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Vermeulen returns for Bulls clash


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 21 Sep 2017 at 10:10
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The Sharks have been able to strengthen their pack for this weekend’s Currie cup clash against the Blue Bulls in Durban, welcoming back Jacques Vermeulen from injury. Springbok squad members Chiliboy Ralepelle and Daniel du Preez will also both come into the stating lineup.

Bulls coach John Mitchell has caused some controversy by opting not to start his released Springbok players this week, but Rob du Preez clearly feels differently. Daniel starts at number 8, with Vermeulen coming in at blindside flank to complete a powerful loose trio that contains Keegan Daniel on the other side. Tera Mtembu moves to the bench, as does Jean Droste, with Tyler Paul switching back to the second row.

Thomas du Toit rotates back into the number 1 jersey, alongside Ralepelle and Ross Geldenhuys. Juan Schoeman and Franco Marais thus complete a 4-man forward contingent on the bench, with Wian Vosloo, Akker van der Merwe and Hyron Andrews all missing out this week.

Louis Schreduer has been released this week to attend a family wedding, ahead of his link-up with the Springboks, so Mike Claassens start at 9 in the only change to the starting backline from last week. He partners flyhalf Curwin Bosch. Luk Am needs another week for his ankle, meaning Marius Louw and Jeremy Ward will continue in midfield. S’bu Nkosi starts at left wing before also joining the Boks next week, with Odwa Ndungane and Garth April completing the back 3.

Rhyno Smith (for injured Inny Radbe) and Cam Wright make the bench, along with Tristan Blewett who impressed on debut against Griquas.

Sharks: 15 Garth April, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Jeremy Ward, 12 Marius Louw, 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 Jean Droste, 19 Tera Mtembu, 20 Cameron Wright, 21 Tristan Blewett, 22 Rhyno Smith



50 Comments

  • Solid team this! Nothing makes me happier than a win against the bulls and province… Go boys!!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.09.17 10:16:10 by DuToit04 Reply
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  • Good team. Really hope we can klap the Bulls. Even if only the real beneficiaries in that result would be the Pumas. Want to make an early calp that the playoffs will be contested between the Sharks, WP, Lions and Pumas (in no particular order).

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.09.17 10:17:19 by boertjie101 Reply
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  • feel for Akker, but codos to RDP for adhering to Bok needs.

    Still a strong team but Odders will have to be defensively sound. I like the pack and some really good flair on the bench

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.09.17 10:17:58 by Kabouter Reply
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  • Thats a strong pack so hope to see them aggressive and dominating. The backs still look a bit off to me, guess i just dont like the combos. Its been a while since Chilliboy and Dan played a game so wonder how rusty they are coming from Bok trainings. As for the Bulls – got to admit they not doing SA any favours by not playing the returning Boks.

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.09.17 10:18:15 by SheldonK Reply
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  • 5 easy points. Calves to the slaughter.

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.09.17 10:27:33 by McLovin Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 5) : Agreed. Bulls are transitioning to a new defensive system under Mitchell so the Sharks should be targeting that in their preparation for this game.

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.09.17 10:48:05 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Bulls have some speedy outside backs – not sure if Odwa will be up to it. Hope the changes to the starting pack (quality players but all bound to be very rusty) doesn’t upset the rhythm of the team.

    I am little worried about these Bulls – especially with the Mitchell influence

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.09.17 10:52:39 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • Great to see Cam back on the bench

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.09.17 10:58:49 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @boertjie101 (Comment 2) : Well if it benifits the Pumas then Im all for it.

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.09.17 11:05:10 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • I wonder if the Kings are looking for a hooker, Akker may be interested.

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.09.17 11:17:33 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 10) : I wonder if Akker isnt perhaps carrying a slight injury.He has battled with his one leg the last few games.

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.09.17 11:35:43 by Dunx Reply

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  • @Dunx (Comment 11) : That would be convenient.

