Go klap the Brumbies

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content, Reader Submissions, Sharks, Super Rugby on 29 Mar 2012 at 08:00
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As we look at the game this weekend, Sharks vs Brumbies, a lot has been said about the team selection. It’s not all been bad though, I’m sure we are all looking forward to see JP Pieterson back at 13, and the long awaited return of Jean Deysel (starting off the bench).

Probably the biggest concern under some Sharks supporters is the starting role that’s been handed to Freddy Michalak, included in the team at the expense of Meyer Bosman. Bosman has been playing some good rugby the last 2 to 3 games and really finding his feet at inside centre; his running with ball in hand is looking good, and one moment that comes to mind is the try last weekend where there was some good interplay between him and Lwazi Mvovo.

Let’s look at the positives with Michalak starting on Saturday.

Michalak’s main position is flyhalf, it is his first starting game this year and maybe in the ones he did come on, he didn’t do well enough to warrant a start, although to be fair it was at scrumhalf. We all know that Freddy can be brilliant at no 10 and he can also suck horribly at times! Bosman has been playing some good rugby, at inside center, but that’s not to say he will have a good game at flyhalf. Bosman is the kind of player that needs a bit of space to make up his mind: should I run, should I pass? I think his best possible position is 12.

In my opinion I don’t think it was a bad move from Plum to move Bosman to the bench, because now his bench is looking much better than last week, with Bosman, Deysel and Bresler coming on with 30/20min to go, and we all know from last week what your bench can do to the team in the dying minutes. If McLeod is playing well as he’s been doing in the last couple of outings you don’t have to replace him, he can play the full 80 minutes. I think his services has been good to Lambie and he’s quick to clean the ball from behind the ruck. JP will probably not play the full 80, so you’ll bring Bosman on and move Whitehead to outside.

The way in which I would use Deysel and Alberts is bashing the ball up (likely to happen) to take 2 to 3 defenders to bring them down, then make sure you clean quick ball for McLeod to give to the backline and especially to our flyer Mvovo and then there’s still Viljoen to come into the backline.

15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Fred Michalak, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (capt), 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Jandre Marais, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Dale Chadwick.
16 Craig Burden, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Anton Bresler, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Jacques Botes, 21 Meyer Bosman, 22 Louis Ludik

Just a quick look at previous results between the two teams.

Sharks 34 Brumbies 16 07/05/11
Brumbies 24 Sharks 22 13/03/10
Sharks 35 Brumbies 14 28/03/09
Brumbies 27 Sharks 21 19/04/08
Sharks 10 Brumbies 21 24/03/07
Brumbies 35 Sharks 30 11/03/06

Looks like home advantage will play a big role, with only the Brumbies winning away from home in 2007.

I’d like the Sharks to take that first 60min against the Tahs with less handling errors and one or two passes going to hand, and the bench to come and finish it off with a bonus point win.


  • Go Sharks Go!!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.03.12 08:09:31 by RuckingFun Reply
  • Go Tunas go!!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.03.12 08:14:55 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Our packs gonna dominate and give freddy and the boys a good platform to attack from!

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.03.12 08:17:38 by RuckingFun Reply

  • Unfortunately Plum doesnt always know how to use his bench.

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.03.12 08:27:36 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Our forwards better show up, the Brumbies’ scrum is pretty good.

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.03.12 08:41:00 by PTAShark Reply
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  • Brumbies have quite a big pack (typical JW), they’ll front up in the tight exchanges. Sharks have the edge in the backline and i hope they use it.

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.03.12 09:21:25 by The Quirk Reply
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  • Actually Michilak has started quite a few games so far.

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.03.12 09:56:27 by Ben Reply
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  • Go Sharks… :mrgreen:

    Even a one point win will be good enough for me. Just want us to get the win.

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.03.12 10:15:04 by Puma Reply

  • Here’s a challenge, how many games can you recall where MB messed up at flyhalf? (2012 and earlier)

    As far as I can remember he’s been more consistent in that position than at 12. This is nothing against Freddie Michalak, he has the potential to be great at times but I’d personally prefer consistency over potential greatness at this crucial stage of the Sharks’ campaign.

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.03.12 10:44:50 by vanmartin Reply
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