Niggles delay Sharks team announcement

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 15 Feb 2011 at 12:06
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A few niggling injuries to key players are causing Sharks coach John Plumtree some concern as he looks to name his side to face the Cheetahs in the opening Super Rugby encounter of 2011.

As Murphy would have it, two of the players battling for fitness just happen to play the same position, meaning the back three depth may be tested as early as the first week of the competition. JP Pietersen is battling a back and hamstring complaint, while his likely replacement, Odwa Ndungane is man down with tonsilitis. While the latter should hopefully recover in time to play this weekend, the continued unavailability of Luzuko Vulindlu means that Plumtree may be forced into playing Stefan Terblanche on the wing if both players fail to make it back on time.

This would necessitate a midfield reshuffle, with one of Adi Jacobs or perhaps even Jacques-Louis Potgieter coming in at outside centre in Terblanche’s place.

Things look a little better up-front, with only Craig Burden and Steven Sykes still looking somewhat doubtful. Alistair Hargreaves and Bismarck du Plessis are both fully fit and with Burden unlikely to have been named in this week’s 22 anyway, expect to see Gerhardt Mostert named at lock alongside Hargreaves, with Anton Bresler providing backup off the bench.

We expect the Sharks team to be named on Thursday, but it might look like this:

15 Ludik, 14 Ndungane/Terblacnhe, 13 Terblanche/Potgieter, 12 Bosman, 11 Mvovo, 10 Lambie, 9 McLeod, 8 Kankowski, 7 Alberts, 6 Botes, 5 Hargreaves, 4 Mostert, 3 J du Plessis, 2 Smit (capt), 1 Mtawarira
16 B du Plessis, 17 van Staden, 18 Bresler, 19 Daniel, 20 Hoffman, 21 Potgieter/Swanepoel, 22 Jacobs


  • We’ve got to win the 1st game, we can do it. Go Sharks ❗

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.02.11 12:12:27 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • These guys all know the system and they know their roles in it.

    I’m quite happy with Stef at wing and either of JLP or Adi at 13 for this game. Adi will step up when we need him to, of that I’m sure

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.02.11 12:14:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sucks that we can’t field a full strength team..maybe what happenin now will be a blessing in disguise for later…

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.02.11 12:16:29 by shaniboi Reply

  • We need to stop Andries Strauss in the midfield.

    I don’t believe Jacobs can do that. JLP Maybe. Stefan YES.

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.02.11 12:17:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @shaniboi (Comment 3) : it’s the nature of the game.

    Let’s hope we have our strongest team available in time for the final 🙂

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.02.11 12:17:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • Is mark richards also injured?

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.02.11 12:21:57 by war1 Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : I hope Strauss doesn’t stop our midfield. Maybe he has a soft spot for us :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.02.11 12:23:18 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • My take on this SR thing is simple: play the type of rugby we did in the CC – accumulate as much points and bonuspoints. Its crucial to win. Its crucial to win our conference, otherwise I foresee trouble. Make the goal to get to a home-semi asap! Simple really. Score tries, and kick over. And don’t underestimate ANY team.

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.02.11 12:25:35 by Ice Reply
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  • Rob just for future reference I have season tickets that I know I won’t be there a way other people on the blog could use them…

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.02.11 12:25:51 by shaniboi Reply

  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 7) :

    I can copy and paste my above comment when it comes to having to get past Strauss.

    Jacobs can’t
    JLP Maybe
    Stefan YES.

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.02.11 12:26:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Let me qualify both my comments.

    Jacobs on CURRENT form.

    Once he’s had a few games he’ll be as good as new.

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.02.11 12:28:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : Lambie can do a hand-off and Mvovo will run over him 😛

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.02.11 12:28:24 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 6) : no, but as talented as he is, he hasn’t even played a Currie Cup game yet.

    OMG, I’m turning into Plum!

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.02.11 12:28:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : and Bosman?

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.02.11 12:28:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @shaniboi (Comment 9) : You in the same boat as me? Got season tickets but don’t live in SA.

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.02.11 12:29:32 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : you didn’t list him. 😉

    Seriously though I’d forgotten about him. 😳

    In MY ranking system I’d slot him in behind Stefan and ahead of JLP.

    My concern thoigh is that the “ever likeable” Phillip Burger is fast and we’ll need a wing to match that. I don’t know how good or bad he is since returning from Europe.

