Plumtree rings the changes

Written by Mike Marnewick (FlashFulstrip)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 4 Jul 2008 at 12:21

The Sharks have welcomed back Bradley Barritt into the side for the Blue Bulls clash at Loftis on Saturday following last week’s absence, and this is the silver lining on what could be a gloomy cloud.

Following two mediocre performances that nevertheless have taken the coastal side to the top of the log, the Sharks have the opportunity to put a bit of daylight between themselves and the chasing pack, failing which they will join a conglomeration of sides all around the 8-10 log point mark.

The Bulls at home are always a tough prospect, and despite a good record at Loftus, the Sharks face an uphill battle, somewhat eased with the recall of their midfield general, but also hampered with the loss of the physical Steven Sykes at flank and the inclusion of a somewhat unknown quantity in Nic Strauss who has never played above Vodacom Cup or second division UK rugby.

Rory Kockott, the ideal scrummy against the Bulls because of his tenacity and in-your-face play, not to mention his educated boot, will not be making the trip after injurying his ankle last week and Scott Mathie will start in his place. He has able back-up in Charl McLeod on the bench who some might feel would be better suited to start.

Alistair Hargreaves has been battling flu all week and the more senior Albert van den Berg will start, Hargreaves though will play off the bench. In a rotational change, BJ Botha will start with Jannie du Plessis named amongst the reserves.

An interesting selection has been made with College Rovers’ fullback, the exciting Chris Jordaan, named in the Number 22 jersey, and following a few lacklustre performances from Stefan Terblanche despite his experience, the youngster could well turn out to be one of the new breed of Sharks that have been unearthed in the Currie Cup.

Sharks Lineup:

15. Stefan Terblanche
14. Monty Dumond
13. Waylon Murray
12. Andries Strauss
11. Henno Mentz
10. Brad Barritt
9. Scott Mathie
8. Keegan Daniel
7. Nic Strauss
6. Jacques Botes
5. Johann Muller ( Capt )
4. Albert van den Berg
3. BJ Botha
2. Skipper Badenhorst
1. Deon Carstens


16. Craig Burden
17. Jannie du Plessis
18. Alistair Hargreaves
19. Skholiwe Ndlovu
20. Charl McLeod
21. Riaan Swanepoel
22. Chris Jordaan


  • Monty on the wing? Oh dear…

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.07.08 12:22:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : hmmmmm… LOL

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.07.08 12:28:28 by klempie Reply

  • ๐Ÿ˜ฅ ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

    This looks like a “laslappie”…

    Lets hold thumbs that my lucky charm is all in the mind!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.07.08 12:30:11 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • who is monty and scot? Never heard of these guys… Where they perhaps playing club rugby for the crusaders?

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.07.08 12:38:54 by bigg Reply

  • @bigg (Comment 4) : Monty Dumond played Currie Cup last year when Butch was on Bok duty. He came from club rugby in FRance.

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.07.08 12:44:11 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 5) : and Scott Mathie has been around for a while now. Had terrible luck with injuries

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.07.08 12:45:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 5) : thanks… I see…

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.07.08 12:45:35 by bigg Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : for my 10 cents Stef will probably play on the wing with Monty at 15. Could be the smart move.
    Looking at the side in the cold light of day.. apart from Strauss ( who not a lot is known; Plum was not the worst flank and he does know a thing or two)not to bad.

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.07.08 12:52:28 by Ragged Reply

  • Afraid the Sharkies are in for a hiding. Not massive, but a win would be unlikely.

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.07.08 12:55:19 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 9) : Unfortunately, I’m inclined to agree.. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.07.08 12:56:51 by klempie Reply

  • @bigg (Comment 7) :

    Its suppose to be..thanks…ICE E… :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.07.08 12:59:26 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • The backline looks like a dogs breakfast…. ๐Ÿ™

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.07.08 13:03:35 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • Hi folks, I need some quick help on drinking games, Indian War signs to be exact. What are the rules for it again?

    I have my farewell with the girls tonight and they want some SA drinking games.

    I have coinage, nominations, kyalami, fuzzy duck and indian war signs in mind. But I canโ€™t remember if there is any talking in IWS

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.07.08 13:04:40 by Ollie Reply

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    Dont know that game, but here is a fun one.

    Play the Policeโ€™s classic Roxanne, and as you sit in a circle (or something that resembles a circle) you drink every time the word โ€˜Roxanneโ€™ is mentioned in the song, once you are done, the next guy/girl drinks and the next and so on.

    Trick is, you have to be finished with your drink by the time the next โ€˜Roxanneโ€™ comes along and if anyone misses a โ€˜Roxanneโ€™ the song is stopped, and started again until you get through the whole song.

    Our record is 7 times!

    It gets fun with the chorus!

