One change for Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 3 Mar 2011 at 15:53
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JP Pietersen has been named to start in place of Lwazi Mvovo at left wing in the only change to the Sharks’ run-on side to play the Force on Saturday. Pietersen, who missed the opening game of the season due to a hamstring complaint, scored the winning try against the Blues last week after coming on as a substitue.

The rest of the team that did so well to beat the Aucklanders by 14 points has been retained, with Stefan Terblanche again captaining from outside centre and Bismarck du Plessis joining his brother Jannie and Beast Mtawarira in a strong front row. bok captain John Smit ,in 16 last week, remains on the bench but will wear 17 in this game as he constitues the prop replacement in the absence of the injured Eugene van Staden. Craig Burden joins the 22, while Jacques Botes is fit again and takes over from Lambert Groenewald as the loose forward replacement.

Should the Sharks record a victory this weekend, they will equal the Bulls’ record for most victories by a South African Super Rugby side over Australian opposition.

The Sharks:

1. Tendai Mtawarira
2. Bismarck du Plessis
3. Jannie du Plessis
4. Steven Sykes
5. Alistair Hargreaves
6. Keegan Daniel
7. Willem Alberts
8. Ryan Kankowski
9. Charl McLeod
10. Patrick Lambie
11. JP Pietersen
12. Meyer Bosman
13. Stefan Terblanche (Capt)
14. Odwa Ndungane
15. Louis Ludik

16. Craig Burden
17. John Smit
18. Anton Bresler
19. Jacques Botes
20. Conrad Hoffmann
21.Jacques-Louis Potgieter
22.Lwazi Mvovo


  • we should have enough firepower…

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.03.11 16:00:34 by VanWilder Reply
  • Why? I would’ve rather had Lwazi start. I would’ve thought if you were going to change the wings put JP on for Odwa and the bring the speed of our back 3.

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.03.11 16:01:29 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @Butchie34 (Comment 2) : it’s a bit of a strange call, but remember that Lwazi also took a knock to the ankle… this might be management.

    Odwa is vastly experienced and has been our best outside back for the last two weeks. It would be wrong to drop him, but JP is also a hugely valuable asset. Even though he is a Bok in his own right, Lwazi is still the junior member of the three.

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.03.11 16:09:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Odwa has definitely been the best of our outside backs and I agree that it would be wrong to drop him. If I was Plum I wouldn’t have changed the team at all.

    But I suspect it may be player management.

    I’m a little concerned with JPP though. Is he really over his hamstring problems? Didn’t he start the CC semi after coming back from a hammie injury and only lasted 5 minutes? What if the same happens on Saturday?

    But then with all of those questions I have the utmost faith that the backroom team would’ve done everything they could to help get JPP over those issues. (If I remember correctly it was actually something wrong with his back which was causing his hamstring to play up. although I can’t remember where exactly I read that).

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.03.11 16:13:43 by Butchie34 Reply
  • Everyone is going to need rest sooner or later so why not start now. I’d rather change only one or two per game than 4 or 5.

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.03.11 16:27:32 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • This team should win by 10. Over and out.

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.03.11 16:38:54 by Speed7 Reply

  • @Speed7 (Comment 6) : Hopefully, what do you think your team’s chances are of beating the Blues tomorrow night?

    I’ve backed them on Superbru so I hope they don’t let me down there. They owe me some payback since I backed them against the Stormers and if Elton had his radar in… Oh well.

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.03.11 16:41:15 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 5) : i’m with u all the way there, i believe in not tempering to much, but swoping 1 or at most 2 players each game will not desturb the flow of the game and keep all sharp and motivated.

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.03.11 16:44:08 by franshark Reply
  • My question is why is Mvovo on the bench if he is carrying an injury? Adi would have been a better bet in the 22 jersey in that case.

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.03.11 17:04:57 by war1 Reply
  • Am I the only one who wants Botes to start and Keegan in the last 30 minutes?

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.03.11 17:29:01 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @Original Champion (Comment 10) : no, I think that would be my preference too.

    Then again, Keegan was a defensive demon against the Blues and if he can do the same sort of thing against the Force, then what more can you ask for?

    It will also be his 26th birthday on Sat 🙂

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.03.11 17:40:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 7) : hehe. I backed them against Stormers too. I think Lions will beat Blues. If they get their kicks over that is.

    Gonna put my picks in now. I am going with Lions by 3.

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.03.11 17:40:22 by Puma Reply

  • Nice settled team this. JPP had some game time last week.

    Think keeping Mvovo on the bench is just caution, he no doubt come on for JPP later on.

    Go Sharks.

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.03.11 17:41:35 by Puma Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 13) : I don’t think we should see this as Lwazi being demoted… there is so much talent in this squad that sooner or later everyone is going to find themselves spending a week or two out of the stating team. I reckon Potgieter will get a start within the next few weeks as well

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.03.11 17:49:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : And Deysel’s if I’m not mistaken?

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.03.11 17:53:22 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Go The Force!! 😈

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.03.11 18:45:20 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 16) : I thought Sydney was Oz’s gay city? Aren’t the Force from Perth?

