Curwin steps up for Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 23 Mar 2017 at 12:12
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Rob du Preez has named his Sharks team to face the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday, with the return to fitness of fullback Clément Poitrenaud paving the way for Curwin Bosch to start in the number 10 jersey.

Bosch switches position in one of three changes to the starting backline. Poitrenaud’s inclusion and the return of Lwazi Mvovo for Odwa Ndungane are the others; Mvovo replaces Odwa Ndungane and will also be vice captain this week. Bosch’s switch means Benhard Janse van Rensburg moves out of the match 23.

Du Preez has made changes up front as well. Franco Marais sits out for another week, but Chiliboy Ralepelle will have a Bok prop on either side of him, with Beast Mtawarira and Coenie Oosthuizen coming in to start. Also back in the mix is Etienne Oosthuizen, who will start alongside Ruan Botha. Captain Tera Mtembu leads an unchanged loose trio.

Last week’s props, Thomas du Toit and Lourens Adriaanse, are on the bench, meaning Juan Schoeman and Johnny Meyer make way. Stephan Lewies is also on the bench, while Garth April retains his spot after a good cameo last week.

Stephan Coetzee remains the only uncapped member of the squad and will again hope to make his Sharks debut off the bench.

Sharks: 15 Clément Poitrenaud, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo (vice captain), 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Tera Mtembu (captain), 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Beast Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Stephan Lewies, 20 Daniel du Preez, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Garth April.


  • Solid team. Let’s hope that we get some cohesion going this weekend.

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.03.17 12:18:44 by boertjie101 Reply
  • Also good to see Dan du Preez back in the mix.

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.03.17 12:19:28 by boertjie101 Reply
  • I like

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.03.17 12:27:19 by T-Shark Reply
  • Ox Nche
    Torsten van Jaarsveld
    Johan Coetzee
    Justin Basson
    Francois Uys
    Paul Schoeman
    Oupa Mohoje
    Henco Venter
    Shaun Venter
    Fred Zeilinga
    Raymond Rhule
    Nico Lee
    Francois Venter (c )
    Sergeal Petersen
    Clayton Blommetjies

    Elandré Huggett
    Charles Marais
    Tom Botha
    Carl Wegner
    Niell Jordaan
    Tian Meyer
    Niel Marais
    Ryno Benjamin / Clinton Swart

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.03.17 12:37:06 by KingCheetah Reply
  • If only the Ginger-Ninja was back, then this would have been one hell of a team. But it is not bad as it is. Glad that April seems to be working his way back up in Rob’s good books.

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.03.17 12:40:30 by KingRiaan Reply
  • @KingCheetah (Comment 4) : Only two of those guys that I would really like to be in my team, Ox and Sergeal. And Tian Meyer as well

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.03.17 12:42:50 by KingRiaan Reply
  • It can only mean that Ginger is still injured. I would have picked Dan to start at 8 and Tera to move to 6. I am still not convinced by Vermuelen.

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.03.17 12:43:42 by GreatSharksays Reply
  • @KingRiaan (Comment 6) : Not Paul Schoeman, or the centres?

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.03.17 12:46:13 by KingCheetah Reply
  • @KingRiaan (Comment 5) : Rhule and Blommetjies have also been really good

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.03.17 12:47:02 by KingCheetah Reply
  • @KingCheetah (Comment 9) : Yes they have been good, plus a few other Cheetahs, I just really like Ox and Sergeal, Ox is a character and Sergeal has got gas to burn.

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.03.17 12:50:34 by KingRiaan Reply
  • Sharks team very lean on, on field experienced leadership.
    Would have given the captaincy to Botha.

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.03.17 12:57:23 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 11) : Terra would be fine, remember that he has Beast and Chillyboy as well on the field that has captaincy experience with Claasens on the bench also.

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.03.17 13:03:00 by KingRiaan Reply

  • Best side in the circumstances. Let’s hope we can step up against the Cheetahs – they have showed us many times that they will not be as generous as the King’s if we don’t take them seriously enough.

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.03.17 13:03:34 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 13) : I hardly think motivation is lacking this week.

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.03.17 13:12:04 by Hulk Reply

  • @Hulk (Comment 14) :
    I hardly think it was lacking in previous encounters either, yet the history is there. The leadership core needs to set the tone.

