Pienaar coming home

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 15 Mar 2009 at 20:46
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The Sharks will be without Ruan Pienaar against the Force and for the forseeable future. The Sharks pivot is on his way home from Australia with what appears to be a medial ligament strain in his knee.

We expect Len Olivier to be flown out as a replacement. More on this story as it develops.


  • Was that a dissapointing Later Saturday for me. Maybe as the Ausie commentators said they had too good a time at Surfers Paradise? 🙁 Now loosing Pienaar isn’t good news at all. Well maybe its time Steyn now took a stand. Look how the youngsers from the REds did on Saturday. Here I was thinking BOK front Row and they did nothing.

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.03.09 21:22:07 by Dynamite Reply
  • @Dynamite (Comment 1) : yap, right on this site i was saying how eina their newbie prop was gonna get.

    first time i have checked into a rugby site since saturday, dug the hell out of my garden when i got home from watching the game, took it out on the weeds!

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.03.09 06:04:24 by knersboy Reply
  • 😯

    NOW we will see if we can cope without Ruan 🙁

    Seems I did Jinx them last week when I said we had been lucky with injuries.

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.03.09 06:07:34 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Where’s that article about the Sharks going unbeaten on tour???

    Talk about jumping the gun!!! 😕

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.03.09 07:11:43 by wpw Reply
  • The Sharks as a team and even as individuals failed on the day, hopefully they can learn a lot from this one, IMO losing now are much better then at a later stage. But it’s long from over…GO SHARKS !!! BLACK & WHITE…NOTHING ELSE MATTERS !!! 😉

    GO LIVERPOOL !!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.03.09 08:02:11 by Charlie Reply
  • Lets get it over with, Morning all

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.03.09 08:07:55 by Rahul Reply
  • @Rahul (Comment 6) :

    Hey Rahul!!!

    All 3 your teams lost this weekend hey??? 😯

    Just noticed Celtic beat Rangers as well… that’s wrist slitting stuff boet!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.03.09 08:29:59 by wpw Reply
  • Without Ruan we’re stuffed. The worst possible injury for the Sharks. This has always been a worry

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.03.09 08:32:52 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) :
    Throw out your dirt and the maggots will appear. 🙄

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.03.09 08:35:21 by Big Fish Reply
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  • 😥

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.03.09 08:36:56 by rekinek Reply
  • Play Steyn at flyhalf and bring Len in as cover.

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.03.09 08:42:58 by Morné Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 11) : The Sharks will go from bad to worse… 😉

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.03.09 08:44:11 by Charlie Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 11) : ❓ ❗ I’d rather play Adi or even Rory at flyhalf rather than Steyn

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.03.09 08:45:47 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 11) : I guess this is what is going to happen but I am not overly excited about FS at flyhalf. He was doing well at center so it would just mess up his game and I also do not think he is FH.

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.03.09 08:49:48 by rekinek Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 13) : let’s move rory to fullback and let him run :mrgreen:

    on a serious note – could stefan play FH ❓

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.03.09 08:51:11 by rekinek Reply
  • @Charlie (Comment 12) : @Pokkel (Comment 13) : @rekinek (Comment 14) :

    Look its easy to hit the panic buttons after a shock loss like this but that is the last thing the Sharks should do now.

    It is almost like reading posts on here to play Bismarck at flank when Deysel got injured!

    Steyn is your next BEST option at 10. Bringin Len in will provide cover and back-up if things really go badly where Steyn can shift to 12 again during the match.

    This kids talents are undeniable and you CANNOT judge him on one game at 10, even more so since that one game was for the Baa-Baa’s which is at best a lek-en-plak team playing with little structure or plan.

    Rory should perhaps start to play 9 first before you move him to 10 and similar for Adi whose decision making on Saturday was poor at 13, now you want him at 10?!?!


    Steyn is not my first choice at 10, nor has he ever been a real option for me in the long run at 10, but he is undeniably your best bet at this stage.

    Golden rule of rugby, when you suffer disruptions like the injury to Pienaar, minimize the effect of it, i.e. don’t go cause more disruptions by playing 3 or 4 more guys out of position.

    There are two options here, play Len at 10 or Steyn. Len is a greenhorn and although not bad, is unproven at top flight CC level let alone Super 14!

    Steyn is your best option, it is a logical selection.

    It is about time we back our players and if Steyn is selected there (at 10) I back him to perform really well – and you can quote me on that.

