Just one change for the Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 12 Mar 2009 at 10:22
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This is getting rather predictable, isn’t it? Just one rotational change up front and the rest of the team is exactly the same!

John Smit will start at tighthead this week for the Sharks, with Jannie du Plessis joining Deon Carstens on the bench. It will be Smit’s first start for the Sharks in the number 3 jersey this year, so he’ll look to capitalise on the fact that he’s up against a greenhorn in 20-year-old Reds dΓ©butante Ben Daley.

The only other change to the match 22 sees a fit-again Al van den Berg back in the number 18 jersey. Big Al replaces Alistair Hargreaves, who has had to fly home after injuring his ankle against the Blues. The Sharks will be pleased to have their main try-poacher back in the mix – so hopefully we won’t see JP Pietersen at lock again this season.

The loose forwards and backline are exactly the same as well – Keegan Daniel will get a chance to build on a frankly superb outing against the Blues as he continues to prove that he is a valid starting option at this level of the game. The backline is unchanged for a record fifth week – my only hope is that we’ll be in a comfortable enough position on the hour mark that some of the youngsters on the bench could actually get some gametime.

The Sharks
15. Stefan Terblanche 14. Odwa Ndungane 13. Adrian Jacobs 12. Francois Steyn 11. JP Pietersen 10. Ruan Pienaar 9. Rory Kockott 8. Ryan Kankowski 7. Keegan Daniel 6. Jacques Botes 5. Johann Muller (Captain) 4. Steven Sykes 3. John Smit 2. Bismarck du Plessis 1. Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: 16. Deon Carstens 17. Jannie du Plessis 18. Albert van den Berg 19. Skholiwe Ndlovu 20. Ross Cronje 21. Riaan Swanepoel 22. Luzuko Vulindlu


  • Agreed, the youngsters need to get some game time under their belts. Heaven help us if we do run into injuries and the bench warmers have had no game time at all!

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.03.09 10:27:26 by Baldrick Reply
  • have we seen jp at lock 😯

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.03.09 10:32:05 by rekinek Reply
  • i’m getting smarter with my FL and will only shuffle my team when all the sides are announced πŸ˜†

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.03.09 10:32:57 by rekinek Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 2) : last few minutes against the Blues… Hargs went off injured and there were no forwards left on the bench.

    Zuks came on at wing and JP went into the second row. By that stage, we already had uncontested scrums anyway

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.03.09 10:36:46 by robdylan Reply
  • Go SHARKS!!! 😎

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.03.09 10:38:30 by wpw Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : oops – haven’t noticed. πŸ™„

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.03.09 10:42:26 by rekinek Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 5) : Is jy getik ❓ :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.03.09 10:53:25 by Charlie Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : @rekinek (Comment 6) : JP played lock @ school level, so it was not unfimliar to him… πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.03.09 10:54:50 by Charlie Reply
  • @Charlie (Comment 8) : charlie – have you nicked the only adi pick they have on :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.03.09 10:59:51 by rekinek Reply
  • Go Sharks!

    No complaints or concerns…just hoping we’ll dominate from the start and allow the bench to have more time on the field.

    Say it with me Charlie… πŸ˜›

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.03.09 11:01:06 by blackshark Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @Baldrick (Comment 1) : we have been saying that all week. where have you been? get with it. πŸ˜†

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.03.09 11:04:03 by try time Reply
  • look this game is an easy one for the sharks if they follow to rules. slow the game down so the reds can’t tire our defence. and chase high balls as the reds backs are prone to knock on under pressure.

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.03.09 11:08:00 by try time Reply
  • sorry 2 rules.

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.03.09 11:08:19 by try time Reply
  • Sharks have lost 4 out of 5 against the Reds in Aus.

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.03.09 11:09:19 by McLovin Reply
  • Although in their last outing to Brisbane the Sharks scored 9 tries and 59 points.

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.03.09 11:10:25 by McLovin Reply
  • @try time (Comment 12) : I see a forwards game on the cards… ala Waal Baartman

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.03.09 11:16:07 by rahul Reply
  • @Charlie (Comment 8) :

    Well that explains his hands for a wing…

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.03.09 11:16:25 by MornΓ© Reply
  • @try time (Comment 12) : Wiff KKK feeding off the rucks and mauls.

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.03.09 11:20:04 by rahul Reply
  • @blackshark (Comment 10) : NOTHING ELSE MATTERS !!! :mrgreen: πŸ˜† :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 12.03.09 11:28:44 by Charlie Reply
  • Smittie up against an untested 20 year old.
    Scrums are not going to be pretty!

