Chiefs also make changes aplenty

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 25 Apr 2013 at 08:00
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Much has been said about John Plumtree’s decision to make sweeping changes to his Sharks team for Saturday’s clash against the Chiefs and while those ten changes (including several positional switches) are significant, their opponents on the day will also boast a significantly different line-up than the one that played last.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has himself made nine changes to his team as they desperately seek the win that will save them from a three-game losing streak; after racing to the top of the New Zealand conference in the early weeks of the competition, the Chiefs have lost to both the Reds and the Waratahs in recent weeks and have had to concede their conference lead to the Blues. The Sharks are in an eerily similar position, having been knocked off the top of the South African conference last week, just ahead of their tour.

For the Chiefs, though, a fair few of the new faces are previously injured players returning to the setup, including the likes of captain Craig Clarke, hooker Mo Schawlger and dangerous centre and playmaker Richard Kahui. Any hope that the Kiwis would be weakened by these changes appears somewhat unfounded.

Chiefs: Gareth Anscombe, Lelia Masaga,Tim Nanai-Williams, Richard Kahui, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Aaron Cruden, Augustine Pulu, Nick Crosswell, Tanerau Latimer, Liam Messam, Brodie Retallick, Craig Clarke (capt), Michael Kainga, Mahonri Schwalger, Toby Smith,
Replacements: Rhys Marshall, Ben Tameifuna, Michael Fitzgerald, Sam Cane, Brendon Leonard, Bundee Aki, Charlie Ngatai


  • Okay, if not weakened then over confident?

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.04.13 08:17:53 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 1) : Lets go with that 🙂

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.04.13 08:20:55 by Uli Reply
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  • We are going to have a rough time against a back line like that. One may hope that, Francois Steyn can dominate Nanai-Williams due to the weight advantage. Perhaps Lambie can outplay Cruden (quite possible). Our wings will have to be top notch. We may also have an advantage when it comes to the kicking game of the fullbacks. Viljoen may well come out on top there. Furthermore we have an experience advantage at 9, and we have a very capable replacement in Reinach as an impact player. In the forwards, as long as we protect the breakdown and do the basics right we shouldn’t have too much trouble there.

    I think we can win. We would have to find form and quite suddenly start flowing. We may also have to rely on the Chiefs not being on song. Good luck Sharks!

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.04.13 08:51:43 by David12246 Reply

  • @David12246 (Comment 3) : I also have that “feeling” lets hope it s a good feeling 😀

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.04.13 08:59:43 by Uli Reply
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  • Its gonna take a huge effort from the Sharks to win this one. Nothing is impossible!

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.04.13 09:00:31 by SteelShark Reply
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  • That starting backline is MUCH better than the one which started against the Waratahs. Unless our forwards dominate TOTALLY, we are going to relive last year’s final.

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.04.13 09:08:59 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @David12246 (Comment 3) :
    If by dominate you mean injure him by sitting on him then I think thats a possibility.

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.04.13 09:34:47 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Sorry to say but I can’t see Sharks winning this game. Don’t get me wrong I’m hoping that the Sharks can do it but I think it’s wishfull thinking.

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.04.13 09:37:02 by JD Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 7) : That was [email protected] funny 😆

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.04.13 09:39:36 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @JD (Comment 8) : Do you think this team for the weekend is weaker than the one that lost to the stormers and cheetahs?

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.04.13 09:40:19 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 10) : You mean lost to the Waratahs – the Chiefs klapped the Cheetahs?

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.04.13 09:50:01 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 11) : Sorry I meant the Sharks team, do you feel they are a weaker team this weekend or not?

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.04.13 09:55:26 by Uli Reply
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  • things the sharks should do if they don’t want to get clapped
    Put Pulu under pressure at the break down he tempts to make silly mistakes when the pressure is pilled on
    NO aimless kicks, you don’t want to give these guys a chance to counter
    Lambie should put a few kicks just behind the defence Anscombe tends to be deep on defence
    Steyn should have a crack at Nanai-williams he often comes up short when defending against bigger guys
    When we kick for touch make sure they can’t take a quick throw in and then put pressure on their line out.

    Man I hate it when these two teams play each other.

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.04.13 10:08:43 by BR Reply
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  • Chiefs by 2 try margin.

