Sharks named for Brumbies clash

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 15 Mar 2018 at 10:07

The Sharks have named their side to face the Brumbies in Canberra on Saturday morning.

Coach Robert du Preez has kept faith in many of the players who started against the Sunwolves last week, making just two rotational changes to his starting team. Thomas du Toit and Kobus van Wyk both missed the Durban game completely, but start this time, ahead of John-Hubert Meyer and Sbu Nkosi respectively. The latter is rested entirely after three 80-minute performances in a row.

Further changes come on the bench, with Tyler Paul and Jean-Luc du Preez coming in for Gideon Koegelenberg and Keegan Daniel, neither of whom is on tour. The balance of the 23 remains unchanged.

Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Tera Mtembu, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Wian Vosloo, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Ruan Botha (captain), 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Beast Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Tyler Paul, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Lwazi Mvovo.


  • sbu nkosi??? injured or are we just resting him. anyway. good team and a good looking bench. cant wait

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.03.18 10:14:00 by Darius de Lange Reply
  • Good to see them rotating (quite literally) their wings.

    That bench though, is looking like it could be rated 18 for sex and violence!

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.03.18 10:17:22 by josefgremlin Reply
  • Now is Curwin’s time to shine. If he nails this game, that 15 jersey is his.

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.03.18 10:28:13 by boertjie101 Reply
  • Good team. Glad to see JL back, and I expect to see him replacing Tera before the 60 min mark. Sorry, but I just don’t get the hype around that guy.

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.03.18 10:31:32 by KingCheetah Reply
  • Good team but curious about where Nkosi and Marais are. I hope Thomas holds his end up, literally, and Tyler Paul comes on as a lock later. I’m a o excited to see Jean-luc back. Hope he hits the ground running.
    Feel wright is a little unlucky not to start. What’s the chances of Louw getting a good run? I’d only be subbing Am or Esterhuizen if absolutely necessary.
    Last mention, hope Bosch has a cracker.

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.03.18 10:44:56 by Hulk Reply
  • Good looking team, clearly a rotation policy with the back 3, which I am okay with – we have a lot of firepower and competition for places. It is a good, balanced team, JLDP is a welcome presence on the bench, and his brother now two weeks away. Tera needs to pull finger, I was vocal in supporting his inclusion, and now he needs to “wys” he can cut it. I like Tyler on the bench which adds more muscle, Gideon and Andrews not quite there yet in my opinion. We need this game desperately to stay in the “top 6” given that Lions are guaranteed 5 points against the Sunwolves. Stormers and Bulls will go down this weekend too, so we need these points, especially as Rebels are now playing decent rugby football.

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.03.18 10:48:22 by Richard Reply
  • Cam is by far the better scrumhalf at the moment. Would it not make sense to start him as Louis is not yet up to his usual self?

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.03.18 10:59:46 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 7) : Cam is doing everything right, and closes the game with a dominant display, but looks like he has the legs to go 80 minutes – so agree, want him to start more regularly. He is looking like the real deal and needs every opportunity to start.

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.03.18 11:02:04 by Richard Reply

  • I like the look of the bench in terms of the type of players w ehave picked there. A strong bench is very underestimated. Brumbies at home are always tough to beat even if they off form they seem to find it against the Sharks. Hoping for a good start to the tour

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.03.18 11:11:55 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 9) : This is probably our easiest game on tour.

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.03.18 11:27:14 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 10) : Easiest does not mean easy though.

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.03.18 11:32:44 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 11) : There should not be any easy games in this competition, it should be ruthless, and we should be able to withstand whatever the opposition throws at us no matter what patch of grass we are playing on.

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.03.18 11:36:08 by Richard Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 11) : Yeh get what you mean. Brumbies just seem to raise their game for the Sharks. Think it should be a great game to watch

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.03.18 12:18:56 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 11) : Definitely not the way we play. We like them all hard. Even the easy ones…

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.03.18 12:22:02 by coolfusion Reply

  • Any news on Sharks squad for that Supersport Challenge? Could be some interesting names

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.03.18 12:23:02 by SheldonK Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 4) : He had a lot of talent, great linking player between the forwards and the backs. He is just never playing as well as we had hoped, but all the injuries didn’t really help. Hopefully he can still turn it around.

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.03.18 12:59:09 by HeinF Reply

  • Can Louw play 13 or is van Wyk our only other real option at outside center?

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.03.18 13:00:52 by HeinF Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 4) : 100% with you on Terra. Could never see what the hype was about. He’s at best a CC player to me.

    @HeinF (Comment 17) : I’d like to think Louw would make a great 13. I’d surely give him a chance there. But with Am and AE playing so well it’s hard to give him a start, although he’s doing everything right to deserve it.

