Jordaan fails late fitness test

2012-07-25 14:29

Cape Town - The Sharks have made just one change to their starting line-up ahead of the Vodacom Super Rugby semi-final match against the Stormers on Saturday, with Paul Jordaan failing a late fitness test.

According to Sharks website editor, Michael Marnewick, Patrick Lambie was also in a race against time to recover from a recurring ankle injury, but will not be playing, and with Jordaan’s troublesome hamstring injury keeping him out of the match, Tim Whitehead will play in his position at outside centre, with Meyer Bosman coming in to partner him in the midfield.

Cobus Reinach misses out as Sharks coach John Plumtree has chosen a five-two split on the bench, with Jean Deysel returning to the side to add extra firepower amongst the replacements. The final change sees Riaan Viljoen named in Bosman’s empty place.

The Sharks are expecting nothing different from the Stormers that they have delivered all season, a side that have reached the top of the log through disciplined defensive play and the highly-reliable boot of Peter Grant to convert opportunities when they present themselves. Although they boast a hugely exciting backline, the Stormers have interestingly scored the fewest number of tries in the tournament, but have done the necessary damage to win almost all of their games by sheer dominance.

“They don’t change too much in what they do, but what they do is really efficient,” explains John Plumtree. “They work really hard defensively, their defence has been talked about enough, it’s a wall that’s hard to break down.

Their lineout is really big, they have an unfair advantage with some monsters there, their setpiece is something they rely on, they gain a lot of confidence out of winning a territory game, they don’t mind kicking out because they attack the opposition lineout.

“There are trends about them that are really consistent. They have a real belief in what they do, their leadership is clearly very strong because they get out there and play consistent rugby each week, that’s why they finished top, that’s why they’re in a situation where, if they beat us, they get a home final.

“They also feed off the fact that they have a lot of good players but don’t have as many Boks as some of the other teams. That motivates them as well.”


Stormers: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Deon Fourie, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Frans Malherbe, 17 Deon Carstens, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Don Armand, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Burton Francis, 22 Gerhard van den Heever

Sharks: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Keegan Daniel (captain), 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Steven Sykes, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Jacques Botes, 21 Odwa Ndungane, 22 Riaan Viljoen


  • blou.johnny - 2012-07-25 14:30

    ...Go Sharks..!! ...Go Sharks..!!

      seanb09 - 2012-07-25 14:42


      steyts - 2012-07-25 14:52

      That is one less player to tackle since Meyer Bosman falls by himself... It will be hilarious if he does a Meyer Bosman again this weekend!!!!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 15:01

      it would be funny if he tries to score on the 22 this time! i laughed like when aplon got knock the f out

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 15:27

      u see how the stormers fans points difference are in terms of penalties...6 points, 3 points. i say sharks by 5. thats by a try for all the stormers fans, a try. its like a penalty but it counts for 5 points and you have to dot the ball down behind the try line. oh the try line, do i need to explain what that looks like too? cos u lot havent seen much of it this year

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 15:30

      at least we have new phrases. a meyer bosman - diving for the try line at the 5 metre line a gio aplon - imitating a marionette

      backstabber.adder - 2012-07-26 17:38

      And a Tardis. Verbal diarrhea at brainstem level. Hehehehe...

  • john.maree.90 - 2012-07-25 14:37

    Stormers need to target Meyer Bosman and the gaps will come!

      john.maree.90 - 2012-07-25 14:47

      dit gaan Epic wees as die Stormers wen en al die Bulle en Sharks van vooraf stil maak! Gooooooooooooo Stormers. Daars n moese Storm los in Kaapstad en daars nie water vir n Shark om teswem nie

      Ettiene - 2012-07-25 14:49

      @sakkie still remember 2011 as well when the viskoppe choked on home soil hahahahahaha

      Ettiene - 2012-07-25 14:50

      dit gaan epic wees wanneer die sharks wen en dan die stormers weereens wys hulle is die rugby wereld se chokers

      john.maree.90 - 2012-07-25 15:03

      Wel die All Blacks was ook en wat het hulle laas jaar gedoen?? Antwoord hom sagies in jou kop dan staan jy op en hardloop in die muur vas jou Blou Bull

      Ettiene - 2012-07-25 15:12

      john moet asb nie die all black compare met julle viskoppe nie, die all blacks weet hoe om rugby te speel.

      john.maree.90 - 2012-07-25 15:25

      en eke neem aan jy stem vir die Bulle? Hulle weet ok hoe om tejol, die naweek wat verby is het hulle soos n laerskool span gelyk

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-25 17:21

      Niemand stem vir die Bulle nie, hulle is nie n poletiek party nie

  • MarkSchrade1980 - 2012-07-25 14:38

    Best of Luck My Sharkies!!!!!

