Super Hero Sunday

Written by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring)

Posted in :Super Rugby on 16 Jan 2020 at 20:23

Sean Everitt has included all his Boks in the 28 man squad for the Super Hero Sunday game against the Stormers. This is effectively the Sharks’ last warm up game before the Bulls game on the 31st January.

A number of the Sharks’ new signings announced last year has been included in the squad as well as giant lock Le Roux Roets who has joined the Sharks from the Pumas.

Being a warmup game the focus should be more about getting the team to gel and integrating the new players into the Sharks’ structures, but expect a hard game with no quarter given by either team. SA teams do not like to loose to each other – even in warmup games.

Dylan Richardson
Henco Venter
Hyron Andrews
James Venter
JJ van der Mescht
John-Hubert Meyer
Kerron van Vuuren
Le Roux Roets
Mzamo Majola
Ox Nche
Ruben van Heerden
Sikhumbuzo Notshe
Tera Mtembu
Thomas du Toit
Tyler Paul

Andre Esterhuizen
Aphelele Fassi
Boeta Chamberlain
Curwin Bosch
Jeremy Ward
Louis Schreuder
Lukhanyo Am
Lwazi Mvovo
Madosh Tambwe
Makazole Mapimpi
Marius Louw
Sanele Nohamba
Sbu Nkosi


  • I’m Excited.

    looking forward to this season.

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.01.20 08:33:40 by revolverocelot Reply
  • Im hoping to see the Sharks have a full go this year and not be afraid to lose. Too often we have seen the Sharks in recent years go into their shell as they were scared of mistakes and losing and in the process lost supporters through playing boring and often losing rugby. Think if they can embrace the Banana Boys attitude of yester year I think they will win over a lot of supporters even if the results are not amazing.

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.01.20 08:53:53 by SheldonK Reply
  • Compliments of season to all. Forgive my ignorance, but who are the players leadership team this year? I missed that mail đŸ˜†

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.01.20 13:44:36 by markm Reply
  • @markm (Comment 3) : Don’t think it has been announced yet. Louis Schreuder would probably be captain I would assume. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Curwin Bosch assigned a leadership role too

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.01.20 13:46:19 by SheldonK Reply
  • if I had to select a match 23 from the players announced I’d go with.

    15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Sanele Nohamba, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Henco Venter, 6 James Venter, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Ox Nche.

    Subs: 16 Dylan Richardson, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 JJ van der Mescht, 20 Tyler Paul, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Boeta Chamberlain, 23 Marius Louw.

    Extra players on the bench for this friendly are 24 Le Roux Roets, 25 Tera Mtembu, 26 Jeremy Ward, 27 Madosh Tambwe, 28 Lwazi Mvovo

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.01.20 16:34:17 by revolverocelot Reply
  • Sunday – Stormers (v Sharks): 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Siya Kolisi (captain), 7 Ernst van Rhyn, 6 Nama Xaba, 5 David Meihuizen, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff
    Substitutes: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Kwenzo Blose, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Hilton Lobberts, 20 Ben-Jason Dixon, 21 Thys Kitshoff, 22 Godlen Masimla, 23 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 24 Seabelo Senatla, 25 Michal Hazner, 26 David Kriel

    Sharks: 15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 André Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Henco Venter, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Le Roux Roets, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Ox Nche
    Substitutes: 16 Dylan Richardson, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 JJ van der Mescht, 20 Ruben van Heerden, 21 James Venter, 22 Tera Mtembu, 23 Sanele Nohamba, 24 Boeta Chamberlain, 25 Jeremy Ward, 26 Marius Louw, 27 Madosh Tambwe, 28 Lwazi Mvovo

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.01.20 14:48:58 by Baylion Reply
  • 52k tickets sold already

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.01.20 14:49:34 by Baylion Reply
  • 18 Boks between the two teams

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.01.20 14:52:04 by Baylion Reply
  • Interesting, stormers only bringing 26 players

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.01.20 06:53:14 by revolverocelot Reply
  • @Baylion (Comment 6) : looks to be a very exciting game

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.01.20 06:54:47 by revolverocelot Reply
  • Sharks no4 is a beast

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.01.20 13:13:46 by byron Reply
  • Anyone else notice not a single forward pass is being called, both sides

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.01.20 13:15:17 by jdolivier Reply
  • Can nohamba replace Louis already, he is the slowest scrum half in the world

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.01.20 13:18:04 by jdolivier Reply
  • Hard work by nkosi for the first try

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.01.20 13:18:55 by jdolivier Reply
  • Rubbish referees

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.01.20 13:20:07 by byron Reply
  • @byron (Comment 15) : Absolute horse shit by jacobs

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.01.20 13:21:16 by jdolivier Reply
  • How can you award a try and then say on field decision no try

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.01.20 13:21:40 by jdolivier Reply
  • You can go with your infield decision …. Which one?

