Richard Ferguson

Pat leads once again

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :EP Kings, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 11 May 2017 at 11:46
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The Sharks team to face the Kings in Port Elizabeth this weekend has been named, with Pat Lambie back in the starting line up to lead the team.

Lambie’s return is very well planned with the absence of Curwin Bosch due to Junior Bok commitments. The only other change in the backline is Lwazi Mvovo returning in the place of Sbusiso Nkosi.

The only changes amongst the forwards comes in the front row, with Franco Marais taking over the hooking position and Beast Mtawarira taking over from Thomas du Toit.

On the bench, Garth April comes on board as cover for both flyhalf and fullback, while Nkosi gets the nod above Johan Deysel.

Kick off for the match is 17h15 on Saturday afternoon.

Sharks: 15 Rhyno Smith, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Jeremy Ward, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Pat Lambie (Capt), 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt (vice), 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Reserves: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Stephan Lewies, 20 Tera Mtembu, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Garth April, 23 Sbusiso Nkosi.

Some facts going into the match:

Going into round 12 of the competition, the Cell C Sharks have a 95% success rate at scrum time

With 16 clean breaks to his name Cell C Sharks right wing, Kobus van Wyk, currently ranks within the top 10 in the competition

Jean-Luc du Preez has made the second most tackles in the competition, with his current tackle count sitting at 99.


  • My kingdom for a scrumhalf!

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.05.17 11:48:08 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Team as expected

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.05.17 11:49:00 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Kings to cop a hiding. Bonus point in the bag.

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.05.17 11:50:20 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 3) : From your lips to God’s ears 🙄

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.05.17 11:53:50 by The hound Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 3) : Stormers to not score a single point this round 😉

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.05.17 11:54:57 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 4) : Lol, bonus point…should called it a unicorn. Seriously, if the Sharks are not complacent, there’s no way they should let things get out of hand.

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.05.17 11:57:03 by SeanJeff Reply
  • No surprises, would love to see Thomas keeping the 1 jersey though

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.05.17 11:57:42 by Die Kriek Reply
  • @vanmartin (Comment 5) : Actually looking forward to them not playing this weekend. Embarrasment to resume next week. 😐

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.05.17 12:25:39 by McLovin Reply
  • @The hound (Comment 4) : Has to happen at some point. 🙂

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.05.17 12:29:44 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 9) : From your lips to God’s ears : 🙄

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.05.17 12:55:46 by The hound Reply
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  • Off topic: I see Heimar Williams is with the Lions now, playing for the golden Lions this weekend

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.05.17 13:39:00 by Baylion Reply
  • Personally thought nKosi did more than enough to hold onto his position in the starting team

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.05.17 13:50:15 by RuckingFun Reply
  • Decent 23 with good depth on the bench.

    I would like to see a better performance at the rucks from forwards and backs. Cloete and possibly Velleman will make a bloody nuisance of themselves.

    Great to have Pat back running the back line – maybe we can see a bit more guile on attack.

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.05.17 13:58:20 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 8) : We’ve all been there bud. Take comfort in the fact that you’re not a Bulls supporter at the moment. Small mercies and all that…

    @Baylion (Comment 11) : Thought he was quitting rugby to pursue a finance career or something?

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.05.17 14:32:18 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 14) : Thats what I thought as well,

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.05.17 14:39:48 by The hound Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 14) : Thats what I thought as well

    From the Sharksworld archives

    The Sharks today confirmed that centre Heimar Williams has decided to hang up his boots – at the age of just 25.

    Former Affies pupil Williams, who has been a stalwart for the Sharks from under 19 up through to Super Rugby level since joining the Academy after school, is one of relatively few modern players to place as much of an emphasis on a professional qualification as they do on their rugby career. Having worked hard to qualify as a Chartered Accountant in parallel with his Sharks commitments, Williams has opted to pursue a career in that field – thus saving his body at least a few years of hard knocks.

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.05.17 14:42:54 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 16) : Both Anton van Zyl and Callie Visagie played for the Lions while doing their articles. The Lions were after Williams a few years ago under John Mitchell. Will be interesting to see how he steps into the Lions game

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.05.17 15:12:01 by Baylion Reply
  • Not unhappy with the team, and with the strarting wings back, nice to see they have rewarded Nkosi with a place in the squad.

    Anyone know whats happening with Keegan, surely he is fit and ready to play?

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.05.17 15:15:04 by stevovo Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 16) : @Baylion (Comment 17) : Interesting indeed.

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.05.17 15:28:28 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 19) : Looks like one of those Johan Goosen sneaky type of retiring myself out of my contract deals.
    Then join Lion’s as a free agent????????????

