Rob wields a heavy axe ahead of Jaguares clash

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 27 Apr 2017 at 10:16
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Sharks coach Rob du Preez has reacted to his team’s poor performance against the Rebels in Durban last week by making a raft of changes for the upcoming Buenos Aires clash against los Jaguares. Captain Tera Mtembu is among a number of casualties and will play off the bench in Argentina, with Phiip van der Walt taking over the armband.

Beast Mtawarira sits this one out – a late niggle keeping him off the plane and du Preez has opted to rotate his front row in any event, with Thomas du Toit, Chiliboy Ralepelle and Lourens Adriaanse called on to start. Franco Marais and Coenie Oosthuizen drop to the bench, with Juan Schoeman coming in to provide cover for du Toit on the loosehead side Etienne Oosthuizen, somewhat of a serial offender when it comes to the indiscipline that has plagued the side in recent weeks, will also be on the bench, with Ruan Botha coming in to partner Stephan Lewies. The latter is the only member of the tight five to retain his place.

Jean-Luc du Preez returns at blindside flank, with van der Walt switching to the number 6 jersey and Daniel du Preez continuing at the back of the scrum.

A change at scrumhalf, perhaps overdue, sees Michael Claassens starts ahead of Cobus Reinach, with Curwin Bosch next to former Grey High teammate Jeremy Wrd, who starts at inside ccentre. Lukhanyo Am is restored to his best position (13), with Odwa Ndungane coming in at right wing to join Lwazi Mvovo and Rhyno Smith in the back three.

Reinach, Benhard Janse van Rensburg and the uncapped Johan Deysel are the backline substitutes.

Sharks: 15 Rhyno Smith, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Jeremy Ward, 11 Lwazi Mvovo (vice captain), 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt (captain), 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Ruan Botha, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit
Subs: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Etienne Oosthuizen, 20 Tera Mtembu, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Benahrd Janse van Rensburg, 23 Johan Deysel


  • This is a very good starting 15.

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.04.17 10:48:24 by Loosehead Reply
  • Happy Freedom Day, all

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.04.17 10:55:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Would have made great long week end if we had played this one at home, weather here is superb, no humidity,insane there us no game here and the town is full.

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.04.17 11:04:34 by The hound Reply
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  • I’m all for experience, but geez, Odwa’s experience would better serve the team at flank – he’s just plain slow these days.

    Happy about captaincy change, very happy to see Am back at 13, and I’m hoping Ward could be a Premium version of Whitehead….Esterhuizen offer a lot on defense, but our backline attack seems stifled by his willingness to take contact, would rather see him on the wing when he returns.

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.04.17 11:28:14 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Reckon the Argies might take this one.

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.04.17 11:42:00 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 5) : As long as everyone gives the Sharks ZERO chance, they’ll pull this one out of the bag – they’re spiteful like that.

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.04.17 11:51:35 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 6) : :mrgreen: πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.04.17 12:28:26 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Good to see there are no holy cows with coach Rob. Don’t perform and he will drop you

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.04.17 12:55:10 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Good team on paper. Wonder if are they going to pitch this time around. Being a Sharks fan is like suffering from battered woman syndrome. You are always hoping that the husband will come home sober else you know you are getting a beating only for him to say he loves you in the morning and blames it on the booze. As a BWS victim, I can only hope that the husband (Sharks) comes home sober….even better, realizes the problem and stops alcohol for good.

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.04.17 13:01:20 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 6) : Been predicting bonus point victories every week and been wrong, so thought I’d go the other way this week. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.04.17 13:01:25 by McLovin Reply

  • I am always flabbergasted when I hear commentators refer to Reinach as pure class. Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t the definition of pure class someone who consistently delivers high end performance. What has Cobus done to deserve such a status? A few moments if brilliance overshadowed by equal or more moments of costing his mates by being a slow delivery dumb ass during the same game. He has the potential to be class but he is nowhere near having that be his classification, yet. Glad Rob is willing to try other avenues with the limited resources he has.

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.04.17 13:02:36 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 11) : He has a very good side step????, also not a bad sprinter.

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.04.17 13:10:09 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 12) : Yes and Victor Matfield has a good lineout.

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.04.17 13:13:21 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 13) : We need a more complete package. Cobus makes up for his good points with many many bad ones. Like I said he has potential he needs to get over himself first.

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.04.17 13:14:50 by coolfusion Reply

  • The slow delivery dumbass in the last game was Claasens eg. Taking a quick tap in front of the posts with the score even and not clearing the ball from our 22 allowing the Rebels to win that penalty.

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.04.17 13:20:52 by sudhir Reply

  • 22

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.04.17 13:22:38 by sudhir Reply

  • OK not a bad side!!! Go Sharks!!!

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.04.17 13:51:42 by JD Reply
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  • It is nice to read good comments here, over at the other sites, all you get is Shark bashing from idiots that can’t see further than their hate for the Sharks. Go Sharks

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.04.17 15:14:20 by Sagroup Reply

  • @sudhir (Comment 15) : As compared to the other 90% of brilliance by Reinach which put us 40 points in the lead?

