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Two changes for Sharks


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 2 Aug 2017 at 10:37
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Rob du Preez has named a very similar starting team for Fridays Currie Cup clash against Griquas, with just two changes amongst the forward pack.

Hyron Andrews’ place in the second row goes to Tyler Paul this week, with the former ruled out due to a shoulder injury. In the other change, rested Jean-Luc du Preez gives way to Jacques Vermeulen, who moves up from the bench to start at blindside flank.

Benefiting from the elevation of Paul and Vermeulen to the starting team are two new replacements this week, Jean Droste and John-Hubert Meyer. Droste comes in to cover lock, whilst Meyer will add an extra prop option on the bench as the Sharks continue with a 5-2 split.

Sharks: 15 Garth April, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Jeremy Ward, 12 Lukhanyo Am, 11 Sibusiso Nkosi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha (captain), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Jean Droste, 20 Tera Mtembu, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Inny Radebe.



39 Comments

  • No sithole? Guess times up.

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.08.17 11:03:10 by Poisy Reply
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  • Quality side. Another easy 5 points.

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.08.17 11:11:27 by McLovin Reply

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  • I really like this side and the thinking from the coaching staff, both in terms of trying to build some kind of continuity, as well as rewarding those who have really played well when given the chance (Vermeulen and Paul).

    Lets hope we have more of the 2nd half of last weeks game and none of the 1st half stutterings!

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.08.17 11:17:32 by stevovo Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 1) : How do you include him on a seven man bench though?

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.08.17 11:53:35 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Why are we having mid-week games this year? The CC started during SR yet games are being squeezed in, what is burning issue? Are we trying to complete the CC before the Pro14 starts for the Cheetahs and Kings in September?

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.08.17 11:56:03 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @Poisy (Comment 1) : Jumping to conclusion ? he was in the CC squad announced ?

    Everyone lining up to right him off, If i were him I’d go play in England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland at this point. his hands haven’t been the greatest of late I’ll give you that.

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.08.17 12:44:29 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 5) : maybe trying to get more people to the stadiums seeing it’s a public holiday!?

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.08.17 12:52:15 by JD Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 4) : this 22 man squads really shows how little SA rugby feels for the development of the game!!!! Idiots!!!!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.08.17 12:54:15 by JD Reply
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  • I like this week’s 2 props on bench selection and glad JL getting a rest

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.08.17 13:04:49 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 8) : Fact.

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.08.17 13:55:34 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 1) : he’s not better than Ward. Or either of the wings in the squad.

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.08.17 14:12:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : His a good back up to have though.

    Would rather play him than Odwa at this point as ej has experience and ability, and showed good form in the SS challenge and the first CC game. I do think that he will likely move on soon to get game time. Maybe to the Kings.

    Do we still have the young winger Cele ?

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.08.17 16:07:13 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • Just watched Mapimpi vs WP and I am glad he is said to be headed Sharks way come SR next year, this means our wings are soughted and center is soughted.

    10 I still hope Lambie recovers fully and might still stay at the Sharks, if not my thoughts re him will always be about him doing what is right for him and his health.

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.08.17 16:35:50 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Tighthead, Lock, Hooker, 06 Flank, are still in my view where we are still a bit thin,

    1) We do not have a quick Flank/fetcher in the squad. URGENT (what i would give to have Marcell Coeetzee back )
    2) I hear Akkers the Lions Hooker is coming to us, I would have liked a Burden or Cooper to return,
    3) Tighthead we have 2 which are ok in Coenie and Meyer the other TH’s are not up to scratch in my view.
    4) At Lock we need a genuine over 2 meters enforcer (4) Lock, we have enough No5 Locks, we do have a Lock as needed he just is a tad young being JJ VD Mescht.
    5) If Lambie does recover fully and does stay at the Sharks with Bosch and Rob Dup jnr and April and Ben 10 and Redebe we should be just fine

    For me the other positions we are nicely covered.

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.08.17 16:52:07 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Why is Coenie not in, or is he being spared for tougher rounds? Also Claasens is still starting is this also tactical or lack of confidence as yet? Lastly when will Schreuder finally get into the mix?

