Hendrikse start in the final

Written by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring)

Posted in :Currie Cup on 28 Jan 2021 at 12:29

Sean Everitt picked the same 23 players that won the semi-final in Cape Town with Jaden Hendrikse moving into the starting lineup.

The Sharks pack (apart from getting on the wrong side of the ref in the scrums) stood up well against the highly rated WP pack. We will need more of the same against the Bulls at Loftus.

With all due respect to a courageous Sharks defense, but the Bulls do have a much better all round team and will not squander similar territorial and possession advantages to what WP had. So it will be important not to play so much rugby behind our 10m line. We have the boot of Bosch – use him to kick us out of trouble. I am not a fan of the overuse of short box kicks from inside own 22. A bit of variation is needed.

Sharks are definitely the underdogs in this game, but they have won away games against highly rated teams in the past. Some more of the same grit and ruthlessly taking chances ala Crusaders game 2014 will be needed.

15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am (c), 12 Marius Louw, 11 Yaw Penxe, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Dylan Richardson 5 Ruben van Heerden, 4 JJ van Mescht, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Fezokuhle Mbatha, 1 Ox Nche.
Subs: 16 Dan Jooste, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 Michael Kumbirai, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Thembelani Bholi, 21 Sanele Nohamba, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Manie Libbok.


  • Go sharks. This place is so dead now 🙁 but so is rugby in my neck of the woods

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.01.21 06:07:01 by Poisy Reply
  • Underdogs or not Sharks is there and if you’re there you have a chance! Anything can happen in a final!
    GO SHARKS!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.01.21 11:02:17 by JD Reply
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  • Excited for this. Think the Bulls will win it, but I’m proud of the boys making it to the final and knuckling down when they need to. Lots of French young players have come through and it’s all about time and development. Think we are on the right track!

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.01.21 17:18:26 by Here be dragons Reply

    Here be dragons
  • White probably told his team not to get arrogant, but I think it would be hard for the bulls not to be. Everyone in the media is giving them a tongue bath, home final, Peyper who is mercurial towards the Sharks. The odds are against us. It is pleasing to actually be in the final though, but the whole reason to be there is to win. Tactically, every time the Sharks in the bulls 22, they should let Bosch dry drop-kick it. It remains to be seen though how often the Sharks find themselves in the bulls 22. Tactics are good, and the team should be thoroughly drilled, but it really comes down to a mental thing in the final analysis.

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.01.21 10:53:58 by SeanJeff Reply
  • Been raining on and off in Gauteng since Eloise passed on Sunday. More rain forecasted for Pretoria this afternoon.

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.01.21 12:32:37 by Bokhoring Reply
  • How was that not a ruck?

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.01.21 15:19:24 by byron Reply

  • Jaden getting roasted by Paper, quite funny

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.01.21 15:23:28 by jdolivier Reply

  • Hope Bosch finds his aim.

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.01.21 15:45:07 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 8) : I fear that with the storm clouds looming, they might not resume in time, in that case it’s a bulls win, don’t see a permutation where we win, unless they have scheduled an additional final slot for just this scenario

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.01.21 15:50:08 by jdolivier Reply

  • Match back on, and Bosch evens the scores

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.01.21 16:10:15 by jdolivier Reply

  • Wow 1 penalty and 3 penalty advantages after the break, Paper must have read his emails and seen what the bulls offered

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.01.21 16:14:53 by jdolivier Reply

  • 13-9 halftime sharks lead, try nkosi in the corner, Bosch sneaks the kick over

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.01.21 16:23:35 by jdolivier Reply

  • 16-9 43 minute 58m monster kick from Bosch

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.01.21 16:33:23 by jdolivier Reply

  • Notshe played off the ball at the ruck and Peyper just ignores it

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.01.21 16:41:44 by jdolivier Reply

  • And now pings penxe for nudging Ivan van zyl out of his way

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.01.21 16:43:28 by jdolivier Reply

  • Notshe knocks a kick off, bulls attacking opportunity 19-9 sharks lead

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.01.21 16:48:55 by jdolivier Reply

  • Brilliant defence and a ruck turn over, out of trouble

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.01.21 16:50:20 by jdolivier Reply

  • Surely the knock-on was advantage over

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.01.21 16:52:41 by byron Reply

  • All started from an over zealous scrum penalty

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.01.21 16:56:42 by byron Reply

  • @byron (Comment 19) : bulls player retreated on that scrum

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.01.21 16:57:36 by jdolivier Reply

  • Bosch has kicked very poorly today. Why go for the DG 6 mins out when we have ball? Just terrible kicking.

