Am out for 4 weeks

Written by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring)

Posted in :Super Rugby on 5 Nov 2020 at 12:11

Injuries to Lukhanyo Am (hand) and Sbu Nkosi (slight niggle) has required Sean Everitt to make some changes to the side that beat the Pumas. Jeremy Ward takes over the 13 jersey while Yaw Penxe will feature in the 14. Sikhumbuzo Notshe makes a welcome return on the bench with Werner Kok covering the back line along with Grant Williams. Henco Venter will captain the team in Am’s absence.

The Cheetahs are playing excellent rugby and will be a formidable opponent in Durban on Friday. The Sharks will need to continue the progress made last weekend.

Sharks – 15 Manie Libbok, 14 Yaw Penxe, 13 Jeremy Ward, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Madosh Tambwe, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Sanele Nohamba, 8 Phendulani Buthelezi, 7 Henco Venter (c), 6 Dylan Richardson 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 JJ van der Mescht, 3 John Hubert-Meyer, 2 Dan Jooste, 1 Ox Nche.
Subs: 16 Kerron van Vuuren, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 Michael Kumbirai, 19 Ruben van Heerden, 20 Thembelani Bholi, 21 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 22 Grant Williams, 23 Werner Kok.


  • I like the look of the starting loose forwards, although apparently they were penalty magnets last week according to Rasta. The more Ward plays, the better I remember him playing…in 2017 CC he was on fire. Hopefully, he’s got a fire in his belly, but makes sure that his tackling is legit. I’m still not convinced by Libbok, he hasn’t had a game where things have come together.

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.11.20 12:33:51 by SeanJeff Reply
  • With the split on the bench, who will take over if Libbock goes down and Bosch moves to FB? Or if Bosch goes down and Libbock moves to FH? ❓

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.11.20 13:25:33 by markm Reply

  • @markm (Comment 2) : Nohamba has deputized at fly half before and he’s not been too bad. Although that’s not ideal. He’s also pretty good at place kicking.

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.11.20 14:14:02 by SeanJeff Reply
  • There’s an article on rugby365 comparing Steyn to Louw, as they’re the 2 12’s for tonight, but what’s interesting to me is that it’s an all-Grey midfield. Louw, Steyn and Small-Smith all from College, and Ward from High.

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.11.20 14:06:03 by Karl Reply

  • Can anyone recommend a decent streaming site or app please?

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.11.20 16:58:41 by Karl Reply

  • Just me or do we have a aggressively anti sharks commentary team

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.11.20 20:14:00 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 6) : Oh my, everyone is anti-Sharks according to you

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.11.20 20:21:48 by Karl Reply

  • @Karl (Comment 7) : well if you’re not a shark, you are anti sharks ????

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.11.20 20:26:08 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 8) : Not necessarily, But if that’s the way you see things…

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.11.20 20:35:16 by Karl Reply

  • @Karl (Comment 10) : it was said jokingly, why so grumpy

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.11.20 20:36:51 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 10) : There’s a constant and consistent bleating from you about how everyone is against the Sharks and it’s getting a bit tiresome

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.11.20 20:46:01 by Karl Reply

  • Flip, but those referees were swak, considering a yellow card for JJ, letting a clear forward pass go

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.11.20 20:46:39 by SeanJeff Reply
  • @jdolivier (Comment 6) : I agree with you JD. Commentary team seemed anti sharks. Especially Rob Kempson.

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.11.20 20:49:42 by sudhir Reply

  • @Karl (Comment 12) : so my last comment on the previous post is how rasta wasn’t that bad versus some others stating he was pathetic, sure I’m the only negative one here. Hope your weekend improves

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.11.20 20:50:03 by jdolivier Reply

  • @sudhir (Comment 14) : just overjoyed that we pulled this off, was really concerned seeing the form of the cheetahs so far

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.11.20 20:51:18 by jdolivier Reply

  • @SeanJeff (Comment 13) : that forward pass was suspect, but hey the boys pulled through when it mattered. How good is our current stock of wings, thought penxe had a good game

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.11.20 20:52:49 by jdolivier Reply

  • Tambwe has been awesome this year. Penxe is proving to be a very good addition. Also Werner Kok. Just wonder how he will do at centre.

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.11.20 20:57:04 by sudhir Reply

  • @sudhir (Comment 18) : honestly believe that kok will play prop if he is asked, such a hard worker. Louw and ward looked good as a combo, kok with am could do well. What a fortunate headache to have choosing between the backline at the moment. Any idea when fassi will be back

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.11.20 21:00:15 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 18) : Fassi is out until next year. We have Anthony Volmink as cover.

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.11.20 21:43:26 by sudhir Reply

  • I would have liked to see Muller Du Plessis or taakhir Abrahams given a run but maybe coaches feel that it’s too soon.

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.11.20 21:46:22 by sudhir Reply

  • @sudhir (Comment 20) : solid replacement, he has a wealth of experience

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.11.20 21:56:28 by jdolivier Reply

  • @sudhir (Comment 21) : forgot about them

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.11.20 21:57:02 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 22) : I wonder if Muller is injured. He played the warm up match and came off early with a bump, maybe still in the sick bay?

  • Comment 23, posted at 07.11.20 00:30:06 by Here be dragons Reply

    Here be dragons
  • Just watched highlights, Curwin looks a bit better, getting more confident? Louw is a madman, didn’t he start as a flank? I swear I remember reading about him coming through there on here a few years back.

  • Comment 24, posted at 07.11.20 00:37:30 by Here be dragons Reply

    Here be dragons
  • @Here be dragons (Comment 24) : you are correct, he did have a knock. Actually not sure if he is injured. With the way our wings are performing, he could just be unlucky not to be selected either

  • Comment 25, posted at 07.11.20 04:52:51 by jdolivier Reply

  • @Here be dragons (Comment 25) : louw is a retreaded flanker. Bosch definitely had extra confidence compared to the bulls game, also tried a run or two which was encouraging to see

  • Comment 26, posted at 07.11.20 04:55:25 by jdolivier Reply

  • Awesome to hear all around. I love Louw’s work around the field. Doesn’t have the size of Andre but you wouldn’t know based off how hard he plays.

  • Comment 27, posted at 07.11.20 17:53:12 by Here be dragons Reply

    Here be dragons
  • @Here be dragons (Comment 24) : I believe he played FS Craven Week as a flank. Might have been skipper of his first side from that position as well

  • Comment 28, posted at 07.11.20 21:21:08 by Karl Reply

  • @Karl (Comment 28) : looking back to the 2014 U19 contracts, he was indeed brought in as a flank. Same “class” that the du Pérez twins, Hyron, etc came in at for the academy. Johan du Toit was there too, along with Jandre and Peet Marais’s bro.

  • Comment 29, posted at 07.11.20 21:28:31 by Here be dragons Reply

    Here be dragons
  • @sudhir (Comment 20) : see now that volmink is starting at 15 against the griquas

  • Comment 30, posted at 12.11.20 09:20:50 by jdolivier Reply


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