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First start for Blewett


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 27 Sep 2017 at 10:09
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Rob du Preez has made just two changes to his starting XV for Friday evening’s crunch Currie Cup clash against the Lions at Kings Park.

Bok call ups during the week threatened to disrupt continuity, but as it turns out, the only player unavailable as a result is Chiliboy Ralepelle. Chili played a blinder against the Bulls in his first bit of real action in months and one can only hope that Allister Coetzee might opt to use him against Australia on Saturday. For the Sharks, Franco Marais starts and Akker van der Merwe comes onto the bench after a week’s break.

Dan du Preez starts once more at number 8, with the rest of the pack completely unchanged.

The other change sees young Tristan Blewett start for the first time at outside centre. Blewett has impressed off the bench in the previous two games and will now come in for the unlucky Jeremy Ward, who broke his collarbone against the Bulls. The resulting combination of Blewett and Marius Louw in midfield is a young and exciting one, but one that will have their hands full on defence against a potent Lions centre pairing.

Inny Radebe is fit again this week and comes on to the bench to take Blewett’s spot from last week.

Sharks: 15 Garth April, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Tristan Blewett, 12 Marius Louw, 11 S’busiso Nkosi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Michael Classens, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha (captain), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Jean Droste, 19 Tera Mtembu, 20 Cameron Wright, 21 Inny-Christian Radebe, 22 Rhyno Smith.


50 Comments

  • And Am?the prognosis

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.09.17 10:44:33 by Dunx Reply
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  • Great looking team and I like the consistency. Looking forward to what should be a good game on Friday.

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.09.17 10:51:22 by stevovo Reply
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  • @Dunx (Comment 1) : injury didn’t sound too serious…. we have a bye next week and I’m pretty sure he’ll be back for the game after that

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.09.17 10:52:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • It would be good to have Am and Van Wyk available to play before the semi’s – to give them time to get match fit

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.09.17 11:00:18 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Good to see we are able to maintain some continuity. Our centre pair will definitely be tested on defense.

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.09.17 11:00:50 by SheldonK Reply

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  • I thought Inny’s injury was more serious, glad he is back. Not a bad looking bench at all. As mentioned in the article, will see how good our centres are against arguably the best combination in the competition.

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.09.17 12:01:56 by HeinF Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 5) : Ask that Bulls player who went back 50 meters on his arse if Louw can tackle,I reckon Janse van Vuuren should be the nervous one.

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.09.17 12:16:15 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 7) : jeez but he only smacked him proper. It was Marnitz Boshoff. I reckon his kids have bruises from that.

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.09.17 12:27:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 7) : The other side of the coin is the Griquas centre that sliced through Louw like a knife through butter. For youngsters defense is about concentration…they all have the ability to tackle its just whether they are concentrating for the full 80min.

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.09.17 12:35:32 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 7) : @robdylan (Comment 8) : i need to watch the game

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.09.17 13:02:45 by Dunx Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : 😆 😆 😆

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.09.17 13:28:29 by StevieS Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 9) : true

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.09.17 13:32:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 7) : @robdylan (Comment 8) : Now that was a proper tackle

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.09.17 13:37:47 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 13) : will admit I was worried the shit refs and commentators would decide it was a spear….

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.09.17 13:45:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : I agree we are giving louw way too little credit remember the pool he is fighting in has a pretty good standard to measure up against. What a luxury we have. Even then boks aren’t a spoilt as we are currently at center. Even if AC is blind as a bat…

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.09.17 14:52:53 by coolfusion Reply

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  • guys, i must admit, for the first time in a few years I feel pretty happy with how things are going at the sharks. Theres a sense of calmness with players and coaching staff alike. You could certainly see the difference between the two sides on Friday night. The Bulls seemed nervous and the Sharks seemed eager. Everyone knows their role in the side and they are playing for each other. Yes, they slip up often enough, but still, this is a 1000 times better than the last few years… Feels like weve got a plan going?

    For example, weve got a few senior guys stepping up and that allows for the youngsters (Louw and Blewett) to relax and play their game… IMO thats why Nkosi is such a great player at the moment…

    I`m not saying we will win the Super Rugby title or even the Currie Cup this year, but its great to actually look forward to the games again and not hope that we sign a ton of new players to turn this ship around…

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.09.17 15:17:43 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Had the same concern 😀

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.09.17 15:21:54 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @VanWilder (Comment 16) : It’s encouraging when you can point to just about every player in the squad contributing in some way. I see folks have even let up on Odders and Claasens.

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.09.17 15:24:19 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 18) : A guy like Odwa needs to be kept in the family even at a mentorship and maybe coaching level eventually. We sell our culture and family too cheap.

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.09.17 15:28:43 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 19) : Same goes for Lambie Monty Butch honiball and so many others.

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.09.17 15:33:49 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Rob think you forgot about Screuder as he’s also still with the Bokke or did you just compare it to last weeks team?

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.09.17 17:46:02 by JD Reply
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  • I still don’t understand why Rhyno doesn’t get the start at 15?

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.09.17 18:02:45 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Good side. I am keen to see this centre combination in CC action…

  • Comment 23, posted at 27.09.17 19:45:32 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 23) : ja going to be interesting to see how they do against the Lions pair.

