Potgieter or Michalak at 10?

2011-07-25 22:23

Christo Buchner

Johannesburg - Jacques-Louis Potgieter may run out at flyhalf for the Sharks against his former Cheetahs team-mates on Saturday.

There is some doubt whether the hamstring injury suffered by Frenchman Frederic Michalak in the Sharks' Currie Cup victory over the Pumas in Nelspruit will heal sufficiently for him to be able to play against the Free Staters in Durban.

"The chances are 50-50 that he (Michalak) will play. A decision on him will be taken on Thursday," said team doctor Ewoudt van der Linde.

The news on the two other injured players - flank Marcell Coetzee and centre Marius Joubert - is better.

Coetzee broke his nose against the Pumas and 32-year-old Joubert suffered an ankle injury. A call on their availability will only be made on Thursday, but Van der Linde is hopeful that they will be declared fit.

The Sharks had a light "recovery session" on Monday morning following the weekend's intense match in Nelspruit. There was a major downpour in Durban on Monday afternoon and the weather may have an adverse effect on the Sharks' preparation for the match against the Cheetahs.

It's no secret that Potgieter's move to the Sharks has not yielded the dividends that he or the union were after.

The former Cheetahs and Blue Bulls player said recently that although it was frustrating to watch from the sidelines, "you have to wait patiently for your chance".

He said that strange things could happen.

"A few seasons ago I still played for the Griffons in the middle of the Currie Cup and a month or two later I was in the Currie Cup final with the Cheetahs."

Sharks coach John Plumtree lauded the bravery of Coetzee, who broke his nose early in the Pumas clash and was not afraid to return a number of times after treatment.

"For such a young guy he is very hard and he's not afraid of anything. Keep an eye on him - he will go far," said Plumtree.


  • gmain - 2011-07-25 22:56

    oh oh! All bets are off....

  • Makutu - 2011-07-26 00:12

    Goodluck to the Natal Sharks. This was definitely not a good buy!

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-26 06:32

      You clearly didn't see when he singlehandedly destroyed the Sharks in the 2009 Curriecup semi-final.

      Makutu - 2011-07-26 07:32

      Bulldozer. LOL! 2009, right? Look at your calender. The Sharks do not play his style of Rugby. If he was such a good buy, what is Michalack doing in the Sharks camp then?

      Boggyzn - 2011-07-26 07:34

      I'll choose him anyday over POESMAN!

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-26 08:02

      Makutu, the Sharks never gave him a fair chance to settle in. As simple as that. They obviously spotted something in him when they made him the offer. Why not develop it?

      StBad - 2011-07-26 13:50

      @Bulldozer: are you a Bull's fan, I can't remember? Nevertheless I totally agree... Potgieter has been the Achilles Heal of the Sharks for a good few seasons, he's a cracking flyhalf and I don't think the Sharks have given him a proper chance. (maybe we bought him so that we didn't have to play against him?) and @Makutu: Potgieter is very much in the style of the Sharks running rugby even though he was a product of the Bulls

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-26 16:54

      Yes StBad, I'm a Bulls fan, hence the 'Bull' in my name.

  • Neilson - 2011-07-26 00:51

    Poor Potties should have stayed loyal to the Bulls. They could have moulded him into a top class player. But being impatient was his downfall. look at Morne Steyn, he just kept on smiling and stayed loyal when Derick Hougaard was the top Fly-Half. And eventually he got his chance and is still plucking the fruit in the green jersey (even when he should not really). Now nobody want's Potties anymore. Ambition, the downfall to so many.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-26 06:33

      I agree 100%, even though I'm happy with Francois Brummer.

      MTRJ - 2011-07-26 07:38

      Yeah Steyn is the first choice flyhalf for the Bulls and the Springboks, but that does not make him a good player. Very reliable goal kicker yes, but other than that, very average player.

      Paddy - 2011-07-26 13:19


  • EderickC - 2011-07-26 06:54

    Are you kidding me!? Ofcourse they should play trhe Frenchman!!

  • JJRR - 2011-07-26 06:57

    Sou beter gelyk het met BLOU!

      EderickC - 2011-07-26 07:10

      Franse Blou!! Alez les Bleues!!!

      Paddy - 2011-07-26 13:19


  • NommerEen - 2011-07-26 07:51

    and here I thought the Currie Cup is a local competition.......isn't this suppose to be the showcase for young and upcoming talent? Surely not for foreign players?

  • WIllie Botha - 2011-07-26 08:12

    What is JLP still doing here? I thought they sent him back to PTA a long time ago - no way that they should play him, rather bring in Guy Cronje (Ross Cronje, our scrumhalf's brother) from the Vodacom Cup team. Sharks Forever!

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-26 08:30

      Die mannetjie is alewig beseer poepol.

      Paddy - 2011-07-26 13:20

      Ja Bulldozer soos poefter Spies en jou ander Bloubul poefters

  • Anneleen - 2011-07-26 08:21

    Sharks, you beauties, go out there and display your mettle...SHARKS forever!!!!!

      Paddy - 2011-07-26 13:21

      ANNELEEN het jy nie skottelgoed om te was nie?

      Anneleen - 2011-07-26 14:17

      @Paddy...het jy nie gras om te sny nie?

      BlueRaven - 2011-07-26 14:43

      se hom Anneleen se hom lmga

      Anneleen - 2011-07-26 14:59

      @BlueRaven...ek moes dit net se! Lol!

      Paddy - 2011-07-27 05:34

      O Anneleen jy is soooooo snaaks ek lag my dood jou simpel ou dierasie.Ek kan my net voorstel hoe jy lyk...o hoe gril ek nou!Jy is mos Hugo die malhas se maaaaaaatjie nie?

      Anneleen - 2011-07-27 08:17

      Goeiemore Paddy! Ja, Hugo is my tjommie! Het jy al die gras gesny jong?

  • JackyMoon - 2011-07-26 08:48

    Potgieter moes by die Vrystaat gebly het. Sharks is n unie wat spelers se loopbane baie skade aanrig. Meeste van die ander groot unies speel jong losskakels die currie cup met die oog op S15 volgende jaar en om die spelers ondervingding te gee, nie die sharks nie. Hul gaan koop eerder weer n buitelandse speler! Maar dis n profesionele sport en hulle kan seker doen wat hul wil!

      Paddy - 2011-07-27 05:34

      Hy is te kommin vir die Vrystaat hy het n tipiese Bloubul gesig

  • Gibbonater - 2011-07-26 09:07

    Potgieter was a regular for the Cheetahs and was playing rugby the highest level. Since then he has been to the Bulls and then the Sharks and has played second fiddle since. I think he chased the money at the detrement of his rugby.

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