No Lewies for Wellington trip

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 17 Aug 2016 at 09:50
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The Sharks team to play Boland on Friday will only be announced later today, but coach Rob du Preez has confirmed that he will take the opportunity to rotate and freshen up his pack a little – particularly given a run of four games against stronger opposition to come.

The Sharks have started well in Currie Cup, building on a platform of forward dominance enabled by a Super Rugby-strength pack, but a number of those players have carried a heavy workload and need a bit of a break. Stephan Lewies is one guy who definitely won’t play against Boland as he take the opportunity for a week’s rest – and to let a few minor niggles heal. Du Preez has also confirmed that his son Jean-Luc, who could play this week at a pinch after missing out against Griquas – will not be risked. Franco Marais is set to be rotated with Chiliboy Ralepelle in a further change to the forward pack.

Ruan Botha should come in for his first start at Currie Cup level for the Sharks, while JC Astle will probably be in line for a squad place as reserve lock.

The team is expected to come out some time after 3pm today.


  • Lewies probably does need a rest, remember he is playing his first full season in a while after injuries. Also will be good to see Botha get some good time on the park. Botha and Oosthuizen will def give a lot of grunt in the 2nd row. Wouldnt mind seeing this bench for Fri: Prop?,Marais, Astle, Deysel, Ungerer, April, Smith

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.08.16 10:01:26 by SheldonK Reply
  • Oregan the coward resigns!

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.08.16 10:03:05 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • Would love for Chillieboy to get a start.

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.08.16 10:07:33 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 2) : He buggered up Bok rugby and now just gets to ride into the sunset… 🙁

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.08.16 10:10:16 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @KingRiaan (Comment 4) : You can add Super Rugby, The Kings, The Currie Cup to the list

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.08.16 10:12:08 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 5) : Who do you think are possible candidates to take over from him? I’m sure SARU has a few of their buddies or buddies’ buddies in mind. I just hope it’s someone who can undo most of the damage, if it’s even possible.

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.08.16 10:56:11 by Quintin Reply

  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 2) : Enter John Smit? 😈

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.08.16 10:57:10 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 7) : hahaha

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.08.16 11:02:11 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 8) : …or McKenzie 😉

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.08.16 11:05:52 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Only in this country could a man so utterly incompetent have stayed in the job as long as he did.

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.08.16 11:06:11 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 10) : That job is for a politician…so isnt incompetent a job requirement?

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.08.16 11:09:15 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 11) : 😆 :mrgreen: Very funny but I grit my teeth every time I think of how good our rugby and it’s systems could have been if it weren’t for mismanagement at our top levels and political interference. Yet through it all we are somehow in the top 3 countries in the world. Just wonder how long it’s going to last. The guy replacing Hoskins might have a big role to play in determining that.

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.08.16 11:18:53 by Quintin Reply

  • Andre also has played a vast amount of rugby and probably needs a rest – we dont want him to breakdown before a big game. any thoughts?

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.08.16 11:22:38 by Kabouter Reply

  • Wonder if it is a good thing or a bad thing that we face the so called weaker teams first before the stronger ones? What do you guys think?

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.08.16 11:32:08 by Farlington Reply

  • @Farlington (Comment 14) : if you ask the Legend Whiners coach, not a good thing…

    I am quite happy as it gives RdP and team time to get used to changes in approach, methods and new combinations in backline. As long as intensity is upped game by game so that the guys dont get shock when stronger teams are encountered

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.08.16 11:34:34 by Kabouter Reply

  • @Quintin (Comment 12) : Yeh look we are very far from great in terms of administration in this country…but trust me other countries also have major problems in their administration. A lot of guys in those positions start out with the best intentions but it soon turns to serving self interest rather than the game itself. Happens at all levels

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.08.16 11:35:49 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 16) : Yes I know it’s not just us that have problems, I’m just looking at our potential and there is enough merit to say that we can also win back to back World Cups if we were to perform on all levels, especially management and structure wise but our economic situation isn’t helping at all. It’s just frustrating being held back from being great or even the best rugby country because of external factors.

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.08.16 11:44:36 by Quintin Reply

  • @Quintin (Comment 17) : yeh i do get what you mean. but we are pretty consistently in the top 3 in the world, have won 2 world cups, and win more tests than we lose. So yes we would obviously love to win everything everytime and we can obviously be better than we currently are…but we not doing that bad if we take a step back and look at things

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.08.16 11:54:54 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Quintin (Comment 17) : Who here can honestly say that they would take on the position if given the chance? I’m not sure I would want it even if it was offered on a silver platter.

