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Changes for Sharks


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 1 Mar 2018 at 11:38
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Robert du Preez has made seven changes to his starting team as the Sharks face the Waratahs in the first home game of their 2018 Super Rugby campaign on Saturday.

Two of the switches are positional; Jacques Vermeulen moves from blindside flank to the openside this week, with Sbu Nkosi also switching sides of the field to wear his more familiar number 11 jersey.

Further changes in the pack see Beast Mtawarira start at loosehead prop for benched Juan Schoeman, while Tyler Paul comes in at blindside and Keegan Daniel at 8. Daniel was a late withdrawal from the team that played the Lions in Joburg, but now replaces injured Daniel du Preez at the back of the scrum. Vermeulen fills in for Philip van der Walt, also missing through injury.

Louis Schreuder is fit to play again and comes in for Cam Wright at 9 – the latter will play off the bench. Kobus van Wyk replaces rested Makezole Mapimpi in the only other change to the starting backs, necessitating the positional switch for Nkosi.

Tera Mtembu and Marius Louw are the new faces on the bench this week

Sharks: 15 Lwazi Mvovo, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Sbu Nkosi, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Keegan Daniel, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Ruan Botha (capt), 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Beast Mtawarira.
Reserves: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Tera Mtembu, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Curwin Bosch



55 Comments

  • Great looking team. Great that Schreuder is back. Have a feeling we going to give the Ausies a hiding in the tank.

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.03.18 11:46:44 by Fox Reply
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  • Solid team I am happy with it.

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.03.18 11:48:53 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Pretty Solid – we should smack a jet lagged warathas team six love in theory Go Boys!

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.03.18 11:59:44 by DuToit04 Reply

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  • Its a good team but execution will be key, especially in the phase play where we have to reduce silly turnovers. The Tahs are very streetsmart so how we handle that will be interesting. Tyler Paul was good in the CC so lets see how he fares a step up.

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.03.18 11:59:52 by SheldonK Reply

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  • So what happened to the Ninja? It didn’t look too serious?

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.03.18 12:04:28 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 5) : Ankle ligament strain, apparently

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.03.18 12:09:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : So how long? Seems like we won’t see him and Keegan and jldp on at the same time…ever.

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.03.18 12:15:28 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Good team but I would have liked to see Meyer start.

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.03.18 12:41:00 by JD Reply
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  • Weakest loose trio in years and nothing to sing about on the bench in that department as well, and best news of the week to start the new year we get Jaco fucken toilet Peyper

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.03.18 12:53:23 by The hound Reply
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  • Bar the loose trio this looks better…

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.03.18 13:05:24 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 10) : @The hound (Comment 9) : Yeah the Tahs have a solid loose trio so I’m a bit worried there too. I would like to see Marius come of the bench early as well(if all is going good). He was so good pre-season and CC he deserves his chance.

    Stoked about van Wyk and Schreuder too.

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.03.18 13:22:00 by Quintin Reply

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  • why are you guys so worried about that loose trio? I think it looks fine

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.03.18 14:11:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : I’m not worried. Vermeulen did very well last year. Keegan is a seasoned vet and hasn’t put a foot wrong in a long long time, and I’m betting on Tyler Paul to become a real contender in a very short space of time.

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.03.18 14:18:53 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : Only slight worry to me is ruck time. Hooper is really good over the ball.

    Very happy that KD is back and Tyler gets an opportunity to show what he’s got on the big stage.

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.03.18 14:33:28 by Quintin Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 9) : I went and checked for myself about Peyphol … that’s how much I didn’t want to believe you :???: Ugh, why him.

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.03.18 14:52:26 by Mephisto_Shark Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 13) : I thought Paul was nothing short of superb against the Lions. A really, really good performance.

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.03.18 15:04:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Andrew Kellaway, 13 Lalakai Foketi, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Curtis Rona, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Jed Holloway, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Michael Wells, 5 Tom Staniforth, 4 Ned Hanigan, 3 Paddy Ryan, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Tom Robertson.
    Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 18 Kalivati Tawake, 19 Nick Palmer, 20 Will Miller, 21 Mitch Short, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Alex Newsome.

    I think this will come down to the forwards. Both teams have good backlines while the Tahs’ forwards are largely unknown,to us Saffers anyway, and the struggled against the Stormers, but they have Hooper at the breakdowns.

    Control the ball up front and you win the game

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.03.18 15:27:04 by Baylion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 13) : Vermeulen is a machine but he is out of position though – takes time for an open-side to build the instinct of where to be on the field.

    I am more concerned over the scrums though – we really need a much improved performance from last week.

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.03.18 15:40:04 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 9) : Don’t hold back bru :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.03.18 15:55:37 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : Just for info as I am not sure if you are aware of this and chances are you are….. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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    We’re excited to be announcing a new partner tomorrow morning, so stay tuned to our Social Media channels for more info!

  • Comment 20, posted at 01.03.18 16:28:58 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 20) : oh yeah – the Sharks have bought my website. Didn’t I mention this?

  • Comment 21, posted at 01.03.18 16:42:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : :shock:

  • Comment 22, posted at 01.03.18 17:07:37 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : So can I cancel my monthly coffee contribution?

  • Comment 23, posted at 01.03.18 17:36:02 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 23) : Did you stop drinking coffee? :mrgreen: ;-) Hope all’s well CS.

