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No changes for Sharks


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 4 Apr 2018 at 10:06
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Robert du Preez will be looking to benefit from continuity as he names a completely unchanged match 23 for Friday’s crunch Super Rugby clash against the Hurricanes in Napier.

You can’t blame the coach for sticking with what works – after all, this outfit scored 63 points against the Blues last week. That said, they also conceded 40 and with a short turnaround this week, let’s hope that the team has managed to both address those defensive shortcomings and also recover from any bumps and bruises.

Du Preez has emphasised the need to front up without the ball this week, telling the Sharks website that “our defence is going to have to be out the top drawer. We’ve given away too many soft tries and Saturday showed what a massive effect a yellow card can have on a team, so a massive focus for us will be on a discipline. In saying that, we only gave away six penalties, but the card was costly because we gave away three tries in the period. You just can’t lose a player against the New Zealand teams.

“Defence will win us this game.”

The likes of Makezole Mapimpi and Akker van der Merwe will presumably be kept hungry and hopefully unleasehed against the Bulls in a tough home derby on the team’s return.

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



43 Comments

  • Would have been hard to drop anyone after the blues performance but I may have given Cam a start. Although it’s still a long comp with some big games ahead. Maybe keeping some guys hungry is a good thing. Let’s go boys!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.04.18 10:22:46 by Keagan_Sharks Reply
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  • We are playing a dangerous game with Akker,he wasn’t prepared be the third hooker behind Marx and Robbie Coetzee,so why should he be happy playing third to washed up Raleppelle,and one foot on the plane Marais.
    He is a great player, throws well, good scrummer and plays and tackless like a loose forward, so whats the story here.Would hate to loose him.

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.04.18 10:42:05 by The hound Reply
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  • makes sense to keep the team the same.

    however I honestly dont think we are good enough just yet to beat the canes in NZ, would love a upset, but likely the best we do is make it competitive. then again what do I know, I picked the blues to beat us on superbru.

    Lets talk about us letting ben10 go, not sure how I feel about that, kid had potential, yes his passing was inconsistent but he is still very young. would have liked if we kept him, cause we also lost inny. So FH options are rob, curwin and april, thats not bad at all, Unlike most I do rate april at fh and fb, kid just lost his mojo abit, his a quality player who had a rough spell and we seem to be over eager to cast him aside.

    do the cheetahs even need Ben, dont they already have 4 flyhalfs ? is fred or marais leaving them ?

    Maybe Ben develops his game and comes back to the sharks in 3/4 years time, cant keep everyone on the books, dont want to end up like wp and bulls with endless financial issues.

    Glad we kept chilli, after the last minute hooker fitness issues we have had, chilli isnt a world better right now, but his still a fantastic option to have.

    Good luck to Muller dup and the incomparable Ryno Smith this weekend for the sevens senior team in hong kong (many first choose players being rested this weekend, in preparation for the common wealth games I believe, and theres a sevens world cup this year, so confusing).

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.04.18 10:43:11 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 2) : I hear his shoulder isn’t right.

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.04.18 10:43:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • I like that the coach can at least see and admit that there are obvious problems with our defense. I hope he’s not all talk and they actually addressed some of the issues such as our exits from our own half, not over committing to rucks when the ball is already out and most importantly to me, not shooting out of the defensive line against a team that can get the ball away before that tackle is even made.

    We conceded 2 tries because of players ‘shooting up’ from the d-line, creating gaps and overlaps. Another thing is communication between the defenders, with Perofeta’s try he ran in between 2/3 sets of players looking like both thought the other was going to attempt the tackle,(yes speed and great stepping was also involved, awesome try by him). Where with Tuipulotu’s try both AE and Botha (I think?) attempted the tackle at the same time and he got through.

    Some work to do for the guys but hopefully the commitment and urgency they showed last week continues against the Canes and for the rest of the season, win or lose.

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.04.18 10:43:42 by Quintin Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : That puts a different slant on it then ,thanks.

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.04.18 10:45:15 by The hound Reply
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  • My big concern is defense this week. We simply can not let 6 try’s get scored against us because I doubt we can score 6 against the ‘Canes. Esterhuizens defense seemed to be a bit off on Saturday, he’s usually so solid but I saw a few slip tackles and that one (mentioned above) where a try was scored, hope he finds his defensive mojo again, on attack, he was awesome. Am too is looking out of sorts on defense, shooting out of line especially. Going to be a hard game but with the right structure and attitude it can be won.

