Sharks shake up pack for final

2012-10-24 20:41

Cape Town - Sharks coach John Plumtree has rolled out the heavy artillery for their Currie Cup final against Western Province in Durban on Saturday.

Plumtree on Wednesday retained the same backline which started in the 20-3 semi-final win over the Blue Bulls last week, but brought back a few heavies to bolster his pack for the Kings Park showpiece.

In the front row Springbok Tendai Mtawarira starts at loosehead prop in place of Dale Chadwick, with Bok squad member Craig Burden replacing Kyle Cooper at hooker. Jannie du Plessis - cleared after suffering concussion against the Bulls - remains at tighthead.

In other changes up front, Willem Alberts replaces Jean Deysel at flank, while Steven Sykes starts ahead of Jandre Marais at lock.

Odwa Ndungane also returns on the bench after an injury lay-off. Plumtree this time went for 4-3 forwards-backs split on the bench, which means prop Chadwick misses out altogether.

The final kicks off at 17:00.



15. Louis Ludik 14. JP Pietersen 13. Paul Jordaan12. Tim Whitehead 11. Lwazi Mvovo 10. Patrick Lambie 9. Cobus Reinach 8. Keegan Daniel (captain) 7. Willem Alberts 6. Marcell Coetzee 5. Anton Bresler 4. Steven Sykes 3. Jannie du Plessis 2. Craig Burden 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16. Kyle Cooper 17. Wiehahn Herbst 18. Jandre Marais 19. Jean Deysel 20. Charl McLeod 21. Meyer Bosman 22. Odwa Ndungane

Western Province:

15. Gio Aplon, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Don Armand, 6. Deon Fourie (captain), 5. De Kock Steenkamp, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16. Deon Carstens, 17. Brok Harris, 18. Wilhelm van der Sluys, 19. Jebb Sinclair, 20. Louis Schreuder, 21. Marcel Brache, 22. Joe Pietersen


  • malcolm.molver - 2012-10-24 20:44

    Potent team! Won't be an easy game, but if the Sharks give it 100% for the full 80 minutes, then they should be champions! Sharks Forever!

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-24 22:52

      Good team indeed.

      peester.groenewald - 2012-10-24 23:12

      Pretty average team WP

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-25 03:02

      Below average idiot: dowwe paramedic.

      derrick.pentz.5 - 2012-10-25 06:38

      @Sakkie- firstly good luck for Sat- no ways is this Sharks team close to last years- only 6 of last years starting are in this years starting including 3 positional changes, out of 22 only 8 were in last years team

      gerrit.vanbreda1 - 2012-10-25 08:20

      @walk. En wa is die stats van o/13 en o/18 craven week?

      johannes.chokers - 2012-10-25 08:44

      Here is or are WP Lowlights for the last 11 years in CC!!!! 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Soon to be 2012 What fantastic stats for SA Flagship team!!!

      tim.kilpin - 2012-10-25 09:15

      isak come to the pary is an expression like put your hand up and be counted

  • Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-24 20:53

    Shake up all you want youre still gonna be whacked

      gunner.zn.5 - 2012-10-25 06:13

      Dream on boetie

      donavan.boshoff - 2012-10-25 09:09

      Shake and bake. Sharks forever

  • BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-24 20:56

    Briljante span! Province gaan harde bene kou. Go Sharks!

  • cobus.groenewald.1 - 2012-10-24 20:56

    If Province want to win this one they have to dominate up front, I don't that will happen!!! Sharks have to many excellent players!

  • Isobel Smith - 2012-10-24 21:09

    i really believe the SHARKS have what it takes hope the best team on the day wins. lets hope the ref reads it well all fair. go sharks and play clean

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-25 03:38

      The party is usually after the game. If they just come to the party, they'll miss the game.

  • david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-10-24 21:15

    Add Frans Steyn and Bissie to that side...geez I'm excited for next years Super 15. But we have a CC final to get through first. WP are probably 2/3 years away from getting the best out of their young players coming through. If Sharks hold their nerve and play to their potential, we should be too much to handle. Go Sharks!!

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-24 22:55

      Very true. Don't forget all the people out for wp either and the ones coming to stormers. Will make it completely different team.

      peester.groenewald - 2012-10-24 23:12

      What is true lean?

  • barry.niekerk - 2012-10-24 21:37

    Jannie will be fearing the Ginger Head Man!! Kitshoff scrum n ding sat...

      joshua.mcallister.75 - 2012-10-24 21:41

      Umm,you kidding right?! Jannie is a world class prop, while red head ja.

      peester.groenewald - 2012-10-24 22:43

      Maar ons almal weet Grey wen altyd

      gerrit.vanbreda1 - 2012-10-25 07:27

      @daan. En wat het Grey hierdie jaar met Paul Roos gedoen? En dit nogal met ons swaktste span in tien jaar?

  • - 2012-10-24 21:40

    The Sharks are ready for it this time so sorry WP better luck next year

  • peester.groenewald - 2012-10-24 21:41

    Q: How does a Province player change a light bulb? A: He holds it in the air, and the world revolves around him

      mahomedrafeek.goolam - 2012-10-24 22:58

      They forever live in the past. Hasbeens.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-25 00:03

      Forever live in the past? Are you talking about the Bulls?

      brent.lee.1088 - 2012-10-25 00:13


  • joshua.mcallister.75 - 2012-10-24 21:42

    Sharks Forever!

