Burden returns against the Rebels

Written by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 21 Mar 2019 at 12:27
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Craig Burden is probably the biggest surprise selection in the Sharks team for the game against the Rebels. He should be adding a bit of much needed physicality when he comes on as replacement.

Pepsi Buthelezi and Ruben van Heerden have been promoted to start, and Aphelele Fassi slots in at full back keeping Curwin Bosch to make an impact from the bench. Luke Stringer will most likely make his Super Rugby debut later in the game.

Grant Williams is still preferred on the bench over Cam Wright (unless he is injured, but who knows). Marius Louw features on the bench.

I do feel the loose trio needs a JLDP / Tyler Paul / Van der Walt to really make an impact. Hopefully at least one of them will be available in the next couple of weeks.

1. Beast Mtawarira
2. Akker van der Merwe
3. Coenie Oosthuizen
4. Ruben van Heerden
5. Hyron Andrews
6. Phepsi Buthelezi
7. Jacques Vermeulen
8. Daniel du Preez
9. Louis Schreuder (C)
10. Robert du Preez
11. Makazole Mapimpi
12. Andre Esterhuizen
13. Lukhanyo Am
14. Sbu Nkosi
15. Aphelele Fassi


16. Craig Burden
17. Juan Schoeman
18. Thomas du Toit
19. Gideon Koegelenberg
20. Luke Stringer
21. Grant Williams
22. Marius Louw
23. Curwin Bosch


  • Good to see Craig there. After two weeks of disillusionment, please Sharks, make us proud…

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.03.19 12:41:02 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 1) : Couldn’t agree more. However if our game plan hasn’t changed this is nothing more than 2 new bodies to the same old show.

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.03.19 12:57:44 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 2) : And the way the rebels took the Lions apart in the first half our crashing game with no intelligent backline options is exactly what the rebels want.

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.03.19 12:59:27 by coolfusion Reply

  • Any idea when PVdW is supposed to be back? I heard somewhere around the same time as JLdP, which sucks because without Paul in the mix, we are very light in the back row and even on the bench. Vermuelen has never lived up to his potential, and I’m sure his head is in Europe now as well, Phepsi while an awesome young talent is also not a very large abrasive type player. Sadly Dan is going to have to continue to carry the grunt load with Van Heerden, because we know that Hyron can be a lightie in the tight/loose. I understand that there are few other options in the forwards to select due to injury, but wow this pack seems so unbalanced to me, and quite lightweight.

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.03.19 15:49:06 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 4) : 😀 😀 😆 😆 If GreatSharkSays has been complaining about the back 5 balance before this, he/she is going to have a field day with these selections, and sadly is probably spot on right.

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.03.19 15:52:03 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 1) : Hear hear, I do believe that rhyno Smith would’ve been a better fit at fly half for a running game……..

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.03.19 18:39:23 by jdolivier Reply

  • what is going on with Cameron Wright,he is an excellent player much better than Schreuder and the deer in the headlights on the bench.I also rate Stringer above both Vermullen and Buthelezi and Kogglenberg above Hyron ” the next ruck I hit will be my first ”.

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.03.19 08:08:25 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 7) : ja think all of us want to know what is the deal with Wright, van Wyk and co that just not get selected!? Times like this I really miss Rob as he at least got some info out of the Sharks that seemingly can’t be bothered to share player information with the fans!!!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.03.19 08:38:37 by JD Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 1) : I am really hopeful of a turn around this week. This side seems far better, we are at home and the rebels have rested a lot of key players. We should be able to get a win here.

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.03.19 09:00:17 by Byron Wright Reply

  • @JD (Comment 8) : Also is Ruan Botha injured? I wish we were kept mildy in the loop by the Sharks.

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.03.19 09:01:23 by Byron Wright Reply

  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 4) : You are spot on. I am glad to see Pepsi at 6 because thats where his future lies also good to have stringer on the bench(vosloo has never produced). We short a real blindside flank but as you say they all injured.

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.03.19 09:03:48 by Byron Wright Reply

  • @Byron Wright (Comment 11) : Pepsi honestly seems more of a Whiteley / Kankowski type of player to me.

