Richard Ferguson

Sharks get 7 Boks back

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content, Sharks, Springboks, Tri Nations, WP on 1 Aug 2011 at 15:06
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Springbok management has decided to release a group of 15 players that were involved in the away leg of the Tri Nations for selection at Currie Cup level this weekend, along with a further 8 players that were selected as part of the Preliminary squad, who did not tour . 

The Sharks get back Adi Jacobs, Patrick Lambie, Charl McLeod, Lwazi Mvovo, Odwa Ndungane, Alistair Hargreaves and Ryan Kankowski for possible selection against Griquas this weekend. This will complicate matters slightly for coach John Plumtree, who has made no secret that he will reward the players who have played well so far this Currie Cup campaign.

The full 23 players who have been released are:

Bjorn Basson Vodacom Blue Bulls
BJ Botha Munster, Ireland
Heinrich Brüssow Toyota Free State Cheetahs
Adrian Jacobs The Sharks
Elton Jantjies MTN Lions
Zane Kirchner Vodacom Blue Bulls
Patrick Lambie The Sharks
Francois Louw Bath, England
Charl McLeod The Sharks
Lwazi Mvovo The Sharks
Odwa Ndungane The Sharks
Wynand Olivier Vodacom Blue Bulls
Dean Greyling Vodacom Blue Bulls
Alistair Hargreaves The Sharks
Ryan Kankowski The Sharks
Werner Kruger       Vodacom Blue Bulls
Ashley Johnson Toyota Free State Cheetahs
Johann Muller Ulster, Northern Ireland
Coenie Oosthuizen Toyota Free State Cheetahs
Chiliboy Ralepelle Vodacom Blue Bulls
Deon Stegmann Vodacom Blue Bulls
Adriaan Strauss Toyota Free State Cheetahs
Flip van der Merwe Vodacom Blue Bulls


  • Just to add to the article:

    This does not mean that these players cannot be selected to play in the Home leg of the Tri Nations..

    It could be that they get game time at the Unions..

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.08.11 15:13:11 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • It’s interesting to see that Lambie has been released but not Steyn

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.08.11 15:18:16 by durbsguy Reply

  • I suppose the picture will become much clearer once the Bok squad for the next tri nations match is announced.

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.08.11 15:20:32 by war1 Reply
  • @durbsguy (Comment 2) : Steyn is in desperate need of a rest. But I’m not sure Pat needs game time.

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.08.11 15:23:58 by war1 Reply
  • Mostert and Deysel also not released! Good for them.

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.08.11 15:24:02 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Interesting that BJ Botha, Francois Louw and Johann Muller has been released, their clubs are in the off season now?

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.08.11 15:28:09 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • please, please, please, dont ever select that Basson again!!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.08.11 15:30:10 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 7) : And Deon ‘Did I miss something’ Stegman

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.08.11 15:37:13 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @Uli (Comment 7) : I’m starting to think that you don’t like Bjorn… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.08.11 15:37:18 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 9) : You know, for a sharks fan you have remarkable intuition! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.08.11 15:48:10 by Greg Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 10) : Classic! Can’t see myself topping that! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.08.11 15:49:41 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 4) : i think he will do with some games.

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.08.11 15:52:14 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 12) : Not if he is going to play in the Tri Nations home leg. But if he will be benching then it is better to let him play for the Sharks.

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.08.11 16:05:21 by war1 Reply
  • Well Plum is right in not playing the Sharks Boks. Well for now that is. They need a rest.

    Remember our Sharks Boks have now been to NZ 3 times this year. They need a rest.

    Well we know for sure now that Morne Steyn will be in the wc squad. Lambie might not make it. Why I have no idea why. He played far better than Morne on this tour alone.

    Just can’t understand why he was released though. Lambie and Deysel were the best Boks on Saturday. Morne probably with Basson the absolute worst.

    Anyhow would rather see Lambie with a better coach and the new young Boks of 2012. Also we will be playing a better game plan next year with the next coach. Well hope so.

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.08.11 16:21:49 by Puma Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 14) : You realize there’s a chance that Peter de Villiers may get his contract extended?

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.08.11 16:30:27 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Hmmm 😕

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.08.11 16:31:38 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Not such a bad thing . Pat Lambie would enjoy playing behind a decent pack. Lwazi could benefit from actually being passed the ball for once and not having to mark 3 men on the outside overlap all the time.

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.08.11 16:36:37 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @Puma (Comment 14) : you do realise that might well have been lambies last test for a while

    how come steyn was not released??

    according to rugby365 these 23 players were sent packing

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.08.11 16:37:11 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 18) : Yes I do. Damn mad about it. How the heck did Morne get selected ahead of Lambie? Lambie out played Morne not by just a bit but a whole damn lot on Saturday and the week before.

