Sharks team to face Pumas

Written by Jan Dyman (JD)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Sharks on 1 Aug 2019 at 13:06

The Cell C Sharks team to play the Phakisa Pumas in Nelspruit has been announced.

Coach Sean Everitt has opted to make only one rotational change with Phepsi Buthelezi starting at 7 and Jacques Vermeulen shifting to the bench.

This is a very important game for the Sharks as with 4 games to go they’re currently in 5th place on the log.

Adding to the pressure is that only one of those remaining games is at home (vs Cheetahs) with the last two away in Gauteng!

“The team is in a super-excited mood and keen to get the campaign back on track after the break and following a good finish against Western Province two weeks ago,” explained Everitt in the build-up to the match.

Now let’s hope they can show us that “super-excitement” on the field by not only beat the Pumas but also getting a bonus point whilst doing it!

Cell C Sharks

  1. Juan Schoeman
  2. Kerron van Vuuren
  3. Coenie Oosthuizen
  4. Ruben van Heerden
  5. Hyron Andrews
  6. Luke Stringer
  7. Phepsi Buthelezi
  8. Tera Mtembu (co-captain)
  9. Cameron Wright
  10. Curwin Bosch
  11. Lwazi Mvovo
  12. Jeremy Ward (co-captain)
  13. JP Pietersen
  14. Kobus van Wyk
  15. Rhyno Smith


  1. Craig Burden
  2. Mzamo Majola
  3. John-Hubert Meyer
  4. Gideon Koegelenberg
  5. Jacques Vermeulen
  6. Sanele Nohamba
  7. Marius Louw
  8. Aphelele Fassi


  • I guess this seems to be the best we have. Our pack will definitely be tested by the Pumas. We have a pretty mobile loose trio so lets hope we try move the ball around, because if we bash,bash,kick then he shouldn’t have picked this team.

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.08.19 13:18:55 by SheldonK Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 1) : To be honest, I have never seen Phepsi play, didn’t watch a lot of rugby this year. What is his best skill as a loose forward?

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.08.19 13:28:02 by HeinF Reply
  • @HeinF (Comment 2) : He is very much in the Keegan Daniel mould of a loose forward, although probably gets stuck in the tight stuff a bit more. When he was at DHS his combo with Gumede at loose forward and Nohamba at 9 was lethal. He is traditionally an 8 but has been moved around the loose trio since leaving school.

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.08.19 13:54:46 by SheldonK Reply
  • Would have preferred a Stringer/Vermeulen/Buthelezi loose trio, personally.

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.08.19 14:20:39 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 4) : Likewise

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.08.19 14:32:09 by SheldonK Reply

  • I think Vermeulen is on the bench coz he was given extra time off last week while the rest of the team was still training. I was on the same flight as him from Durban to Cape Town last Wednesday.

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.08.19 17:55:33 by sudhir Reply

  • I would have preferred Fassi to start on the wing though. It would give us more pace out wide and also boost his confidence. Also I hope that Richardson, JJ, and Muller Du Plessis get a chance to show what they can offer during this currie cup.

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.08.19 18:04:51 by sudhir Reply

  • @sudhir (Comment 7) : That remains the problem with the shorter version of the CC, no time to give the younger guys a try, especially after we lost against Griekwas. Group stages already past the halfway mark

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.08.19 07:03:30 by HeinF Reply

  • I’d like to have a look at an additional lock partner for van Heerden, he looks the part for next years SR season, but Andrews is still concerning me.
    Wish they played Pepsi at 8, as he really doesn’t look to suit the blind side role and would prefer to see what he can dish up at 6 or 8.
    See more of Fassi as already suggested, at 11 if not 15.

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.08.19 10:53:35 by Hulk Reply

  • Sharks handed a freebie here with the early yellow card… Must capitalize….

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.08.19 15:12:38 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • 17-9 halftime sharks lead

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.08.19 15:45:45 by jdolivier Reply

  • So we’re most likely losing to the team that hasn’t won a game the entire currie cup. Just lovely supporting the boys when they do everything half heartedly

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.08.19 16:13:30 by jdolivier Reply

  • Cam kobus and Pepsi only players that can be proud, the rest were shit.

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.08.19 16:40:42 by jdolivier Reply

  • Why wait for the last 4 minutes to play some good running rugby? If they played like that for 20 minutes in stead of 4, we could’ve had a result… 👿

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.08.19 16:42:30 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Pathetic, we should change our mascot to the sloth, KZN sloths, sums up our game plan and execution quite well.

