Richard Ferguson

Plumtree to reveal all this week


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 20 Feb 2012 at 11:08
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The Sharks open their Super Rugby campaign against the Bulls on Friday night, with Ice and the gang arranging an almighty fan base to bring the boys home. We have seen what coach John Plumtree has done in the short preseason so far, but let’s take a look at who will be donning the first fifteen jerseys on Friday night.

John Plumtree has had a lot to say in the preseason about playing spots being available to players on form, and this goes somewhat against the usual Plumtree grain, as he is known to prefer caps and experience over good form and potential. The team announcement this week will confirm what his selection policy for the season will be, and we will have to wait with baited breath to see which way he goes.

In the meantime, I have taken a flyer as to what the team will look like, knowing how Plumtree usually does things. I am sure each of you will have a team slightly different from the one I select, but I will try and pen my selection policy and reasoning behind the selections.

The front row is pretty much a self selection, with Dale Chadwick, Bismarck du Plessis and Jannie du Plessis absolute certainties. This is where it ends in terms of easy selections amongst the forwards, as the second row and loose trio have so many different players that can step up and take on the Bulls.

My selection for the second row would quite simply be Steven Sykes at four and Ross Skeate at five. Sykes has shown good form in the preseason so far, and has the necessary experience to take on the Bulls. Skeate has shown he has some play in him, and should he be able to follow on from the good form he showed in last year’s Currie Cup, we should see him in this jersey a few times this season.

The absence of both Willem Alberts and Jean Deysel leaves a few gaping holes in the loose forwards, but we have some immense talent floating about that Plumtree can choose from. Keegan Daniel is a certainty, it is just his position that is yet to be decided on. It is also pretty clear that Ryan Kankowski will wear the eight jersey, which leaves only the 7 jersey, which Marcell Coetzee can easily take care of.

In the halfbacks, Charl McLeod and Pat Lambie select themselves, along with the centre combination of Meyer Bosman and JP Pietersen, most of the backline is pretty easy. It is on the wings and at fullback that we can still speculate a little. I am quite sure Lwazi Mvovo will be wearing one of the jerseys, and if the selections in the friendlies are anything to go by, Odwa Ndungane will wear the other. That leaves the fullback jersey for Louis Ludik and Riaan Viljoen to fight out, with new signing Riaan Viljoen being touted as he has a pretty big boot for the Highveld game.

So there you have it, my guess as to what the team will look like for Friday night. When this announcement will be made, remains to be seen, as the Sharks would wait until Friday afternoon to announce their team if they could.

1.Chadwick
2.du Plessis
3.de Plessis
4.Sykes
5.Skeate
6.Daniel
7.Coetzee
8.Kankowski

9.McLeod
10.Lambie
11.Mvovo
12.Bosman
13.Pietersen
14.Ndungane
15.Viljoen


38 Comments

  • Spot on i think; just hope Odders is Fit, i read that he might not be 100% for the Bulls game. Probably the reason why he was taken off against the Kings at half time.

    If Odwa doesn’t make it…I think the New Plum will go for Jordaan, and i hope so 🙂 I think Plum has changed his approach a bit; he will be less conservative, back more youngsters and use rotation more often…all good 🙂 Go Sharks…soo keen!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.02.12 11:14:17 by JJR Reply
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  • That is the same starting 15 i had in mind for this game.

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.02.12 11:15:02 by G West Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 1) :
    @G West (Comment 2) :

    If Odwa isn’t fit, Plum will select Ludik on the wing..

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.02.12 11:17:38 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : Lst year i would’ve agreed with you; but Ludik wasn’t involved in this last friendly, so it makes me slightly doubtful. If he does select Lios, i will be more than a bit PO, Sbura or Jordaan should get the spot, i will be this way all year, Flair/X-factor over the conservative approach.

