Sharks XV to take no chances

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 22 Jun 2017 at 10:25
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It seems the Sharks are bored of the international break already and will take advantage of any opportunity to get onto the pitch. Friday afternoon’s must-win Supersport Challenge match against at Free State thus could not come at a better time.

Paul Anthony’s team have been very good in recent weeks and are all but sure of a place in the next round already. The former Pretoria Boys High coach wants to ensure second spot on the central section log, though and has included three capped Springboks amongst a slew of Super Rugby regulars in his team this week.

Lourens Adriaanse, Stephan Lewies, Etienne Oosthuizen, Philip van derWalt, Tera Mtembu and Dan du Preez all start in a pack that would not be out of place in Super Rugby. Cobus Reinach, Michael Claassens and Kobus van Wyk join a back division that already includes Andre Esterhuizen, S’bura Sithole and Garth April… A phenomenal team at this level of the game and one that must surely stand a good chance of securing a vital win.

Cell C Sharks XV

1. Juan Schoeman
2. Stephan Coetzee
3. Lourens Adriaanse
4. Etienne Oosthuizen
5. Stephan Lewies
6. Philip van der Walt (c)
7. Tera Mtembu
8. Daniel du Preez
9. Cobus Reinach
10. Benhard Janse van Rensburg
11. Sbu Nkosi
12. Andre Esterhuizen
13. Kobus van Wyk
14. S’bura Sithole
15. Garth April


16. Kerron van Vuuren
17. Gerhard Engelbrecht
18. Hyron Andrews
19. Jacques Vermeulen
20. Wian Vosloo
21. Michael Claassens
22. Marius Louw


  • We’ve actually started Super Rugby games with teams not quite as strong as this.

    Also watch the centre combo here move straight into the Super Rugby team when we play the Bulls

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.06.17 10:27:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ohhhh I like Kobus at 13!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.06.17 10:29:06 by DuToit04 Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : I noticed that centre combo immediately. I find it strange they’ve played S’bru at 13 almost exclusively but have moved him to wing to play van Wyk who’s been fantastic on the wing “out of position”. Is there something I don’t know about van Wyk as I was sure S’bru was going to slot into the 13 jersey against the Bulls, perhaps not!

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.06.17 10:33:29 by Hulk Reply

  • Time will tell, but I think while Am is out, this could be quite an interesting combo. Glad they are able to get some time together in a match before the game against the bulls. Game to be televised? I would rather watch this team than the Boks, still finding it difficult to get exited about them, even after the last two games

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.06.17 11:06:39 by HeinF Reply

  • By contrast the Cheetahs have stayed with the team that has represented the Cheetahs throughout the Supersport challenge. No Super Rugby regulars in their team. Guess the Sharks don’t have the depth :mrgreen:

    Johan Kotze
    2. Joseph Dweba
    3. Erich de Jager
    4. Sibabalo Qoma
    5. Justin Basson
    6. Daniel Maartens
    7. Gerhard Olivier
    8. Junior Pokomela – C
    9. Zee Mkhabela
    10. Ryno Eksteen
    11. Vuyani Maqina
    12. Lihleli Xoli
    13. Stephan van Rensburg
    14. Jarik van der Walt
    15. Marco Mason

    16. Marnus van der Merwe
    17. Stephan Kotze
    18. Nicolaas Immelman
    19. Ntokozo Vidima
    20. Dian Badenhorst
    21. Michael van der Spuy
    22. Ali Mgijima

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.06.17 11:23:26 by KingCheetah Reply

  • Very good team!
    But a part of me is feeling a bit sad as a lot of the players that got the Supersport Challenge side to this possition wil now miss out on playing.

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.06.17 11:28:30 by JD Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 5) : there’s a part of me that wants the Cheetahs to win, just to prove a point.

    It’s a very small part, though and I am already sharpening the scalpel.

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.06.17 11:51:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : SS challenge serves 1 purpose: develop players for SR and CC, in this case the Sharks are wisely using it as a warmup for to shave rust off of the SR guys.

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.06.17 12:23:22 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • That forward pack should hopefully give the backs some good ball and that backline is pretty big and quick. That being said the Cheetahs always find way to upset the Sharks rhythem and i wouldnt write them off at all..

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.06.17 12:36:44 by SheldonK Reply

  • @JD (Comment 6) : @FireTheLooser (Comment 8) : yes think that’s the main reason they picked the players to give them game time before playing against the Bulls on 30 June!!!

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.06.17 12:48:45 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 10) : Correct JD, some of the team match fit playing in Bok squads but those not get some game time this weekend and will be good for the main team for next weekend vs Bulls so in my view good call.

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.06.17 13:05:42 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Interesting fact… I see Danie Mienie has been shipped to France as a medical joker. Either Toulouse or Toulon… I can never remember which…

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.06.17 13:12:48 by Karl Reply

  • @JD (Comment 6) : @robdylan (Comment 7) : yep and yep.

    Great motivation for the Cheetahs to play out of their socks.

