Still no Whitehead for Lions game

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 29 May 2012 at 09:00
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In something of a blow to the Sharks’ chances, centre Tim Whitehead has apparently all but been ruled out of this weekend’s game against the Lions, due to the same groin injury that ruled him out of last weekend’s crunch clash with the Stormers.

It was hoped that the former WP man – who has impressed since joining the Sharks this year – would be able to join Meyer Bosman in midfield for the Joburg match, given that incumbent 13 Paul Jordaan is with the Baby Boks in Stellenbosch this week. Coach John Plumtree, like Stormers counterpart Alister Coetzee, appears to engaged in a battle of wills to get his man back from that squad to be able to play at the weekend, insisting that Super Rugby could take precedence over national age group commitments, despite the national body’s protestations to the contrary.

With no Jordaan and no Whitehead, the Sharks suddenly look frightfully thin at centre, assuming of course that the last-resort option of playing Marius Joubert is to be avoided at all costs. A return to the number 13 jersey for JP Pietersen looks possible in that scenario, while Beeld’s Christo Buchner even goes as far as suggesting that Frans Steyn could be drawn into the match 22 ahead of his official July 1 contract start date should SARU dig their heels in when it comes to Jordaan.

Whatever the case, it looks like a disrupted midfield once again for the Sharks when they travel to Joburg, which is unfortunate given that one last big push is needed from these players ahead of the Test window.


  • Option 1: JPP at 13, Odwa at 14
    Option 2: Odwa at 13
    Option 3: Ludik at 13
    Option 4: Mjeveku at 13
    Option 5: Sithole at 13
    Option 6: Kankowski at 13

    Option 56: Chadwick at 13
    Thereafter we can consider MJ at 13

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.05.12 09:17:01 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 1) :

    Where is that damn LIKE button..

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.05.12 09:22:34 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 1) :


  • Comment 3, posted at 29.05.12 09:22:35 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Rob, I hope you gave Christo Buchner the same treatment as poor Puma got for making such outlandish suggestions. 😈

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.05.12 09:25:26 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • What about JPP at 13 and Sithole at 14. Odwa has been a good servant to the Sharks, but he no longer has the speed for a wing

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.05.12 09:25:39 by Bokhoring Reply
  • With Whitehead and Jordaan out i would def. try and get Steyn ready to play off the bench this weekend (if even possible) and JPP can play 13, Bosman retained at 12, obviously. Wings Ndungane and Mvovo.

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.05.12 09:28:58 by JJR Reply
  • @Culling Song (Comment 1) : hehehehehehehehe!!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.05.12 09:33:33 by Ice Reply
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  • Plum will most likely go for

    12. Bosman
    13. JPP
    14. Ludik
    15. Viljoen

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.05.12 09:35:36 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • 😥

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.05.12 09:37:36 by rekinek Reply
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  • this is terrifying 😕

    @Culling Song (Comment 1) : what happened to vulindlu btw – is he gone?

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.05.12 09:38:51 by rekinek Reply
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  • Rob,

    This was my worry yesterday that Tim and Jordaan might not play. The reason I had said that Fransie just might play, even though he is only contracted from the 1st of July.

    I rate Fransie as out best inside centre when on form, for now though, think we should stick with consistency, players that have played with us so far, as we don’t know the kinda condition Fransie is in right now, also how well he will adapt straight up to SuperRugby as we all know it is way faster than up north. Think we should go with JPP back at 13 and Bosman on at 12. With Fransie covering 12 on the bench. (If he can play) Odwa back to wing.

    Fransie (if he can play on the bench) with Vijoen covering on the bench, unless Ludik is over his injury.

    Now I am damn pleased that JPP had plenty game time at outside centre this S15. He will be okay there for the game on Saturday. Wait he went of with a injury on Saturday. Hope JPP is okay otherwise then we are in the poo for sure.

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.05.12 09:39:41 by Puma Reply

  • @rekinek (Comment 9) : Italia, i think.

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.05.12 09:40:03 by JJR Reply
  • @Puma (Comment 10) : Would be crap if JPP also can’t play…then Frans Steyn will have to come into the starting lineup at 13…anyone but M.Joubert, Pleeeaaasssseeee!!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.05.12 09:43:02 by JJR Reply
  • @JJR (Comment 12) : If JPP is injured then Fransie no matter what form he is in will start no doubt at inside centre. Bosman probably will be moved to outside centre. Just guessing here.. before I get my head bitten off again…… 😛

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.05.12 09:45:25 by Puma Reply

  • Jeez we definitely need to win this game and with a bonus point too.

    Another scenario Pat can play inside centre with Bosman moving over to outside centre if JPP is injured. Viljoen then will have to cover fb. Hope Ludik is over his injury.

    Having brilliant utility players is definitely a bonus… 😎

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.05.12 09:49:19 by Puma Reply

  • @Culling Song (Comment 1) : I like it A LOT!!!! 😆

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.05.12 09:50:28 by Viking Reply
  • 365 has confirmed that the u/20 team has won the tug of war for Kitshoff, Jordaan, Du Toit and Botha.

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.05.12 09:54:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Who do we have in the spares cupboard at 13? Lindeque comes to mind.

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.05.12 09:59:10 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Puma (Comment 13) : JPP looked to have gone off for a swollen shut eye. Hopefully he is just going to have a mega shiner by the weekend

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.05.12 10:04:44 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Puma (Comment 13) : Bosman at 13, u jokin right, a typo? Bosman has never played 13(and he is probably our slowest backline player) and Steyn has played at 13 a few times and many times as an outside back…so bosman 12 and 13 Steyn would be the best way to go not the other way round, IMHO 😉

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.05.12 10:47:33 by JJR Reply
  • @lostfish (Comment 17) : Lindeque will struggle to play for Sharks…i will be surprised if he does in the future, he has many players in front of him, and the opportunities he has been given even at Junior levels, he has not really impressed. He has been a bit of a let down to be honest, hopefully he still comes right, cos he still has the potential.

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.05.12 10:50:38 by JJR Reply
  • I thought Steyn’s contract only commences on 1 July?

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.05.12 11:24:19 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 1) : How about Burden at 13. He started out as a wing/centre… he’ll probably still be faster than MJ.

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.05.12 11:39:52 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @Butchie34 (Comment 22) : *smacks own head* How did I omit that one? OK, so at best MJ is now option 58 😈

  • Comment 24, posted at 29.05.12 12:13:27 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 23) : The option was probably in the …
    section, but I thought it was a valid option.

    Of course, I think pulling one of the car guards outside as cover instead is also an option. 👿

  • Comment 25, posted at 29.05.12 12:25:07 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @Butchie34 (Comment 24) : I think one day you and I will have to get together over a beer and exorcise the anti-MJ sentiments in private; even *I* am starting to feel bad for the amount of flak the guy takes (mostly from me…)

  • Comment 26, posted at 29.05.12 12:38:42 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 25) : We’ll definitely have to do that.

    I’ve copped enough flak on this site about how I am only allowed to LOVE every single player that wears the black and white. I try to keep my preferences quiet now… but I couldn’t resist today 👿

  • Comment 27, posted at 29.05.12 12:40:59 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @Butchie34 (Comment 26) : @Culling Song (Comment 25) : Hey I’m trying my best but i’m just getting too old for this s#!t, its not my fault if plum keeps selecting me.

  • Comment 28, posted at 29.05.12 15:58:30 by MJ Reply

  • @MJ (Comment 27) : 😆 😆

  • Comment 29, posted at 29.05.12 15:59:51 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @MJ (Comment 27) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 30, posted at 29.05.12 16:00:00 by Culling Song Reply
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