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Pienaar starts at 10

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 30 Apr 2009 at 08:37
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The Sharks have been boosted ahead of their match against Highlanders with the news that flyhalf Ruan Pienaar will start the match, with other returning injured players JP Pietersen and Jean Deysel also included in the run-on 15.

Michael Marnewick writes for Sharksrugby.co.za that the three are integral members of the team and their presence has been missed in varying degrees, but their welcome return is a huge motivation for the side who know they have three intense weekends ahead of them.

“In the next few weeks we’re playing some really tough sides in the Highlanders, Waratahs and Bulls, they all have really solid forward packs and game breakers in their backs, so everyone needs to step up,” admits coach John Plumtree.

“It’s a new season for us now, we had our 10 week programme and then our bye week, everyone is refreshed and now it’s really the time to perform. We’re in fourth position with three home games remaining, that’s not a bad position, so that’s a positive, we just have to make sure we can select a side that is consistent over the next three weeks, and obviously having Ruan back is important for that. Amongst the forwards, we have some good depth there as well.”

Unfortunately, Adrian Jacobs is out with a shoulder injury sustained against the Crusaders while captain Johann Muller is also nursing a bump picked up in that match and a call will be made on his availability closer to the match. Albert van den Berg will start if Muller is not declared fit by the medical staff and Johan Snyman has been placed on standby. Andries Strauss has also been drafted in to the matchday 22. The Sharks XV captain will no doubt be missed by his team in their semifinal clash with Griquas (12 noon on Saturday at The Absa Stadium Durban) but adds a wealth of experience to The Sharks off the bench.

“It’s been a pretty tough campaign in terms of managing injuries, certainly for the last part of it I’d like to have some continuity,” adds Plumtree.

He admits that there is no underestimating the Highlanders who have shown the ability to play exciting rugby as well as to grind out narrow victories.

“They will play; when they beat the Bulls comfortably, that was probably their best performance of the season, and they beat a side like Crusaders six-nil, so they can slug it out with the best. They won’t come here feeling intimidated by any means.”

The Sharks

15. Stefan Terblanche
14. Odwa Ndungane
13. Riaan Swanepoel
12. Francois Steyn
11. JP Pietersen
10. Ruan Pienaar
9. Rory Kockott
8. Ryan Kankowski
7. Jean Deysel
6. Jacques Botes
5. Johann Muller ( Capt ) / Albert van den Berg
4. Steven Sykes
3. John Smit
2. Bismarck du Plessis
1. Tendai Mtawarira

16. Deon Carstens
17. Jannie du Plessis
18. Albert van den Berg/Johan Snyman
19. Keegan Daniel
20. Charl McLeod
21. Monty Dumond
22. Andries Strauss


  • This is a GOOD team.

    Nice big Loose trio, Pienaar back at 10.

    only concerns are the possible absence of Muller and the the missing Jacobs. 🙁

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.04.09 08:40:19 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • 😛 😛 😛

    and morning – what a beautiful PAY day and we do not need to work tomorrow.

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.04.09 08:43:58 by rekinek Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : I agree, our loosies haven’t really been operating well enough to harness the power of the individuals. Ryan has been sucked into a much bigger defensive role and I firmly believe with Jean back, Ryan will get to have more of his runs.

    If Kockott’s delivery is crisp and accurate, Ruan will be the playmaker and our backs will hopefully get going. IN saying that, our 12, 13 partnership is very similar, but then again, add in Deysel, Beast, Smit and Bissy and we may well get over the advantage line and show the Highlanders that we aren’t soft!

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.04.09 08:54:42 by Baldrick Reply

  • Now THIS is a team I like…..with the ditto of Muller and Jacobs Comment.. 😀

    Best is…FS back to center…

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.04.09 09:02:05 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 4) : and please keep him away from FH :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.04.09 09:18:33 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 5) :

    Jinne, JA!!!! 😆

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.04.09 09:26:43 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • I think Swannie is going to be great at 13… just watch.

    Assuming MeMeMe passes him the ball… Maybe we can get Ruan to skip the blonde bombshell 🙂

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.04.09 09:38:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : he will get the ball straight to JP wo will score the TRYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.04.09 09:45:30 by rekinek Reply
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  • The more I look at the team the more I see a lot of ball carrying players and not many game breakers.

    Or game breakers that has not started playing rugby this year yet…

    That is not a bad thing against the Landers though.

    Should take it easily.

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.04.09 09:47:09 by Morné Reply
  • game breakers = strike runners

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.04.09 09:47:39 by Morné Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 9) : will we get all 5? If we don’t, we might as well not bother

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.04.09 10:05:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) :

    I actually predicted you wont dude.

    You will get the win but struggle to get the 5, unless the forwards decide ‘stuff the backs, we do it on our own’.

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.04.09 10:24:47 by Morné Reply
  • Best team in a long time.

    Bit concerned about the 12-13 clones, but might be what we need when one accounts for the pony express delivery we are getting from 9 at the moment.

    Go Sharks!

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.04.09 10:32:58 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Agreed, I reckon Swanepoel will enjoy the extra space and hopefully will carry on running straight.

    But the word on the street is that Pienaar’s not feeling so hot after taking contact during training. If he starts at all, he’s very unlikely to finish which still leaves the Sharks with the problem of choosing a 10 to close out the game. Hopefully they go with Dumond who’s proved solid if not flashy.

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.04.09 10:38:35 by Flashman Reply

  • Is this Swanepoel’s first start?

    I think he will grab it with both hands.

    I am looking forward to this game.

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.04.09 11:03:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 13) : pony express delivery 😯 ❓ :mrgreen:

    @Flashman (Comment 14) : do not jinx pls

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.04.09 11:16:49 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 16) : Heeee haaaaaaaa 😆

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.04.09 11:21:32 by Charlie Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) : he has started at 12 ever since the Force game!

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.04.09 14:55:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : busted ❗

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.04.09 15:07:41 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) :


    @rekinek (Comment 19) : 😳

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.04.09 15:09:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) :
    Were you high? 😯

    @rekinek (Comment 16) :
    Rory hasn’t really put his backs on the front foot in ages now has he? 😉

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.04.09 17:19:59 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 21) : noop (he caught FS syndrome :mrgreen: got too close )- though bryce would probably argue.

    just couldn’t figure out expression – some may say I’m blonde.

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.04.09 18:03:01 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 22) :
    As long as the collars and cuffs match…

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.04.09 18:44:18 by Big Fish Reply
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  • this team is the best combo. adi should be on the bench for the best. but this is my preferred starting line up, with john as captain.

  • Comment 24, posted at 30.04.09 19:41:29 by try time Reply

  • @Flashman (Comment 14) : Hopefully this is just a smoke cloud, hopefully Ruan finds his feet fast he will be very rusty after a LOOONg break. Hopefully Bismark can find his jumpers 😯 . So many hopefullys, oh well I will just have to wake up very early and it cold here now, and hope for the best, its now all up to the players to earn their salaries, I wonder if Steyn will pitch up or still be in France mentally, maybe this is why Strauss has been taken away from an important must win game for the Sharks XV.

  • Comment 25, posted at 30.04.09 22:27:16 by Dynamite Reply


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