Same starting XV for Sharks

2011-10-27 12:53

Durban - Sharks coach John Plumtree has made just one change to his match 22 for Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup final against the Lions at Coca-Cola Park with Alistair Hargreaves returning to the side.

According to Sharks website editor Michael Marnewick, Hargreaves will provide second row back-up off the bench after missing the last few games with Jacques Botes making way.

Continuity in team selection is vital and for the Sharks being able to select an almost unchanged line-up provides them with momentum necessary for a big game - their biggest game of the season.

Chasing back-to-back titles after winning in 2010, the Sharks have a team laden with internationals while the Lions last won in 1999 and with their team full of hungry youngsters, present formidable opposition.

“When we won the trophy last year, we were lucky enough to have the same team from start to finish over the course of the tournament, we had a cohesive unit,” explained coach John Plumtree.

“This year we’ve had a lot of challenges which the Lions haven’t. The challenge for us is that we have to gel as a team right from the first whistle, that’s something we’ve talked about. They have that in place already and that will be the challenge for us. They’ve been playing well with that group all year. They were able to lighten up against us when they played here recently, that performance meant nothing.

“I’m sure they’ve forgotten about that game, we have.”


Golden Lions:

15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Doppies la Grange, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Joshua Strauss (captain), 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Wikus van Heerden, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 CJ Van der Linde

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse/JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Warren Whiteley, 19 Cobus Grobbelaar/Jaco Kriel, 20 Butch James, 21 Dylan des Fountain, 22 James Kamana

15. Patrick Lambie, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Stefan Terblanche, 12. Marius Joubert, 11. JP Pietersen, 10. Frederic Michalak, 9. Conrad Hoffmann, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Keegan Daniel (captain), 5. Ross Skeate, 4. Jean Deysel, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16. Craig Burden, 17. Eugene van Staden, 18. Alistair Hargreaves, 19. Marcell Coetzee, 20. Ross Cronje, 21. Adrian Jacobs, 22. Lwazi Mvovo


  • Adrian - 2011-10-27 12:56

    the only person I'm worried about is Joubert I can't understand why JLP hasn't been given a run in that berth

      Taetjo - 2011-10-27 13:17

      JLP is not that good man. Come on. He shouldn't have chosen Rugby as a career. Maybe bowling would have suited him.

      rwaldburger - 2011-10-27 13:51

      I agree 100% JLP has been given a rough deal ...why on earth bring in young talent if you are not going to give them opportunities . Michalak has not done anything special.

      Taetjo - 2011-10-27 13:59

      Someone I do not want to mention just said that Michalak has not done anything special. Gosh, don't we need spectacles for some people huh? Look at the leading point scorers in the competition boet, it's Frederik Michalak. And you still say he hasn't done anything special? LOL!

      Adrian - 2011-10-27 14:08

      apart from last weekend Joubert when he gave a semi decent performance he is yet to show why he deserves to be there.

      Paul - 2011-10-28 08:23

      The Sharks have being weak in the No.12 & No.13 positions for years now ... if they had decent players in these positions they could have won the S14/15 ... The Lions will beat them on Saterday ...and once again it will be here at center where the Sharks will loose the game . GO LIONS GO !!!

      adrian.breda - 2011-10-28 12:15

      @Paul, I agree with you, they don't have decent centres, they should make a investment in that department and with a flyhalf like Michalak (also Lambie) they will be a force in midfield also.

  • Kenjaymay - 2011-10-27 13:25

    We will have to watch the Sharks on Saturday, they are the Samoan's of SA rugby, they play like thugs! Go Lions! Go Lions!

      eyresa - 2011-10-27 13:55


      Danny - 2011-10-28 09:21

      Ken, your a SMUCK!!! must be some sourgrape bull or weepee supporter.

  • André - 2011-10-27 14:05

    Nothing wrong selecting Hargreaves! He is there to control Caveman Josh Strauss in the line-outs. Good and logic thinking.

      Kosie - 2011-10-28 08:30

      lets justhope heis on form,because he hasn't had a good season so far.

  • Wesley - 2011-10-27 14:18

    Come on Sharkies!!!!! Lets do this!!!!!

      Kevin - 2011-10-27 14:37

      Sharks will do it. Take it to them.

  • David - 2011-10-27 15:21

    Sharks, just give it your all for 80mins on Sat, and the Currie Cup will stay in your trophy cabinet for another year!

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2011-10-27 19:11

    I think we're a bit shallow on scrumhalf - maybe losing Kockitt was not such a wise move. By the way, whats happened to Rory, has he left the Lions? Other weaknesses are lock and centre, although Skeate is playing a lot better. I think we will take it - will be nice to have 3 titles in 4 years - and its the second one I'm watching live! Feel sorry for my desperate Lions supporting brother in law and my wife....

      Shadho - 2011-10-27 22:01

      Rory left the Lions long ago LOL...He plays in the French League now and has done well so far, that he will be staying longer... The Sharks can use Freddie at scrumhalf if need be. Has played there for France as well. ^5s

  • Anneleen - 2011-10-27 21:04

    Go forward, Sharks...and make this back-2-back Currie Cup title yours...keep your hunger for the title burning...with you every step of the way. Go Sharks!!!!!!!!!!

      Shadho - 2011-10-27 22:07

      hey Anne...thought we were going to watch the Sharks bite and chew up the kittens aka lions and spit them out together.. Lol......:)):D

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2011-10-27 21:41

    If logic prevails the Sharks will have another feast...... there is just too much quality on paper, never mind the passion of being a Shark.

  • Shadho - 2011-10-27 22:31

    As I said previously on here. Plum and the 22 you choose. Due YOURSELVES and Kzn proud. Its a team sport at all times and this game will require 80 mins of 110% commitment of each player for each other. WIN or loose. Nothing else matters!! There is NO truer saying in Life and this is..."Its better to try your absolute best and Fail. Than to not have tried at all". But enjoy the game and atmosphere knowing. No TEAM or team member is bigger or better than the game itself...^5s and know there many many supporters around the country and yes especially in Gauteng, are pulling for the Sharks!!

  • Danny - 2011-10-28 08:58

    Kom SHARKS!!!!! Awesome span.

  • Barry - 2011-10-29 09:37

    Province by 22 ! 22 of them watching in the pub.

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