Rocket may be back for Cheetahs

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 14 Jul 2008 at 16:18

Sharks scrum-half Rory Kockott is expected to be fit for the important trip to Bloemfontein this weekend.

The live wire halfback hurt his ankle against Boland two weeks ago, forcing a re-shuffle amongst the Sharks backs in order to introduce another goal-kicking option. Should Kockott be passed fit to wear the number 9 jersey against the Cheetahs, it would pave the way for Fred Michalak to start at flyhalf ahead of Monty Dumond. Dumond has been solid as a stand-in place kicker, but has been average in other areas of play.

Lock Steven Sykes is also expected to be fit, after sitting out the last two weeks with a knee injury. Against the physical Cheetahs, Sykes should be expected to start in the number 4 jersey, with veteran Albert van den Berg on the bench, despite a solid 50th-cap performance against the Valke on Friday. BJ Botha will be out for a fortnight still, but Jannie du Plessis and Robbie Harris should deputise sufficiently against a Free State team that itself boasts two of the best props in the competition.

Bradley Barritt will know later this week whether he’ll be fit to take up his place in midfield. Should he succumb once again to the groin injury that has plagued him of late, expect Andries Strauss to carry on in the number 12 jersey.

Prop Pat Cilliers and loose forward Jean Deysel should also be back with the squad in a fortnight or so’s time.

Possible Sharks team:

15 Terblanche, 14 Jordaan, 13 Murray, 12 Barritt, 11 Bodmer, 10 Michalak, 9 Kockott, 8 Daniel, 7 N Strauss, 6 Botes, 5 Muller (capt), 4 Sykes, 3 du Plessis, 2 Badenhorst, 1 Harris
16 Burden, 17 Mthethwa, 18 van den Berg, 19 Ndlovu, 20 Macleod, 21 Strauss, 22 Dumond


  • this is going to be a huge battle. The withdrawal of Strauss is a huge blow for the Cheetahs, but not having BJ is equally big for us.

    I rate Harris as a decent option at looshead, but up against big Kosie Calldo he may well have his hands full. And Jannie wasn’t looking good against the unrated Valke dude, whoever he was.

    Valke did something very interesting… they had a guy on the bench (Frik Venter) who can play both prop and hooker. They brought him on at loosehead initially, let him play there for 15 mins, then moved him in to hooker and brought on their prop replacement (van Vuuren) as their original hooker (Rayno Barnes) went off.

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.07.08 16:27:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • What is the status of Deon Carstens injury? And why doesn’t he get a mention in your article?

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.07.08 16:33:15 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 2) : shit – because I actually forgot about him 😳

    I actually don’t know – but I can try find out

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.07.08 16:41:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Thanks, and did you ever find out what Gary Gold’s playing credentials were like?

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.07.08 16:47:25 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 4) : he he…


  • Comment 5, posted at 14.07.08 16:54:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • I think that Sharks should play Murray off the bench and give Rian Swanepoel a chance at 13…
    Not for this big game but maybe from the next game…

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.07.08 17:06:38 by Hmmm Reply

  • I would like to see more of Swanepoel. Problem is that it appears that Murray may have turned the corner this season based on the last game. He was much better than he has been all year.

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.07.08 17:15:49 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 7) : yeah – he was awesome. I was really impressed

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.07.08 17:25:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 7) : @robdylan (Comment 8) :

    I won’t say awesome…
    I’d drop him to give him that nudge he needs….

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.07.08 17:38:52 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 9) : After the last game, not so sure he needs that nudge anymore Hmmm. Agreed he may not have been awesome, but it was by far his best game of 2008.

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.07.08 17:46:07 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 10) :

    Which was not all that difficult to do…he has not even had a mere ordinary game to speak of…

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.07.08 17:55:09 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 11) : True, but his game on Friday was very good, agree not awesome, but a very good game.

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.07.08 18:00:56 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • After Friday’s game, it’s quite apparent that the spirit of Kees is alive & kicking in Durban, in the form of Jannie du Plessis.

    What is it about these “big name” players who come in on multi million rand contracts and under-perform? Shocking stuff really.

    Waylon was better last Friday, but that speaks volumes of his past performances…. I would still drop him, or bench him to skrik hom wakker.

    We’ve been pleasantly surprised by the likes of Bodmer & Jordaan, & I liked what I saw of Swanepoel in his 10 or so min vs WP, so let’s give him a shot. He was also the u21 captain for the past 2 seasons, so a little bit more leadership won’t go a miss.

    And for heaven’s sake, NO MATHIE nor DUMOND. If they are the future of Natal rugby, than heaven help us. Kockett & McLeod to be our scrummies.

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.07.08 18:28:36 by Le Requinny Reply
  • @Le Requinny (Comment 13) : You’ve been a bit scarce

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.07.08 18:57:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • I think freddie might just be the guy to ignite the sharks fortunes against the cheaters. This Swanepoel oke, is he that guy who played at 13 for the Falcons last season? If its the same bloke i would find a place 4 him in the starting team.

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.07.08 19:28:12 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 15) : nah dude – Swannie has been with us all along. An Academy lad

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.07.08 20:03:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • it seems Barend Pieterse might be out as well…

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.07.08 23:22:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • “Dumond has been solid as a stand-in place kicker, but has been average in other areas of play.”