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.03.09 09:00:07 by Morné Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 15) : Don’t know , Maybe give Len a chance…try out the youngster. Problem is that the Sharks are playing against the best Flyhalf in the world on Saturday. 😯

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.03.09 09:00:47 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 16) : The ONLY time I’ve seen Steyn have a decent game at Flyhalf was in a CC game against the WP on a soaking pitch ( his debut??) He has had a couple of runs at no 10 for the Boks and the Sharks and Never seemed to be comfortable. I agree with your logic and I don’t have an obvious answer, but I cringe every time I imagine Steyn against Gitau on Saturday.

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.03.09 09:07:30 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 18) :

    How many times did Steyn play 10?

    As a run-on 10, i.e. he was mentally prepared for the game as a 10, practiced during the week or weeks as a 10 and established some communication with his 9 and 12?

    I am not talking a couple of minutes here and there as a sub or a utility player where he was just covering during a game.

    How many times did he actually play 10?

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.03.09 09:10:26 by Morné Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 14) :

    Agree – think he is settling at centre…we should look at another FH option…

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.03.09 09:10:29 by Ice (B.A Fisherman) Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 16) : Morne – I agree that less disruptions the better but it is not like we have flyhalf cover sitting on the bench (like u can easily replace diesel deysel with keagan) so injury to pienaar will mean a bit of reshuffle in starting XV, whether it would be steyn or adi.
    and we are not judging FS by one game at FH only. He played there quite a bit, sometimes well but mostly average or just …. 🙄
    and what’s more important he seems to be adapting to 12 well

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.03.09 09:10:49 by rekinek Reply
  • Why Len… I thought Dumond was next in line…

    Plumtree only has himself to blame not having either given Steyn more game-time or blodding another 10… same with 9… Kockott starting to look stale in the latter parts of the last two games… yet no game-time for the back-up 9… same with Bismark in the latter stages of the last two… yet Smit is there as a prop…

    Yawn… and playing Botes, Daniels, Kanko together with another light-weight on the bench…

    Nup Plumtree for his strengths has not yet fathomed 22man 85min rugby that is Super rugby…

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.03.09 09:10:52 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 22) : is it me – or is rory taking awfully lots of time before putting the ball into a scrum ❓ could it be tactics of sorts ❓

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.03.09 09:13:49 by rekinek Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 21) :

    See my post at 19.

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.03.09 09:14:28 by Morné Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 16) : Nah, not in panic mode, just being realistic… 😉

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.03.09 09:15:17 by Charlie Reply
  • The one thing that has worried me about the Sharks all season is that they tend to score only on turnovers and mistakes by the opposition. What happend on Saturday is that the opposition made very few mistakes and our scoring opertuinities dried up. Why can’t the Sharks score on 1st phase ball or from set pieces. Definately something the Sharks need to work on

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.03.09 09:19:25 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 26) : Good point, but the forwards still needs to lay the platform for the backs to play the ball on the front foot…Found it strange on Saturday in seeing the two smallest players in the Sharks pack, Botes & Daniel, doing the the stand-off ball running… 🙄

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.03.09 09:26:27 by Charlie Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 24) : last year I can think of at least 2 S14 games (lions & force) + BB and against (I think Italy?) and he covered for Butch in 2007.

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.03.09 09:26:35 by rekinek Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 28) :

    So 3 games out of a season of 30 (on average what a player plays during a year)?

  • Comment 29, posted at 16.03.09 09:36:51 by Morné Reply
  • im stressed about the next few games, force, brumbies and canes. Maybe the loss does more good than harm, we will bounce back, just hope ruan recovers quickly. Go Sharks!!

  • Comment 30, posted at 16.03.09 09:40:38 by JarsonX Reply
  • Morning all… a weekend of mixed feelings for me…
    Firstly : The Sharks

    I think the boys went into the game thinking of 5 points and forgot that you need to secure 4 to get the 5.

    The defensive structures that won us the first two games were nowhere to be seen and we ran out of attacking options. It was really a BAD performance but credit to the Reds for taking us on from the beginning.

    The loss of Ruan caused a major disruption and we didn’t deal well with it on the day. I hope and trust that we will be able to cope better in our final tour game.

    @wpw (Comment 4) :
    Did the article say the Sharks WILL or COULD go unbeaten ?

