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Michalak gets scrumhalf nod

2012-02-09 13:00

Gavin Rich - SuperSport

Johannesburg - Sharks coach John Plumtree has made full use of his one opportunity to experiment as his team prepares for their first Super Rugby preparation game against the Boland Cavaliers in Durban at the weekend.

With the second preparation game against the Kings set for just one week before the opening Super Rugby fixture against the Vodacom Bulls at Loftus, Plumtree will be looking to select his first choice team for the trip to Port Elizabeth. That effectively means that this is his only chance to try out new combinations and select fringe players who might be needed in Super Rugby.

With Conrad Hoffmann out for much of the season after tearing his bicep in the gym during the off-season, scrumhalf is an area of particular concern to the Sharks, which is why Frederic Michalak is being used against the Cavaliers in the position that he was first engaged to cover when he arrived back from France last year.

Michalak lines up alongside Patrick Lambie in a halfback partnership that has exciting possibilities, and the Frenchman will be going all out to push Charl McLeod for his right to be considered the first choice No 9.

In another interesting selection Tim Whitehead plays his first game at inside centre after moving to Durban from the Cape. Meyer Bosman is expected to be the Sharks’ first choice No 12, but Whitehead is highly regarded and should certainly add to the depth in the midfield, something that looks set to be further strengthened by JP Pietersen’s switch to outside centre.

The Pietersen experiment is being continued in this game and another showing like the one he produced in a trial match last week could see him play there more permanently. With Jannie du Plessis away on honeymoon Wiehahn Herbst gets an opportunity to stake a claim as the back-up tighthead prop, with Dale Chadwick being the player who gets a first crack at nailing down vacancy left by the injured Beast Mtawarira at loosehead.

Plumtree’s desire to test his depth is evidenced by the number of probable first choice players named on the bench, with Bosman being joined by McLeod and Ryan Kankowski. Steve Sykes returns to the Sharks at lock but there is no sign at this stage of Alistair Hargreaves. Ross Skeate and Jandre Marais are the locks on the bench, while Pieter-Stephan du Toit, impressive at lock in the trials last week, finds a place in the starting team at blindside flank in a loose trio that also includes the promising Marcell Coetzee and the new captain Keegan Daniel.

Teams:

Sharks:

15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Frederic Michalak, 8 Marcell Coetzee. 7 Pieter-Stephan du Toit, 6 Keegan Daniel (captain), 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Dale Chadwick

Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Julian Redelinghuys, 18 Ross Skeate, 19 Jandre Marais, 20 Jacques Botes, 21 Ryan Kankowski, 22 Lubabalo Teira Mtembu, 23 Charl McLeod, 24 Sibusiso Sithole, 25 Meyer Bosman, 26 Marius Joubert, 27 Paul Jordaan, 28 Louis Ludik

Boland Cavaliers:

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Comments
  • Bulldozer - 2012-02-09 12:38

    I hope they keep him at scrumhalf when they play the Bulls, because he's the best flyhalf in the country as far as I'm concerned.

      Saffa - 2012-02-09 12:44

      On a GOOD day @Dozey. On a bad day, he is worse than Spies playing behind a pack going backwards.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-09 12:57

      Or Bryan Habana on a 'good' day.

      Saffa - 2012-02-09 13:05

      Ja ja. Dozey, you are in Washington are you not? Will you be able to do some 'checking' on a specific item I want to import from the States for my baby Rottie? Serious question. If you can 'assist' please email me: bullsfansaremorons@gmail.com (genuine addie that.....)

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-09 13:10

      Looking at your profile pick, I'd rather call that a Rattie.

      Saffa - 2012-02-09 13:17

      Dozey Dozey..........

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-09 13:22

      We might be heading back soon. The trip just made us homesick. I might get a transfer to the Legal attaché offices at the Embassy (Pretoria) or the Consulate (CT).

      Lionel - 2012-02-09 13:23

      Good day All,Dozey,you cracked the nod to the White House for tea yet???

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-09 13:32

      (Morning) Afternoon gooinat, I'm not intersted in going thanks, I don't do tea and they don't have Wellington VO.

      Lionel - 2012-02-09 13:36

      Pull some strings and import some,imagine you and Barrack walking in the Gardens sipping on a VO and Coca Cola!!!....lol Come to the Cape my friend,no place like home!!!!!!

      Saffa - 2012-02-09 13:44

      Wonderful news @Dozey - lol. You sure they aren't deporting you though? Howdy @Gooinat!!!!

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-09 13:52

      Ha ha ha ha ha. A classy drink for a classy man. No Saffa, they haven't seen me watch a Bulls game yet. My behaviour has been top notch.

      Lionel - 2012-02-09 13:55

      Hello Saffa,you well:):) Dozey,do you also do the horn thing on the head and cow ring through the nose hahaha

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-09 14:05

      Only on casual Friday and weekends.

      Lionel - 2012-02-09 14:11

      You Go Dozey................lokl Blue,long time no speak!!!! I would rather be boring and unimaginative than make a total ass of myself!!! Go and have a look at Alwyn Kruger's FB profile...enough said!!!!!!!!!

      Saffa - 2012-02-09 14:17

      Where the hell is Alwyn Kruger now that you mention him. @Dozey, contact Alwyn please. Or Alwyn if you are reading this - do visit!

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-09 14:23

      Alwyn should be back in about 2 weeks.