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.02.11 12:34:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : yet he was very close to starting in the currie cup final as odwa was struggling with injury in the build up week

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.02.11 12:35:56 by war1 Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 16) : But who would you play at 12 then? Or are you talking of midfield in general?

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.02.11 12:36:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 16) : F…I hope Mvovs run that little shit to pieces! Man, other than BB players and more JP Nel, I don’t think there’s a guy out there that I dislike so much with a PASSION!

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.02.11 12:36:28 by Ice Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 16) : I really dislike that guy with his arrogant try-scoring antics 👿 I’m quite interested to see if he still has the skills though.

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.02.11 12:37:47 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 17) : Was he? Or was it only media speculation? Until Plumtree actually plays him we won’t know how he shapes at this level. 🙁

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.02.11 12:38:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 19) : :snap:

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.02.11 12:39:07 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 19) :
    @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 20) :

    And here’s me thinking I had to put the “”s in to make sure you knew I was joking.

    Seems I coulda done without. 🙂

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.02.11 12:40:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 23) : I missed the “” competely – saw the name and saw RED!

  • Comment 24, posted at 15.02.11 12:48:14 by Ice Reply
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  • Man Strauss looks shit in the cheetah gear! 🙁

  • Comment 25, posted at 15.02.11 12:52:44 by Ice Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) : live in jhb but can’t be in durbs every weekend..besides I shot myself in the foot last year by not renewing my tickets anf had to get kak semi n final currie cup tickets…

  • Comment 26, posted at 15.02.11 13:18:44 by shaniboi Reply

  • on another subject , who of you has been watching future sharks paul jordaan in the bok 7s?

  • Comment 27, posted at 15.02.11 13:25:29 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : I meant midfield in general… Bosman will start at 12

  • Comment 28, posted at 15.02.11 13:41:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 27) : flippen PHENOMENAL, but needs to lose the pink boots 🙂

  • Comment 29, posted at 15.02.11 13:42:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 27) :
    I saw him in their first game – well balanced gasman.

  • Comment 30, posted at 15.02.11 13:49:05 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 21) : The team didn’t let anyone know in the build up week that Odwa was struggling with injury, Mark was definitely in the mix, maybe he needs more game time in the vc and then he can have a breakthrough cc season.

  • Comment 31, posted at 15.02.11 14:14:09 by war1 Reply
  • For anyone who cares, we just restricted Aussie to 217 all out in the warmup.

  • Comment 32, posted at 15.02.11 14:19:08 by klempie Reply

  • Parnell bowled 4 overs at 6.50 per over. 🙄 What is he doing there?? 😐

  • Comment 33, posted at 15.02.11 14:25:55 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 32) :
    Are we back to U2 and cricket analogies – wait that was the T20 stuff. 😈

  • Comment 34, posted at 15.02.11 14:32:58 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • nice to see tahir get a game…1-33 off 9 overs…not to bad…

  • Comment 35, posted at 15.02.11 14:33:02 by stevo Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 33) :

    His form has been dire in recent times ..

  • Comment 36, posted at 15.02.11 14:33:25 by csb Reply

  • I’m seriously hyped about the start of rugby again. Thankfully we’re not all Stormers supporters and have to wait a week longer than everyone else. That would really suck.

    As much as I like Andries Strauss, I’m not too concerned about him breaking our backline, I’m more concerned with him stopping our linebreaks.

    I think this could be the MOST important game of the season. Just think how different last year could have been if we hadn’t lost to the Chiefs right at the death? It might have set us up for a nice little run to the end?

    But that’s 2010 and we’re looking at 2011!!!!

  • Comment 37, posted at 15.02.11 14:35:47 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @klempie (Comment 33) : @stevo (Comment 35) : Where you guys getting the crici info? Cricinfo?

  • Comment 38, posted at 15.02.11 14:36:39 by Puma Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 38) :

    Summary on NEWS24.

  • Comment 39, posted at 15.02.11 14:38:08 by csb Reply

  • @Butchie34 (Comment 37) : Yeah, I am a bit worried for this game against Cheetahs. Strauss does know our game well and if we have to move Stefan to wing, think we could be in a bit of poo there.

    We also have Walsh and the weather forecast don’t look great. Cloudy with rain.

