Richard Ferguson

Plum sticks to his guns

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 21 Jul 2010 at 11:25
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John Plumtree has announced an unchanged starting 15 and only one change to the 22 for the game against the Pumas on Friday night.

The backline that performed so well less than a week ago will get a good opportunity to score some more tries against the Pumas. The forwards will look to dominate and get good ball for a potent backline to kill off the opposition.

The much anticipated return of Willem Alberts is finally upon us as Ndlovu makes way for Alberts to warm the bench. He will surely get a good run to get back into the thick of things.

Stefan Terblanche will play his 100th Currie Cup game, 75 of which have been for the Sharks, when he captains the team on Friday night.

Sharks team:

15. Louis Ludik
14. JP Pietersen
13. Stefan Terblanche (Capt)
12. Patrick Lambie
11. Lwazi Mvovo
10. Steve Meyer
9. Charl McLeod
8. Keegan Daniel
7. Michael Rhodes
6. Jacques Botes
5. Alistair Hargreaves
4. Steven Sykes
3. Wiehahn Herbst
2. Craig Burden
1. Patric Cilliers

16. Kyle Cooper
17. Eugene van Staden
18. Ross Skeate
19. Willem Alberts
20. Rory Kockott
21. Monty Dumond
22. Andries Strauss


  • Best news of the week. We need the momentum going into the Cheetahs match. Go Sharks ❗

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.07.10 11:37:27 by Jarson Reply
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  • We need a high-scoring game aswell to improve on our ‘zero’ points diffirence πŸ˜›

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.07.10 11:40:52 by Jarson Reply
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  • Strauss above Odwa? Damn I guess we can`t have everything . .. πŸ™

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.07.10 11:42:30 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 3) : The reasoning behind that is if you look at that team, there are no true centres there, so every other position is fully covered in case something goes wrong, bar centre.

    And maybe Odwa didn’t make his fitness test?

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.07.10 11:45:27 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 4) : Yeah centre is still a problem for us. Wonder who would be ready first, Mapoe or Adi . . . And would Mapoe be a success as centre ?

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.07.10 11:47:47 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Great side.

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.07.10 11:51:34 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Great side, I agree

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.07.10 11:54:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 5) : Mapoe will have to play centre if he wants any game time. He is behind JPP, Mvovo, Odwa and Vulindlo in the wing stakes. We have a real crises at centre and it will be in his best interest to make a claim for that position.

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.07.10 11:58:52 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 5) : @Richard Ferguson (Comment 8) : Mapoe’s not a centre…

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.07.10 12:43:16 by Charlie Reply

  • GO SHARKS !!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.07.10 12:44:46 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 9) : Don’t tell me you’re sacred of a bit off competition? πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.07.10 12:53:27 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 8) :

    Mapoe is better than both Odwa and Vulindlo and he may just be as good if not better than Mvovo!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.07.10 13:08:06 by wpw Reply
  • Good work Plum! Going to be awesome seeing this mauling live!

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.07.10 13:08:52 by Mole Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 9) : I think FS tried him there last year but I can`t remember how that played out for them . . . πŸ™„

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.07.10 13:19:23 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 12) : Thats fantastic if he is better than them, it makes for a very strong set of players we have on wing!

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.07.10 13:43:52 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 12) : Yes, I would tend to agree. He is also, however, possibly better than Jacobs even though he has limited playing time at centre. Jacobs hardly set the world alight before he got injured in the super 14, in fact the Sharks won 7 of the 8 games after he was gone and not one while he played. He wasnt in his 2008 form, thats for sure. Also the sharks are covered at wing, they need a number 13, so Jacobs and Mapoe can fight it out with Stef warming the wheelchair, ahem, sorry, bench.

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.07.10 13:47:31 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 14) : If Im not wrong, didnt Mapoe play center for FS when they beat the Sharks in the super 14 this year?

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.07.10 13:48:41 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • At least JLP had the good grace to lose to his future team-mates!!

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.07.10 13:49:22 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 16) : Agreed Pablo.. If he wants to cement a place in the team, I can only really see it in the centre position.

    I havent seen much of the chap, so I cant rally coment on his ability compared to Odwa or Mvovo..

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.07.10 13:49:35 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Id rather play Beast at 13 then Adi – not my favourite player…

    Mapoe at 13 could be the answer, he will need a lot of game time there though – the kid has skills, I back him for starting 13.

