Zuks returns for Sharks clash

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Other SA Teams on 6 Sep 2012 at 09:10
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Griquas have named former Sharks winger Luzuko Vulindlu in place of the injured Jannie Boshoff in the only change to their starting fifteen for Saturday’s Currie Cup match in Kimberley. Luzuko, who spent a season playing for Auch in France before joining Griquas, will have an opportunity to play against the side he last represented in 2010.

Coach Pote Human has conceded that Boshoff’s ongoing hamstring trouble is a concern and that the former Lion will see a specialist in Bloemfontein to assess the nature of the injury and determine the prognosis; the inference being that Human expects to have to make do without his star wing for much of the remainder of the season. Vulindlu should thus have an opportunity to impress in a backline that contains other former Sharks in Jean Stemmet, Marnus Hugo and Rocco Jansen (although the last-named only ever played in a friendly match in black and white).

The only other squad change comes on the bench, with Richard Lawson replacing Matthew Rosslee in the number 22 jersey.

Griquas: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Luzuko Vulindlu, 13 Jean Stemmet, 12 Walter Venter, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Leon Karemaker, 7 Wesley Wilkins, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Ligtoring Landman, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Ryno Barnes (captain), 1 Steph Roberts

Substitutes: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 Ivann Espag, 18 Frikkie Spies, 19 Justin Downey, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Richard Lawson


  • I kinda always liked Zuks… Why did he leave? Well, If I look at it, its quite obvious isn’t it… Game Time?

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.09.12 10:06:26 by SharksRTB Reply
  • @SharksRTB (Comment 1) : had his chance, didn’t really take it, got injured, got Lwazi’d.

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.09.12 10:13:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • A team not to take lightly either

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.09.12 10:27:52 by Dunx Reply

  • When did Jean Stemmet, Rocco Jansen and Marnus Hugo play for us?

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.09.12 10:29:12 by ChrisS Reply
  • Stemmet played for us in the 2010 Vodacom Cup
    Jansen played for the Sharks team when he was in trial in the 2009 pre-season
    Marnus Hugo never played for us as far as I know

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.09.12 10:37:06 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

  • @TRF_Ezequiel (Comment 5) : Hugo was at the Academy and I think played a few u19 games

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.09.12 10:49:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ah yes… I was not sure about Hugo so I checked and he represented Natal U19 back in 2005.

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.09.12 11:51:29 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

  • @TRF_Ezequiel (Comment 7) : a bit cheeky, I know

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.09.12 12:06:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • No, not a bit… Just cheeky, Rob 😉

    Well, apologies for trying to disprove your statement. I’ve only started watching rugby in 2007 and still have a lot of catching up to do on what happened in Durban before that. If only I could find some matches to watch pre-2007…

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.09.12 12:14:41 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

  • Don’t forget Justin Downey was also a Shark.Didn’t Martin Muller also play for Sharks? ❓

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.09.12 12:37:15 by markm Reply

  • Read an incredible stat!! The Sharks made 32 offloads in the Cheetahs game!!! Cheetahs only made 3!!!! Quite amazing.

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.09.12 13:21:38 by Argex Reply

  • How come we struggle to find centres while lossing a Jean Stemmet?

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.09.12 22:01:27 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Struggle to find centers? We have Whitehead, Bosman, Jordaan and Steyn. Not sure if Stemmet would have a spot in our line-up at the moment.

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.09.12 22:50:39 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

  • @markm (Comment 10) : hehehe, you have not been around long enough to remember that Justin Downey is one of Rob’s love children. I think they may even be related. We should consider ourselves lucky that Rob wrote an article about a team sheet that had Downey on it and Rob did not positively gush about him. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.09.12 23:02:23 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @TRF_Ezequiel (Comment 13) : When Stemmet left, we did not have Steyn and Whitehead, Jordaan was too young and Bosman was not lighting the world afire.

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.09.12 23:03:28 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 15) : In fact that is about when we brought in Joubert, and we all know how well that worked out.

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.09.12 23:04:06 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 15) : Neither was Stemmet. We could have used him last year but Jacobs and Terblanche were basically shoe-ins due to their experience. Not that I agree with it, but I understand the decision.

    Stemmet had a better chance of playing in Kimberley and he has grown there into the player he is today. When he was with the Sharks, he wasn’t as complete as he is now.

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.09.12 23:11:38 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

  • Stemmet left WP because he was not getting game time and then also left the Sharks for the same reason. So either he was just to impatient or just not good enough – I hope it’s the former.

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.09.12 02:27:17 by MysticShark Reply
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  • i’m loving francois brummer’s new confidence to run at defences, something that was STIFLED at the bulls and then heyneke kicked the lad to the curb. stick next to willie francois and your game will improve!

