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Sharks v Bulls – Bok trial

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 12 May 2009 at 06:48
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Springbok coach Peter de Villiers believes that the decisive all-South African derby between the Sharks and Bulls in Durban on Saturday would be a ‘virtual Springbok trial’.

Writing in his regular column on the SA Rugby website, De Villiers said he was excited about the arrival of the British and Irish Lions touring team in South Africa later this month.

And his first real opportunity to work with the country’s top players will be when a South African XV will assemble in Johannesburg on Monday, May 25 – signifying the start of their preparations for the eagerly-awaited visit by the B&I Lions.

The SA XV, a Bok back-up team, will face a Namibian Invitation XV in Windhoek on Friday, May 29.

De Villiers, in a recent interview with rugby365.com, revealed that the Namibian game is a great opportunity to introduce some new faces to the Bok culture and also trial some back-up players.

However, before he gets there, he will be hoping that not too many of his frontline players are injured when the Sharks and Bulls go head-to-head in Durban at the weekend.

“It is amazing how quickly time has flown,” De Villiers said in his column.

“It’s as if it was only yesterday that the Super 14 kicked off with South Africans’ hopes high about how their teams may fare.

“Now, we are just a week from knowing who the semifinalists will be with the Bulls very well positioned and the Sharks not having the luxury of being in control of their destiny.

“The two will face off in Durban this weekend in what I expect will be a very physical encounter. They always are when our SA sides go up against each other.

“Some may go as far as calling this a virtual Springbok trial with the two franchises having so many players in contention for places in the Springbok squad.

“I will watch the contest closely and hold thumbs that we suffer no more injuries at such a critical stage of the season.

“In recent weeks there have been injuries to some key players, but we are confident that they will have recovered in time for the Lions Series. The only player who is definitely out is Conrad Jantjes, who has a broken leg. I visited him in hospital last week and he was bitterly disappointed, but in fair spirits.

“That’s the game of rugby I suppose.

“The B&I Lions’ Tomas O’Leary and Tom Shanklin are probably feeling similar emotions after being forced out of the tour by injury. O’Leary’s injury has paved the way for Mike Blair to join the squad, which is no surprise at all.”

De Villiers also revealed that he will announce the Springbok squad after the Super 14 Final on May 30, with the matchday 22 for the first Test against the Lions in Durban on June 20 to come from this selection.

“As usual there has been – and will continue to be – much speculation over who will be in and who will be out,” De Villiers said.

“The beauty of sport is that everyone has their opinion but our aim is to pick the strongest possible squad that we believe has what it takes to beat the Lions in the three-Test series.”

Courtesy of Rugby 365


  • Well this IS good news.

    Now they have something to play for. 😉

    Look on the bright side, if they play like they played last weekend we may actually have most of them available for the Currie Cup. 😳

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.05.09 08:06:02 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :

    If we deliver that kind of performance – we’ll make PdV’s job very easy indeed.

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.05.09 08:57:25 by blackshark Reply
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  • any news on fourie d preez and meisiekind’s availability

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.05.09 09:13:41 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 3) : is Meisiekind also doubtful?

    *licks lips*

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.05.09 09:26:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : 😯

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.05.09 09:46:42 by blackshark Reply

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  • @JarsonX (Comment 3) :

    other than that they will know later this week, no.

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.05.09 09:54:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • 1- Beast
    2- John Smit
    3- jaNNie Dup
    4- BaKKies
    5- MuLLer
    8- PK

    9 FdP
    10 Eish- Ruan
    11 Habarnero
    12 Olivier
    13 JPP
    14 Akona
    15 Kirchner

    Yip Big Vic, Kanko/Spies on the Bench to my mind- if the team are to play the Lions!

    Add Bismarck

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.05.09 12:47:39 by wiLLem Reply

  • Nah

    Steyn to Start

    Ruan to bench

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.05.09 12:49:50 by wiLLem Reply

  • @wiLLem (Comment 8) :

    That’s better…

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.05.09 13:53:12 by blackshark Reply

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  • @wiLLem (Comment 7) :

    13. ADI

    Meisikind will pass to him. 😈

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.05.09 13:55:36 by blackshark Reply

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  • @wiLLem (Comment 7) :

    JPP at 13? 😯

    Muller won’t be in side and neither will Stegman. Brussouw is ahead of him. Jaque Fourie is also a certainty at 13 if fit and JDV is nailed on at 12…even with Meisiekind’s excellent form. Adi will also be in the mix!

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.05.09 14:01:49 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 11) : I think the goal here was to select a Bok side containing only Sharks and Bulls players…

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.05.09 14:05:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : 😆

    Okay…missed that (although I did wonder about the lack of Wee Pee/stormers). 😆 Shows what happens when you flit on quickly during your lunch break. My apologies Willem.

    Okay…let me have a bash then.

    1. Beast
    2. JS
    3 Jannie
    4 Bakkies
    5 Matfield
    6 Stegman (on current form)
    7 Deysel
    8 Spies

    9 FDP
    10 Ruan
    11 Habana
    12 Olivier
    13 Adi
    14 JPP
    15 Stefan/Kirchner ….just for TT 😉

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.05.09 14:16:55 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 13) : he can play for the boks bench. at least he won’t cock up the sharks chances in the cc.

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.05.09 15:07:50 by try time (history forgets losers) Reply

  • @try time (history forgets losers) (Comment 14) :

    If Stefan does start for the Boks will you hope we lose just so that you could feel justified??? 😕

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.05.09 15:13:54 by wpw Reply

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