Sharks opt for continuity

2012-09-05 17:16

Durban - The Sharks have opted for continuity ahead of their Currie Cup clash against Griquas in Kimberley on Saturday, with coach John Plumtree making just one enforced change to the starting team.

Lock Steven Sykes is ruled out with a rib problem meaning a recall for Jandre Marais at lock.

Peet Marais comes in on the bench, where there is one other change after Rosko Specman dropped out for Brynard Stander.

Tim Whitehead, Pieter-Steph du Toit and JP Pietersen are all still out with injury, although they are expected to return in three to four weeks.

The top-of-the-table Sharks have failed to win on their last two trips to Kimberley.

Plumtree could not find an exact explanation behind their struggles in Northern Cape city.

"I think there are some who talk themselves out of contention before they even arrive there," Plumtree said.

"We have to make sure we embrace the challenge, we know what is coming.

"It’s at altitude, the ground is normally quite dry and it’s quite different to playing in the major stadiums, we just have to embrace all of that and get on with it.

He said the team needed to improve their fitness levels as they still struggled when they played at altitude.

"We know we will go through times where we are under pressure, whenever we play at altitude," he said.

"We’re not quite there from a physical point of view for a period of time.

"So we need to get over that and attempt to play for 80 minutes because from all of our games at altitude, generally we don’t."


Griquas: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Luzuko Vulindlu, 13 Jean Stemmet, 12 Walter Venter, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Leon Karemaker, 7 Wesley Wilkins, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Ligtoring Landman, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Ryno Barnes (captain), 1 Steph Roberts

Substitutes: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 Ivann Espag, 18 Frikkie Spies, 19 Justin Downey, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Richard Lawson

Sharks: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 S'bura Sithole, 10 Riaan Viljoen, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel, 7 Jean Deysel (captain), 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Jandre Marais, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Monde Hadebe, 1 Dale Chadwick.

Substitutes: 16 Pieter Dixon, 17 Julian Redelinghuys, 18 Peet Marais, 19 Francois Kleinhans, 20 Brynard Stander, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Marius Joubert.


  • leon.young.9003 - 2012-09-05 17:24

    Go eat em kwasse my sharkies

      TravieGrif - 2012-09-05 22:28

      Come on Sharks. Looking forward to some entertaining rugby from my team again! Sharks Forever

  • alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-05 17:29

    There is absolutely no excuse for a professional sportsman not being fit. When you think of all the people who work full time jobs and still have time to get themselves fit then the mind boggles. What do these guys do the other 6 days of the week when they aren't playing in a match and the months when they aren't playing rugby?

      marco.marcosi.16 - 2012-09-05 17:47

      Ridiculous comment. You've obviously never played a contact sport any level.

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-05 18:36

      What the hell has playing a contact sport got to do with not being fit? Marco you know absolutely nothing about me. But hey don't let your ignorance stop you being an expert.

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-05 18:47

      Henry Honibal used to run a farm in the Drakenburg. He used to drive in for practices and still found time to keep himself increadibly fit. But hey what would he know about contact sport right?

      mark.d.barnard - 2012-09-05 19:00

      Different level of fitness, Alfred. Fitness isn't an \on/off\ switch, it's got different degrees. Thus in this context we're speaking about fitness at a competitive level for the conditions there. Watch a 1995 game, then contrast it with one from 2007, and then one from now. The game gets faster as time goes by and things become more professional, it seems-by anybody's reckoning the players are therefore \fit\, but whether they're fit enough to compete at a high pace in Kimberly against a team used to the conditions remains to be seen

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-05 22:39

      I hear what you are saying but in the professional era things have also become easier in some ways. Remember the old days when substitutions were for injuries only, the days before blood bins and ding dong tests? I know some club rugby players who work a full time job, have to attend practice and still find time to get themselves fit. A professional player has an extra 40 hours a week in which to get himself fit. That is a lot of time. The other point is pre season training. There is no reason why a player can’t keep himself fit in the off season. If his body is the tool he uses to do his job then letting himself become unfit is unproffessional. The excuse of being sore after a game does not apply then. There is no reason why a professional player should not start the season at 100% peak fitness. After that it should just be a matter of maintaining that fitness.

      TravieGrif - 2012-09-06 08:29

      Alfred, as huge a legend as Honiball is, he played about a quarter of the number of games that are being played today. The fitness demands are massive when compared with the days in which he played. Fat percentages and body mass are monitored on a weekly basis, with fines and contract penalty clauses. Super rugby starts in Feb, and generally the guys get a 3 week break in a year. To maintain your fitness levels, including remaining injury free for that length of time is a massive ask of the body, which is why so many players are getting crocked. You must remember that these levels of fitness are not achieved by going for a quick is 3 hours in the gym a day, so it is not as simplistic as it sounds!

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-06 09:36

      I think we are talking at cross purposes here. I am not talking about the level of fitness required at Currie Cup level I am talking about the time available for a professional sportsman to get himself to the required level of fitness compared to the time that is available to a non-professional sportsman. While I agree with you that modern players are playing more rugby, I very much doubt that it is four times as much. I also wasn’t aware that they played rugby in December and January. There have been times in my working career where I have spent more than 3 hours a day in the gym and this does not include time spent cycling, surfing, canoeing etc. So considering that these guys don’t have to put in the 9 to 5 in between, 3 hours is not any amazing feat. But all things considered if they do spend 3 hours in a gym for at least 3 days a week and they can’t make it through 80 minutes of rugby at altitude then there is something really wrong. This also shouldn’t just be a consideration when we play Grikwas. Four out of five away games are played at altitude.

  • denese.newby - 2012-09-06 13:28

    GO SHARKS! Come out firing and get in their faces. They are a settled team but the Sharks are a team of note!!!!!

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