  • Comment 20, posted at 12.03.09 11:51:33 by CapeShark Reply
    The Great Couch Shark
  • Am watching the replay on SS1 now. 😎

    Can’t wait for the bulls game, that is up next. 😎

  • Comment 21, posted at 12.03.09 12:00:23 by KSA Shark Β© Reply
    KSA Shark Β©
  • Afternoon losers…

    OK so who all are in the UK? I am flying over next Thursday for a week if anyone wants to meet up.

  • Comment 22, posted at 12.03.09 12:07:21 by klempie Reply
  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 21) : is this how you spent your “Saturdays” πŸ˜†
    i should do the same maybe then won’t miss jp at lock πŸ™„

  • Comment 23, posted at 12.03.09 12:08:20 by rekinek Reply
  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 21) : Luke out for Puke getting tackled into touch by the yound van den Heever. It’s a great moment…

  • Comment 24, posted at 12.03.09 12:08:21 by klempie Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :

    Didn’t know that!!!!!!!!! 😯 Will look out for it now.

  • Comment 25, posted at 12.03.09 12:08:39 by KSA Shark Β© Reply
    KSA Shark Β©
  • @klempie (Comment 24) :

    I AM looking forward to that. Some guy sent me pics of LUKE getting the bird from the Loftus crowd. πŸ˜†

  • Comment 26, posted at 12.03.09 12:09:47 by KSA Shark Β© Reply
    KSA Shark Β©
  • @klempie (Comment 24) : but then the youngster ends up with shirt over his head – kinda spoils the moment πŸ™„

  • Comment 27, posted at 12.03.09 12:10:14 by rekinek Reply
  • Marius tunes Muller and gives him a warning about PKs. Muller tunes “25minutes without ONE hey” πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  • Comment 28, posted at 12.03.09 12:11:13 by KSA Shark Β© Reply
    KSA Shark Β©
  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 21) : keep an out on how stefan plays. and let me know if i am overly harsh on his attacking skills.

  • Comment 29, posted at 12.03.09 12:11:29 by try time Reply
  • @rahul (Comment 16) : damn right. we are superior there so we must use it.

  • Comment 30, posted at 12.03.09 12:12:14 by try time Reply
  • the sharks must make all free kicks scrums. we need to tire their forwards out.

  • Comment 31, posted at 12.03.09 12:13:05 by try time Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 27) : Nah. I found that just added to the amusement. We must not forget he is a Bull no matter how young.

  • Comment 32, posted at 12.03.09 12:13:07 by klempie Reply
  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 28) : yeah that was listedas one of the quotes of the week.

  • Comment 33, posted at 12.03.09 12:13:48 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 29) :

    As you say that Stefan chases a kick from Daniel after Roco knocked at our tryline.

    I think Stefan did well.

    Love the commentators “Might as well replace the TJ’s with cardboard cut outs” πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  • Comment 34, posted at 12.03.09 12:15:25 by KSA Shark Β© Reply
    KSA Shark Β©
  • @klempie (Comment 32) : so should we call it “2 birds with one shot” :mrgreen:

  • Comment 35, posted at 12.03.09 12:17:06 by rekinek Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 35) : “birds” being the operative word.

  • Comment 36, posted at 12.03.09 12:19:18 by klempie Reply
  • Stefan just cocked up a try IMO with 2min to go. πŸ™

    Should have gone inside or dived earlier rather than get tackled into touch.

  • Comment 37, posted at 12.03.09 12:20:55 by KSA Shark Β© Reply
    KSA Shark Β©
  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 34) : ja remember that, it was funny. my concern is more with what stefan does with ball he gets in the oppositions half. there are two stefans the own half stefan that is good and the opposition half stefan that is very poor.

  • Comment 38, posted at 12.03.09 12:30:13 by try time Reply
  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 37) : see what i am saying he does that a lot. he kicks instead of passing. he passes to late. he doesn’t pass. it happens far to often for someone of his experience.

  • Comment 39, posted at 12.03.09 12:33:13 by try time Reply
  • You buggers better win – My Lions tickets are on the line. I will never forgive you. πŸ˜†

  • Comment 40, posted at 12.03.09 12:35:27 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @try time (Comment 39) : Maybe he is just crap πŸ˜†

  • Comment 41, posted at 12.03.09 12:38:22 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 41) : 😯

  • Comment 42, posted at 12.03.09 12:49:08 by rekinek Reply
  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 41) : nah average. his defensive work is excellent, maybe he should be told that as soon as he gets attacking ball he must pass it to someone with a brain.

  • Comment 43, posted at 12.03.09 12:50:18 by try time Reply
  • 22 man 85 min rugby is going to be Plummo’s undoing (hopefully not)… the guy hasn’t a clue on man management for a S14 season!

