Sharks get the week off

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 26 Mar 2013 at 09:17
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In celebration of their great win over the Rebels on Saturday, the entire Sharks squad have been given the week off.

Coach John Plumtree will, of course, be thrilled that the combination of a looming bye, coupled with a good result in the game before, has given him the leeway to give his squad a complete break from rugby, given the physical and mental demands placed on the squad during a ridiculously-long season. With a crunch home game against the Crusaders coming up after the Easter Weekend, rested minds and bodies are a must, although I’m pretty sure that the coach would be approaching this challenge quite differently had his charges not risen to the Rebels challenge the way they did.

The downside, from a fan perspective, is that there’s unlikely to be much – or in fact any – news coming out of the Sharks camp this week. In particular, injury prognoses on the likes of Marcell Coetzee and Lwazi Mvovo will need to wait until next Tuesday at the earliest. There does appear to be some concern, though, over Mvovo’s hand injury at this stage with talk that he may be out of action for a month or more.


  • if mvovo is injured we need to move ludik to wing and put viljoen in at fullback. I just think that ndungane is going to be a liability to us this year

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.03.13 09:29:44 by jovner Reply
  • Whitehead may be back, so much rather have Frans or Bosman and Whitehead at centre with Jordaan then on wing

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.03.13 09:57:27 by KingRiaan Reply
  • I actually had to check the date to make sure it wasn’t April 1st…

    They still need to do a hell of a lot. We are no where near where we need to be. This win seems to have given many a false confidence.

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.03.13 10:02:35 by lostfish Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 2) : Nah, Jordaan’s the perfect 13. He needs a bit of space to create uncertainty. Squashed up against the sideline will do him no good.

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.03.13 10:03:50 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 3) : I think the best thing to have come out of this win, is that the Sharks never let go of the pedal, or at least not untill all the subs were made. But we saw the ‘Saders do the same in the Kings match. This is the first time the Sharks showed some real killer instinct. Now they must just use that same confidence when playing the big teams.

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.03.13 10:05:44 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @lostfish (Comment 3) : Pretty sure the guys are still going to do analysis and gym etc. Probably only not practising. The season is long, so this can only help.

    Any idea when Alberts and Bismark will be back?

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.03.13 10:06:41 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 3) : I would do what the Brumbies used to do in pre-season a few years ago (with Larkham and Gregan still playing) – practice all their set moves but at almost a jogging pace. Just making sure all the players were aware of where they needed to be.

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.03.13 10:12:08 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Wouldnt it be fun if the whole Sharks team turned up in George this weekend wearing Rovers kit. 😈

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.03.13 10:26:16 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 8) : So that Durbanville can crush them?

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.03.13 11:11:22 by Loosehead Reply

  • @Loosehead (Comment 9) : Durbanville pah, its the Bellville component that makes that team anything.

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.03.13 11:37:39 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 8) : They should take Burden at least…. let him score 14 tries in a club game to get his confidence up.

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.03.13 13:46:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : No matter how many tries he scores, unless he learns how to hit his jumpers in the lineout, he shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the no. 2 or no. 16 jersey.

    His skills are better suited for the flank position.

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.03.13 14:14:20 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Will Frans also have the week off? Hope he will not miss the gym!!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.03.13 17:20:59 by JD Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 12) : Burden? His lineout throwing has been great this year…

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.03.13 17:34:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • Burden is a good impact player, his lack of grunt in the engine room accounted for the Sharks scrum struggling against the Brumbies. Coopers extra 10kg provided the grunt against the Rebels.

    The Stormers had the same issue with Fourie at 2. As soon a Liebenberg was introduced, the Stormers pack was back on the front foot.

    Proof in the pudding is that the Sharks with the Bok incumbent props and Burden at 2, struggled against the Brumbies scrum. A week later, the Stormers with their young props and Liebenberg on board, dominated the Brumbies scrum.

    Cooper has to start for the Sharks until Bismark returns. The Sharks also need to move on from Franco v/d Merwe at lock. One of Bresler or JA Marais needs to partner the massively impressive Steph du Toit at lock. Franco adds little to the equation apart form the odd line out take.

    A question, what the hell has happened to Mjekevu? He looked like a real prospect for the Lions as a 19 year old. He moved to the Sharks, muscled up and has never featured – how does a kid go awol like that. Hell he scored 3 great tries in his S15 debut for the Lions

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.03.13 18:15:31 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 15) : if I’m correct he played some age group rugby for Sharks last year.

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.03.13 21:17:44 by JD Reply
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  • @Saffex (Comment 15) : he’s playing Community Cup for Rovers….. scored 3 tries in their last outing

  • Comment 17, posted at 26.03.13 21:20:03 by robdylan Reply
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