    @Morné (Comment 16) :
    I agree with you there. I can’t remember the last time Frans had a good day at 10 – but he’s still our best bet. Good opportunity for him to prove his versatility. Let’s hope he’ll spend the week adjusting to the position and tuning his FH skills. He can do this…

    @Charlie (Comment 5) : :mrgreen:

    Congratulations to Liverpool for annihilating ManU at OLD TRA-4-D !!! YNWA!

  • Comment 31, posted at 16.03.09 09:45:53 by blackshark Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 16) : I have to admit I seldom agree with Morne, but when he talks from the heart and not his devil’s advocate persona, he speaks sense. I can’t disagree with anything he says.

    Len needs to prove himself at CC for the Shark first.

  • Comment 32, posted at 16.03.09 09:48:09 by Baldrick Reply
  • @blackshark (Comment 31) : So The Sharks on LMS not such a good bet for the 2 of us?

  • Comment 33, posted at 16.03.09 09:49:20 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 32) :

    Nah its just no fun taking the piss out of Sharks fans once they are all depressed! 😉

    So my devil’s advocate persona is shelved for this week at least!

  • Comment 34, posted at 16.03.09 09:51:35 by Morné Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 22) : Botes, Daniels, Kanko played together against the Chiefs and Blues and we won and you didn’t moan then did you?

  • Comment 35, posted at 16.03.09 09:52:31 by Baldrick Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 33) :
    Yep – and I was on a lifeline…so that’s that… 👿

  • Comment 36, posted at 16.03.09 09:53:17 by blackshark Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 35) :
    Exactly…we don’t have to tear the whole team apart just because we lost one game.

    It has less to do with the players that we used…but more to do with how we played as a team.

    This could be a blessing in disguise – perhaps we needed to be brought down to earth.

  • Comment 37, posted at 16.03.09 09:56:42 by blackshark Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 37) : Agreed

  • Comment 38, posted at 16.03.09 10:02:34 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 29) : so what do u propose ❓
    if he was better he would get more game time. but ruan happened to be better so he got more game time in the position.
    was plumtree supposed to sent him to wildebeests or sharks XV to give him more game time 🙄
    decision was made – FS – 12

  • Comment 39, posted at 16.03.09 10:03:32 by rekinek Reply
  • @blackshark (Comment 37) : i think what hurts most that it was loss to reds 😕
    but as you guys said better now than later

  • Comment 40, posted at 16.03.09 10:05:12 by rekinek Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 34) : no 😯
    man we need some devil’s advocacy to bring us back to earth 😆

  • Comment 41, posted at 16.03.09 10:08:14 by rekinek Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 39) :

    You will see from my posts that I do not rate Steyn as a future great 10.

    But there are some simple and logical facts that come into play here.

    Firstly you do not have a quality 10 to step up to the plate at the moment, not Len and not Monty – one is very green and the other I simply do not rate even as a CC option.

    Secondly, the shift from 10 to 12 or 12 to 10 is not monumental. The positions are quite similar.

    Steyn also went the the NZ academy as a 10, started at the Sharks as a 10, and subsequently got shifted from pillar to post since then.

    He has experience as a 10, he has experience as an international player and he has plenty of Super 14 experience.

    You cannot expect any coach to have equally good cover in the wings for every single position, the Sharks does not have a quality 10 in this case to step up, but they have a quality player with experience to cover an extremely vital position.

    Steyn is not the best 10 you have, never was, and in my opinion, never will be.

    But he is your BEST bet at the moment for this crucial position, and he will do well there in my opinion, he has all the talent to do so, he just needs to adjust his game mentally.

  • Comment 42, posted at 16.03.09 10:10:12 by Morné Reply
  • By-to-by, I heard it mentioned elsewhere that there might be a clause in Barritt’s contract that if the Sharks suffer injuries in the Super 14, they may call him up?

    I also remember something like this – Rob any idea?

  • Comment 43, posted at 16.03.09 10:12:03 by Morné Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 42) : @Morné (Comment 43) :

    You make perfect sense and I agree, But I still cringe when I think of Steyn against Gitau this weekend. 🙄

  • Comment 44, posted at 16.03.09 10:15:59 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 43) :

    Well, there was such a rumour…

  • Comment 45, posted at 16.03.09 10:17:27 by blackshark Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 42) : it is difficult to argue that he is not our best option – he is – certainly wouldn’t throw len or monty against Mr Giteau, but still it is such an unexciting thought – as u said not really a future No 10

  • Comment 46, posted at 16.03.09 10:23:42 by rekinek Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 43) : it was definitely mooted at the time… I have sms’ed him… will see what he says.