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.04.13 10:10:50 by Talent Reply
  • Weak maul ,no way to beat this Chiefs side.

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.04.13 10:13:07 by Talent Reply
  • @Uli (Comment 12) : My apologies – thought you were talking about the Chiefs.

    My view – although you asked JD:


    Loosing Beast is a big blow – disrupts our scrum completely. We now had to bring our backup player into loosehead.

    Loosing Jordaan and JPP in the back line. Even though Jordaan has not been that great on attack overall he is still the only one that really creates breaks. I also think on defense we will miss him at 13 – he has had his poor moments, but he improved a lot. I think Steyn will struggle defensively at 13 – he is just not fast enough.

    Cooper much better than Burden.

    KD and Kanko not great at the moment, but a tough ask of Tera

    McLeod not in great form. Reinach (even though he has his issues) still better.


    Getting a real fetcher in helps, and promoting Deysel to start also good.

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.04.13 10:13:21 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @David12246 (Comment 3) : Name me one SA team that plays wings into space, NZ play 2 channels wider than us and therefor their wings are always a threat. Our wings have catch a ball from outer space or make something from nothing to get on the score sheets

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.04.13 10:41:02 by Tintin Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 16) : ok let me give you my positives.

    Even though jordaan is out i dont think he would have controlled Kahui. If Steyn is on song he might actually give Kahui some headaches. Which I doubt esp with jordaans current form he would have been able to do.

    I am also a bit worried about Tera and not sure what to expect there. But KD is way off par if you ask me. He is just not where he should be in terms of captaincy and also match fitness.

    As you said the fetchers are a good thing

    Reinach just like Mcloed is not perfect. So Giving Mcloed a go is a good thing. I still stand by that Reinach has a faulty pass and that puts pressure on Lambie.

    Having JD and Tera in the team will give us much needed go forward ball, and he can play off lambie. Something we have been missing in all the games.

    Lindeque , Yes hes not in 13, but i think its a perfect way of introducing him to super rugby. The same method helped FS, and Lambie on FB.

    Odwa and Viljoen are pretty solid, and Viljoen can make something out of nothing when given a chance.

    Glad to have Bresler back in the team.

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.04.13 10:47:33 by Uli Reply
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  • @Tintin (Comment 17) : Reason – name me a single SA back line coach who would be able to hold down in job in NZ – even at provincial level

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.04.13 10:47:38 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Uli (Comment 18) : I would be glad to be proven wrong on Frans, but I think even in his best form he is not ideal for 13.

    And he should definitely not be the long term option at 13. I would prefer him at 12 and only 12.

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.04.13 10:50:59 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 19) : Very very few, if any. I actually like the idea a Steyn at 13, he wont have too many opportunities to throw his famous skip pass, but he can put a wing into space and I dont think they will expect that. I also have a funny/goodish/youneverknow feeling for this game

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.04.13 10:52:03 by Tintin Reply

  • Just hope all the newbies are all hungry as hell and just want to smash anything that moves

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.04.13 10:55:16 by Tintin Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 20) : Yes I agree but what @Tintin (Comment 21) : says is also pretty valid.

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.04.13 10:55:23 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli and @Bokhoring it’s not about a weaker team as about the way we play. Don’t think this pack can dominate the Chiefs and with 50/50 possession this backs can’t rip any side apart. Lindeque should be 13, Steyn & Odwa on bench with Sean and Sburu on wings. Lastly Kanko MUST be 8 and Cooper to start at 2. Think given injuries that would have been a more attacking side, but hey what do I know. Will always hope the Sharks win, but really can’t see this plum special side beating the Chiefs in NZ.

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.04.13 11:02:45 by JD Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 23) : I am mostly worried about his defence

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.04.13 11:03:22 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @JD (Comment 24) : as much as i like Kanko, he is not our saving grace, he probably would have had another average game, the coach cant be held for ransom…what happends in Tera has a binder and is the find of the season

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.04.13 11:11:12 by Tintin Reply

  • Frans is one of the few guys in SA that know how to straighten a backline. The only problem is when he does that, he seldom passes. I think that he may just have a blinder this game and prove his worth!

  • Comment 27, posted at 25.04.13 13:37:52 by Orelando_G Reply


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