Daniel starts in new-look Sharks pack

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 28 Feb 2008 at 13:10

The Sharks team has FINALLY been named and oh boy, are there some surprises in store.

The back line is unchanged from the one that played against the Stormers, save for the introduction of Rory Kockott for the injured Ruan Pienaar. The mooted switch to centre for Frans Steyn has not eventuated, meaning Brad Barritt retains the number 12 shirt, with Steyn at 15.

It’s in the forwards that there are some real surprises, though. Don’t expect any clarity on the Bismarck du Plessis issue… he has been bracketed with Skipper Badenhorst. Burden will seemingly be on the bench whatever happens, so it’s an all-or-nothing thing for young Skipper. Jannie du Plessis comes in in the unfamiliar loosehead position, meaning crowd favourite Beast Mtawarira will be on the bench.

In an utterly shocking move, live wire flanker Keegan Daniel has been named at openside flank, with both Jacques Botes and Jean Deysel named as loose forward reserves in a 5-2 bench. There is no scrumhalf replacement, indicating that Fred Michalak will slot in at the base should Kockott not see out the game.

Here is the team:

15 Steyn 14 Ndungane, 13 Murray, 12 Barritt, 11 Pietersen, 10 Michalak, 9 Kockott, 8 Kankowski, 7 Venter, 6 Daniel, 5 Muller (capt), 4 Ackermann, 3 Botha, 2 B du Plessis/Badenhorst, 1 J du Plessis

16 Burden, 17 Mtawarira, 18 van den Berg, 19 Deysel, 20 Botes, 21 Jacobs, 22 Terblanche


  • I see a couple of interesting changes. Skipper is Bismarck’s direct replacement, and Burden is seen as an impact player. I see sanity prevails and the backline hasn’t been messed with. I think Frans will enjoy fullback when he settles a little bit. Big shocker is that Keegan is starting. Why? That guy is a yellow card waiting to happen. Maybe Dick is trying to get players to the ball faster. Although I am not sure I would have dropped our best performing loosie this year. AJ would have been my choice, but I realise he is needed to add some muscle. Maybe it is more a case of making sure he has experience coming off the bench during the crucial stage of the game. The other interesting change is Beast on the bench. It is obvious Dick is putting in a power pack to make up for Keegan weight. Beast I think could be dangerous of the bench. The final interesting thing is a 5:2 bench. It shows just how forward dominated the Bulls are and Dick is making sure he has the firepower on the day.

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.02.08 13:11:47 by try time Reply
  • Sharks by 15… 😈

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.02.08 13:20:55 by Charlie Reply
  • hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm………….

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.02.08 13:21:43 by Dive Pass Reply
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  • There is the possibility that AJ will be on the bench rather than Botes. I reckon its what a fighter like AJ needs to inspire better performances.

    If not, its very hard to understand – Daniel has pace and flair, but his head has been in the wrong place for a while now.

    Truth be told though, Botes has also not been very good this season.

    Once Paddy arrives, we will have an awesome bench in that we will have 2 forwards who can also cover the backs at a pinch. Add Adi to that mix, and it has to be one of the most versatile benches ever.

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.02.08 13:24:27 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I agree that other then Kanko, our loosies have been lacking… not sure Daniel is the solution

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.02.08 13:32:28 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • I agree. van den Berg for Venter was the sensible swap. I agree JB hasn’t been great, but Keegan? No ways…

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.02.08 13:33:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • still the wrong 12 πŸ‘Ώ

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.02.08 13:40:42 by JT Reply
  • Beast was man of the match in the first game. Now we are playing Jannie out of position against the Bulls. Doesn’t make sense.

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.02.08 13:42:25 by BigFAN Reply

  • very little of this makes sense to this dumb techie…

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.02.08 13:44:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • interesting Botes gave away a few penalties last game, but is always very efective, supremely fit and gets thru alot of tackles, one wonders if Daniels play a looser gaem where kano already does that. the loss of bismarck will be huge, but jannie and BJ at prop is hard to beat. michelak played alot of his career at scrummie so all well thought out.

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.02.08 13:59:28 by cab Reply

  • Very surprising. Must say that as inexperienced Craig is as hooker – when last has Skipper played? Besides that – some very bold moves – hope they pay off! The team hasn’t performed well so far so maybe a shake up is what it needs to make all the players realise they have to play for their place on the team.

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.02.08 14:11:42 by Nessa Reply

  • Afternoon all

    These changes COMPLETELY screw up my fantasy league team…

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.02.08 14:17:55 by Ghost10 Reply

  • When it comes to players that play the game very loose, sometimes successfully, many, if not most times not – we now have:
    Steyn, Michalak, Kanko and Daniel instead of Steyn, Michalak, Kanko and Pienaar. This means more holes in the forwards, the area where the Bulls like to play.

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.02.08 14:23:54 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • Nessa, Skipper is mediocre at best (despite what his friends may have hoped for when they nicknamed him “skipper”).

    I reckon that against the depleted Bulls pack, we can play with Burden instead. The fact that Jannie is playing LH leads me to suspect that this might happen.

    Anyway, I agree with MorneN and my feeling is that the Sharks halfbacks hold the key here – the forwards, irrespective of who plays, can expect parity. Its what we do with the ball that will be the deciding factor.

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.02.08 14:32:59 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Parity at forwards is not guaranteed, it depends how Bakkies plays…..

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.02.08 14:40:46 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • BF – that’s why I can’t understand Dick’s reasoning. We will just have to wait and see I suppose.

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.02.08 14:42:27 by Nessa Reply

  • The Bulls will probably play better than they did last week but there is no way they will beat the Guppies.

