Super break beckons for Mtembu

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 12 Mar 2013 at 10:43
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While we wait for further information on the prognosis of Jean Deysel’s ankle injury, as well as confirmation regarding any spell on the sidelines as a result, our thoughts must inevitably turn to who would replace him in the match 22 going forward. While obviously hugely disappointing for both the player and the fans, it is at times like this that we fall back on the depth in the squad and count our lucky stars that there really doesn’t seem to be an end to the quality loose forward options available to the Sharks.

Few teams can claim to have three Springbok-quality blindside flanks in their Super Rugby squads; nevertheless while the loss of Wilem Alberts could be absorbed with little discomfort, losing the obvious backup to him, in Deysel, seriously weakens the squad in that position. Marcell Coetzee, though, that most adaptable of loose forwards, has arguably played his best rugby for the Sharks on the “dark side” of the scrum and with Jacques Botes providing an experienced and capable deputy at open side, while Keegan Daniel recovers, the smart money would be on the same loose trio that finished Saturday’s match against the Kings starting this week’s one against the Brumbies.

Other options, if a like-for-like replacement for Deysel were to be sought, would be to bring Brynard Stander or Pieter-Steph du Toit straight in at blindside. Both options seem rather risky, given that neither has played any Super Rugby in the position.

No, my view is that we should make do with the three fit men we currently have and bring in the next-in-line guy to sit on the bench. Based on the squad line-up named earlier, that man will be Junior and Sevens Springbok Lubabalo Mtembu, who has already played a smattering of Super Rugby and showed promising form in pre-season. Tera has been on the fringes of the squad for some time now and should be given a chance to establish himself as a player of genuine Super Rugby quality in Deysel’s (anticipated) absence.

That’s not to say that we’re not all fervently hoping and praying for a clean bill of health when the results of Deysel’s scan become known later on.


  • Mthembu should make the bench if Plumtree’s comments at the last press conference are taken into account.

    Plum was of the opinion that he has a big future, and I am sure he will bring him in without too much hassle..

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.03.13 11:06:31 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : good to know. Backing him is the right thing to do.

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.03.13 11:07:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • Mtembu would be a good replacement had Botes or kanko been ruled out…but if Deysel is out we need to keep the balance.I Reckon PSDT will move to loose trio replacement and J.Marais will come onto the bench to cover the Locks.

    If we don’t do that we won’t even have a loose forward that touches at least a 110kg…and with 2 locks that don’t really carry the ball up that well. Sharks build all our play from front foot ball given by a strong pack and big ball carriers…we don’t play as well when there is no proper 7 in our pack.

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.03.13 11:14:36 by JJR Reply
  • Would be great to see Mtembu get a opportunity, i just don’t think now is the ideal time for him…he’s a really great 8 and plays similar to Keegan in many ways when it comes to attacking play, very skillful attacker.

    Will see what Plum does…high humidity durban should play a factor in his selection in this case.

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.03.13 11:23:37 by JJR Reply
  • @JJR (Comment 3) :

    I agree, if the gameplan is going to remain the same ‘bash it up’ gameplan that the Sharks are playing now then playing Mtembu wouldn’t work.

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.03.13 11:43:02 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 5) : yeah and that gameplan is netting us lots of tries, isn’t it?

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.03.13 11:46:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) :

    I’m not saying I agree with the current gameplan , just saying it doesn’t suit Mtembu’s style.
    I would love to see a different gameplan and get Mtembu running.

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.03.13 11:49:32 by Pokkel Reply
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  • would be great for mtembu but i think psdt has the inside lane,his also very skillfull and big and is a lineout option for me that tips the scale 2 psdt

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.03.13 11:51:38 by Poisy Reply
  • Play Mthembu ,time our massive tight 5 started getting over the advantage line more often

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.03.13 12:37:33 by Talent Reply
  • sounds like Deysel’s out for 3-4 weeks

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.03.13 13:11:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • Not that bad

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.03.13 13:21:30 by Talent Reply

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