Rotating for the Reds

Written by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring)

Posted in :Super Rugby on 27 Feb 2020 at 12:19

Sean Everitt is clearly not a coach who believes in starting his preferred 15 for every possible match. Lukhanyo Am  is back to captain the team, but Makazole Mapimpi, Tyler Paul and James Venter have all been rested.

Dylan Richardson and Henco Venter takes over the 6 and 7 jerseys and Lwazi Mvovo takes over the 11 jersey. Louis Schreuder and Sanele Nohamba swaps places.

The Reds will be full of confidence after the 10 try 64-5 demolition of the Sunwolves last weekend. Brad Thorn has been quietly building up a strong squad and especially a decent tight five. The Sharks forwards showed much improvement last week, but still need to up their game especially in the lineouts.

15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Lukhanyo Am (c), 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Dylan Richardson, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Ox Nche.
Subs: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Le Roux Roets, 20 Phepsi Buthelezi, 21 Sanele Nohamba, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Jeremy Ward.


  • Lets see how this forward pack selection go against quite an abrasive Reds pack. Bosch vs O Connor should be an interesting match up.

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.02.20 12:24:31 by SheldonK Reply
  • Even with all the changes it is still not a bad side this! For once I think that if the Sharks forwards can just stand up and not be totally bossed by the Reds pack the Sharks could win the game!

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.02.20 12:38:04 by JD Reply
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  • “Sean Everitt is clearly not a coach who believes in starting his preferred 15 for every possible match.” I’ll be honest and say I didn’t think his appointment would work out well at all, but so far it’s been successful. I think it takes massive testicles (to quote the Wits skipper) to be a relatively inexperienced coach and to not be afraid of resting key players. I know SARU has their player management protocol, so not entirely his own doing, but for me Everitt is showing huge guts here

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.02.20 14:47:14 by Karl Reply

  • @Karl (Comment 3) : resting Paul and James Venter is his own doing. I also think the Bok players must rest a certain number of games but the coach can decide when. So resting Am and Mapimpi so “soon” in the season does take guts but also shows the players coming in that the coach trust them to perform so will then lift their confidence!

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.02.20 17:53:30 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 4) : RE Venter and Paul, I realise he decided to rest them out of his own, that’s why I say he’s got massive guts because they’ve been working well as a trio with Notshe. I think you’d struggle to find any SR coach in his first season at this level that’d be willing to break up a successful combination

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.02.20 20:34:07 by Karl Reply

  • My view has always been that Tyler Paul is a hugely under-rated player. Almost like a new signing getting him back this year. Having said that, Venter’s a great replacement and brings huge physicality to the role and Richardson is a big guy who should contribute. You need to rotate and this is a side that has a chance

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.02.20 23:17:25 by JR Reply

  • @Karl (Comment 3) : I will freely admit that I had huge reservations regarding Everitt’s appointment. Having said that, based on what I’ve seen thus far, he’s the best coach we’ve had since John Plumtree, and there are things like player rotation that he already handles better than any of his predecessors, Plumtree included. I’m cautiously optimistic and excited!

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.02.20 11:16:10 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 7) : Let’s not get too carried away just yet… But things are looking a lot rosier than many of us thought they would at this point.

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.02.20 13:55:52 by Karl Reply

  • Didn’t mpimpi rest two weeks back? I know it was for a concussion or something but doesn’t that count? Anyway s we have a massive 3 weeks before our bye. Let’s hope the boys pull off a 3 from 4 on tour and get ready for the jaguares next week.

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.02.20 06:31:15 by Shane Hansen Reply

  • Our lineouts need SERIOUS work

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.02.20 10:43:48 by Die Kriek Reply

  • 3 of 4 games on overseas tour won, 12 from a possible 20 points in the bag. Just brilliant. And they are actually still a very young team. Very well done.

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.02.20 12:10:31 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Another good win…
    …and a great tour…

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.02.20 12:22:09 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Good win to end a very successful tour guys. Henco Venter and Richardson stepped up big time! And Notshe keeps going from strength to strength. Very good performance by the pack. Future looking very good. Keep it up guys and well done.

