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McCaw-less Crusaders primed for Sharks


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 23 Jun 2011 at 09:02
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Richie McCaw has failed to recover from his troublesome foot injury in time to be named to lead his Crusaders side against the Sharks this weekend, while the news for big Sonny Bill Williams is better.

Williams, who together with flyhalf Dan Carter and centre Rob Fruean formed an “axis of evil” that masterminded a first-half demolition of the Sharks at Twickenham earlier this year, returns to the number 12 shirt after missing out for the last two weeks. Another returnee from injury is wing Sean Maitland and his selection will pile additional pressure onto the Sharks who are already up against it after a grueling two-day travel itinerary which may see them go into the game somewhat off their peak. Maitland, after all, was one of the key beneficiaries of the space created by Williams at Twickenham and was a constant thorn in the Sharks’ side as a result of the good angles he tends to run.

There’ll be no respite up-front either. Matt Todd, the young open-side flank who has deputised so ably for McCaw this season, will again look to dominate matters at the breakdown as he is named in the number 7 shirt. Kieran will continue to captain the team from number 8 in McCaw’s absence.

We expect the Sharks side to be named a little later today.

Crusaders – 15 Tom Marshall, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (capt), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Luke Romano, 19 Jonathan Poff, 20 Kahn Fotuali’i, 21 Matt Berquist, 22 Ryan Crotty/Brent Ward.


53 Comments

  • I’ve got a feeling…. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.06.11 09:08:02 by franshark Reply
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  • A winning feeling… πŸ™‚

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.06.11 09:08:30 by franshark Reply
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  • Jitters!

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.06.11 09:08:39 by Ben Reply
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  • A sharks winning feeling…
    If anyone was wandering πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.06.11 09:09:23 by franshark Reply
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  • Ohhhh getting excited!!! πŸ˜€

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.06.11 09:09:46 by Ice Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 4) : Knowing you, I knew that! πŸ˜†

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.06.11 09:10:31 by Ice Reply
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  • How does Meyer Bosman compare size wise to Sonny?

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.06.11 09:18:37 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 7) : Well for starters – he’s bi-ceps are the size of Bosmans waist… 😈 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.06.11 09:20:42 by Ice Reply
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  • wikipedia
    Meyer Bosman
    Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
    Weight 97 kg (210 lb)

    Sonny
    Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
    Weight 108 kg (17 st 0 lb)[3]

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.06.11 09:21:11 by Uli Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 8) : rofl, He is still scared to take on Lomu in a boxing match , hehe

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.06.11 09:21:53 by Uli Reply
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  • according to wiki, we will have a slight advantage in the lineout’s with those two as jumpers πŸ’‘ hehe

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.06.11 09:24:20 by Uli Reply
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  • sharks to take it in Nelson.

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.06.11 09:32:24 by Megatron Reply

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  • If Bosman plays anything like he did last we should have an interesting game!

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.06.11 09:34:32 by go_4 Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 12) : Although i know you are not serious – let’s make it serious and say ‘from Mega’s lips” and then you can blame yourself for the Saders loss? πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.06.11 09:41:05 by Ice Reply
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  • Go Sharks ❗

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.06.11 09:44:17 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Crusaders apparently ready to ‘unleash’ on the Sharks this weekend.

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.06.11 09:45:30 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Uli (Comment 9) : Bosman has gone up to 100kg since he has joined The Sharks; check sharksrugby.co.za

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.06.11 09:48:26 by JJR Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 17) : They always Add a few to the profiles…like woman subtract a few… πŸ˜†

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.06.11 09:50:37 by Ice Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 17) : in that case, Meyer can without a doubt take him on.

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.06.11 09:51:04 by Uli Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 18) : no way! hehe

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.06.11 09:52:07 by Uli Reply
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  • lol im about 5 kgs heavier than meyer and 10 cm shorter …feel small

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.06.11 09:53:13 by Talent Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 21) : issit you, Ricky??? πŸ˜†

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.06.11 09:54:11 by Ice Reply
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  • Anyone can take down sonny bill williams :mrgreen: robert erbeshon and that cheetahs centre showed the saders midfield whose boss :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 23.06.11 09:58:27 by Muzi Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 18) : Never πŸ˜‰ ; according to what Plum told us on off season (Stef gained 6kg of Muscle); Stef should be around 100kg; but the profile still says 95kg. I rate when the Currie Cup profiles come out Michalak will be 82kg; whereas the toulouse website said 80kg. Always happens when new signings join The Sharks; they gain muscle mass quickly. Mark Steele rocks!!!

  • Comment 24, posted at 23.06.11 09:59:06 by JJR Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 22) : Nice one πŸ˜†

  • Comment 25, posted at 23.06.11 10:00:46 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Muzi (Comment 23) : Pretty sure The Sharks have watched that game video to prepare for this game. They did exactly what anyone could tell you. Play Banana Defence, which stops SBW from giving the good offloads and come from his blindside and force him towards the forwards…he can’t do anything!!! Obviously close the gap withour rushing up too fast; if you let him run at you one on one he will def. be looking for the offload after contact, because you have to go low to get him down. Go Sharks!!!!