  • Comment 19, posted at 17.08.16 12:08:14 by Farlington Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 18) : Yeah we obviously can’t win everything, but we have lost a lot of our pedigree by losing to teams we should be putting away(Japan, Argentina and Ireland at home). Our standards are declining. I get that those teams are getting better as the sport becomes more and more professional , but you unfortunately have to ask the question, would NZ allow losing to any of those teams in the specific manner in which we lost(WC and home games) ? I don’t think so.

  • Comment 20, posted at 17.08.16 12:10:06 by Quintin Reply

  • @Farlington (Comment 19) : I would but only if I could do it my way without any pressure or interference from politicians. But that is probably as likely as Arsenal winning the EPL again 😆

  • Comment 21, posted at 17.08.16 12:12:26 by Quintin Reply

  • @Quintin (Comment 20) : Think its a bit harsh to say would NZ allow it. (What did we realistically want to be done after those losses, fire everyone players and coaches and admin staff after 1 loss?) Going into those games you speak of nobody thought the Boks would lose so was a shock result, they did also go out and win the next game. As you said the gap between the nations is getting smaller with improved access to training methods and foreign leagues getting stronger. The NZ player pool is immensely talented with very few distractions. So im not saying the Boks shouldnt look to be better than them but i think we perhaps need a little perspective…and we are the one team that beats the All Blacks more often than any other team. So as i said we can obviously get better…but are we as crap as people make out- i definitely dont think so. (my opinion anyway)

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.08.16 12:17:39 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 22) : I never said we are crap. I just think we are way below our potential and that’s because of external factors and we have lost some very proud history by losing to those teams because of it. Those result will stand forever in the history books, no way to change them.

  • Comment 23, posted at 17.08.16 12:31:13 by Quintin Reply

  • @Quintin (Comment 23) : No i know you didnt say that- i was just generalising as people in general believe the Boks are currently crap any team in the world are favourite to beat us unless we pick the entire Lions team and coach. I also dont think any of our proud history is lost because we lost a couple games. Those results dont change the results that have come before them and nor will they influence the results going forward. Its just people’s perception and unfortunately in Sa majority of sports fans have a very negative outlook after a team loses a game even if they have won before and after. Look dont get me wrong im not having a go at you…and i do agree that we have the potential to be better (being able to realise that potential is another topic) but i often get annoyed with a lot of people classifying a team as useless after a loss…its sport…its a fair contest…the other team can win believe it or not.

  • Comment 24, posted at 17.08.16 12:44:53 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 24) : Never thought you were having a go at me mate. I agree on your point about the negativity of SA sports fans. See that very often. Just think we could do much better than we are, that’s all.

  • Comment 25, posted at 17.08.16 13:37:39 by Quintin Reply

  • @Quintin (Comment 25) : I also think we can do better IF a lot of things fall into place. But its that IF that is the big problem. The potential is there…but whether we can realistically utilise that full potential im just not sure.

  • Comment 26, posted at 17.08.16 13:56:51 by SheldonK Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 9) : 6 weeks ago that would have made sense.

  • Comment 27, posted at 17.08.16 14:30:00 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 27) : I now hear Thelo Wakefield’s name being thrown much influence does the saru president really have in the running of SA rugby?

  • Comment 28, posted at 17.08.16 16:03:20 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 28) : That would be the end of rugby in this country,Jabba the Hut,as crooked as they come.I don’t understand the vitriolic reserved here for Hoskins,he had a very difficult job and I always thought he did a fantastic balancing act.
    Every time I have met him I walked away thinking he was a really nice guy and a gentleman.

  • Comment 29, posted at 17.08.16 17:02:30 by The hound Reply
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  • @Quintin (Comment 21) : That made my day!!!

  • Comment 30, posted at 17.08.16 18:21:08 by Kabouter Reply

  • @The hound (Comment 29) : Think the problem goes higher than him, which is why I question the real impact of the saru president – seems to me he can but execute the demands of the little-man-with-the-big-temper ( standing much taller now that he’s riding on the shoulders of Wayde, shamelessly taking credit for something that had zero to do with him).

  • Comment 31, posted at 17.08.16 19:08:28 by FireTheLooser Reply


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