Another clean bill of health

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 8 May 2012 at 11:04
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Good news for the Sharks this week is that they’ve managed to come through last weekend’s Highlanders game without picking up any injuries, leaving John Plumtree with a pretty full squad ahead of the second of five matches identified as “must-wins” by the coach.

With prop Julian Redelinghuys making rapid progress after sustaining a leg fracture in pre-season – he may even be able to play a bit of club rugby this weekend – it’s only Ross Skeate who’s still on the sidelines for the Sharks, with a return pencilled in for next month after neck surgery. Talk from the camp is that the other injured lock, Alistair Hargreaves, has been released from his contract early and will thus not play again for the Sharks before leaving to join Saracens in mid-year.

Plumtree will again have a number of selection posers on his hands as he tried to juggle continuity with player rotation. The call to omit a few big names from the team that faced the Highlanders – Willem Alberts and Riaan Viljoen among them – was the right one given current form, but Plumtree and his cohorts will be hard-pressed to get those men back into the trenches and at their best as soon as possible.

Adding further to the confusion is the plight of a slew of next-in-line players who must surely be close to Super Rugby selection. With no further Vodacom Cup action to keep those players busy, the Sharks face a bit of a challenge in order to keep their wider squad match fit, motivated and pushing hard for selection, in the absence of any games for them to play.


  • I feel for the fringe players who now have nothing to do over weekends except run out in club games.

    Cannot see Viljoen back in the line up for this weekend’s clash, but I have a sneaky feeling that Alberts will see some time off the bench this weekend, with Botes falling away completely..

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.05.12 11:08:57 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : Well after last week it would not be fair to drop Ludik!

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.05.12 12:45:59 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 2) : Agreed, I thought that Ludik was our best player in general play against the Highlanders.

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.05.12 12:52:32 by jonnow Reply

  • @jonnow (Comment 3) :
    ludiks best position is at fullback,he offers nothing out on the wing and hampers progress to players who could do a better job than him.

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.05.12 13:54:15 by shaniboi Reply

  • @shaniboi (Comment 4) : but doesn’t pick himself

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.05.12 13:59:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • Not much discussion going on ,on the more possitive tread 😉

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.05.12 14:37:07 by Franshark Reply
  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : I think so too, and Keegan might be due a rest, Herbst in for Jannie?

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.05.12 14:40:22 by Franshark Reply
  • @Franshark (Comment 7) : Yes please! 😀

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.05.12 15:17:16 by vanmartin Reply
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  • As we are in a bit of a tight spot, I don’t think we can rest tooo many players as we would need to look at the ultimate 5 points..

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.05.12 15:30:24 by Ice Reply
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  • Girls’ names are like passwords. Get it wrong; access denied.

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.05.12 15:45:52 by Franshark Reply
  • Sound advice from my wife.

    99% sound.

    1% advice.

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.05.12 15:49:50 by Franshark Reply
  • @Franshark (Comment 11) : 😈 😆

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.05.12 15:52:33 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @shaniboi (Comment 4) : I almost cracked open with laughter before the game when Bob Skindstad said he feels wing is Ludik’s best position because there he can use his explosive pace.

    What explosive pace are you talking about Bob!? 😆

    But like Rob says he doesn’t pick himself. FB suits him far better imo.

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.05.12 22:27:19 by Ben Reply
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  • I would stick with the same 22, and perhaps let Deysel start and Botes finish off, give Kanko a longer run from the bench, and perhaps start Herbst in place of Jannie.

    We do need to make a plan to make sure Pocock does not have a field day on our rucks. Pocock and Hodgson do hunt as a pack = at positions 3 and 4 on defensive ruck attendance – which means our problems of turning over ball on attack is going to be exacerbated this coming weekend.

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.05.12 08:03:05 by Bokhoring Reply

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