Richard Ferguson

Plum sticks to his guns

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 3 Aug 2011 at 11:32
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Sharks coach John Plumtree has decided to stick to his young guns and named a virtually unchanged team to face Griquas in Kimberley this Friday night. After a lot of media hype and quotes that he will keep faith in his youngsters, this has come through with none of the returning 7 players in the starting line-up, and only 3 of them on the bench.

Ross Skeate has been ruled out of contention with a groin injury, with the impressive Jan Andre Marais starting his first game for the Sharks. The backline is unchanged and the halfbacks of Cronje and Michalak will continue to grow as a combination.

The changes come in on the bench, where Cobus Reinach, Francois Kleinhans and JL Potgieter fall away to make space for returnees Charl McLeod, Ryan Kankowski and Pat Lambie. Peet Marais, Jan Andre’[s younger brother, is moved from the U21 team to the bench to cover the second row.

Adi Jacobs, Lwazi Mvovo, Odwa Ndungane and Alistair Hargreaves are given the weekend off, and barring selection from the Springbok group, will come back into selection contention for the game against Western Province at Newlands.

The Sharks: 1. Dale Chadwick, 2. Craig Burden, 3. Wiehahn Herbst, 4. Anton Bresler, 5. Jan Andre Marais, 6. Jacques Botes, 7. Marcell Coetzee, 8. Keegan Daniel (Capt), 9. Ross Cronje, 10. Fred Michalak, 11. Sibusiso Sithole, 12. Meyer Bosman, 13. Stefan Terblanche, 14. Mark Richards, 15. Louis Ludik.

Reserves: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Eugene van Staden, 18. Peet Marais, 19. Ryan Kankowski, 20. Charl McLeod, 21. Patrick Lambie, 22. Marius Joubert.


  • Good call in my opinion.

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.08.11 11:36:24 by steve Reply
  • That starting midfield gives me shivers down the spine… 😈 πŸ˜† 😑

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.08.11 11:40:06 by Charlie Reply
  • Very good call in my opinion!

    PS. I am almost sure Plum follows my comments on here! πŸ˜†

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.08.11 11:47:34 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 3) : Who’s stalking who ? 😈 πŸ˜† 😈

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.08.11 11:48:46 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 2) : Our starting midfield also get shivers down their spines, it’s called arthritis… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.08.11 11:50:13 by CapeShark Reply
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  • i see sbura has kept his spot πŸ˜›

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.08.11 12:13:30 by Megatron Reply

  • Well done to both Marais brothers. They are turning out to be the real deal.

    Peet has been in good form for the u21 team and it will be good to see how he handles CC

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.08.11 12:19:11 by beet Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 6) : I spoke to Siyabonga Tom, the Glenwood and 2011 SA Schools wing on Saturday evening. He tells me that he’s also from the PE area along with schoolmate Legend Marwana, our Craven Week utility back. So 4 of our KZN u18 guys are out of PE.

    Don’t say it…the P-word…I know the drill πŸ˜›

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.08.11 12:22:06 by beet Reply
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  • Konko send the following tweet to Andries this morning πŸ™‚
    From: @Kankowski
    Sent: Aug 3, 2011 10:32a

    @Andries_Strauss warming up the bench against the Griqua’s.. Younger boys have been playing too well!

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.08.11 12:23:24 by Franshark Reply
  • Great job Plumo. Continuity is important.

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.08.11 12:24:20 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 6) : love it :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.08.11 12:24:36 by Franshark Reply
  • @Megatron (Comment 6) : He deserves it. I knew he was fast, but I was still surprised on the weekend.

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.08.11 12:26:46 by Farlington Reply

  • this will put the fire back in the belly of the more senior players

    earn their spot , and earn respect

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.08.11 12:28:09 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • I like that they are rested but surely would use some of them(if not all) in the upcoming games…

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.08.11 12:28:25 by Franshark Reply
  • @CapeShark (Comment 5) : πŸ˜†

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.08.11 12:34:26 by Charlie Reply

  • I’m really pleased at Plum’s backing of- and enthusiasm for the younger players. Still dreadfully concerned about our centre situation for next year’s Super 15 though.

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.08.11 12:34:51 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Plum has surprised me! That doesn’t happen very often :mrgreen:. I share everyone’s sentiments on the midfield. Would have liked to see Marius Joubert or Adi given a starting spot.

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.08.11 12:54:27 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 8) : rugby is in our genes mate, from George to Kokstad you find skew rugby poles in the middle of a grazing camp, the same with cricket. Now the next step is to equip schools like Ithembelihle to a point where the likes Tom, Payi & Kolisi don’t have to get ‘bursaries’ to Grey PE or Glenwood to pursue their chosen sport.

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.08.11 13:02:16 by Megatron Reply

  • Wish Adi was available . . .

    I realise this might not be the right stage for experimentation but Sithole at 13 with Mvovo outside him could be a devastating attack. . .

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.08.11 13:28:39 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 19) : He is…selection preference πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.08.11 13:36:10 by Charlie Reply

  • I feel Adi haven`t played enough rugby this year. What he needs is a good run not rest.
    If he`s good enough to face the All Black surely he`s good enough to play against the Kwasse?

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.08.11 13:41:49 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 21) : Haven’t been contracted yet or any offers from Sharks for next season…Seems they not keen to use him anymore in having sign new or would I say old talents πŸ‘Ώ

  • Comment 22, posted at 03.08.11 14:00:33 by Charlie Reply

  • @CapeShark (Comment 5) : πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  • Comment 23, posted at 03.08.11 14:07:38 by Charlie Reply

  • This is good. I’m happy. Next week we’ll have a better idea of which of these players will stay.

  • Comment 24, posted at 03.08.11 14:07:47 by Letgo Reply
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  • Well done to peet marais for getting a starting spot this weekend.hope he has a super game in kimberey.

  • Comment 25, posted at 03.08.11 16:10:36 by bergshark Reply

  • Well done to jandre marais for getting a starting spot this weekend.hope he has a super game in kimberey.
    And congrats to his younger brother peet for getting selected for the match 22.

  • Comment 26, posted at 03.08.11 16:11:52 by bergshark Reply

  • @comment25: wrong brother (embarrassed)sorry guys

  • Comment 27, posted at 03.08.11 16:14:16 by bergshark Reply

  • OMG Stef back at 13 again! Seriously!

  • Comment 28, posted at 03.08.11 17:32:00 by Ben Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 5) : me too – it’s called fear :mrgreen:

    really excited about this team (seve for midfield).

  • Comment 29, posted at 04.08.11 06:58:25 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 9) : good spirit πŸ˜›

  • Comment 30, posted at 04.08.11 07:04:07 by rekinek Reply
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