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Single change for Sharks


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 1 Sep 2016 at 11:06
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Rob du Preez has opted for continuity ahead of this weekend’s Currie Cup clash against Western Province at Newlands.

A single change to the starting team has been enforced, due to Lwazi Mvovo’s Bok tour group call up. S’bura Sithole, a starter in each of the first three games before being benched for the Bok last week, comes back into the left wing position, joining Odwa Ndungane as the only “over 25s” in a young and exciting backline. Curwin Bosch (19) and Inny Radebe (21) are still eligible for age-group rugby, while scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer and centres Andre Esterhuizen and Lukhanyo Am are all just a year older than the flyhalf.

Up front, it’s all the same; Juan Schoeman starts again at looshead prop and will presumably do so for the rest of the campaign, with Ruan Botha again in the number 5 jersey while Stephan Lewies continues to recover from his hamstring strain.

Du Preez has made a couple of changes on the bench this week; Michael Claassens return as scrumhalf replacement for Hanco Venter, while Heimar Williams is in the number 21 jersey vacated by Sithole. A potential debutant has been included in the form of lock Jean Droste – he comes in for JC Astle this week.

Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 André Esterhuizen, 11 S’bura Sithole, 10 Inny-Christian Radebe, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Keegan Daniel (capt), 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Juan Schoeman.
Subs: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 John-Hubert Meyer, 18 Jean Droste, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Michael Claassens, 21 Heimar Williams, 22 Rhyno Smith.



49 Comments

  • Good continuity…hope the combos continue to grow and improved. WP will be a big test- think they offer more threats than the Bulls. Good luck to Jean Droste making his probably debut- is Astle injured? I must admit i havnt noticed much of John Meyer- people’s thoughts on him so far?

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.09.16 11:11:10 by SheldonK Reply
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  • Think it’s the best possible team!
    GO SHARKS!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.09.16 11:13:44 by JD Reply
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  • Not a bad team. But have to say, I have always been a huge Deysel fan, but I can’t wait for Dan to be back

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.09.16 11:16:29 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • I was hoping to see Astle get more game time. He really impressed me for the Kings!

    Hanco Venter is way better than Ungerer! His passing is better and he’s more of a threat with ball in hand. What is the fascination with Ungerer???

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.09.16 11:22:53 by ChrisS Reply
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  • Is April injured?

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.09.16 11:23:29 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 5) : Maybe his ego

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.09.16 11:25:13 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @ChrisS (Comment 4) : The fascination is that he showed a hell of allot of promise (compared to Reinach), which of late has not materialized.

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.09.16 11:30:39 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • Is Lukhanyo Am permanently with us now?

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.09.16 11:31:52 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 5) : @SheldonK (Comment 6) : think maybe his ego but for sure his self confidence is not injured it must be totally broken! That said the 2 youngsters really grabbed their chance in his absence and it will be extremely hard for him to get a place in the match 22 if both stay fit.

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.09.16 11:33:12 by JD Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 8) : he always was with the Sharks he was only on loan to the Kings.

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.09.16 11:34:43 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 9) : For sure, he must really be down in the dumps right now. From Springbok squad, down to not making the Sharks CC side…. eish poor oke.

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.09.16 11:35:19 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 10) : ah thanx for clearing that up.

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.09.16 11:36:33 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 4) : @Uli Boelie (Comment 7) : personally I’m not terribly impressed by either of them. Not sure if either is a long term solution but for sure I’m hoping they can prove me wrong as both showed lots of potential at junior levels!

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.09.16 11:39:11 by JD Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 11) : ja he’s paying a high price for his error. Just hope the young man can stay positive and work hard so that he can show his worth when he gets a chance to play!

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.09.16 11:44:16 by JD Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 12) : pleasure anything for a friend ;-)

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.09.16 11:44:59 by JD Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 4) : Never mind the fascination with Ungerer, what’s with the fascination with Williams? He’s shown in no uncertain terms that he’s at best a competent Currie Cup player, and it seems to be an open secret that he intends to give up rugby in favour of pursuing his accountancy career. So why persist with him on the bench instead of Neil Maritz, for argument’s sake? I can only presume that it’s because he’s under contract, and the Sharks want to extract some value for their money.