  • Comment 24, posted at 27.09.17 20:54:57 by JD Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 19) : He is too busy with partnerships building roads. I doubt when he retires he will have the time to just sit around at KP

  • Comment 25, posted at 27.09.17 22:41:47 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 22) : Because April is better. Thought it was obvious.

  • Comment 26, posted at 28.09.17 01:11:35 by GreatSharksays Reply

     
  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 26) : Better at 15? Really we talking about the same hot and cold player 😉

  • Comment 27, posted at 28.09.17 09:01:02 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 26) : @coolfusion (Comment 27) : must say personally I think it’s very close between them as neither have really shown enough consistent “form” to ensure that they’re the undoubted first choice 15. Currently April is starting and untill something big happens (or injury strikes) I doubt that RdP Snr will change it as he seemingly like continuity and the “momentum” it provides.

  • Comment 28, posted at 28.09.17 09:29:30 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 28) : Very harsh on Smith,in three games he has had probably 15 min on field and has played a decisive role in each, came onto field and nailed a difficult kick cold off the bench to win one game, same game April had numerous misses, came on next game and immediately scored a try, came on in third and had a try disallowed.
    In the same three games April/Radebe stuffed up numerous chances.
    I’d pick Smith ahead of April and Radebe in any position including tight head prop.

  • Comment 29, posted at 28.09.17 09:39:27 by The hound Reply
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  • Can anyone tell me who is reffing our game?

  • Comment 30, posted at 28.09.17 09:46:13 by sharksboy Reply

     
  • @sharksboy (Comment 30) : Stuart Berry

  • Comment 31, posted at 28.09.17 11:55:04 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • @SeanJeff (Comment 31) : as long as it isnt the bull duo i am happy

  • Comment 32, posted at 28.09.17 12:52:29 by Dunx Reply

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  • See the Sharks u19 and u21 teams play theirCheetah counterparts in Bloem the weekend.

  • Comment 33, posted at 28.09.17 13:47:14 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @seanjeff Thank you

  • Comment 34, posted at 28.09.17 13:56:25 by sharksboy Reply

     
  • Should be tasty this one, looking forward to it.

    Bonus point win for the Sharks as usual.

  • Comment 35, posted at 28.09.17 14:02:26 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 35) : Yep just like last week…..oh wait a minute…. 😉

  • Comment 36, posted at 28.09.17 15:06:45 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 36) : Was quite wet. Plus the ref. 😉

  • Comment 37, posted at 28.09.17 15:59:36 by McLovin Reply

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  • @SeanJeff (Comment 31) : serious? Lekker!

  • Comment 38, posted at 28.09.17 16:48:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SeanJeff (Comment 31) : @robdylan (Comment 38) : maybe time to change the Superbru pick for the game!!!

  • Comment 39, posted at 28.09.17 17:11:55 by JD Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 29) : I’ll give you that he did not have a lot of opportunities to show what he can do but personally si also don’t think April was as bad. Yes he’s a bit hot and cold but he does create opportunities (when he’s hot).

  • Comment 40, posted at 28.09.17 17:19:27 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 40) : The difference between the two is Smith thrives under pressure April goes to pieces.

  • Comment 41, posted at 28.09.17 18:02:00 by The hound Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 37) : Oh right, the ref…. 😉 But then again, the ref has always been a problem and the Sharks have managed to get bonus points despite that :mrgreen:

    In all seriousness though, the Sharks have had close games with the Bulls in this year’s CC, even with the Bulls performing poorly this year, the Sharks have struggled against them twice, and managed to walk away with non-bonus point wins. The Lions will be a significant challenge this week in my opinion. I am really hoping for 4 points from the match, since WP may be very motivated for our last match of the regular season.

  • Comment 42, posted at 28.09.17 19:11:25 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 42) : to be fair th last Bulls game was played in monsoon rain and not even the All Black would have scored 4 tries in those conditions!

  • Comment 43, posted at 28.09.17 22:25:15 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 40) : And hands out bucket loads of opportunities when he’s cold… :mrgreen: Must say I’m with hound on this one…

  • Comment 44, posted at 28.09.17 23:48:04 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 44) : at least RdP is giving him a solid chance to show what he can do so if he’s dropped no one can complain and ask why he’s not in the team.

  • Comment 45, posted at 29.09.17 08:22:58 by JD Reply
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  • Saw this in yesterdays Die Burger, its a nice story of what rugby (at any level) can mean to someone.
    https://www.pressreader.com/south-africa/die-burger/20170928/282119226736333

  • Comment 46, posted at 29.09.17 08:48:00 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 5) : Your thoughts on how our centres fared on defence?

  • Comment 47, posted at 02.10.17 11:30:18 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 46) : Its an article about Tythan Adams.

  • Comment 48, posted at 02.10.17 11:31:32 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 47) : Pretty well i thought…what was probably more interesting is how bad the 2 Lions centres were- and both people have been screaming about to be included in he Bok side.

  • Comment 49, posted at 02.10.17 12:15:13 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 47) : @SheldonK (Comment 49) : Ja must say the much talked about Lions pair was shocking! On the day Louw and Blewett was much better!

  • Comment 50, posted at 02.10.17 12:54:15 by JD Reply
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