why? He seems a stable and committed player and I am sure he would have had opportunity ahead of Esterhuizen in the last CC had he not suffered injury. It must also be said that he is in an unenviable position facing off against Steyn and Sithole and now the up and coming Esterhuizen for inside center. Hopefully he has an injury free season so that he can give them a run.

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.02.15 13:50:56 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Hi SharksWorld people :mrgreen: Damn I have not been here in a long time! I am so excited to see our boys play again. I hope we give them a whipping :twisted: :lol: No better way to start the season and beat a really good side by a fair margin! And good luck to our new signings! I have been watching Renaldo Bothma closely , he’s got some talent. And I think we all know what we can get out of WM.

    PS : I’m a Pumas fan too ;-)

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.02.15 14:23:57 by Quintin Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 6) : I really like Heimar as I think he is a very underrated player. He’s a solid player with lots of potential.

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.02.15 14:57:39 by JD Reply
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  • @Quintin (Comment 7) : think the Pumas is really going to miss JS and could be in some trouble if they don’t find a good replacement quickly.

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.02.15 14:59:43 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 9) : Yeah they might be and I don’t know who is up for that kind of job these days with the loads of money people are getting oversees?

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.02.15 15:11:05 by Quintin Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 10) : yes that’s the problem getting a really good coach on a shoe string budget.

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.02.15 15:23:43 by JD Reply
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  • Eish, going to be some tired fans at work tomorrow, but certainly not missing this one.

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.02.15 15:28:30 by stevovo Reply
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  • I have just one thing to say. As I like to think that I’m astute and analytical… Here goes: SHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARKS!
    Thanks.

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.02.15 15:57:15 by Richard Southey Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 10) : I think they appointed MJ Mentz as coach.

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.02.15 16:13:25 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • 5h30min :grin:

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.02.15 16:31:00 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 14) : if I remember correctly he was an assistant coach under JS so could work for them.

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.02.15 16:46:55 by JD Reply
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  • @Richard Southey (Comment 13) : I’ll accept that astute and analytical point of view and join Iin with a: Go Sharks!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.02.15 16:49:21 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 17) : cannot wait to see the boys in action, worst time of life when the off season starts… Deprived of good rugby, I hope we can put a few things together and give the Cheetahs a Klap next weekend!! Cheers!

  • Comment 18, posted at 05.02.15 16:53:26 by Richard Southey Reply

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  • 14:45 RC Toulon vs Sale Sharks

    :shock: :lol: This is how one of the live streaming sites is listing the match.

  • Comment 19, posted at 05.02.15 17:00:46 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Loadshedded – unscheduled!!! Let’s see if we get it back on in time.

  • Comment 20, posted at 05.02.15 20:35:56 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 20) : sorry to hear. Hope it’s back on before the game starts.

  • Comment 21, posted at 05.02.15 20:46:07 by JD Reply
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  • Care to share that live streaming site?

  • Comment 22, posted at 05.02.15 21:33:38 by leclegg Reply

     
  • @leclegg (Comment 22) : http://www.vipleague.se/

  • Comment 23, posted at 05.02.15 21:38:28 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Eisbein…check!
    Craft beer…check!
    Excitement…check!
    Load shedding come and gone…check!
    Rugby? Almost check!

  • Comment 24, posted at 05.02.15 21:39:32 by pastorshark Reply
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  • LOL said streaming site has updated the match to show it as the battle between the hemispheres, but still shows Toulon vs Sale Sharks. :lol: :shock:

  • Comment 25, posted at 05.02.15 21:39:32 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 6) : I hope Heimar has a goodie!

  • Comment 26, posted at 05.02.15 21:40:47 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Awesome! Thank you

  • Comment 27, posted at 05.02.15 21:42:55 by leclegg Reply

     
  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 14) : That’s interesting…MJ Mentz…well, good luck!