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.07.08 13:06:56 by MorneN Reply
  • 7 times before you got through to the end or 7times in a row through the song?

  • Comment 15, posted at 04.07.08 13:07:45 by Ollie Reply

  • Faith – that’s all I have left for tomorrow’s game. How I wish the boys can surprise us all and play their guts out. ๐Ÿ˜

    Sharks forever !

  • Comment 16, posted at 04.07.08 13:13:39 by blackshark Reply

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  • @Ollie (Comment 13) :

    Ollie we Do Train Ride…Everyone brings a bottle of her favourite shooter – You take a big glass (the locomotive) – pour a tot of each in there…now pack matches in squares like the “wa’s” behind the ttrain – in each square you put a different tot-glass with a different shooter. Take 2 dices – whenever someone throws “7” you take away a match starting from the back – the person removing the last match of thar square gets to have the shooter…untill you get to the “locomotive” same rule apply..

    Sounds not TOO exciting, but I cannot remember (being ableto LOL!)doing more than two train rides per occasion…. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

    You can speed it up by say – if someones throws 7 or 3….make up the rusles as you go! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 04.07.08 13:17:09 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @Ollie (Comment 15) :

    I cant remember!

  • Comment 18, posted at 04.07.08 13:18:42 by MorneN Reply
  • @Iโ€™ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 17) :
    Dangerous game that one

  • Comment 19, posted at 04.07.08 13:20:09 by Ollie Reply

  • @MorneN (Comment 18) :
    Now why does that not surprise me ๐Ÿ˜†

  • Comment 20, posted at 04.07.08 13:20:31 by Ollie Reply

  • @Iโ€™ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 17) : I know another cool game. It’s called Monk’s Pride. Basically you all sit in a circle with a bottle of Vodka in the middle and stare at it the whole night. You can vary the game environment by playing cards or talking about the ANC, but the winner is the person who manages to avoid picking up the bottle and having a swig…fantastic fun.

  • Comment 21, posted at 04.07.08 13:21:48 by klempie Reply

  • @Iโ€™ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 17) :

    Geezz!!! looks like I have been doing the Train ride already… :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 04.07.08 13:22:02 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @Ollie (Comment 19) :

    ….VERY…. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

    @klempie (Comment 21) :

    is this now being played at the AA’s meetings?? :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 04.07.08 13:24:03 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 21) :

    That is just sadistic!

  • Comment 24, posted at 04.07.08 13:24:32 by MorneN Reply
  • @Ollie (Comment 13) :

    1. Find a brick wall and a box of table tennis balls.
    2. Player stand facing the wall, about 4-6 inches from the wall.
    3. Someone else drops a tabletennis ball from about 1 foot above players head so that it passes between player and the wall.
    4. Player attempts to crush the table tennis ball against the wall with his forehead as it drops past.
    5. If you miss, you drink and try again.

    Don’t try this unless you are very drunk already.

  • Comment 25, posted at 04.07.08 13:29:12 by MysticShark Reply
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  • ๐Ÿ˜ˆ ๐Ÿ˜ˆ ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  • Comment 26, posted at 04.07.08 13:30:52 by Ollie Reply

  • Got to get back to work, if anybody “remembers” Indian War Sign rules then please leave a post here, I will pick it up later.

  • Comment 27, posted at 04.07.08 13:32:09 by Ollie Reply

  • @Ollie (Comment 13) :

    IWS – as far as i can remember… ๐Ÿ˜‰ …no talking – sitting in circle, crossed leg – like Apache’s…klappin and giving the sign – all in the smae rythm off course. We had a no laughing, no talkin, wrong sign, wrong person rules…and I could not resist the indian howling thing off course…somewhere in between the clappin… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 04.07.08 13:32:24 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • Thanks Ice,

    that helps a bit, I think the rhythm was 2 clap 2 slaps on knees, 2 claps 2 slaps on knees.

  • Comment 29, posted at 04.07.08 13:35:35 by Ollie Reply

  • Ag no man…that side is going to get beaten. Just cannot see how that team can beat the Bulls!!
    Skipper to start? ๐Ÿ™„ Do we want to win any lineouts?
    Monty on the wing?
    Don’t know anything about Strauss so will reserve judgement on him.
    Not impressed at all!! ๐Ÿ™

  • Comment 30, posted at 04.07.08 13:38:57 by Villie Reply
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  • @Ollie (Comment 29) :

    Ja – man – maar gooi in a couple of howles as well….otherwise its just SO not Apache!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And dont forget the feathers….Attacking Shark!!