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.04.18 10:57:22 by Hulk Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 5) : that Perofeta try made we want to scream. It just looked like nobody bothered to tackle him

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.04.18 11:09:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Hulk (Comment 7) : Yes I agree, our defense has to be very accurate, 1st time tackles with player and ball is a must to stop them from offloading. But I don’t want us to sit back against them, I want us to play some rugby too. We’ve shown that we are capable of doing so when given the chance. If you want to be up there with the best in this competition you have to score tries. I’d take a 50-43 win/loss over a 7-0 win/loss any day of the week as long as you are competitive throughout the game up until the end.

    @robdylan (Comment 8) : It was frustrating to see, if we can cut soft tries like that out of the game it will make a huge difference.

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.04.18 11:27:42 by Quintin Reply

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  • Continuity after a win is a good thing. I do still feel that we have fundamental issues with our defensive pattern and technique. Too often we have the outside defender shooting up without the inside defender cathcing up the space thus leaving a huge hole. We also far too often try and hold the player up and either get bumped off or just slip off tackles, first priority should be to bring the guy to ground quickly. The Canes pose very different threats to the Blues so this will show where we are before we head back home.

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.04.18 11:40:23 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 10) : I think any team playing the Canes will have defensive issues, T.J Perenara,Beuden and Jordie Barrit,the Saveau brothers,shit tell me who can face that with defensive confidence.

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.04.18 11:51:54 by The hound Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 10) : The fact we contained the Ioanne brothers who cut the Lions and the Stormers to pieces was the major achievement for me last week.,but this Canes team is another story.

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.04.18 11:54:43 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 12) : well, they did score a try apiece, but your point is still valid. At least it was only 1 each :)

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.04.18 11:56:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 10) : almost like we’re using a kicking coach to coach defence.

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.04.18 11:57:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 10) : Totally agree with the guys shooting up from the defense. Am in particular looks to do it often so hopefully they saw that in the match video reviews(it stands out quite obviously) and they address that before the match. The big problem with shooting up like that against the NZ teams is their ability to get the ball away to a player on either side of them even if you hit him with the ball in hand. From there on it’s easy to exploit the gaps.

  • Comment 15, posted at 04.04.18 11:57:40 by Quintin Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 15) : almost like our defensive coach is a guy who would pride himself on shooting out and making big hits? :D

  • Comment 16, posted at 04.04.18 12:08:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • The Sharks do seem more capable of handling teams with good and big runners as opposed to teams that pass the ball around swiftly. So we were able to handle the Blues runners better (remember they scored 3 of their 6 tres when we had 14) than the Rebels who passed the ball well ad swiftly around us.

  • Comment 17, posted at 04.04.18 12:18:58 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Yeah but what idiot would appoint a kicking coach to be a defensive coach? :lol:

  • Comment 18, posted at 04.04.18 12:23:36 by Hulk Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : Yeah we need a serious upgrade in that department. I remember that not too long ago we had one of the best defense coaches out there, but we couldn’t score tries. The guy with the uncomfortable to pronounce surname. Mouneimne .He was brilliant.

  • Comment 19, posted at 04.04.18 13:23:42 by Quintin Reply

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  • I don’t get why Akker isn’t in ? Going to need a hardnose. Really hope the lapses aren’t there this week. Up against a quality outfit this time.

  • Comment 20, posted at 04.04.18 14:39:01 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : Thank heaven its only the defence coach on the rack this week this time last week it was the entire coaching staff the Sharks admin, Gary Teich,and most importantly Rob du Preez’s entire family.They all needed to be replaced. ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-)

  • Comment 21, posted at 04.04.18 14:44:40 by The hound Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : and if that wasn’t bad enough we now have nienaber along teaching us a new pattern. (Hopefully Braam learns a lot from him)

  • Comment 22, posted at 04.04.18 15:02:53 by Byron Wright Reply

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  • Hopefullly we can produce a good performance this week. A win would be a surprise but a good performance to keep the confidence up will be important for the derbies coming up.

  • Comment 23, posted at 04.04.18 15:04:57 by Byron Wright Reply

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  • Would not mind Cam at 9, Sbu to 11 and Kobus at 14.

  • Comment 24, posted at 04.04.18 17:27:50 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @Byron Wright (Comment 22) : exactly, having to learn new defensive patterns mid season from someone thats only there for a week or so and then off too another team cant be great, and all this done on tour doesnt sound like a great idea

  • Comment 25, posted at 04.04.18 23:12:18 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Maybe instead of we should be praising Braam’s phenomenal results as a kicking coach, best kicking performance in years ,and surely Dick Muir is the backline defence coach or what exactly is he doing there

  • Comment 26, posted at 05.04.18 08:48:18 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 26) : From what i believe, Dick is there as an overall attacking and skills coach, not defense at all.

