Richard Ferguson

JL, Kobus start against Bulls

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 19 Oct 2017 at 14:10
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Sharks coach Robert du Preez has named his team for the semi final clash against the Blue Bulls this weekend, opting to make a few changes from the dead rubber against Western Province last weekend.

The tight five is left unchanged, Ruan Botha leading the team from the second row. In the loosies, Jean-Luc du Preez joins brother Daniel and the other Daniel (Keegan), with Jacques Vermeulen having to settle for a bench spot.

Mike Claassens drops to the bench in favour of Louis Schreuder getting the start inside Curwin Bosch. Odwa Ndungane, after the fan fare last weekend, will have to settle for getting his 250th cap from the bench as Kobus van Wyk gets the start.

Onto the bench, Chiliboy misses out completely with Akker van der Merwe coming on as cover. The extended bench (23 man squad for the semi final while the rest of the competition saw only 22 man squads) allows for a full front row on the wood and both Juan Schoeman and John-Hubert Meyer is likely to see action.

15. Garth April
14. Kobus van Wyk
13. Lukhanyo Am
12. Marius Louw
11. S’busiso Nkosi
10. Curwin Bosch
9. Louis Schreuder
8. Daniel du Preez
7. Jean-Luc du Preez
6. Keegan Daniel
5. Ruan Botha (c)
4. Tyler Paul
3. Ross Geldenhuys
2. Franco Marais
1. Thomas du Toit
16. Akker van der Merwe
17. Juan Schoeman
18. John-Hubert Meyer
19. Jean Droste
20. Jacques Vermeulen
21. Michael Claassens
22. Tristan Blewett
23. Odwa Ndungane


  • Best possible team!! Can’t wait…our forwards will have a massive game!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.10.17 14:13:51 by EugeneVT Reply
  • Good team selection. If we can dominate the Bulls upfront andn ot allow Gelant to run we should win comfortably.
    Anything can happen on the day and think this should be a good game, weather permitting

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.10.17 14:15:16 by SheldonK Reply

  • Has anyone noticed the vast amount of lookalikes in the sharks side? Barney Stenson, Happy Sindane, Johnny Bravo x2

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.10.17 14:25:59 by Karl Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 2) : If we can pressure Gelant defensively he is bound to make some stupid decisions as well,

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.10.17 14:31:31 by Bokhoring Reply
  • That’s a team capable of beating any other team on the day, I hope they are there mentally this time around and absolutely crush the Bulls

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.10.17 14:33:39 by Mephisto_Shark Reply

  • Nice to see a jostled team. Hopefully Odwa isnt forced to play most of the game. He is slower but better against a team that is more tired than a fresh one

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.10.17 14:35:00 by Dunx Reply

  • I would still like to know what the issue is with Rhyno Smith?

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.10.17 14:44:57 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 7) : I think his fine, their just picking odwa over smith or ben10 cause of his experience, which could help or hinder up depending. what if one of our wings of april get hurt early, odwa comes on and bulls will then chip over or grubber past our back three to try and regather the ball.

    worth noting we did the same thing to the stormers a few seasons ago when they played a big back three against us, consisting if Rb jnr, pat howard and johnny kotze. all we did was chip or grubber and regather for tries.

    But hey, maybe if we played really young guys off the bench the freeze under pressure, you never know, at least we have the two options.

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.10.17 15:00:06 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @Karl (Comment 3) : I thought I has the only one who noticed the Curwin/Happy resemblance

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.10.17 15:18:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • Can the Bulls cause an upset? Think they just might.

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.10.17 15:20:01 by McLovin Reply

  • flipping amazing position to be in when the only real complaint we have is the selection of one of the backs on the bench.

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.10.17 15:20:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • might I just say – how well has Juan Schoeman come on this year? Really impressed. I reckon he got the better of Wilco last week (admittedly after Wilco had had to handle Thomas for 50 minutes).

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.10.17 15:21:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : Its his conditioning Rob- he has definitely dropped kgs and is more mobile and hence also able to hold himself up in the scrum. On that note his brother is also playing good rugby for the Bulls currently.

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.10.17 15:26:49 by SheldonK Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 10) : what do you know? You called a sharks win last weekend :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.10.17 15:36:19 by HeinF Reply

  • @Karl (Comment 3) : lol which player resembles Barney Stenson [email protected]robdylan (Comment 11) : True with the players fit and available this is pretty much the best cc team we are able to play. With ward out, and hyron andrews still making his way back to full fitness the replacements have really put up their hands for further selection.

    this is a aspect of the cc that I enjoy, when guys leave for europe for good, or the boks/japan for a few months we get to see promising fringe players develop their game at a higher level.

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.10.17 15:40:41 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @HeinF (Comment 14) : Did I? Probably did. :mrgreen:

    Lions definitely going to the final. Seriously. Sadly. 😐

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.10.17 15:42:57 by McLovin Reply

  • I see we got the B Team of referees compared with the other semi final

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.10.17 15:48:18 by SheldonK Reply

  • Good team!!! Go Sharks!!!

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.10.17 15:53:32 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 17) : At least it is not Marius or Lourens

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.10.17 15:56:02 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 19) : Im just not a fan of Immelman or his assistants….think they miss a lot and they try make up for it by getting involved and making a big thing of little incidents. Hope they prove me wrong and the game flows without incident.

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.10.17 16:00:23 by SheldonK Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 15) : I’d say Claasens looks sort of like barney. Only more solid.

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.10.17 16:03:55 by coolfusion Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 20) : we could have another ref who need not be named

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.10.17 16:31:47 by byron Reply

  • @byron (Comment 22) : hes a big lions fan though!

