Everitt’s “nice problem”

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 25 Mar 2009 at 10:53
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The true test of Sean Everitt’s man-management skills will come this week as he looks to integrate a host of returning players into his already-successful Sharks XV.

The former Rovers coach has had it pretty easy up to now, with the Sharks squad on tour. He’s had a settled group of players from which to pick his team and has had the luxury of consistency in key positions. They say that the key to a successful team is continuity along the main axis – hooker, number 8, scrumhalf, flyhalf and fullback. Apart from week 1, where Dylan Rutherford played at hooker and week four, where Chris Jordaan had to take over from Monty Dumond at fullback, Everitt has played the same payers in each of these positions over four rounds – in fact, the average number of changes to the starting XV has been under 2 each week. That’s pretty impressive and presumably has a lot to do with the team’s good form.

The Sharks are back from tour, though and a number of fringe players are set to return to the Sharks XV squad, having spent a month carrying tackle bags on tour. Amongst the forward, Skipper Badenhorst, Joe Snyman and (somewhat surprisingly) Justin Downey will all be back with the Sharks XV squad this week, while it appears that Pat Cilliers might finally be ready to play again after injuring his knee for the umpteenth time in pre-season training. The backs should be a little less disrupted, although rumour has it that Charl McLeod will be rewarded for his good Vodacom Cup form to date and should swap places with Ross Cronjé. Last week’s skipper, McLeod’s loss will not be as keenly felt, as regular captain Andries Strauss is apparently fit to play again.

It’s not good news for a number of the guys who have done sterling work coming off the bench for the Sharks XV. Sabelo Nhlapo, Nqubeko Zulu and Juandré Marais are unlikely to be in the mix this week, while Sphe Mayaba, a late replacement for Barra Mthethwa last week, will presumably also return to the North Coast. Among the backs, the return of Strauss will mean it’s a club game for one of Guy Cronjé or Danie Dames, with the former most likely to miss out.

Everitt’s most important task this week will be to manage the expectations of all the guys in the squad and try to retain the core of what has worked so well. The last thing he needs now is for a glory-boy culture to emerge and derail the hard work that has been put in so far.

Possible Sharks XV:

1 Barra Mthethwa, 2 Craig Burden, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 4 Johan Snyman, 5 Nolan Clark, 6 Justin Downey, 7 Michael Rhodes, 8 Warren Whiteley, 9 Ross Cronjé, 10 Len Olivier, 11 Carl Bezuidenhout, 12 Andries Strauss (capt), 13 Ian Adendorff, 14 Lwazi Mvovo, 15 Chris Jordaan
16 Skipper Badenhorst, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Luvoyiso Lusaseni, 19 Neil de Bruyn, 20 Andrew Borgen, 21 Danie Dames


  • well, I think this is worth a comment or two

    I really hope Craig Burden hangs onto the number 2 shirt this week. Skipper hasn’t been on the field in 6 weeks…

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.03.09 12:08:37 by robdylan Reply
  • I agree.

    We all moan about the lack of depth at the Sharks, and the fact is that depth is built in squads like this.

    The success of this team indicates that should we face injury, there are guys coming through who can step up to the plate.

    Any idea what has happened to the 110kg U19 wing from last year? Kenyan dude as I recall.

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.03.09 13:36:37 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • @Big Fish (Comment 2) : oh yeah… now what was his name? Lemme see if I can find him.

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.03.09 13:53:27 by robdylan Reply
  • Daniel Ojiambo… a Namibian. 1.96m and 104kg…

    Not sure where he is now

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.03.09 13:56:03 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :
    But that size on the wing… at 19! 😯

    We need to nurture that kid.

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.03.09 14:21:46 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • @Big Fish (Comment 5) :

    Not nurture!! I reckon he needs to be put on a diet!! 😯 😈

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.03.09 14:26:42 by Prof. Ice Reply
  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 6) :
    πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.03.09 14:27:55 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • @Big Fish (Comment 5) : just found out. He’s still around, but struggling with injury

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.03.09 14:40:23 by robdylan Reply
  • @Big Fish (Comment 5) :

    Hope he’s related to Frankie Fredericks…

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.03.09 14:43:45 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • Have to say I’m very excited about the fresh talent coming to the Sharks…

    We’ve always had a good VC squad but things just didn’t come together for some weird reason. Just good to see the young guys stepping up and making it in the Currie Cup and even Super 14. Well done to all involved. Let’s try and win everything on offer. Go Sharks!!!

    Oh…and thanks Rob for keeping us updated…even though you are stuck in that part of the world. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.03.09 14:46:45 by blackshark Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @blackshark (Comment 10) :

    What do you want?? 😈 πŸ™„ πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.03.09 14:50:17 by Prof. Ice Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 9) : actually he’s Kenyan

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.03.09 14:56:51 by robdylan Reply
  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 11) :

    :mrgreen: Nothing, why?

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.03.09 14:57:28 by blackshark Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @robdylan (Comment 12) :

    I don’t know a lot of big Kenyans…where did he grow up?

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.03.09 14:59:06 by blackshark Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @blackshark (Comment 14) : not too many details available… just says he was born in Nairobi

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.03.09 15:29:39 by robdylan Reply
  • @blackshark (Comment 14) :

    His surname sounded Kenyan but you did post…

    “Daniel Ojiambo… a Namibian. 1.96m and 104kg…”

    Something aint right with that front row if they are playing a tall skinny ex-lock at prop… maybe they have him on a big strength and weight program to put on another 15 odd kgs…

    Mind you he has the height of the two Highlander props (around 196cm) but they do weigh 130kgs too 😯

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.03.09 03:53:33 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • Would be great if the Sharks website had profiles of their VC players too…

  • Comment 17, posted at 26.03.09 03:57:26 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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