  • wayne.mostert.18 - 2012-10-24 22:25

    Province by 3 on Saturday. I am not reading too much into the Sharks win over the Bulls because the Bulls played so crap. It was funny to hear Dewald Potgieter say after the match that they never had much ball but when they did have it, they kicked it away into the hands of the Sharks - very similar to what the Boks did under HM. Maybe somebody should explain to the Bulls that you need the ball to score points.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-25 00:08

      Ou dowwe paramedic is maar net suurgat. Wayne, I agree with you. The Bulls gave away silly penalties. They stopped playing before they ran onto the field. The Sharks took them on with their own game-plan of kick and chase and it worked for them, because they knew the ball will only be kicked back to them. The WP won't do the same - but I also don't expect the Sharks to use the same gameplan. Unlike Heineken or Pine, Plumtree has more than one gameplan. Plus the Sharks scored only one try, gifted to them by Wallaby Hougaard. I think he is also one of the many Pink Sharks supporters in Tshwane.

      paul.sdoow - 2012-10-25 12:01

      and wp beat the bulls a few times affor that. so say thanks ws for giving bulls a chance

  • norman.branders - 2012-10-24 22:35

    With Brache not starting the backline will be DYNAMITE! GO WP!

  • Arche' van Rensburg - 2012-10-24 23:34

    ohja en watse span okal wen die naweek gaan dit nie met meer as 5 punte doen nie!! ons mag dalk n skop game sien,veral met reen wat voorspel word... wat dan ynlik vir wp meer sal pas want ek dink wp was goed voor!! met dryfwerk ens!! waar die sharks se loosies goed was met verdedigers intrek en kyk vir die offload... dink ook dis hoekom allistair met de allende gegaan het as senter want brache speel goed in n los game en offloads ens maar as die game tight is en nat veld dan gaan de allende def n beter opsie wees om die bal te dra,reguit te maak en om oor die advantage line te kom met harde lopies!!

      rian.vanwyk.7 - 2012-10-25 09:14

      julle het 2 games teen ons gehad in reen....en wat het gebeur? i rest my case...hoeveel kanse wil julle in die reen he? lmao

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-25 00:00

    Well, now the WP know where the Sharks will play the game and where they will be taken on. I just hope they are up to the challenge. I'm still concerned about Frans Malherbe in the front row. They should have started with Harris and Carstens.

  • brent.lee.1088 - 2012-10-25 00:15

    Damn that's a good looking team! They look very strong.... I am a sharks fan but I'm just hoping for a great game, win or lose, good luck to both teams!

  • burger.geldenhuys - 2012-10-25 00:42

    I'm a big natal man.. But I hope province wins just so the bulls supporters would shut up about 11 years! It is getting old.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-25 01:39

      You know they will not shut up about the 11 years. They can hardly shut up about their Super 14 win in 2007. Not that they are saying anything about their 57 year cupless period.

      peester.groenewald - 2012-10-25 01:48

      Burger ons ou boomroker. Foeitog

      peester.groenewald - 2012-10-25 01:49

      @chris 57yr? bwa ha ha ha

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-25 02:12

      ...11 years.. ..sorry.. ..12 years.. ...cupless.. ...Bhwa ha ha ha ha ha..!!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-25 02:48

      Dowwe paramedic, and how many years do you count between 1889 and 1946?

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-25 02:58

      I will check your answer tomorrow, because I know it will take a loooooong time to work that out. Maybe ask your nurses for some help. And remember you have toes as well - not enough, but maybe it can help a bit.

      tertius.devereaux.1 - 2012-10-25 06:39

      Chrisin as jy niks het om te se moet dit dan nie se nie...f*k

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-25 08:27

      @Raven,actually it was shared it twice by Border(1932 1934). Griquasland West won the Currie Cup outright in 1899 and 1911

      paul.sdoow - 2012-10-25 11:50

      would rather be 12year cupless than be full of bull oops sorry be a bull supporter

  • vernon.annandale.7 - 2012-10-25 06:19

    Power SHARKS team that!!! Let's hope they can do the job,good luck to both teams and coaching staff,may the best team win! SHARKS 4 LIFE!

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-25 07:12

    Great team, I think Plums has got it right with the boks over last few weeks. But this game is not going to be a walk over like some people think. Fortenately Sharks have good final experience and will play the game accordingly. Tight game but Sharks to win.

  • kagiso.k.seleka - 2012-10-25 07:48

    Province can just forget it! These forwards are going to demolish them! Should be a good game!

  • rian.vanwyk.7 - 2012-10-25 08:56

    @walkthisway469 ai buddy i feel for you...yes well done on all those "do not matter" achievements....but here is a bit of reality for you.. wp hasnt won since 2001 so that will suck if i were to be you...and here is another fun fact...chockers....o ja forgot that you have mentioned all these acolades that wp sport has won....wont put the A team in a good position as they are the final team in wp calender to win something.. shame buddy i have mr. min at home. ill courier it down... cheers Bra and welcome to the shark tank 3 leave blommetjie

  • tim.kilpin - 2012-10-25 09:12

    Great team - sorry for Dale as he has played hard all season and is not even in the match 22

      shona.williams.739 - 2012-10-25 13:58

      Yeah he's played all Currie Cup then dropped for final. I'm actually very glad though, his performance has been shocking lately but i think it's just cos he's tired. So glad we have Beast back

  • nagou.grote - 2012-10-25 12:33

    Nou daai is a pak van manne wat Sharks daar het. Jy gaan nie beter kry in Suid Afrika op die oomblik nie. Al wat ek vra van my jong outjies, is vat die situasie een scrum op a slag, doen net die basics, soos maak die rug reguit, en julle sal jul selfs en almal verras. Ons verdediging is goed, en ek glo die honger van die jong outjies, kan dalk net, soos die Lions laas jaar, die Sharks omkant trap. Maar wen of verloor, ek is trots op die spannetjie van my. Met al die nonsens wat met hulle gebeer het die jaar, het die jong spannetjies baie hart gewys.

  • pierre.muller.54540 - 2012-10-25 16:37

    Duanne Vermeulens going to own Keegan Daniel on Saturday!!!!

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