    BTW, Monty Dumond is now seen primarliy as a fullback option and is playing bloody well there for the Sharks XV.

  • Comment 47, posted at 16.03.09 10:39:00 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 47) :

    Well the Sharks can do with Bradley back in the tank.

    Get him on a plane pronto

  • Comment 48, posted at 16.03.09 10:40:55 by Morné Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 44) : not sure if we should be building up the head-to-head contest at flyhalf so much… it’s a team game.

  • Comment 49, posted at 16.03.09 10:42:06 by robdylan Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 48) : yeah – I agree

  • Comment 50, posted at 16.03.09 10:44:58 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 49) : I hear you, but without Gitau the Force wouldn’t be the Force that they are :mrgreen:

  • Comment 51, posted at 16.03.09 10:52:32 by Pokkel Reply
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  • rob – you wrote an article about key players for each team before S14 started.
    if memory serves correct
    bulls – matfield – was injured already
    cheetahs – juan – injured
    stormers – JDV – injured (though only shortly)
    shars – ruan – injured
    lions – fourie – still going strong (though same cannot be said for lions)

    do u think u jinxed them :mrgreen:

  • Comment 52, posted at 16.03.09 10:55:18 by rekinek Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 7) : Only found out about the Rangers thing when brother in law phoned half an hour ago… I had time to get over the rest by then 😀 and my spoon was blunt :mrgreen:

  • Comment 53, posted at 16.03.09 10:59:57 by Rahul Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 51) : we’ll see next year

  • Comment 54, posted at 16.03.09 11:00:44 by robdylan Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 52) : that thought did occur to me.

    In fact, having already lost Deysel and Pienaar, all we need is for Muller to go down this weekend and we’ll be completely screwed

  • Comment 55, posted at 16.03.09 11:01:33 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 54) : Maybe the Sharks should buy Gitau…now that would be an exciting backline

  • Comment 56, posted at 16.03.09 11:02:50 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 51) :

    Anyone want to earn some pocket money…you will need a baseball though?? 😈

  • Comment 57, posted at 16.03.09 11:03:15 by Ice (B.A Fisherman) Reply
  • @Ice (B.A Fisherman) (Comment 57) : and a plane ticket 👿

  • Comment 58, posted at 16.03.09 11:10:16 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Hi all
    my 2 cents for what its worth
    we are faced with 2 options
    either Frans to 10 Adi to 12 Waylon if fit to 13 this could be very disruptive with running lines etc
    Ross Cronje to 10 FS 12 AJ 13 Big step up for Ross but he has the talent to succeed there
    What do you think?
    ON the Brad Baritt question sharks do not have a claw back clause on him but i think you might find agreement reached where he will be on loan to the sharks for a few weeks

  • Comment 59, posted at 16.03.09 11:16:42 by Fattmann Reply
  • @Fattmann (Comment 59) : fattmann, I’m glad I’m not the only one who (briefly) considered throwing Ross in at 10. VERY risky, though…

  • Comment 60, posted at 16.03.09 11:20:27 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 60) : monty dumond played 10 before didn’t he – I’d rather throw him but still I guess we need to be content with fransie.

  • Comment 61, posted at 16.03.09 11:23:45 by rekinek Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 49) :

    True – but I still think an average team with a GREAT flyhalf can beat a good team with an average/ below average flyhalf.

  • Comment 62, posted at 16.03.09 11:35:33 by blackshark Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 62) : Agreed

  • Comment 63, posted at 16.03.09 11:38:26 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 55) :

    I’m not really comfortable with our scrumhalf backup…so let’s add Rory to the jinx list… 😈

  • Comment 64, posted at 16.03.09 11:40:06 by blackshark Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 64) : :mrgreen:
    i am yet to see our scrumhalf backup play (barring few minutes during lions game).
    when U-19 were winning CC I was shopping in Sharkscage – that was a nice day 😆
    see – positive thoughts people

  • Comment 65, posted at 16.03.09 11:48:10 by rekinek Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 42) :

    Couldn’t agree more… next… Downey in the mix…

  • Comment 66, posted at 16.03.09 12:04:49 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 66) : has to be… simply, simply HAS to be.

  • Comment 67, posted at 16.03.09 12:41:35 by robdylan Reply
  • @RD Comment 60 the idea of Ross at FH might just work If it doesnt then FS can take over

  • Comment 68, posted at 16.03.09 14:32:53 by Fattmann Reply
  • @Fattmann (Comment 68) : shit – what a big risk… the guy only has 15 minutes experience at this level!