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.09.17 11:38:42 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Hi guys, what’s the latest update regarding Lwazi Mvovo?

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.09.17 13:23:09 by Richard Southey Reply

     
  • @Dunx (Comment 11) : Akker has been an amazing addition, a rest would do him good, there is a lot of rugby coming up and Chilli will no doubt join up with the Boks again after this weekend.

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.09.17 13:24:19 by Richard Southey Reply

     
  • A solid looking team, actually super amped for this game! Feeling nervous, but hopefully, we absolutely pump the Bulls!

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.09.17 13:26:20 by Richard Southey Reply

     
  • @Richard Southey (Comment 13) : Mvovo is playing in Japan and will be back for Super Rugby…?

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.09.17 13:41:54 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Good luck, men!

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.09.17 13:42:54 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Dunx (Comment 11) : Why do I get a vision of that one legged bearded guy in the comic strip B.C. when I read your post

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.09.17 13:58:58 by The hound Reply
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  • Only guy im worried about in the Bulls lineup is Warrick Gelant…he always plays well against us and we slip off tackles on him. Burger Odendaal also tends to have good games against us. I think we have a stronger pack so hopefully that gets us good ball

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.09.17 14:17:50 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 18) : well either way the go forward he gets will be missed

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.09.17 14:18:38 by Dunx Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 7) : Odwa will be the least of our worries if we can’t protect the ball up front. Turnovers have been a problem of late.

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.09.17 14:28:09 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Richard Southey (Comment 13) : The update is as follows: hi guys just putting on some Kobe steaks for braai day…wish you were here…

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.09.17 14:29:30 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Is Pollard not playing?

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.09.17 14:36:00 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 23) : No, Mitchell has not selected either Pollard or Paige.

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.09.17 14:47:46 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 23) : @vanmartin (Comment 24) : Pollard is on the bench, Paige left out

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.09.17 14:51:57 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 24) : He needs to play some rugby far too young to be written off especially as there is such a paucity of even reasonable 10′s in South Africa.
    He is only 23,and should only be starting his international career now
    Barrit is 26 and got his first AB start in 2014,aged 23.

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.09.17 15:02:54 by The hound Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 24) : yes, he is. Late change.

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.09.17 15:03:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • Pollard was initially not named in the squad but has now come onto the bench since Manie Libbok had to pull out with an appendix flare-up

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.09.17 15:22:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 16) : Yeah, thanks, just went silent and not seeing much news on him. Thought maybe he suffered an injury.

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.09.17 15:23:04 by Richard Southey Reply

     
  • @coolfusion (Comment 22) : That’s a great update! ;-) Just thought he was injured up there, not much news on Google re: his Japan life. Big Lwazi fan.

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.09.17 15:23:55 by Richard Southey Reply

     
  • What is it going to take to get Currie Cup to revert to international norms and have 23 players available?

  • Comment 31, posted at 21.09.17 15:26:10 by Richard Southey Reply

     
  • @Richard Southey (Comment 31) : someone needs to throw money at SA Rugby and ring-fence it for that exact purpose

  • Comment 32, posted at 21.09.17 15:48:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Richard Southey (Comment 31) : @robdylan (Comment 32) : well for one the tail must stop wagging the dog!!! If I’m correct the smaller unions prefers the 22 player teams and as they ”rule” SA rugby all local competitions will only have 22 player teams!!!
    Best of all is that they give a f%&#£k about 23 player squads that’s crucial for development of props for bokke, but s¥!£ in their pants if the big unions decides to not select released bokke (like Bulls did) as now we must all think about the best interest of bok rugby!!!!!

