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One change for Sharks


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 26 Oct 2017 at 11:23
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Odwa Ndungane starts for the Sharks at left wing in the only change Robert du Preez has made to the Sharks run-on side for Saturday’s Currie Cup Final.

An unfortunate elbow injury sustained in the semi-final against the Bulls has ruled Sbu Nkosi out this week and du Preez has called on the veteran to take his place and hopefully rack up one more memorable Sharks appearance before he retires.

Ruan Botha leads an unchanged pack the features only two test players – Keegan Daniel and Jean-Luc du Preez – an indication of just how well the team has done despite relative inexperience up front. Curwin Bosch again spearheads an equally young backline and will relish his personal duel with WP’s Robert du Preez.

Rhyno Smith comes on to the bench in the only other change to the match 23.

Sharks: 15 Garth April, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Odwa Ndungane, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha (captain), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Jean Droste, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Tristan Blewett, 23 Rhyno Smith



60 Comments

  • Go Sharks!!! Can’t wait for the game!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.10.17 11:26:08 by EugeneVT Reply
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  • Pretty much as expected. Hoping for one big last push. Dont kow when last or if a lot of these guys have played in a final so hope they react well. We have struggled a bit against WP this CC. Got to feel for Nkosi

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.10.17 11:26:17 by SheldonK Reply
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  • Butterflies while reading this…the time is now boys! Cannot wait!

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.10.17 11:36:33 by DuToit04 Reply
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  • Some nice impact we have from the bench.

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.10.17 11:50:24 by coolfusion Reply
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  • Awesome stuff. Stoked for Ndungane. Really hope he gets the actual send off he deserves. If the Sharks play to their full potential on Saturday, they can’t be beaten by WP.

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.10.17 11:51:37 by boertjie101 Reply
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  • Gooseflesh boys!! The guys must leave nothing on the field.

    here is some motivation to get you pumped!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnmJQYU3va8

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.10.17 11:57:41 by Keagan_Sharks Reply
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  • Cant wait for the game! These guys have grown so much over the season and brought some really good vibes and excitement surrounding the Sharks again. Well done on the final and now bring the Cup home. After missing out or barely scraping into the semi’s recently since the Good Doctor’s tenure, this is just superb.

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.10.17 12:01:40 by Kabouter Reply
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  • Exactly the team I posted at the start of the week, even the subs, I am a tad worried

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.10.17 12:32:09 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 8) : It is going to be a close game. I hope the Sharks will concentrate for a full 80 minutes, and not play in patches.

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.10.17 12:42:17 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • Boet I am worried about their pace, remember their defense is also good and their scrum matches ours. But yeah it will be tight.

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.10.17 13:43:15 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 10) : Their defence is the best in the comp, it is worrisome. Schickerling is out for them is he not? That may give our pack a slight advantage.

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.10.17 14:11:10 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 10) : If they start Janno Vermaak the pace will be high too. Will have to make sure we watch du Preez closely and pressure him.

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.10.17 14:16:43 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Real pity about Nkosi. Odwa will always give 100% and has a work rate that can put the youngsters to shame. However he will struggle to keep up with the WP speedsters.

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.10.17 14:23:12 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 11) : You mean best on tackle completion, dominant tackles, etc? The Sharks still have the best defence i.t.o. tries conceded, 32 so far including the semis vs. WP on 41.

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.10.17 14:26:53 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • Its a good WP side selected. Should be a good game…rain is predicted apparently so not sure who will adapt the best to that.

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.10.17 14:59:52 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 15) : Where did you see the rain predicted? Windguru reckons less than 1mm until early afternoon, then clearing up

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.10.17 16:17:06 by Karl Reply

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  • @DuToit04 (Comment 3) : Yah im feeling nervous as well

    no worries though, we will give it our all, thats all I ask of the team, win or lose.

  • Comment 17, posted at 26.10.17 16:34:58 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • Sharks should take it. By 7 or so points.

    One thing’s for certain, there’s going to be a du Preez on the winning side.