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.01.21 17:31:10 by Here be dragons Reply

    Here be dragons
  • Bulls player is eaten and it’s no… Too close to polls

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.01.21 17:45:04 by byron Reply

  • Threw it away.

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.01.21 17:45:53 by Here be dragons Reply

    Here be dragons
  • Pathetic performance.

  • Comment 24, posted at 30.01.21 17:47:12 by Here be dragons Reply

    Here be dragons
  • Bulls score 1 minute left, our players pulled out of position couldn’t defend

  • Comment 25, posted at 30.01.21 17:48:15 by jdolivier Reply

  • Peyper tells bulls to kick quickly, let’s them waste 90 seconds till times up, we lose, peyper did screw us after minute 76

  • Comment 26, posted at 30.01.21 17:49:46 by jdolivier Reply

  • Bulls didn’t deserve victory. [email protected] play. Bosch lost it for the Sharks

  • Comment 27, posted at 30.01.21 17:50:22 by SeanJeff Reply
  • Well done Bulls. You were the better team at the end of the day

    If just one of the missed kicks from Bosch made it, the Sharks could have taken it. Courageous rugby from the Sharks to stretch this to extended time. However the Sharks need to find some variation on attack. We can’t just rely on contestable kicks to win a game

  • Comment 28, posted at 30.01.21 17:50:59 by Bokhoring Reply
  • All started with an air tackle on nkosi

  • Comment 29, posted at 30.01.21 17:51:18 by byron Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 26) : We had it in our own hands. Bosch rushed a stupid DG when we were outside their 22 winding the clock down. Sure Peyper was bad, but we had every chance to win. Peyper didn’t miss kicks, didn’t blow a lineout 5m out, didn’t do up and unders in their own half.

  • Comment 30, posted at 30.01.21 17:51:21 by Here be dragons Reply

    Here be dragons
  • We lost it in the lineout at the end. Bulls just had to kick the ball out knowing that they would most likely take the lineout anyway

  • Comment 31, posted at 30.01.21 17:54:31 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Here be dragons (Comment 30) : very true, bulls also missed kicks, what peyper did do magnificently well break momentum for us with immediate penalties with no advantage, and the bulls had 5 occasions where they got to build momentum for phases.

  • Comment 32, posted at 30.01.21 17:55:06 by jdolivier Reply

  • Curwin actually cost us the match, was there really no other kicker? And why, after so many maul penalties against the bulls did we persist kicking from so far out, Smith and steyn are reliable kickers even they missed today

  • Comment 33, posted at 30.01.21 17:56:42 by jdolivier Reply

  • Standout Sharks players for me – Ox, Thomas, Van Heerden, Van der Mescht, Nothse, Nkosi and Am

  • Comment 34, posted at 30.01.21 18:04:18 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Game turned on two Pyper calls. A scrum where the sharks were dominant and a tackle in the air which was called fine.
    Well done sharks… A very young sharks team took a very experienced bulls the to 110 minutes

  • Comment 35, posted at 30.01.21 18:04:23 by byron Reply

  • @byron (Comment 35) : the fassi line out mix up also was iffy

  • Comment 36, posted at 30.01.21 18:06:38 by jdolivier Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 34) : penxe played his heart out also to ad to your list

  • Comment 37, posted at 30.01.21 18:07:10 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 37) : I think every one played their hearts out. Penxe tries very hard but still has some work to do. Struggles under the high ball and made quite a few silly errors

  • Comment 38, posted at 30.01.21 18:12:52 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 28) : agree on the lack of variation on attack, sad part is, we had it in spades before covid occurred

  • Comment 39, posted at 30.01.21 18:50:00 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 39) : the plan seems to be either Curwin goes for 3, or we attempt and lose a lineout. We miss a powerful 12 in spades.