    The Bulls have some very average players in their side who in the past played above themselves due to having classy teammates like Habana, Matfield, Bakkies, Spies and FDP.

    Now they have to look up to P3, Olivier and JP Nel.

    They WILL NOT beat the Sharks.

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.02.08 14:59:27 by wpw Reply
  • Quite a strange selection. I’m afraid I’ve got no faith in Skipper, he’s had enough chances and never really done enough to suggest he has what it takes at this level. Wondering why Dick has included both Botes and Deysel on the bench.

    I have no problem with Keegan starting, as I rate him highly but Botes is the main man and not happy to see him make way.

    I guess we need to have faith in Dick and Plum and hopefully they have a plan behind this selection.

    Don’t have a problem with Jannie at loosehead, am sure he will be fine!

  • Comment 18, posted at 28.02.08 15:00:55 by Villie Reply
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  • I think it is clear now that Bismarck will not play. The fact that they bracketed him with Skipper can only be to fool the Bulls!

  • Comment 19, posted at 28.02.08 15:02:19 by Villie Reply
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  • Hi Villie – by the way, love your pic.

    Some really strange selections – one can only hope there is method in their madness. Hoping to unsettle the Bulls maybe?

  • Comment 20, posted at 28.02.08 15:03:09 by Nessa Reply

  • Villie – I think he wasn’t going to play all along. Would have preferred Craig to start and Skipper to be on the bench.

  • Comment 21, posted at 28.02.08 15:03:49 by Nessa Reply

  • Wpw.

    Agreed. I watched the Bulls against Crusaders and they were awful. They took a 12-0 lead and then their lock Steenkamp, turns his back on the ball from the kick off. From that moment onwards they were abysmal with the reserve loosie (blonde hair), Potgieter? (the guy would committed the spear tackle) being their best forward.

    Did anyone see Demas’ attempted tackle on the young Crusaders wing (who incidentally started off very nervously, dropping the first 2 high balls pumped on him)? It was a pathetic attempt. He should have drilled him into touch.

  • Comment 22, posted at 28.02.08 15:05:34 by Villie Reply
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  • Hi Nessa

    I’m totally with you…would much rather Craig started. Perhaps Dick doesn’t feel that he is ready to start just yet and feels he will make more of an impact off the bench. We certainly have a bench that is capable of making a massive impact with guys like Beast, Albert, Adi and Craig there.

  • Comment 23, posted at 28.02.08 15:09:21 by Villie Reply
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  • I am getting a bad feelign about this

  • Comment 24, posted at 28.02.08 15:11:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • Villie – I get your drift. But Skipper has been injured and hasn’t played for so long – so which is the lesser of two evils?

    Oh well, I think Dick maybe feels that the team he has had for the last 2 weeks hasn’t performed as he would have liked under the new laws and maybe a bit of a shake up is needed. Make the guys will realise that they can’t bank on being in the team week after week – they have to earn their place?

  • Comment 25, posted at 28.02.08 15:12:31 by Nessa Reply

  • RD – I have had a bad feeling since I heard Bismarck was injured.

  • Comment 26, posted at 28.02.08 15:20:08 by Nessa Reply

  • maybe Dick wants to test te reserves against weaker opposition? πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 27, posted at 28.02.08 15:30:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • RD – think we should ask the physio (Ruan) if he is taking his boots with on Saturday – maybe Dick will give him some game time too …

  • Comment 28, posted at 28.02.08 15:38:22 by Nessa Reply

  • Ruan loves the limelight πŸ˜‰ Wouldn’t be surprised.

  • Comment 29, posted at 28.02.08 15:41:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rather feel bad then insecure… πŸ˜†

  • Comment 30, posted at 28.02.08 15:41:47 by Charlie Reply

  • physio (Ruan),

    This guy are surely a nightmare for any touch judge (BTW Assistant referee)… 😈

  • Comment 31, posted at 28.02.08 15:44:12 by Charlie Reply

  • The Wildebeest squad has been announced. Skipper is reserve hooker. No brackets or anything. Lets hope it means Dick is playing games and Bismarck is okay.

  • Comment 32, posted at 28.02.08 15:54:36 by BigFAN Reply

  • It is funny that Skipper did not even make the run-on team for the Wildebeest. What is up with that? πŸ˜•

  • Comment 33, posted at 28.02.08 15:56:24 by BigFAN Reply

  • RD – he does love the limelight – but then he is allowed! 😈

    BF – to be honest, I hope he is playing games and Bismarck is playing. You are right, how can he be on the bench for the Wildebeest and (if Bis doesn’t play) first choice for the Sharks???

  • Comment 34, posted at 28.02.08 16:03:57 by Nessa Reply

  • If Keegan can refrain from getting sent of for something stupid we whould hammmer the Bulls. I like Keegan, not only coz he went to my old school, but i worry about his agression levels after the wistle.

  • Comment 35, posted at 28.02.08 16:04:15 by billy Reply

  • Billy – I also like Keegan – he has just been very frustrating to watch of late. Maybe because we know he is better than that.

  • Comment 36, posted at 28.02.08 16:09:38 by Nessa Reply

  • well – he has it all to do on Saturday. Let’s hope he comes good

  • Comment 37, posted at 28.02.08 16:17:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • Steyn at 15?

    Ag no man.

    So now we are only gonna win by 15. πŸ™

  • Comment 38, posted at 28.02.08 17:16:44 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • I’ll take a win by 15

  • Comment 39, posted at 28.02.08 17:19:05 by robdylan Reply
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