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Interesting selections for Round 2 clash


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 28 Jul 2017 at 13:57
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Rob du Preez has certainly named a strong side for Saturday’s Currie Cup clash against the Pumas and potentially also revealed some of his thinking relating to the future direction of the team. Most of what’s been done makes a lot of sense to me and I applaud a number of bold decisions.

I’m actually rather encouraged to see Hyron Andrews start in s tight five that is otherwise rather big and beefy. Plenty of people point to Hyron’s relative lack of bulk and question whether he really should be playing in the number 4 jersey, but the reality here is that the Sharks coaches are moving towards seeing the two lock positions as pretty much interchangeable. Andrews, like Ruan Botha, boasts great lineout skills, athleticism and a high work rate on defence; certainly it’s been a while since the Sharks were able to include two locks over 2m in the starting line up and the benefits at line out time should be significant.

Handing the captaincy to Botha is also a daring move. He’s not a player who I would have immediately identified as captaincy material, but if this is to be an indication of his long-term commitment to the Sharks and desire to stand out as a leader in the team, I’m all for it. Ruan is a hard worker and a kind of “lead from the front” guy, so I’m keen to see how the players respond to him. He’s going to have to watch the discipline, of course, but that applies to everyone in the team equally.

Mike Claassens is a bit of a strange call at scrumhalf, but experience is important especially given that there are some other young players outside him; Curwin Bosch at flyhalf is the only possible call and it’s important that he stays there for the campaign, but selecting Lukhayno Am at inside centre next to him could prove to be the masterstroke. Am’s quick hands and feet could make him a deadly creator of opportunities for others if he’s closer to the action and we should expect the Sharks to play a very different way than is possible with Andre Esterhuizen at 12. We have, potentially, the best pair of wings in the competition and Am could be just the guy to ensure they are regularly brought into the game.

It’s going to be exciting to see how well the team plays in this configuration; also to see what changes have to be made in a few weeks when a few of these guys will definitely receive Bok callups.



42 Comments

  • “We have potentially the best wing pair” Really? Talk about biased reporting!
    Cheetahs can select from Rhule, Mapimpi, Benjamin, Speckman, Obi and Afrika.
    Liond: Tambwe, Volmink
    Stormers: Senatla, Lleyds, Bjorn Basson
    Bulls: Ismael, Duncan Matthews

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.07.17 14:32:24 by KingCheetah Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 1) : I wouldn’t select anyone of them ahead of our two

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.07.17 14:42:44 by The hound Reply
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  • Lewis is 2.01 meters,so I find your comment strange

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.07.17 14:44:57 by The hound Reply
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  • Mapimpi schooled your much vaunted two! Just as biased as Rob :evil:

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.07.17 15:18:05 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 3) : Is he? I have him at an even 2m

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.07.17 16:18:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 2) : Me neither.

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.07.17 16:19:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 4) : It’s really nice to hear from you again. We hear so little of you, as you go very quiet when the cheetahs settle into their patented losing streak (which is probably not long from now). Meanwhile we will make the most of our limited time with you.

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.07.17 16:20:29 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Wikipedia says 2.01 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.07.17 16:25:26 by The hound Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Still think Lewis/Botha is best 4/5 combination in S.A.,most would possibly disagree but just like our 11/14 I wouldn’t want anyone else.

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.07.17 16:28:33 by The hound Reply
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  • Bloody auto correct, refuse to accept Lewies,keeps on correcting to Lewis

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.07.17 16:29:53 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 9) : also think that’s a phenomenal combo. They were going really well for us before Ruan got suspended.

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.07.17 16:49:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 1) : Much as I like you sticking up for the rest of us, none of the Cheetahs wings can tackle to save their lives

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.07.17 16:56:20 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 12) : I think you just dropped the mic

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.07.17 17:13:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 12) : :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.07.17 17:22:30 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 7) : You really warm my heart! It was more the rugby politics that caused me to lose interest, but thank you kind [email protected]Baylion (Comment 12) : Which is also true in Super Rugby, but they didnt seem too bad in the CC. Mapimpi, seems to be ok on defence, from what I have seen.

    Havent seen anything from Nkosi to excite, even though he is from my alma mater, so quite keen to see him perform. Kobus yes!

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.07.17 18:47:29 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 15) : what, really? Re Nkosi, I mean….?

