Fassi back on the bench

Written by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring)

Posted in :Currie Cup on 26 Dec 2020 at 14:40

Merry Christmas everyone. There is actually a Sharks game this Sunday.

Aphelele Fassi makes a welcome return to the Sharks team that was soundly beaten at Ellis Park. However the Sharks pack will have to front up this Sunday against the Cheetahs for any of the back line players to shine.

Jaden Hendrikse and Jeremy Ward will start at 9 and 12 respectively. Hard working Ruben van Heerden makes a welcome return at 4 and Jonny Meyer will swap the number 3 jersey with youngster Michael Kumbirai (who got a tough schooling from Dylan Smith last week).

15 Manie Libbok, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am (c), 12 Jeremy Ward, 11 Yaw Penxe, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Dylan Richardson, 5 Aston Fortuin, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 John Hubert-Meyer, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Ox Nche.
Subs: 16 Fez Mbatha, 17 Khwezi Mona, 18 Michael Kumbirai, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Thembelani Bholi, 21 Grant Williams, 22 Werner Kok, 23 Aphelele Fassi.


  • Our tight 5 doesn’t fill me with confidence, but rest of the team should surely be good enough to get a result against Frans Steyn et al?

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.12.20 09:13:12 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • Oil vey, Nkosi out, replaced by Kok

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.12.20 16:16:33 by SeanJeff Reply
  • 1st minute try cheetahs, horror show at kick-off 7-0 cheetahs ahead 90 seconds

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.12.20 16:33:40 by jdolivier Reply

  • Penxe interception all square 4 minutes

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.12.20 16:35:37 by jdolivier Reply

  • A couple of weeks ago a head clash from tackler was a yellow card

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.12.20 16:46:16 by SeanJeff Reply
  • @SeanJeff (Comment 5) : was interesting that he didn’t go to the pocket, same ref as the bulls game

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.12.20 16:48:26 by jdolivier Reply

  • If we can’t fix the scrum problems we are struggling with, this will end badly for the rest of the season

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.12.20 16:50:09 by jdolivier Reply

  • Cheetahs offside like its a Christmas gift, only been pinged for it once. Sharks making lots of errors.

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.12.20 16:59:09 by SeanJeff Reply
  • Schoolboy errors costing the sharks dearly

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.12.20 17:02:18 by jdolivier Reply

  • Apparently the Sharks don’t have a scrum

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.12.20 17:02:56 by SeanJeff Reply
  • Worst scrumming season we’ve had in many years

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.12.20 17:03:53 by jdolivier Reply

  • Cheetahs 17-7 after 26.min

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.12.20 17:04:15 by jdolivier Reply

  • Sharks scrum is an embarrassment at the moment. Its just not good enough and no excuse to be this bad. Every scrum is loss of possession.

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.12.20 17:08:14 by Pablo Dinero Reply

    Pablo Dinero
  • Marius van der westhuizen not having a good game

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.12.20 17:08:31 by jdolivier Reply

  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 13) : 8 out of 10 times a penalty conceded

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.12.20 17:09:08 by jdolivier Reply

  • Having said that, the cheetahs are offside permanently and the details are errors are making it when worse. Just a terrible game all round.

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.12.20 17:09:23 by Pablo Dinero Reply

    Pablo Dinero
  • Oh boy. Shudder every time there’s a scrum

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.12.20 17:14:11 by Pablo Dinero Reply

    Pablo Dinero
  • Cheetahs offsides again. No control over the offside line

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.12.20 17:16:01 by Pablo Dinero Reply

    Pablo Dinero
  • And the sharks have forgotten how to catch a kick off on this game too

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.12.20 17:17:15 by Pablo Dinero Reply

    Pablo Dinero
  • This is embarrassing. How did the sharks become so poor so quickly

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.12.20 17:20:38 by Pablo Dinero Reply

    Pablo Dinero
  • Not sure the Sharks practice because they look like little boys

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.12.20 17:21:13 by SeanJeff Reply
  • 10 – 27 halftime score. So apart from a very soft intercept try the sharks have done absolutely nothing.

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.12.20 17:22:40 by Pablo Dinero Reply

    Pablo Dinero
  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 16) : if we can see it what is the excuse for the assistant referees or McGoon who is supposedly running the show

  • Comment 23, posted at 27.12.20 17:23:29 by SeanJeff Reply
  • If the Sharks take this light 5 to Europe we will get drubbed in every single game. We need to find two actual tight heads very urgently. We actually lent Mchunu to Free State – can we get him back ASAP?

