Sharks confirm semi-final squad

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 22 Jul 2014 at 08:49
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The names of the 25 Cell C Sharks players to make the long trip to Christchurch for this weekend’s Super Rugby semi-final have been confirmed.

Jake White has backed the match 23 that played against the Highlanders in last weekend’s qualifier, although unlucky Anton Bresler obviously misses out due to the rib injury he sustained during the first half of that match.

Facing something of a drastic shortage at lock, Marco Wentzel has been included in the side, as we reported on Sunday. Stephan Lewies has also been passed fit to tour, after missing the Highlanders game due to a knee injury.

The only other player not to be in action over the weekend who is in the squad is winger Odwa Ndungane, one of the team’s vice captains. There is no room for either Keegan Daniel or Jacques Botes in the group.

Cell C Sharks squad:

Props: Dale Chadwick, Thomas du Toit, Jannie du Plesis, Lourens Adriaans
Hookers: Bismarck du Plessis, Kyle Cooper
Locks: Etienne Oosthuizen, Stephan Lewies, Marco Wentzel
Loose Forwards: Marcell Coetzee, Willem Alberts, Jean Deysel, Ryan Kankowski, Tera Mtembu
Scrumhalves: Cobus Reinach, Charl McLeod
Flyhalves: Pat Lambie, Frans Steyn
Centres: Paul Jordaan, JP Pietersen
Outside Backs: S’bura Sithole, Lwazi Mvovo, Tonderai Chavanga, SP Marais, Odwa Ndungane


  • No surprises there.

    I wonder if theyre going to persist with JP at 13 this weekend. Personally don’t think that’s his best position.
    Either Jordaan or Sithole for me.

    Otherwise a very strong looking squad.

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.07.14 09:09:40 by John Galt Reply
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  • I had a dream last night…
    I dreamt the score line in the 79th minute… 21-18 to the Saders, then the Hulk (Deysel) catches 2 of the saders with ball in hand 5m from the try line and pushes both of them over! But here’s the strange part: when he got up a few of the guy’s congratulates him on scoring! He also nods in acknowledgement of scoring! Plus the ref then went upstairs to confirm.
    Unfortunately this is where I woke up!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.07.14 09:14:15 by R Hayward Reply
  • Are they in Christchurch yet?

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.07.14 09:19:03 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 3) : yes, arrived there late yesterday

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.07.14 09:20:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Great. Now rest up boys.

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.07.14 09:27:42 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • Why take so many wings with, JP and even Jordaan can cover there if needed, would have preferred Fred to go with in Odwa’s place he can cover Flyhalf and Scrumhalf if needed.

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.07.14 09:40:43 by NamShark4Life Reply

  • Are Keegan, Botes and Odwa available for the Currie Cup? Bit of a shame how their careers here have come to a grinding halt.

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.07.14 09:45:37 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
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  • From that squad description I expect JP to be in the 13 position again.

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.07.14 09:45:55 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @NamShark4Life (Comment 6) : I would have gone with Fred over Odwa too. I suppose White’s thinking is that Odwa brings a sense of seniority and calmness to the proceedings and that if SP Marais, Mvovo or Sithole have a mare (which they might), he can pull on Odwa at both wing or fullback.

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.07.14 09:47:43 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 8) : Thought his channel defence was a bit dodgy…

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.07.14 09:48:36 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
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  • I suspect White is tiring of SP Marais pretty quickly after the way he grimaced when Marais skewed that drop-kick attempt. Marais has his usefulness, especially on attack. He’s quite similar in style to Willie Le Roux but the crucial difference is that Le Roux is at least a yard quicker across the paddock which makes him more elusive.

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.07.14 09:52:45 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
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  • @The Great Couch Shark (Comment 11) : I would not go that far in comparison. Le Roux can spark an attack from very little, and mostly find a way to bring his team mates into play. He is a play maker. I have not yet seen SP doing anything close to that.

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.07.14 09:57:31 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @The Great Couch Shark (Comment 10) : From What the news sites are reporting it will be Lambie, Steyn, Jordaan, JPP

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.07.14 10:17:47 by Dunx Reply

  • I will say this again!

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.07.14 10:18:00 by tigershark Reply

  • @tigershark (Comment 14) : You can’t leave Jordaan out of the back line.

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.07.14 10:22:33 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @The Great Couch Shark (Comment 7) : not Keegan, but the other two, yes.

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.07.14 10:29:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • Starting XV would be interesting, glad to hear Lewis is back

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.07.14 10:31:57 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 15) : I know but I just did.I liked the way Steyn and Sithole combined in the previous match against the Saders or I hope it was that game.I also think Sithole is a stronger defender.But its only my opinion.

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.07.14 10:34:19 by tigershark Reply

  • Good squad. Only two games to the trophy boys!

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.07.14 10:39:03 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @tigershark (Comment 14) : don’t know if I will give Chavanga a start

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.07.14 10:39:32 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 20) : Don’t think Jake would either but he looks so powerfull when he runs. Could be exactly what we need.More speed and power.It just makes the other team more nervous.

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.07.14 10:47:58 by tigershark Reply

  • Very curious to see which of our scrummies will start. We’ve been doing a lot of selecting from the comfort of our couches but I have a feeling White won’t deviate too far from last week’s squad.

  • Comment 22, posted at 22.07.14 10:55:26 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @tigershark (Comment 18) : Saders was Jordaan and Sithole – Frans at 10. You may be thinking of the Waratahs game. They were also at centre in the last Cheetah game.

    I would swap Chavanga for Sithole.

  • Comment 23, posted at 22.07.14 10:59:19 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 23) : Wich game was it where Steyn gave that beautifull Sonny Bill offload to Sithole and he scored?

  • Comment 24, posted at 22.07.14 11:03:24 by tigershark Reply

  • @tigershark (Comment 24) : That was the Saders game

  • Comment 25, posted at 22.07.14 11:05:11 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @tigershark (Comment 24) : Steyn ran a diagonal line from flyhalf, caught the Saders 10 and 12 asleep, and offloaded to Sithole on the line

  • Comment 26, posted at 22.07.14 11:06:34 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 25) : Man that was just the best piece of backline play I have seen any team play all season.Steyn and Sithole for centres!!!

  • Comment 27, posted at 22.07.14 11:08:09 by tigershark Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 26) : And with Charl and Lambie feeding them with quick ball, the possibilities could be endless.

  • Comment 28, posted at 22.07.14 11:09:48 by tigershark Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 22) : id start with Reinach, McLeod did well when he came on, hes always been a top performer in bigger games, and I like hes quick feed from the rucks, two very diff and equally quality players in their own way

  • Comment 29, posted at 22.07.14 11:33:21 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • The best side from that squad would be:

    15. SP 14. JP 13. Sithole 12. Frans 11. Mvovo 10. Lambie 9. Reinach 1. du Toit 2. Bismark 3. Jannie 4. Oosthuizen 5. Lewies 6. Coetzee 7. Deysel 8. Alberts

    16. Cooper 17. Chadwick 18. Adriaanse 19. Kankowski 20. Mtembu 21. McLeod 22. Jordaan 23. Chavanga

  • Comment 30, posted at 22.07.14 14:08:50 by Saffex Reply

  • I’m very happy to see Lewies there…I hope he is really fit!

  • Comment 31, posted at 22.07.14 18:34:00 by pastorshark Reply
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