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Sharks 'can do some damage'

2012-03-01 15:22

Cape Town - The Sharks’ last visit to Cape Town, 10 months ago, is one they probably would like to forget after the Stormers crushed the three-time Super Rugby finalists by 32-12, scoring four tries to nil in the process.

Even worse for the KwaZulu-Natalians is that they didn’t cross the Stormers’ tryline once last year (they lost the Durban fixture by 6-16).

The victory at  Newlands was the Capetonians’ second biggest victory ever over The Sharks at this level (the biggest was by 40-18 in 2003). After starting the season with a defeat last week in Pretoria, improvement will be a very important factor for John Plumtree and his side on Saturday.

“We have to make sure we are accurate at set piece and then we can build some pressure. Defences are pretty much all the same, some are a little bit better than others, but at the end of the day, if we get quick ball from rucks, with the backs that we’ve got, we know we can do some damage,” said Plumtree.

Plumtree said the Sharks’ lineout was problematic against the Bulls last weekend (they managed to win only 55% on their own throw). This week they are up against probably the tallest lock-pairing in Super Rugby - Andries Bekker at 2.08m and Eben Etzebeth at 2.03m.

The Sharks’ locks are Steven Sykes (1.98m) and the former Stormer Ross Skeate (2.01m).

Bekker is the tallest player in the history of Super Rugby, while only two Aussies and a Kiwi - Greg Peterson (Waratahs), Phoenix Battye (Force) and Brodie Retallick (Chiefs), all at 2.04m - are taller than Etzebeth. The Waratahs’ Sitaleki Timani and Dan Vickerman, as well as Van Humphries of the Reds, are as tall as the young Stormers lock.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee realises their first South African derby of 2012 will be a big one, but they go into the game with a fair bit of confidence, even though they’ve lost their captain, Springbok hard man Schalk Burger, to injury.

“The players understand where we are and what we still need to do. As a group we are tight and that is important. The Sharks game is a massive derby, they always bring everything they got and we looking forward to a physical challenge,” said Coetzee.

Teams:

Stormers:
15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nick Koster, 7 Duane Vermeulen, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Nizaam Carr, 20 Louis Schrueder, 21 Peter Grant, 22 Gerhard van den Heever

Sharks:
15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Louis Ludik, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Frederic Michalak, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Ross Skeate, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Dale Chadwick

Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Jannie du Plessis, 18 Anton Bresler, 19 Lubabalo Mtembu, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Marius Joubert, 22 Paul Jordaan

Sport24

Comments
  • Bulldozer - 2012-03-01 15:34

    Go Sharks!!!

      Saffa - 2012-03-01 15:48

      GO SHARKIES GO GO GO GO DIE SHARK

      BlouMasjien - 2012-03-01 16:17

      @ sakkie, But no cups,10years and counting ! Go Sharks

      john.swanepoel - 2012-03-01 17:33

      @bloumasjien thats so old, pls find something new.

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-01 17:36

      Ja Blou, it's old. It's now 11 years.

      Lion - 2012-03-01 18:53

      Go Sharks!!! Go Bullllllllllllllllllssssssss!!! Eet hulle

      BlouMasjien - 2012-03-02 07:12

      @john, But it's still relevant.

  • Saffa - 2012-03-01 15:35

    Well Sharks, you are playing the blind. Obviously you gonna cause some damage

      John - 2012-03-01 16:23

      Saffa - you and Plum are peas in a pod. You both talk a big game. Whitehead can't make the Stormers squad and JP has one game under the belt as a centre versus the Bok centre pairing. How does Plum figure the Sharks backs are going to hurt the Stormers??

      Saffa - 2012-03-01 16:31

      @John Because JdV is the slowest centre in world rugby and totally overrated. So is oupa Habana. Juan de Jongh is the only decent player in the whole backline. They gonna run over 42kg Gio all the time

      Henno - 2012-03-01 17:13

      @ SAFFA - Doen almal n guns. As jy in die oggend opstaan en klaar jou Patricia Lewis poster n soentjie gegee het, eet n brooklax blokkie sodat die str0nt wat in jou maag is nie by jou mond uitkom nie, maar by jou agterend.

      Saffa - 2012-03-01 17:59

      @Henno Excellent chirp, ek het nog nooit so iets gesien nie. Kan ek dit copy en gebruik? Ek kan pryse wen met dit. Jy is awesome

      Henno - 2012-03-01 18:36

      Thanks en NEE jy kan dit nie gebruik nie. Dink jou eie chirps uit. ek sal elke dag vir jou n nuwe enetjie gee.

      Saffa - 2012-03-01 18:56

      @Henno Dankie ou Rambo, het jy 'n weddenskap verloor dat jy so belaglike fototjie opsit??? Ek skaam my morsdood, kyk ek loop eerder kaal in die straat af as wat ek sulke snot opsit. Het jy bietjie van 'n minderwaardigheidskompleks?

      Henno - 2012-03-01 19:38

      Goeie probeerslag op n "comeback". Die ANC jeugliga is meer oorspronklik as jy. Jy moet onthou as jy jou pille in die oggend drink dat die rooi pil jou boyfriend se erreksie pil is en die blou pil is jou breinfunksie pil. Moet asseblief nie die twee omruil nie.