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.08.17 17:32:11 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 15) : As I understand Coenie is contracted to the Boks, and all Bok contracted players are excluded from CC rugby this year, I believe the same goes for Beast, who may also be carrying a niggle.

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.08.17 17:52:58 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 15) : @Dancing Bear (Comment 16) : And this is why the CC is losing value to the supporters,

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.08.17 17:57:22 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 17) : Losing whatever value was left. Personally I am very sad to see this once great competition being relegated to a nothing competition.

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.08.17 18:00:17 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 18) : Likewise, Sa rugby was at it’s strongest when the CC was very strong and well supported.

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.08.17 18:16:17 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 19) : I wonder if the NZ NPC is facing a similar fate as the CC?

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.08.17 18:19:15 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 20) : And if not, what lessons can SA Rugby learn from them to bring back the CC?

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.08.17 18:19:52 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 21) : I would say better attendance would motivate them to put more into it, but then SR attendance not that great either.

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.08.17 18:27:22 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 13) : Yes and if Nkosi can play center as well it would help our cause. I think that kid can be a 13 and a wing.

  • Comment 23, posted at 02.08.17 18:28:44 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 14) : Cloete. Sorted.

  • Comment 24, posted at 02.08.17 18:29:30 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 22) : As I understand NPC also has attendance issues, since like the CC their ABs are not involved in the NPC.

  • Comment 25, posted at 02.08.17 18:40:17 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 24) : Cloete as far as I know is contracted over seas after the CC

  • Comment 26, posted at 02.08.17 19:33:02 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • I bet LS play is on the bench as back up scrummie against the bulls on wed with cam starting.

    We have to manage our player resources well.

  • Comment 27, posted at 02.08.17 19:33:24 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 23) : I am sure he will make a good center, but like we saw Saturday, his speed on the outside is scary, also our centers are starting to combine well, and we have lots, Wings weas far as I know are getting Mapimpi and add Van Wyk, Mvovo and Nkoso and we have 4 very good ones that can rotate, also Mvovo can play 15 as well.

  • Comment 28, posted at 02.08.17 19:35:43 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Michael Claassens?! Really? Why is White not starting? Mind baffled…

  • Comment 29, posted at 02.08.17 23:31:08 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 1) : If Am gets selected for the Boks, Ward/Sithole is a likely centre combo? Or does Louw come in? In that case Sbu is probably gone…

  • Comment 30, posted at 02.08.17 23:32:36 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 14) : Coenie, Ross Geldenhuys and Johny Meyer at 3 looks reasonable, no?

  • Comment 31, posted at 02.08.17 23:33:56 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 26) : Munster. We had an opportunity but let it slip.

  • Comment 32, posted at 03.08.17 06:44:11 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 29) : Jake White?

  • Comment 33, posted at 03.08.17 06:45:15 by coolfusion Reply

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  • 22 man squads is just dumb! Good looking team,should be a good match.

  • Comment 34, posted at 03.08.17 09:00:35 by BarendL Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 31) : Not sold in Geldenhuis, yeah against Pumas he did well but that is Pumas not Lions or Saders etc

  • Comment 35, posted at 03.08.17 09:04:45 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 35) : With Botha, Paul and Dan Dup in the engine room behind him, he may just do a lot better. Against the Cheetahs we had a fairly lightweight lock in Andrews, not sure about Vosloo’s physical stats and Keegan behind them – not giving the props much to work with.

  • Comment 36, posted at 03.08.17 10:23:47 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 29) : think they want a calm head next to Bosch. If Pat was playing I’m sure he would have started already.
    I’m sure things will change as Bosch gets more and more game time.

  • Comment 37, posted at 03.08.17 22:21:10 by JD Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 35) : Ross is pretty solid, I reckon. Another factor in addition to what bokhoring said is thta he arrived in Durban just one practice session before the cheetahs game.

  • Comment 38, posted at 04.08.17 09:42:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 38) : Absolutely

  • Comment 39, posted at 04.08.17 16:18:27 by Bump Reply

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