Pietersen back for Sharks

2012-10-04 11:30

Durban - Experienced wing JP Pietersen will make his return from two months on the sidelines after he was declared fit to play for the Sharks when they face the Free State Cheetahs in a Currie Cup encounter in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

The Springbok star has not played since featuring in the Super Rugby final in August, when he fractured his thumb, and he subsequently missed the entire Rugby Championship.

His return for the Sharks is one of three changes made by coach John Plumtree, who has shifted around his backline to bring Pietersen in on the wing.

After playing out wide last week, Paul Jordaan moves to centre and Meyer Bosman replaces Riaan Viljoen at flyhalf.

Scrumhalf Charl McLeod is also included in the run-on XV after playing in the shadow of the impressive Cobus Reinach in recent weeks.

The one change among the forwards sees Jandre Marais taking over at lock from Steven Sykes, while hooker Pieter Dixon also makes a start after he avoided any further sanction following his red card against the Blue Bulls last week.

The Sharks must win the match if they want to keep alive their hopes of a semi-final, while victory is essential to the Cheetahs’ playoff aspirations.

“We know we’ve come unstuck against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein in the past,” said assistant Sharks coach Hugh Reece-Edwards.

“But we’ve also learnt how to get a winning result there in recent times.

“It’s a massive game for both sides and it should be a great clash.”


Free State Cheetahs:



15 Louis Ludik, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Meyer Bosman, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Jandre Marais, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Pieter Dixon, 1 Dale Chadwick

Substitutes: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Allan Dell, 18 Peet Marais, 19 Lubabalo Mtembu, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Riaan Viljoen, 22 S'bura Sithole


  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-04 11:33

    Hope to see you soon in green and gold

      deon.fouche.3 - 2012-10-04 11:50

      Visser, los maar! Ons gaan mors met die Staat en julle gaan verloor Vrydagaand. Mark my words Isak! Daai WP span van jou gaan dit nie maak nie!

      deon.fouche.3 - 2012-10-04 12:12

      Hahahahahahah Isak, hoekom sal ek dit doen? Sou ons dalk verloor, lê ons nogsteeds 2de op die log want julle gaan verloor teen die Bulls.. Julle is veel meer desperaat vir n wen as ons

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-04 12:16

      Isak- Dis n moelike een, maar kom ons wees realisties: Bulls vs WP- WP by 5 Gri vs Lions- Lions 7+ Shr vs Vry- Sharks 5+

      deon.fouche.3 - 2012-10-04 12:19

      @Isak, ja ek onthou, maar julle het die Bulle omkant betrap daar, maar ek vat niks weg nie, dit was n goeie wen vri julle, MAAR julle gaan vri Aplon en Elstadt baie mis more aand. Ek sê Bulls met 6 en ons gaan die Staat wen met so 8 en Lions gaan wen met 5

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-04 12:33

      Nee Isak, ek dink nie die CH sal die sharks so ver wen nie

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-04 16:09

      Ek weet nie Isak, die Sharks span lyk nogal goed, en onthou die Haaie speel vir n home semi, Sharks by 5+

  • jjskosana - 2012-10-04 11:52


      TravieGrif - 2012-10-04 14:54

      Have to say that Sharks backline could cause some headaches. Whitehead, Jordaan, Mvovo, JP and Ludik. Has the potential to rip the best apart if they gel.

  • faizelwayne.selungo - 2012-10-04 11:53

    Impressive line up, hope we can pull this one through. Go Sharks.

  • BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-04 11:58

    Great News!

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-04 12:10

    Hopefully he can contribute to a tough game for the Sharks in Bloem. He'll be back with the Boks on end of year tour to UK and Ireland.

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-04 15:01

      What would you do, Isak? Maybe Hougaard on the bench and JP back at 14 with Habana at 11? Who drops out?

      macziekpk - 2012-10-04 19:00

      Currie Cup is not on during the year end tour

  • marc.grondein - 2012-10-04 12:40

    Sharks back line better than the Springbok back line from 9-15 . Add Pietersen and Lambie . Fact

      seanread.crisp - 2012-10-04 14:00

      And Meyer Bosman???? Get real bro

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-04 14:35

      Better than the Boks? Haha that is funny.

  • alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-10-04 14:06

    Not too sure about Meyer Bosman at flyhalf for this game. When Bosman falls apart he does it bigtime. At least Viljoen is on the bench. Apart from that there is a lot of speed in the backs. They would leave the SB backs in the dust.

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-10-04 20:12

      I would really like to see him run circles around Paul Jordaan.

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-10-07 21:47

      Isak after your predictions for the weekend I would keep a low profile for a while.....

  • ndabenhle.g.ngcobo - 2012-10-04 15:01

    Thats why I love Plumtree,always looking to improve. Riaan has been bumbling recently at flyhalf.

  • mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-10-05 06:46

    X factor

  • andre.terblanche.5 - 2012-10-05 21:24

    Mooi so Bulle wp gaan nog baie jare moet wag.....12,....13....14j..hahahaha

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