    As for Mapimpi, sounds like he’ll be ours next year anyway, so the point may be moot.

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.07.17 18:54:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 15) : I know you can take a joke. ;)

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.07.17 18:58:21 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : yes Nkosi, seen flashes of potential, but he hasnt really been tested. Re Mapimpi, yes so I have heard, and good luck to the young man. Not for me to begrudge a player opportunities. Case in point Ginger and Claassens. Have continued to back them, despite wearing that horrid black and white jersey :evil:

  • Comment 18, posted at 28.07.17 19:04:16 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 17) : Right you are! :evil: :lol:

  • Comment 19, posted at 28.07.17 19:09:11 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 12) : @robdylan (Comment 13) : @coolfusion (Comment 17) : @KingCheetah (Comment 19) : really funny guys!!! That’s why I love this place!!!

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.07.17 09:10:29 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 20) : How you doing Bud?

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.07.17 10:15:20 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • Is it just my cynical side or are the NZRU and Glen Jackson,doing a SARU/Marius to keep the final in New Zealand.
    Go Chiefs

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.07.17 10:25:30 by The hound Reply
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  • Is it bad of me to still hope the lions pull an upset? As much as I want revenge I want the biggest a-holes and creative cheaters in the world (nz) to get a finger in the eye. Hope the lions can put a smile on my face and send the canes home even if just by 1 point.

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.07.17 11:07:35 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Very impressive from the Crusaders. Top quality side. One hand on the trophy already.

  • Comment 24, posted at 29.07.17 11:19:19 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 24) : That should have been the final.

  • Comment 25, posted at 29.07.17 11:36:27 by The hound Reply
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  • Whatever happened to Sergeal Pietersen?

  • Comment 26, posted at 29.07.17 11:59:21 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 26) : Heading for WP

  • Comment 27, posted at 29.07.17 12:14:51 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 27) :has it been confirmed ?

  • Comment 28, posted at 29.07.17 13:48:22 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • this lions cc team even with the first team still in SR, is good. lions system through out seems like a well run machine, how did they do it.

    that Griquas team isnt bad either, lots of talent in SA

  • Comment 29, posted at 29.07.17 13:53:52 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 27) : What a waste. Don’t sharks have first option on everything from you guys? I still think if that kid could be trained to play scrumhalf as well he would be blitz.

  • Comment 30, posted at 29.07.17 14:06:46 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 30) : Good handling good tackler fearless quick acceleration 10.5 on the 100m so no problem on acceleration.

  • Comment 31, posted at 29.07.17 14:12:53 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 31) : If I’m not mistaken petersen klapped kolbe on 100m

  • Comment 32, posted at 29.07.17 14:20:07 by coolfusion Reply

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  • And with that yellow card Shit Peyper earns his money and a final at Ellis Park disgusting call.

  • Comment 33, posted at 29.07.17 15:47:19 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 33) : Harsh call the yellow, as much as I want the cheque book lions to lose, the hurricanes have been shocking in the second half

  • Comment 34, posted at 29.07.17 16:03:45 by jdolivier Reply

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  • How good are these Lions?

    Superb stuff.

    Well, well done.

  • Comment 35, posted at 29.07.17 16:08:12 by McLovin Reply

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  • After a horror start to reset and absolutely klap the kiwis. Great stuff. :smile:

  • Comment 36, posted at 29.07.17 16:10:43 by McLovin Reply

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  • No Kiwi team all season? No problem. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 37, posted at 29.07.17 16:11:30 by McLovin Reply

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  • One just has to stand and applaud such a performance. :cool:

  • Comment 38, posted at 29.07.17 16:13:25 by McLovin Reply

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  • 34 -7 to the Lions in the second half. That’s quite a hiding.

  • Comment 39, posted at 29.07.17 16:14:56 by McLovin Reply

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  • Well done lions that second half was sublime. Got to watch for that slow first half next week.

  • Comment 40, posted at 29.07.17 16:24:47 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Makes me wonder as good as were to keep touch last week would we have had the second half temperament? Good refereeing also made a difference as it always does.

  • Comment 41, posted at 29.07.17 16:27:17 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 21) : sorry for answering so.late but everything is good here in Middle Earth. Can feel summer is on the way.

  • Comment 42, posted at 03.08.17 22:08:14 by JD Reply
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