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.03.19 09:14:34 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 12) : I see why you say that and watching him as a schoolboy he tended to often play as a link type 8 and scored a lot of tries where you would expect to see a wing/centre but going forward I think he has the ability over the ball to be a 6 and there is more chance for him to make it as a 6 than a ranging 8 in rugby these days.

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.03.19 09:18:49 by Byron Wright Reply

  • @Byron Wright (Comment 13) : Still place in rugby for a linking type 8 – Read fits that profile too. The player just need to be able to contribute in the rough stuff too.

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.03.19 09:25:13 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Is Ruan Botha injured?

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.03.19 10:17:20 by dawj Reply

  • Eish we need a more robust or rugged lock combo again and Hyron especially doesn’t fit either of those descriptions.

    We’ve been in need for more grunt up front for a while now and I can’t see us playing to our full potential until sort that out.

    The Rebels will need no motivation after last weeks comeback from the Lions, tough game ahead.

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.03.19 10:28:53 by Quintin Reply

  • I see from the photos PvDW is back in training which is great.

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.03.19 11:36:51 by Byron Wright Reply

  • I wonder how far JJ vd Mescht is from gettting a few minutes off the bench – there is all the bulk that we are looking for, just very young.

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.03.19 11:49:21 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @dawj (Comment 15) : I found the press conference video and Ruan is apparently out injured(no timeline given) Burden is also injured and has been replaced by Van Vuuren in the 23. Gameplan apparently 100% spot on

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.03.19 11:51:19 by Byron Wright Reply

  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 18) : sorry to say but JJ did not really impressed me thus far whilst playing for the senior side. Yes he is hugely talented but I think he needs a bit more time to mature. For now guys like Koeggies and Tyler Paul will have to step up and deliver!

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.03.19 12:02:54 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 8) : Not wanting to go this route but is it possible that this has anything to do with “targets” that have been put on SA teams – I cant imagine otherwise.

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.03.19 12:32:03 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 20) : Yeah look he is only just out of nappies and for someone in the engine room is very young thus my wanting a few minutes from the bench. We need grunt in the engine room.

  • Comment 22, posted at 22.03.19 12:43:15 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 21) : ja let’s not even go that route!!

  • Comment 23, posted at 22.03.19 13:31:56 by JD Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 22) : personally I’d like to see him in the under 21’s and Currie cup before letting him play in Super Rugby.

  • Comment 24, posted at 22.03.19 13:33:30 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 23) : Its damn hard not to, especially if that is where some of the answers lie. Anyway, one must get used to being kept in the dark in this place.

  • Comment 25, posted at 22.03.19 13:36:37 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 25) : Once the Supersport Challenge starts on 21 April we will have a better idea what the case is with the Missing :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 22.03.19 13:46:32 by Bokhoring Reply
  • True, why did I think that that competition had been scrapped?

  • Comment 27, posted at 22.03.19 14:49:28 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Is Burden out now? I still see him on the sheets in articles?

  • Comment 28, posted at 22.03.19 17:40:27 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 28) : Guess we’ll see tomorrow if our coaching has the ability or not.

  • Comment 29, posted at 22.03.19 17:43:55 by coolfusion Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 26) : @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 27) : Was also under that impression but apparently not. According to Wiki it starts 26 April with the final being played on 22 June. Changed to the Top 7 SA teams playing a single round Cup competition and rest with Namibia and Zim sides playing in the Shield competition.

  • Comment 30, posted at 22.03.19 19:54:46 by JD Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 28) : on the official Sharks webpage (Action returns to Durban published on 21March) Kerron is now listed on the team list as the replacement hooker (although in the article Burden is still named without any indication of a chance). Super work (again) by the PR/media people of the Sharks, also numbering the reserves from 1 to 8!?!?!?

  • Comment 31, posted at 22.03.19 20:08:19 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 31) : Do is Kerron the typo or Burden? Is there anything saying he is out?

  • Comment 32, posted at 23.03.19 14:40:12 by coolfusion Reply

  • Bulls on public holiday today….

  • Comment 33, posted at 23.03.19 15:56:12 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 33) : How in the hell did we lose against these palookas?! :mrgreen: The Bulls are shocking today!! Schalk Brits is having a mare!

  • Comment 34, posted at 23.03.19 16:34:16 by pastorshark Reply
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