  • Comment 31, posted at 04.07.08 13:40:39 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 30) : And that’s why people would rather discuss drinking games… ๐Ÿ™

  • Comment 32, posted at 04.07.08 13:48:32 by blackshark Reply

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  • @Villie (Comment 30) :

    @blackshark (Comment 32) :

    Geez – all – Keep the faith!! if we dont , who will???? ๐Ÿ˜ก

    How does the Bulls team compare to ours?? I have not even looked at it..

  • Comment 33, posted at 04.07.08 13:54:48 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 32) : Yeah I’m inclined to join in the drinking games now. Maybe I should start right away so that way I’m too sloshed to witness our klap on Sat afternoon?

  • Comment 34, posted at 04.07.08 13:55:51 by Villie Reply
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  • @Iโ€™ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 33) : I am always a very optimistic Sharks supporter but just being realistic.
    This is one of the worst Sharks teams I’ve seen named for a long time. That backline especially is shambolic.

    Moving across to the Boks, now I’m very optimistic they could come away with a win!

  • Comment 35, posted at 04.07.08 13:57:47 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 34) : Tempting …but maybe we need to be sober for the Bok game…

  • Comment 36, posted at 04.07.08 13:57:59 by blackshark Reply

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  • @Iโ€™ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 33) : their team “looks” better than ours… but we saw what almost happened when we played WP…so anything can happen. like i said…i still have my faith.

    Go Sharks!

  • Comment 37, posted at 04.07.08 13:59:27 by blackshark Reply

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  • @Villie (Comment 35) :

    Dont be so realistic then, man!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    @blackshark (Comment 37) :

    AMEN!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 38, posted at 04.07.08 14:03:19 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • the forward pack is fine

    we have albert in there and i think its better
    so in forwards i think its better

    i have a problem with mathuie as scrummie
    i feel the mclead fella is far better

    he was brilliant when he came on last week
    why not give him another go>???

    du mond on the wing?? not sure if he has the pace but i could be wrong

    other then that i feel we might just get a surprise and win this

    albeit just
    i felt yesterday we didnt have a chance

    but with barritt back at flyhalf i feel we will be so much strongwer now defensively

    also the bull will come out to backs faster soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    lets wait and see :mrgreen:

  • Comment 39, posted at 04.07.08 15:00:01 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • eish kanjani black shark mpondo ๐Ÿ˜†

    hope ur doing mate

    tannie ysblokkie ๐Ÿ˜‰ goeie dag

  • Comment 40, posted at 04.07.08 15:01:52 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • omg i only read all my typos now

    its Mcleod
    the ball will come out faster lol

  • Comment 41, posted at 04.07.08 15:03:48 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 40) :

    hey SL!!! Taking a breather….MUCh too Much hectiv this working thing, nowadays! ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

  • Comment 42, posted at 04.07.08 15:04:03 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • Howzit

    Does anyone have the Sharksworld invite code to the CC and TN Superbru pools?

  • Comment 43, posted at 04.07.08 15:04:28 by Guppyonroids Reply
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  • With Barritt out…Plumtree will have to ring the changes again… ๐Ÿ™„

  • Comment 44, posted at 04.07.08 15:06:41 by Charlie Reply

  • charlie barritt isnt out
    he is playing flyhalf

  • Comment 45, posted at 04.07.08 15:13:22 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Guppyonroids (Comment 43) : just look for sharksworld under private pools and apply… rob will approve later

  • Comment 46, posted at 04.07.08 15:14:15 by blackshark Reply

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  • rob please email guppyonroids the super bru pool name and code

  • Comment 47, posted at 04.07.08 15:14:39 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 45) : you haven’t seen the new thread… Barritt out again

  • Comment 48, posted at 04.07.08 15:15:37 by blackshark Reply

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  • Looking at this side I cant help feeling that Plum is pulling a Mac. Somehow it just dont ring true. As much as I am a shark guy based on what we have seen this season we could well catch a hiding here not that this side is a poor side. Maybe this is a wool over the eyes thing

  • Comment 49, posted at 04.07.08 15:18:41 by Fattmann Reply
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  • @Fattmann (Comment 49) :

    I had that thought in the back of my mind too…. ๐Ÿ˜

    In a way I hope it is a TRICK…sorry to the players that is in the team.. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

  • Comment 50, posted at 04.07.08 15:24:58 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 48) : Which other thread, I can’t find it ๐Ÿ˜ณ Oh No! if that is true I am not even going to watch the match and be in a sour mood for the remainder of the Weekend ๐Ÿ˜

  • Comment 51, posted at 04.07.08 15:26:49 by Sharksmad Reply

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  • I see there are 2 white dudes on the wing for the Sharks – is this some sort of record for a CC game in the last few years.

  • Comment 52, posted at 04.07.08 15:32:18 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Thanks Guys – I’m in like flynn!

  • Comment 53, posted at 04.07.08 15:42:18 by Guppyonroids Reply
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