      Lionel - 2012-02-09 14:25

      Is he then due for parole dozey???

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-09 14:28

      No, that'll be time served.

      J.D. - 2012-02-09 15:00

      Hey bulldozer saffa or whatever this is not a private chat room ok.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-09 15:15

      Dankie JD. Is jou huiswerk klaar?

  • Jason - 2012-02-09 12:55

    Its all good you dont need to be a good fly half to paddy whack the bulls

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-09 12:56

      Right Vincent.

      Jason - 2012-02-09 13:05

      cant wait to trash the bulls.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-09 13:33

      I can't remember, but it was the biggest embarrasment , for any sports team, anywhere in the world, ever.

      Saffa - 2012-02-09 13:50

      Biggest embarassment to for a sports team ever? Ummmmmmmm. I would say played 11, Lost 11 is rather shameful as well?

      Lionel - 2012-02-09 13:54

      Saffa,lets not forget the loss to the Kings as well............lol

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-09 13:54

      We were building back then.

      Saffa - 2012-02-09 14:00

      In fact, if one looks at the following stats: the bulls have come last last last last 4 times out of 16 and second last 2 times out of 16.....You chaps have spent a lot of time building......And now it starts again.

      Saffa - 2012-02-09 14:13

      @Blue, I answered you on the other thread with regard to the bunch of fat @ssed thieves, pirates and dic(K)tators who 'make up' the WPFRU. And I repeat here: It is a miracle that our (WP) teams manage to remain competitive in SPITE of the WPRFU......

      Saffa - 2012-02-09 14:24

      @Blue, if we won a trophy....the f@t asses in the WPRFU would pawn it for cash and split the profits amongst themselves.

      Brannas - 2012-02-09 14:46

      Stormers competitive you say????? The last 11 years, Bhahahahahahaha

      Saffa - 2012-02-09 14:59

      @Brannas - well we have never lost all our games in one season, nor have we been given Wooden spoon naming rights....unlike 2 other teams (guess who) So YES, we remain competitive.....

      Hoo - 2012-02-09 15:14

      @saffa ".. I answered you on the other thread with regard to the bunch of fat @ssed thieves, pirates and dic(K)tators who 'make up' the WPFRU. And I repeat here: It is a miracle that our (WP) teams manage to remain competitive in SPITE of the WPRFU... And pls! dont forget the braindead suppoefters my dear. "..if we won a trophy...."- if we won a trophy....if we won a trophy.... hahaha; glad you know it's not when we win a trophy.... hahaha

      Brannas - 2012-02-09 18:00

      Saffa, Okay. If it will make you feel better, the stormers were extremely competitive, but they still have nothing to show for that. I expected more from you, but you are very single minded.To be the wooden spooners for a couple of times and come back to win the title 3 times, in my book that is a massive achievement, but to be competitive for 11 years and win nothing shows me that there were no development at all, the stormers are stereotype and you blamed it correctly on the administrators but it does not change the fact that there is no forward moving regarding the stormers, in fact, I think the stormers is in complete disarray this year and I predict they will have their worst season ever.

  • coolshoesouthafrica - 2012-02-09 15:27

    Meyer Bosman!!!!!! he is crap Rather have Freddie at 12

  • Sam - 2012-02-09 15:33

    3 black players on the field and 2 on the bench. Not much progress in the last ten years.

      Deon - 2012-02-09 16:12

      The same could be said about Bafana Bafana, since 1996. Maybe you will have better luck with the "mighty Kings".

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-02-09 16:28

      Sam u cow I see u don't even have rugby listed as a one of your sport 'likes' on facebook.

      Hoo - 2012-02-09 21:51

      @sami sami, to be white trailer trash is not achievement and to be a gutter sucker is not top of the food chain.. -this is not a place for stupid dumb low class trash. Go talk your black anc ass talk somewhere else

      Sam - 2012-02-10 12:18

      Blue, why'd you get so sensitive and why do you make so many assumptions? Of course transformation starts at the bottom but SARU has had 18 years to grow the game at grassroots level and we're still not seeing any change at the top echelons of the sport. Don't you think we should be asking questions about why we're not tapping the other 80% of our country's talent very effectively?

      Sam - 2012-02-10 12:20

      Gavin, I don't like my rugby as much as my cricket (not enough finesse in it for me although I don't mind watching Michalak) but that doesn't prevent me from forming an opinion. And the name calling? Stay classy, Sandiego.

      David - 2012-02-10 13:21

      Wow Gavin. Calling some woman a cow because she has a different opinioin to you? classy stuff there, bud.

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-02-10 15:45

      David? Uhm, Class? The only thing it's got to say about rugby is it would prefer a more a racist approach to team selection , and it's likes watching due more to lust than anything else, so where's the class? But enuf said..... Sam, sorry I called you a cow. Just think about what you wrote.

      Sam - 2012-02-10 16:02

      Wow, Gavin, further debate would be wasted on you. You sound a little bit disturbed…

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-02-10 17:22

      Lol. Yet you said something.... so back to rugby.

      Anna - 2012-02-10 19:03

      gavin sounds like a total creeper!

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-02-09 16:29

    Kickoff time is coming..... go Sharks. May it be a blessed season.... again.

  • Anton - 2012-02-09 21:00

    About time Michalak moves to scrumhalf What a good choice yebo yes

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