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.04.17 16:21:23 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 13) : I was being sarcastic. Cobus is tnot the best when it comes to his core function. If a scrumhalf can’t give you a good crisp service in my opinion should not start until he fixes that weakness.

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.04.17 17:04:46 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 12) : Then let him play wing. Cobus is a good rugby player, scrumhalf just isn’t his best position

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.04.17 18:14:30 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 21) : I have often wondered if he would not make a great fullback. He is pretty fearless on the high ball (although a bit on the short side), excellent boot and gas to burn.

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.04.17 18:47:10 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 22) : Stranger experiments have worked, Damien McKenzie is smaller than Cobus, it works

  • Comment 23, posted at 27.04.17 19:09:58 by jdolivier Reply

  • its time to fight and show some character

    good team we are able to run out, but still we need to show a lot better mental edge than last week.

    not to mention discipline. its what the kiwis do so much better than us, ruan botha last week with the arm around cullum ratallicks neck, come on man, your a pro, you get paid not to do that. theres a difference between missing a penalty or conversion (I wouldnt criticise anyone for missing one unless it was a sitter, joe P and sias Eberson sorry guys) cause humans play sport not robots, but losing your focus and giving away a penulty and a try like that wow.

  • Comment 24, posted at 27.04.17 21:44:31 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 23) : Actially not a bad suggestion. How does he compare to Brent aka Pocket Rocket Russel?

  • Comment 25, posted at 28.04.17 00:25:09 by T-Shark Reply

  • @T-Shark (Comment 25) : Brent Russel was 1.74 and 83kg Cobus Reinach is 1.75 and 84kg

  • Comment 26, posted at 28.04.17 03:55:14 by jdolivier Reply

  • Well I would be happy if he was in a position to make decisions for himself and not the whole backline. So I would say wing. He is fast, a tough kid and would be a Ruan Combrinck or Cheslin Kolbe for us.

  • Comment 27, posted at 28.04.17 06:25:29 by coolfusion Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 22) : Aplon and Kolbe also short guys…

  • Comment 28, posted at 28.04.17 06:27:33 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 28) : Jason Robinson was also 1’73 and was one of the best England had. Leigh Half penny also a short guy.

  • Comment 29, posted at 28.04.17 07:14:26 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 29) : Shane Williams, Malcolm Jaer (fantastic season), James o Connor, Breyton Paulse, Jw Jonker, dave lemi the list goes on

  • Comment 30, posted at 28.04.17 07:33:19 by jdolivier Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 29) : Yeah he was born a penny but when he stopped growing they changed his name to half penny

  • Comment 31, posted at 28.04.17 13:37:40 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • he should have dropped his son as well , the kid didn’t do any better than mthembu to be honest. πŸ™„

  • Comment 32, posted at 28.04.17 15:35:13 by Poisy Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 32) : Fair point…dropped him for whom, though?

  • Comment 33, posted at 28.04.17 19:06:08 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I have to mention that I’m glad to see Ginger get the captaincy role. I’ve been saying for a while Terra has been average all season and we need guys to set examples on the field not only by their decisions but with their play in general as well. Strong move by RdP, hopefully one that pays off in the long run.

  • Comment 34, posted at 28.04.17 19:17:09 by Quintin Reply

  • @pastorshark (Comment 33) : how about not dropping the captain but drop his son .that way ginger ninja comes in for his son.

    alot of people here are all up rdp’s arse but I certainly don’t see us winning anything, I don’t see the expansive play and I don’t see much improvement from last year.
    when he got appointed everyone was so happy but me, we need a really good coach rather break the bank with a coach than with a player. so far Iv seen reaction instead of proaction and our sharks xv is no better then the last few years. all of this comes down to coaching.

    I bought season tickets but Iv been giving them away each home game because our rugby is so boring and frustrating. I can’t remember the last time I watched a full sharks game without fast forwarding the TV.

  • Comment 35, posted at 28.04.17 20:32:44 by Poisy Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 35) : OK…I see it a bit differently…
    I think in several areas there has been marked improvement. In two games – against the Waratahs and the Lions – we were better than I’ve seen in a while. It’s not all good, but I think it was a good start. The frustrating thing for me is the inconsistency.
    Personally I am a Tera fan…but have been mostly disappointed by his play this season. Not just reacting on the last game, I actually think it’s not a bad move to give this loose trio a go…I’m looking forward to seeing how they go…

  • Comment 36, posted at 28.04.17 20:52:03 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 35) : There’s definitely been an improvement. It is however clear that there is no “plug and play” system that is being drilled into the players at every session in order for it to be second nature. Else injuries would not disrupt our game and our game would be much more consistent. Need to implement standards and religiously track performance against those standards both at training and during games. We need to run a 100% professional set up there. For the past 10 years the Sharks have been too inconsistent.

  • Comment 37, posted at 29.04.17 09:31:47 by GreatSharksays Reply


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