Alberts benched as Sharks make changes

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 11 Jul 2013 at 13:28
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Willem Alberts, a slight injury doubt during the week, will play off the bench for the Sharks this week, with Keegan Daniel returning to captain the side from the number 8 jersey.

That switch, which sees Jean Deysel retained at blind side flank, is the only change to the starting pack of forwards which did so well for most of last week’s match against the Bulls. The bench is also a familiar one, with Alberts joining Jacques Botes as loose forward replacements.

It’s amongst the backs, though, that things have changed significantly. Riaan Viljoen comes in at flyhalf for suspended Butch James, while Meyer Bosman starts at inside centre for the injured Pat Lambie. JP Pietersen returns at right wing, with Odwa Ndungane shifting into the fullback position.

The need to include additional flyhalf cover on the bench sees Fred Zeilinga come into the squad for the first time, with the under 21 player set to make his Super Rugby debut off the bench. The return of Pietersen means, alas, that Jaco van Tonder drops out this week.

The Sharks

1. Tendai Mtawarira
2. Bismarck du Plessis
3. Jannie du Plessis
4. Edwin Hewitt
5. Franco van der Merwe
6. Marcell Coetzee
7. Jean Deysel
8. Keegan Daniel (Captain)
9. Charl McLeod
10. Riaan Viljoen
11. Lwazi Mvovo
12. Meyer Bosman
13. Louis Ludik
14. JP Pietersen
15. Odwa Ndungane

16. Kyle Cooper
17. Wiehahn Herbst
18. Jandre Marais
19. Willem Alberts
20. Jacques Botes
21. Cobus Reinach
22. Fred Zeilinga


  • Such a wrong decision!

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.07.13 13:29:03 by David12246 Reply
  • Should have given the captaincy to Deysel….silly boys. 🙄

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.07.13 13:30:34 by FireTheLooser Reply
  • @David12246 (Comment 1) : What decision David?

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.07.13 13:30:59 by TheGoose Reply
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 2) : Would have had mtembu on the field

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.07.13 13:32:56 by Dunx Reply
  • Helluva bench that! Hope Keegan Daniel keeps on going the way he played last week.

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.07.13 13:35:56 by Caratacus Reply
  • I like this team, and I think they ahve done the right thing by letting Daniel start and captain the last game of the season, especially if Alberts is not 100%

    Will be interesting to see how the backline doe, lets hope viljoen gets the backline going. Hope they go out there and just enjoy a good game of rugby.

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.07.13 13:37:20 by stevovo Reply
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  • @stevovo (Comment 6) : I agree with you.

    Giving Daniel the armband back was the right thing to do. Just wish they’d found a spot for Kankowski

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.07.13 13:40:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • Okay a bit skeptical, but a good team. Still think that we should play ludik at full back, his not as effective at centre as he is at fullback though. Jp could have covered the outside centre position, he played there last year after all

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.07.13 13:50:47 by Stiko85 Reply

  • On the other hand, they playing EP’s B-side. My concern is not for the game itself, but playing ludik out of position when we’re trying to retain his services. If there’s any doubts about moving, this continual out of position play makes it much easier for those doubts to clear up.

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.07.13 14:01:48 by Stiko85 Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Agreed, wont see him in action for quite some time, seeing as he’s back off to Japan for a while

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.07.13 14:02:20 by stevovo Reply
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  • Hey guys been a long time lurker and finally posting

    I have to ask why Jannie is playing in this game. Its basically a nothing game and to me seems a good game to give him an extra week off?

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.07.13 14:11:54 by Half-Pint Reply

  • @Half-Pint (Comment 11) : howzit…. welcome 🙂

    Agree… seems dof to play him when it’s not necessary.

    Then again, Sharks are in contract negotiations with Jannie, so maybe very concerned about annoying him?

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.07.13 14:19:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • And this is the reason the two coaches must go because in the 3 games they just kept on going with the brainless team selections!!!!! Sharks will not keep Ludik if they carry on like this!!!!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.07.13 14:24:35 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) :

    Although might be a little unwise considering Kanko hasn’t played the 15 man game for months and has one foot on the plane to Japan.

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.07.13 14:48:16 by John Galt Reply

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  • Agree that JP at 13, Odwa 14 and Ludik 15 makes more sense. But it still made me wonder….even though the Sharks have let go of Gouws, Riaan and probably Louis as well, we can still say that we have JPP, Frans, Pat and Odwa to cover fullback. Albeit some of those players should not be stuffed about like that. JPP of to Japan yes, but thinking ahead to S15. Just a lose wandering thought

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.07.13 15:54:00 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • @JD (Comment 13) : Ok I’m not sure if I misunderstood, I thought that Ludik was definitely leaving. Are they in negotiations with him? I really hope we keep him as I always feel more at ease with him at 15. He should have had a shot in the green and gold by now thou 🙄

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.07.13 17:58:36 by Farlington Reply

  • @Farlington (Comment 16) : Ludik is leaving, but after Currie Cup.

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.07.13 18:07:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : I see thanks Rob. It’s sad to see him go… but that is Rugby/Life I suppose.

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.07.13 18:11:18 by Farlington Reply

  • Rob so it’s confirmed he’s going?!?! Shit it will be sorry, I really rate Ludik.

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.07.13 18:14:14 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 19) : ay, seems that #13 jersey really made it easy for him to leave. A real crying shame. Probably our best full back since percy lol. Oh well. No use crying over spilled milk. Whose next? Gouws?? After he returns from greeks ofcoz

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.07.13 19:49:28 by Stiko85 Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : Bummer 🙁

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.07.13 19:59:54 by MerckZ Reply

  • @Stiko85 (Comment 20) : he’s not returning from Griquas

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.07.13 20:09:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • Well done Fred Zeilanga, about time! Hope you get more than 20mins…

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.07.13 20:13:30 by Grasshopper Reply

  • Losing Ludik makes me very unsure if Sharks can keep PSDT and Dup bros. Hell losing Ludik going to hurt Sharks!!!!

  • Comment 24, posted at 11.07.13 21:52:38 by JD Reply
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