Tough contact session for Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 26 Jan 2011 at 13:48
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The Sharks had their first real contact session against the Sharks XV yesterday and while there was some encouraging play delivered by both sides, it seems that the keen youngsters might have tried just a little too hard to upstage their Super Rugby teammates.

Now we all know that games like this are about more than the scoreline, but Sean Everitt’s side will take comfort from the fact that they scored three tries to the two managed by John Plumtree’s charges. More concerning, though, is a number of injury worries picked up by players in the Super Rugby squad – which may well leave Plum scratching his head a little heading into next week’s Tri-Series warm up games.

A number of Sharks sat out the session as a result of existing niggles – worryingly, Willem Alberts was one of them, meaning a run at blindside flank for Steven Sykes. Neither of JP Pietersen or Odwa Ndungane played a part, so when Lwazi Mvovo and Zuks Vulindlu went down, with knocks to the knee and hamstring respectively, Charl McLeod ended up having to run on the wing. Sykes himself is apparently another injury concern and it sounds as though a number of the above-mentioned players could end up sitting out the trip to Cape Town, with the likes of Mark Richards and Anton Bresler lined up to replace them.

Encouragingly, John Smit played his first 20 minutes of rugby in five months and according to his report on Twitter, it went well. A number of players in the Sharks XV put their hands up in a big way, most notably loose forward Dan Oijambo and halfbacks Cobus Reinach and Fred Zeilinga.


  • These games and trial games do very little other than risk injury.

    It is however a necessary evil that has to be endured. There is no other way of getting the body ready for full contact rugby.

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.01.11 13:55:16 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : my take is that Alberts sat out not because he is injured, but rather because Plum knows he can’t afford to lose him.

    I wouldn’t risk him in Cape Town either. I would use the opportunity to give Engelbrecht a proper run at 7 and see how he goes.

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.01.11 14:02:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • Not the greatest news ever, but we have to assume that the players came off as a precaution and in a match situation they would have continued playing..

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.01.11 14:22:42 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • cobus reinach to become a world class number 9… as a scrummy myself, i just love the way he plays…

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.01.11 14:27:41 by VanWilder Reply

  • mmmmmmm worries!

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.01.11 14:28:22 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : ja – let’s go with that… 😐

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.01.11 14:28:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ok Rob explain knock – the may not make it to CT as a precaution or because they really injured. In other words should we be worrying? I don’t think I will survive another start to SR like last year!:(

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.01.11 14:29:25 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 7) : I don’t know how serious any of the injuries are.

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.01.11 14:38:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Rob do you have the names of all Sharks XV players that took part?

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.01.11 15:24:01 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 9) : no – I’m afraid I don’t.

    I know that the starting lineup was

    1 Dale Chadwick
    2 Kyle Cooper
    3 Francois Hanekom
    4 Anton Bresler
    5 Peet Marais
    6 ?
    7 Dan Oijambo
    8 ?
    9 Ross Cronje
    10 Fred Z
    11 ?
    12 Howard Mnisi

    that’s as close as I’ve managed to get.

    I also know that Jandre Marais and Cobus Reinach were on the bench.

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.01.11 15:58:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Vulindlu was hobbling around the gym yesterday afternoon but im guessing its just a minor strain otherwise he wouldnt be in the gym!
    Nothing wrong with a bit of full out contact as there will be no taking it easy in these Tri-Series games or the 1st Super rugby game. Alberts must have a niggle cos he wouldnt have sat out the whole game and miss valuable contact.

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.01.11 08:01:04 by SheldonK Reply

  • @beet (Comment 9) : I now have the correct starting lineup, if you’re interested

    1 Dale Chadwick
    2 Kyle Cooper
    3 Frans Hanekom
    4 Anton Bresler
    5 Byron Egan
    6 Lambert Groenwalt
    7 Daniel Ojiambo
    8 Cameron Dunlop
    9 Ross Cronje
    10 Guy Cronje
    11 Rosco Speckmann
    12 Howard Mnisi
    13 Wynand Pienaar
    14 Jors Dannhauser
    15 Kobus de Kock

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.01.11 09:01:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • Does anyone know where the shark will be training in Cape Town?

    snoils are training at Village Rugby Club, Kenilworth

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.01.11 09:23:37 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • I was just about to mention that we’ve been lucky concerning injuries thus far.

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.01.11 19:57:19 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 14) : I don’t think it’s anything too serious. Touch wood it should only be Deysel we’re missing when the season kicks off. I’m a bit worried about Keegan, though. He hasn’t trained for ages.

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.01.11 22:40:53 by robdylan Reply
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