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.03.17 13:20:50 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Lekker team this. Looking forward to a much improved performance.
    Anyone know what is up with Marais? Injury?

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.03.17 13:32:09 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @Another Nick (Comment 16) : ja, hurt his shoulder against the Tahs. I think he was touch and go for this week

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.03.17 13:35:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 12) : Would question Chili’s leadership and Beast is not a natural leader.
    Botha is.

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.03.17 13:35:58 by The hound Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : Thanks Rob, thought as much. Hopefully back next week.

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.03.17 13:42:12 by Another Nick Reply

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  • Hope Reinach gives better ball to Bosch this week – otherwise the poor oke is going to get smashed. Most of the players of last week owe the coach, the team and the fans a much better performance than last weekend. Motivation should not be an issue.

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.03.17 13:48:41 by Bokhoring Reply
  • poor kid got completely dropped.

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.03.17 14:01:18 by Poisy Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 21) : Yes and the main culprit for that mess gets chosen back at 9,go figure that one

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.03.17 14:48:37 by benji Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 15) : Touché

  • Comment 23, posted at 23.03.17 15:00:44 by Hulk Reply

  • Our loose trio 😐

    Duppie is a machine, Vermeulen needs to step up, and Terra needs to perform a miracle by covering the back, as well as killing ball at the break-down….maybe that’s where Oosthuisen plays a big role: disrupting and irritating opposition forwards.

    When’s Keegan coming back? Is his injury one of those season enders?

  • Comment 24, posted at 23.03.17 15:30:57 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @The hound (Comment 18) : @Bokhoring (Comment 20) : Agreed and agreed. Chilli looks completely off form, let’s hope we see more of the old player we know as we need solid backup for the long run if Marais gets injured again. How is Stephan Coetzee, any good?

    Very glad to see Etienne back, we needed someone to do the dirty work last week but our forwards were looking at other areas of play like (lob passes and playing on the wing) instead of clearing the rucks and being disruptive come lineout and maul time.

    I think the team looks good overall.

  • Comment 25, posted at 23.03.17 15:34:21 by Quintin Reply

  • @benji (Comment 22) : don’t even get why we using him. CR is fucking off after super rugby, classes should start and a junior scrumhalf as back up. send CR to north early so we don’t have to pay him.

  • Comment 26, posted at 23.03.17 15:38:34 by Poisy Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 26) : Just like to see him given one shot on the wing, he can tackle, handle the high ball, kick and I doubt apart from Beudon Barritt there is no one in rugby quicker over 50 meters.

  • Comment 27, posted at 23.03.17 16:54:31 by The hound Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 20) : Yes that will be a telling factor. The squad selection looks good I would however have started Claasens even if jus for the first 40-50 minutes. Just to build a base.

  • Comment 28, posted at 23.03.17 18:19:02 by coolfusion Reply

  • @The hound (Comment 27) : you think he can do a Hougaard?

  • Comment 29, posted at 23.03.17 18:23:02 by JD Reply
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  • solid match 23, but its going to be tough, cheetahs have sergeal back 🙁

  • Comment 30, posted at 24.03.17 12:45:56 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @JD (Comment 29) : He is much quicker than Houghaard or Kolbe,

  • Comment 31, posted at 24.03.17 13:14:28 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 31) : he could well be but don’t think he will buy into shifting to the wing?!

  • Comment 32, posted at 24.03.17 13:59:00 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 29) : He may be able to and it could work against SA teams. But then we face NZ teams with huge bone crusher wings and he becomes as ineffective as Sergeal Peterson was against them. We need big and fast wings.

  • Comment 33, posted at 25.03.17 07:53:45 by coolfusion Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 24) : Keegan probably mid May

  • Comment 34, posted at 25.03.17 07:56:38 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 33) : that’s also the same feeling I have about shifting players around. Just because you have the speed does not mean you can play wing just like when you have the size you can’t just be a loose forward! For me the most important thing before a player is shifted to a new position is the needs and feeling of the player. Does he want to move to the new position or is it a thing that a coach decided?! It must be equally as much if not more from the player than from the coach/mentor otherwise it will not work!

  • Comment 35, posted at 27.03.17 19:53:02 by JD Reply
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