  • Comment 18, posted at 26.10.17 16:48:10 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 18) : I’d prefer three as opposed to one

  • Comment 19, posted at 26.10.17 17:01:16 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • Good to see somewhat of a fuss being made of CC. We should promote this kind of thing. We desperately need strong CC again if we hope to be contenders in SR and International derbies.

  • Comment 20, posted at 26.10.17 17:31:18 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 18) : Can I call you captain obvious or have you graduated to major already? ;)

  • Comment 21, posted at 26.10.17 17:32:24 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 14) : I’ll repeat what I said on our last clash with WP. Our forwards made meters almost at will. It was only when running from deep that we got caught by handling and trapped in our half making it easier for their counter. Excellent tactical kicking and using the forwards will be a more secure play.

  • Comment 22, posted at 26.10.17 17:34:27 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 13) : He may yet surprise with the rare mathematical oddity that US coaches call the 110% ( according to their education system)

  • Comment 23, posted at 26.10.17 17:36:39 by coolfusion Reply

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  • I’d suggest we have the better pack, they have the edge in the backline. We have home advantage and Bosch’s boot. Sharks to take it by 5!

  • Comment 24, posted at 26.10.17 17:45:50 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 24) : Neutralize du Preez and we look better on the back. He has been doing an excellent job dictating play.

  • Comment 25, posted at 26.10.17 17:47:15 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Karl (Comment 16) : @SheldonK (Comment 15) : Poisy is the mam with the local and weather knowledge!!! Would love to hear his prediction of the weather!!!

  • Comment 26, posted at 26.10.17 19:11:49 by JD Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 25) : And with the boot as well. Can’t wait until he is a Shark.

  • Comment 27, posted at 26.10.17 19:28:46 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • I watch Lambie in the 2012 final vs WP today and hell people dream if they think Bosch is anywhere near the brilliance of Lambie is dreaming, I am a Bosch fan but watching Lambie just reminds one of what he meant to this team.

  • Comment 28, posted at 26.10.17 20:15:54 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 28) : Bosch is really good in his own way, but lambie was amazing, also lambie was how old in 2012 ? how old is bosch now. I dont expect bosch to reach such heights just yet. if we get rob jr he will be the closest thing we have to a complete fh.

    bosch is dynamic but shill growing and not great on defense.

    Inny is good but still finding his way

    Ben is big and tough but inexperienced and struggles with passing and place kicking etc

    april is good but some what inconsistent

  • Comment 29, posted at 26.10.17 20:30:27 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 29) : 20 years old, I think Bosch is now the same.

  • Comment 30, posted at 26.10.17 20:36:12 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 28) : watched the 2013 game. Not super performance from the kicking tee but the rest was awesome! Points wise Bosch is better but Pat adds a bit more in general play!

  • Comment 31, posted at 26.10.17 21:11:43 by JD Reply
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  • @Karl (Comment 16) : I just looked again just on my weather app and it says rain early but could be clearing. Guess it depends how strong the wind blows today and tomorrow. Im hoping for good weather

  • Comment 32, posted at 27.10.17 08:03:48 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Interesting to see the interview with Rob Dupreez where he says too much fuss is being made about ball in hand rugby in SA currently. He says they arent chasing a NZ way of playing but want to play winning rugby whether that requires ball in hand or kicking or whatever.

  • Comment 33, posted at 27.10.17 08:06:40 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 33) : yes very interesting indeed! Hope it works for the Sharks on Saturday!!!

  • Comment 34, posted at 27.10.17 08:33:50 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 33) : There is no one style of Kiwi rugby anyway. The All Blacks probably play more Crusader type rugby (more balanced) than Blues type rugby (more ball in hand). They often kick more than other teams but those kicks usually have some thinking behind it. However the big difference between them and SA teams is that when they get into the red zone, they convert more of their opportunities due to better decision making and better skills. They can also switch tactics as the situation demands, and will run from their 22 if an overlap presents itself.