      Saffa - 2012-03-01 20:12

      @Henno Weereens ruk jou intelligente chirps die hele blog. Ek lag myself in 'n ongekompenseerde respiratoriese alkalose in vir jou. Is dit nou wat jy te se het? Weet jy van 'n bietjie inteling in jou voorgeslagte?

  • Herbert - 2012-03-01 15:51

    Stormers, enjoy the last few hours of rest, Saturday evening will be one you'll never forget. Sharks will crush you 23 - 16 !!!!!!!

  • Francois - 2012-03-01 15:58

    Sharks se ligste en kortste lostrio sedert baie jare. Wie gaan nou nou die bal opvat; seker Bismarck en Sykes. Stormers kan baie lynstaanballe gooi op Duane Vermeulen. Steven Sykes ook nie juis n veel van n lynstaan springer nie. So Plumtree jy weet reeds lynstane gaan n probleem wees.Skrums gaan baie gelykop wees. Losgemale; Sharks n raps vinniger na afbreekpunte. Agterlangs. Michelak en Lambie gaan die jaar glad nie click nie;begin eerder met Mcleod; Meyer Bosman; De Villiers gaan hom weer oorskadu soos laasjaar; JP en Juan gaan interessant wees;Mvovo en Aplon gaan mekaar uitkanseleer; Habana behoort vir Ludik ore aan te sit; Riaan Viljoen net gevaarlik as hy nader aan die spel is. So Pieterson kan weer wedstrydwenner wees. Die 2 banke; ook baie gelykop. Hier kom die derby van die naweek!!

      Saffa - 2012-03-01 16:04

      Nee wat Francois, Sharks by 12-15

  • Francois - 2012-03-01 16:07

    @saffa; en toe jy wakker skrik is jou koffie koud!

      Saffa - 2012-03-01 16:17

      @Francois En die beker in die Bulls se kas. ALWEER

  • John - 2012-03-01 16:14

    Ja Plum - yada yada yada ... you going to hurt us and we are all pooing in our pants!

      Saffa - 2012-03-01 16:17

      @John As u should, we all know your record over the past 10 years

  • Craig - 2012-03-01 17:12

    Someone tell Plum that Freddie at No.9 ain't gonna give him that...........................

  • Paul - 2012-03-01 17:26

    Just remeber the last time the Stormers won any trophy the photographs were still black and white?

      Saffa - 2012-03-01 17:27

      Were there cameras yet?

  • Claude - 2012-03-01 17:28

    Hope John Plumtree does not rue his words, "do some damage" if anyone gets injured on the Stormers side those words may look like malice of forethought!

      Saffa - 2012-03-01 18:01

      @Claude The whole Stromers team is damaged anyway, mentally too, from years (10 at least) of being bullied game in and game out

      Lion - 2012-03-01 19:04

      @Saffa You don't even have to go that far back in history. The nail in the coffin was the semi at Ellispark last year where they came with their mighty springboks and couldn't even secure a final against a very young average team with no "superstars" as they claim to have. They are truly damaged as you say. Go Sharks... and anyone playing against the Stormers!!!

      Saffa - 2012-03-01 19:12

      @Lion I know I know, just trying to be gentle on these poor bud kissing little weasels with their extremely noisy vocal cords. You know Tolla's story about Rooikappie en die 3 beertjies where he said: Voetsek man, jy is nie eers deel van die storie nie. Stormers die raserigste, arroganste gemors opdie blog maar hulle het dit nog NOOIT gewen nie, so: JUULE IS NIE EERS DEEL VAN DIE STORIE NIE MAN!

      Lion - 2012-03-02 02:00

      @Saffa Dis waar wat jy se. Vandat professionele rugby ontstaan het was hulle nog nooit op die map nie. Wat het hulle bereik sedert min of meer 1993/4? In die ou tyd het hulle goeie spelers gelok met diensplig en met aanloklike studiebeurse Maties toe. Ouens is 'n toekoms aangebied. Range is belowe in die weermag en die lugmag en grade by Maties. Toe professionele rugby ingekom het en diensplig is afgeskaf toe droog hulle fonteintjie lekker op. Van daardie tyd af was hulle nog nie weer 'n rugbykrag nie en sal ook nooit weer wees nie. Hulle claim to fame is gloriejare in die 80's. That's that.

  • Francois - 2012-03-02 07:07

    Grootste grap is die disney karakter embleem wat shark spelers op hul bors dra! Hul kon baie beter doen as dit; amper net so simpel soos n pienk truie!

  • Randy - 2012-03-02 07:28

    dis darem funny dat ou bulldozer, saffa en kie nie kan wag om die stormer/sharks berigte te lees nie....kom nou ouens, gaan soek iets om te lees oor julle span in die argiewe of is julle maar net undercover stormer/shark supporters. funny dat daar niks oor julle span geskryf word nie..... o ja, NIEMAND gee om of wil dit lees nie. so gaan koop nou maar vir julle stormer/shark jerseys(dis nou as julle XXXXXl'l kry om oor daai bloubul boep pense te pas).

      Lion - 2012-03-02 07:52

      Randy ou "YSTER". Gaan pose eerder vir een of ander gay tydskrif. Moenie hier kom kots oor goed waarvan jy niks weet nie ou perd.

      S - 2012-03-02 11:47

      @ Lion Jou diepgaande kennis oor die inhoud van gay tydskrifte verstom my. Of nie.

      Lion - 2012-03-02 18:39

      Jy weet dan ou Stirrer my ding... Jy weet dan

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