Sharks delay team naming

2012-10-18 11:12

Durban - The Sharks team for the Absa Currie Cup semi-final this Saturday against the Blue Bulls at Mr Price Kings Park will only be named later on Thursday as the coaching staff mull over options and await fitness tests.

According to Sharks website editor, Michael Marnewick, “Steven Sykes has returned to training and has been monitored, we don’t want to pull that calf muscle again,” explains coach John Plumtree, “and we will make a late call on him, as with Odwa Ndungane and Jacques Botes.”

With the full complement of returning Springboks now available, the reintroduction must be, as it was last week, done in the interests of the team he admits. Continuity is one thing, but so is selecting the team most capable of winning this match.

“Everyone is excited, everyone wants to play and the most important thing is the balancing act between breaking up the rhythm we have and bringing great players back into your side, which the Springboks are.

“We’ve seen it come undone when we had momentum and lost, but we’ve looked at the opposition, looked at what they do and we need to make sure we select the 22 who can do the job on the day.”

Only Willem Alberts and Beast Mtawarira weren’t included last week and The Sharks coach admits that, “They have had a lot of rugby and it made sense to give them a break last week. But we’re in a full training week this week with everyone which is fantastic and we will select the team according to what we’re faced with. The Bulls are very big and physical, we need to make sure we can match that.”

The Bulls were staring down the barrel of promotion/relegation before last weekend, and now find themselves in the semi-finals, showing just how tight this year’s competition has been.

“The Bulls did well to beat the Lions, it’s never easy to win at Coca Cola Park,” he explains. “They did a really good job there. They had a relegation gun pointing at their heads, which is different to our situation. Hopefully what we decide in terms of selection and how we integrate the players back into the side will benefit the team and then ultimately we can win the trophy – that’s what we all want.”

After a long, arduous season that has barely paused for breath since February, the end is in sight and in two weeks’ time, supporters of one of the four teams will be recovering from the celebrations of their team’s victory.

“There is so much to look forward to, so much work has been done and lots of rugby has been played. We know what we’re coming up against, a very hungry Bulls side looking to prove a point. It’s been a tough year, there are four teams who can finish their season on a high and all four will be talking about that.”

He admits that it hasn’t been easy trying to decide on a side but one good thing from the Springboks’ lack of success is the hunger the players bring into the Currie Cup on their return.

“There are different things that happen with the Boks while they’re away on national duty. Generally, from my experience, when the Boks have been successful, they’ve struggled to come back and play Currie Cup rugby. But when they haven’t, they want to come back and prove a point, get a smile back on their faces. This is one of those years. That’s not saying it’s generic, but it has been my experience. Some come back and really want to do something special.”


  • chris.hadfield2 - 2012-10-18 11:21

    Go Sharks - maak die bulle almal poppe!!

      henk.jacobs.39 - 2012-10-18 11:56

      Black, White, Dynamite....BOOOOOMMMM....da skuit in haai!!!!

      bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-18 12:29

      Henk- I like the way you think!!!

  • aubrey.gloster - 2012-10-18 11:36

    Bulls see you in the final at Ellispark. Ons hou die beker in Transvaal. Bulls by 15. Sharks will drown in a swarm of Bee's

      upumba - 2012-10-18 13:24

      dont be so eager aubrey, dont forget who have been the best team in SA for 3 years. just like your spot in super rugby, the CC will also be taken away from you. hahahahahaha

  • vernon.annandale.7 - 2012-10-18 11:39

    Looking foward to this game! Should be a cracker! SHARKS 4 LIFE!!

  • nikolai.kaufmann - 2012-10-18 11:42


      press.enter.12 - 2012-10-18 12:30

      Well - at least we know you are not Ashwin Willemse . . .

      bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-18 12:58

      Lol pres!!!

  • felix.feline.3 - 2012-10-18 11:51

    It's the final countdown! Dananana, dananaanaaaa.

      henk.jacobs.39 - 2012-10-18 11:57

      dananana, dananananaNANANAN, dannananananNaAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  • brian.matthee - 2012-10-18 11:51

    It is going to be a thriller. The weather prediction is wet and wild. I am relieved that John Plumtree is giving the selection of the team some good thought. The young guys that made sure that they qualify the Sharks in top spot must be given the recognition and the honour to play in the knock-out rounds. But it is tough if you have players such as the Springbok front row at your disposal. It is going to be a tough game with the Bulls throwing everything at the Sharks until the final whistle blows. I hope that the coach select a balanced 22 with the young guys to start and the experienced, brilliant Boks to come on for the last 30 minutes. Go Sharks!!! Make your supporters proud.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-18 12:45

      I heard the forcast is bad, but hey, that might just suit the Bulls, a slower game!!!

      apart1heid - 2012-10-18 13:24

      noo noo @jaco- the forcast looks good,.... Bulls by 10??

  • riaan.swarts.35 - 2012-10-18 12:24

    It doesn't matter wich team the Sharks is fielding they still gonna smash the flou bulle.

      bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-18 15:00

      En jy dra nog huggies premium!!!

  • johnathan.jacobs.3 - 2012-10-18 12:36

    I don't think there is a need for any of the returning Springboks to play. The current players have brought the team to where they are currently so why change a winning formula? Either way SHARKS 4 LIFE!!!!

      bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-18 15:00

      Want hulle is bang vir die BULLE!!!!!!!

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