Injury doubts persist for Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 7 Mar 2012 at 10:00
Tagged with : , , , , , , , ,

Sharks coach John Plumtree has admitted that there is still some uncertainty around the availability of a few players, looking ahead to Saturday’s clash against the Lions in Durban.

With the side putting in a far more encouraging performance in Cape Town last week, it remains to be seen whether the coach opts to make changes to the line-up that came so close against the Stormers; the good news being that, with a clean bill of health to report from that encounter, he could probably opt to name an unchanged match 22 should he so wish.

The players who could potentially come into consideration all missed last week’s game, but there’s a valid case for suggesting that all three could add massive value to the match 22. Willem Alberts appears to be an obvious candidate to take over from Tera Mtembu on the bench, but with a late decision taken to withdraw the former from the team to face the Stormers, it remains to be seen whether the extra week off has done the trick for him. The Sharks certainly seem to be opting for conservative management when it comes to Alberts’s injury, which is warranted given his importance to the overall campaign.

Tim Whitehead and Odwa Ndungane are both players that Plumtree seemed to have earmarked in his first-choice backline, with injuries against the Bulls and Kings respectively ensuring that neither could play last week. In the case of the latter, one feels the coach would be sure to include him in a straight swap for Louis Ludik at right wing, provided he is declared fit. Whitehead’s case is less straightforward, though. He was sublime against the Bulls at inside centre, but his replacement Meyer Bosman also put in a hugely impressive showing against the Stormers and the coach will have a real head-scratcher on his hands as he works out which of the two should start and which should take the bench spot currently occupied by Marius Joubert.

The coach will probably not tinker too much outside of these positions, although a change at scrum half, with Charl McLeod starting for Fred Michalak, can not be ruled out at this stage.


  • Can`t believe I`m saying this but since it`s a wet game, maybe we should stick with Bosman and just put Whitehead on the bench? 🙄

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.03.12 10:07:35 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • Whithead should start at 13 if fit and JPP can move back to the wing as a MUCH better option than either Ludik or Ndungane.

    IMO JPP was moved to 13 because plum didn’t know how good he had it in Whitehead and Jordaan.

    Bosman has stepped up well this season, so Bosman, Whitehead, Jordaan would be my centers with Joubert being sent wherever he wants to go OUTSIDE the match 22.

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.03.12 10:09:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • @Original Pierre (Comment 1) :

    I can’t see it being a wet game, to be honest..

    Weather has been shitty all week, and the heat is bound to hit Durban any time now!

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.03.12 10:09:30 by Richard Ferguson Reply
    Friend of SharksworldCompetition Winner Administrator
    Richard Ferguson
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) :

    I tend to agree with you..

    Why have a brilliant winger holding up what looks to be a good centre pairing, only to have a fullback stuck on the wing.

    I must admit though, I do like the look of JPP at centre, but it does not make logical sense to continue with him there for now..

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.03.12 10:11:34 by Richard Ferguson Reply
    Friend of SharksworldCompetition Winner Administrator
    Richard Ferguson
  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 4) : Agreed, the experiment has worked and we now know we can pull him back in there if needed, but right now we need him at wing and we have the centers WELL covered.

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.03.12 10:13:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • @Original Pierre (Comment 1) : Weather forecasts seem to be improving everyday…now it says sunny 4 most of the time between now and saturday, and saturday has a 15% chance of rain with 2mm possible…scattered showers, so i would hope that if it does rain, it won’t interupt the whole 80 minutes.

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.03.12 10:18:12 by JJR Reply
  • Please don’t keep the same 22. Marius Joubert must be chased so far away from the team that he’s afraid to even mention the letter “S”.

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.03.12 10:20:21 by Butchie34 Reply
  • 😈 JPP is still finding himself at centre. I saw him drifting to the wing position ever so often during the last 2 games. Hope Tim is good to go! Ludik put in good defence in both game but having Odwa back to play of the bench would be great. 😈

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.03.12 10:22:23 by KILLER SHARK Reply
    Valued Sharksworld Supporter
  • Please play Charl! Freddy adds more options to the bench

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.03.12 10:27:49 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 8) : That’s why i have been asking for Jordaan to play in the 14 jersey…JPP and Jordaan can drift between the two positions(13 and wing), as Jordaan’s best position is probably gonna be 13. And the extra attacking threat of Jordaan,and with Whitehead and JPP in the mix could cut the opposition to pieces.Great attacking players…good mix of Strength, Speed, Agility and creativity with those 3.

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.03.12 10:28:57 by JJR Reply
  • 9. McLeod, 10. Lambie, 11. Mvovo, 12. Whitehead, 13. JPP, 14. PAUL JORDAAN, 15. Viljoen. 20. Michelak 21. Bosman

    Now we can choose 4 forward reserves on the bench and we have any injury in the backline covered.

    Very worried about the form of Jannie du Plessis for some time now. I realy wish we could get BJ back.

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.03.12 10:47:39 by Bite me Reply

    Bite me
  • @JJR (Comment 6) : hmmm not sure if that`s good news.
    Lions have some dangerous runners out wide . . .

    But if it`s dry I`ll definately revert back to the Whitehead, JP combination. I like the idea of Jordaan on the wing as well.

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.03.12 11:02:57 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • Rob,

    Any idea when Deysel is returning?

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.03.12 11:37:41 by dawj Reply

  • @Original Pierre (Comment 12) : Rain makes things a lot more even, and with Elton on form with his kicking and The Sharks giving away soo many penalties…the lions would have a better chance of winning. In the dry even our pack as it is will dominate the Lions, especially in the scrum; and out wide we can cause some serious damage. Hollebach, Le Grange, Van Rensburg, etc slow as hell compared to the backs we could select to play against them.

    Dry game= a definite win for The Sharks with a Bonus point…a Wet game could go either way.That’s what i think anyway 🙂

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.03.12 12:50:29 by JJR Reply
  • Jordaan is not a wing. Never was never will be.that’s just my honest opinion. Best thing for plumtree to do for him is to give him 20-30 mins off the bench and a few outings in the VC should have him ready for the CC.
    this would be my sharks backline
    10. Lambie
    11. Mvovo
    14. Sithole
    15. Viljoen
    a backline with pace,power and abundant flair.. Sharks by 12 this weekend

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.03.12 13:51:02 by McalisterBW Reply

  • @McalisterBW (Comment 15) : What do you feel is Jordaan’s best position?

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.03.12 13:53:44 by Ben Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Author
  • @Ben (Comment 16) : I feel his best position is at 12. His running lines are top notch and he’s got a good boot. i rate he could do a decent shift at 13 as well.

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.03.12 14:02:45 by McalisterBW Reply

  • @McalisterBW (Comment 17) : Yeah I think his best position is at 13. Would do a great job of running off a quality 12 that can put him into space. His defence is shaky. Would not play him at 12.

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.03.12 14:05:33 by Ben Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Author
  • @McalisterBW (Comment 17) : Also don’t rate his kicking. Really don’t know why he played 10 last year.

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.03.12 14:06:38 by Ben Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Author
  • @Ben (Comment 19) : he’s an awesome talent. With guidance and proper coaching he’ll be a fully fledged springbok by 2014..

  • Comment 20, posted at 07.03.12 14:18:45 by McalisterBW Reply

  • @McalisterBW (Comment 15) :

    Welcome to the site!

    Hope to see more of you..

  • Comment 21, posted at 07.03.12 14:23:38 by Richard Ferguson Reply
    Friend of SharksworldCompetition Winner Administrator
    Richard Ferguson

Add Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.