Reinforcements for Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 11 Jul 2017 at 11:06
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There’s good news for the Sharks ahead of Saturday’s final Super Rugby conference game against the Lions, with a number of key backline resources fit for selection.

The Sharks were disjointed against the Bulls in their previous match and the poor performance in that game was caused, in equal parts, by a collective lack of intensity as well as some rather obvious communication lapses amongst a rather unfamiliar backline. Having the experienced trio of Lwazi Mvovo, Kobus van Wyk and Lukhayno Am available for this game – all of whom were in good form before the international break – should allow Rob du Preez to pick a strong outfit to take on the Lions.

Sorting out the halfback combination remains a troublesome task and with neither Cobus Reinach nor Garth April delivering play worthy of the jersey, du Preez will want to seriously consider starting with Michael Claassens and Curwin Bosch this time around. The ongoing absence of Pat Lambie means that the team cannot pretend to be at “full strength”, but it’s about time to focus on the future and to my mind, Bosch is the man who has shown the greatest aptitude and appetite for the crucial number 10 shirt moving forward.

Andre Esterhuizen and Am must surely be reunited in midfield – their combination has looked about the best for the Sharks so far – while Kobus van Wyk will certainly return at right wing for Odwa Ndungane. Du Preez needs to decide whether to put Mvovo back at fullback – a move that has worked well in the past – and give Sbu Nkosi a chance to atone for his poor showing against the Bulls, or to go with Mvovo at number 11 and pick April at the back. I’d go with the former option myself and let April sit alongside Jeremy Ward on the bench, in the hope that he could inject some magic later on.

Up front, Beast Mtawarira is still battling with a neck injury, which is a conern, but with Thomas du Toit’s superb form, it’s unlikely the big Bok would have started anyway. Franco Marais suffered concussion against the Bulls and probably should not play this week, but Jean-Luc du Preez will be back to add at least some missing firepower and muscle to the pack.

The Sharks team will be named on Thursday.


  • Yep, Mvov’s to the back, April on the bench. Its a pity about Marais and Beasts unavailability we need the strongest squad available for this game and for our furter assault on our pipe dream campaign. Franco Marais, to me, has made steady improvement throughout the season and is really growing into a solid hooker option.

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.07.17 11:32:32 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Though Bosch is definitely our best bet at 10 at this stage, I reckon his long term future at the Sharks will be at fullback. If we can manage to secure the services of RdP jnr, it would be a shame leaving either of them out of a starting 15. I don’t think April is a specialist flyhalf. Too often against the Bulls Bosch had to shoot out of position to handle the tactical kicking. Too much is expected of him at times.

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.07.17 12:06:21 by boertjie101 Reply

  • Looking forward to an improved showing from the boys. We really need to step up from now on.

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.07.17 12:24:14 by StevieS Reply
  • Robbie Coetzee, Rohan Janse van Rensburg and Jaco van der Walt are available for the Lions after banning/injury.

    Swys de Bruin is the new Lions head coach.

    Of the regular squad the Lions will only lose Faf de Klerk and possibly Akker van der Merwe for next year

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.07.17 17:33:06 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 4) : What’s the deal on swys is Franco still on the cards?

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.07.17 17:54:44 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 5) : Sous Mostert? He will be with the Lions next year

    Confirmed for next year:
    Warren Whiteley, Kwagga Smith, Andries Coetzee, Andries Ferreira (renewed), Anthony Volminck, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Corné Fourie, Courtnall Skosan (renewed), Cyle Brink, Dillon Smit (renewed), Dylan Smith, Elton Jantjies, Franco Mostert, Harold Vorster, Howard Mnisi, Jaco Kriel, Jaco van der Walt (renewed), Jacques van Rooyen (renewed), Johannes Jonker, Justin Ackerman (renewed), Lionel Mapoe (renewed), Lourens Erasmus, Malcolm Marx (renewed), Marvin Orie, Robbie Coetzee, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Ross Cronjé, Ruan Ackermann, Ruan Combrinck, Ruan Dreyer, Shaun Reynolds, Sti Sithole, Sylvian Mahuza (renewed)

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.07.17 18:10:53 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 6) : really hope for the Lions that they can keep these players together.

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.07.17 20:56:11 by JD Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 6) : No Swys. The coach. Lions were considering going with Franco instead of him then decided to halt the decision.

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.07.17 06:05:25 by coolfusion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 6) : So really no excuse not to win SupeRugby next year.

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.07.17 08:39:24 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 9) : 😆 😆

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.07.17 08:44:49 by Quintin Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 8) : Not sure if there ever was any truth to the rumours, Streauli denied it as did Franco

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.07.17 11:46:43 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 11) : The truth is Strooli was aiming for the position.

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.07.17 16:10:11 by Bump Reply

  • @Bump (Comment 12) : He has a more senior and much less stressful job as CEO of the Lions. I doubt he would want the coaching job.

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.07.17 16:19:50 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 13) : Trust me Strooli has still got coaching ambitions.

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.07.17 09:31:53 by Bump Reply


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