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.08.19 16:43:01 by jdolivier Reply

  • @Original Pierre (Comment 14) : After 2 lucky tries in the first half they stopped playing, believing that they had already won.

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.08.19 16:43:48 by jdolivier Reply

  • So currie cup Champs are most likely not even going to make the semis. Something is terribly wrong with the union

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.08.19 16:45:04 by jdolivier Reply

  • Really flippen tired of us paying millions (I suppose) for the likes of the ‘Springbok’ players and each week they fail to get through even 30% work rate. 😥

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.08.19 17:03:11 by Julesgr8ter Reply
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  • What really concerned me was with 20 seconds on the clock and the pumas taking the ball through the phases we didn’t try to counter ruck or go for a steal, we just watched them recycle over and over again. The worst part was with the hooter having gone and the pumas just needing to kick the ball out not one forward, and Andrews was actually in the middle of the ruck, even tried to counter ruck, they just pulled away and watched the scrum half kick the ball out.
    It was pathetic to see nobody aggressive enough to hit the rucks and be aggressive in the counter ruck. The loose trio today with Andrews at lock is too small and too passive, that is and will remain an area of concern for the remainder of the currie cup and SR 2020.

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.08.19 21:40:53 by Hulk Reply

  • Everitt failing his SR head coach interview. Hope these games prove once and for all to Coetzee that the Sharks’ brand needs a top notch coach and that we can’t continue with the jobs for pals strategy that we have been pushing. You can understand and embrace the Durban culture as much as you want but if you don’t have what it takes to coach a team to a SR title, please excuse yourself. Someone of the calibre of Robbie Deans, Jamie Joseph, Dick Muir or a top up and coming NPC coach from NZ. I mention NPC cause NZ coaches have proved that they know how to structure a team’s attack formation. We no longer want a coach that will tell us that in his 4th year everything will come together. We want to see a positive change as soon as possible.

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.08.19 23:13:55 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 20) : Everitt can be that coach’s understudy with the view of helping the coach understand the Durban culture and learn from him. Another important thing, we need to recruit Dweba from the Cheetahs as well. That hooker is one for the future and we need to get him before other teams beat us to him. Happy with recruits we’ve made… they not stars but will do. We rather focus our funds on a top coach.

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.08.19 23:24:23 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • Everit is failing his audition for SR coach. The team lacks balance and preparation. We scored tries with the pumas down to 14 men. Curwin Bosch scored off quickly recycled ball. And thereafter nothing. Pumas defense was good so when you get an opportunity to attack with space in front don’t drop the ball! Mvovo especially. Ryno Smith was anonymous in the game. I expected more play making from him. Maybe head is switched to pro 14 focus. Time to back Fassi and try out other young players like Muller Du Plessis, Caleb Dingaan, Zas and Jonker in the back line.

  • Comment 22, posted at 04.08.19 13:16:29 by sudhir Reply

  • How does our maul which was good in SR suddenly become so weak? It’s only the twins missing from the pack. And Ruan. Also kerron van Vuuren has become a shadow of the player he was during SR. Complacency maybe? The need for a fetcher is becoming more evident. Either back Richardson and give him game time to grow into the role or recruit someone.

  • Comment 23, posted at 04.08.19 13:24:14 by sudhir Reply

  • @sudhir (Comment 23) : Maybe this just proves exactly how immense those three players were for us

  • Comment 24, posted at 04.08.19 13:49:58 by Karl Reply

  • @sudhir (Comment 23) : vd Walt, Vosloo, and Jean Droste also gone! Beast and Akker as well.

  • Comment 25, posted at 04.08.19 14:02:42 by KingCheetah Reply

  • The sharks, Bulls, WP and lions are all rebuilding due to exodus of senior players. However the sharks do not seem to be progressing. And this comes back to the coaches. The lions only have Cronje, Dayamani and Schoeman left from their regular starters in SR but have shown guts and determination to win games that they were not given a hope to win. Beating a full strength Cheetahs team was not expected. Also look at what the jaguares 15 is doing in the first division. They are annihilating teams that we struggled against in the Supersport competition. So how does the sharks progression match up to the rest?

  • Comment 26, posted at 04.08.19 14:39:26 by sudhir Reply

  • Next up the Cheetahs in the Shark tank, with both teams looking to bounce back. Sharks will be determined not to lose another, but they are up against a team that will test them defensively. Should be another cracking match.

