Expect full-strength Sharks for Pumas

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 11 Feb 2013 at 14:00
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According to Christo Buchner of Beeld, Sharks coach John Plumtree should field something resembling his strongest possible line-up for Friday night’s warm-up against the Pumas in Nelspruit.

Friday’s set-back, though, in which both Keegan Daniel and Tim Whitehead were lost to injuries, will muddy the water a little and the team now won’t be quite as cut-and-dried as it may have been in Plumtree’s head towards the end of last week. Also weighing on the coach’s minds will be a fear of any further injuries to his front-line men ahead of the opener against the Cheetahs a week later; Jimmy Stonehouse and his team should present a far tougher challenge than the young Leopards side that travelled to Maritzburg last weekend and with increased physicality comes and increased likelihood of knocks.

Expect to see another 24-man squad his week, giving little real indication as to the coach’s thought re bench composition for the Cheetahs game; however, one gets the feeling that a few guys, most notably Allan Dell, may just have played their way into the match 22 with their showing against the Leopards. Don’t expect the forward pack to include too many of the same names this time around, though, with Beast Mtawarira, Craig Burden, Jannie du Plessis, Anton Bresler, Marcell Coetzee and Ryan Kankowski all likely to start. Willem Alberts appears to be struggling with another niggle, so Jean Deysel may enjoy another run at blindside flank this week, unless Plumtree opts to try something left-field and give Pieter-Steph du Toit a go in that position.

Daniel’s injury should probably see Marcell Coetzee favoured at 6, although Plumtree could also pick the youngster at 7 and give Jacques Botes another go on the open-side. Paul Jordaan should probably come straight in at 13 for Whitehead, with JP Pietersen perhaps replacing Odwa Ndungane, and Louis Ludik Riaan Viljoen, in the other changes to the backline.

Possible Sharks 24:

15 Ludik, 14 Pietersen, 13 Jordaan, 12 Steyn (capt), 11 Mvovo, 10 Lambie, 9 McLeod, 8 Kankowski, 7 Deysel, 6 Coetzee, 5 van der Merwe, 4 Bresler, 3 du Plessis, 2 Burden, 1 Mtawarira
Subs: 16 Cooper, 17 Dell , 18 J Marais, 19 du Toit, 20 Mtembu, 21 Reinach, 22 James, 23 Bosman, 24 Sithole


  • I am not sure how I feel about this..

    It is risky to play the best team, but they need to get on the park – so I guess I am leaning towards the full strength team.

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.02.13 14:19:27 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : I know what you are saying, but I also think they need practice together as a team.

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.02.13 14:24:41 by Uli Reply
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  • Any news on the injuries?

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.02.13 14:49:10 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 3) : no – not yet

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.02.13 14:51:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : Agreed, we`ll have to risk it or risk going to Bloem undercooked . . .

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.02.13 15:06:55 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Think that will be the team for Bloem with only few changes Botes will start and not Deysel who miss out on match 22 and Mtembu, Bosman and Sithole will miss the cut for the bench and Ndungane will bench.

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.02.13 17:14:53 by JD Reply
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  • but we also run the risk of a unsettled team if we dont play the best players.

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.02.13 07:29:25 by Dunx Reply

  • Wonder what losing juan smith will do to the confidence of the cheetahs going into the first game?

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.02.13 07:32:03 by shaniboi Reply


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