Sharks in good shape

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby, Vodacom Cup on 5 Mar 2013 at 10:42
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The Sharks website has confirmed a clean bill of health for the team following Saturday’s win against the Stormers, meaning plenty of options for the coaches when they select their side to face the Kings in Port Elizabeth this weekend.

In addition to a fit and healthy 22 from the Stormers game, flyhalf Butch James should, according to the initial estimate given, be ready to make his return to the playing field this weekend as well. Whether he will crack the nod for the trip to PE remains doubtful at this stage, though, since it could be argued that nobody in the current squad has done anything to warrant being replaced. Meyer Bosman, who currently wears the number 21 jersey, has played around 15 minutes of rugby in total so far this season, so is definitely not in need of a rest just yet!

The Sharks XV will get their Vodacom Cup campaign going this weekend as well, with a game against the Border Bulldogs at Kings Park. It’s assumed that a number of fringe Sharks Super Rugby players will be released to that squad for game time – the likes of Allan Dell, Monde Hadebe, Francois Kleinhans, Tera Mtembu, S’bura Sithole and Riaan Viljoen are all likely to feature this week. It’s possible that James may be asked to make his return to the playing field via the Vodacom Cup, but with flyhalf Fred Zeilinga emerging as a key play-maker in that side, it may not be in their best interests to pick James there.

With the state of Butch’s knees – and given that he is the de facto Super Rugby flyhalf backup – I’d also think it would be slightly foolish to risk him in a Vodacom Cup game unnecessarily.

It’s expected that Bok centre Marius Joubert, who was cut from the Sharks Super Rugby squad earlier in the year, will captain the Sharks XV from outside centre.


  • Hope they don’t ue Butch in the Vodacom Cup. We need to manage him carefully should the need arise to use him in Super Rugby.

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.03.13 10:48:33 by Viking Reply
  • Hopefully we can get a good start to this game and take of some key players at half time. Its early in the season but rotation is always good. Anybody know how long our injured guys are still out for? Bismark whitehead alberts daniel?

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.03.13 10:49:24 by sharkbok Reply

  • @sharkbok (Comment 2) : we’ve had no updates on any of those injuries, so the assumption must be that nothing has changed….

    So Hadebe is already back.

    Chadwick can’t be more than a week or two from fitness.

    Daniel I guess also 2 more weeks
    Whitehead 3-4 weeks
    Bismarck – also 4 weeks or so, in time for the tour.

    And Alberts? I dunno…

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.03.13 10:58:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : The Sharks coaches are in the luxurious position of not being under any sever pressure as yet to rush any of the injured guys back into the team.

    I reckon Alberts needs a proper rest before he even watches a game of rugby. We’ve got more than enough loosies to cover the entire season with decent rotation policies.

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.03.13 11:16:15 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @robdylan. Thanks for that. Will be good wen we get our injured players back. They will be fresh and hopefully hungry. Wen these guys start getting into the seasonall the others will be starting to get tired so hopefully it works in our favour. I agree about giving Alberts a proper rest. Got enough depth to cover for him.

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.03.13 11:22:36 by sharkbok Reply

  • I think the next player that needs to be managed carefully is Marcell. He had a very busy 2012, and due to the robust way he plays I think he is in danger of breaking down, or at least dropping in effectiveness.

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.03.13 11:27:28 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Its nice to know that even with all the injuries we can still string together a championship side. The sharks has done well to build good depth over the last couple of years.

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.03.13 12:25:34 by Viking Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 6) : The Sharks, luckily have 6 extremely good looseforwards, I agree he should be carefully managed this season, but how hard can that be when we have players like Deysel, Alberts and Kanko to cover his two best position at 7 and 8. When Keegan and Alberts return, we will be able to field two completely different back rows with not much between them. A very nice situation to be in. Plus if all these players split the time fairly evenly, they should be happy to stay with the Sharks, not searching for more game time. I think it is incumbent on Plum to utilize much rotation with the loosies, especially with the return of Alberts and Keegan.

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.03.13 15:58:18 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 7) : Spot on, I would like to see a little more depth at prop (both sides). Now we need to keep all these players happy so they stay.

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.03.13 15:59:54 by Dancing Bear Reply
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