    Mwahaha, Dumond “solid”? Lawdy, his miss from splat bang in front of the posts was truly DIABOLICAL. 2/5 on a regular basis is hardly solid. Vodacom player at best.

    @wpw (Comment 15) :

    You are thinking of that big unit Bertus Swanepoel, who the Lions (stupidly) released a few seasons ago. He was signed as a medical joker by Toulouse, & it looks like he will be Michalak’s team-mate next season. Pretty handy to have such a big bloke, with decent speed available to cover 10-15.

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.07.08 01:05:39 by Le Requinny Reply
  • :mrgreen:

    14 Jordaan, 13 Murray, 12 Barritt, 11 Bodmer, 10 Michalak, 9 Kockott, 8 Daniel

    I have a feeling the above 7 could be f*cking amazing together. I definitely have my fingers crossed that your possible team becomes reality this weekend.

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.07.08 01:48:59 by Milissa Reply

  • No being able to watch the Curry Cup Action, I follow all the news that I can. It would seem that the Sharks have just carried on from the Super 14 ie. Stumbling from one match to the next ( Super Sport) says Missfiring Sharks. Whats going on this is a Province that prided itself on its Flair and imagination. I seem to remember Muir being Blamed during the Super 14 well it would appear nothing has changed. I see 2 players have stepped up from Club Rugby and are doing their thing, maybe some of the Stars need to be shocked in that their places on the team are not a given and give somebody with fire in the belly, or change the Backline Coach because we need flair again.

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.07.08 06:05:57 by Dynamite Reply

  • The injuries have not helped the SHARKS or my FL team. πŸ™

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.07.08 07:36:43 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 21) : Mine too πŸ‘Ώ

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.07.08 11:28:52 by Sharksmad Reply

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  • On a different note, I don’t think we’ll be seeing “No Hands” Mentz again anytime soon… rumour has it that he failed to make any sort of impression in a club game last weekend…and being outsprinted to the tryline by the satellite academy’s young centre, Prince Mofokeng.

    Seems like things are going quite swimmingly at the satellite academy – the club they feed to is currently 4th on the Moor Cup log, not bad considering klogistically they are shafted.

    PS: Matt Harris, ek Lions & Valke utility back, is also shining for Rovers this season. Probably worth a look-in for the CC squad, seeing as though he can play anywhere 10-15.

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.07.08 15:57:52 by Le Requinny Reply
  • Its a long time since Ive read an article on the academy and have never even heard of the satelite academy. Anyone keen to tell us whats going on there.

  • Comment 24, posted at 15.07.08 16:04:16 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Knock knock! Who is there? Henno! Henno who? Hand-no-catch . . .

    Anymore academy updates Quinny?

  • Comment 25, posted at 15.07.08 16:22:03 by blackshark Reply

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  • @Le Requinny (Comment 23) : you mean Mark Harris?

  • Comment 26, posted at 15.07.08 16:34:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ja ja, I mean Mark Harris.

  • Comment 27, posted at 15.07.08 17:30:52 by Le Requinny Reply
  • @Le Requinny (Comment 27) : I remember him beating us on his own in 2006

  • Comment 28, posted at 15.07.08 18:05:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • seems kockott wont be playing for a while, they discovered a hairline fracture in his foot

  • Comment 29, posted at 15.07.08 19:08:48 by knersboy Reply

  • Kockott out, Deysel in
    Tue, 15 Jul 2008 16:06

    The Sharks’ live-wire scrumhalf Rory Kockott has been declared unfit for Saturday’s Currie Cup crunch game against the Cheetahs, and for an indefinite period.

    Kockott went for further scans to his inured ankle on Monday, only to reveal a hairline fracture which was over-looked in previous examinations.

    “It’s really bad news,” captain Johann Muller told on Tuesday, in light of the need to field a full-strength side against the defending champions.

    The Sharks are currently sitting pretty at the top of the Currie Cup standings, though the consensus this week is that the Durban side are far from happy with certain aspects of their game, especially with regards to their defensive patterns.

    “It’s a funny one – we’re leading the Currie Cup log but we’re disappointed with our performances in the first couple of rounds, especially with our defence,” said Muller.

    “During the Super 14 we were one of the top defensive sides, but in the Currie Cup we’ve let ourselves slip.

    “So we’ve been working hard on it this week, starting with a great video session on Monday. It was really beneficial for the younger members of the team, who have a tendency to make wrong decisions at the wrong times,” Muller added.

    Kockott’s new diagnosis could rule him out for a lengthy period, as the Sharks will have to build on the resources of replacement scrumhalves Scott Mathie and Charl McLeod.

    Muller also confirmed that BJ Botha and Deon Carstens were struggling with respective niggles, their selection for Saturday’s encounter also uncertain.

    Good news for the Sharks however is that loose forward Jean Deysel trained with the side on Monday, with his selection and return to the starting XV looking promising.

    The Sharks have a fairly undesirable record against the Cheetahs in the domestic competition, having lost their previous nine matches.

    Their last win against the Free State outfit however was in Bloemfontein in 2003, where they pipped the Cheetahs 28-25.

  • Comment 30, posted at 15.07.08 19:27:28 by sharks_lover Reply
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