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.07.10 13:52:18 by Mole Reply

  • He got injured pretty much immedately, so hard to really judge

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.07.10 13:53:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Mole (Comment 20) : Beast is probably faster than Swannepoel πŸ™‚

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.07.10 13:58:12 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 14) : He was Jacobs direct opponent, Adi sent him back to school regarding centre play… 😈

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.07.10 14:10:31 by Charlie Reply

  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 16) : Oh so now you blame me, aga Adi for the Sharks losses in the beginning of the Super 14 ?

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.07.10 14:11:09 by Charlie Reply

  • @Mole (Comment 20) : Wishful thinking πŸ˜‰ Let’s see what happen…I don’t owe a crystal ball to predict the future… πŸ™‚

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.07.10 14:16:02 by Charlie Reply

  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 22) : πŸ˜†

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.07.10 14:17:30 by Charlie Reply

  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 17) : Mapoe did play centre against the Sharks in the 2010 Super 14 match..

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.07.10 14:20:46 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Adi (IMO) always performed his best coming on in the final 20. The position that we find ourselves in comes around very rarely – competition between class players in the backs. AWESOME!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.07.10 14:29:14 by Mole Reply

  • @Mole (Comment 28) : Its a fantastic position to be in.. and its not only in the backs, the forwards are all classy as well and after the injured return, there is going to be great competition amongst players!!

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.07.10 14:35:36 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • hello everyone πŸ™‚ and my that is a great team a 2nd win for our Sharks and lots of point to make up the PD and top of the log do we go :mrgreen:

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.07.10 14:37:08 by chaz Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 9) : well Charlie boy its time to get into the game we need you just there in the centre :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 21.07.10 14:38:43 by chaz Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 29) : Yip, add to that the youngsters coming through the ranks! Things are looking peachy in KZN – maybe we should be giving props to Plum, Straulei and co? haha

    Atleast in next years super 15 we wont be caught out if we have a couple injuries….

    Sharks for life!!! πŸ‘Ώ

  • Comment 32, posted at 21.07.10 14:43:57 by Mole Reply

  • @chaz (Comment 31) : Hang in there, I’ll be back, aga Adi Jacobs… πŸ˜†

  • Comment 33, posted at 21.07.10 14:47:21 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 33) : when πŸ˜₯ i had to force myself to take u off my FL because loosing to many points so please make it quick πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 34, posted at 21.07.10 14:54:49 by chaz Reply

  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 16) :

    Bru, did you see Mapoe at centre??

    He was absolutely out of his depth!!

    Adi was one of your better players before he got injured…

    He was not as good as in 2008 but he did play just fine.

    Did he score a few NB tries as well as good passes which lead to tries??

  • Comment 35, posted at 21.07.10 14:55:57 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 35) : I agree with Lambie providing some good ball in space to Adi it could get interesting. Adi didn’t really have a good distributor on his inside but Lambie might just bring out the best in Adi again

  • Comment 36, posted at 21.07.10 15:04:51 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 24) : No of course not, I blame Plum for selecting you πŸ˜› No, Im kidding, in fairness, its hard to shine when your inside center thinks hes playing rugby league. Wasnt Adi’s best season though…
    @wpw (Comment 35) : Didnt see the game, just know he played. Fair enough, if hes not up to it, hes not up to it. Im not sure if that would have been determined as of yet. Maybe another chance beckons. Its not like the Sharks have an embarrasment of riches at 13..

  • Comment 37, posted at 21.07.10 15:06:08 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 35) : Mapoe was great on Sat just great that guy is going some where and that is to the top πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 38, posted at 21.07.10 15:07:54 by chaz Reply

  • @chaz (Comment 38) : You mean Mvovo right? Unless you have something going with Mapoe we dont know about… 😈 😈

  • Comment 39, posted at 21.07.10 15:09:56 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • @chaz (Comment 38) : Chaz, Mapoe didn’t play on Saturday…he’s still a Cheetah till end July (I think) and he’s injured. It’s Mvovo that you should praise.

