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Sharks prepare for stampede

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Admin on 5 Sep 2008 at 07:41

The Sharks have no illusions about the physical onslaught they will have to contend with against the Blue Bulls in Saturday’s Currie Cup clash in Durban.

Anticipating a massive onslaught from the Bulls’ pack, the Sharks have picked five instead of the usual four forwards for their substitutes’ bench.

What is more, two of those players, Albert van den Berg and Steven Sykes, are locks.

Liam Del Carme writes in Beeld that As predicted, there was no room for Springboks Tendai Mtawarira and Adrian Jacobs.

However, two other Boks, Bismarck du Plessis and JP Pietersen, find themselves among the replacements.

Mtawarira and Jacobs are among those Boks that are being rested this week, while Du Plessis and Pietersen, who still have niggling minor injuries, will be phased in during the game.

Despite the omission of Mtawarira and Jacobs, the Sharks boast nine players with international experience in their starting line-up, with three more Springboks on the bench.

Back after their recent Test obligations, Jannie du Plessis, Odwa Ndungane, Frans Steyn and Ruan Pienaar will all be in the starting side.

With the bruising battle expected up front against the Bulls, the question is whether the Sharks have enough ammunition to beat or even just to contain the visitors.

Regained his form

Their loose trio undoubtedly have enough pace in Jacques Botes and Keegan Daniel, while flanker Jean Deysel’s boots-and-all style has gained him a whole pile of fans this year.

Daniel, who started off this year’s Super14 series like a whirlwind, but did not finish with the same abandon, has regained his form in the loose.

In the front row, Du Plessis, Skipper Badenhorst and Deon Carstens will also provide the hosts with enough skills and experience to neutralise the visitors.

But it may be at lock where the Bulls could have a slight edge.

Sharks skipper Johann Muller has just recovered from an injury.

If he can make an impression from the word go, it can only strengthen his side’s chances of taking over the top spot on the log.

The Sharks team:
Stefan Terblanche; Odwa Ndungane, Frans Steyn, Brad Barritt, Waylon Murray; Frederic Michalak, Ruan Pienaar; Keegan Daniel, Jean Deysel, Jacques Botes; Johann Muller (c), Alistair Hargreaves; Jannie du Plessis, Skipper Badenhorst, Deon Carstens.

Replacements: Bismarck du Plessis, Pat Cilliers, Steven Sykes, Albert van den Berg, Skholiwe Ndlovu; Rory Kockott, JP Pietersen.


  • Sharks easily. If they play like they should!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.09.08 08:23:54 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver Fox
  • In their last three outings the Sharks have been on song, playing some sublime team rugby, the kind that’s inspired and relentless…more of the same tomorrow should see them through against a tough Bulls outfit who more than likely will be distracted by playing the man instead of the ball.

    …give me Plumtree over Ludeke in my corner anyday

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.09.08 09:09:45 by spykerbaard Reply
  • @spykerbaard (Comment 2) : I haven’t considered that point…

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.09.08 09:28:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @spykerbaard (Comment 2) :
    @robdylan (Comment 3) :

    small risk of new players disrupting the flow, but I think it is very small.

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.09.08 09:43:44 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : in particular, that big oke at 13…

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.09.08 09:59:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) :

    uh huh.

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.09.08 10:04:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : This will be Steyn’s comeback game…mark my words…and read them later. 😎

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.09.08 10:13:04 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) :
    agreed KSA, its a small risk as Ruan,Frans,Odwa and Jannie have all been back with the Sharks and played a part of their revival during the past month

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.09.08 10:21:42 by spykerbaard Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : one of the things that Swannie does so well is keep play alive… hope Fransie can do the same

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.09.08 10:23:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @spykerbaard (Comment 8) :

    That is exactly why i think it is a small risk. None of these guys are Boks who have been gone for the whole CC ala Matfield, Habana, JdV, etc.

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.09.08 10:28:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) :

    The only significant changes are Frans at 13 and Waylon on the wing.
    I believe it will work…solid centre-pairing…

    Michalak better bring his A-game…

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.09.08 10:45:00 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @blackshark (Comment 11) :
    And Ruan Better not have a “fall saleep” episode at the back of a single ruck or scrum.

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.09.08 10:47:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • BULLE :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.09.08 10:49:29 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 13) :

    Dude it’s so early on a Friday and you have been drinking already 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.09.08 10:55:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Thats the thing.
    No phuza Thursday for me and everything just feels weird today.

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.09.08 10:56:30 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : Fall saleep ? You must understand that not all of us are fluent in your local KSA language. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.09.08 11:09:20 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 13) : 👿

    @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 15) : forgiven

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.09.08 11:10:16 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @blackshark (Comment 16) :

    😳 😳

    Well my kroonstad education helped me get fluent in that language 😆

  • Comment 18, posted at 05.09.08 11:11:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • The Bulls better not disappoint me by losing to these overrated, beach bums posing as a team. 🙄

  • Comment 19, posted at 05.09.08 11:20:34 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 19) :

    water must be dirty. Can’t see any decent food (bait) anywhere. 😉

  • Comment 20, posted at 05.09.08 11:25:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 20) : 😆

  • Comment 21, posted at 05.09.08 11:39:00 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 20) : @Silver Fox (Comment 21) : Wes must be fishing at some stadium in Wellington… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 05.09.08 12:16:06 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @blackshark (Comment 22) : 👿 👿

    I feel betrayed by my fellow Liverpool supporter… 😥 😥

  • Comment 23, posted at 05.09.08 12:17:28 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 23) : YNWA! 😆

  • Comment 24, posted at 05.09.08 12:20:10 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!

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