Sharks have goalkicking and mental problems to overcome

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Sharks on 30 Jun 2008 at 11:04

Sharks scrumhalf Rory Kockott will miss the next two Absa Currie Cup matches because of an ankle injury sustained against the Boland on Friday night, opening the door for either Scott Mathie or Charl MacLeod, the youngster who replaced Kockott when he went off.

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“Rory has a soft tissue injury,” confirmed coach John Plumtree. “Charl showed some nice touches, but we also have Scott Mathie playing again (he missed much of last season because of injury), so we have an interesting choice to make.”

The loss of Kockott also poses a potential goal-kicking problem. When Kockott got injured, substitute flyhalf Monty Dumond took over and did very well, but he might not be picked to play the Bulls this week because Bradley Barritt will be back from injury and is likely to be picked at 10. But this would leave the Sharks without a recognised goal-kicker.

Perhaps Dumond will play flyhalf and Barritt will revert to centre.

Otherwise the Sharks are in good physical shape and it is on their mental approach that they will have to brush up.

“Friday night was a mental struggle for the guys,” Plumtree said of the listless performance by his charges for most of the match. “With respect to Boland, I think our guys battled to get their minds right for this match. It has already been a long season with a number of big Super 14 matches and as much as we spoke about being in the right mental place, we just weren’t.”

The Sharks will not have that problem this week at Loftus. There will be a natural elevation in intensity for such a big challenge.

“That goes without saying,” Plumtree said. “The guys will be up for it big time.”


  • Come on Sharks !!!! 😑
    We’ll miss Kockott…who is perhaps the only guys who doesn’t look tired.
    So Monty at 10 and Brad at centre…simple.

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.06.08 11:22:01 by blackshark Reply
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  • and who do we play at fullback?

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.06.08 11:25:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Try Henno Mentz… πŸ™‚

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.06.08 11:30:15 by Charlie Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : waylon murray maybe? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.06.08 11:33:47 by blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : maybe someone should re-program the robot masquerading as Oom Stefan…surely we can teach it a new routine.

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.06.08 11:35:04 by blackshark Reply

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  • ok – you can’t have Barritt and Strauss as your centres. no pace between the two of them. Waylon has to stay at 13.

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.06.08 11:37:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : yes…Waylon stays.

    Craig Burden…progressing???

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.06.08 11:44:11 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 7) : yes, he’s fine. He was taken off after one skew throw… I thought that was pretty unfair. Skip’s hands just aren’t good enough

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.06.08 11:59:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • how cool is this headline, though?

    My team for Loftus would be:

    Deon, Burds, BJ, Sykes, Muller, Botes, Downey, Daniel, Macleod, Barritt, Mentz, Strauss, Murray, Mvovo, Dumond
    Skip, Jannie, Big Al, Skollie, Scottie, Swannie, Oom Stef

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.06.08 12:04:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • Dumond has a massive boot and lacks pace, so there are pluses and minuses slecting him at 15. I would play him at 10 and Brad at 12. Brad will go back to 12 when Fred is here anyway. Our wings aren’t going to get any ball with this affliction of kicking up and unders, especially when too far and no-one chases.

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.06.08 12:07:42 by hellbent Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : At this point anyone, Terreblanche has no clue how to play as a team 😈

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.06.08 12:11:38 by Sharksmad Reply

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  • @hellbent (Comment 10) : Strauss is too good a player to leave out in the current circumstances. That’s my only problem with having Brad at 12

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.06.08 12:11:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • seriously, though, we need a new fullback, and fast!

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.06.08 12:12:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • are either of Danie Dames or Chris Jordaan ready to take the step up?

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.06.08 12:12:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Sharksmad (Comment 11) : What about Mtyeshane (Spelling?) the few ocasions he played he was really good, even in the warmup against the purple eaters there were good comments on his game. I know lacks experience…

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.06.08 12:15:44 by Sharksmad Reply

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  • @Sharksmad (Comment 15) : I’ve heard there are serious concern about his defence

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.06.08 12:16:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • Oh flip πŸ‘Ώ

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.06.08 12:21:19 by Sharksmad Reply

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  • I saw Dumisane when we played EP in last year’s friendly and was hugely impressed. I think at this stage, with the ELVs taking some of the kicking out of the game, what the guys are doing now is wing and a prayer stuff with these persistent up and unders.

    We are also attacking man instead of space – the old SA Bulls mentality that you are BIGGER than your opposition, which nowadays is bulldust anyway.

    Our wings have received no ball all year, and I have to say Stef must shoulder some of this blame. He either tries to run between gang-tacklers, or kick it 50m. While he does regain some of the ball, in general I’d hazzard a guess that he loses easily 60-70% of all ball he gets.

    I think the time for a running FB is needed. Maybe Henno as he has been around, although his hands are a bit poor, and try two pacey wings.

    Henno unfortunately has that wing mentality – don’t pass.

    OO, is it reaLLy neceSSary to put in double caps each time there are two leTTers next to each other that are the same?

    If yes, you are miSSing some. If no, why not just not do it, it looks dodgy. Use it or lose it…

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.06.08 12:21:20 by hellbent Reply

  • @hellbent (Comment 18) : Mentz at the back with mvomvo and dumi at wing?

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.06.08 12:36:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • I would not play Barritt at 10 again. Move him back to 12. Play Monty Dumond at 10 as this is where he’s played most of his rugger and we need his goalkicking. No option but to leave Stefan at 15. Wouldn’t be great blooding a youngster at fullback against the Bulls!

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.06.08 13:58:14 by Villie Reply
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  • Changing the subject. I see that Jimmy Cowan has been misbehaving over the weekend and is likely to be booted out of All Black squad. What is it with these Kiwi’s when they’ve been dopping? πŸ™„ πŸ˜›

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.06.08 14:00:22 by Villie Reply
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  • this is a serious indictment on adolf that we are having this discussion about lack of depth. his job is to contract able players. we are now in a position where we are battling to field a decent fb. ok granted frans and odwa are away, but frans wouldn’t have accepted the position and what happened if odwa got injured. so questions need to be asked about adolf. other areas of concern are loose forward and lock. after the financial success of last year we shouldn’t be in this mess.

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.06.08 14:02:18 by try time Reply

  • why aren’t we trying to poach hennie daniller. he was solid during s14 and is currently being benched. i am sure he would prefer getting game time. and he has good potential.

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.06.08 14:10:37 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 23) : Mangweni too

  • Comment 24, posted at 30.06.08 14:13:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 23) : Please not Daniller..he’s big but not much good. Mangweni or Kirchner would have been better signings but we were a bit slow on the uptake. Ludik would also be good

  • Comment 25, posted at 30.06.08 14:18:52 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 25) : we aren’t spoilt for choice when it comes to fullbacks. beggars can’t be choosers and daniller was solid enough during s14. he has a good boot and he doesn’t try to do too much on his own. he has a big boot and his defence is solid. he is young and can still improve. mangweni is a good choice but he seems to move around far too much between clubs. i would rather have someone that is committed to the team than someone interested in the next best offer. i also liked ludik. he could spark some great moves from the back. but as poor as you think daniller is, can he be as poor as stefan has been this season.

  • Comment 26, posted at 30.06.08 14:40:30 by try time Reply


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