  • Comment 40, posted at 21.07.10 15:10:34 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 37) : 😈

  • Comment 41, posted at 21.07.10 15:31:53 by Charlie Reply

  • @chaz (Comment 34) : πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 42, posted at 21.07.10 15:32:16 by Charlie Reply

  • Great to see Plum announcing a team on a Wednesday, nogals! πŸ˜†

    Also great to see no changes to the starting 15 to give them chance to gel!!! What went wrong with Plum?? 😈

  • Comment 43, posted at 21.07.10 15:39:15 by SeΓ±ora Hielo Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 40) : sorry 😳 meant mvovo
    shit i’m bad with all these names just getting used to them all πŸ™‚

  • Comment 44, posted at 21.07.10 15:42:19 by chaz Reply

  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 39) : no nothing going on just got all muddle up thats all 😳

    MVOVO MVOVO u were great :mrgreen:

  • Comment 45, posted at 21.07.10 15:43:36 by chaz Reply

  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 39) :

    Unless you have something going with Mapoe we dont know about…
    πŸ‘Ώ πŸ‘Ώ
    no way bro 😈 πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 46, posted at 21.07.10 15:44:47 by chaz Reply

  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 37) : now now don’t go down that lane πŸ‘Ώ just know Adi will be too scared to do what he must do on the field and that tackle and trys πŸ˜†


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  • Comment 48, posted at 21.07.10 15:58:37 by Charlie Reply

  • @chaz (Comment 47) : πŸ˜†

  • Comment 49, posted at 21.07.10 15:58:53 by Charlie Reply

  • I hope to the Lord almighty that Adi hasnt been practicing his drop kicks…

  • Comment 50, posted at 21.07.10 15:59:39 by Mole Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 49) : now really Adi when are u going to be playing again injury time is nearlly over i guess πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 51, posted at 21.07.10 16:02:59 by chaz Reply

  • @Mole (Comment 50) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 52, posted at 21.07.10 16:04:48 by rekinek (Go Klose!) Reply
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  • @Mole (Comment 50) : But off-course, consulted Naas Botha & Joel Stransky for tips, no one’s perfect πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 53, posted at 21.07.10 16:20:24 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 53) : thats the way to go Adi anything to get into the game :mrgreen: πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 54, posted at 21.07.10 16:27:52 by chaz Reply

  • Sheesh, rugby fans are fickle.

    Not long ago the only player who could regularly break the line for the Sharks was one Adrian Jacobs.

    Suddenly he is destined for the scrapheap based on a CC victory over a weakened Bulls side and about 3 appearances by Mapoe at 13.

    I really hope Mapoe takes off at 13, but lets keep perspective on this. Surely seeing what effect the loss of experienced Boks has done against NZ should be warning enough? 😯

  • Comment 55, posted at 21.07.10 16:58:27 by Big Fish Reply
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  • There,s alot of rubbish being talked here .its between mapoe and J.P.P who the best wing at the sharks is or even the best right wing in South Africa and Adi Jacobs isn,t the most consistent player ,his a good plug for the 13 problem but sharks need long term solution at 13 .walter venters playing for the leopards lets see how good he is

  • Comment 56, posted at 21.07.10 17:14:06 by zvision10 Reply

  • @zvision10 (Comment 56) : Needless to say, some of us dont think its that cut and dried πŸ™‚ @Big Fish (Comment 55) : Agreed, we arent getting ahead of ourselves, just stating that the players need to fight it out for the position. If Adi prevails, so be it, if not put him out to pasture. May the best (or least bad) number 13 win.

  • Comment 57, posted at 21.07.10 18:49:45 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • HEY!!!!!!!! I just noticed Alberts is back. WHOOOOHOOOOO

  • Comment 58, posted at 21.07.10 19:02:37 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • whats not cut and dry about it ,well let me put it this way from what I,ve seen of Mvovo ,JPP and Mapoe and I,ve watched alot of all their games .Now one of them could lose form but at the moment its pretty clear cut

  • Comment 59, posted at 21.07.10 22:04:34 by zvision10 Reply

  • Still not backing the descision to have 2 fullbacks at centre. Play Lambie at 15.

  • Comment 60, posted at 21.07.10 23:29:31 by Oubaas2009 Reply

  • @Oubaas2009 (Comment 60) : πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 61, posted at 22.07.10 07:56:53 by Charlie Reply

  • Did Lambie not play 10 at high school? If so it would be easier for him to slot in at 12 then 15 @Oubaas2009 (Comment 60) :

  • Comment 62, posted at 22.07.10 09:04:25 by Mole Reply


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