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.02.12 11:21:19 by JJR Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 4) : I agree with you. Wud really love to see a flashy attacking player out there. But based on the importance of the kicking game at altitude, I think Rich has a point, the conservative approach might win the day and we’ll end up with sLouis-mo Ludik on the wing. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.02.12 11:29:31 by beet Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : we can only hope he doesn’t move JPP back out and bring Joubert in at 13 🙁

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.02.12 11:41:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @beet (Comment 5) : 😆 Yes, he is probably right, that’s why i’m unhappy, cos i really want Flair/Youngsters over conservative and old. Plum was as conservitave as possible last year and it didn’t work at all, Crusaders hardly ever play a conservative style, and look where it has got them…i wanna see the Flair and amazing counter attack ability i used to see from The Sharks a few years back.

    If i was given the choice to have Ludik in space or Jordaan/Sithole in space…i would obviously choose jordaan/Sithole, because they make the best of space, they don’t go looking for contact…they wingers/finishers, not Blindside Flankers 🙂

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.02.12 11:45:06 by JJR Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : I guess that’s an option : Whitehead at 13 and JPP back at wing but it undoes a lot of the preseason planning.

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.02.12 11:45:08 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 8) : Yes, i don’t think Bosman and Whitehead even played together as a combo during this pre-season?

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.02.12 11:46:40 by JJR Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 7) : That’s exactly what I think of – NZ style wings – strong attackers who can defend, not the other way around.

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.02.12 11:47:06 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 8) : But it wouldn’t be Whitehead it would be that great center Marius Joubert at 13 if JPP moves out. 🙁

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.02.12 11:48:58 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Cant do much with the loose forwards combination. i hope Coetzee can get us over the advantage line otherwise, its going to be a long night.

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.02.12 11:54:39 by dawj Reply

     
  • @beet (Comment 10) : So True, wingers should be selected for their worth on attack not defence, players can generally learn to defend well over time if they originally are not so good; but learning to attack, pretty difficult…a player either knows how to attack and is born with it or not. Eg. B. Basson’s defence was poor; but it has improved soo much in only 12 months.

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.02.12 12:09:09 by JJR Reply
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  • @dawj (Comment 12) : do you ever say anything positive?

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.02.12 12:09:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) :

    A positive comment is an endangered species with that one dude..

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.02.12 12:11:09 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 15) : it just annoys me. Is this the same dude who told us how the “big Bulls loosies” (whoever they are) are going to run all over us?

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.02.12 12:14:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @dawj (Comment 12) : I was actually thinking that if the Sharks do win, I wouldn’t be surprised if Marcell emerges as MotM. The combo with Daniel and Kanko works into his favour. He’ll be the go-to man for carrying the ball up. In D, there isn’t anyone else in the country who can halt a momentum seeking basher in his tracks quite like Marcell can. It could turn out to be a real big night for a bigger, stronger and more experienced Marcell version 2012.

  • Comment 17, posted at 20.02.12 12:16:11 by beet Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) :

    One and the same..

    Will be interesting to see where these doubters are when the Sharks beat the Bulls. Think they will have the balls to show face?

  • Comment 18, posted at 20.02.12 12:21:39 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 18) : Compare Bulls team and out team man for man, we beat The Bulls comfortably, especially when we include our bench.

    No Doubt Loftus will be difficult; but since 2007 Superugby final we have man handled the Bulls on more than couple of occasions. Some of the best being at Loftus.

  • Comment 19, posted at 20.02.12 12:34:38 by JJR Reply
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  • Best of luck Sharks!
    Looking forward to seeing how the midfield combo go.
    As at the start of every season, I am filled with optimism 😛

  • Comment 20, posted at 20.02.12 12:35:48 by nimalen316 Reply

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  • Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, if you think a win at Loftus will be a sure thing then you are in for a wakeup call.

    The Bulls team I saw in pre-season looks well drilled, cool and composed. I don’t think we should be expecting a win rather a bonus point, it is an away game after all.

  • Comment 21, posted at 20.02.12 12:53:14 by Talent Reply
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  • I think the run on team is fairly simple to select but as in all Bulls/Sharks games the game will still be on the line in the closing quarter so the makeup of the bench will be interesting as I feel it will be the impact of the bench that will win or lose the game.

