Injuries force Sharks reshuffle

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 13 Sep 2017 at 10:41
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Friday night’s come-from-behind victory for the Sharks in Nelspruit has not come without cost and Rob du Preez has been forced into changes ahead of this week’s tough clash, away to Griquas on Friday evening.

Heavy workloads over the last two months have seemingly caught up with one or two of the guys and both Jacques Vermeulen and Lukhanyo Am – mainstays of the team thus far – will sit out this week’s game due to minor injuries. Another player who’s carried a heavy burden of late is Thomas du Toit and he’s rotated onto the bench this week, along with Akker van der Merwe. That means a new-look front row with Franco Marais and Juan Schoeman starting alongside Ross Geldenhuys. Jean Droste starts at lock with Ruan Botha, as Tyler Paul shifts to the flank to replace Vermeulen.

Two players return to the squad after sitting out with injury and one of them, veteran Odwa Ndungane, thus comes straight back in at right wing in one of just two changes to the starting backline. In the other switch, Marius Louw earns a second career start as he takes over from Am in the number 12 jersey.

Another welcome returnee is Hyron Andrews, whose start to the season lasted just a few minutes before a shoulder injury put him on the sidelines. He comes onto the bench and will cover the second row, with Wian Vosloo looking after the third. Another new face is that of Tristan Blewett, poised to make a senior debut off the bench as midfield cover. Inny Radebe return to the squad for Rhyno Smith in the final change.

Sharks: 15 Garth April, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Jeremy Ward, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Sibusiso Nkosi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Tera Mtembu, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha (captain), 4 Jean Droste, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Juan Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Hyron Andrews, 19 Wian Vosloo, 20 Michael Claassens, 21 Tristan Blewett, 22 Inny Radebe


  • That backline just looks off with Odwa there. How long is Van Wyk out injured? Tythan Adams sent to do Gold Cup juty with Rovers? Tough on him and generous on Odwa i feel. Griquas at home have tripped up many a Sharks team…especially if our forwards stand back as they did in first half last week.

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.09.17 11:27:19 by SheldonK Reply
  • I thought Kobus was given time off for his wedding / honeymoon – was he actually injured at the time?

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.09.17 11:30:15 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Tythan very unlucky, can someone please clarify the Kobus van wyk situation and how long deysel is still out

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.09.17 11:33:47 by jdolivier Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 2) : @jdolivier (Comment 3) : Kobus got married and had his honeymeen…. that was why he missed the Lions game. He went to the Malives (or something) during the bye week and returned to play against WP. He went off early in that game with a groin injury and is still expected to be out for roughly another two weeks.

    Deysel is recovering from a broken arm. There hasn’t been an update on him in some time.

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.09.17 11:39:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • I think Odwa is a good call this week because his size and calm will be needed against a rough-house team like Griquas. Adams wasn’t bad but he didn’t set the park alight either.

    Griquas pack are normally a huge force in the collisions more than the set piece. Our current pack does fall a bit short in the set pieces but should be ok in the collisions with some big carriers in there. Hopefully we can take it

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.09.17 11:41:14 by Big Fish Reply
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  • guys…. come on. In a team where literally nobody in the backline outside of the 9 has even a year’s worth of CC experience, do you REALLY think any sane coach is going to back a club player at wing when he has a 100-game veteran fit and available?

    It’s time to come to terms with the fact that Odwa is a vital member of this squad and stop second-guessing the coaches every time they pick him.

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.09.17 11:41:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Thanks, at least we know now.

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.09.17 11:46:59 by jdolivier Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : Odwa at fullback has been much more successful than him at wing the last 3 seasons, what did poor rhyno Smith do to miss out, he really ads x-factor to our backline and has more than enough pace for wing

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.09.17 11:49:16 by jdolivier Reply

  • Will reserve my opinion until after the game!!! Backing the team 100% and hoping for another bonus point victory!!! GO SHARKS!!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.09.17 12:01:13 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : thanks boss forgot he played against WP. Really missing him in the backs.

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.09.17 12:12:50 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : are we sure he got the injury at the game?

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.09.17 12:15:58 by Dunx Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : please stop being the voice of reason, it’s wednesday and we need to vent some of our midweek frustration :mrgreen:
    Pretty good team again, I really hope Thomas’s injury is nothing serious. Tristan has been around for a while, glad he is getting a chance. Is Rhyno Smith still carrying a bit of an injury or are they playing Inny ahead of him because Inny can cover both 10 and 15? Really would like to see him get an extended run at 15 before super rugby next year, he is so elusive with ball in hand!

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.09.17 12:19:17 by HeinF Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Thanks Rob – I missed a couple of games (including the WP game) while traveling, so I did not realized he got injured playing

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.09.17 12:24:23 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Hopefully Am not out too long, the man must be on AC’s radar, he has been amazing for us

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.09.17 13:37:16 by jdolivier Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : As an advocate of dropping Odwa I think you make a good point. I’m ok with him playing this game though, I think we may be in trouble against teams like the lions, wp, bulls and cheetahs if we play odwa. but hey the coaching staff choose this route, I’ll back the team.

    Glad to see Hyron back.

    Ryno smith out of the team again is a surprise, do you have insight into the thinking around that rob ?

    Glad louw gets a run, Tristan is a surprise lets see how he adapts to a higher level.

    over all decent team, tough going in Kimberley. looking forward to the game.

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.09.17 13:43:26 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @Dunx (Comment 11) : well no, because we’re not the medical staff, but what are you getting at?

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.09.17 14:02:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : Rob, think it was a joke, returned from honeymoon with a groin injury.

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.09.17 14:48:27 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : I actually had a good chuckle reading his post.

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.09.17 14:49:27 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 17) : aaaah πŸ™‚

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.09.17 14:56:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 18) : Ja me to!!!
    @robdylan (Comment 16) : Rob in the wise words of Joker: “why so serious!?”

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.09.17 15:32:22 by JD Reply
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  • Well it’s probably an auspicious time for the coach to be prudent. He can probably even afford to be even more so at this moment.

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.09.17 15:40:08 by coolfusion Reply

  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 17) : Clearly the medical staff did not do a good job of checking Kobus before allowing him to play WP – especially after such strenuous activity πŸ˜†

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.09.17 15:42:29 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : this is why I should never multitask!

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.09.17 15:52:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • Thoughts ?

    Think we`ll get a win in KY guys?

    Could the Kwasse be better than the Mighty Pumas?
    What`s the ref situation? I know we don`t have a ” favourite ” ref at the moment, but is it at least someone ” Down The Middle ” ?

  • Comment 24, posted at 13.09.17 17:59:01 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 24) : Bonus point win for the Sharks. Easy. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 14.09.17 09:22:01 by McLovin Reply


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