No early team announcement this week

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 29 Feb 2012 at 08:02
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It seems the rather pleasant surprise of an early Sharks team announcement that we enjoyed last week was to be an exception, rather than the norm. This week, at least, John Plumtree seems to have a pretty good reason for delaying, with a number of players under an injury cloud heading into Saturday’s round two clash against the Stormers.

Number 8 Ryan Kankowski, who came under pressure after a less-than-stellar individual performance against the Bulls, is in doubt after injuring his thumb. There doesn’t seem to be a huge amount of clarity at this stage regarding how likely he is to recover, but the signs aren’t looking all that good for him. An unconfirmed rumour in one of the papers suggests that the thumb is broken and that Hoff will be out for a month, but until we hear that one directly from the Sharks, I wouldn’t take it as read. Big Willem Alberts might just come back into the squad to provide cover, but with him having been out for all of the pre-season, there’s still a fair bit of risk to that approach and according to Plumtree, a late call will be maid regarding his inclusion.

Should neither Kankowski nor Alberts make the trip to Cape Town, Tera Mtembu could come into the match 22 to potentially earn a maiden Super Rugby cap.

Odwa Ndungane is also touch-and-go, but one feels that if he is passed fit, he might just come in at right wing in place of Louis Ludik, probably the position he would have run in against the Bulls had he not tweaked a hamstring against the Kings. There’s been no further update on Tim Whitehead’s groin strain, but in this case, I’m assuming that no news is probably good news.

Plumtree has admitted that the team announcement, expected on Thursday, may contain a fair few brackets as the medical team gives the injured players as long as possible to recover.


  • Dont worry plum .. we as FL managers share your headaches . Unfortunately we cant bracket players though … 🙂

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.02.12 08:12:03 by Zibbie Reply
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  • What happened to Skolly Ndlovu? He seemed to be on the fringes of the Sharks team but has now dropped out and been replaced by Tera Mtembu.

    What about the Sharks picking up Pieter Louw? Always liked his style of play for WP and the Stormers!

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.02.12 08:22:22 by ChrisS Reply
  • Hehehehehe

    Did Kankowski injure his thumb trying to pull it out of his arse? 😉

    Hey if he pulls finger and improves, I’ll be happy.

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.02.12 08:28:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Kanko is out for 6 weeks with a broken thumb. Poor guy, how’s he suppose to get his form back with all these injuries? 🙁

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.02.12 08:29:34 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 1) : and we can only rotate 10 players for the entire season 😉 our job is far far more difficult.

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.02.12 08:34:02 by lostfish Reply
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  • 6. Botes
    7. Coetzee
    8. Daniel
    Will this be our likely starting trio with Alberts coming off the bench? It may be a little light and won’t do us any favours in the lineout.

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.02.12 08:57:44 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 5) :

    True .. and i already had a brain fart before the season even started . Hey maybe i can come coach the Sharks 😛

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.02.12 08:59:07 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 2) : How exactly did Terra replace Skolly? Skolly was an opensider and Terra 8thman.

    Kleinhans looks to have pipped skolly due to kleinhans been 20 and has more time to establish himself than the 26 year old skolly…just saying

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.02.12 09:14:55 by chucky Reply

  • @ChrisS (Comment 2) : Skollie got tired of being jerked around and retired to focus on his business career

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.02.12 09:20:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) :

    Well said!

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.02.12 09:27:42 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 2) :

    So you wanna sign a 27 year old to come and hold back the Sharks talented loosies coming through?!


  • Comment 11, posted at 29.02.12 09:30:27 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @chucky (Comment 8) : I meant as a back-up loosie, not specifically as a specialist.
    @robdylan (Comment 9) : Thanks Rob. I thought he looked useful when he got opportunities!

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.02.12 09:46:41 by ChrisS Reply
  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 11) : 27 isn’t that old and he’s proved himself. I don’t want to hold anybody back, just want a player with some mongrel.

    I don’t know about Kleinhans, Mtembu etc so don’t know if they have mongrel or not.

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.02.12 09:48:40 by ChrisS Reply
  • @ChrisS (Comment 13) :

    And we won’t ever find out if we go and sign players all over the place..

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.02.12 09:51:16 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 14) : You have a point. What type of players are Mtembu and Kleinhans?

    Fetchers, bashers or links?

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.02.12 10:04:06 by ChrisS Reply
  • Only round two, and feels like we have to scratch and wonder already about players, positions, and cover…….. 😐

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.02.12 10:08:23 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @ChrisS (Comment 15) :

    Mthembu is a link, much in the mould of Kanko..

    Kleinhans I know little about, but I have seen is that he is a basher, but with a work rate that is very high..

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.02.12 10:08:40 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 17) : Always useful to have another good link. I rate Daniel as a link as well. Might be an idea to shift him to 8 and bring in PSD, Alberts or Kleinhans as a basher. What do you think?

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.02.12 10:15:03 by ChrisS Reply
  • @ChrisS (Comment 18) :

    Kleinhans needs a year of solid Currie Cup before I will let him at the big boys in Super Rugby.. But if push comes to shove, I will utilise him in the 7 jersey as a fetcher/basher, much like Deysel..

    PSdT I will leave in the Vodacom Cup for now, play him in his preferred position so that we can have a Springbok lock at the Sharks over the next three or so years. He will be going to the U20 Champs as a lock at the end of the day..

    Daniel should stay at 6, with Alberts at 8 and either Botes or Coetzee in the 7 jersey.

    My opinion..

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.02.12 10:20:16 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 18) : If Coetzee can be used as a link then he’d be more effective at 8 as he’s bigger. Then bring in Alberts, PSD or Kleinhans and play Botes as well to play to the ball!

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.02.12 10:20:53 by ChrisS Reply
  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 19) : Coetzee and Daniel both fulfill the link role but I’d give the edge to Marcell as he can bash it up too. For me Botes is a must as he’s the closest thing to a fetcher we have.

    I always want a basher, a link and a fetcher in my team. You can have multi-talented players but the 3 cornerstones have to be there.

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.02.12 10:23:29 by ChrisS Reply
  • @ChrisS (Comment 21) :

    The fetcher role is a bit of a myth, in my mind, especially with the new laws..

    I think every one of the tight five should be able to fulfil the fetcher type role, as they should be at the breakdown first. Again, my very casual opinion.

    Let the loose trio then focus on getting across the advantage line, running at smaller backs and getting the backline into space..

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.02.12 10:33:20 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 22) : I like having someone like Brussouw or McCaw in the team to slow down or turn over opposition ball. I agree that all forwards should try to steal. Bismarck is an example of a tighty who can steal but he’s slow so doesn’t get into position first.

    The fetcher is generally a VERY quick loosie with the insight when to go for the steal and very good tackling skills. We saw how bad the Boks were in 2010 without Brussouw.

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.02.12 11:03:53 by ChrisS Reply

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