  • Comment 40, posted at 30.01.21 21:25:51 by Here be dragons Reply

    Here be dragons
  • @Here be dragons (Comment 40) : big andre is sorely missed

  • Comment 41, posted at 31.01.21 14:08:32 by jdolivier Reply

  • Does anyone have an idea when SA rugby is back on.

  • Comment 42, posted at 31.01.21 19:12:15 by durbsguy Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 41) : I like Am and Ward, but I think both are best at 13. Louw is a tough boy but we seem to want him to play as if he’s Andre size, and he won’t ever be. Where’s Murray Koster? Decent size, and he’s got some skills, think he’s a 12/10. We could sorely use a relief player outside Curwin, or someone to take it as first receiver sometimes. I’d be on the phone to Rikus Pretorius ASAP if I was Masotti!

  • Comment 43, posted at 01.02.21 00:13:21 by Here be dragons Reply

    Here be dragons
  • I pray TdT is ok. Poor lad has a horrible injury curse.

  • Comment 44, posted at 01.02.21 00:15:48 by Here be dragons Reply

    Here be dragons
  • @Here be dragons (Comment 43) : here’s hoping the coaches read your post, we do need some spark at 12, the sad thing is, in Saturday we ran one move and scored, where was this the rest of the match. I rate Am as a player, still not convinced of his captaincy

  • Comment 45, posted at 01.02.21 09:02:20 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 32) : Agreed, its actually a sneaky way to do things, because afterwards you look at the stats and the penalties seem more or less even but they don’t give context about momentum (when and where they were given and how many times Peyper screamed out “New Advantage!”).

  • Comment 46, posted at 01.02.21 09:49:35 by SeanJeff Reply
  • If Bosch has a bad day with the boot, its like we have no back-up. Sharks haven’t had a recognisable 10 on the bench for ages.

  • Comment 47, posted at 01.02.21 09:51:28 by SeanJeff Reply
  • @durbsguy (Comment 42) : The Rainbow Cup (SA super teams + Pro 14) is meant to run from April to June. And then the big one – the Lions tour to SA in July

    However with Covid all of this could change

  • Comment 48, posted at 01.02.21 16:15:21 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @SeanJeff (Comment 47) : What’s happened with Boeta, or Chait? We didn’t see anybody else at 10 throughout any 2020 campaign from what I remember.

  • Comment 49, posted at 01.02.21 20:16:25 by Here be dragons Reply

    Here be dragons
  • @Here be dragons (Comment 49) : I didn’t see anyone else get a shot there. I thought the Chait and Boeta were playing with the U21s

  • Comment 50, posted at 02.02.21 11:33:02 by durbsguy Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 48) : Cheers. I had been googling the but nothing is coming up for them.

  • Comment 51, posted at 02.02.21 11:33:40 by durbsguy Reply

  • Frans Steyn could be a useful addition to the Sharks squad. As physical as big Andre, probably more skillful and can assist with goal / line kicking if needed.

    It sounded like he wanted to retire in Bloem – so probably would not be interested.

  • Comment 52, posted at 03.02.21 15:38:09 by Bokhoring Reply
  • JP and Mvovo have retired. Loved watching them in the 2010-12 period.

  • Comment 53, posted at 07.02.21 20:56:35 by Here be dragons Reply

    Here be dragons
  • @durbsguy (Comment 50) : Boeta maybe but Chait is to old for U21’s. Hope they get a chance in the 4 warmup games.

  • Comment 54, posted at 15.02.21 23:15:55 by JD Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 52) : can’t see Frans moving from Bloem as he’s settling in Bloem for his childrens education.

  • Comment 55, posted at 15.02.21 23:19:21 by JD Reply
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  • @Here be dragons (Comment 49) : @durbsguy (Comment 50) : @SeanJeff (Comment 47) : Libbok will be next in line for the 10 jersey. Boeta and Chait will be very lucky to get any game time!

  • Comment 56, posted at 15.02.21 23:23:13 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 56) : Are you serious?

  • Comment 57, posted at 18.02.21 15:53:09 by durbsguy Reply


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