  • Comment 33, posted at 21.09.17 16:51:03 by JD Reply
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  • For those that might be interested, a stronger Cheetahs CC team will play against the Pumas. Interesting inclusions are Lloyd Greeff, a Jumnior Bok in 2014, that used to play for the Lions. He has left Zebre to join the Cheetahs. At 193 cm, and 103 kg, he is also a big lad at centre. Jeremy Jordaan, has returned to the Cheetahs after a stint as loan player to the Pumas. Other notable inclusions are JW Jonker, Cecil Africa, Carl Wenger, Dennis Visser and Jasper Wiese.

    Go Cheeeeethas

  • Comment 34, posted at 22.09.17 11:01:48 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 34) : That could be a very interesting game this weekend. Pumas should start as favourites though

  • Comment 35, posted at 22.09.17 11:22:08 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 35) : Yes they should. What counts in our favour is home ground advantage, and the fact that the Pumas aren’t always good on the road.

  • Comment 36, posted at 22.09.17 11:36:42 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 36) : Thats true too

  • Comment 37, posted at 22.09.17 11:57:01 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 34) : good luck to your team in both games!

  • Comment 38, posted at 22.09.17 16:44:36 by JD Reply
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  • Well it looks like whoever forces the most errors and capitalises will take this cheetahs pumas game. Defense on both sides not that good. Good kicking to ensure they spend most time in opposition 22 then forcing errors would be smart play.

  • Comment 39, posted at 22.09.17 18:03:32 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 39) : Cheetahs handling not good enough currently to run from deep. They are their own enemy at the moment.

  • Comment 40, posted at 22.09.17 18:06:30 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Young Cheetahs manage to beat the Pumas by 1 point and gain 5 log points for their efforts.

  • Comment 41, posted at 22.09.17 19:10:10 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 41) : That is a very good result…well done!

  • Comment 42, posted at 22.09.17 19:23:25 by pastorshark Reply
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  • IMHO I think the most overlooked as far as credit goes, and under rated player in our setup currently is Keegan D

  • Comment 43, posted at 22.09.17 21:41:33 by sharkingmad Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 36) : wow you must be smiling from ear to ear after two Cheetah victories on one day!!! Glad your team(s) could knuckle down and win hard games!!!

  • Comment 44, posted at 23.09.17 00:13:39 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 44) : @pastorshark (Comment 42) : @Bokhoring (Comment 41) : Thanks guys. Yes I am stoked. Thought the stronger CC team could sneak a win, and a sneak it was. We are not strong enough with this group to tackle the Sharks, but if we can make it to the playoffs, we will have all the Pro 14 players available.
    Very chuffed with the win over Leinster too. Hard graft, strong tackling. Going to be some eina bodies around.
    Good luck vs the Bulls. Should be a stroll. Bulls in disarray.

  • Comment 45, posted at 23.09.17 07:35:09 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 45) : that was well done by you guys – eating some humble pie here.

  • Comment 46, posted at 23.09.17 11:18:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 45) : The Pro 14 move will definitely be good for the Cheetahs and will give them a lot of depth. In light of the 57-0 whipping the Boks got last week, it may be a good idea to actually field more teams from SA into other tournaments in Europe so that we increase the quality of our game and create depth. The intensity of that Pro14 is crazy. With more teams in Europe we could also get more cash which would enable us to keep our players in SA.

  • Comment 47, posted at 23.09.17 11:19:13 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 47) : Yes right just the best players and thus teams all seem to be located south of the equator

  • Comment 48, posted at 23.09.17 11:51:11 by benji Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 45) : Yeah, very, very good PRO14 result…well done!

  • Comment 49, posted at 23.09.17 13:07:29 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 46) : Your pessissm was justified. It was a rough start, with quite a few key injuries compounding matters.
    @GreatSharksays (Comment 47) : Agreed the intensity and physical nature was a surprise for me too. But if we consider the sheer numbers of internationals, and also saffas, kiwis, and polynesians plying their trade in the clubs, it shouldnt havebeen.
    The money can certainlyhelp the Cheetahs to retain their players.

  • Comment 50, posted at 23.09.17 13:14:45 by KingCheetah Reply

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