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Storm Clouds lift

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Sharks on 23 Jul 2008 at 08:01

The mood and energy levels were distinctly upbeat at Tuesday morning training as the four returning Springboks as well as two players coming back from injury sparked a timely revival and revitalization in the Sharks’ camp.

Michael Marnewick writes on Sharksrugby.co.za that with Frederic Michalak still 50-50 after taking a bump to the hip, the backline will not be finalised until later in the week, with Sharks Coach John Plumtree explaining that the flyhalf is still quite tender but, “hopefully by Thursday he’ll be a lot better.”

However, the good news was that Jean Deysel and Bradley Barritt were back in training, while Ruan Pienaar, Beast Mtawarira, Odwa Ndungane and Ryan Kankowski all look likely to get game time in the crucial Absa Currie Cup match against the Xerox Lions on Saturday.

Following Saturday’s loss to the Free State Cheetahs, the Sharks find themselves in something of a pressure situation as they look to get back to winning form.

“The Springboks plus a couple of injuries that have come right as well was good to see,” explained Plumtree. “Four good, class players adds to the depth and makes the job easier.”

But he did issue a proviso that they should not be expected, on their own, to win the match for the Sharks. “The important point is that we have to make sure we play well enough to help their transformation back into the team – the danger is we as a group expect them to get us going and it shouldn’t be like that.”

Compared to a week ago, the Sharks are certainly in a better position in terms of manpower, but despite the boost in player personnel, the coach admitted that he’s saving his smiles for the result, not the build-up.

“I’ll smile if we play well on the weekend.”

With three forwards and three backs added to the mix, this certainly creates more options for a Sharks team who this time last week had to face the prospect of playing a close-on full-strength Cheetahs side, while themselves had a severe test of squad depth.

“The pack has a bit of a different look to it,” confirmed Plumtree, “Especially the loose-forwards in particular and with Beast back it gives us a bit of depth in the front row, we’re happy with that

Article used Courtesy of www.sharksrugby.co.za


  • Go Sharks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bring it on Cubs!!!!!!!!!! 😉

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.07.08 08:05:44 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • yebooooooooooooooooooo :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.07.08 08:20:55 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • hell its been weeks and weeks of bad news

    about time we got some good stuff

    if all is well this is the team iwould like to see playing

    15 stefan
    14 odwa
    13 murray
    12 barritt
    11 jordaan
    10 michelak
    09 ruan
    08 ryan
    07 deysel
    06 botes
    05 muller
    04 sykes
    03 bj
    02 skipper damn how we need smitty or bissy
    01 beast / carstens

    16 burden
    17 albert
    18 jannie
    19 beast / carstens
    20 mc cleod
    21 daniel
    22 strauss

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.07.08 08:28:41 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 3) : Agreed just two changes imo: Odwa at 15, he is reliable and doesn’t put the backline under severe pressure, and at 14 Bodmer who was excellent on Debut. At 10 Ruan Pienaar, the Sharks need a No. 10 and cannot keep on relying on Freddie’s on days, and besides he will not be here for the S14 so we need to get Ruan in practice in the position and Charl at 9.

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.07.08 08:39:36 by Sharksmad Reply

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  • @Sharksmad (Comment 4) : Freddie off the Bench

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.07.08 08:42:24 by Sharksmad Reply

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  • @Sharksmad (Comment 5) :

    And who to start?

    PLEASE don’t say Barrit. 😉

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.07.08 08:46:32 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Sharksmad (Comment 4) : Those changes makes sense sharksmad but I doubt that they will be implemented. I expect the team to look a lot like the one sharks_lover posted above… all depending on Fred’s fitness off course.

    Either way…the Kitties will have a long afternoon… 🙂

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.07.08 08:48:13 by blackshark Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : KSa read properly start with Ruan at 10 and Charl at 9. Its no use not using Ruan when we know full well that Freddie will not be here for the S14 start prming Ruan who we all know could be the next Honiball if allowed to stick to 10!

    @blackshark (Comment 7) : Agree with you!

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.07.08 09:09:00 by Sharksmad Reply

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  • @Sharksmad (Comment 8) : I see where the missunderstanding comes in comment 5 was an addendum to comment 4 😳

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.07.08 09:10:36 by Sharksmad Reply

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  • @Sharksmad (Comment 9) : 😛

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.07.08 09:30:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) :

    Although I must say…I was not the greatest Barrit fan 2 years ago…but he has shown that he can ask questions from a defensive side and he has always been a good tackler…
    I donno if I just did not notice it or if he improved on it or a combo of the two…but he has a slight step that puts him into a half gap and he is able to get his hands above the tackle and get the ball away into space…he also seems to know where the other players are and seem to find the best receiver often…
    The only flaw with him at fly-half is his kicking is poor…if his is playing against a great tactical opponent…he won’t be able to kick his team out of trouble…
    So I think he is a great 12…and the 2nd best behind Jean…but as long as any position but front row Steyn is there I don’t think he will get a call up anytime soon…plus he has been injured more than not that will also count against him….and might lose out to a Bosman or Olivier…

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.07.08 09:37:20 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 11) :

    I am all for playing him at center and have no problem with that (that’s a change from the begining of the season 😉 ) but have NO INTEREST in seeing him at 10.

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.07.08 10:04:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 11) : Another thing about Brad is that he does not turnover ball after taking it up. Always makes a few yards and the ball is always available.

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.07.08 12:12:14 by Ernie Reply


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