50 up for Pietersen

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 4 Mar 2010 at 10:06
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JP Pietersen will earn his 50th Super Rugby cap for the Sharks against the Waratahs on Saturday. John Plumtree’s team features a number of changes to the unit that went down to the Crusaders last week.

Englishman Andy Goode gets a maiden start in the flyhalf jersey, with last week’s pivot Ruan Pienaar moving to his favoured scrumhalf position. Riaan Swanepoel will start at inside centre to complete a wholly new attacking axis, while Adi Jacobs moves one space out to replace Waylon Murray at 13.

Odwa Ndungane and Stefan Terblanche retain their places in the back three, along with the half-centurion.

In the packs, rotational changes see John Smit back at hooker – a good move against the strong-scrumming Waratahs – with Jannie du Plessis and Deon Carstens either side of him. Beat Mtawarira and Bismarck du Plessis are on the bench, along with Wilhelm Steenkamp, Jean Deysel and Jacues Botes. The latter has been rotated with Keegan Daniel, who will now start in the number 6 jersey.

Rory Kockott and Waylon Murray are the only backline replacements.

Sharks v Waratahs:

15. Stefan Terblanche
14. Odwa Ndungane
13. Adrian Jacobs
12. Riaan Swanepoel
11. JP Pietersen
10. Andrew Goode
9. Ruan Pienaar
8. Ryan Kankowski
7. Willem Alberts
6. Keegan Daniel
5. Johann Muller
4. Steven Sykes
3. Jannie du Plessis
2. John Smit (capt)
1. Deon Carstens
16. Bismarck du Plessis
17. Tendai Mtawarira
18. Wilhelm Steenkamp
19. Jean Deysel
20. Jacques Botes
21. Rory Kockott
22. Waylon Murray


  • ja still doesnt look great, maybe goode can have swannies, adi and keegan running some good line off him, and then the game changes

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.03.10 10:11:23 by willa Reply
  • Have to say I’m not a fan of this selection… Exactly what kind of attacking dimension Swannepoel is going to add is anybody’s guess. But Odwa again? Surely the time has come to see what Mvovo can do?
    Also against the highly combatative Waratahs, I’d want all my big loosies on. Let’s see what good Andy Foode can do… πŸ™„

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.03.10 10:12:06 by CapeShark Reply
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  • what is odwa still doing there? you either have stefan or odwa, but you can’t have two geriatrics setting up attack.

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.03.10 10:12:34 by try time Reply

  • Fear I have was that Goode was not rated much in his French club – if he bombs the Sharks are going to be in serious shit.

    Now let’s see what Ruan does in his ‘preferred’ position…

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.03.10 10:13:44 by MornΓ© Reply
  • @MornΓ© (Comment 4) : 3rd choice french club flyhalf? Check. Wrong side of 30. Check. Very obviously unconditioned. Check. I doubt he’ll set the Super 14 alive…

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.03.10 10:15:54 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @MornΓ© (Comment 4) : to be honest if he really wants people to leave him at scrummy he needs to have game of his lifetime in this position – pretty much until the end of the competition.

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.03.10 10:16:16 by rekinek Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 5) : the forces are working on the sharks obviously πŸ™„

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.03.10 10:17:49 by rekinek Reply
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  • well it is a wait and see. stefan, odwa, jp, ruan should see this as a last chance. ruan needs to prove he deserves 9, stefan needs to prove he can do more than just kick. odwa needs to prove he is a wing. and jp needs to prove he can run.

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.03.10 10:18:28 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 8) : Well, I guess Swannepoel will at least run straight… πŸ™

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.03.10 10:23:13 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 2) : 😐

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.03.10 10:23:20 by Charlie Reply

  • @CapeShark (Comment 5) : all he has to do is run straight and get the guys going, and he is a good goal kicker, i think he can do it

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.03.10 10:23:41 by willa Reply

  • @CapeShark (Comment 9) : Does not help much if you pass the ball to the opposition πŸ™„

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.03.10 10:24:25 by Charlie Reply

  • Just hope this Goode can play some rugby this week and not go off with a yellow. Now who takes the kicks? How well can Goode kick at goal? Have never seen this Goode oke play except for about 8 min last week. Why have we got Lambie on tour and not using him? Sharks will never ever know what they have in these youngsters until we give them a game. Or even coming from the bench.

    Why ODWA again? Why not take a chance with Mvovo?????? Why have these youngsters there and NOT use them?

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.03.10 10:28:16 by Puma Reply

  • @CapeShark (Comment 9) : yes i think riaan is a good choice. he doesn’t offer anything super, but he is reliable. and the backline needs a little stability.

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.03.10 10:29:04 by try time Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 13) : his boot was good when i watched him play for england.

  • Comment 15, posted at 04.03.10 10:29:45 by try time Reply

  • Very pleased to see Adi back in his proper position too.

  • Comment 16, posted at 04.03.10 10:29:58 by Puma Reply

  • @try time (Comment 15) : Just hope he can do it this week. Have my doubts though.

