Jannie in line for Sharks return

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 22 Sep 2010 at 22:47
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Bok prop Jannie du Plessis looks likely to hand John Plumtree a real selection headache if he is indeed passed fit ahead of the crunch clash against the Lions this weekend.

The big tighthead, who has been away on Tri-Nations duty with the Boks and then out with a knee problem, is not subject to the same conditioning program that is keeping fellow Springboks, including his brother Bismarck, out of the Currie Cup. Despite having established himself as the first-choice Bok number 3 this year, Jannie does not have a national contract.

Plumtree’s dilemma is a result of the superb showing put in by both of his incumbent props, Pat Cilliers and Eugene van Staden, against a far heavier Free State front row last week. Van Staden, a little-known off-season signing from Griquas via Montpellier, was particularly good and must have come close to being named man of the match. Plumtree is likely to resist the temptation to bring du Plessis straight in at number 3, but rather opt to introduce him off the wood, at the expense of yet another prop who has been most solid all season, young Wiehahn Herbst.

The Sharks starting lineup to face the Lions is unlikely to see many changes to the unit that faced the Cheetahs, with Keegan Daniel probably the only doubt, given that he’s had flu this week. Plumtree may well opt to start Jacques Botes at open side flank this week and introduce Daniel off a bench that is likely to see Gerhard Mostert named alongside du Plessis.

Probable Sharks team:
15 Ludik, 14 Ndungane, 13 Terblanche, 12 Strauss, 11 Mvovo, 10 Lambie, 9 McLeod, 8 Kankowski, 7 Alberts, 6 Botes, 5 Hargreaves, 4 Sykes, 3 van Staden, 2 Burden, 1 Cilliers
16 Cooper, 17 du Plessis, 18 Mostert, 19 Daniel, 20 Kockott, 21 Pretorius, 22 Swanepoel


  • That’s a good team! I’m always much more at ease when Botes is in the team, we are going to need him at the rucks, especially against Minnie, Whiteley and probably van Heerden.

    Its a shame that Herbst drops off, he is an amazing talent. We will see much more of him in the not too distant future.

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.09.10 06:14:31 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Apparently Whiteley has a niggle and might not play this weekend.
    It’s good if Jannie starts of the bench, with all our props playing good at the same time, it must surely give Plum nightmares.

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.09.10 06:41:55 by Jarson Reply
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  • If Whiteley is injured, van Heerden will surely start the match with Minnie and Josh Strauss (I think that’s his name).

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.09.10 06:44:10 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • What a pleasant problem :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.09.10 08:36:24 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I see Jody Jenneker has been playing for Rovers…

    Anyone know what happened to him? Been injured or just been in poor form? He looked like a decent prospect a couple of years ago?

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.09.10 09:30:41 by Oubaas2009 Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 4) : Agree what a selection headache Plum must have!

    He already has to balance the loose trio more delicately with Keegan in superb shape, now Jannie comes back to upset the apple cart again.

    I agree though, bring Jannie off the bench rather.

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.09.10 11:02:12 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • I think Keegan Daniel is going to start, despite the flu. Jannie might get the start though i doubt it.

    I like that Sharks team though. I might have played Swanepoel at inside center and give him a start. Hope he gets a start vs Leopards at least. He’s been good off the bench.

    Never quite found out how long Adi’s out for?

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.09.10 11:43:55 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 7) : I also think keegs will start. Adi is ready to play but on the Bok conditioning programme

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.09.10 12:49:46 by war1 Reply
  • Plum is taking his merry time with the team announcement again 😡

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.09.10 12:57:29 by Pokkel Reply
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