  • Comment 24, posted at 27.12.20 17:25:31 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Holy shit that was terrible, so cheetahs offside every passage of play, we get penalized for breathing, and to top it off, the team is just plain kak, 2nd week in a row. Pathetic pathetic, to think the same team was leading superrugby before covid, how is it possible to fall this far

  • Comment 25, posted at 27.12.20 17:25:51 by jdolivier Reply

  • Considering their emasculation last week you’d think being men, the Sharks would be motived to show some sand.

  • Comment 26, posted at 27.12.20 17:26:12 by SeanJeff Reply
  • So sharks have been outscored 54 points to 22 in the last three halves of rugby and 5 tries to 1. I don’t want to even talk about the number of scrum penalties the sharks have conceded and they have dropped 2 balls off the kick off. Shocking shambles

  • Comment 27, posted at 27.12.20 17:27:06 by Pablo Dinero Reply

    Pablo Dinero
  • Sad to admit but manie libbok for his 8 minutes on the field was out only attacking weapon, but Frans steyn walked away with just a penalty for ending his match with a head high no arms tackle

  • Comment 28, posted at 27.12.20 17:31:58 by jdolivier Reply

  • Second half just as bad so far..

  • Comment 29, posted at 27.12.20 17:39:54 by Pablo Dinero Reply

    Pablo Dinero
  • @jdolivier (Comment 28) : completely agree. Libbok was finding gaps… Noone else is close. Poor execution and skills on display

  • Comment 30, posted at 27.12.20 17:41:50 by Pablo Dinero Reply

    Pablo Dinero
  • That’s a penalty try for sure

  • Comment 31, posted at 27.12.20 17:43:45 by byron Reply

  • Apart from the fact that Pentxe should have just scored the try… I can’t believe that wasn’t a penalty try.

  • Comment 32, posted at 27.12.20 17:47:03 by Pablo Dinero Reply

    Pablo Dinero
  • Cheetahs getting some sympathy decisions here. No matter. They aren’t playing in Europe next year anyway.

  • Comment 33, posted at 27.12.20 17:48:14 by Pablo Dinero Reply

    Pablo Dinero
  • Should be another card.

  • Comment 34, posted at 27.12.20 17:49:42 by Pablo Dinero Reply

    Pablo Dinero
  • If the sharks can’t score against 13 men then they might as well go home now

  • Comment 35, posted at 27.12.20 17:51:14 by Pablo Dinero Reply

    Pablo Dinero
  • Tick.. Tick… Tick… And still no dominance even with extra men. Shocking

  • Comment 36, posted at 27.12.20 17:55:28 by Pablo Dinero Reply

    Pablo Dinero
  • Wow we suck today, 13 men are keeping us scoreless

  • Comment 37, posted at 27.12.20 17:55:59 by jdolivier Reply

  • Scrum penalty even though they were a man short. How is that possible?? 7 men scrummed the sharks of the park. Its surreal

  • Comment 38, posted at 27.12.20 17:57:11 by Pablo Dinero Reply

    Pablo Dinero
  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 38) : just maybe our coaches need a wakeup call, no plan b and we are deteriorating as a team with each week

  • Comment 39, posted at 27.12.20 17:58:02 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 39) : Scrum coach needs to be fired

  • Comment 40, posted at 27.12.20 17:59:13 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Kumbirai is a liability. So from having a two man advantage and a lineout 5m from the cheetahs line, the sharks concede 3 points.

  • Comment 41, posted at 27.12.20 17:59:37 by Pablo Dinero Reply

    Pablo Dinero
  • Just when you think it can’t get any worse…

  • Comment 42, posted at 27.12.20 18:00:51 by Pablo Dinero Reply

    Pablo Dinero
  • Not playing in Durban so what will the excuse be for the terrible handling

  • Comment 43, posted at 27.12.20 18:04:48 by jdolivier Reply

  • Wow.. I’m not actually sure what we are watching here.

  • Comment 44, posted at 27.12.20 18:07:53 by Pablo Dinero Reply

    Pablo Dinero
  • The lack of skill and composure is actually astounding. I’m not sure of the last time I saw the sharks play this badly.

  • Comment 45, posted at 27.12.20 18:08:56 by Pablo Dinero Reply

    Pablo Dinero
  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 44) : the absolute definition of being a sharks supporter, brilliant or atrocious, no middle ground

  • Comment 46, posted at 27.12.20 18:09:12 by jdolivier Reply

  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 45) : Gary gold comes to mind

  • Comment 47, posted at 27.12.20 18:09:45 by jdolivier Reply

  • Perhaps but to have 8 minutes with a two man advantage and to concede 3 points… Then to see the absolutely clueless play since its really disheartening

  • Comment 48, posted at 27.12.20 18:11:48 by Pablo Dinero Reply

    Pablo Dinero
  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 48) : Am is a great player, but not successful as a captain

  • Comment 49, posted at 27.12.20 18:14:40 by jdolivier Reply

  • What the hell was Tambwe doing? He ran for the gap not for either man. Very lucky to have that pulled back for forward… Which it wasn’t

  • Comment 50, posted at 27.12.20 18:20:16 by Pablo Dinero Reply

    Pablo Dinero
  • Get the under 21’s some game time and forget about this season, the other top 3 unions will murder us by 50 plus points with this performance

  • Comment 51, posted at 27.12.20 18:20:45 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 49) : agreed. He has no ability to fire up his troops.