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.02.20 16:25:07 by sudhir Reply

  • Enjoying listening to our biased commentators lament as the blues tear apart stormer’s famed defence

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.02.20 16:54:55 by byron Reply

  • Only game Sharks lost so far was when Bosch was unavailable!? Do you guys think the forwards are scared of him as they seemingly play a lot better when he is in the team!? 😈

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.02.20 23:18:25 by JD Reply
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  • @sudhir (Comment 13) : could not watch the whole game but the bits I did see also impressed me! Hope Sharks signed Richardson on a long term contract as he is showing some huge promise!

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.02.20 23:22:21 by JD Reply
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  • Just checked the log now and realised that if the Sharks had scored a bonus point against the Reds they would probably have been no 1 on the overall log!

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.03.20 07:12:36 by JD Reply
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  • @byron (Comment 14) : Absolutely loved hearing the anguish in Mallets’ voice, how could his beloved stormers struggle so. Couldn’t even manage to compliment the Blues on their performance

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.03.20 12:57:48 by jdolivier Reply

  • I had a quick look at the YouTube highlights this morning. Obviously one can’t gauge too much from a highlights package, I noticed 3 things. LS seems a lot more urgent, especially with quick taps at penalties, where he was quite lax before. Although it wouldn’t hurt if he actually had a go for a change. Am seems to be improving on his defensive reads, and Richardson looks like a terrier around the ball and even in contact doesn’t stop pumping the legs!

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.03.20 09:28:35 by Karl Reply

  • Everitt deserves a lot of credit – a lot of new guys but he’s blended them, the youngsters coming through and the more established players and got them playing like a team. Gets harder from here but early look is that, if we can keep this group together, losing all the stars last year could be a game changer. Just need to get JJ, Buthelezi, Chamberlain and, hopefully, Hendrkse some game time and completion for places will be as strong as it’s ever been. Suspect it may not translate into the Bok squad as much as you might hope – the game plans are so different.

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.03.20 10:10:19 by JR Reply

  • Well done on another big performance. I wonder if Richardson should have stayed at 2 though. The extra fetcher would make us almost unplayable.

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.03.20 10:42:23 by Byron Wright Reply

  • @Byron Wright (Comment 21) : Not a bad call at all. Imagine James Venter and Richardson on current form in the same side… Carnage!

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.03.20 10:54:16 by Karl Reply

  • @Karl (Comment 22) : Exactly!!!

  • Comment 23, posted at 02.03.20 11:52:07 by Byron Wright Reply

  • @Byron Wright (Comment 21) : @Karl (Comment 22) : he also played at 6 during the under 20 World Cup but somehow I’m not sure he will play there for a long time as I do think Sharks is just giving him time to “grow” into the team (and senior rugby) before moving him back to hooker.

  • Comment 24, posted at 02.03.20 12:10:07 by JD Reply
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  • @JR (Comment 20) : interesting article on Supersport website (Sharks are doing right what Stormers are getting wrong by Gavin Rich) with regards to Bokke winning World Cup and how that same game plan can not work for Super rugby as can be seen by the “struggling” Stormers side.

  • Comment 25, posted at 02.03.20 12:19:16 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 25) : I have held that same view for a while and I think that is part of the reason why we saw such inconsistency in the du preez era sharks. That physical game needs fresh bodies and lots of motivation. Against lesser teams that drops off.

  • Comment 26, posted at 02.03.20 12:36:53 by Byron Wright Reply

  • As much as I do give big credit for the win against the Reds and the results to date I definitely do think tougher tests await this side. Especially when up against the NZ sides and even the Argies. Having said that the side just seems intent on having a go and let the results take care of themselves.

  • Comment 27, posted at 02.03.20 13:01:00 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 27) : for sure the hard work is not done and lots of challenges needs to be overcome before Sharks will be contenders to lift the trophy. However for now I’m super pleased that the Sharks managed to beat the teams in the bottom half of the log and not (so far) dropped points that they were supposed to “have in the bag” like they regularly did in previous seasons!