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.01.20 13:22:44 by byron Reply
  • @byron (Comment 18) : Stormers win, that was his decision

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.01.20 13:23:57 by jdolivier Reply
  • Now Thomas cleared out from the side of the ruck but we’re 1mm offside

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.01.20 13:25:49 by byron Reply
  • One thing that hasn’t changed since last year, we still can’t manage a ref properly

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.01.20 13:33:43 by jdolivier Reply
  • Everything is going the way of the stormers, even the bounce of the ball, would love to win this one against all odds

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.01.20 13:35:22 by jdolivier Reply
  • Sharks scrum starting to get dominant

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.01.20 13:40:23 by jdolivier Reply
  • Louis Schreuder quick thinking leads to a try.

  • Comment 24, posted at 19.01.20 13:42:57 by Eduard Wium Reply
  • @Eduard Wium (Comment 24) : Quick tap by Louis, am and mapimpi still had a lot to do

  • Comment 25, posted at 19.01.20 13:45:11 by jdolivier Reply
  • 2nd try disallowed, aj Jacobs really loves the black panther jersey

  • Comment 26, posted at 19.01.20 14:06:32 by jdolivier Reply
  • That forward went down faster than a soccer player for fassi’s disallowed try. Don’t think he wanted to make a tackle anyway

  • Comment 27, posted at 19.01.20 14:08:38 by byron Reply
  • Amazing team effort results in try for mapimpi

  • Comment 28, posted at 19.01.20 14:09:16 by jdolivier Reply
  • Sharks forward coach has done some work …

  • Comment 29, posted at 19.01.20 14:16:21 by byron Reply
  • Replacements showing a lot of energy since coming on

  • Comment 30, posted at 19.01.20 14:23:05 by jdolivier Reply
  • Our second tier front row getting owned by the Stormers

  • Comment 31, posted at 19.01.20 14:25:35 by Bokhoring Reply
  • How is that not hands in the ruck … Stormers player taken the ball out the side of the ruck

  • Comment 32, posted at 19.01.20 14:33:24 by byron Reply

  • So forward pass then knock on ball on ground, try allowed, absolutely farcical by Jacobs, terrible ref display

  • Comment 33, posted at 19.01.20 14:34:41 by jdolivier Reply

  • Nothing game, still sucks that we are starting the season by losing the first time we face decent opposition

  • Comment 34, posted at 19.01.20 14:35:33 by jdolivier Reply

  • I really rate Boeta – we will still see a lot of him

  • Comment 35, posted at 19.01.20 14:37:15 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Boeta chamberlain magic kick Marius louw next to the post score

  • Comment 36, posted at 19.01.20 14:37:32 by jdolivier Reply

  • First proper outing is a loss, lots of good things to take away from the match, hate to say this but aj Jacobs really did us no favors, but certainly assisted the stormers. Hate losing to them, so much. 3 tries both sides 19-21 final score

  • Comment 37, posted at 19.01.20 14:46:02 by jdolivier Reply

  • Early days.

    Couple of good plays that lead to tries. Managed to turnover ball at critical times.

    Concerns would be that we managed only 41% in the possession stakes, we still allow teams to build up too much steam in the middle area of the field and our replacement props do not look very solid (granted scrumming against Wilco Louw is never easy)

  • Comment 38, posted at 19.01.20 14:47:24 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 38) : Nkosi scored his try I feel, brain fart by ox cost fassi his, so we scored 5 to 3 actually

  • Comment 39, posted at 19.01.20 14:49:11 by jdolivier Reply

  • The starting front row seemed to dominate the stormers, from which, the Sharks curiously received no benefit from the referee. AJ Jacobs and Jadezweni had pedantic and biased games, in my humble opinion. The stormers were lucky with Jantjies’ two tries, especially with Schreuder gifting them 7 points. Thomas du Toit was immense in the scrum and at the breakdown. Easily the most useful Sharks player on the afternoon. It irritates me no end that AJ Jacobs will be called on to referee the Sharks again.