    Damn them. Now rather see Lambie in a better team with the Boks next year. Playing a better game plan with a better coach.

    Still annoyed. Morne played just terrible and gets the nod ahead of Lambie who was only one of about 4 or 5 players that played well on Saturday. Actually Lambie was our 2nd best next to Deysel.

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.08.11 16:57:03 by Puma Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 15) : No he never will. Doubt it very much buddy.

  • Comment 20, posted at 01.08.11 16:58:36 by Puma Reply

  • Don’t know what to make of lambie being released for cc games ..hope this isn’t the end of his chances for wc squad..

  • Comment 21, posted at 01.08.11 17:09:11 by bergshark Reply

  • Guess the boot of m steyn is something the bok coaching team values very highly..would be sstupid not to,I guess..kicks win matches the saying goes..perhaps lambie shouldve looked to put over a dropgoal or two..?

  • Comment 22, posted at 01.08.11 17:11:30 by bergshark Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 20) : Source please? As far as I know nothing has been confirmed or denied yet regarding his future.

  • Comment 23, posted at 01.08.11 17:13:04 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Why are some of you convinced Lambie has suddenly lost his place in the WC squad? ❓

  • Comment 24, posted at 01.08.11 17:17:41 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 23) : No source just can’t see him getting another 4 years. Can you? Especially if we don’t make it out our pool in the wc. That could happen.

  • Comment 25, posted at 01.08.11 17:18:56 by Puma Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 24) : Cause why would he be released back to the Sharks for CC? He played better than Morne and Morne is not released back to Bulls.

    We have to fhs on tour. Morne and Butch. Utility players – Ruan, Fransie and Hougaard. See Ruan not released either so he will make it. Though he never played well on this tour.

    So Ruan will cover sh and fh. Fransie can cover 12 and fb. Hougaard covers sh and wing. Lambie gonna miss out. What a huge shame I think. One of the better players out of many that were not up to it on this tour.

  • Comment 26, posted at 01.08.11 17:23:02 by Puma Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 26) : sorry typo. Meant – two fhs.

  • Comment 27, posted at 01.08.11 17:23:49 by Puma Reply

  • @vanmartin:comment24: I’m hoping he hasn’t,just seems a bit odd that he gets released for cc duty.or maybe the coach is going to give m steyn the no15 jersey in the last two tests and play butch at ten,but he has already decided to take lambie with as utility back.perhaps this is more about getting m steyn familiar with fb position whilst also ensuring both butchie and lambie get gametime?

  • Comment 28, posted at 01.08.11 17:24:04 by bergshark Reply

  • @Puma:I hope they play centre combo of j fourie and f steyn,like at 07 wc.jean div hasnot impressed in two outings vs sbw.

  • Comment 29, posted at 01.08.11 17:27:13 by bergshark Reply

  • Francois hougaard first choice sh?fdp(in sr) and rp(3n) not been impressive .

  • Comment 30, posted at 01.08.11 17:30:39 by bergshark Reply

  • Wonder what mostert is thinking now?oh well,think if he makes wc squad,whoever is coach next year,will retain him in bok in a way it will be up to him to then play himself out of bok team(considering the departure of both d rossouw and bakkies as well as vic).
    Bakkies will also still be playing rugby next season in france,so he should not be seen as totally lost to int rugby.
    Wonder if ali hargs won’t struggle at sharks in a season or two to keep a place in starting xv?there seems to be some good and keen youngsters coming thru the ranks.

  • Comment 31, posted at 01.08.11 17:37:24 by bergshark Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 29) : I hope so too. Rate Fransie plenty. They may have in mind to use Morne at fb. Damn that would be stupid. Just to have him on the field to kick. We need a better fb. So think Butch will be on the bench and Fransie to fb. Unfortunately cause I think he will be better at inside centre.

    Our game plan is so out of date. That will let us down big time. If they had any intention of playing with more possession we would see Lambie being retained. It is gonna be the kick and chase game that let us down very bad last year against the ABs and also the eoyt which we hardly looked good playing.

    Also doubt we can go by much when the Abs and Aussies tour here. Think Aussies no doubt will bring their best. They don’t have enough depth. Doubt Abs are gonna send all of their best here either. Be prepared for some of the top ABs to be rested coming here.

    Our Boks just won’t have enough game time before this world cup. WE hardly looked great against Wales last year and lost to a very poor Scotland. Now we face two Island teams in our pool and Wales. We may not even make it out of our pool. If that is the case then I rather have Lambie stay right here at home and not let his name down with a Bok team that might not make it through.

