Richard Ferguson

Sharks team to face Stormers

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Stormers on 31 Mar 2011 at 17:24
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The Sharks coach has named a team with only two changes to face the Stormers this weekend at Mr Price Kings Park, with John Smit dropping to the bench and Beast starting, and JP Pietersen starting ahead of Lwazi Mvovo on the wing.

Eugene van Staden has been drafted onto the bench to cover both prop positions and John Smit covering the hooker position. JL Potgieter has been passed fit to start after his injury scare. This leaves Meyer Bosman in the centres.

The team:

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. Jacques-Louis Potgieter
11. JP Pietersen
12. Meyer Bosman
13. Stefan Terblanche (Capt)
14. Odwa Ndungane
15. Louis Ludik

16. John Smit
17. Eugene van Staden
18. Gerhard Mostert
19. Jacques Botes
20. Conrad Hoffmann
21. Adrian Jacobs
22. Lwazi Mvovo


  • Good to see Beast starting, but I would’ve liked to see Bosman at 10. Let’s hope JLP can get his kicking boots on this saturday. GO SHARKS!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.03.11 17:32:21 by Crock Reply
  • Glad to see Plum is going with the common sense option of keeping Johnny on the bench!

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.03.11 17:33:47 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • And THAT is our strongest front row presently.we also have good players on the bench that can make a big impact.

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.03.11 17:34:21 by Crock Reply

  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 2) :

    Actually, being a stormers fan, thta should read “unfortunately Plum has gone with John on the bench”… ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.03.11 17:34:27 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Stringest team available for the day. Sorry to see John dropping off to the bench but beast probably provides a stronger scrumming option for the first 50 minutes of the game.

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.03.11 17:36:46 by Viking Reply
  • It would be interesting to see a straight swap between the current 10/12 axis but it’s probably not too wise experimenting against the Stormers currently.

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.03.11 17:36:54 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Crock (Comment 1) : We all know he is a very good kicker. Lets just hope he can start doing it for the Sharks.

  • Comment 7, posted at 31.03.11 17:37:57 by Viking Reply
  • @Viking (Comment 7) : Or even better yet. Lets hope that we don’t need a good kicking performance…

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.03.11 17:38:57 by Viking Reply
  • I’m sure JLP would have been feeling like crap because of his poor showing on sunday, so I’m sure he will be much better on saturday

  • Comment 9, posted at 31.03.11 17:39:43 by KingRiaan Reply

  • Haha I’ve got a bit of a conundrum as I’ve been invited to go watch the game by 2 companies with very good boxes. Choices, choices…

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.03.11 17:43:16 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @KingRiaan, I’m GREEN with envy! Suppose its a dirty job, but someones gotta do it! Enjoy it!

  • Comment 11, posted at 31.03.11 17:47:30 by Crock Reply

  • @Crock (Comment 1) : Feel the same, really thought Bosman was quite good when he shifted over to fh. Not so sure about JLP. Though he has only had one game starting for the Sharks and it was against the best team in this tourney. So he does need to get another chance. Hope he gets his kicks over this week. Cause P. Grant not gonna miss any for the Stormers much like Carter never missed any. Any problems at fh then move Bosman over and bring on Adi.

    Heck we miss Lambie for the big games.

    Go Sharks.

  • Comment 12, posted at 31.03.11 17:48:45 by Puma Reply

  • @Crock Tnks bud. Its a tough life, what can I say? Haha

  • Comment 13, posted at 31.03.11 17:50:02 by KingRiaan Reply

  • Hectic story about Ntshongwana eh!

  • Comment 14, posted at 31.03.11 17:56:19 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • โ€œIโ€™ll be pleased if we score no tries and just kick all the kicks to win. โ€œ – Schalk Burger on Peter Grant having a chance to become the fourth fastest SA player to score 100 points in a season. ๐Ÿ™„
    I would also be pleased if the Stormers score no tries on Saturday!! ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  • Comment 15, posted at 31.03.11 18:00:43 by Crock Reply

  • Loosie battle will be excellent to watch.

    Must say, I am happier facing JPP than Mvov’s.

  • Comment 16, posted at 31.03.11 18:02:27 by Mornรฉ Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 14) :
    I presume you are talking about the (what now looks likely to be ), serial killer case. No names have been released here, seems you have more info over there. Its a bizare story.

  • Comment 17, posted at 31.03.11 18:09:23 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 14) : I think that’s just an alleged story or has it been confirmed?

  • Comment 18, posted at 31.03.11 18:09:44 by Danman110 Reply

  • @Danman110 (Comment 18) : If its the story Im thinking of, it just gets weirder and weirder. Bloody scary all round.

