Sharks look to assess their depth

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Sharks on 25 Jun 2009 at 07:31
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The Sharks Currie Cup preparations have begun in earnest as the squad re-assembled for training ahead of a compulsory friendly against the Pumas next Friday.

The Sharks will travel to Witbank and although the Boks will be missing, the Emerging Bok players will be back and available for selection.

Assistant Coach Grant Bashford admitted that the thinking going into the Pumas match has a two-fold angle: assessing depth as well as starting to prepare the team for the opening Absa Currie Cup match against Western Province the following weekend.

“It’s a bit of both, I don’t think you want to go out there and play with an all-out trial team, but there will be people we would like to have a look at in certain positions,” said Bashford.

“We’ll pick people if we need to have a look at them, but in the same breathe you want to try and take a bit of momentum from that game into the next week’s match against Province.”

Two years ago in a Compulsory Friendly match against EP, one Jean Deysel emerged as a real talent in that game and the rest so this match may well herald the emergence of another future star.

Bashford confirmed that following the British & Irish Lions game, The Sharks’ Super 14 players were rested for a week and the remainder of the squad who hadn’t played much were on a conditioning block.

“Everyone has arrived back energised, relax and revitalised, ready to go,” he explained.

Missing from the opening training day were the Springboks, the five players currently with the Emerging Springboks and a few players on the injury list or nursing bumps and bruises.

Jannie du Plessis was not at training but is expected back today following a knock he took in the Lions match, similarly Riaan Swanepoel who was also injured in that match but is expected to be back for the Province game.

“Waylon Murray is coming off surgery but we’re hoping he’ll potentially be ready for the Western Province game [on Saturday 11 July]. He ran on Monday but it all depends on how he responds to training, we should know later in the week.”

Alistair Hargreaves who injured his ankle in the Blues game earlier this year “is still out for a while,” confirmed Bashford.

Obviously squad depth will once again be tested in the absence of a number of players away on national duty during the 2009 Lions Series as well as the Tri Nations that takes place thereafter.

“When you lose ten players, it’s very difficult to be honest,” Bashford agreed.

“Obviously it affects any team and we’re not the only side in the competition that’s lost players, so it will test our depth, some of which is pretty much untried; it’s going to be interesting to see how we go.

“Even guys like [Luzuko] Vulindlu who has played Vodacom Super 14 rugby but never played an Absa Currie Cup game, and now he’s an Emerging Bok, so they still have to play a lot at this level.

“It’s going to be a step-up for some of them but we’re all certainly looking forward to the challenge.”

This article is courtesy of rugby365.com


  • This Bashford oke doesn’t impress me one bit.

    Wasn’t he the Sharks back line coach at one stage??? 😕

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.06.09 08:06:47 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 1) : Wes I think he used to be the local Club coach, but I stand to be corrected, he definetly needs to get some new talent into the sharks backline?? ie flyhalf or first center.

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.06.09 08:14:23 by Whindy Reply
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  • this sounds like they copied and pasted from the article about the game against the b&i lions being used to test depth, hopefully they actually do give the youngsters (not youbsters :mrgreen: ) a chance and monty dumond should only be allowed to carry the tee onto the field no more, go sharks, plz play our younger guys, we need to sort the depth out b4 the cc

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.06.09 08:16:28 by war1 Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 1) : yeah, currie cup winning backline coach :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.06.09 08:17:19 by war1 Reply
  • @Whindy (Comment 2) : and fullback, and while he is shopping he can add a blindside flank as well

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.06.09 08:18:25 by war1 Reply
  • I think we have enough depth at loosie with Botes, Daniel,Deysel and Kanko together with Rhodes, Downey and Whitely coming through the ranks.

    I fear for flyhalf, can’t see Monty or Len doing the bizness. I like the look of Guy Cronje must admit. But outside of him, we’re really thin.

    Not sure where else we’ll be short, and hopefully by the time we get our Boks back, we would have done well enough not to be out of the reckoning.

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.06.09 08:36:20 by Baldrick Reply

  • @Baldrick (Comment 6) : I agree Guy Cronje does look like he has the business but maybe a season on the bench with the occasional replacement will be the best path forward, still a bit underdone, needs a bit more experience at the top level

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.06.09 09:14:04 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 7) : yeah, he’s not yet 20! Give him time. Let’s not create another Frans Steyn

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.06.09 09:22:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : So true Rob, not sure what you guys are going to do in the mean time, du mond is not even a stop gap answer, Good footballer, but not at Currie cup level, weird, because he has all the right credentials just never quite made the step up??

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.06.09 10:12:09 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 9) : I think he might be better at fullback, to be honest. Looked pretty good there in the Vodacom Cup.

    Still not sure what Len Olivier has done wrong. He looked ok for the Valke in the Currie Cup last year

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.06.09 10:26:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : Thats one of the frustrating things, I cant remember seeing him starting a Sharks game, in fact Im not sure Ive seen him play for the Sharks, and he had a few blinders for the Valke, distribting and kicking well.

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.06.09 10:35:15 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : Ja weird he has not had more gametime, if any when last did he even play VC

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.06.09 10:35:43 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 12) : I think there’s a “personal problem”…

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.06.09 10:56:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • Does the Sharks budget allow for a backline coach with an ounce of creativity? 🙄

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.06.09 12:04:46 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 14) : no, because Rudolf is trying to save money

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.06.09 12:13:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 14) : No so much the coach as the players perhaps?

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.06.09 13:39:56 by Baldrick Reply

  • Rob, as per a previous article of yours I reckon we should use this CC season for rebuildiing and bringing the youngster through. Identify the talented ones, the guys that you have faith in and give them a WHOLE season to prove themself. Tell them their place is secure and not to worry if they have a couple of poor games. Stick with them.

    We could have quite a nice blend of youth and experience. Youngsters like the Cronje twins, Lambie etc could really benefit from a full season playing alongside guys like Rockett, Sykes, Jannie, Botes, Deysel, Keegan etc.

    Just don’t waste our time with the Skippers and Du Mond’s who have been given PLENTY opportunities and will clearly never make it!

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.06.09 13:48:00 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 17) : amen! Can I get a hell yeah?!

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.06.09 14:07:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 17) : i remember that article. it was a great one. 😆

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.06.09 15:31:28 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • Comment 20, posted at 25.06.09 22:48:07 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 20) : i can always count on you, amigo 🙂

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.06.09 22:54:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • Comment 22, posted at 30.06.09 10:47:57 by PaarlBok Reply


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