Saracens name team to face Sharks

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 23 Jan 2014 at 22:12
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Saracens have named their team to face the Sharks at Allianz Park on Saturday. The team boasts no fewer than 8 players from the African continent, 7 from South Africa and 1 from Namibia.

Richard Barrington and South African-born Schalk Brits and Matt Stevens will scrum down against an all-Springbok front row in Tendai Mtewarira, Bismarck du Plessis and Jannie du Plessis. Former England and current Saracens captain, Steve Borthwick will partner with another South African in Mouritz Botha. Former Western Province flanker, Justin Melck, and Namibian captain, Jacques Burger will form the loose trio with former Lions player Ernst Joubert.

Former Springbok and Western Province scrum half, Neil de Kock, will partner former England and leading Premiership points scorer of all time, Charlie Hodgson. Argentine centre, Marcelo Bosch, will be up against Sharks newcomer, Andre Esterhuizen, as he comes in as a late replacement for Francios Steyn, with the 94kg Fijian centre, Michael Tagicakibau, up against Sharks flyer, Paul Jordaan.

David Strettle who scored a hat-trick of tries on the weekend will partner with James Short and American International, Chris Wyles, to form the back three.

The bench sees yet another South African born in Petrus Du Plessis alongside Scotish International, Duncan Taylor, and Japanese International, Takashi Kikutani.

The match will be televised on SuperSport 1 at 16:15 (SA time)

15. Chris Wyles 14. James Short 13. Michael Tagicakibau 12. Marcelo Bosch 11. David Strettle 10. Charlie Hodgson 9. Neil de Kock 8. Ernst Joubert 7. Jacques Burger 6. Justin Melck 5. Mouritz Botha 4. Steve Borthwick 3. Matt Stevens 2. Schalk Brits 1. Richard Barrington

16. Scott Spurling 17. Nick Auterac 18. Petrus Du Plessis 19. Tom Jubb 20. Takashi Kikutani 21. Richard Wigglesworth 22. Duncan Taylor 23. Sam Stanley


  • Hargreaves must be injured

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.01.14 00:05:04 by Saffex Reply
  • Thats not a bad side

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.01.14 00:19:40 by Talent Reply
  • Its missing a number of first choice players……Goode, Ashton, Barritt, Farrell, Mako Vinipolu, Hargreaves and Billy Vinipolu…….ie half their side

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.01.14 00:38:35 by Saffex Reply

  • Excited to see some young blood starting for the Sharks, but kinda bummed not to see Pat and some of the first class players over here.

    Any UK Sharks fans going to the game? Bunch of us meeting at The Queensbury Pub in Willesden Green and getting taxis from there to the ground if anyone’s interested…doesn’t look like there’s anywhere decent to gather near the stadium…

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.01.14 02:56:40 by macshark Reply

  • I cant see many of our old sharks boys playing in the saracens. Precautionary?

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.01.14 07:17:17 by Dunx Reply

  • Gonna love seeing Bismarck versus Schalk Brits. Two very different hookers but both very good. Kinda like my last two visits to Hillbrow 😆

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.01.14 08:32:32 by Bite me Reply

    Bite me
  • @Bite me (Comment 6) : Kak snaaks. 🙂

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.01.14 08:53:21 by klempie Reply

  • Are we playing anyone else before Super Rugby starts?

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.01.14 09:03:20 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 8) : Lions me thinks

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.01.14 09:06:14 by Bite me Reply

    Bite me
  • @Bite me (Comment 9) : Thanks.

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.01.14 09:07:11 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 8) : yes, Lions on 7 Feb

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.01.14 10:10:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • Couldn’t be bothered to check myself but are there any English players in that side? 😀

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.01.14 10:26:29 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Great opposition for us. I see both teams willing to experiment. They are in the HC semi’s so they can not risk injuries as well. Can’t wait!

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.01.14 10:33:07 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : Thanks, dawg. 😎

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.01.14 10:47:45 by klempie Reply

  • Bosch is that back lines most threatening player, will be nice to see how Eesthuizen fronts up against an international.

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.01.14 11:07:02 by Talent Reply
  • We’re fortunate that Sarries have rested a lot of their first-choice players. I was pretty sceptical of our chances playing against a full-strength side, but just the absence of the Vunipola brothers has evened things out.

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.01.14 12:00:23 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Bulls have signed Jacques Louis Potgieter. Trying to bring the old band back together? :mrgreen:

    Or maybe they have their sights set on building a retirement home.

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.01.14 13:08:36 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 17) : He’s not a bad player. And they’re desperate!

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.01.14 13:22:02 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 17) : Next thing we ll hear FA Meiring and Jannie Claasen could form the oldest mid field partnership in history!

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.01.14 13:26:02 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • So excited for this game! We do need to take a few things into account regarding this game. Both Sharks and Sarries can’t afford to get injuries in this game. Sarries play the Falcons on Sunday as well which is far more important than our game for them. This is most likely why we are not going to see the Vunipola bros, Barritt, Hargreaves, etc.

    Another thing that JW mentioned on Sharks site was that we don’t want to give too much away in terms of what the Bulls can analyse from this game. It is televised so they will be watching this closely.

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.01.14 13:28:34 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 16) : What nonsense, the Sharks are almost at full strength – are you trying to tell me you think the Saracens at full strength would be better than the Sharks?

    No way in hell

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.01.14 15:11:20 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 21) : Ha Ha, you clearly missed reading which players Saracens are not fielding. And Sharks are nowhere near full strength. Rookies at 10,12, and 15?

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.01.14 15:18:29 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 21) : It’s our first game of the season, they’re halfway through theirs and top of the log. It’s cold, windy and wet in London. Plus our pre-season friendly record is woeful. So yes, even if both sides were full strength I would expect Saracens to beat us tomorrow.

    However, sometime later in the year, when we’ve settled, our game plan is sorted and combinations are working, I would bet on us beating them every time.

  • Comment 23, posted at 24.01.14 18:34:16 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Saracens to win with +150 points here, sharks losing, that’s my predictions!!

  • Comment 24, posted at 24.01.14 19:55:03 by Chris103 Reply

  • @Chris103 (Comment 24) :
    Strictly speaking, that’s one prediction.

    I don’t mean to be presumptuous here, but just so you know, if Saracens WIN (whatever the margin may be) then it is a NRCESSARY condition that the Sharks lose.

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.01.14 08:55:15 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 25) :

    I’ve got faith we should win but one never knows what will happen
    they might just bring a win home

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.01.14 09:03:14 by Chaz Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 21) :

    Welll… As it turns out…

  • Comment 27, posted at 26.01.14 15:07:01 by VinChainSaw Reply

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