  • Comment 44, posted at 12.03.09 14:03:04 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • Just keep playing Bismark (our highest tackler) into the ground…

  • Comment 45, posted at 12.03.09 14:03:54 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • And Rory…

  • Comment 46, posted at 12.03.09 14:04:13 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • Blind Freddy could see a number of our players were out on their feet… leading to silly points last week…

  • Comment 47, posted at 12.03.09 14:05:02 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 37) :

    Out on his feet… with no subs thanks to Plummo… like a few other Sharks…

  • Comment 48, posted at 12.03.09 14:07:12 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 14) :

    This is the best Reds side in some time… don’t let the fact they are mostly kids fool you…

    Next year they will be in the top half…

  • Comment 49, posted at 12.03.09 14:09:22 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 45) : Easy Bryce, don’t forget that Bismark didn’t play much in the first two games at all. He has basically only played two games of rugby so far this season, he is not due a rest. Rory on the other hand has played a lot of rugby so far this season, but so has the entire backline.

  • Comment 50, posted at 12.03.09 14:17:19 by Dancing Bear Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Dancing Bear
  • stefan is gonna be MOTM this weekend, and he is gonna score 2 tries and ruan, rory, kanko, bismarck and keegan the rest.

  • Comment 51, posted at 12.03.09 14:25:42 by jarsonx Reply
  • @jarsonx (Comment 51) : Try Time will be glad to hear that :mrgreen:

  • Comment 52, posted at 12.03.09 14:34:08 by Pokkel Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
  • @klempie (Comment 22) : Klempie…where are you going to be based?

  • Comment 53, posted at 12.03.09 14:35:57 by Villie Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 49) : Agree with you there Bryce.
    It’s a game we SHOULD win comfortably…but if there is any sign of overconfidence or arrogance, we will come short.

  • Comment 54, posted at 12.03.09 14:38:49 by Villie Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 46) : rory didn’t play much CC so he should fine – at least for a while. I would be more about guys like Adi, JP, Ruan, Frans who also played at teh EYT.

  • Comment 55, posted at 12.03.09 15:00:22 by rekinek Reply
  • @klempie (Comment 22) : yeah – where? London?

  • Comment 56, posted at 12.03.09 15:26:21 by robdylan Reply
  • Hi Rob

    Whats your take on the weekends games?

  • Comment 57, posted at 12.03.09 15:32:13 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
  • the backline is looking better with each game as they get to know each other. Continuity is vital… please, let’s not make any changes now

  • Comment 58, posted at 12.03.09 15:34:54 by robdylan Reply
  • @Villie (Comment 53) : @robdylan (Comment 56) :

    Hey dudes. I am in London over the weekend so maybe we can find a pub showing the game on Sat? Moving up to Northampton on Sunday.

  • Comment 59, posted at 12.03.09 15:36:04 by klempie Reply
  • @klempie (Comment 59) : Maybe discuss some South African politics… πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 60, posted at 12.03.09 15:37:27 by klempie Reply
  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 57) : the Sharks will win and the Bulls won’t

    Other than that, I don’t care πŸ™‚

  • Comment 61, posted at 12.03.09 15:45:37 by robdylan Reply
  • @klempie (Comment 60) : sure – we can do that face to face

  • Comment 62, posted at 12.03.09 15:50:08 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 61) :


    @robdylan (Comment 62) :

  • Comment 63, posted at 12.03.09 15:53:39 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 62) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 64, posted at 12.03.09 15:54:39 by klempie Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 62) : So you keen? Game kicks off at 8.30. You’re probs the best person to pick out a place.

  • Comment 65, posted at 12.03.09 15:56:22 by klempie Reply
  • Cheers peeps – se you all tomorrow at the game! πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 66, posted at 12.03.09 15:56:32 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 57) : are you fishing for clues on LMS :mrgreen:

  • Comment 67, posted at 12.03.09 16:14:33 by rekinek Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 67) :

    Geez!! its seems if I am not being accused of fishing for compliments, I am being accused of fishing for clues?? πŸ™„ πŸ˜‰ :mrgreen:

    I should change my day job and become a fisherman!! Maybe catch a few Sharks in the process?? πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜†

  • Comment 68, posted at 13.03.09 07:51:05 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 68) : wouldn’t it be just what they call “rewarding” πŸ˜†

  • Comment 69, posted at 13.03.09 09:05:22 by rekinek Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 69) :

    Youbetcha!! πŸ˜†

  • Comment 70, posted at 13.03.09 09:28:58 by Ice (B.A Fisherman) Reply

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