    On that topic, 10,000 points to the first person who can adequately explain that Sharks’ approach to player contracts. They utilise Williams, who adds limited value, but have a cavalier attitude towards releasing Dale Chadwick from his contract with immediate effect, which leaves them pretty exposed. ‘Tis a fool who looks for logic in the corridors of Sharks Rugby.

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.09.16 13:26:49 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 16) : Who’s in charge of our contracts anyway?

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.09.16 13:47:21 by Quintin Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 17) : Stupid Question but when guys like Dale leave for European clubs,does the overseas club pay any money to the Sharks.

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.09.16 13:59:14 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 18) : it will depend on the player’s contract or agreement that the player and clubs reached. I have no info on this but somehow I don’t think the Sharks got paid for any of the recently released players, but like I said that’s only how I interpreted the media info and I could be way wrong.

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.09.16 14:10:43 by JD Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 16) : OK let me give it a go:
    Dale (and also a lot of other players moving to Europe) needs to be in Europe to play for his new team now at the start of the European season. If he’s not able to the team will look for someone else who can be so he will lose the contract and chance to play in Europe.
    Heimar is not moving anywhere and is available for the Sharks until the end of his contract. Why play him? In the current Sharks setup (whether we want to admit it or not) he’s the only other option at 12. Maritz is a centre/wing so is in completion with Smith for a place in the match 22.
    When can I collect my 10 000 points?

  • Comment 20, posted at 01.09.16 14:36:07 by JD Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 4) : three years to the day since Stefan’s dad passed away. Let’s work on our timing, at least, if we’re going to be unpleasant. .

  • Comment 21, posted at 01.09.16 14:37:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 1) : I had the same query as to why Astle is not on the bench, was looking forward to him making his case for inclusion for the Sharks given a good SR season for the Kings.

  • Comment 22, posted at 01.09.16 15:15:16 by stevovo Reply
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  • Ja, that’s rough about Stefan’s Dad. Not that it’s a related thought but I almost forgot about Coenie and then remembered he’s on the Sharks books. Finding Nemo, Dory, and now wondering about Coenie. Just looking forward to seeing the lads in action this weekend…

  • Comment 23, posted at 01.09.16 15:18:26 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • @stevovo (Comment 22) : It is a bit of a strange ommission if he isnt injured. Also havnt seen Dave McDuling mentioned anywhere? Is he injured? Just out of the group in contention?

  • Comment 24, posted at 01.09.16 15:19:57 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 20) : JD, you haven’t been paying attention! Am is the designated 12 backup; in the event of Esterhuizen being injured, you could move Am to 12 and bring Neil Maritz (who has played a lot at centre) in at 13.

    You can have 1,700 points.

  • Comment 25, posted at 01.09.16 15:23:17 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 25) : I’m told 1,700 point can go far in the Free State… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 01.09.16 15:23:53 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : sorry boss! Very sad and will pray for his whole family for today and the future.

  • Comment 27, posted at 01.09.16 15:31:05 by JD Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 25) : did not know Am was backup 12. Must admit I do not know anything about Am. Is 12 a position that he has played before or is it just a makeshift move? If Am is comfortable at 12 it is for sure a strange decision.
    @Culling Song (Comment 26) : thanx for the 1700 points trust me you can not imagine how far it can take you here in middle earth! ;-)

  • Comment 28, posted at 01.09.16 15:38:27 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 28) : To be honest, I don’t know if Am has played 12 before, but Rob did say he is the nominated backup. From what I’ve seen though, I think he has the skill set to operate successfully at 12; he defends well, and doesn’t shy away from making tackles. He competes well for the ball on the ground. He runs hard, but also has chip- and grubber kicks as part of his arsenal. Looking at the pass he made in Curwin’s try this last weekend’ he also seems to have decent awareness, which should hopefully translate to at least a semi-decent distribution game.

    All in all, my feeling is that Am has shown potential, and I’d rather invest in that, than Heimar Williams, who I feel is kind of limited as a player.

  • Comment 29, posted at 01.09.16 16:07:28 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 29) : I think he played 12 at Border before we signed him.