  • Comment 35, posted at 27.10.17 08:57:50 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 28) : At the risk of being accused as a fan boy. This is what I have always been saying. Every other flyhalf have some of the attributes of Lambie and because they focus on those attributes seem better at them. Goal kicking line breaking etc. But I have not seen one of them that have all of them. Lambie is still by far the most complete package. It’s ONLY the injury that bothers. But that I also lay that in front of his team. They should be protecting him better if they know he is prone, they will benefit from it. How much great work did Naas accomplish because he never took any heavy tackles?

  • Comment 36, posted at 27.10.17 09:18:48 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 35) : I think thats the point RDP was trying to get across, that NZ dont just play ball in hand rugby all the time. They have a balanced game with good set pieces and basics. He also referred to patience and possession in the attacking zone. I also think too much is made of ‘running rugby’ in this country currently. Teams need to have good set pieces and then make good decisions based on the situation in front of them, and have the skills to execute. Defense is also a major part of the game, and especially amongst our junior teams i often feel defense is very much an after thought

  • Comment 37, posted at 27.10.17 09:33:10 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 36) : I will take your fit Lambie, and raise you a fit Goosen. So I imagine you are talking within a Sharks context.
    I will play Lambie over Bosch every day of the week. Unfortunately as you say, injuries have put a brake on his career.
    I am excited by what I see in young Stapelberg. He is still a youngster, but stepped onto the big stage with ease. No question marks around any aspect of his game.
    Ditto Robbie Petzer.

  • Comment 38, posted at 27.10.17 09:57:03 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 38) : Sad to sad but unfortunately both Pat and Goosen will never be as great as what they could have been due to injury problems and a bit of topic but I have the same feeling about Marcell! Personally I still believe players are rushed back into teams when their bodies are not 100% ready!

  • Comment 39, posted at 27.10.17 10:08:47 by JD Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 38) : Isnt Goosen a cowboy now or something? :mrgreen: At least Lambie is playing some rugby inbetween wine tasting in france. I liked the look of Stapelberg when he was at Maties but his career seemed to stall a bit. I also feel with a good thinking distributor and kicker at 12 it takes the full burden off the 10…much like England have done.

  • Comment 40, posted at 27.10.17 10:14:03 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 39) : True. Yes it was a real disappointment to hear that he is injured again. He really was playing some great rugby again. He could have added value to the Boks. Alas the stupid 30 cap rule applies. Ginger should have been capped, but that ship has also [email protected]SheldonK (Comment 40) : The rumours abound that someone is buying out his contract, but t is yet to be seen. I am not sure what the reasons are, but something dodgy happened there.
    Stapelberg is on the up. Top points scorer in the Pro 14 after just 4 appearances. accurate goal kicker, and he gets his backline away smartly. Not afraid to take the ball up, and defends well.Considering he is up against some accomplished goal kickers like Bigger, Halfpenny, and Russel, that isn’t a bad start.

  • Comment 41, posted at 27.10.17 10:58:18 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • I am really amped for this game, I am hoping for a cracker, I hope we play with the fire and intensity that saw us lift the Cup in 2010 and 2013 against these striped bandits. SHARKS!!!

    Hope to switch on the TV and see a sold out stadium, flip!

  • Comment 42, posted at 27.10.17 11:01:24 by Richard Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 33) : Rob is a smart man, but like that he is bringing a balance to the approach, there is a time to run, a time to kick, a time to build phases – but the platform is set-piece and percentage rugby. The Boks played like men possessed against NZ, had they made a better decision here and there – the game would have been ours, you don’t have to play like New Zealand to beat New Zealand, you play according to your strengths, and you lay down the platform. John is coaching The Bulls to ATTACK, but that came at a cost in terms of terrible defence, I favour balance, a total strategy to that of all-out attack.

  • Comment 43, posted at 27.10.17 11:08:41 by Richard Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 41) : Very true in regards to Stapelberg. Still think him paired with say a Marais or Small-smith at 12 with Venter 13 would be my best fit for the Cheetahs.

