Mix and match Sharks for Polokwane

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 26 Jan 2018 at 12:25

Robert du Preez has named a 32 man squad for Saturday’s Super Rugby warm-up match against the Bulls in Polokwane. The coach has selected two full starting line ups and will thus change the entire team at half time.

Ruan Botha leads the first half outfit, joined by Hyron Andrews in the second row. Thomas du Toit is at tighthead, with Akker van der Merwe and Juan Schoeman completing the front row. A big back row sees Jacques Vermeulen picked at openside, with Tyler Paul at 7 and Keegan Daniel at number 8.

Young halfbacks Cam Wright and Curwin Bosch will spearhead a backline that sees Jeremy Ward and Luk Am in midfield. Sbu Nkosi and Kobus van Wyk are at wing and Lwazi Mvovo in number 15.

Franco Marais captains in the second half with Mzamo Majola and Johnny Meyer on either side. Gideon Koegelenberg joins Stephan Lewies at lock, with Philip van der Walt, Wian Vosloo and Tera Mtembu the loose forwards.

Louis Schreuder and Robert du Preez junior are the halfbacks, with Marra Louw and Tristan Blewett a young centre pairing. Courtney Winnaar is at left wing, with Makezole Mapimpi in the right. Garth April completes the line up.

Chiliboy Ralepelle and Khuta Mchunu travel as squad reserves, but of Beast Mtawarira, Dan du Preez, André Esterhuizen, Leolin Zas and Michael Claassens, there is no sign at the moment.

Sharks: 15 Lwazi Mvovo, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Jeremy Ward, 11 Sbusiso Nkosi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Cameron Wright, 8 Keegan Daniel, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Ruan Botha (captain), 4 Hyron Andrews, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Juan Schoeman

15 Garth April, 14 Makezole Mapimpi, 13 Tristan Blewett, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Courtney Winnaar, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Tera Mtembu, 7 Wian Vosloo, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Gideon Koegelenberg, 3 John-Hubert Meyer, 2 Franco Marais (captain), 1 Mzamo Majola

Reserves: Khuta Mchunu, Chiliboy Ralepelle


  • Interesting…
    Looking forward to seeing how they go…

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.01.18 12:31:25 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Interesting line ups

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.01.18 12:32:51 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Interesting lineups. Andre Esterhuizen not back yet? And no Leolin Zas? No Claasens? Also no Jean Droste?

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.01.18 12:38:15 by SheldonK Reply

  • Very good teams…wondering or concerned about Chiliboy being around how does he influence the guys around him or even more so the youngsters…hopefully he is professional enough to be over that issues.

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.01.18 12:40:31 by DuToit04 Reply

  • Any indication if the game will be televised ?

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.01.18 12:41:50 by DuToit04 Reply

  • For me the interesting selections are (1) Lwazi Mvovo at fullback (2) Thomas du Toit

    And Lastly – who is Courtney Winnaar?

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.01.18 12:43:22 by byron Reply

  • @byron (Comment 6) : Courtney Winnaar is a youngster that played u21s last year. Can pretty much operate anywhere from 10-15. Had a big afro last year.

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.01.18 12:56:59 by SheldonK Reply

  • @DuToit04 (Comment 5) : afraid I have confirmation that it won’t be

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.01.18 12:59:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 3) : Andre just arrived back this weekend. I assume there will be an injury update at some stage. Looks like Boks are being rested.

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.01.18 13:00:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Yeh figured about the Boks, and well JL DuPreez is injured as we know, same with Coenie so just Beast and Dan DuPreez rested

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.01.18 13:06:53 by SheldonK Reply

  • The Sharks come to Limpopo and I am working on the day of the game. Good luck to them, hopefully someone on Sharksworld will be there to give updates

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.01.18 13:11:40 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @DuToit04 (Comment 4) : All is well, that was confirmed as a journo taking liberties with the truth. Although its interesting how since then many people seem eager to show chilli the door, bad idea, quality depth at hooker is very useful to have.

    I do understand if people are concern about squad chemistry, but no need to worry.

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.01.18 15:27:54 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : That seems sensible too…and Zas?

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.01.18 15:33:18 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : I thought that would be the case with the game being in Polokwane…

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.01.18 15:34:30 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Nice blend of teams. Good to have a good hit-out in what will surely be 20 min chukkas.
    This game doesn’t need televising.
    I am interested in Lwazi at Fullback this season, gives the back three good balance.

