Sharks squad for London taking shape

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 23 Mar 2011 at 08:37
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The Sharks look set to take a strong squad to the UK to face the Crusaders in an historic fixture at London’s Twickenham on Sunday afternoon. While the loss of playmaker Pat Lambie to injury is a blow, the squad is in good shape otherwise.

It is expected that a 24-man squad will make the trip up north, basically a match 22 along with 2 non-playing reserves, just in case someone gets hurt in captain’s practice. We reported yesterday that the side will feature some changes to the one that played the Chiefs, with a number of players returning from injury to claim places in the 22.

Eugene van Staden and Gerhard Mostert will both come onto the bench, with the latter replacing Anton Bresler in the tour group. Bresler, who is most unfortunate having impressed on tour, will nevertheless benefit from a good run with the Sharks XV. Van Staden should come onto the bench and with John Smit then becoming one of the hookers, Craig Burden looks likely to drop out of the match 22. His versatility, though, should secure him a spot in the tour group.

Amongst the backs, Jacques-Louis Potgieter will come straight in for Lambie at flyhalf, with a fit-again JP Pietersen set to come straight back into the 22 in Lambie’s spot. Riaan Swanepoel should go along as the 24th tourist, meaning a return to Vodacom Cup rugby for Mark Richards. Forwards Dale Chadwick and Marcell Coetzee, both of whom were summoned as late tour replacements, will also stay in Durban.

Probable Sharks tour group:
Beast Mtawarira, Jannie du Plessis, Eugene van Staden, Bismarck du Plessis, John Smit (capt), Craig Burder, Alistair Hargreaves, Steven Sykes, Gerhard Mostert, Keegan Daniel, Willem Alberts, Ryan Kankowski, Jacques Botes, Charl McLeod, Conrad Hoffmann, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Meyer Bosman, Riaan Swanepoel, Stefan Terblanche, Adi Jacobs, Lwazi Mvovo, Odwa Ndungane, JP Pietersen, Louis Ludik


  • Still a very strong team that.

    Our forwards are far more impressive than theirs.

    Our backline defence will have to be at its best. But that said, our forwards do their fair share when it comes to tackling..

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.03.11 08:47:52 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : we have nothing to fear.

    Question – would you start Smit?

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.03.11 08:50:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    I would play Smit off the bench to be honest..

    We need Bismarck in the loose and we need Jannie and Beast in the front row to dominate their scrums..

    What do you think?

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.03.11 08:52:34 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : No.

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.03.11 08:52:37 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) :

    Beast in the loose is an asset as well!

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.03.11 08:53:09 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : John has been a great captain and remains a class player, but he should be on the bench. Sharks scrum has looked far sturdier with Beast Bismark and Jannie in the front and they are going to need all the advantages they can get in order to beat the Crusaders. My biggest worry is still the midfield. The Crusaders centers are dominating at the moment while the sharks are averaging around 20 missed tackles a game.

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.03.11 08:54:25 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • our forwards may be strong, but they need to work on their cleaning out, line out and fetching abilities. Pat Lambie’s injury might be a blessing as Pat has been good at giving the unimaginative centers quick ball and they have had too much time to think and make stupid decisions before getting tackled. JLP is slower so the centres can only get tackled and taking them out the next phase, bringing in the creative players in the team to weave their magic.

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.03.11 08:55:03 by try time Reply

  • Gutted about Lambie….dont have alot of faith in JLP

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.03.11 08:55:05 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 6) : only problem is when you put the dup brothers on the field the penalty count doubles.

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.03.11 08:56:10 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 9) : True, but when you put John on, the missed tackle count doubles. He has had a bad habit of dropping off tackles lately. Also Sharks lose scrum dominance and that may be the only dominance they get over the Crusaders.

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.03.11 08:59:17 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 8) : Its a long tournament and he would have been rested at some stage anyway. Maybe this isnt a bad thing. JLP will be ok and if its raining, his kicking game may come in handy. The Sharks kicking wasnt exactly awesome this last week in the rain.

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.03.11 09:04:45 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • Can’t help but feel that this is a good rest for Mcloud with Hoffman getting 55min…

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.03.11 09:13:52 by BoerSeun Reply

  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 10) : John and jannie have missed 3 tackles a piece so far this season. So jannie’s penalty count makes him the weak link.

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.03.11 09:14:43 by try time Reply

  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 11) : Sharks had stupid game plan last week….but our backline responds much better to Lambie…winning against the Crusaders would a huge physcological boost.