  • Comment 19, posted at 31.03.11 18:12:54 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Sharks by 7.

    Cos they’re the favourites! ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  • Comment 20, posted at 31.03.11 18:14:44 by wpw Reply
  • Go Sharks!

  • Comment 21, posted at 31.03.11 18:20:40 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 19) : According to sky news he doesn’t have a daughter not that it matters in my opinion nothing can justify such an act.

  • Comment 22, posted at 31.03.11 18:21:03 by Danman110 Reply

  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 14) : to be honest, I’ve never heard of the man before, the way the press is going on, one would imagine that its a high profile player.

  • Comment 23, posted at 31.03.11 18:25:56 by Crock Reply

  • @Crock (Comment 23) :

    Anything to sell a story, the BBC ran a headline along the lines of ‘South African Rugby Star arrested for Axe Murders’


    I did not even read the story, nor do I plan to.

  • Comment 24, posted at 31.03.11 18:33:02 by Mornรฉ Reply
  • @Crock (Comment 23) : The media will print anything to sell newspapers he is called a Bulls star butt most Bulls fans cant remember him. He played for the Bulls from 1998-2000 and then moved on to Eagles till 2002.

  • Comment 25, posted at 31.03.11 18:39:46 by Danman110 Reply

  • Guys, can we please discuss the Sharks team instead of rumours about something that has nothing to do with Sharks rugby? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Comment 26, posted at 31.03.11 18:42:58 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 26) Go Sharks!!!

  • Comment 27, posted at 31.03.11 18:52:20 by Crock Reply

  • Wes is right. That topic does not belong here and vin should have known better than to bring it up.

  • Comment 28, posted at 31.03.11 18:57:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 28) :

    Should I put up a thread? ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • Comment 29, posted at 31.03.11 19:00:52 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Ha! Just got 2 tickets to the game in a box on the halfway line!! Watched the Lions vs Springboks from it lekker place to be!!

  • Comment 30, posted at 31.03.11 19:56:00 by Caratacus Reply

  • This is going to be another massive South African derby. The Stormers have the motivation of beating us at home, after 5/6 years, and keeping the unbeaten run going. The Sharks need a win to get back within striking distance – add the bye (4 points) and a win on Sat and this look rosy again!

    I think that the battle will be won in two areas – the forwards battle – I think we have an advantage from the CC final last year – if we play with that fire, the stormers would be able to respond. And two, the centres. Bosman and Stefan have their work cut out for them, not to mention De Jongh coming on for the final 25min.

    I cannot believe I ahve turned down box tickets for this…

    Sharks by 8.

  • Comment 31, posted at 31.03.11 20:56:56 by Mole Reply

  • Boots n all has got Lwazi Mvovo starting on the wing.

  • Comment 32, posted at 31.03.11 20:59:12 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 32) : Okay they have corrected it. Those freaking idiots!

  • Comment 33, posted at 31.03.11 21:09:13 by Ben Reply
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  • Why is everyone on about preferring Bosman at 10? If we kept chopping and changing the side based on one decent 40 minute performance we’d never get anywhere. I even read earlier that someone wanted Hoffman to start in place of Charl ๐Ÿ™„

    Yes Bosman did a good job, but you have to take it in context. Our forwards gave us a much better platform in the 2nd half with Beast on, we were down in the game and had to go for it. Crusaders also took their foot off the gas a bit. Same thing with Hoffman, he had a small cameo and did well but that doesn’t justify starting with him.

  • Comment 34, posted at 31.03.11 21:21:27 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 34) : agree… I honestly feel that once you’ve given a guy the jersey – particularly a flyhalf – he needs to play himself out of the team over a few weeks.

  • Comment 35, posted at 31.03.11 21:27:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • Francios Louw signs for Bath!!

  • Comment 36, posted at 31.03.11 21:27:48 by ruggabugga Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 35) : Spot on. No use playing him one week, dropping him the next…then the next 10 has a shocker and then you drop him. Doesn’t work that way.

    The reason Jake White was so successful was that he identified early who his best 15 players were and stuck with them, he built a team of experienced players. He was stubborn, didn’t listen to outsiders and basically said you’re in for an extended run and will have to play yourself out of the team.

    Plum is using a similar formula. I do agree with Dancing Bear from another post that he will need to rotate and rest some players soon. Someone like Alberts will need a rest as he has been a battering ram in every game. That’s why it’s great to have Deysel back in the mix.