  • Comment 27, posted at 04.08.19 14:43:57 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @sudhir (Comment 26) : Lions beating the Cheetahs wasn’t unexpected either. They have been playing well and with guts. Sharks were totally expected to beat the Pumas, and even though the Griquas beating the Bulls can be deemed an upset, that too isn’t quite the case as their only blemish was getting smashed by the Cheetahs. Interesting times

  • Comment 28, posted at 04.08.19 15:30:11 by KingCheetah Reply

  • Gutless Sharks performance, but we have seen that far too many times in recent years. Have to have a hard look at the leadership but the players need to be accountable. They can forget about filling Kings Park anytime soon, they would struggle to get a crowd to fill Crusaders club rugby ground.

  • Comment 29, posted at 05.08.19 08:02:52 by SheldonK Reply

  • On the plus side we did try run the ball and were very successful at it in the first half. We then got ahead and became so loose it was a joke.

    I am concerned by our lack of quality going into super rugby. There are a host of players that we cant even mention as possible springboks in the future or now and that is an issue when I have always felt almost our whole side could make the bok squad in the past(Bias much).

    Lets be honest Schoeman, Andrews,Stringer,Vermulen,Terra,Wright,Van Wyk,Smith are never making a bok squad and thats more than half our starting side.

    Add to that JP who is past his best and never a 13, Pepsi who is a real youngster and we have maybe 5/6 guys carrying the side. Kerron, Coenie, Van Heerden,Bosch, Ward.

    Sure you may argue about one or two of those guys but that is a lot of average players for super rugby. We still should be doing better in the CC though.

  • Comment 30, posted at 05.08.19 08:39:13 by Byron Wright Reply

  • @Byron Wright (Comment 30) : Think you pretty much hit the nail on the head…we actually don’t have world beater players. We have average and some promising youngsters just coming out of the u19 setup…that’s it. So perhaps we need to be realistic.

  • Comment 31, posted at 05.08.19 08:43:31 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Byron Wright (Comment 30) : I honestly do not see how SA will be able to put out four competitive Super Rugby + two competitive Pro 14 teams next year. With the overseas exodus SA simply does not have required number of decent players in the country to fill these – and then we have not even looked at the coaching situation

  • Comment 32, posted at 05.08.19 09:39:41 by Bokhoring Reply
  • 2 full days since a post here – man,does this place needs the 2 Robert du Preez’s or what?

  • Comment 33, posted at 07.08.19 10:14:48 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 33) : Shows how much interest there is in the current sharks team and brand. Will be interested to see the crowd at the game on the weekend. Cheetahs have a good side, they shouldn’t have lost to the Lions so think we could be in trouble

  • Comment 34, posted at 07.08.19 15:04:40 by SheldonK Reply

  • Cheetahs have looked the most polished side by far, the Lions loss was a bit weird, should not have happened.

  • Comment 35, posted at 07.08.19 17:00:47 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 34) : I read an article where Cam Wright says they aren’t too phased about their log position, as they just need one or two things to click and they’ll come right. They’re planning to win all their remaining games… Ay

  • Comment 36, posted at 07.08.19 20:04:03 by Karl Reply

  • @Karl (Comment 36) : That probably highlights the main problem currently at the sharks, from the top down they all think everything is fine and going well and no need to drastically change and improve. Unconscious incompetence….

  • Comment 37, posted at 08.08.19 08:39:20 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 33) : Things are dire with the currie cup. Its not just the sharks, no one really seems bothered. How they have reduced the Currie Cup to this!

    I think there were less than 3500 people at the bulls v Griquas game that’s smaller than for a decent school boy game.

  • Comment 38, posted at 08.08.19 08:44:25 by Byron Wright Reply

  • @Byron Wright (Comment 38) : With the World Cup around the corner and quite a competitive Rugby Championship people have lost interest in the Currie Cup.

    Currie Cups in RWC years always sucks on the hind tit.

  • Comment 39, posted at 08.08.19 08:54:54 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 39) : And yet there still seems to be genuine interest in New Zealand’s Mitre 10 Cup. They seem to get around the same crowd levels as Super rugby games. Think the benefit is that they playing in smaller unions and its not the same super rugby franchises going at it again in another comp.

  • Comment 40, posted at 08.08.19 09:30:27 by SheldonK Reply


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