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.01.18 17:02:00 by Richard Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 12) : That’s good news! I have always been a fan of him and think youngsters can look up to him despite his past

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.01.18 18:48:13 by DuToit04 Reply

  • What date is the bulls game? Any one know if it will be broadcast yet?

  • Comment 17, posted at 26.01.18 20:53:50 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 17) : It’s at 6pm today and will not be broadcast.

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.01.18 11:42:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : Yup. I was searching all the sources this morning. Sometime I wish we had localized broadcasters like the yanks do.

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.01.18 14:03:29 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 19) : yup the yank televise everything

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.01.18 16:27:21 by Dunx Reply

  • Lions won the fringe player game vs the Bulls 66-22

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.01.18 17:21:15 by Baylion Reply

  • @Dunx (Comment 20) : Nah boet. We’re flying blind….

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.01.18 19:13:25 by coolfusion Reply


    63 min: Bulls 7-19 Sharks

  • Comment 23, posted at 27.01.18 19:29:09 by Baylion Reply

  • Schreuder off with a knee injury. Not good news

  • Comment 24, posted at 27.01.18 19:40:11 by Baylion Reply

  • FT Bulls 14-31 Sharks

  • Comment 25, posted at 27.01.18 19:52:32 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 24) : what “is the not good” based on?

  • Comment 26, posted at 27.01.18 20:02:20 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • Just a tweet that he injured his knee and look to be in discomfort.

  • Comment 27, posted at 27.01.18 20:09:06 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 27) : Oh hope his ok, we need him firing, but this is rugby there will be injuries in per season

  • Comment 28, posted at 27.01.18 20:17:32 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 27) : Thanks for the updates Bay, those thinking Van Wyk ahead of Mapimpi?? stop smoking the weed, this fella cannot stop scoring 2 tries today.

  • Comment 29, posted at 27.01.18 20:25:59 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Holding thumbs and praying Schreuder is going to be ok 😥

  • Comment 30, posted at 27.01.18 20:28:02 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 27) : What i would like to hear is also how the likes of Thomas went at TH

  • Comment 31, posted at 27.01.18 20:28:35 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 31) : I just followed the tweets but apparently the Bulls struggled in the scrums, which is nothing new.

    @sharks_lover (Comment 29) : Any good wing needs to be put into space and as long as the Sharks can do that Mapimpi will score. A “Pass to Mapimpi” plan might not work though once teams cut off his space. The Reds tried that with Kuridrani and he was marked out of the game. BTW apparently van Wyk set up the one early try.

    The Sharks problem last year was that they couldn’t set up tries for their strikers, not that their strikers couldn’t score tries. Van Wyk scored 7 of the Sharks 38 tries and Mvovo scored 5 (nearly 33% of the Sharks tries between the two of them), create more space for them and they’ll score more

  • Comment 32, posted at 27.01.18 20:36:54 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 32) : Exactly

  • Comment 33, posted at 27.01.18 21:19:12 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 32) : Exactly, but it I think with Robert jnr will make a big difference this year as well as Andre Esterhuizen who has been playing 10/12/13/15 in Japan under Carlos, skills will be enhanced for sure and in my view this should be the Sharks starting backline and is probably the most explosive.

    15 Mvovo
    14 Mapimpi
    13 Am
    12 Esterhuizen
    11 Nkosi
    10 Robert jr
    09 Schreuder

    Rotation is more possible with great depth at center and wings, Bosch also depending who you are playing against and of course will be working on his defense will play A big role at 10 or 15
    I still am not sure how good or bad Leolin Zas is? but centers we have another 4 very good centers who can hold their own.

    Scrummies i think we will be fine with the back up of Claassens and Wright.
    Now in the forwards it is at TH where i am a bit worried, one more injury there and I see problems, also how is Thomas going to fair?

    Lastly you spoke of new signings? maybe there is a good TH on the way?

  • Comment 34, posted at 27.01.18 21:47:57 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 34) : New signings? I quoted from the original article on the Sharks web site. I see that article has been edited and doesn’t have that in anymore

  • Comment 35, posted at 28.01.18 06:09:46 by Baylion Reply


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