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Barritt and Kockett still on sidelines

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark Β©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Sharks on 29 Jul 2008 at 13:59

It seems the Sharks will have to face the Griquas this Saturday without four of the Springboks who helped guide them to their Currie Cup win over the Lions this past weekend after the quartet were recalled to the Bok squad on Monday.

Craig Lewis writes in the Daily News that Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira, Ryan Kankowski, Ruan Pienaar and Odwa Ndnungane were released from the Tri-Nations squad last week and turned out for the Sharks against the Lions, but have now been recalled to the 30-man Springbok squad for the Mandela Tribute Test against Argentina and the remaining Vodacom Tri-Nations matches.

According to a Springbok media release, the squad will assemble on Wednesday in Pretoria where they will stay until Sunday, before transferring to Johannesburg to continue with their preparations for the Argentina test on August 9.

Sharks coach John Plumtree said it was “pretty tough on the Unions” to exclude so many players from Currie Cup action, especially considering there “isn’t a Test this weekend”.

The Sharks were already feeling the Monday blues, having to prepare for their all-important match against the Griquas completely unaware as to which Boks would be available, initially there was speculation that a smaller 22-man squad for the Argentina Test might be announced to allow for more players to take part in the Currie Cup.

The Sharks are also set to still be without centre Brad Barritt and scrumhalf Rory Kockott, as the dynamic duo are still suffering from their hamstring and ankle injuries respectively.

However, this bad news will be offset by the likelihood that prop BJ Botha and flyhalf Frederic Michalak will make a return to action.


This past weekend, loose forward Jean Deysel made his return from injury and was the real standout performer for the Sharks.

Plumtree admitted that it was great to have such a powerful ball carrier back in the mix.

“We have missed that ball-carrying ability where someone consistently crosses the advantage line,” the Sharks mentor said. “I thought he had a really big game.”

Yet despite Deysel’s impact, the Sharks still lacked any real penetration on attack and it will be an area of concern for the coastal franchise who have scored just 12 tries in the competition thus far.

Only one more than Boland, who have scored the least tries of all the teams, and quite fewer than the other big unions, namely the Bulls (16), Western Province (16), Cheetahs (17) and the Lions (19).

“Our attack is a little bit of a concern because we are not quite getting the momentum we need,” Plumtree admitted.

“We had some opportunities, but the Lions defence looked after us quite well. We didn’t clear the ball well at the breakdowns at times and so the backs got slow ball, but we just need to keep going.”

Otherwise, Plumtree said he was quite satisfied with the other aspects of the Sharks game.

The Griquas are coming off a bye, but Plumtree said he thought this might work in their favour.

“I think coming off a bye will have refreshed them. It would also have given them a chance to get over any injuries, so we will have the utmost respect for them.

“They have beaten Western Province and could have beaten the Lions so it will certainly be a tough assignment for us.”


  • Sharks Playing griquas in Kimberly and not able to take a first choice side.

    WHY do I get a feeling of deja vu? πŸ™

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.07.08 14:04:04 by KSA Shark Β© Reply
    KSA Shark Β©
  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 1) : so – do we play Strauss at 7 and Deysel at 8?

    Man – I just hope they start with Macleod this time.

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.07.08 14:12:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    Macleod is a must.

    Hopefully Plumtree will think he is resting players and then rest mathie. So doing actually strengthening the team πŸ˜†

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.07.08 14:14:57 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

    KSA Shark Β©
  • KSA Shark

    If you do happen to lose this one, at least you didn’t lose to one of the minnows… like the Lions for instance… πŸ˜†

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.07.08 14:31:27 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 4) : Careful Wpw, you are playing the Lions on their home turf! Last I remember they made the Stormer eat humble pie and denied them a place in the Semis πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.07.08 14:57:42 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

    Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette
  • Trips to Kimberly this year have been tough…

    3 sides have travelled there…
    2 were won with only 4 points by the visitors (only 1 scoring a 4 try bonus point)
    1 lost…

    And all 3 these sides were “bigger” unions…

    So the Sharks will have to up their game…the Griekwas are going to back their physicality against a physically “well is challenged to harsh a word”…let’s just say less physical forwards…

    The Griekwas are going to tackle the crap out of the Sharks and give the Sharks a super hard time and the breakdown…
    Still think the Sharks will win….but without a bonus point and the Griekwas will pick one up for within 7….

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.07.08 16:49:38 by Hmmm Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 4) :

    You are going to lose to a 3rd minnow in a single round of CC….

    How the fallen great….

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.07.08 16:51:45 by Hmmm Reply

  • Hmmm

    You mean: How the GREAT have fallen??? πŸ™„

    Well, at least we WERE great… when were the Lions ever great??? πŸ˜€

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.07.08 17:20:06 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 8) :

    Nope…I meant it as I wrote it…”current”

    90’s…we were the super team from the Southern Hemisphere superseded only by the Bokke….

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.07.08 17:29:01 by Hmmm Reply

  • good luck to the Guppies to win comfortably against Griekwas. 😎
    you need in fact a victory for in the next fixture you will be thrashed at Newlands (August 8) πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.07.08 19:23:17 by H.O. Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 9) : Nope…I meant it as I wrote it…”current”???
    WTF??? 😯

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.07.08 19:29:33 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • Cant wait to see the team we are taking to Kimberley. Feeling reasonably confident though.

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.07.08 19:41:43 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • Big Fish. I hav two words for Hmmms #9 comment – Remedial Class… πŸ˜€

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.07.08 21:00:17 by wpw Reply
  • BOO HOO HOO Our Attack is of concern( Well Bloody Hell do something about it). Come on this isn’t Rocket Science. What about “You and You pull your Bloody Socks up or you are O U T. Our Attack Is Of Concern, well we are now almost into the 8th Month and this is STILL the expression used. Somebody honestly has to Pull Their Finger Out. This is an embarrassment as a supporter, what the Hell does the Management feel. Come on Rudolf Streuli come out of your Ivory tower and tell us what the solution is. Its been a Hell of a Long Time since we heard what your visions are for the future of the Sharks Brand.

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.07.08 23:55:05 by Dynamite Reply


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