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.09.12 09:05:13 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 19) : That’s why I never want to see Goosen, Jantjes or Lambie head off to the Bulls. I fear Pollard will soon have to decide whether to drink the kool-aid or suffer a fate similar to Brummer.

  • Comment 20, posted at 07.09.12 10:08:41 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 20) : If the young guys are dumb enough to throw away whatever talent they have chasing after the Bulls’ filthy lucre then they’ll have to live with it.

    Even Morné admits that he used to be an attacking fh when he joined the Bulls, but HM told him that he must focus on his kicking game – now he’s world renowned as the most one-dimensional fh.

    Pollard will become a kick and crash fh, because he’s big, he’ll be expected run over opposition – Bulls centres can also kiss their careers good bye ’cause they’ll never see the ball.

  • Comment 21, posted at 07.09.12 10:33:41 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 21) : you are talking franna venter, jan serfontein and william small-smith here, the cream of the crop! it will be a traversty if that kind of talent gets wasted.

  • Comment 22, posted at 07.09.12 10:46:18 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 22) : And this buying of all top young talent will have a two pronged effect for the Bulls:

    They’ll either become great players for the Bulls causing opposition teams lots of problems,
    They’ll have all their natural talent coached out of them making them useless when other teams want to buy them, and thus not a threat to the Bulls.

    “So you either perform for us, or we break your legs.”

  • Comment 23, posted at 07.09.12 10:57:21 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Well, isn’t that what has happened in recent years? There’s a shitload of backs wasted in Pretoria.

  • Comment 24, posted at 07.09.12 11:03:39 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 19) : Who would expect Pote Human to encourage such a open running style? Only watched the highlights last night, and Willie le Roux is such a class act on attack.

  • Comment 25, posted at 07.09.12 12:35:36 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Megatron (Comment 22) : @FireTheLooser (Comment 23) : @TRF_Ezequiel (Comment 24) : @Bokhoring (Comment 25) : Taking all the above into account, Goosen turning down the Bulls twice MAY just be one of the most unselfish decisions a young back has made in recent times.

  • Comment 26, posted at 07.09.12 12:56:59 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 25) : it’ll be interesting if they can run it like that when the opposition pack is moering their fatties…the lions gave them too much space.

  • Comment 27, posted at 07.09.12 12:58:41 by Megatron Reply

  • Looking at this Griquas team, I feel am sad we are already sorted in the backs. If we would acquire le Roux or Stemmet it would be a loss of talent since we have incredible depth already.

    Two years ago we were stuck in the back department with Jacobs, Terblanche, Swanepoel, Strauss, Vulindlu and Dumond being our depth. I would have killed to have a guy like Le Roux in the team back then. Now we have Ludik, Viljoen, Bosman, Whitehead, Jordaan, Steyn, Cobus, Sithole and young talent in Prinsloo, Reinach and U21 players like Heimar Williams and Specman we have a bright future ahead of us.

  • Comment 28, posted at 07.09.12 14:32:47 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 27) : we’ll see on Saturday… he says more in hope than expectation 🙂

  • Comment 29, posted at 07.09.12 15:15:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • Marnus Schoeman is the main threat we’ll need to contain on Saturday.

    Guaranteed if he wasn’t in the Griquas team against the Lions, they wouldn’t have won. The thing that was unique about him against the Lions, was not only the amount of ball he poached, but the amount of caries he did.

    Most fetchers aren’t ball carriers, and none as good as Marnus was.

    If this is the type of game he’s able to produce weekly, we might have found SA’s answer at 6.

  • Comment 30, posted at 07.09.12 15:25:16 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 26) : Yep, he decided to pursue his playing style and the future of his skill set over money, something that is actually commendable.

    He would have been another talented youngster lost in the 1D dessert of Loftus.

  • Comment 31, posted at 07.09.12 15:33:26 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • The Sharks will need to wide awake on Saturday – we do not have a great record in Kimberley for starters. Any mistakes on attack will be punished by the Kwas. I don’t want to see a repeat of the Bulls game.

    Schoeman and Le Roux definitely the main threats for me, but I was also impressed how the whole team supported on attack.

  • Comment 32, posted at 07.09.12 15:36:05 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 32) : There’s no doubt that Le Roux is a phenomenal talent.

    The problem with Marnus is, he’s most dangerous on opposition attack, and nothing kills a great attacking move more than a super effective fetcher like him.

    But we need more players like that in SA, because without them, SA players and teams will never learn how to nullify the threat of a fetcher.

  • Comment 33, posted at 07.09.12 15:52:42 by FireTheLooser Reply


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