    If we lose this game we MUST TRY out our youngster in the next game. Nothing to lose. Actually we have not much to lose now either.

  • Comment 17, posted at 04.03.10 10:32:34 by Puma Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 16) : yeah it is harder for adi to run towards the touchline when he is next to it. now he can focus on running straight.

  • Comment 18, posted at 04.03.10 10:33:18 by try time Reply

  • @CapeShark (Comment 5) :

    Im actually surprised the Stormers weren’t interested in Andy’s services. He is over 30 isn’t he?? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 04.03.10 10:34:00 by wpw Reply
  • @CapeShark (Comment 5) : to be completely, unscrupulously fair, he hasn’t actually turned 30 yet.

    Not that I don’t agree with your assessment. Just nitpicking πŸ™‚

  • Comment 20, posted at 04.03.10 10:34:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Puma (Comment 17) : we need four wins. that puts us at 18 points and then we need 30 points from the last 6 in sa.

  • Comment 21, posted at 04.03.10 10:35:02 by try time Reply

  • Okay, now why did John Plumtree say i quote: The Adi Jacobs and Waylon Murray combo has some nice potential and I’d like to explore that – ONLY 2 WEEKS AGO???

  • Comment 22, posted at 04.03.10 10:38:21 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : looks on the wrong side of 30, like a Michaelhouse post-matric from the 90’s πŸ˜›

  • Comment 23, posted at 04.03.10 10:39:36 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 22) : he explored it and the potential was impotent.

  • Comment 24, posted at 04.03.10 10:40:04 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 24) : Impotent…yeah, our backline could be in a viagra ad…

  • Comment 25, posted at 04.03.10 10:44:43 by CapeShark Reply
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  • yes, the much-awaited sharks team! πŸ˜€ i see the over-eager andy foode is in the run-on team, interesting knowing that he was 3rd choice at brive, but hey desperate times call for desperate measures. Halangahu should have a lekke jol if the play him @ pivot, otherwise berrick barnes is going to love schooling “broadband” goode.

  • Comment 26, posted at 04.03.10 10:45:13 by Megatron Reply

  • Well done JP. I really wish that the JP that played in 2007 (Most tries in the S14 if I recall) will pitch up to play the remainder of the season. But I quess that the JP from 2007 got more ball then the JP of 2009/2010. πŸ™

  • Comment 27, posted at 04.03.10 10:47:45 by Farlington Reply

  • Some good changes there but Terblanche and Odwa would have been on my hit list too. Bring in Lambie and Mvovo.

  • Comment 28, posted at 04.03.10 10:55:13 by Oubaas2009 Reply

  • @try time (Comment 18) : Hope so .. πŸ˜€

  • Comment 29, posted at 04.03.10 10:56:22 by Puma Reply

  • Well….smit back in his favoured position …Ruan as well….imo 2 x better players in Bissy and Kockitt being relegated to the bench.

    No more excuses…smit must bring the legendary leadership to the table….and ruan needs to perform now that he has sulked his way back to 9…..

    just hope sharks done lose bissy and kockitt….it will be a mistake.

  • Comment 30, posted at 04.03.10 11:03:46 by grant10 Reply

  • @try time (Comment 18) : πŸ‘Ώ

  • Comment 31, posted at 04.03.10 11:07:03 by Charlie Reply

  • Am really hoping the boys get up for this one and Goode comes well err…good.

  • Comment 32, posted at 04.03.10 11:25:51 by billy Reply

  • Oi, the team looks good(ish). If the Sharks actually show up to play some rugby, then we have a very good chance.

    Break the hoodoo boys and klap the Waratahs(the most boring, hated super 14 franchise in the history of rugby)!

  • Comment 33, posted at 04.03.10 11:38:31 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 10) : are you happy back at 13 πŸ˜†

  • Comment 34, posted at 04.03.10 11:54:36 by rekinek Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 33) : you obviously did not watch bulls game – they actually scored tries. Guess Barnes is making a difference.

  • Comment 35, posted at 04.03.10 11:55:23 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Puma (Comment 13) : i think he played few games as england first choice 10 and there did not seem to be any problem with his kicking.

  • Comment 36, posted at 04.03.10 11:58:51 by rekinek Reply
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  • I’m struggling to keep supporting this mob. Now Ruan has sulked his way into the 9 jersey! lets see if it helps him. How come such a fat Pig as Smit cant play no.3? He went to P Boys High, then straight to Sharks. Always been surrounded by the finest coaches. Beast comes here from Bulofarkingwayo, changes from FLANK!! and excells. The sharks are a bunch of pansies. Full stop

  • Comment 37, posted at 04.03.10 12:02:21 by Fido Reply

  • @Fido (Comment 37) : Good morning to you too πŸ˜†

  • Comment 38, posted at 04.03.10 12:04:27 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 38) : and you. lol

  • Comment 39, posted at 04.03.10 12:07:32 by Fido Reply

  • @Fido (Comment 37) : fat dont mean nothing at 3….he should never be at 3….problem is your best forward is now on the bench. Just dont lose Bissy for smit….thats the best advice you will get from a neutral.