  • Comment 24, posted at 01.03.18 18:18:50 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 23) : Sharks should pay us too as share holders :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 25, posted at 01.03.18 18:30:04 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 25) : Trouble maker! :mrgreen: :lol:

  • Comment 26, posted at 01.03.18 18:38:21 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 25) : Besides, how profitable are Sharks’ Shares? ;-)

  • Comment 27, posted at 01.03.18 18:40:13 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • sheesh, I was kidding :)

  • Comment 28, posted at 01.03.18 18:41:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : So the underground media arm of the Sharks is still fully operational? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 29, posted at 01.03.18 18:49:10 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 26) : :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 30, posted at 01.03.18 18:53:46 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 18) : Agree. It’s nice to build a versatile flanker though. Also agree re scrums we need to keep consistency and also not fall apart when changing key components.

  • Comment 31, posted at 01.03.18 19:09:04 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : Umm sharks don’t even have money for a tight head prop how on Earth could that still afford buying your media empire….?

  • Comment 32, posted at 01.03.18 19:10:36 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : Yes. Agree. We have a good one. We just need to fix his role and grow him.

  • Comment 33, posted at 01.03.18 19:11:41 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 29) : Mr moneybags…Rob…

  • Comment 34, posted at 01.03.18 19:12:55 by coolfusion Reply

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  • I still don’t see why we can’t have a big unit also be a fetcher Tyler, jldp it would be bliss…

  • Comment 35, posted at 01.03.18 19:14:12 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 32) : cos I would literally take about R25 for it at this stage :)

  • Comment 36, posted at 01.03.18 19:43:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 36) : Well that’s out of my price range then Sorry Rob…. :lol:

  • Comment 37, posted at 01.03.18 19:50:08 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 35) : I think generally taller players are easier to clear out at the breakdowns. Top fetchers tend to have a lower center of gravity.

  • Comment 38, posted at 01.03.18 19:53:48 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 36) : Ja that’s what you’re saying now but if it gets down to it I doubt that you will ever sell “your baby” regardless of the price!!!

  • Comment 39, posted at 01.03.18 20:15:29 by JD Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 7) : Philip is out for 4 weeks. Beast fell on his ankle at practise last week.

  • Comment 40, posted at 01.03.18 21:45:11 by Rienke36 Reply

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  • @Rienke36 (Comment 40) : :roll:

  • Comment 41, posted at 01.03.18 21:53:50 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : the concern stems from the likelihood that this isnt our first choose selection of four loose forwards. and the fact that we havent seen much of keegs (experience), vermualen has been some what inconsistent at times (great and then avg), paul has been great since he got to durban, and terra is a real quality player but how fit is he.

    lots of teams wish they had these kinds of loose forward in there depth chart.

    So I dont agree with Hounds degree negativity, but the dup twins and ginger are thought of as our first choose and none of them are available.

    It does concern me that we dont have a young true opensider in the squad, only players iv seen really compete at the break down with success last year was ben in one game and Am in a few games, Im starting to think attacking the breakdown to slow opponents ball down or create a turn over isnt a focus of our game plan, guess theres only one way to see if that will bring us success. best teams players all compete and know when too and when not too compete at the ruck.

  • Comment 42, posted at 01.03.18 23:18:48 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • I just need a win!!! Go SHAAAARRKIIIIES!!!!!!!

  • Comment 43, posted at 02.03.18 00:05:05 by osbal Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 24) : How well could I possibly be when I’ve just discovered that the business I’ve been buying shares in’s value has been grossly overstated, and the CEO is willing to trade it for a pittance? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 44, posted at 02.03.18 02:51:17 by Culling Song Reply
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  • The game is moving away from the time when you needed an out and out fetcher in the Brussouw/Hooper mould. Obviously Hooper is still just as effective as before, but the rule changes are causing a lot of teams to rather just make the tackle and force the opposition to create the ruck and pull the tackler back into the defensive line, thereby creating a 13v15 ‘underlap’ for lack of a better word… So I doubt we’ll ever see a proper fetcher in the side, rather more guys with all round skills

  • Comment 45, posted at 02.03.18 06:37:31 by Karl Reply

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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 42) : My comment was weakest loose trio in years, and I stand behind that,dont think i have ever seen these three play as a unit, can’t say that any two have regular game time together.
    That in my humble opinion is what constitutes a weak trio, not commenting on the individuals but the unit.
    Hope I am proved wrong

  • Comment 46, posted at 02.03.18 08:51:20 by The hound Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 44) : always thought you were a bright guy, but seemingly you confuse the terms “donation” and “investment” :)

  • Comment 47, posted at 02.03.18 09:05:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 47) : ????????????????????????????

  • Comment 48, posted at 02.03.18 11:19:14 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 48) : just a response to Culling Song’s strange delusion that he is a shareholder in this R25 business :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 49, posted at 02.03.18 11:20:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 48) : :lol:

  • Comment 50, posted at 02.03.18 11:20:45 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 49) : yup I saw lol I posted lot’s but it shows question marks :roll:

  • Comment 51, posted at 02.03.18 12:58:38 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 49) : You cant blame the oke for trying I mean he could earn 7 pounds profit :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 52, posted at 02.03.18 15:47:35 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 46) : Yah I’m abit concerned as the ozzies can really out smart most teams and take full advantage of weaknesses. but I think we will do ok, this however will be the players we have at loosie for a few week, as the twin and ginger are not back soon (four weeks for ginger)

  • Comment 53, posted at 02.03.18 17:06:50 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @Karl (Comment 45) : seems to be the way the game has evolved yes

  • Comment 54, posted at 02.03.18 17:07:53 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • https://m.sport24.co.za/Rugby/Sevens/du-plessis-handed-blitzboks-debut-in-las-vegas-20180302

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