  • Comment 28, posted at 05.02.15 21:43:11 by pastorshark Reply
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  • How cool is this? First game of the season…I get to watch the Sharks Play on my last night as a 30-something year old!! And the game gives me an excuse to stay awake until midnight to celebrate my 40th in style!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 29, posted at 05.02.15 21:47:12 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @leclegg (Comment 22) : you have family in SA??

  • Comment 30, posted at 05.02.15 21:50:34 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Power back on. Waiting for the game.

  • Comment 31, posted at 05.02.15 21:51:47 by Letgo Reply
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  • I’m tired and I’m forsaking some good sleep, so I sure hope the team is worth it. I really hope they talked up Toulon to some extent and go for the jugular

  • Comment 32, posted at 05.02.15 21:51:48 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • If so get them to quickly make a login id for super sport, when doing so it will ask them for their decoder smart card number, of course they will need to share their login details with password with you

  • Comment 33, posted at 05.02.15 21:52:27 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • !!!!!!

  • Comment 34, posted at 05.02.15 21:56:11 by Letgo Reply
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  • Heeeeerrrrreee we gooooo! Almost ready to go…

  • Comment 35, posted at 05.02.15 21:56:18 by pastorshark Reply
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  • …complete with singing of Anthems…

  • Comment 36, posted at 05.02.15 21:58:39 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Right, kick off time…some good looking Lady is going to start us off with a ceremonial kick off…

  • Comment 37, posted at 05.02.15 22:00:05 by pastorshark Reply
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  • And now for the real Thing…Toulon get us underway…

  • Comment 38, posted at 05.02.15 22:01:02 by pastorshark Reply
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  • And the Sharks knock on the kick off…that’s not a good start!

  • Comment 39, posted at 05.02.15 22:01:32 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Very steady first scrum…it didn’t move an Inch!

  • Comment 40, posted at 05.02.15 22:02:03 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Now Toulon knock it…Sharks scrum…

  • Comment 41, posted at 05.02.15 22:02:36 by pastorshark Reply
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  • This time the scrum goes to ground and they have to reset…

  • Comment 42, posted at 05.02.15 22:03:05 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Matt Stevens Looks bit fat… :twisted:

  • Comment 43, posted at 05.02.15 22:03:48 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Finally Wayne Barnes Awards a free kick to the Sharks as that scrum just doesn’t want to get settled…

  • Comment 44, posted at 05.02.15 22:04:29 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Great steal by the Sharks…didn’t see who that was!

  • Comment 45, posted at 05.02.15 22:04:53 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Sharks build it up nicely…Lambie puts Bothma nicely into a Little gap…but at the next breakdown we do not clear out the ruck and get pinged for Holding on…

  • Comment 46, posted at 05.02.15 22:06:01 by pastorshark Reply
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  • There was also a nice run by Mouritz Botha in the middle of all that…

  • Comment 47, posted at 05.02.15 22:06:29 by pastorshark Reply
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  • 0-0 after 5 minutes…

  • Comment 48, posted at 05.02.15 22:06:49 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Du Toit gets pinged for not rolling away…Toulon kick for the Corner…

  • Comment 49, posted at 05.02.15 22:07:18 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Toulon looked dangerous…until Habana dropped it.

  • Comment 50, posted at 05.02.15 22:08:04 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Long Clearing kick by Reinach…Sithole Shows a lot of pace to get up there, but then misses the tackle!

  • Comment 51, posted at 05.02.15 22:08:48 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Another Sharks scrum after a Toulon knock…

  • Comment 52, posted at 05.02.15 22:09:31 by pastorshark Reply
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  • There is another thread open :mrgreen:

  • Comment 53, posted at 05.02.15 22:09:57 by JarsonX Reply
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  • The scrum has to be reset for the umpteenth time…I guess he could have just let that ball go…

  • Comment 54, posted at 05.02.15 22:10:17 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 53) : Aha…well, let me go there then! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 55, posted at 05.02.15 22:11:12 by pastorshark Reply
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  • As you wish sir. As long as the updates keep coming :grin:

  • Comment 56, posted at 05.02.15 22:13:28 by JarsonX Reply
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