  • Comment 26, posted at 23.06.11 10:01:11 by JJR Reply
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  • @Muzi (Comment 23) : I reckon studying the Cheetah / Saders game might not have been a bad idea…and off course our second half against the Saders…

  • Comment 27, posted at 23.06.11 10:03:10 by Ice Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 26) : The saders cheat!!!!!!! πŸ‘Ώ those forward passes are not inside passes sonny bill williams is damn good BUT he aint no jonah lomu…nail him once and he is toast just do not give him respect tackle the living day lights out of him :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 23.06.11 10:05:33 by Muzi Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 16) : they were looking to unleash on their opponents the last 4 weeks

  • Comment 29, posted at 23.06.11 10:06:40 by BR Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 27) : You sharkies have nothing to worry about…oupa stefan is on form also bosman they drilled meisie kind at loftus….just call brendan venter he was the mastermind after all πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 30, posted at 23.06.11 10:07:34 by Muzi Reply

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  • thats a pretty awesome Crusaders team i have to say… if we manage to win, we would certainly deserve it. Its going to be tough.

    Can anyone remember our weekness in our previous game in london?

    i remember that they had success attacking the channel inside our flyhalf with their wings… i dont think michalak will let that happen.

    my opinion: its going to be a wet, close encounter with penalty kicks at goal winning it… i hope lambie brings his kicking boots with.

  • Comment 31, posted at 23.06.11 10:08:07 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 22) : hahahaha! no ricky is about 10 cm shorter than me!!

  • Comment 32, posted at 23.06.11 10:08:20 by Talent Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 24) : and that is amazing considering it is during the season!

  • Comment 33, posted at 23.06.11 10:09:26 by Talent Reply
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  • @BR (Comment 29) : eeeew πŸ™‚

  • Comment 34, posted at 23.06.11 10:09:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 12) :
    W
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    😯

    MEGAAAAAAA someone stole your username.

  • Comment 35, posted at 23.06.11 10:10:21 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • The crusaders high risk rugby will let them down at some stage ,lets hope its now! Not sure we will see to many SBW offloads

  • Comment 36, posted at 23.06.11 10:10:45 by Talent Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 36) : Thats the all blacks blueprint for the world cup in a final all defences are tight a centre has no room to flick pass and look good for the cameras :mrgreen:

  • Comment 37, posted at 23.06.11 10:12:23 by Muzi Reply

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  • @BR (Comment 29) : They won 3 out of 4 & unlucky to have lost the one they did over the last 4 weeks?

  • Comment 38, posted at 23.06.11 10:15:14 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Muzi (Comment 37) : It also means theyll play a brand of rugby we can dominate *tight defense,forward dominant & tactical kicking*boom

  • Comment 39, posted at 23.06.11 10:15:37 by Talent Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 39) : Exactly we will use the skop and jag tactic basically what the bulls are good at let’s hope morne or butch have their kicking boots on

  • Comment 40, posted at 23.06.11 10:17:22 by Muzi Reply

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  • @Talent (Comment 33) : I know; just shows how hard The Sharks train; super running Fit and gaining muscle mass no problem IN SEASON…Crazy!!! The Sharks rock man!!!

    I have been stuck on weight for a year or so now; maybe i should go train with The Sharks for 2 weeks and gain 5kg, HE HE.

  • Comment 41, posted at 23.06.11 10:18:09 by JJR Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 36) : Interesting to see if SBW still tries those offloads when it is Wet…we will see how the weather looks. Personally i don’t want the wet; Sharks don’t really adapt their gameplan too well when it is Wet. Plus, it is a bladdy boring game with all those Kicks and scrums.

  • Comment 42, posted at 23.06.11 10:20:40 by JJR Reply
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  • I reckon they eat horses .Just about what you HAVE to eat when you are that size and doing that much exercise, the amazon is being cut down to feed the sharks players salad :<

  • Comment 43, posted at 23.06.11 10:22:13 by Talent Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 14) : i am quite serious actually… πŸ˜€

  • Comment 44, posted at 23.06.11 10:24:07 by Megatron Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 38) : and not one of them were with a significant margin

  • Comment 45, posted at 23.06.11 10:25:51 by BR Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 41) : Ill bet that the only players who dont gain muscle mass are those springboks going to the world cup, the ones open for drug screening…

    Spies will get smaller at the world cup haha πŸ™‚
    @JJR (Comment 42) : Wet shouldnt bother the Sharks ,we play in humid weather which is worse .
    If it is wet it may come down to kicking and we have more and better kickers than the saders! Their set piece may give ours a horrid time ,thats why I WOULD START WITH J SMIT, imo he is better at scrums and L.O than Bissi

  • Comment 46, posted at 23.06.11 10:26:31 by Talent Reply
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  • @BR (Comment 45) : Winning is winning. Just repeating what they said. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 47, posted at 23.06.11 10:31:27 by McLovin Reply

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  • @JJR (Comment 41) : there’s only one way to gain 5kg of muscle in two weeks mate and I’m pretty sure Steelo doesn’t advocate it…

  • Comment 48, posted at 23.06.11 10:32:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 47) : I would say unleashing on a team means to give them quite a hiding

  • Comment 49, posted at 23.06.11 10:41:52 by BR Reply
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  • @BR (Comment 49) : Agree.

  • Comment 50, posted at 23.06.11 10:45:37 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Talent (Comment 36) : Is that you Divvie?

  • Comment 51, posted at 23.06.11 10:48:00 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 51) : make the lolling stop πŸ™‚

  • Comment 52, posted at 23.06.11 10:53:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 44) : How do we get in contact with Megatron? Someone definitely hijacked his account

  • Comment 53, posted at 23.06.11 12:43:30 by vanmartin Reply
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