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Du Preez names strong lineup for Bulls


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 8 Aug 2017 at 10:20
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Rob du Preez has named a strong lie up and opted for maximum continuity for tomorrow night’s Currie Cup game against the Bulls at Loftus, despite the inevitable disruption of Springbok call-ups.

Du Preez has kept his backline more or less unchanged, bar the forced promotion of Inny Radebe to the starting flyhalf spot in place of Bok-bound Curwin Bosch. The other two changes come upfront, where Franco Marais starts for Chiliboy Ralepelle and Tera Mtembu is promoted to the number 8 jersey vacated by Daniel du Preez.

The bench has not yet been finalised, with the Sharks opting to take 11 additional players down to Gauteng for a mini-tour that also includes Saturday’s game against the Lions on Johannesburg. New players Akker van der Merwe and Louis Schreuder have both been included and fans should expect to see both enjoy their first take of action in a Sharks jersey this week.

Sharks: 15 Garth April, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Jeremy Ward, 12 Lukhanyo Am, 11 Sibusiso Nkosi, 10 Inny-Christian Radebe, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Tera Mtembu, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha (captain), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements (from): Akker van der Merwe ,Juan Schoeman, John-Hubert Meyer, Jean Droste, Cameron Wright, Benhard Janse van Rensburg, Odwa Ndungane, Louis Schreuder, Marius Louw, Mzamo Majola, Wian Vosloo



30 Comments

  • Nice team and I’m sure he will be going for a 5-2 split bench again. Probably Akker, Schoeman, Meyer, Droste, Vosloo, Wright and Ben10?!

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.08.17 10:29:19 by JD Reply
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  • You called it Rob :cool:

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.08.17 10:30:13 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 2) : I actually did, didn’t I? Does this mean I’m starting to think like the other Rob?

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.08.17 10:42:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • Good starting 15, gonna be a hard game.. Hope Akker gets a few mins

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.08.17 10:43:09 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : I prefer to think the other Rob is simply coming around to your way of thinking. Time to finish up that article on small match temperament now so that Coach Rob can get that sorted too.

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.08.17 11:18:53 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Jeepers, I thought that Jean Droste was the only cover for the locks and the loosies, luckily I found Wian Vosloo embedded with the backline.

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.08.17 11:26:13 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 6) : hahaha think Akker can also help cover 6/7 if really needed.

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.08.17 11:41:03 by JD Reply
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  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 4) : I’m sure Akker will get more than a couple of minutes especially seeing this ridiculous match schedule!!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.08.17 11:45:45 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 7) : except he’s the only other hooker.

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.08.17 12:09:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • Decent team but the Bulls did play well in their last game. Keen to see how Schreuder and Akker go. This CC is pretty much Free States to lose judging by what ive seen so far.

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.08.17 12:22:24 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 10) : Not so…Free State will lose most of their first choice players to the squad that has to play Pro14 from beginning of September. By the time they play us in Round 2 and the knock out comes around, they will be playing the Currie Cup with severely depleted player stocks…

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.08.17 13:00:00 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Pretty much what we expected…good team…let’s see whether our depth holds…

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.08.17 13:01:11 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I reckon the Sharks has it in them to win both games…how great is it to have the veteran still in the mix Odwa…reminds me of the great Stefan Terblanche :cool:

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.08.17 13:02:40 by DuToit04 Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 10) : Still not 100% sold on Schreuder,he was dog shite at Province,so bad they let him for the over the hill pairing of Duvenhage and Vermaak.
    He was great at the Kings,but wonder how much that had to do with playing with the steady hand of Lionel Cronje.
    Hope I’m wrong.

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.08.17 13:05:59 by The hound Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 10) : they did hey…you could see Mitchell’s hand in their attacking play – I almost want to say their attacks are also set around Tony similar to lions with Elton…suffocate them with a rush defense and it is all out the window…especially now that it’s still early days in their game plan adaption…

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.08.17 13:06:31 by DuToit04 Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 14) : Cronje was poo in Durban but good at the Kings. So same with Schreuder in CPT and then the Kings. So yeh im just interested to see how he goes.
    @pastorshark (Comment 11) : Ah i forgot about that. Dont think the Cheetahs will be able to sustain two teams. Thought thats why they trying to hurry up with CC.

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.08.17 13:23:26 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @DuToit04 (Comment 15) : Mitchells biggest challenge at the Bulls is when he disagrees with the upper management there about something which is enevitable in any situation. Its how he handles that that will determine his success there. he certainly has the resources there

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.08.17 13:24:59 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 11) : Which should still be enough to whip your sorry asses :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.08.17 15:54:55 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 11) : We will still have a star studded team! :grin:
    Theuns Kotze, Joseph Dweba, Erich de Jager, Armandt Koster, Rynier Bernardo, Tienie Burger, Steve Meiring, Jasper Wiese, Zer Mkhabela, Ryno Eksteen, Obi, Liheli Xoli, Ali Mgijima, Dolo, Cecil Afrika
    Gunther Jv Vuuren, Reinach Venter, Hilton Lobberts, Pokomela, Ruan v Rensburg, Chris Dry, Jaer
    :razz: See?

  • Comment 19, posted at 08.08.17 16:15:18 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • Good team as long as Inny actually plays like he can and not the dog poo form the last couple games he’s played and also as long as Failhard is kept far away from playing

  • Comment 20, posted at 08.08.17 17:23:51 by Mephisto_Shark Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 19) : Any reason why Chris Dry could not be as successful as Kwagga in the 15 man game? He is much taller than Kwagga but weighs the same, so perhaps a little too light frame? I like the way he plays 7s.

  • Comment 21, posted at 08.08.17 18:10:45 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Mephisto_Shark (Comment 20) : Failard? Bernhard?

  • Comment 22, posted at 08.08.17 18:31:04 by SeanJeff Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 21) : yes I’m sure he could. Kok would also be a huge success at 15′s.

  • Comment 23, posted at 08.08.17 19:37:56 by JD Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 21) : No reason why not no! Guess it would depend on his own ambition. Think the CC is just a competition for the sevens guys to stay fit and active during the off season. Time will tell, if he wants to focus on making a successful transition. He is fast, strong and very skillful.

  • Comment 24, posted at 08.08.17 19:56:39 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 19) : Ah, excellent…

  • Comment 25, posted at 08.08.17 22:26:22 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Do we know if the bench for this evening is named yet?

  • Comment 26, posted at 09.08.17 09:15:44 by Julesgr8ter Reply
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  • @Julesgr8ter (Comment 26) : not yet

  • Comment 27, posted at 09.08.17 09:46:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Julesgr8ter (Comment 26) : not announced yet, but I know who’s on it. You will like number 20.

  • Comment 28, posted at 09.08.17 10:00:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • Has anyone seen Louis Schreuder play flyhalf? I saw him play fh for Western Province / Stormers a few years ago, after moving into the position after the fh got injured. He was excellent !!

  • Comment 29, posted at 09.08.17 10:52:18 by swan Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : yippee!

  • Comment 30, posted at 09.08.17 12:06:29 by Julesgr8ter Reply
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