  • Comment 22, posted at 20.02.12 12:54:03 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Talent (Comment 21) :

    Have a bit of faith..

  • Comment 23, posted at 20.02.12 12:56:20 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Just calling a spade a spade.

    I’m certain the Bulls are going to target Chadwick and may upset him, even boss the young loos head around in the set piece.

    With Ndungane out I would play Sithole at wing (I have heard murmurs of Jordaan which I am not sure would be a great idea) .

  • Comment 24, posted at 20.02.12 13:07:57 by Talent Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 24) :

    I’d love to hear what you call a victory on Monday morning..

  • Comment 25, posted at 20.02.12 13:09:17 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I just love the opening line of the post…. 😎 Rich

  • Comment 26, posted at 20.02.12 13:10:15 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 24) : But Chadwick has ALREADY shown his mettle against these guys…

    Seriously, if there are concerns about Dale, it has to be related to discipline and work rate. His scrumming is exemplary… totally without any question marks.

  • Comment 27, posted at 20.02.12 13:11:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 24) :

    I find it amusing that can say that Dale will get a beating in the front row, yet you call for Sithole, as inexperienced as Dale, if not more inexperienced, to be on the wing???

    This with the Bulls likely to field Basson and Engelbrecht on the wings, both of whom will chase the kicks from Morne Steyn onto our inexperienced winger…

    Just calling a spade a spade…

  • Comment 28, posted at 20.02.12 13:14:52 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I’m probably putting my head out here, but I will say Ludik at 14 if Odwa is out, for the simple reason, Morne Steyn, we will get peppered with high balls, the only way he knows how, and having a second fullback there will be a huge help.
    Also, he isn’t THAT slow, I can’t forget his try off the wing last year from a penalty Freddy was supposedly kicking to touch, landed sweetly in Louis’s hands, and he beelined

  • Comment 29, posted at 20.02.12 13:30:21 by Die Kriek Reply

     
  • @Die Kriek (Comment 29) : I think Louis probably has enough straight-line gas for wing.

  • Comment 30, posted at 20.02.12 13:31:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 29) :

    If your head is on the chopping block, then so is mine!

  • Comment 31, posted at 20.02.12 13:31:59 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @ comment 16, i never said they will run all over us, just that i feel they have the edge over our current loosie combination
    @ comment 18, i will be more than happy to eat humble pie if we win

  • Comment 32, posted at 20.02.12 13:42:02 by dawj Reply

     
  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 28) : I am happy if we win, but I’m sceptical at this stage. I just think the Bulls will bring their A game. Our side looks a little experimental at this point with a number of players being played out of position in the pre-season .

    I hope we win but I don’t understand why we take this upcoming game as in the bag, it’s not.

  • Comment 33, posted at 20.02.12 14:23:32 by Talent Reply
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  • 372605″>Richard Ferguson (Comment 28) : Engelbrecht is not more experienced than Sithole, I don’t understand your worries about him on the wing. I’d Rather have an inexperienced wing then an inexperienced prop –saying that I hope he has a blinder and scrums them into the ground.

  • Comment 34, posted at 20.02.12 14:24:55 by Talent Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 34) : @ comment 24

  • Comment 35, posted at 20.02.12 14:25:46 by Talent Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 34) :

    Engelbrecht has played plenty more rugby than Sithole has.. So ofcourse he is more experienced. ANd have you seen Sithole under the high ball?

    The kid is quick, but he needs to work on catching, passing a ball as well as his work rate..

  • Comment 36, posted at 20.02.12 14:32:00 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : I pray u be wrong…

    Go Sharks!! Our little bunch of 32 Sharksworlders will be supporting our hearts out from about 5 rows from the front!! 😀

  • Comment 37, posted at 20.02.12 14:46:24 by Ice Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 31) : @robdylan (Comment 30) : Feels good to know two of the ‘smart’ guys agree with me!

  • Comment 38, posted at 20.02.12 15:02:24 by Die Kriek Reply

     

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