  • Comment 52, posted at 27.12.20 18:21:00 by Pablo Dinero Reply

    Pablo Dinero
  • Cheetahs have been pretty filthy

  • Comment 53, posted at 27.12.20 18:23:26 by SeanJeff Reply
  • Wow. The win over the bulls feels like a lifetime ago…

  • Comment 54, posted at 27.12.20 18:24:41 by Pablo Dinero Reply

    Pablo Dinero
  • Thank goodness that’s over and the cherry on top was giving the cheetahs the bonus point. Very touching.

  • Comment 55, posted at 27.12.20 18:33:18 by Pablo Dinero Reply

    Pablo Dinero
  • This has to be the worst performance this millennium.what makes it worse is that the players honestly don’t seem to care how crap they are playing.

  • Comment 56, posted at 27.12.20 18:35:01 by jdolivier Reply

  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 5) : why even attempt getting a home semi, not this team

  • Comment 57, posted at 27.12.20 18:36:42 by jdolivier Reply

  • Cheetahs have become dirty players. The Sharks have no forward dominance or even parity most of the time. That doesn’t excuse McGoon’s copious errors in refereeing. The back line has no dominance to go forward behind. Libbok was the best Sharks player out there tonight until he got concussed. Steyn should have been yellow carded. That said, what would the Sharks have managed to do with the penalty…nothing. They should have been awarded a penalty try, but McGoon is a stupid referee.

  • Comment 58, posted at 27.12.20 18:38:32 by SeanJeff Reply
  • @SeanJeff (Comment 8) : Agreed bit the ref could have awarded 3 penalty tries and the sharks would still have lost. A single interception try in the 4th minute of the game is a poor return for some golden opportunities. Getting out scrummed by 7 men, 5m from the cheetahs line was a shocker. The cheetahs try with 1 min on the board was a sign of things to come.

  • Comment 59, posted at 27.12.20 18:42:10 by Pablo Dinero Reply

    Pablo Dinero
  • @SeanJeff (Comment 8) : the prop should also have had a red for the head high shoulder charge on Meyer, that being said, 30 min with 14 men and 8 with 13 and we couldn’t score, sums up the utter lack of caoching coupled with zero leadership in the squad, van der westhuizen sucks, but he couldn’t influence the cowardice and ineptitude of this farce of a performance

  • Comment 60, posted at 27.12.20 18:42:23 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 7) : it won’t happen now and actually even qualifying for the semi’s is beginning to look doubtful. Sharks will have to produce a miracle to beat the stormers and then the way they played today can we when think a win over Griquas is likely?

  • Comment 61, posted at 27.12.20 18:43:37 by Pablo Dinero Reply

    Pablo Dinero
  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 11) : it is so disheartening that this team had a chance of being in the superrugby finals before the “coof” and now they are losing matches they should win without breaking a sweat

  • Comment 62, posted at 27.12.20 18:46:47 by jdolivier Reply

  • Completely agree. I know its been disruptive, but players who were doing so well are off the boil. The sharks scrum is awful being belief and the backline looked clueless when they finally got the ball. I think is clear the sharks miss guys like Tyler Paul and André Esterhuizen… Badly. Also they should try and get Le Roux Roets back from the pumas. Priority number one had to be some decent props though. Holy cow the bunch they currently have are sh1te

  • Comment 63, posted at 27.12.20 18:53:33 by Pablo Dinero Reply

    Pablo Dinero
  • That was terrible. How have we gone from what we were in Feb/March to this? I turned it off after we couldn’t score with a 2 man advantage. Tight five is a big problem.

  • Comment 64, posted at 27.12.20 19:05:59 by Here be dragons Reply

    Here be dragons
  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 11) : quite doubtful on both counts at the current level of play

  • Comment 65, posted at 27.12.20 20:40:48 by jdolivier Reply

  • What a let down…

    Do we even have a fwds coach?

  • Comment 66, posted at 28.12.20 12:27:35 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • @Original Pierre (Comment 16) : Brent Janse van Rensburg apparently, and even a scrum coach, Etienne Fynn who in the media after the lions debacle promised a much improved set piece for the cheetahs match

  • Comment 67, posted at 28.12.20 13:29:01 by SeanJeff Reply

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