  • Comment 27, posted at 05.04.18 11:03:36 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 25) : I think Nienaber and De Villiers was sent to visit the touring squads more as a Bok scouting exercise than to actually assist with coaching the teams.

  • Comment 28, posted at 05.04.18 11:05:13 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 27) : Does that include defensive skills

  • Comment 29, posted at 05.04.18 12:00:25 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 29) : Not that im aware of no. Van Straaten was defense and kicking.

  • Comment 30, posted at 05.04.18 12:08:05 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 29) : @SheldonK (Comment 30) : https://www.linkedin.com/in/braam-van-straaten-3a458126/

    He’s defense and kicking coach. He’s doing well with the latter.

  • Comment 31, posted at 05.04.18 13:19:08 by Quintin Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 31) :Well to be fair both DuPreez and Bosch kicked well last year so not sure how much improvement he can actually be credited with.

  • Comment 32, posted at 05.04.18 13:57:21 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 31) : @SheldonK (Comment 32) : Besides being a superb kicking flyhalf, Braam was also very strongly built and defended very well. As I recall, he often ran the defense for his team.

    That being said, I don’t think the defensive problems are necessarily related to poor skills or poor alignment and setup, but rather from poor discipline like players rushing out of their defensive line. My opinion,is Braam needs to instill more discipline, Montmounie or whatever his name was was a truly tough bugger and the defence was extremely disciplined under him. My opinion.

  • Comment 33, posted at 05.04.18 14:29:03 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Good defence requires confidence that your team mate will do their job, as soon as one player rushes out of the line, the rest of the team has to worry about covering the hole he left, and worry less about their own assignment. Defence is far more dependent on teamwork, and trust in each other than individual ability. discipline is key, remember under the headmaster jake White, nobody rushed out of their defensive line.

  • Comment 34, posted at 05.04.18 14:33:16 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 33) : Good point regarding discipline. Even the best laid plans get stuffed by poor discipline

  • Comment 35, posted at 05.04.18 14:34:44 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Hmmm still no Mapimpi? The rest story is good for a match, but methinks Makazole is missing Bloem already! Cardinal to leave one of the most lethal finishers in SA rugby completely out of the match day 23.

    He is still top try scorer in Pro 14, despite not having played in three or four rounds.

  • Comment 36, posted at 05.04.18 15:17:15 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 36) : It is an intersting one. The guy has played a lot f consistent rugby so no telling how jaded his body actually is. That being said he is a good finisher no doubt. I have a strong feeling he could have an extended run on the teams return to SA.

  • Comment 37, posted at 05.04.18 15:30:20 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 36) : yes for sure he’s a very good finisher but I also think van Wyk is probably the most underrated wing in SA and also deserve more game time. Problem is Bosch took his chance at 15 and is unlikely to be replaced by Mvovo thus now leaving 4 quality wings and only 2 spots to fill.

  • Comment 38, posted at 05.04.18 17:13:48 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 38) : Yes, it is a conundrum for sure. I just think that of all the wings in the squad, Nkosi and Mapimpi are the real finishers. Kobus is a very gifted player, but he doesn’t seem to have the raw pace and instinct for opportunities that Mapimpi has shown. Mvovo is probably playing on rep, as I haven’t seen anything to suggest he is better then Mapimpi or Nkosi. He was always going to struggle to get a start with Bosch a better option at 15, and younger, packer wings to compete with.

  • Comment 39, posted at 06.04.18 08:09:06 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • lets go boysssss!!!!! #OurSharksForever!

  • Comment 40, posted at 06.04.18 08:36:53 by DuToit04 Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 39) : What I like about van Wyk is his ability to break through the line or a tackle when there just isn’t any space to work with. His defense is good too. Mapimpi does better when the game is a bit more open and he’s got space to step and put his head down, which is why I’d bring him on later in the game when that is usually the case. He makes an awesome super sub IMO, but van Wyk should start.

  • Comment 41, posted at 06.04.18 08:43:41 by Quintin Reply

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  • @DuToit04 (Comment 40) : This will be a very tough match for us. Lose then we stand on 2 wins from 7 which doesn’t look good for us at all. This Canes team is the best team in the comp thus far IMO, if we win here it would be a major upset and a major statement at the same time.

  • Comment 42, posted at 06.04.18 08:51:36 by Quintin Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 42) : I hear you and cannot agree more – Hurricanes has always been my fav NZ team – but I will always be over optimistic towards The Sharks…not easy at all especially if you look at the results…’Canes should smash us by 50+…but this is Super Rugby and a Sharks team that seems to blow hot and cold, more of the latter thus far :roll: …just excited and have expectations :mrgreen: :lol: ;-)

  • Comment 43, posted at 06.04.18 08:59:31 by DuToit04 Reply

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