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New face in Sharks squad

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 26 Mar 2009 at 12:47

Coach John Plumtree has brought in Charl McLeod as the only new face to meet the Brumbies in Saturday’s Vodacom Super 14 Week 7 match, along with a re-arranged front row.

In changes to last week’s Sharks side that beat the Western Force, McLeod, having enjoyed some outstanding form in the Vodacom Cup for The Sharks XV replaces Ross Cronje, last year’s successful Sharks Under 19 captain, while Bismarck du Plessis and Tendai “Beast Mtawarira” rotate with John Smit and Deon Carstens in the front row.

Michael Marnewick writes for Sharksrugby.co.za that this weekend sees The Sharks back at The Absa Stadium Durban, playing only their second game in front of their home crowd this season and a good turnout is expected with the second-placed Sharks taking on the Brumbies who slipped to ninth place on the log following their 25-17 defeat by the Lions last weekend.

The Sharks have amassed something of a record-breaking achievement in the defense stakes on tour but this weekend will be looking to break the shackles and spend more of the game attacking. The Brumbies are only eight points adrift of The Sharks and at this stage of the competition, log positions count for little – such is the competitiveness of the tournament in 2009.

The two teams have a long history of big matches, the 2001 Super 12 Final in Canberra probably the biggest, but also a shock win by the Brumbies two years ago – at the same venue – when both sides were in similar positions to now, The Sharks coasting along nicely and the Brumbies suffering something of a shock defeat the previous week.

The Sharks will also look to erase the memory of last year’s defeat in Australia and have plenty riding on the game – as do the Brumbies who will be facing an uphill battle in the competition should they fall this weekend.

The Sharks:

15. Stefan Terblanche
14. Odwa Ndungane
13. Adrian Jacobs
12. Riaan Swanepoel
11. JP Pietersen
10. Francois Steyn
9. Rory Kockott
8. Ryan Kankowski
7. Keegan Daniel
6. Jacques Botes
5. Johann Muller (Capt)
4. Steven Sykes
3. Jannie du Plessis
2. Bismarck du Plessis
1. Tendai Mtawarira

16. John Smit
17. Deon Carstens
18. Albert van den Berg
19. Skholiwe Ndlovu
20. Charl McLeod
21. Monty Dumond
22. Luzuko Vulindlu


  • If Steyn Fires then the Brumbies are goners.

    If Bryce lawrence has a good game of course. 😉

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.03.09 12:49:09 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • So – what was the purpose of the whole Ross Cronje experiment?

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.03.09 12:53:10 by blackshark Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 2) :

    Good question that, maybe just to give him exposure.

    Did he actually get any game time?

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.03.09 13:30:54 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) :

    I guess he knew he wasn’t going to use him…but he wanted Charl to have gametime in the VC.

    Charl has been the back-up all along…Ross was just a tourist…
    I bet if Rory couldn’t play…Charl was going to be flown in…

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.03.09 13:48:13 by blackshark Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 2) : see my latest arti

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.03.09 13:49:03 by robdylan Reply

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