  • Comment 37, posted at 31.03.11 21:34:43 by Villie Reply
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  • GO SHARKS !!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 38, posted at 31.03.11 21:47:32 by Charlie Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 35) : Which seems to be precisely what Elton Jantjies has done, n’est pas?

  • Comment 39, posted at 31.03.11 22:05:56 by SharonvanWyk Reply
  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 39) : I see Jantjies has been dropped, AP will start in his place against the reds.

  • Comment 40, posted at 31.03.11 22:11:19 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 40) : Exactly. Played himself out of the team, as Rob said. There’s a fine line, though, between giving your flyhalf time to sort his game out and settle down, and deciding enough is enough when he’s plainly not up to scratch and that his lack of form is taking the team down with him. Personally I think the Lions have waited too long.
    We have the luxury of knowing that our fab flyhalf will be back in a couple of weeks, but this Saturday’s match is crucial, and could hinge on a good kicking performance. Which is a huge worry. And added pressure for JLP.

  • Comment 41, posted at 31.03.11 22:33:58 by SharonvanWyk Reply
  • @Villie (Comment 37) : Couldn’t agree more. And in some respect, although I would have preferred it to have happened in less painful circumstances, SuperPat being out for three weeks now on a “forced rest” could stand us in good stead later on in a more critical stage of the competition while at the same time getting JLP to a better stage of match awareness and “fitness”, thereby strengthening our depth in that position.
    Which, compared to where we were this time last year, is quite awesome! ๐Ÿ˜†

  • Comment 42, posted at 31.03.11 22:41:00 by SharonvanWyk Reply
  • I feel really good about this team. Glad to see the senior players all putting in to keep momentum. Players need to be rested but this game is imported for forward momentum. Next week is against the lions and then the by. So rest will come.

  • Comment 43, posted at 31.03.11 23:14:45 by franshark Reply
  • I hate loosing, I live in Stellenbosch and as a known die hard shark, loosing to the stormers is like my dog dying- every day for a week, my car breaking every day for a month and my mom phoning every day for a year…I just can’t bare it!!! I am just going to booze up!!! No pain no problem…

  • Comment 44, posted at 01.04.11 01:19:34 by BoerSeun Reply

  • What’s this I hear about flu doing the rounds in the sharks camp?

  • Comment 45, posted at 01.04.11 07:39:39 by Crock Reply

  • @Crock (Comment 45) : Hopefully nothig that a drip cannot sort out before the weekend.

  • Comment 46, posted at 01.04.11 07:49:14 by Viking Reply
  • I hope so!! Go Sharks!

  • Comment 47, posted at 01.04.11 07:53:14 by Crock Reply

  • @BoerSeun (Comment 44) : With you on that! Dont know how my meeting in Joburg will go then on Monday though? ๐Ÿ˜

  • Comment 48, posted at 01.04.11 08:14:28 by SharksRTB Reply

  • why do i have the feeling that goal kicking will win this game for whoever… (and if JLP kicks like he did at Twickers, then it will not be the sharks)

    i still feel we should have enough to beat the stormers, but there should be a better kicking display from JLP or MB.

  • Comment 49, posted at 01.04.11 08:14:52 by VanWilder Reply

  • oh, and Lwazi Mvovo to come on in the last 20minutes to run habana and co. riot…

  • Comment 50, posted at 01.04.11 08:17:38 by VanWilder Reply

  • Looking at the team sheet again. We ๐Ÿ˜• should ๐Ÿ˜• dominate from 1 – 8. Its just @ 10/12/13 where there needs some tweaking.

  • Comment 51, posted at 01.04.11 08:18:13 by SharksRTB Reply


  • Comment 52, posted at 01.04.11 09:14:23 by blackshark - the lurker Reply

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  • ๐Ÿ˜ฅ @VanWilder (Comment 49) : Oh how we miss our SuperPat! ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

  • Comment 53, posted at 01.04.11 15:29:56 by SharonvanWyk Reply
  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 53) : What happened to the wonder decomp chamber that they put Jouba in 1995 worldcup….?

  • Comment 54, posted at 01.04.11 15:36:39 by Ice Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 39) : yes ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Comment 55, posted at 01.04.11 17:01:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • The whole team will need to go out there and dominate the stormers on the field and on the scoreboard.

  • Comment 56, posted at 01.04.11 21:49:55 by bergshark Reply

  • Line-outs and control from kick-offs must be top class..

  • Comment 57, posted at 01.04.11 21:53:50 by bergshark Reply

  • SHARKS!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 58, posted at 02.04.11 16:50:30 by klempie Reply


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