  • Comment 40, posted at 04.03.10 12:25:06 by grant10 Reply

  • @grant10 (Comment 40) : if we have learned one thing about you, it’s that you are anything but neutral when it comes to John Smit.

  • Comment 41, posted at 04.03.10 12:35:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 34) : Hope it does not have the same affect on me as with what happened to Tiger Pienaar πŸ™„

  • Comment 42, posted at 04.03.10 12:41:02 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 42) : you should check it immediately – are you feeling furry?

  • Comment 43, posted at 04.03.10 12:42:24 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 43) : I’m gonna puke 😳

  • Comment 44, posted at 04.03.10 12:44:04 by Charlie Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 41) : smit will be gone soon….and you want to gamble losing Bissy….good luck…perhaps 1 day when you boys start analysing the downward spiral the penny may drop.

  • Comment 45, posted at 04.03.10 12:44:45 by grant10 Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 41) :

    I think grant10 is Tank Lanning in disguise. Must be!!! πŸ™„

  • Comment 46, posted at 04.03.10 12:48:03 by wpw Reply
  • @Charlie (Comment 44) : this is not a symptom of becoming a tiger. So you are safe.
    It’s only when you get hot and furry you know it’s gonna be bad. And it is usually too late πŸ˜†

  • Comment 47, posted at 04.03.10 12:48:38 by rekinek Reply
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  • I don’t feel like commenting. Everyone is just so negative πŸ˜₯

  • Comment 48, posted at 04.03.10 12:49:20 by Nita Reply

  • I wonder if grant10 ever played a game of rugby in his life!! πŸ˜• ❓

  • Comment 49, posted at 04.03.10 12:50:01 by wpw Reply
  • @grant10 (Comment 45) : I agree and especially if Smit’s famed leadership skill doesn’t start producing soon….the Sharks can’t afford to lose Bissie as well…or Kockott for that matter.

  • Comment 50, posted at 04.03.10 12:50:58 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 50) : you guys are oversimplifying this. You really think that it’s just a Smit v Bissie thing?

  • Comment 51, posted at 04.03.10 12:57:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 51) : No, it’s not. All I’m saying is that the man management at the Sharks seem to suck and I don’t want us to cry about spilt milk here on Sharksworld because we let other great players leave ala Steyn, Barrit, Butch..etc. etc.

  • Comment 52, posted at 04.03.10 13:04:44 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @grant10 (Comment 30) : the delusional among the Sharks fans think that john smit’s ability to lead a group of Springboks is the equivalent of him leading a bunch of has-beens [terblanche], show ponies [kanko, muller, ruan] overhyped flash in the pans [kockott, deysel, murray].

    The Sharks are not the Bokke[to state the obvious] Smit’s fabled leadership will not magically win this crap team games! dropping Bismarck to accommodate Smit is a cancer!

  • Comment 53, posted at 04.03.10 13:09:22 by Megatron Reply

  • I love the fact the headline reads “50 up for Pietersen” but no one has anything to say about it. A sign that things are not going well with our team. πŸ˜₯

  • Comment 54, posted at 04.03.10 13:10:26 by Farlington Reply

  • @Farlington (Comment 54) : it probably feels a bit hollow to for many “celebrate”. Look what happened when smit was celebrating his 100th match, they lost to the cheetahs & smit threw his toys and refused to do post-match interviews[such exemplary leadership πŸ™„ ]

  • Comment 55, posted at 04.03.10 13:42:27 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 55) : Yip as I said… a sign things are not going well.

    As for JS walking out I really can’t comment, you see…I changed the channel before the game was finished. πŸ˜†

  • Comment 56, posted at 04.03.10 13:50:18 by Farlington Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 52) : what’s done is done. I agree that the man-management has been appalling and was the direct reason for Barritt, Steyn and countless others leaving. But there are some guys that fit in a team environment and there are those that don’t. Steyn and the DuP’s both fall into the latter category. And that has NOTHING to do with John Smit.

  • Comment 57, posted at 04.03.10 13:56:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • I hate to say I told you so, but it seems the STORY from the reliable SOURCE that it was six changes of which one was positional was actually JUST a story form a curdled sauce. πŸ™

    A LOT more than 6 changes inclusive of 1 positional change in there with a total of EIGHT jerseys (Jersey numbers 13, 12, 10, 9, 6, 3, 2, 1.) having different players starting in them this week with FIVE of those players not having started last week.

    Nothing personal guys but I have learnt a LOOOOOOOOOOONG time ago that these “reliable sources” are invariably “well diluted watery sauces” that have either been treated like mushrooms or sucked crap out of their thumbs.

  • Comment 58, posted at 04.03.10 14:08:40 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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