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.05.17 16:02:03 by The hound Reply
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  • Decent team on paper but it means nothing if they still play 1 off runners off 9 and look very awkward trying to pass and offload the ball. The pack should be too good for the Kings and barring a “Rebels performance”we should win. But im not holding my breath for anything resembling quality rugby. Oh how i wish to be proven wrong…

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.05.17 16:11:26 by SheldonK Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 9) : From your hips to dogs rears….

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.05.17 19:09:10 by coolfusion Reply
  • @The hound (Comment 20) : 😆

    Anyway, I think the Lions pulled him in as they are short of experienced centres with van Rensburg and Mnisi out. There was no announcement, I just saw him on the team sheet for the Rugby challenge game, so probably a short term injury cover

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.05.17 21:22:48 by Baylion Reply
  • I’m not surprised by the squad. Wish Thomas and Nkosi kept their spots but not to be. I know Pat is the squad captain but I would have left the captaincy with Phillip just to give Lambie 80 minutes on the pitch to shake the rust off, then from next week give him the skippers armband again. I hope he is mentally ready to go, last week he seemed to be shuffling the ball down the line quickly, almost like he was avoiding contact. I wouldn’t blame him for doing that but I hope that’s not the case, I’d hate to see that all these injuries are starting to influence his head.

  • Comment 24, posted at 12.05.17 08:33:28 by Hulk Reply
  • @Hulk (Comment 24) : Agreed on the captaincy. I think Phillip did a great job. I honestly think Pat should be more selfish and take a big money contract somewhere in Europe. He’s had a lot of serious injuries this past few years, I wouldn’t be mad if he chose to do that. He’s done more than enough for us to justify it.

  • Comment 25, posted at 12.05.17 09:01:57 by Quintin Reply
  • @Quintin (Comment 25) : I’d hate for Pat to leave but if he moved to try and save his body I couldn’t blame him.

    On shying away from contact (If he even is, not that I believe he would), I think he’s incredibly brave as I’m not sure I’d be keen to take more contact after the last few years he’s had.

  • Comment 26, posted at 12.05.17 12:50:23 by Hulk Reply
  • @Quintin (Comment 25) : Agree. He may yet make a full and proper recovery doing so as well. South Africa record for player management is not that great for some reason.

  • Comment 27, posted at 12.05.17 13:18:23 by coolfusion Reply
  • @Hulk (Comment 26) : He should have a better scrumhalf that doesn’t sell him half the time our flyhalfs are not well protected.

  • Comment 28, posted at 12.05.17 13:53:15 by coolfusion Reply
  • @coolfusion (Comment 28) : I am hoping Claasens does what he did last week. Scrumhalf play slowed to a snail’s pace when Reinach came on. Lambie had little time to do more than shuffle it on. I am really looking for something from the Claasens/Lambie combo this week.

  • Comment 29, posted at 12.05.17 14:34:13 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 29) : Ja Reinach slow service really damaging to all his pivot partners. But then it’s always been the ” Cobus Reinach and no one else” show. Hope Claasens remains fit and uninjured. Reinach in at 65 minutes if we have enough of a buffer by then.

  • Comment 30, posted at 12.05.17 14:53:25 by coolfusion Reply
  • @coolfusion (Comment 30) : Why use him at all if he’s leaving? I’d rather give a youngster game time in the last 15min if we have a good lead. Sorry to say but he’s been terrible this season, no reason for him to even be in the squad. He should punch his ticket early, he doesn’t look interested in playing anyway.

  • Comment 31, posted at 12.05.17 16:35:35 by Quintin Reply
  • @Quintin (Comment 31) : I agree, if we are only going to bring in the backup scrummie if we have enough of a buffer, then it should be a youngster not Reinach. If Reinach is not contributing (which he most certainly is not) then he should not be used, whether leaving after the season or not. I wish we had let Reinach go to the Kings and kept Ungerer here at the Sharks, but I suppose RdP saw Reinach as his starting scrummie at the season start.

  • Comment 32, posted at 12.05.17 19:33:35 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Quintin (Comment 31) : We have to unfortunately. Claasens can’t do a full game. I also think we should bring a youngster up but we don’t have anyone ready yet.

  • Comment 33, posted at 12.05.17 19:39:35 by coolfusion Reply
  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 32) : I guess it’s? a money decision, having bank-rolled a full year of rehab, you’d want to get your money’s worth while the player is still contracted.

    Youngsters are sadly not queuing up to take that scrummie spot.

    Sadly SA players have been pre-conditioned not to challenge the spot of the first choice players.

    Now that Reinach’s departure is confirmed, the next guy will hopefully stand up.

  • Comment 34, posted at 12.05.17 22:16:59 by FireTheLooser Reply

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