    I was hoping we make it to the semi. If we do well done. But can’t see that happen. Not with the out of date daft kick and chase Bull style rugby that we have to play. Kicker or no kicker we won’t win it or get close.

    Look Carter missed many on Saturday and it mattered not. Cause they the (Abs) score tries.

  • Comment 32, posted at 01.08.11 17:38:06 by Puma Reply

  • It takes only one game to see Pats the best…. They need stein to proof himself 🙂

  • Comment 33, posted at 01.08.11 17:39:52 by Franshark Reply
  • @bergshark (Comment 30) : Agree.

  • Comment 34, posted at 01.08.11 17:40:50 by Puma Reply

  • @Puma:hope rassie is working on a game plan that will see is being competitive and creative.

  • Comment 35, posted at 01.08.11 17:47:35 by bergshark Reply

  • Is_us (typo)

  • Comment 36, posted at 01.08.11 17:49:16 by bergshark Reply

  • Interesting that bj botha has been released..??and also johan muller??wouldve liked to have seen how bj botha goes in the scrums.

  • Comment 37, posted at 01.08.11 17:53:30 by bergshark Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 35) : Seems rather too late to work on another game plan. We should have tried it out on the eoyt last year.

    Doubt it will be a new game plan. Read before our youngsters left for the away 3N that PdV said they would play the same game plan that the other Boks left at home would play. Just in case of injury and they have to slot in they will be ready. Not even sure what game plan we played in the away tour. We were shocking. Except a few.

    In that few was Lambie. He stood out amongst some very ordinary play by others. How he got left out is a mystery. Must be we gonna play the kick and chase Bull Style rugby that hardly got them anywhere in the S15 this year or our Boks last year either.

  • Comment 38, posted at 01.08.11 17:54:30 by Puma Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 37) : Would have like to have seen BJ as well. Think Muller might still be carrying a injury. Think he was selected only to be vice captain on the away leg and got injured. Mostert played very well with the one game he had. Pleased he has been retained. Wish now he just kept on playing for Sharks. Doubt a new coach just gonna select players overseas.

  • Comment 39, posted at 01.08.11 17:57:56 by Puma Reply

  • @Puma:agree that new coach won’t just go and select overseas players,but we might just need to have a player of mostert’s attributes in the bok team(2m and ±123kg,athletic,abbrasive,ball carrier).don’t think flippie cuts it at int level-not even been impressed with him at he bulls 😐

  • Comment 40, posted at 01.08.11 18:13:09 by bergshark Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 40) : Agents just get to me sometimes. I think it is the Agents that push the players to go over. Mostert should have been patient and waited until after the Tri-Nations. That way he would have known if he would get selected or not. Anyhow he is there and probably will go to this world cup. Many injuries right now so think he will get to the world cup. He deserves it after a great first performance in a Bok jersey.

    Just wish he was still a Sharks…. 🙁

  • Comment 41, posted at 01.08.11 18:17:26 by Puma Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 40) : Cheers buddy. Out of here now.

  • Comment 42, posted at 01.08.11 18:18:39 by Puma Reply

  • @Puma: well if rassie was working on same game plan with players left behind in rustenburg,then it wasn’t so smart from saru- couldve made a dvd with pdivvy explaining game plan to the guys-couldnt last longer than 5min 😐
    It does actually seem a bit far fetched to believe the boks will have wholesale changes to their game plan,but it would be nice to see some creativity creep in somewhere during a 80min bok test.

  • Comment 43, posted at 01.08.11 18:19:16 by bergshark Reply

  • @Puma: good night Puma,have a great evening.

  • Comment 44, posted at 01.08.11 18:22:49 by bergshark Reply

  • Isn’t it possible that Lambie has already proved himself while Morne Steyn has been given a further chance to do so? Same with Ruan Pienaar perhaps?

  • Comment 45, posted at 01.08.11 18:45:44 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 45) : I point u to comment 33… 😉

  • Comment 46, posted at 02.08.11 06:20:48 by Franshark Reply
  • @Franshark (Comment 46) : Apologies, I was under the impression you were referring to a beer :mrgreen:

  • Comment 47, posted at 02.08.11 06:45:36 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 47) : lekke 🙂 no apologies needed..

  • Comment 48, posted at 02.08.11 07:20:30 by Franshark Reply
  • I am worried about the Bok chances at the World Cup. P Divs continued backing of Ruan, CJ and Morne is going to be the achilles heel that loses the tournament. All three players are nowhere near the quality needed to win at the business end of the tournament. I see a Mallett RWC tournament ahead. A year where the trophy should have been won had the right selections been made.