  • Comment 40, posted at 19.01.20 16:39:50 by SeanJeff Reply
  • I did not get to watch the game

    there’s actually a school of thought that it’s good to lose like this in the pre season, get the team upset and with something to prove

  • Comment 41, posted at 20.01.20 07:30:07 by revolverocelot Reply

  • Will be interesting to see how the Sharks approach this first game against the Bulls in Durban. A win is most definitely needed, but will they have a go or play conservative. Don’t think we have the personnel for conservative gameplan. Bulls will kick a fair bit so if we can counter effectively we may actually get a super rugby win over our bogey side

  • Comment 42, posted at 20.01.20 12:11:05 by SheldonK Reply

  • Surprised not to see Phepsi Buthelezi in the team. Any reason why he was excluded?

  • Comment 43, posted at 20.01.20 23:22:47 by dawj Reply

  • @dawj (Comment 43) : I think he has perhaps dropped a bit in pecking order but I wouldn’t read too much into it. Think they just wanted to give all loosies a run and he did play in a combo with his previous u19 team mates vs Russia which is possibly what they want to boost that team.

  • Comment 44, posted at 21.01.20 08:15:46 by SheldonK Reply

  • Lukhanyo Am announced as super rugby captain, very happy for him

  • Comment 45, posted at 21.01.20 15:39:31 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 45) : Interesting choice. With Esterhuizen also named in leadership team I wonder the thoughts of Jeremy Ward in terms of how much game time he can expect, more so Marius Louw

  • Comment 46, posted at 21.01.20 15:48:49 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 46) : Interesting too the way they’ve allocated the various coaching roles to certain players. Mapimpi doing transitions, AndrĂ© defence, Thomas set piece, Bosch attack. This is either going to turn out to be a masterstroke from the coach, or the cockroaches will get their knives out

  • Comment 47, posted at 21.01.20 16:14:20 by Karl Reply

  • @Karl (Comment 47) : If it works everyone will love it, if it fails poor everit will be witch hunted. They are trying new things, that is what matters. We’ve been stuck in a rut the last few seasons, a change is good

  • Comment 48, posted at 21.01.20 16:46:33 by jdolivier Reply

  • @Karl (Comment 47) : I wouldnt read too much into those assigned roles to players. At the end of the day the various coaches will be in charge of everything, just think those players will have a voice in the discussion that’s all and then on the field if they need to change anything during the game.

  • Comment 49, posted at 22.01.20 07:53:17 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 46) : @Karl (Comment 47) : @SheldonK (Comment 49) : also think it will be to ensure that “intensity” is kept up during the game with the “appointed” players “responsible” for their part of the game by talking (giving motivation and instructions) to the other players!
    At the high school hockey team I help coach we use a similar type of system and personally I do think it works.

  • Comment 50, posted at 22.01.20 09:23:04 by JD Reply
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  • So big Andre joining harlequins after super rugby

  • Comment 51, posted at 23.01.20 18:34:41 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 51) : interesting, thanks for the update

  • Comment 52, posted at 24.01.20 07:16:53 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 51) : Then I would be keen to try an Am (12) and Ward (13) combo

  • Comment 53, posted at 24.01.20 07:19:49 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @jdolivier (Comment 51) : Was only a matter of time till that happened. Was surprised it wasn’t done in off season. @Bokhoring (Comment 53) : Agreed.

  • Comment 54, posted at 24.01.20 07:58:22 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 53) : @SheldonK (Comment 54) : personally I do not think it’s a good idea moving Am to 12. He is a world class 13 and should be playing there! If Sharks needs a 12 to replace Andre then they must look at Louw or another youngster. Trying to “fit in star players” by playing them (or other players) out of position is not a good idea.

  • Comment 55, posted at 24.01.20 09:50:30 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 55) : Ward has played 12 a lot of his career,so that’s a natural replacement. Must admit im not convinced by Louw, think he is quite limited and concedes a lot of penalties…pretty much like a flank would, which make sense as he was a flank till he arrived at the Sharks.
    Having said that players get moved around constantly in various teams (think Owen Farrell 10/12) , Beaudan Barratt (10/15). Think its a bit of a cop out saying a world class player cant perform if moved position, especially backline players.

  • Comment 56, posted at 24.01.20 10:37:35 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 56) : did not say he can’t or will not perform at 12. He is ok at 12 but will ok be the way to go when we all know he is world class at 13? I would rather see coaches looking at other options at 12 and leave the best 13 in SA at 13!
    Yes I know players get moved around all the time but it’s not always the best thing to do. Personally I think using Farrel at 12 in the final was a mistake just like picking Cullen at 13 in 1999 World Cup (to make space for Lomu, Umaga and Wilson).
    I like Ward and he’s a good player with a huge future but if Sharks feel they have not other option and want to play Am and Ward I would rather see Ward shift to 12.
    As for Louw he really looked good whilst playing for the Impi and when he started playing for the Sharks in 2017 & 2018. Yes 2019 was not his best season and I don’t like blaming coaches for players mistakes but I just wonder how much of his playing style was “dictated” by the game plan of bashing it up!? So before judging him let’s see how he goes this year as he is still young and I’m sure he can and will show the form he had.