  • Comment 69, posted at 16.03.09 14:45:52 by robdylan Reply
  • @Fattmann (Comment 68) : why do I have a feeling that this is so much innovation. FS will not be so baaaaad at FH that we need to think of such desperate measures.
    Ross hardly played S14 and throwing him into starting XV as a pivot. Had he ever played FH before ❓

  • Comment 70, posted at 16.03.09 14:47:41 by rekinek Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 70) : a little bit – but not a lot. His brother is the flyhalf

  • Comment 71, posted at 16.03.09 14:53:46 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 71) : so lets get the brother :mrgreen:
    rob seriously that’s not the same 😆

  • Comment 72, posted at 16.03.09 15:01:24 by rekinek Reply
  • @Fattmann (Comment 68) :

    Second time I’ve heard that… WTF… a U19 9 that isn’t even trusted to play more than 10mins for an over-played Kockott in the latter part of a game and some want him at 10????????

  • Comment 73, posted at 16.03.09 15:05:24 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 73) : you got no appetite for risk? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 74, posted at 16.03.09 15:07:32 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 74) : NO 😯 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 75, posted at 16.03.09 15:20:16 by rekinek Reply
  • How about trying Sharkie at flyhalf?

  • Comment 76, posted at 16.03.09 15:59:04 by blackshark Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 76) : 😆

  • Comment 77, posted at 16.03.09 16:04:35 by rekinek Reply
  • Anyone but Frans will do, right?

  • Comment 78, posted at 16.03.09 17:19:57 by blackshark Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 78) : he may step up though – remember some of his dropies come off 😎

  • Comment 79, posted at 16.03.09 17:27:14 by rekinek Reply
  • simple – for us to win, Frans simply HAS to come off…

  • Comment 80, posted at 16.03.09 17:29:03 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 80) : amen 🙄
    will u tell him 😉

  • Comment 81, posted at 16.03.09 17:31:35 by rekinek Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 7) :

    I had a similar thought when I saw the Celtic result this morning. 😆

    Rahul, must be a blithering wreck today. 😆

  • Comment 82, posted at 16.03.09 17:49:03 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 81) : fraid I’m not that close to young Francois…

    He won’t accept my friend request. Maybe he’s read some of the stuff I’ve written about him 😐

  • Comment 83, posted at 16.03.09 18:56:48 by robdylan Reply
  • @blackshark (Comment 78) :
    Forgot to add this 🙄 to that post…

    @robdylan (Comment 83) : 😆

  • Comment 84, posted at 16.03.09 18:58:44 by blackshark Reply
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  • Sharks have to stick with a flop at flyhalf
    Craig Ray

    Ruan Pienaar’s injury is not a concern only for the Sharks, but also for Springbok coach Peter de Villiers.

    Pienaar returned to South Africa yesterday for scans on his injured knee, and Frans Steyn will fill the Sharks’ void.

    Steyn moved to flyhalf on Saturday against the Reds and endured a torrid time, but coach John Plumtree has no option but to back him there again this week against the Western Force.

    “We lost some flow,” Plumtree admitted after Saturday’s 25-13 defeat in Brisbane. “Frans [Steyn] did alright, though, and he will be all the better for the time he played at flyhalf.”

    It was hardly a ringing endorsement of Steyn’s ability at No10.

    In 2007, Steyn slotted in at flyhalf during the second half for the Boks against the All Blacks in Durban. It was a disaster with a Steyn kick charged down, leading to a try, and a fumbled ball inside his in-goal area that led to another try.

    It prompted Bok coach Jake White to say: “No, it’s over. Frans isn’t going to play flyhalf again. He likes space and needs space. He was boxed in at flyhalf and his game suffered against New Zealand.”

    But White picked Steyn at flyhalf for the Barbarians against the Wallabies last year, and witnessed another poor display by the player.

    On Saturday’s evidence, little has changed. Steyn is a fine inside centre and perhaps an even better fullback because he has more space.

    But in the confines of playing one channel away from rucks, he appears slow to react.

    Plumtree has no option but to throw Steyn in at flyhalf. Butch James and Frederic Michalak have left the Sharks and Vodacom Cup player Monty Dumond is untested in Super 14.

