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Backline changes as Sharks head into Lions’ den


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 10 Aug 2017 at 16:15
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Rob du Preez has named an unchanged forward pack for Saturday’s Currie Cup match against the Lions, but has been forced to reshuffle his backline ahead of the clash.

Jeremy Ward is unavailable due to a cut to the forearm sustained at Loftus and his absence means a second Currie Cup start for Marius Louw, who wears the number 12 jersey. Lukhayno Am reverts to the outside centre berth that he filled with distinction during Super Rugby.

Also dropping out for this game is Kobus van Wyk. The big winger is generally not one to miss a game, but since it’s his own wedding on Saturday, an exception has been made! Odwa Ndungane stat at right wing in his 100th Currie Cup game for the team. In unforced changes, Ben Janse van Rensburg and Cam Wright start as the halfback pairing.

As before, a bench will be confirmed closer to the time.

Sharks: 15 Garth April, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Sibusiso Nkosi, 10 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 9 Cameron Wright, 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, Inny-Christian Radebe, Louis Schreuder, Michael Claassens , Mzamo Majola, Wian Vosloo



32 Comments

  • I cant help but see Odwa stick out like a sore thumb, hopefully he can roll back the years but those Lions wingers are quick. Overall pretty solid starting side, lets hope we get the upper hand in the forwards as theur pack isnt as strong as their backs. Wonder if Schreuder will get a run

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.08.17 16:20:16 by SheldonK Reply
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  • Would love to see Odwa’s 40m sprint time. A real stalwart but I fear father time has caught up and possibly overtaken him.

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.08.17 16:35:38 by McLovin Reply
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  • Not a bad team!!! Go Sharks!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.08.17 16:51:19 by JD Reply
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  • Although the team is a good one I have to reiterate that Odwa is past it and this backline could see us in trouble, also I would prefer AM that has been playing 12 of late to stay there and Sithole should have come into 14, what this means it seems is that we do not have another backup 13????? again Sithole????

    15 April
    14 ???
    13 Sithole
    12 AM
    11 Nkosi
    10 Ben10
    09 Wright

    No other wings?

    Also our bench cover has a 10 and 2x9s?? eish I am not so sure about this one.

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.08.17 16:55:36 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 4) : it’s not a bench – it’s a list of subs. Bench will be chosen from that group.

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.08.17 16:57:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • Our 10/12 channel is going to have Rohan Van Rensburg running hard at them all match.

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.08.17 16:58:54 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 4) : read the full list there’s 9 players. Replacements to be named only closer to the game.

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.08.17 16:59:10 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Rob I understand that boet, but there are only 3 backline players for the bench, Inny, Schreuder and Claasens.

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.08.17 16:59:59 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 7) : Again read it fully mate, there are 6 forwards and 3 backs, look at who the back reserves are.

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.08.17 17:00:58 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Replacements (from): Akker van der Merwe (Hooker), Juan Schoeman (Prop), John-Hubert Meyer (Prop), Jean Droste (Lock), Inny-Christian Radebe (Flyhalf), Louis Schreuder (Scrumhalf), Michael Claassens (Scrumhalf), Mzamo Majola (Prop), Wian Vosloo (Flank)

    Thus in my view if a wing or center gets injured like Ward did we are in trouble.

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.08.17 17:03:50 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • I prefer this halfback pairing, starting center pairing could be ok if Louw’s defense is up to scratch then maybe they could cause the Lions some discomfort.

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.08.17 17:08:20 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 10) : Good observation, maybe Screuder can play winglike Joost and Houghaard

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.08.17 17:17:45 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 12) : Thanks, and I doubt Schreuder can cover center or wing but who knows?? maybe he will be a surprise package lol.

    Is there any news on Ward?

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.08.17 17:28:18 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 8) : oh ja – that’s a good point.

    Reckon bench will be Akker, Mzams, Johnny, Jean, Vossa, Schreuder, Inny

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.08.17 17:50:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 13) : Ward will be fine after the bye

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.08.17 17:50:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 11) : I’ll back Louw to defend that 12 channel.

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.08.17 17:51:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : @robdylan (Comment 15) :
    Thanks boet, that would probably be the best bench taking who is there, and thank goodness Ward will be fine eish.

    I must say Ward is starting to impress me more and more.

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.08.17 17:52:52 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : Then we should be OK, I have only seen him play once but not against the Likes of a Rohan Van Rensburg thus my fear, and Thanks.

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.08.17 17:53:59 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • I also think Ben10 defends his channel better than Bosch or Inny or April so that will help too.

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.08.17 17:56:06 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 12) : 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 when the fh got injured. He was excellent !!

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.08.17 18:05:40 by swan Reply

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  • Did anyone else notice Juan Schoeman move out of the way of his brother who almost scored a try (but for a knock on in front of the try line) in the 44th minute?

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.08.17 18:22:56 by sudhir Reply

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  • @sudhir (Comment 21) : you’re joking?

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.08.17 22:06:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • I could be wrong but it looked like he moved to the right thus creating the gap for his boet to exploit. He did not need to move as Pier did not change the angle of his run.

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.08.17 22:17:01 by sudhir Reply

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  • If it wasn’t for the knock on he would have scored. Hopefully I am wrong and that was a figment of my imagination.

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.08.17 22:18:25 by sudhir Reply

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  • @sudhir (Comment 21) :
    It’s almost like that game where Odwa and Akona swicthed jersey at half-time.

  • Comment 25, posted at 11.08.17 03:20:03 by fyndraai Reply
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  • Congratulations on your wedding Kobus! Best of everything to you and your soon to be wife.

  • Comment 26, posted at 11.08.17 05:56:54 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @sudhir (Comment 23) : ja sorry – this is a tinfoil hat moment for me. Rugby players don’t work that way

  • Comment 27, posted at 11.08.17 09:48:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • I actually like the energy Louw brings to the pitch and I think he could be a good player for us in the future. Hopefully after his 100th CC cap for us Odders will decide it’s time to move on. Also hoping it was just Kobus’ looming wedding that put him off his game the last couple months and not his injury in SR, I rate the guy when he’s on form. He had a couple of great matches in for us this season, we need him back to his best.

  • Comment 28, posted at 11.08.17 09:55:03 by Quintin Reply

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  • @fyndraai (Comment 25) : :lol:

  • Comment 29, posted at 11.08.17 10:39:55 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • I don’t know about you folks, but I’m slowly getting that dangerous Sharks optimism.

    Big fan of Kobus, he will bounce back with a big one soon.

    Am is a machine, I can’t figure out where to play him. Man electric!

  • Comment 30, posted at 11.08.17 15:08:33 by Here be dragons Reply

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  • @Here be dragons (Comment 30) : Agreed but I’m not sure we have the guns to win this game, should have brought Sithole and Khaya majola into the mix. would have also be great if we still had franna.

    As much as I love odwa, his time as come.

  • Comment 31, posted at 11.08.17 21:39:08 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • This might an opportunity where we could get some revenge for Super rugby. Who are the match officials? Sad to say this might have an impact.

  • Comment 32, posted at 12.08.17 13:18:56 by BluffShark Reply

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