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.03.18 13:36:59 by Quintin Reply

  • Very good looking team. I agree with the rotation of the wings. Van wyk needs to bring his A game as against the Tahs he was very uninterested. I would have started with Wright but hopefully Schreuder will be back to his old self. Our bench oozes talent and I think our bench will pull this one through for us. Bosch deservedly has another shot to make the 15 jersey his, which I think he already has. Our locks need to up their game as they have been average at most. Loosies look okay, would have loved a combo of Ninja and the twins on tour but we have plenty of talent. I say we will win it in the last 10 minutes with great impact off the bench, especially JLDP and Wright. I will be in Dubai for 3 weeks so hopefully someone will provide live comments so I can at least follow our games on tour. Thanks :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.03.18 13:50:00 by Fox Reply

  • @HeinF (Comment 17) : Ward probably could but he seems to have dropped off the radar or maybe injured?

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.03.18 14:12:32 by coolfusion Reply

  • I’m overall happy with that team and I think if we play the basics and don’t let them bully the breakdown, we have the Brumbies beat. Can’t get Tera starting though, he’s crocked and out of form, should be bench impact until fully fit again imo.

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.03.18 14:31:35 by Mephisto_Shark Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 20) : yes, last I checked he was still injured. I can’t remember for how long he is still out for though

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.03.18 14:57:50 by HeinF Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 20) : Ward out injured, only back after tour.

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.03.18 15:27:20 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Mephisto_Shark (Comment 21) : Ad looking at the last game he is still carrying something. Looked a bit uncomfortable.

  • Comment 24, posted at 15.03.18 15:35:02 by coolfusion Reply

  • Hi guys! I hope the sharks make us proud this weekend. Really hated the ponies since they beat us back in the super 12 comp. final.Can remember me being a natal fan and my brother a brumbies fan because of george g. Man george and my brother worked on my tits lol. Happy ending he is now a full sharks man. So here to the boys go SHARKS!!!!!!

  • Comment 25, posted at 15.03.18 16:19:11 by osbal Reply

  • @osbal (Comment 25) : remember that game all to well 6-6 at half time. 36-6 full time. I was so destroyed by the implosion that the score is burnt into the memory banks 🙁

  • Comment 26, posted at 15.03.18 22:49:08 by Hulk Reply

  • As much as I dislike the Bulls, I just love seeing a SA team score tries like that against a NZ one. Bulls are looking good, hopefully they don’t stuff it up like against the Reds. I really want our SA teams to do good this year, no matter who they are. We need all our teams to perform if we want to get anywhere with the Boks this year and in the WC.

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.03.18 09:26:41 by Quintin Reply

  • Would have loved to see Curwin at 10 but hopefully he’ll go there later in the game like last week. I’m glad to see Rob Du Preez is listening to me and backing Tera at No 8 ! – What a talent – Cam should be at 9 and Thomas shouldn’t even be at tight head ever

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.03.18 09:27:07 by Simz Cele Reply

  • Bulls are on fire – keep this up and I will make a point of watching their games. Not good for the Bru though but easy on the eye.

  • Comment 29, posted at 16.03.18 09:28:20 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Simz Cele (Comment 28) : Tera a talent?? Ok never mind. Let him play, because as soon as the real talents, being Ginger Ninja, Dan and JL are back to full fitness, he will play Supersport challenge, which to me is his ceiling. If Tera is a talent in your eyes, we could just as well play Rhule at 8 with the same effect.
    Vosloo, Jacques Vermeulen, vd Walt, and the twins are streets ahead of Tera.

  • Comment 30, posted at 16.03.18 10:20:21 by KingCheetah Reply

  • Bulls fluffed it in the end but there was plenty there to make players, fans and coaches starts believing that things can turn.

  • Comment 31, posted at 16.03.18 10:43:40 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 31) : for a moment i was getting ready for “Maak die bulle almal bokke..” ai tog – The NZ teams simply know how to close a game and strategically adopt a more superior gameplan then the opposition as the game progresses.

  • Comment 32, posted at 16.03.18 11:32:47 by DuToit04 Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 30) : I see Paige signed with the Cheetahs?

  • Comment 33, posted at 16.03.18 11:42:37 by DuToit04 Reply

  • Anone else noticing the trend of some teams picking mobile locks as loose forwards? Mostert at the Lions, PSDT at the Stormers, and ntoiced a couple Aussie teams doing it as well. Courtney Lawes for England too.

  • Comment 34, posted at 16.03.18 11:43:50 by SheldonK Reply

  • @DuToit04 (Comment 33) : I still wouldnt pick him over Venter and Meyer there

  • Comment 35, posted at 16.03.18 11:44:39 by SheldonK Reply

  • @DuToit04 (Comment 33) : Yes, just a contingency plan. Shaun Venter and Ruan van Rensburg injured. Tian Meyer just back from an injury, and Zee Mkhabela the last scrum in the squad. Not sure why JP Smith isn’t used, maybe he is injured.

  • Comment 36, posted at 16.03.18 11:57:00 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 35) : Venter injured, maybe that is why. Just a three month deal. Ruan van Rensburg also injured. Tian Meyer to start, with Mkhabela on the bench. Paige, just cover at this stage.

