Sharks to field returning Boks

2011-10-11 17:39

Durban - The Sharks will field several of their returning Springboks in this week's crucial Currie Cup rugby encounter against the Golden Lions in Durban, coach John Plumtree confirmed on Tuesday.

Eight players are available again following South Africa's exit from the World Cup on Sunday, among them captain John Smit.

The defending champions, who must win their final regular season match at Kings Park with a bonus point to secure a home semi-final, have struggled throughout the campaign with their lack of power and experience among the forwards.

"There's a very good chance of seeing some of our Boks back," Plumtree said on Tuesday.

"We trained really well today and we will assess how they get off the plane and how they're feeling mentally and physically.

"All year we've struggled up front, and no disrespect to the guys we've had, but the opposition had bigger men.

"This week, things can change for us in that department, and if not this week, then next weekend."

It means Du Plessis brothers Bismarck and Jannie, Tendai Mtawarira and Willem Alberts could all feature, while Ryan Kankowski, sidelined for more than a month with a thumb injury, may all return.

"We will go into games with more confidence knowing that we can carry some weight across the advantage line and more confident that we won't be out-muscled at the collisions and at set piece times," Plumtree said.

"That will definitely help our strategy if we know we can compete on the gain-line and get across the gain-line with our ball-carriers as well as having big defenders as well."


  • WPBLIKSEM - 2011-10-11 17:43

    This is GREAT news for the Sharks, let's see if the lions can deal with a FULL STRENGHT Sharks team. They've taken chances when the boks were not around. I'm sure WP will also field their 6 springboks in the semi's. Die Lions is in die moeilikheid, nou is dit MANNE teen MANNE, hulle het lekker kanse gevat!!!! Sharks by 30+ Go Sharks Go!!!!! WP support en sterkte!!!

  • sharkbait - 2011-10-11 17:51

    Woohoo... go Sharks!!! It's Lion hunting time... Wait... can someone check Bryce (Bin Laden) Lawrence isn't reffing?

      InternetMan - 2011-10-11 17:53

      NINE ELEVEN!!?!!@!one!

  • Baylion - 2011-10-11 18:09

    Points to ponder: With 9 internationals (8 Boks and a Frenchman) you couldn't beat the Lions, what if you can't do it with 15? And with the Lions resting 7 players what will your excuses be if the Sharks lose? That the returning Boks were jetlagged and tired?

      SoulF - 2011-10-11 20:44

      Well let's wait and see shall we? Bismark, Jannie and Beast (Bok Front Row) plus JPP, Lambie and Alberts. Some of the best performing Boks vs the Super 15 Lions. There will be no excuses from me if the Sharks lose, if they do then oh well that's rugby and we might see you in the semi.

  • Bennie - 2011-10-11 18:34

    Die Leeus is nou 'n baie beter en hegte eenheid as voor die S15. Die Leeus gaan al hierdie huursoldate van die WP en Sharks 'n les of twee leer en sodoende nog 'n GROOT teleurstelling vir al hulle ondersteuners veroorsaak. Bring al julle manne, die Leeu wag vir julle!!

      Johan du Toi - 2011-10-12 09:04

      Sorry ou grote, hulle is nie huursoldate nie

  • Shadowfax - 2011-10-11 18:37

    The Lions best friend is the pressure the Sharks are under to get a bonus point out of the game. Not getting 5 will have the same effect as a loss so far as the Sharks are concerned. You can expect the Sharks to play high risk rugby, take lineouts as opposed to going for posts etc. If Mitchell exploits that by keeping the game tight and low scoring then he might frustrate the Sharks into making some errors they might not normally make.

  • Barry Edwards - 2011-10-11 18:44

    Yes lets follow the Currie Cup. All the boys are back. It is going be worth watching. AND 100 times better reffing. Unlike the RWC.

  • Jerry - 2011-10-11 18:48

    Sharks are pissies and I'm waiting for the rest to follow. I dare Allister NOT to feed the Boks. Have faith in the youngsters. Why use you jnr players the whole season and chuck them when the boks are back?

      Sbuda - 2011-10-11 19:08

      No wonder WP hasn't won anything in the last ten years!!!! All is far in love and war. Plum, do what you gotta do to win, it's the trophies that count!

      Storm Bru - 2011-10-11 19:10

      Because winning is first and foremost. The young guys did their bit and will improve even more next year. But its the business end of the CC and they are still WP players with loads of experience. The Lions have their best team and the best coaches so they need to stand up to the other teams and prove they are worthy of the CC and not rely on weakened opponents. They had a full Super 15 team up against the U21 WP side at home, which is nothing to be proud of.

      Jacques Ackermann - 2011-10-11 22:24

      how many cups have you guy won in the past few years hmmmm....yeah i remember old chester still played then. love these WP fanboys always so full of it. no cups no brag rights

  • Leeuwelpies - 2011-10-11 19:05

    My ou leeuwelpies staan vir niks terug nie... Dink dit sal beter wees as die Haaie dalk 'n paar van WP se bokke ook leen vir die stryd, want hulle gaan dit verseker nodig he... Dit gaan 'n bloedbad wees.

  • Oukoos - 2011-10-11 20:42

    GO PUMAS GO!! Stamp daai totaal breinlose gemors van die Kaap

      Punter - 2011-10-12 07:45


  • Nomolas - 2011-10-11 21:21

    Sharks must field their best team and teach this arrogant losers a rugby lesson!!!

  • Baylion - 2011-10-11 22:45

    The Sharks have been stumbling along from one inept performance to the next this season. But to give them credit they inexplicably won most of these matches. Now, with with the suddenly returning Boks, you people expect everything to magically gel? Maybe it happens but I won't hold my breath.

  • Claude - 2011-10-12 06:35

    The moment of truth for the Lions - I think they will be crushed.

      Baylion - 2011-10-12 09:14

      I agree this weekend is A moment of truth for the Lions - can they beat the Sharks in Durbs while resting 7 players? I think they can. ANOTHER moment of truth will be next week: can they step up from the league phase to the knock out phase? I think they will.

  • terry - 2011-10-12 07:50

    The Lions are going to top the log no matter what happens this weekend - so they have nothing to prove. I expect them to rest a few of their key players for the semi's - so with a few of the bigger players back for the Sharks (especially in the forwards) I expect the Sharks to win this one, but the question is 'By how much'? The Sharks will be playing the Cheetah's in the semi's - that's already confirmed. The only question is if they play in Durban or Bloem - and that is what this weekends game is all about. The Sharks are going to need their returning Springboks if they want to get a bonus point out of this game - and they will need that if they want to keep the semi-final in Durban.

  • Anneleen - 2011-10-12 08:04

    What exciting times...go Sharks! Cannot wait for the rest of the Currie Cup 2011 action! Sharks-4-Ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • rockurassoff - 2011-10-12 08:07

    In general I'm not a supporter of any specific team, but instead I support players.... But hell, I'm considering supporting the Sharks now days cause of the Du Plessis brothers (Bismarck is feaken hot) and Lambie! They play with so much passion!

  • Durbanpoison - 2011-10-12 16:08

    tough one but hoping the sharks will win.... remember what happened when we played against the Lions in the Super 15...

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