Mvovo released to Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, Springboks on 16 Aug 2016 at 18:57
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The Springbok management have confirmed that Lwazi Mvovo and Sikhumbuzo Notshe have been released for Currie Cup duty this weekend.

Neither player is in the selection frame for this weekend’s opening Rugby Championship test against Argentina and they have thus returned to the Sharks and Western Province respectively, although they remain part of the wider squad and will presumably be in contention for the touring squad to Argentina for the return match.

Injured prop Trevor Nyakane is also on track to be considered for that squad after an ankle injury is set to rule him out of Saturday’s game. Francois Hougaard, nursing a knee injury, will play in neither test against the Argentines.

Reading between the lines, the Sharks can probably count on Mvovo and Lourens Adriaanse being available for the bulk of the Currie Cup campaign moving forward. Adriaanse will presumably be released after this weekend, assuming Nyakane makes it through. Rob du Preez will need to make a call on how – and whether – to use Mvovo, given that he will not have trained with the team so far this week and that the next Currie Cup game is on Friday against Boland.


  • He is lacking confidence and needs gametime. …I can remember thinking his handling skills for test level are not what they used to be. Maybe this what he needs

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.08.16 19:38:46 by Sharkfinn Reply
  • He is lacking confidence and needs gametime. …I can remember thinking his handling skills for test level are not what they used to be. Maybe this is what he needs

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.08.16 19:39:01 by Sharkfinn Reply
  • I personally rate Mvovo extremely highly, but think I’m a bit in the minority. Not sure why he hasn’t taken an overseas contract, but mighty thankful.

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.08.16 20:44:20 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 3) : me to but to be totally honest he did not have a very super Super rugby tournament! But for me he’s the type of player that can get back to full confidence and ability under the right coach so let’s hope RdP is the man that can get him back to 110% as he’s an excellent finisher (when on form)!!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.08.16 23:35:24 by JD Reply
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  • Mvovs hasn’t been the same since the June internationals….both him and April returned from the Boks as shadows of their former selves.

    Let’s see what RdP can get out of him.

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.08.16 05:52:26 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • I would rather he play off the bench as impact and let the regulars carry on starting. As soon as he is back to form we will lose him again.

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.08.16 06:14:11 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 6) : Agreed. He’s a deadly finisher though and he seems very loyal to the Sharks. He probably could have left for an oversees club a long time ago and I like that he didn’t. With Combrinck playing like he is atm, we cannot leave him out of the Bok team. He was the best Lions player on the field in the SR final by far. Don’t see any space for Mvovo in the Bok team anymore, not on current form. CC is what he needs, but from the bench.

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.08.16 07:43:47 by Quintin Reply

  • Lwazi Mvovo has been pretty consistently good for a number of season for the Sharks. He isnt the youngest guy anymore and he has seen his form dip a bit this season- it happens to all players. The best players find ways to overcome that dip in form and get back to those high levels. Being a wing there isnt too much he will need to know so could be a straight swap for Neil Maritz. I also wonder where April and Mjekevu are in terms of getting some game time this CC

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.08.16 08:10:26 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 8) : i would rather keep starting Maritz and but mvovo on the bench

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.08.16 08:23:13 by John Reply

  • Mvovo is one of my favorite players as well, he will return to his devastating form. His confidence for some reason got knocked after Jake White left. But he will be back, how does the old saying go: Form is temporary but class is permanent. Also, i scored hatrick tries with Mvovo in 3 consecutive games on Rugby Challenge 2 :mrgreen: so that must mean he is still good :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.08.16 08:27:12 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 8) : I see on Supersport RdP is mentiong rotating / resting players but only forwards are mentioned. With Inny and Curwin going so well, I think April and Smith is going to have to be patient but Garth needs time to play. Mjekevu as well so it is a tough balancing act unless some guys shift to u21 for some weeks

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.08.16 08:43:12 by Kabouter Reply

  • @John (Comment 9) : I guess there is two schools of thought on this and maybe this week Maritz over Mvovo but going forward the Sharks surely have to back their Bok wing. 22 man squads for CC also make it difficult to include just a predominately wing on the bench

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.08.16 08:49:59 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Kabouter (Comment 11) : Yeh definitely a tough act- the 22 man squads dont help as you pretty much need to have versatile players on the bench that can cover multiple positions in the backline. Having said that i still think a 4/3 bench split with Ungerer/April and Smith would work well. Mjekevu will have to bide his time to rotate in i guess.

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.08.16 08:52:20 by SheldonK Reply

  • Lawazi has been dropped to make way for Brian Habanna,Habanna will become Coetzee’s Matfield,playing on the memory glory of days gone by long after his talent has evaporated.
    This is why we will never beat the AB’s,Julian Savea,miles ahead of Habanna or any thing else we have shows temporary loss of formant is immediately dropped not only from the national team but from his club as well.
    Havana is at least 5 years past his prime.

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.08.16 09:13:45 by The hound Reply
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  • good news I will be on the bus with the cape town supporters club to wellington to watch the game on friday 😀 cant wait, should be a leka vibe

    I really hope we get to meet the team

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.08.16 09:15:48 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @The hound (Comment 14) : True Havana isnt the tourist destination it used to be, definitely past its prime 😉 🙂

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.08.16 09:23:06 by SheldonK Reply

  • @The hound (Comment 14) : I hope you are wrong because I don’t rate Habana anymore either. He shoots up on defense too often and then it leaves an overlap on his outside, and he tries the intercept way too much and it doesn’t work. His defense is solid though, but he doesn’t offer much on attack anymore. I would take Skosan above him at the moment. Don’t know who else? Jamba Ulengo still needs some SR experience.

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.08.16 09:28:48 by Quintin Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 15) : You guys know of any supporters clubs on the East Rand? I would like to join one.

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.08.16 09:30:24 by Quintin Reply

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  • @Farlington (Comment 20) : the site is even less creative than the domain name

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.08.16 09:52:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : Well at least at Sharksworld we can truly say we are unique supporters, so well done Rob.

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  • Comment 23, posted at 17.08.16 10:00:03 by Farlington Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 21) : the tribe has spoken, you are the weakest link, or what ever catch phrase you like to insert here.

  • Comment 24, posted at 17.08.16 10:02:41 by Farlington Reply

  • @Farlington (Comment 24) : Unfortunately that same tribe will probably pick his successor 😥

  • Comment 25, posted at 17.08.16 10:07:56 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Farlington (Comment 19) :@Farlington (Comment 20) : 😆 😆 Thanks man, appreciate it.

  • Comment 26, posted at 17.08.16 10:11:50 by Quintin Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 25) : Any idea of possible candidates? Perhaps John Smit. Heard he is available. 😈

  • Comment 27, posted at 17.08.16 10:13:53 by Farlington Reply

  • @Farlington (Comment 27) : Eish no…

  • Comment 28, posted at 17.08.16 10:18:42 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Farlington (Comment 19) : @Farlington (Comment 19) : lol but we get the job done :mrgreen:

  • Comment 29, posted at 17.08.16 11:46:32 by revolverocelot Reply


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