Sharks to rotate, but keep pressure on

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 16 Sep 2008 at 09:52
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Sharks coach John Plumtree looks set to take advantage of an easier game this weekend to rest a number of key players who are carrying niggles after a long season.

The Sharks travel to Kempton Park this weekend to take on the wounded Valke, fresh from another 90 point thrashing at the hands of Western Province. For the visitors, this outing will be about ensuring the bonus point early, improving the points difference for sure, but mostly about keeping the momentum going, while not taking any unnecessary risks with key players.

Beast Mtawarira is clearly still struggling and will sit this one out entirely, with Pat Cilliers and Deon Carstens likely to be the props. Bismarck du Plessis is another who won’t be needed, with Skipper Badenhorst and Craig Burden looking after the middle of the scrum. Jean Deysel is doubtful after picking up a niggle against the Cheetahs, so expect to see Ryan Kankowski continuing his comeback with a start against the Valke.

In the backs, Adi Jacobs, Fred Michalak and Odwa Ndungane are all doubtful, the latter still in some pain after bruising his hip against the Cheetahs. Stefan Terblanche is also due to be rested, having played every minute of every Currie Cup match so far this year. Monty Dumond or Chris Jordaan could come into the team at fullback.

Possible Sharks team for Valke:

15 Jordaan, 14 Pietersen, 13 Swanepoel, 12 Barritt, 11 Murray, 10 Steyn, 9 Pienaar, 8 Kankowski, 7 Daniel, 6 Botes, 5 Muller (capt), 4 Sykes, 3 Cilliers, 2 Badenhorst, 1 Carstens
16 Burden, 17 J du Plessis, 18 van den Berg, 19 Ndlovu, 20 Kockott, 21 Dumond, 22 Mvovo


  • Mmhh…I’d love to see that team in action. This would answer a lot of questions as far as our depth is concerned, as well as our FLYHALF issue.

    SHARKS forever!

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.09.08 10:16:42 by just blackshark Reply
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  • @just blackshark (Comment 1) : just before Oubaas gets confused again, that is a POSSIBLE team that I have thunk up all on my own, given the known injury doubts.

    BTW, Barritt hasn’t been cleared to play and if fit will probably be on the bench.

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.09.08 10:25:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • Burden is not getting much game time. I’m wondering about the decision to switch him to hooker now. He’s a quality player and I would like to see him on the park a bit more!

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.09.08 22:30:21 by Villie Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : ” that I have thunk up all on my own ”

    You come up with a little jewel every now and then. 🙂

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.09.08 05:52:25 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • Sharks coach John Plumtree looks set to take advantage of an easier game this weekend to rest a number of key players who are carrying niggles after a long season.

    This may not be Griquas, we are playing but why do I get a Griquas feeling in my stomach from that statement?

    Plumtree must NOT take this game lightly. If he drops a BP then our team has double the pressure for the next two matches.

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.09.08 06:45:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @just blackshark (Comment 1) :

    I am not sure a match against the Falcons is really going to answer any of the big questions on Steyn as flyhalf, however, if he duffs it…….

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.09.08 08:45:15 by Ollie Reply

  • ha this reminds me of the team dick sent to griquas that ended up costing the sharks a home semi.

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.09.08 08:49:50 by try time Reply

  • though i am pleased steyn is getting a run at 10. we need to see if he is ready for next year.

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.09.08 09:01:59 by try time Reply

  • Guys, relax. This isn’t Griquas. The Falcons have copped two 90 point thrashings in two weeks. The only way the sharks are going to get caught off-guard is if they go out and have a tequila evening the night before.

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.09.08 09:23:53 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @Ollie (Comment 6) : The Falcons are still a rugby team, aren’t they? So I reckon it would be a start.

    @try time (Comment 7) : Ha ha ha …we don’t want to think about that sad day now. Plus, this is a more balanced team IMO.

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.09.08 09:24:17 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @CapeShark (Comment 9) : Or if they wear a striped kit…

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.09.08 09:32:54 by just blackshark Reply

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  • Easy points. The sharks even at their worst are not going to let a glorified club side upset their plans

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.09.08 10:02:43 by CapeShark Reply
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  • This is no complaint in any way but an observation. The other teams have an advantage over SHarks as far as location for away games.

    Take Bulls, Lions & Valke are all close enough that fans can support and players could drive from home on match day.

    Grikwas & Cheetahs as well as Boland & WP are “home” games away from home.

    For the poor old Sharkies — All our games are AWAY.

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.09.08 10:12:04 by Ernie Reply

  • @Ernie (Comment 13) : Yeah…good thing we’ve got a lot of fans all over the country…ag…I meant the WORLD.

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.09.08 10:52:36 by just blackshark Reply

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