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.06.17 13:27:49 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Karl (Comment 12) : interesting. I think it’s Toulouse. I heard they were looking at either Juan Schoeman or Mienie…. guess our guy lost out.

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.06.17 13:56:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 8) : Exactly

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.06.17 15:00:43 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 13) : don’t mind if they’re playing out of their socks just not their jocks!!! 😈

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.06.17 15:40:28 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : I actually played with Danie at the Rhinos a few years back. Top class guy, glad he’s getting this opportunity

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.06.17 16:06:08 by Karl Reply

  • I wonder what this international game disruption will do to team who found some semblance of continuity? Sharks included. Not that I’m complaining it buys some time to get injured players back in play, but it would be interesting to see how SA teams adjust again after the break.

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.06.17 18:41:15 by coolfusion Reply

  • Van wyk at Centre? I think it might limit his freedom let’s hope he adjust better than JP did. I like him at wing very exciting.

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.06.17 18:43:10 by coolfusion Reply

  • @Hulk (Comment 3) : Wondering this myself.

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.06.17 18:43:49 by coolfusion Reply

  • How long before Am and Ward will be back in the mix?

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.06.17 18:46:23 by coolfusion Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : if we had lost schoeman which I am glad we didnt, who would have stepped up as loose head cover for beast and tank ?

    I see the young loose head prop M Majola was on the bench for the Southern Kings in their last super rugby game, have we loaned him too them for SR ? he did play for us in the SSRC earlier this year

    Kobus at 13 with sithole starting at wing wouldnt have been my first choose, that back three of Kobus, Nkosi and mvovo at 15 was killing it. would have kept sithole next to andre at centre. but what number they have on their back doesnt mean they will play in that position all game.

    So .. if we lose our next two games we still make the quarters, winning both just increases the likelihood we possible play a quarter final in SA, best just to go out there and play to win and use it as preparation for the quarters.

    looking forward to seeing Bosch back at FH, he had a rough JWC, but I’m certain he will show us his worth against the Bulls and lions.

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.06.17 01:25:54 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 22) : Mzamo Majola

  • Comment 23, posted at 23.06.17 10:08:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 22) : Did our Faf ever make it onto the field and get any game time.

  • Comment 24, posted at 23.06.17 10:32:10 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • It doesnt seem as if this game will be broadcast, cant find a delayed screening either. Anyone going to the game?

  • Comment 25, posted at 23.06.17 12:04:21 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Hulk (Comment 3) : I picked Kobus at 13 as soon as the injury news was confirmed. It seems the management agrees and wants this combo to get a game together and so Sbura moves out. My biggest concern with Sbura remains his poor hands…

  • Comment 26, posted at 23.06.17 12:50:38 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 22) : We won’t play a quarterfinal in SA no matter what because we can’t catch the Lions. We can just get ourselves into a position not to play the Crusaders in the quarters…

  • Comment 27, posted at 23.06.17 12:54:29 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 19) : He played plenty at 13 for the Stormers/WP…

  • Comment 28, posted at 23.06.17 12:55:48 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 21) : There’s a chance they both won’t be…

  • Comment 29, posted at 23.06.17 12:56:54 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 27) : Hi Pastor, I havnt had a chance to study the log, is it not possible that we could play a quarter final at ellis park or at newlands ? if certain permutations go our way ?

  • Comment 30, posted at 23.06.17 15:43:59 by revolverocelot Reply

  • Ok, so I see we beat the Cheetahs 52 – 10.

    Good win.

  • Comment 31, posted at 23.06.17 16:54:22 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 30) : Sorry…my bad…yup…the Newlands scenario is almost impossible now…but the Ellis Park one is possible…because our game against the Lions is the last one of the last round, we will know the exact permutation. It is possible that we would have to lose to the Lions to have a game in SA…would we want that if the alternative is the Crusaders away? 😮

  • Comment 32, posted at 23.06.17 17:27:10 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 32) : Interesting scenario that, Hmm. Lions are so good, we would not even need to throw the game in Durban.

  • Comment 33, posted at 23.06.17 18:10:33 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 24) : For the baby Boks ? yes he came off the bench a few times, looked a solid prospect.

  • Comment 34, posted at 23.06.17 18:11:50 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : I think his one to watch at LH, he seems to have the scrumming ability at a early stage than beast did (to be fair beast started out as a loose forward I believe). Mzamo is big and very athletic for his size. if schoeman leaves I think he will step up well.

  • Comment 35, posted at 23.06.17 20:16:30 by revolverocelot Reply

  • I’m so pleased the sharks xv put the cheetahs to the sword tonight. Looks like the super rugby boys are fired up to finish the season with a real fight.

  • Comment 36, posted at 23.06.17 20:52:00 by Hulk Reply

  • @Hulk (Comment 36) : Same here, hopefully we have enough in the second team to win the SSRC as well 🙂

  • Comment 37, posted at 24.06.17 15:29:20 by revolverocelot Reply


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