  • Comment 28, posted at 02.03.20 13:55:28 by JD Reply
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  • @Karl (Comment 22) : is Richardson a powerful enough scrummager? If not, could gain a bit and lose a lot

  • Comment 29, posted at 02.03.20 14:31:46 by JR Reply

  • @JD (Comment 28) : Yeh def agree on that

  • Comment 30, posted at 02.03.20 15:15:46 by SheldonK Reply

  • @JR (Comment 29) : No idea, to be honest.

  • Comment 31, posted at 02.03.20 15:45:09 by Karl Reply

  • @JR (Comment 20) : Agree. The coaches and players have done a great job. Nohamba should be starting in my oopinion. We have depth in the forwards but the back line is lacking depth in key areas, ie fly half and full back. What happens if Fassi is unable to play or Bosch. Chamberlain has shown promise in CC but did not last long in his 1st game. Mvovo is possibly providing full back and wing cover but has not been good, especially with the amount of attacking ball that he drops. Also his running lines seem to be different from mapimpi. Maybe time to give young Taakir Abrahams a try. I know that I am being a little harsh on Mvovo after only 2 games but I think the legs are gone. If Chamberlain is not the answer then that other fly half we signed should be tried or Jaden Hendrickse.

  • Comment 32, posted at 02.03.20 16:47:42 by sudhir Reply

  • Reading the Hilton Lobberts interview on SA Rugbymag. Wow. Brutal and refreshing honesty at the same time “People took advantage of me, but the worst was Jimmy Stonehouse at the Pumas. He isn’t a good person as a coach or in life. He opened my eyes and killed my love for the game. The way he treated me was terrible. ”

  • Comment 33, posted at 03.03.20 08:56:40 by Karl Reply

  • @Karl (Comment 33) : Which coaches were the best and who have been the worst?

    The worst have been Franco Smith, Jimmy Stonehouse and Allister Coetzee.

  • Comment 34, posted at 03.03.20 09:04:22 by Karl Reply

  • @Karl (Comment 33) : Lobberts was an average CC player at best. Seems he wants to blame a lot of people for his short comings.

  • Comment 35, posted at 03.03.20 11:23:25 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 35) : There were definitely moments where he made huge impressions in SR games, so maybe labelling him an Ave CC player is slightly harsh. He doesn’t blame those coaches for how his career turned out, he just answered a question of who was best and who was worst. Nice to see some honesty for a change. What he bases his rating of the coaches on is anyone’s guess

  • Comment 36, posted at 03.03.20 11:40:30 by Karl Reply


    Sharks top of Two Cents Rugby’s power rankings after week 5. This guy has excellent insight and provides great analysis. Of course his top ranked teams have all lost the following week (Crusaders, Chiefs, and Stormers), so might not be a great honour to have. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 37, posted at 03.03.20 16:04:41 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @sudhir (Comment 32) : I think Chamberlain was very good in the short time he was on the field in his one SR game…see up a try and tackled well. He was just unlucky to get a concussion…he is very good backup to Bosch. Mvovo is also really not a bad backup…we’ll see how some of the rest do when they get a turn. But our depth is better than most…scrumhalf depth is good, centre and wing depth is brilliant…

  • Comment 38, posted at 03.03.20 20:30:20 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I am just super chuffed with the game we are playing…really good to watch…making a lot of fans and this young side, that everyone and his dog thought were going to be nowhere after some big names left, have played better than any Sharks side for years! I don’t expect them to win the whole tournament…and right now that is not my measure for their success. Right now I am just going to enjoy what these boys are doing. Good stuff!

  • Comment 39, posted at 03.03.20 20:36:51 by pastorshark Reply
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  • This reminds me of Deon Kayser’s famous tackle on Fleckie

  • Comment 40, posted at 04.03.20 10:15:25 by Bokhoring Reply

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