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.03.11 18:49:17 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Strong team with strong backup. Good to see JPP back in the team; what an athlete he is and what rugby skills. Mvovo could do with the rest as he hasn’t exactly shone in the past two games. But there will be plenty of changes as Plumtree rests players during the tour. Player management is so important in today’s rugby with demands on players more punishing than ever before. Woo Hoo! Can’t wait!

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.03.11 18:51:55 by Donald Reply

  • What is the opinion on elton jantjies??? Has he looked like a bok flyhalf? I think Lambie is winning over more fans every game…

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.03.11 18:54:20 by BoerSeun Reply

  • Hope Alberts can hold on till Deysel is back before we give him a well deserved rest!

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.03.11 18:55:08 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 15) : correct

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.03.11 19:16:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • Although Mvovo is a prodigious talent, he still has some glaring weaknesses, not least of which is his tendency to stay on his wing and wait for the ball. He is never seen around the pitch looking for work. I rate Mvovo, but until he learns to look for work the way Odders does, he has some serious improving to do. There is not a harder working wing than Odders and with the burst of speed he showed last week is also apparently not lacking too much in the pace department. Mvovo is, without a doubt the future, of both Sharks and Bok rugby, but Odders and JPP are definitely the present for the Sharks.

  • Comment 22, posted at 03.03.11 19:18:41 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : I don’t think this is Mvovo being dropped at all. More a caution. I think Plum might have started with Mvovo and not JPP this week had he not twisted the ankle. First game on tour should always be played with a settled team who have had plenty game time together, much like we had to do on home turf. Need to win your first game on tour. Confidence is up after our home wins, we win our first game on tour our tails will be up for sure.

    If we win in Perth, I have no doubt Plum will start to rotate. Think that is a given that there will be plenty rotation this tourney. Otherwise we will see injuries coming to players before the end of S15.

    Okay out of here. Catch up tomorrow.

  • Comment 23, posted at 03.03.11 19:33:32 by Puma Reply

  • With the advent of the new super rugby season, and with the resting of players and injuries that has already started bogging teams down, one can easily see that this will lead to a lot of utility players developing. Soon sevens rugby players will be the most important asset to any team.

  • Comment 24, posted at 03.03.11 20:00:19 by Mocho Reply

  • I said it last week..movovo doenst look for work..jpp does..maybe its time for him to find himself on the bench n make an impact instead of just waitin on the wings…

  • Comment 25, posted at 03.03.11 20:13:27 by shaniboi Reply

  • I said it last week..movovo doenst look for work..jpp does..maybe its time for him to find himself on the bench n make an impact instead of just waitin on the wings…

    Wonder where john smits role is here..stefan is coming thru quiet well as captain..

  • Comment 26, posted at 03.03.11 20:18:24 by shaniboi Reply

  • @shaniboi (Comment 26) : Right on, I think Mvovo should be watching Odders to learn how to look for work. It is a long season, and Oom Stef will not be able to play every single match, not to mention that we will want to get Adi some game time at 13. Smit will fill a very important role as both a starting hooker, prop and as captain.

  • Comment 27, posted at 03.03.11 21:04:35 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Adi will get his chance…so much to offer…patience… 😉

  • Comment 28, posted at 03.03.11 22:39:21 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 28) : go Adi! Make it happen!

  • Comment 29, posted at 03.03.11 22:55:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • I’m afraid John Smit is going to have to be dropped from my FL squad pretty soon.

    i thought he would captain the side and it seems he is not so he may have to go. 🙁

  • Comment 30, posted at 03.03.11 23:03:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Rumors doing the rounds again. 😈

    Lambie is reportedly, according to stories that come out of France, about to be targeted by French clubs with massive offers to move to the northern hemisphere, with a sum of €800 000 for a season being mentioned as the ball-park figure that the youngster can expect to be offered.

    If true, this would make Lambie one of the most valuable players in the 20-22 year age bracket, perhaps even more valuable than O’Connor, who has played a lot more international rugby than his Sharks opponent.

  • Comment 31, posted at 04.03.11 12:27:42 by Rvw Reply

  • @Rvw (Comment 31) :

    It was doing the rounds yesterday. He won’t go.
    Why would the #2 Bok flyhalf leave SA when he is going to play ahead of the #1 next year? 😛

  • Comment 32, posted at 04.03.11 13:17:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Rvw (Comment 31) : that story is speculative in the extreme. Greenaway is just fishing.

  • Comment 33, posted at 04.03.11 13:51:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • If I’m not mistaken Pat has a 2 year contact with the Sharks.

  • Comment 34, posted at 04.03.11 14:08:12 by Rvw Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 30) : have faith 😐

  • Comment 35, posted at 04.03.11 14:09:57 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Rvw (Comment 34) : perhaps French will buy him out 🙄 i’m just joking 😉

  • Comment 36, posted at 04.03.11 14:11:01 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 28) : thanks for the signing my friend and tell the team they made my dreams come true

  • Comment 37, posted at 04.03.11 21:23:19 by chaz Reply

  • And

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: GO SHARKS GO :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:


  • Comment 38, posted at 04.03.11 21:25:30 by chaz Reply

  • @chaz (Comment 37) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 39, posted at 05.03.11 10:56:28 by Charlie Reply


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