  • Comment 57, posted at 24.01.20 11:41:56 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 57) : Yep, I’d go with Ward at 12 and leave Am at 13.

  • Comment 58, posted at 24.01.20 12:33:24 by Karl Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 54) : The fee negotiated took time to finalize due to the salary cap in the UK, well that’s the rumor

  • Comment 59, posted at 24.01.20 20:32:47 by jdolivier Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 53) : Personally ward 12 and am 13 is better, ward defends like a 12 and his hands are more than adequate

  • Comment 60, posted at 24.01.20 20:37:54 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 60) : Would you want your most creative player that can put others into space at 12 or 13, and likewise a hard running player that runs great lines onto the ball at 12 or 13?

    Off course if the team follows the standard template of SA inside centre play where a physical 12 runs up the ball to take contact, occupy some defenders and starts a next phase Ward will do fine at 12.

  • Comment 61, posted at 25.01.20 07:38:54 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 61) : Surely all depends on the opponents on the day. Ward can create, but his defense will be necessary if Bosch loses his nerve for tackling. Am has to be the form 13 in the country right now

  • Comment 62, posted at 25.01.20 15:28:22 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 62) : We will also have Werner Kok available when Andre leaves. Plenty of cover at 12.

  • Comment 63, posted at 25.01.20 19:25:46 by sudhir Reply

  • @sudhir (Comment 63) : If kok plays 12 we are definitely covered, the rumor is that he is moving to flank in 15’s

  • Comment 64, posted at 26.01.20 08:11:33 by jdolivier Reply

  • Any thoughts on a Sharks lineup for this Friday?? Something along the lines of:
    1. Nche 2. Van Vuuren 3. Dutoit 4. Roets 5. Andrews 6. Venter 7. Paul 8. Notshe 9. Schreuder 10. Bosch 11. Mapimpi 12. Esterhuizen 13. Am 14. Nkosi 15.Fassi
    Bench: Schoeman, Richardson, Meyer, Van Der Mescht , Buthelezi, Nohamba, Chamberlain, Ward

  • Comment 65, posted at 27.01.20 10:40:54 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 65) : I think the first choice backline is pretty much as you’ve said… In the forwards, I have a feeling Roets and JJ will be swapped, and maybe one of the whippets in at 7 for Paul.

  • Comment 66, posted at 27.01.20 12:44:29 by Karl Reply

  • I see the Sharks have changed the kids zone to the Small zone in memory of James Small. And they’ve added super tubes.

  • Comment 67, posted at 27.01.20 12:45:13 by Karl Reply

  • @Karl (Comment 67) : Heres an article about how this kids zone came about, its well worth reading and shows proper intent by the powers that be in getting bums back on seats and making game day something special once again. .

    Its great that James Small was in some way involved in the project from the beginning and its right that his legacy as a Sharks player is cast in stone

  • Comment 68, posted at 28.01.20 11:39:14 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Just a thought here, the Sharks and other unions are trying all these plans and gimmicks to try and get bums on seats and people back in the stadiums. Really all that’s doing is masking the fact that it seems people are not interested in the rugby and actually watching a game. Only reason they are there is for the ‘other stuff’. When you think about it like that it does create a sad state of affairs for the sport of rugby, well professional rugby anyway. Schoolboy rugby is very well supported, not just by parents.

  • Comment 69, posted at 28.01.20 12:54:17 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 69) : I feel one of the big reasons the stadiums are so empty is the cost of things. You could easily spend R2k on a day out like that if you’re not watching your pocket. And honestly, if I were to spend that kind of money, I’d rather buy some steaks and beers and invite some friends over to watch the game.
    I think they’re on the right track though, because people want more value for money. So instead of spending a few hundred rupees on tickets for just the one game, have more activities available

  • Comment 70, posted at 28.01.20 14:00:31 by Karl Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 69) : True, but even if you take well attended rugby reated sporting events like the international 7’s and the varsity cup, you may have full stands but hardly anyone is actually watching the game or watch it in patches very selectively. This kids zone seems to be aimed at the young ones who probably have way too short attention spans to sit and watch a full game of rugby and who knows, if Jake White gets another coaching stint at the Sharks maybe they will consider raising the age of the kids zone to under 65’s.

  • Comment 71, posted at 28.01.20 15:18:27 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 71) : Haha sies!

  • Comment 72, posted at 28.01.20 19:14:40 by Karl Reply


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