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.10.17 16:32:27 by byron Reply

  • Well I hope the guys vindicate us this weekend. Sure Rob would have put them through the wringer this week.

  • Comment 24, posted at 19.10.17 18:08:27 by coolfusion Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 17) : ah crap. Who?

  • Comment 25, posted at 19.10.17 18:32:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 21) : Interesting lol, I can see that.

    Once we signed LS and Cam I was eager for us to let mike go, but im glad be kept him now

    @robdylan (Comment 25) : Hey Rob, can you confirm with the sharks Reps if majola’s move to the kings is permanent or just a loan. his a promising young gun, possibly the new beast.

  • Comment 26, posted at 19.10.17 19:02:59 by revolverocelot Reply

  • Vian Fourie is on his way to Durban. Played for Paarl Boys High and was crucial to their success as a no 6. I guess they have been after a good no6.

  • Comment 27, posted at 19.10.17 19:23:43 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 27) : Good news, that! I don’t reckon Keegan has more than another 8 good years left in him, 10 tops, so it’s heartening that the Sharks are thinking ahead…

  • Comment 28, posted at 19.10.17 19:35:55 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Solid team…I can’t see us lose anytime soon! Sharks vs Lions final

  • Comment 29, posted at 19.10.17 20:52:21 by DuToit04 Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 26) : Loan

  • Comment 30, posted at 19.10.17 21:18:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : I was flipping impressed!

  • Comment 31, posted at 19.10.17 21:38:36 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 27) : Good sign

    However dont we have a few good young sixes in the u19/21 team, I thought Ross’ younger brother was a 6

    Not sure The management believes in fetcher, if they did they likely would not have let franna leave for the pumas

    I figure keegs is in the team this week less for his openside ability and more for his experience.

  • Comment 32, posted at 19.10.17 22:31:53 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 30) : thanks Rob, hope too see him back in the black and white in a year or two

  • Comment 33, posted at 19.10.17 22:32:55 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @sharks_lover (Comment 27) : We should have gotten cloete or velleman on the books. We need a fetcher.

  • Comment 34, posted at 20.10.17 07:18:18 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 34) : Not Cloete, don’t care how good he is. Our big centres and wings not doing too bad with the turnovers, sure the loosies will catch up!

  • Comment 35, posted at 20.10.17 07:47:52 by HeinF Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : Immelman with Berry and Jadezweni as assistants. Christie DuPreez TMO. Nothing personal against those guys im just not fan of the way they handle games.

  • Comment 36, posted at 20.10.17 08:41:09 by SheldonK Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 34) : Has Velleman played a rugby game this year? Is he still in SA or overseas…havnt heard anything about him

  • Comment 37, posted at 20.10.17 08:41:41 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 37) : According to this he is in the Kings Pro14 squad but he has not yet played a Pro14 game.

  • Comment 38, posted at 20.10.17 09:01:45 by MysticShark Reply
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  • I see that they are reviewing the 7 vs 8 subs for CC next year. Hopefully sanity will prevail and they start to use 23 players in 2018!

  • Comment 39, posted at 20.10.17 09:12:40 by HeinF Reply

  • @HeinF (Comment 39) : I see that there is a article about how Straeuli contacted the 4 unions then SA Rugby for the semi’s 23 squads

  • Comment 40, posted at 20.10.17 09:26:57 by Dunx Reply

  • @Dunx (Comment 40) : I also read that. If it is true, it was very good initiative from him.
    If anyone is interested, I see onedayonly is selling sharks shirts at R199 each.

  • Comment 41, posted at 20.10.17 09:33:12 by HeinF Reply

  • @HeinF (Comment 41) : Yes but flippen ALWAYS in the wrong size

  • Comment 42, posted at 20.10.17 10:15:49 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 34) : @revolverocelot (Comment 32) : Actually we have a strong lighty with the Sharks and I believe he could like Marcell a great fetcher.

    Wian Vosloo has been a sub for the Sharks CC side this year and he looks very promising,so for me with coaching you might have the answer at 6

  • Comment 43, posted at 20.10.17 11:52:47 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 37) : Still with kings in pro 14 last I heard they said his going overseas was unfounded. 14 WP was also trying to sign him. With our season the way is I think we could have a better chance maybe?

  • Comment 44, posted at 20.10.17 14:18:46 by coolfusion Reply

  • Well done to the Purple People Eaters on winning their second Currie Cup First Division title in 2 years!!!!
    Now for the Sharks to win Premiere Division!!!!!!

  • Comment 45, posted at 20.10.17 17:58:18 by JD Reply
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  • Guys big special on Sharks 2017 Super rugby jerseys on OneDayOnly Deals!!!
    Home and away jerseys (mens and ladies ) only R199 and kids only R149!!!
    Already topped up my collection!!!

  • Comment 46, posted at 20.10.17 18:05:28 by JD Reply
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  • We are heavy favourites… but most bulls supporters back their team for the upset!

    Cmon men. Lets live up to our reputation this year!

  • Comment 47, posted at 20.10.17 21:11:13 by SharksRTB Reply

  • Is this basically our SR team? Whose missing from boks and Japan?



  • Comment 48, posted at 20.10.17 21:12:27 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @SharksRTB (Comment 48) : Ginger, Lewies, Mvovo…

  • Comment 49, posted at 20.10.17 22:46:14 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 48) : @pastorshark (Comment 49) : Counie

  • Comment 50, posted at 21.10.17 02:30:00 by revolverocelot Reply


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