  • Comment 44, posted at 27.10.17 11:08:54 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Richard (Comment 43) : Very in favour of your last line there

  • Comment 45, posted at 27.10.17 11:10:23 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 44) : Yes going to be very interesting to see how they are going to use Marais, Clinton Swart, and Zeilinga. I wonder if they might use Zeilinga or Swart at 15, given that Small-Smith, Marais and Lee can play 12. Lee, and Small-Smith also able to play 13

    I agree that a backline of Tiaan/Venter, Stapelberg, Obi, Swart/Marais, Lee/Venter, Kyle Steyn, and Zeilinga at 15, can be interesting.

  • Comment 46, posted at 27.10.17 11:20:40 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 46) : impressive jihack attempt, but why are we even talking about a team that didn’t make the Currie Cup semis, let alone final?

  • Comment 47, posted at 27.10.17 11:33:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Richard (Comment 43) : The problem is that his experience and game asessment I. E. Tactical adjustment, dies not always translate into the players. They must also know how to adjust on an individual and team level to different opponents and their changing tactics. But first basics, know your own game then your opponents.

  • Comment 48, posted at 27.10.17 11:57:52 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 47) : Shots fired, I repeat, shots fired!

  • Comment 49, posted at 27.10.17 12:33:00 by Karl Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 47) : Ag let him be boss! The poor man has suffered enough watching the Cheetahs Currie Cup dreams self-destruct!!! :twisted:

  • Comment 50, posted at 27.10.17 14:06:18 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 47) : Because we can! I understand hosting a final is a rare event for the Sharks, but there is a big wide world out there. You really should get out more :evil:
    I wish the Sharks well for the final, and really hope they can win the trophy. I am a tad nervous about Curwin vs Rob Jnr, as I think their clash will be decisive.

  • Comment 51, posted at 27.10.17 14:27:11 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 47) : Pretty rich coming from a team supporter that hasn’t made a final, never mind a semi in years :-)

  • Comment 52, posted at 27.10.17 14:27:59 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 50) : Lol, actually, I have lots of rugby to look forward to. Pro14 continues long after you have bugger all left to watch :lol:
    I at least can follow my Cheetahs during the quiet January/February drought. :mrgreen:
    Good luck for your team tomorrow my friend.

  • Comment 53, posted at 27.10.17 14:29:48 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 51) : yes the battle of the 10′s will be important but for me it’s what happens upfront that will probably determine the result! WP needs to do what they did 2 weeks ago if they want to win! Sharks forward needs to improve on that and try to be more dominant than they were!

  • Comment 54, posted at 27.10.17 14:48:55 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 54) : Yes, the loss of Jaco Coetzee was a big blow. He was very busy in the match at Kings Park. Hope the performance on the day, was due to a lack of interest on the part of the Sharks.

  • Comment 55, posted at 27.10.17 14:56:00 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • The Sharks have won the Currie Cup the most during the past 10 years and should we win tomorrow, we would have won it the most since 1990. Am I right??

  • Comment 56, posted at 27.10.17 14:57:06 by Bite me Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 51) : ”there is a big wide world out there. You really should get out more”
    This from a Cheetah supporter who sits 24/7 on a Sharks website LMAO proper box

  • Comment 57, posted at 27.10.17 15:00:30 by The hound Reply
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  • @Bite me (Comment 56) : yes to the first part. Also yes to the second part. currently tied with the Bulls on 7 wins each since 1990

  • Comment 58, posted at 27.10.17 15:14:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 57) : When last did you look in a mirror. Despite what you may think, I have a very enjoyable life. The Sharks site is to provide amusement, to balance out the rest of the crap in the world. You are quite amusing yourself. And good luck for your team tomorrow, even if you are a miserable f at the best of times :-)

  • Comment 59, posted at 27.10.17 15:25:11 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 58) : @Bite me (Comment 56) : to be fair on one of those 7 wins the Bulls shared the trophy so actually they’re on 6 1/2 rather than a full 7! Sharks all the way!

  • Comment 60, posted at 27.10.17 16:19:17 by JD Reply
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