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.03.11 09:15:08 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 13) : I would rather have John on than Jannie

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.03.11 09:16:26 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • i actually think jlp is going to do the business this weekend. we are not going to beat the crusaders playing their expansive game, we don’t have the centers to do it. but we can beat them playing boring bok style rugby, as long as we don’t hoof the ball away. just simple punch up rugby.

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.03.11 09:21:04 by try time Reply

  • it’s pointless crying about Lambie. Injuries happen, that’s why you have depth. Got to put it behind and back the guy coming in to do the job.

    Jacques-Louis will be fine. We need to get behind him now because no matter how much we WANT it to happen, Pat ISN’T going to be playing.

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.03.11 09:21:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 15) : i agree. especially with pedantic walsh reffing the game.

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.03.11 09:23:38 by try time Reply

  • Amongst the backs, Jacques-Louis Potgieter will come straight in for Lambie at flyhalf, with a fit-again JP Pietersen set to come straight back into the 22 in Lambie’s spot. Shit Lambie IS good – sommer two people takin his spot! πŸ˜‰

    If the Dups can be good boys, I’ll have them start..made a much greater impact in the first few games – I don’t even look at the Chiefs game – the Sharks were not innit.

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.03.11 09:24:03 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 19) : no man, read carefully… Pietersen replaces Lambie in the 22…

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.03.11 09:26:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • i would actually like to see charl be a little stingier this week. he is predictable now with his collect and pass. he needs to start testing the oppositions defence a little more. i also want to see keegan sykes botes and hargreaves carry the ball more. watching beast, bis and berts doing all the work is also getting predictable.

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.03.11 09:26:59 by try time Reply

  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 10) : Stats don’t lie.

    John’s first game in about 6 months, vs Blues off the bench, 1 tackle made, 2 missed.
    vs Force, (reserve), 2 and 0.
    vs Rebels (Start), 11 and 0
    vs Chiefs (Start), 8 and 1

    If you forgive the first game and put it down to a total lack of match fitness, you’ll find that you are a bit off the mark.

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.03.11 09:29:46 by Baldrick Reply

  • @Just a Fan (Comment 15) : 😯

  • Comment 23, posted at 23.03.11 09:34:51 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 22) : stats do lie. it depends how you can use them to support your argument. πŸ˜†

  • Comment 24, posted at 23.03.11 09:38:23 by try time Reply

  • @Original Champion (Comment 23) : i agree with jaf. jannie lost the chiefs game with those dumb penalties. both were slotted.

  • Comment 25, posted at 23.03.11 09:43:56 by try time Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : ja man! Did you see the πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 26, posted at 23.03.11 09:46:02 by Ice Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 22) : Touche. I stand corrected, maybe Im still thinking of the first game, and THAT tackle he missed against the All Blacks in the trinations.

  • Comment 27, posted at 23.03.11 10:13:53 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : my only worry with potgieter is that it seems if his first instinct as a flyhalf is to kick… in our current setup he should be a passing flyhalf, but other than that i think he should do a decent job, not a match winnig job, but decent.

  • Comment 28, posted at 23.03.11 10:31:16 by VanWilder Reply

  • JlP’s tactical kicking is better then lambies,I think so maybe it will help us.

  • Comment 29, posted at 23.03.11 11:05:07 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 27) : Good on you for admitting a mistake. THAT tackle he missed will unfortunately live with John forever as it cost us big time. His condition this season seems much improved.

  • Comment 30, posted at 23.03.11 12:10:44 by Villie Reply
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  • There is NO doubt that we CAN beat the Saders. However for that to happen we need a huge improvement in our first time tackling and to sort out the lineout shambles. Discipline is also key. Can’t afford to give Carter freebies!!

  • Comment 31, posted at 23.03.11 12:14:06 by Villie Reply
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  • Guys this is the same jlp that put us away..maybe we shouldn’t underestimate the man but look at his strengths..he is our cover flyhalf n now first choice..

  • Comment 32, posted at 23.03.11 12:53:43 by shaniboi Reply

  • Look at it this way:
    Lambie will come back, rested.
    The Crusaders wouldn`t know about him.
    If we lose we know it wasn`t our best available team and away from home.
    If we win, we know we can still improve when Deysel and Lambie joins us!

    Positive Pierre πŸ˜›

  • Comment 33, posted at 23.03.11 13:22:12 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @Original Champion (Comment 33) : positive and pierre in one sentence 😯

  • Comment 34, posted at 23.03.11 13:33:03 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 22) : plus Force did not have so much ball to be tackled really.

  • Comment 35, posted at 23.03.11 13:34:01 by rekinek Reply
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