Odwa, Skeate definite non-starters

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 3 Aug 2011 at 06:49
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Sharks coach John Plumtree has confirmed that he will look to use a number of his returning Springboks off the bench as the Sharks take on Griquas in Kimberley on Friday night, with others sitting out entirely as he maintains continuity in the team that has gone unbeaten through three rounds of Currie Cup action.

The only injury casualty from last weekend’s win over the Cheetahs is Ross Skeate, who picked up a groin injury early on in the game and was replaced by Jandre Marais. The young lock went on to play a blinder alongside another “rookie” who is making a huge name for himself, Anton Bresler. Bresler was named man of the match, while Marais topped virtually all the stats that matter for a lock. With Skeate out and Alistair Hargreaves available, Plumtree looks fine in the locking department, although with the under 21s enjoying a bye this weekend, he confirmed that Jandre’s younger brother, Peet has also been called up to train with the squad. Depending on how adventurous the coach wants to be, he may opt to start with the Bresler-Marais combo that has come up through the ranks together, with Hargreaves on the bench as an insurance policy.

Should Hargreaves and Bresler start together, though, it would mean an all-DHS lock combo for the Sharks, a statistic sure to make alumni of that famous Durban institution swell with pride!

Plumtree has also confirmed that he won’t use Odwa Ndungane at all this weekend, such was the promise shown by both Mark Richards and Sbura Sithole against the Cheetahs. Both young wingers scored fine tries and showed plenty both on attack and defence and I feel Plum is definitely right to back both with starts this weekend, since neither deserves to be dropped.

Expect Charl McLeod, Pat Lambie and Ryan Kankowski to feature on the bench this weekend, with the situation surrounding two other Boks, Lwazi Mvovo and Adi Jacobs, far less clear. There are, after all, only 22 places available and with Plumtree suddenly spoiled for choice – and having decided not to change his run-on team – it is inevitable that some big names are going to need to sit out this weekend.

The team should be confirmed later today.


  • Select the best availeable players, experience will be the key in Kimberley on Friday night 😉

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.08.11 09:01:40 by Charlie Reply
  • @Charlie (Comment 1) :

    I hope Adi gets some time in the 13 jersey..

    But I fear Stef will not get dropped..

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.08.11 09:18:24 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : 😈 You learned from the best 😆 (Terblanche case – experience with a difference IMO)

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.08.11 09:56:57 by Charlie Reply

  • No disrespect to Odwa but I do not hope he keeps Mark and sithole out of the team.They got pace.

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.08.11 10:09:28 by Honey Badger Reply

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