    Saturday’s match against the Western Force suddenly looks like a critical test of the Sharks’ title credentials — especially if they have to do it with Steyn at flyhalf.

  • Comment 85, posted at 17.03.09 08:11:27 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 85) :

    Read this in the morning…

    Time for Steyn to silence all the critics.
    GO FRANS!!!

  • Comment 86, posted at 17.03.09 08:18:51 by blackshark Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 86) :

    Ja, I thought it would not be wise to put it up as a thread… nogal on Sharksworld… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 87, posted at 17.03.09 08:26:48 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 87) :
    Ah well, the criticism doesn’t stem from nothing…but it’s up to Frans to rise above all of this…that’s if Plum uses him at flyhalf anyway…

  • Comment 88, posted at 17.03.09 08:59:39 by blackshark Reply
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  • I have been really impressed the way Ruan this season has improved the one weak link in his game – his defence. It is a pity this injury has messed with what come be a very big season for him at Super14 and national level.

  • Comment 89, posted at 17.03.09 09:46:42 by Dive Pass Reply
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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 89) : he is among the leading tacklers for the Sharks, if you can believe it

  • Comment 90, posted at 17.03.09 09:53:39 by robdylan Reply
  • Sharks to learn from loss
    Tue, 17 Mar 2009 10:54

    Sharks assistant coach Grant Bashford admits that while the team is hurting from their 13-25 loss to the Reds, they haven’t become a poor team overnight and they are determined to put the result behind them, learn from it and move on to the next challenge.

    Despite the loss, the Sharks remain in a healthy third position on the log, and with six home matches awaiting them on their return to Durban, there are worse places the team could be right now.

    “Absolutely, we aren’t panicking even though it was a game we would have liked to collect at least four points from,” Bashford said in an interview on the Sharks’ website.

    “I think we should also give them some credit, they played exceptionally well and took their opportunities. I think we felt, even with 10 minutes to go, we could still win, maybe there’s a lesson in that – it doesn’t matter who you play against, you have to come out and play from the start and not think that it is just going to happen later on, because we ran out of time, and that’s ultimately where I think we paid the price.”

    With the Sharks having lost another player to injury – Ruan Pienaar – Bashford admits that it hasn’t helped matters.

    “This tournament is unrelenting with just one break in fourteen weeks and picking up three injuries in three weeks makes it especially tough on us because we’re on tour.

    “If you look at the players we have lost – and obviously you don’t want to lose anyone – but a Jean Deysel and a flyhalf in Ruan Pienaar, it’s difficult to replace them, and then with a guy like Alistair Hargreaves, he was really starting to get momentum and do a lot of work off the bench for us, it’s very sad to have lost them, especially the extent of the injuries.

    “Alistair potentially has to have an operation, Jean is out for six weeks and we’re still waiting to find out how long Ruan’s going to be out, but as a door closes on somebody, an opportunity arises for someone else, and that’s the way we are looking at it, we have to.

    “It’s very sad for Ruan, but we are confident that Francois can do a very good job for us at 10.”

    The Sharks had a special visitor on Monday, Andrew Johns spent the day with the team, a welcome return for the league legend who spent a week with them during the preseason.

    “There was always going to be an opportunity to get him back here to spend a session with us, and I think that with the injury to Ruan Pienaar, it’s come at a good time with him being a first-receiver and decision-maker having spent time with Francois Steyn and Riaan Swanepoel, that was great,” he said

    “It’s really good to have a different voice out there at this time of the campaign, I think all in all, he’s a really good bloke and part of the family now, he fitted in like he’s always been a part of the team, and with a fresh set of ideas.”

    While Bashford admits that having a different perspective on things is something the Sharks will always embrace, the focal point is not so much on changing anything drastically insofar as there is a desire to reach their potential.

    “There is always new stuff to bring in,” he says, “but I think the key is that we haven’t become a bad rugby team overnight. We’ve made mistakes, our accuracy let us down and we never got anything going, and maybe it was a bit about attitude – we haven’t got to the bottom of it yet.

    “But there are no panic stations, we don’t have to re-invent the wheel, it’s just about getting the basics right.”

  • Comment 91, posted at 17.03.09 11:20:58 by Charlie Reply
  • @Charlie (Comment 91) : So then the backline will be, 9. Kockett 10. Steyn 11. JP 12. Swanepoel 13. Jacobs 14. Ndungane 15. Terblanche

  • Comment 92, posted at 17.03.09 11:23:44 by Charlie Reply

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