      Ettiene - 2012-07-25 14:50

      o hell dis al weer copy en paste. maak die papsak jou moeg tjomma

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-25 14:38

    This is sad, he has a great side step.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 15:59

      and a tasteless moustache. he looks like a paedophile

  • hvanderlinde - 2012-07-25 14:39

    Two great teams, this is going to be an awsome game!!!! GO STORMERS!!

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-26 08:43

      You should try staying awake when your team plays .. great team ! You must have very very very low standards then

  • maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-25 14:43

    No biggie, they play the stormpies.

      tom.tardus - 2012-07-25 14:45

      And you are just a stupid and sorry bulls supporter

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-25 14:46

      Isnt that what the Bulls said about the Stormers and then bang,we all knew what the result was not once but twice this season.

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-25 14:49

      First time that I agree with Tom:):)

      tom.tardus - 2012-07-25 14:52

      There comes a time in a man's life that he grows up and sees the light. I finally saw the Stormers light. Go Stormers!!!!!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 15:03

      it actually quite smart but u will never reach the heights of trolling nor have the tenacity i have to dedicate hours of my life to trolling. you will burn out. this is not an easy road young nipper

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 15:04

      one tip, u use too much punctuation

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-26 08:47

      how original , guess you must have really crawled under his skin tom ..good

  • lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-25 14:47

    Good luck Sharkies,gonna be an epic battle...sincerely hope no serious injuries. Stormers Grte

  • Bobby - 2012-07-25 14:50

    Nice donkey next to your tardus, is it for sale?

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 15:04

      yes R300 per hour up front, payable to me

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 16:00

      why am i getting thumbs up?

  • Eddie.Minora - 2012-07-25 14:55

    hierdie 2 spanne lyk goed, maar die Stormers het vir my die voordeel. Go STORMERS!

      Ettiene - 2012-07-25 15:20

      Ja hulle het want hulle elkeen al 5 papsakke elk weggesit. Hulle moet net onthou om hulle vals voor tande uittehaal

  • danny.cohen.315 - 2012-07-25 15:33

    Ja, nou is daar ook net 'n klomp suurgat leë wynsakke hier, en dit alles a.g.v die bewerasies in die papsnoek geledere, supporters almal IN GESLUIT hahaaaaaaaaaa Kry vir julle Saterdag. Ou Vissie, leer eers wat in die Rugby wêreld aan gaan, soos WIE Paul Jordaan is, voordat jy jou onkunde aan almal versprei, SMUCK.

  • jaco.deswardt.94 - 2012-07-25 15:36

    Sterkte aan altwee die spanne. Dit gaan n great game wees. Nie die maklikste pick op superbru nie. Hoop dis mooi weer en lekker rugga soos die afgelope naweek!!! May the best team win. Cheetah groete..........sjoe maar julle bulle se comments is naaaaaaaaar?

      mvw74 - 2012-07-25 16:08

      Just ignore those who talk trash, its not all of the bulls supporters though some of them have their dignity and good on them! Go Stormers!!!

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-25 17:10

      superbru predictions this week are totally opposite to my picks. i sense the chiefs will pick up tempo and feel the urgency to win. as with stormer shark match that's a question of how can i possibly say sharks o win when i support stormers and shark supporters would feel the same about their team . both matches could be a run away count or to close to tell. the big thing is to look at where the bull fans put their pick? this week shark support has doubled.

  • tim.kilpin - 2012-07-25 15:39

    Looking forward to the match big time Feel the same as I did before the Reds game that the Sharks will take the spoils

  • mvw74 - 2012-07-25 16:00

    Some big names should be epic to watch these 2 world class teams play this weekend!! GO STORMERS!!!

  • viva.lebok - 2012-07-25 22:10

    Go Sharks

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