First starts for Dixon, Speckman

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 13 Sep 2012 at 12:40
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The Sharks team to face Western Province this weekend shows a number of changes after Saturday’s away loss to Griquas.

Winger Rosco Speckman will finally make his debut for the Sharks, after being unused on the bench twice this season. The in-form Rovers man will start in the number 11 jersey this week, with S’bura Sithole named on the bench. Another rotational change amongst the backs sees Cobus Reinach rewarded for superb form against Griquas, with a start ahead of Charl McLeod.

In the third change, Tim Whitehead returns at outside centre in place of the injured Paul Jordaan.

Things are more stable up-front, with Pieter Dixon replacing Monde Hadebe in the only change to the starting pack. Keegan Daniel takes over the captaincy from Jean Deysel and we’re told that there’s a slight chance that the latter may miss out altogether, with Brynard Stander primed to take over in that case.

Speaking of Stander, he’s the only loose forward replacement on the bench, with Francois Kleinhans asked to play for the under 21s this week. That side has thus been updated, with Kleinhans starting at 6 and Murray Bondesio replacing Braam Steyn on the bench.


15. Louis Ludik, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Tim Whitehead, 12. Meyer Bosman, 11. Rosco Speckman, 10. Riaan Viljoen, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Keegan Daniel (Capt), 7. Jean Deysel, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Anton Bresler, 4. Jandre Marais, 3. Wiehahn Herbst, 2. Pieter Dixon, 1. Dale Chadwick
16. Monde Hadebe, 17. Julian Redelinghuys, 18. Peet Marais, 19. Brynard Stander, 20. Charl McLeod, 21. Marius Joubert, 22. Sโ€™bura Sithole


  • Is Francois Kleynhans dropped?

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.09.12 12:43:01 by Argex Reply
  • Interesting changes!

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.09.12 12:43:43 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Reinach getting the start! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.09.12 12:45:22 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Argex (Comment 1) : he’s with the under 21s

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.09.12 12:49:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob, you called the Sithole move.. Well done!!

    Interesting that Kleinhans goes to the U21’s even though Deysel might not start at all..

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.09.12 12:50:27 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @robdylan : But isn’t Stander also still u\21? Or is it just maybe to give Stander some extra game time since Kleynhans has come off the bench quite a lot this season?

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.09.12 12:51:49 by Argex Reply

  • @Argex (Comment 6) : no – Stander is not still u21

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.09.12 12:58:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan : Now it makes sense. Thanks for the info. I think this shake up of the team is brilliant in terms of complacency!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.09.12 13:03:23 by Argex Reply

  • Happy to see Renach starting, I hope he makes the no9 shirt his own or at least gets McLeod to lift his game like Kockott did a couple of seasons ago. Was looking forward to see more of Stander, impressive young lad. I hope he gets more than 10 minutes this week

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.09.12 13:11:43 by Bite me Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 5) :
    What was the reason for Sithole getting dropped? Sorry I didnt watch the Kwas game but how did Rob call it?

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.09.12 13:23:53 by John Galt Reply

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  • @John Galt (Comment 10) :
    He has been disappointingly one-dimensional. I think he’s got the physical attributes, but he needs to use more initiative and creativity in how he plays.

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.09.12 14:16:28 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I thought Hadebe was playing pretty good, is this change for stability/experience or is Hadebe being dropped because the coach is not happy with his form?

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.09.12 14:56:48 by Letgo Reply
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  • Another bench spot for Brynard Stander. Good to see! He deserves a chance. I hope he can really spark and make the Super Rugby squad next season. He has been unlucky with injuries but who knows what he still has to offer. He was very impressive against the Bulls.

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.09.12 15:05:03 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

  • Does Redelinghuys have a guardian angel?

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.09.12 20:32:13 by snakeslayer Reply

  • What other props do we have? And to be honest… Redelinghuys hasn’t even played more than 10 minutes in a match. Give him some time.

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.09.12 20:41:33 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

  • There are some youngsters that could do no worse and why not start blooding them now. I am concerned if given more time he could do more damage.

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.09.12 20:56:39 by snakeslayer Reply

  • Nick Schonert would be a better option, but what can we do about it?

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.09.12 21:08:58 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

  • Agreed – lets hope his time comes sooner rather than later

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.09.12 08:09:33 by snakeslayer Reply

  • It is good to see reinach in, why not give mccleod a rest and bring hoffman in does anyone know what happened to him? we cant have a player earning without using him?

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.09.12 08:28:51 by Dunx Reply

  • Hoffman was brought to the Sharks with much fan fare, yet he has failed to impress. I would only play him to give Charl a rest. But damn this Reinach laatie is one heck of a player. I really enjoy watching him play

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.09.12 09:00:18 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @Dunx (Comment 19) : Maybe Hoffman is in negotiations with the Kings. ๐Ÿ˜†

  • Comment 21, posted at 14.09.12 10:15:06 by FireTheLooser Reply


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