  • Comment 37, posted at 16.03.18 11:58:10 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 37) : He would be no.1 choice at the Kings if he went there. They crying out for some experience. Although maybe he sees that as a sinking ship

  • Comment 38, posted at 16.03.18 12:14:39 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 34) : yes I’ve seen it but personally I don’t like it. Think those players are OK as loosies but ultimately they will cause your loosies to be slower / less mobile. Picking them at lock will increase the mobility and speed of the forwards.

  • Comment 39, posted at 16.03.18 14:45:26 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 39) : Picking locks at loose also gives you extra options in lineouts. So yes you may lose a little speed but you can keep one fast flanker and a very mobile 8 to make up. If you have a good running hooker more fun…

  • Comment 40, posted at 16.03.18 14:50:14 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 40) : yes that’s true but then again you get guys like Kanko also give you the lineout option without losing speed. Bottom line for me is players can be trained to be an lineout option but mobility and speed not so much.
    Personally I still prefer players to be picked in their best position and not one that they can make work.

  • Comment 41, posted at 16.03.18 15:27:57 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 39) : mobile locks played as an 8th man, I’ll accept and some are pretty damn good at it but flanks ought to be flanks.

  • Comment 42, posted at 16.03.18 16:01:33 by Hulk Reply

  • @JD (Comment 41) : I don’t like it either. Makes no sense because you can have that ‘mobile lock’ at lock, why slow down your loose trio with them? And as you said, flankers/8th men can be trained at jumping in the line-out, as many do anyways.

    Btw the Bulls line-out was really solid this morning, stole a couple balls when the Chiefs where on attack in their half. They should have closed it out, missed 3 opportunities that could’ve easily been converted into tries, butchered it or just got unlucky. They were dominant in the 1st half, them, the Blues and Rebels are going to surprise a few teams this year.

  • Comment 43, posted at 16.03.18 16:17:49 by Quintin Reply

  • Lots of tera critics in the comments, I hope he shuts everyone up. This is his chance and he better take it or his done.

  • Comment 44, posted at 16.03.18 16:47:59 by Poisy Reply
  • Also glad nkosi and mvovo not starting, saw them on Instagram live few days before tahs game doing back flips off a boat and into the ocean! Maybe it’s just me but professionals shouldn’t be doing stupid shit like that because they might get injured! How the sharks union allowed that to happen is beyond me.

  • Comment 45, posted at 16.03.18 16:51:16 by Poisy Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 45) : Then what’s the use of being young and a the top of your life?

  • Comment 46, posted at 16.03.18 17:23:57 by coolfusion Reply

  • @Poisy (Comment 44) : I don’t think it’s critics. Most of us just got tired of waiting. I like him like his personality like his commitment to the team. I want him to succeed. But it doesn’t look like it will happen. Maybe he has to move and reinvent himself. What he is doing now hasn’t worked.

  • Comment 47, posted at 16.03.18 17:25:49 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 46) : It has to be within reason if your job is being a top athlete.

  • Comment 48, posted at 16.03.18 19:47:11 by Poisy Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 45) : @coolfusion (Comment 46) : Would rather have them doing back flips into the ocean than on the rugby field after scoring a try.
    As for Tera think he’s very talented but injuries totally stuffed up his career and at 27 he’s not a youngster anymore so think this might be his last chance to show what he can do.

  • Comment 49, posted at 16.03.18 22:12:53 by JD Reply
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  • I feel Mtembu is being unfairly criticized. Yes, he isn’t the best loosie we have ever had but hes starting due to injuries so let’s support him.

    The coaches have chosen him and last week he actually played well, albeit against the Sunwolves.

    Today he has a massive challenge against some huge Brumbies forwards. Let’s give him a chance and judge him after the game today. He will know, or should know, that this is his chance.

  • Comment 50, posted at 17.03.18 07:03:12 by Dustin Emslie Reply

  • @Dustin Emslie (Comment 50) : Not so much a criticism of Tera, he is a hard grafter. He is just not in the same league as those ahead of him in the pecking order. No doubt he will give his all for the team. It is a criticism of people that confuse liking a player, as opposed to judging said player’s ability as a rugby player.

    In the higher echelons of rugby, Tera is just not able to make an impact against looses that weigh on average 10 kg’s heavier.

  • Comment 51, posted at 17.03.18 07:39:39 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 51) : Well said.

    What’s your score prediction for this match? Reckon the Brumbies will be out to get their season on track or will we be too much for them? You know what my prediction will be, asking for a neutrals perspective helps.

  • Comment 52, posted at 17.03.18 08:42:09 by Quintin Reply

  • @Quintin (Comment 52) : I believe the Sharks can beat the Ponies in Canberra. Sharks do have a good record there. They will need their pack to secure more possession though. The Sunwolves spent to much time in the Sharks half, pounding away. Better attacks will score. Sharks by 13

  • Comment 53, posted at 17.03.18 08:49:28 by KingCheetah Reply


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