  • Comment 40, posted at 15.02.11 14:40:29 by Puma Reply

  • @csb (Comment 39) : Cheers thanks csb.

    Looks like Tahir has had a good game there. Pity it is not shown.

  • Comment 41, posted at 15.02.11 14:41:57 by Puma Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 40) : Not too worried about moving Oupa to the wing. Think it might be okay with Bosman and JLP in the centres.

    Of course, there is the chance that we have Adi start on the wing and keep the centre combo.

    But as much as Andries knows our gameplan and how we play, Bosman knows there from exactly the same position so it should equal out.

  • Comment 42, posted at 15.02.11 14:47:00 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @shaniboi (Comment 9) : lend them to me 😛 I don’t have tickets I’m a student so I’m always broke lol

  • Comment 43, posted at 15.02.11 14:50:09 by Poisy Reply
  • @Puma (Comment 38) : Ja.

  • Comment 44, posted at 15.02.11 14:57:17 by klempie Reply

  • @Salmonoid (Comment 34) :


  • Comment 45, posted at 15.02.11 15:00:01 by klempie Reply

  • SA off the mark with a wide. LOL

  • Comment 46, posted at 15.02.11 15:01:46 by klempie Reply

  • Okay one of you Cricket fans need posting rights. You guys need to get your own threads.

  • Comment 47, posted at 15.02.11 15:02:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 47) : Oh please. I’ve seen you posting on cricket threads. Come out of the closet.

  • Comment 48, posted at 15.02.11 15:03:41 by klempie Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 47) : But I will take those posting rights. 😈

  • Comment 49, posted at 15.02.11 15:05:58 by klempie Reply

  • 😆

    First four SA runs are extras.

  • Comment 50, posted at 15.02.11 15:06:40 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 48) :

    On CRICKET threads. 😛

  • Comment 51, posted at 15.02.11 15:08:28 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 50) : Not much of a practice run for us then… 🙂

  • Comment 52, posted at 15.02.11 15:11:00 by Puma Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 52) : Tait is dogshit. He’s like Nantie Hayward. Fast and all over the show.

  • Comment 53, posted at 15.02.11 15:11:47 by klempie Reply

  • So far, Extras is outscoring Biff and Hash. What a guy.

  • Comment 54, posted at 15.02.11 15:12:39 by klempie Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 51) : Then make them.

  • Comment 55, posted at 15.02.11 15:13:02 by klempie Reply

  • 2.1 overs

    Biff 1
    Hash 2
    Extras 6


  • Comment 56, posted at 15.02.11 15:13:51 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 54) : hahahaha. 😎

  • Comment 57, posted at 15.02.11 15:20:09 by Puma Reply

  • Guys… Stop clutching your pearl chokers and swooning… It will all work out. Have some faith. And don’t forget that Odwa has tonsilitis. If he’s on antibiotics which don’t have steroids or other illegal substances in them he should play Saturday.

  • Comment 58, posted at 15.02.11 15:24:07 by SharonvanWyk Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 47) : the question is : will you be able to control it? next momemt you see and we’re cricketized by Klempie & Co (they already talk so much 😈

  • Comment 59, posted at 15.02.11 15:25:07 by rekinek Reply
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  • Biff having some fun with Tait. Two fours off that over. 😎

  • Comment 60, posted at 15.02.11 15:26:50 by klempie Reply

  • LOL Tait is off after 3 overs. Damn.

  • Comment 61, posted at 15.02.11 15:33:47 by klempie Reply

  • Johnson is not spared some treatment either. Biff takes 9 off his first over. hehe.

  • Comment 62, posted at 15.02.11 15:36:37 by klempie Reply

  • this might be one of the toughest games we play ,the thing with teams like the cheetahs and lions is that they are unknown quantities
    Cheetahs have a lot of under rated players -their entire front row ,loosies are all top class backs are decent…eish
    Go sharks we should still win

  • Comment 63, posted at 15.02.11 16:19:35 by Talent Reply
  • That’s 100 up for no loss. Hmmmm. Playing Aussie isn’t the thrill it used to be. 😕

  • Comment 64, posted at 15.02.11 16:34:53 by klempie Reply

  • I would not worry about andries on attack.

  • Comment 65, posted at 15.02.11 19:34:10 by Honey Badger Reply

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