Alberts out of Newlands clash

2012-03-01 11:32

Cape Town - Sharks coach John Plumtree, in naming his starting line-up against the Stormers, has expressed the desire that not only will Saturday's derby match require commitment, but also the need to play clever rugby.

According to Sharks website editor Michael Marnewick, there have been a few enforced as well as rotational changes, the pack taking on a slightly different look.

"Upfront, we want to give Wiehahn Herbst an opportunity, he's had a really good pre-season and it's a good time for him," explains Plumtree. "It's the same with Ross Skeate who comes in to the second row. We've had to make a change amongst the loose-forwards obviously with Ryan Kankowski out and with Jacques Botes playing really well against the Bulls last week, he gets a chance.

"It's disappointing for us that Willem Alberts hasn't made it this week, but Tera (Lubabalo) Mtembu has done pretty well in the pre-season, so it's an opportunity for him as well."

Amongst the backline, there is just one enforced change at centre. "Fred Michalak gets another chance this weekend and hopefully it will go better for Pat Lambie. Unfortunately, Tim Whitehead is out with a groin injury so Meyer Bosman comes in with Marius Joubert named on the bench."

With just one week's Vodacom Super Rugby action behind us, there is still time to provide a test of the team's depth, The Sharks coach explains. "It's still early days, just the second round and a good opportunity for the other guys."

As with all South African derby games, another physical onslaught can be expected when the teams run at each other.

"You have to bring physicality into the game, that's a big part of it," he adds. "But also being smart, making sure that we play in the right areas and in front of the gain line. Basic principles of rugby apply when you play against the big teams."


15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nick Koster, 7 Duane Vermeulen, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff.

Substitutes: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Nizaam Carr, 20 Louis Schrueder, 21 Peter Grant, 22 Gerhard van den Heever

15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Louis Ludik, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Frederic Michalak, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Ross Skeate, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Dale Chadwick

Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Jannie du Plessis, 18 Anton Bresler, 19 Lubabalo Mtembu, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Marius Joubert, 22 Paul Jordaan


  • Johan - 2012-03-01 11:38

    Maak nie saak wat julle doen nie, strap net die spul stormers

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-01 12:04

      Sharks met 35. Go Sharks!!!

      Melt - 2012-03-01 12:10

      @Johan, Dit is darem nou n goor ou opmerkingkie. Praat rugby maat. Wat van dit gaan n goeie game wees, alhowel die Sharks erg verswak is hoop ek hulle wen steeds die Stormers. Sou jy die paar woorde gese het kon ek dalk vir jou n duimpie gegee het, net omdat jy rugby gesels. Hoekom wil jy elkgeval die Sharks moet wen? Julle Bulle bang die Stormers eindig weer onder die top 2 en die Bulle 7 de of laer?

      Lionel - 2012-03-01 12:13

      Where is Rene now, those comments by Johan,are they constructive?????

      Saffa - 2012-03-01 12:30

      @Lionel...Rene is ONLY ever 'bewildered and distressed' by comments that are anti-Bull......the rest she cares very little about. A true Bulls cheerleader is Rene - if she were say 30 years younger, she would be on the side of the field high kicking. Sharks, Bulls, Lions fans - I say again, have NO fear. The Stormers know they have no hope against the team touted by all and sundry to take the SA conference, the mighty Sharks. I saw Sir Duane at the bank this morning, and it seems the players realise that the Stormers and Cheetahs are only in the S15 to make up the numbers and that there is no way in hell either team will be able overcome the mighty Bulls, Lions and Sharks. I seriously don't even think my Stormers should take to the field on Saturday......No fear chaps, we know our place, players and fans alike....Sharks and Bulls outright favourites to win the conference, Lions 3rd. PS Bulls fans: I suggest you chaps make sure your captain ACTUALLY makes it onto the field this time round. Not sure how you will explain his absence 2 weeks in a row......

      Saffa - 2012-03-01 12:37

      Freedom of speech......freedom of tantrums...freedom full stop. The beauty of an open forum @Blueraven.

      S - 2012-03-01 12:38

      Johan, hoe dan nou? Hoekom wil jy die Stormers uit die prentjie haal? Ek dog julle Bullerinas sĂȘ die Conference Cup beteken niks?

      Saffa - 2012-03-01 12:39

      PSSSSS: Scroll on bye if you don't like what I say - simple really. Good luck against the Cheetahs and have a pleasant weekend, I am off up the coast.

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-01 12:49

      At last, Saffa has seen the light. Enjoy the trip. I believe the weather is good?

      Lionel - 2012-03-01 13:09

      Enjoy Saffa,travel safe!!!

      Rene - 2012-03-01 14:17

      @Saffa, why on earth would I be 'bewildered and distressed'? I am not the one waiting for my team to achieve something, I am not the one falling flat on my face year after year! Even if my team lose the next year or so, they will still be MILES better than your 'hierie is onse jaar' team! So 'bewildered & distressed' rather befits your profile

  • Nico - 2012-03-01 11:48

    difficult to call, but I think the stormers forwards will win the day. depends how long gary and michelak stays on the field for the perspective teams. stormers loose-trio is better than the sharks.

  • Gareth - 2012-03-01 11:50

    Start McLeod!!! Freddy is way to slow out the blocks and the line needs quick ball!! Look at the impact it had against the bulls! I fear the sharks are just not playing at top potential! They are missing their big guns!!

  • Jack - 2012-03-01 11:52

    What's up with all the players that were drafted out of province getting injured? First Sadie, now Whitehead...who's next??? JJ???

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  • Nic - 2012-03-01 12:50

    It does not matter how many talented youngsters the Stormers have, they are still a team without direction. That's probably why they leave.

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-01 12:55

      Fact. The youngsters see the light. Just a pity the supporters cling on so desperately.

      Bootman - 2012-03-01 13:12

      The only thing these youngsters see when they leave, is their ass.

      Nic - 2012-03-01 13:16

      @Bulldozer we have to be a bit more considerate and understanding, it is obviously taking them a bit longer to adapt to professional sport and the modern era. PS you know that Victor Matfield owns shares in the Boland RU? With the WPRU being run by amateurs and the smaller unions around them I can see Vic dictating to the WP very soon.

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-01 13:59

      I apologise, Nic. It was a little nasty of me. If Victor eventually take over WPRU, they will not become world beaters, but they will seize to be the laughing stock of world rugby.

  • Saffa - 2012-03-01 17:28

    Oh well, now the Sharks will only win by 20

  • Reinhardt Leach - 2012-03-01 23:50

    Oh come on Sharks supporters, can you just face reality! The Sharks is not up to standard and there is not half a chance of them winning this one!!! Stormers by atleast 21points and the Stormers will get a bonus point!

      Saffa - 2012-03-02 00:19

      @Reinhardt The Sharks are playing the blind! The 10 year cupless team. Say "Hi" to Angelique for me please

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