  • Comment 30, posted at 01.09.16 16:09:17 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Culling Song (Comment 29) : @SheldonK (Comment 30) : OK knowing all that and even though I’m a huge fan of Heimar I must admit it’s a bit of a strange decision. That said I must believe that RdP (in selecting Heimar) knows or see something we don’t.

  • Comment 31, posted at 01.09.16 16:15:04 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 24) : he’s left. Went to New Zealand. I should have put up an article, but it hardly seemed worth the effort :)

  • Comment 32, posted at 01.09.16 16:36:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : That’s a young and tender age to lose your dad. You’re right we should be less oafish…

  • Comment 33, posted at 01.09.16 20:11:55 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 32) : geez who’s unpleasant now? After all his service to the Sharks and no good bye article!?!?!? ;-)

  • Comment 34, posted at 01.09.16 22:23:41 by JD Reply
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  • I would still maybe start Claasens rather than Ungerer. We do need a good foundation here. Am did good work on outside center last week so I would keep him there he just needs to settle. We must look at wings though what about Mjekevu?

  • Comment 35, posted at 02.09.16 07:04:01 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 32) : Ah ok, shot for the info Rob. And yeh you are right…not really worth an article…maybe just a footnote ;) Im glad for Droste then as gives him a real shot…interesting though he never went for Hyron Andrews

  • Comment 36, posted at 02.09.16 08:05:15 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 35) : It seems Rob DuPreez likes to start the youngsters and then use some of the older guys off the bench to close out the game. Hence Claasens there and i think he expects more from Deysel (dont we all). Wings id like to see include Mjekevu, Maritz, Nkosi, Marwana, even maybe Morne Joubert

  • Comment 37, posted at 02.09.16 08:07:54 by SheldonK Reply

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  • When is Reinach due to play again?

  • Comment 38, posted at 02.09.16 08:18:08 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 38) : He had an ACL reconstruction if im correct? so only next year then

  • Comment 39, posted at 02.09.16 08:28:19 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 39) : Ta

  • Comment 40, posted at 02.09.16 10:34:59 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 39) : funny to see him at training, though. I would have thought he wouldn’t be even walking yet…. maybe I am wrong about that.

  • Comment 41, posted at 02.09.16 10:42:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 41) : From what i understand the time between the op and being able to walk crutch free isnt too long. But the rehab to strengthen the knee and surrounding muscles and being able to run and change direction etc is what takes a long time. The physios will want his knee etc to be stronger than before the op so its that process that takes time. If he just wanted to walk around and jog etc like us common folk that time delay isnt too long

  • Comment 42, posted at 02.09.16 11:07:23 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 42) : @robdylan (Comment 41) : yes must say i do think the rehab part of the operations is just as (if not more) important as the operation itself. It will take a long time to be 100% again.

  • Comment 43, posted at 02.09.16 11:33:30 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 43) : Tell me about it. I’m in week 7 of a patella dislocation. The atrophy in such a short period of time is mindblowing. Add to that the mountain of rehab to get it back to full fitness…. :cry: It’s very frustrating.

  • Comment 44, posted at 02.09.16 13:32:07 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 44) : ja good luck with rehab and hope you recover completely. Take your time and don’t push to hard when beginning to practice again remember you’re going to need that knee for at least another 40 odd years!

  • Comment 45, posted at 02.09.16 13:55:19 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 45) : Nah, science needs to get with the program. I can’t remember who said it, but it goes something like this: When people walk past my casket at my funeral I don’t want them to say: “He still looks so good” I want people to gag and go: “Yeah he’s all messed up, It’s about time” :twisted:

  • Comment 46, posted at 02.09.16 14:10:05 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 46) : ja but you also don’t want people to wonder if you must be buried or recycled due to all the plastic and iron implants! ;-)

  • Comment 47, posted at 02.09.16 14:27:10 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 47) : I vote recycling. Pins don’t bio degrade. Could build a small car out of the remains of some rugga players.

  • Comment 48, posted at 02.09.16 18:19:42 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 48) : hahaha ja might well be!

  • Comment 49, posted at 02.09.16 20:46:02 by JD Reply
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