  • Comment 49, posted at 02.08.11 07:52:46 by waje Reply

  • @waje (Comment 49) : So who would you select?

  • Comment 50, posted at 02.08.11 08:24:23 by Uli Reply
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  • I fully support Plum not using the returning Boks this week against Griquas. Rather stick with the team that is gelling as Kimberly is not an easy place to go and win so some consistency is needed. After the Boks for the home leg of the TriNations is selected on Saturday then Plum will have a clearer idea of who he will have for the season and can then start to mould his team including the returning Boks.

  • Comment 51, posted at 02.08.11 08:31:59 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Uli (Comment 50) : Lambie as utility back, anyone other than CJ and Peter Grant.

  • Comment 52, posted at 02.08.11 09:36:22 by waje Reply

  • @waje (Comment 52) : So…. by selecting Lambie as utility back… dont you think you are creating another Brent Russel/Frans Steyn/Ruan Pienaar?

  • Comment 53, posted at 02.08.11 09:57:19 by Uli Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 48) : how was Saturday? Who’s responsible for posting photos ?

  • Comment 54, posted at 02.08.11 10:22:12 by rekinek Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 51) :Agree.

    Also our Shark Boks need a rest. Remember those players have not travelled to NZ 3 times this year. Also London and back. Too much travel and non-stop rugby. They need a rest. After this weekend like you said, Plum will know who he has got for the rest of the CC.

  • Comment 55, posted at 02.08.11 10:23:37 by Puma Reply

  • @Uli (Comment 53) : there is a fine line of giving youngster experience and messing him around.
    It’s Lambie’s second season with the boks so perhaps moving him around can be explained by advantage of rather playing than him sitting on the bench.
    Though when to stop is the question.

  • Comment 56, posted at 02.08.11 10:24:07 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Puma (Comment 55) : not travelled = now travelled…. 😳

  • Comment 57, posted at 02.08.11 10:24:25 by Puma Reply

  • @Uli (Comment 53) : no they’re creating another james o’connor! think positively

  • Comment 58, posted at 02.08.11 10:59:02 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 58) :

    I agree Mega. There are a lot of Australian player that frequently play in different position without it being an issue. Why then do we blame all SA’s problem on that?

  • Comment 59, posted at 02.08.11 11:27:30 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 53) : “Utilities” should be banned – does the player so much damage. and the coaches only throw them under the wheels of the bus when they dont bring the spark as often…

  • Comment 60, posted at 02.08.11 11:43:05 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Still early guns…we the public and fans must insist that lambie be part of the bok set up for world cup…i think morne needs the game time not lambie etc…plus morne does not deserve a spot at all. As said we will wait and see and yes basson should never wear a bok jersey again …absolutely useless he cost us two tries by his individual madness. Oh and Apron Aplon must also sit on the sidelines…

  • Comment 61, posted at 02.08.11 12:03:40 by AlterEgo Reply

  • @rekinek (Comment 54) : actualy a good Q, but not that many fotos been taken… Was an awsome day 🙂

  • Comment 62, posted at 02.08.11 12:10:45 by Franshark Reply
  • @Just a Fan (Comment 60) : how much “damage” do you think has been done to james o’connor, who in the past 2 seasons has started both in super rugby & tests at 10, 11, 12 & 15?

    how about quantifying the damage done to adam ashley cooper who has played 15, 14, & 13 at test.super rugby 11 but is STILL the mainstay in the wallabie backline? 🙄

  • Comment 63, posted at 02.08.11 12:20:15 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 63) : and Beale seems equally comfortable at 10 and 15.

  • Comment 64, posted at 02.08.11 12:24:33 by Pokkel Reply
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  • The wc is a different stage … Especially the games in the quarters leading up. If cooper and carter get inured that will set the panic button off. And if mccaw gets injured there wont be an all black team. Its not over until its over. Gonna be an interesting wc…

  • Comment 65, posted at 02.08.11 12:33:27 by AlterEgo Reply

  • We can only judge when the boks are at full strength…the AB and Aussies know this.

  • Comment 66, posted at 02.08.11 12:37:36 by AlterEgo Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 51) : I agree – stick with the youngsters and reintroduce the Boks from the bench initially. I’d let Kleynhans and Reinach go and get game time with the U21’s (neither were used on saturday) and bring Kanko and Charl (perhaps Adi) onto the bench.

  • Comment 67, posted at 02.08.11 17:05:59 by steve Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 64) : but Beale does not experience half of the media / supporters pressure of SA player when he has a shocker.

  • Comment 68, posted at 02.08.11 17:44:20 by rekinek Reply
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