Sharks' Michalak suspended

2012-02-15 15:09

Durban - Sharks coach John Plumtree has made a couple of late changes to the side to play the Southern Kings at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Friday evening.

According to Sharks website editor Michael Marnewick, Charl McLeod replaces Frederic Michalak at scrumhalf which means that Cobus Reinach is elevated into the match 24 where he will play off the bench.

Michalak has been found guilty for a late and dangerous tackle on Elton Jantjies in the Currie Cup final last year.

Due to the fact that Michalak left for France immediately after the final, his hearing was delayed until the start of this season. The Judicial Officer was Dekker Govender and the Citing Commissioner Freek Burger.

The hearing took place on Tuesday evening with the suspension valid for one week which makes him available to play as of 22 February.

This means he will be eligible to play against the Bulls in next week’s opening game but misses Friday night’s match.

Flanker Jacques Botes was also pulled out as a precautionary measure.

Botes has an infection on his leg and it was felt that a more prudent decision on his inclusion would be to rest him this week so he would be ready for next week’s Super Rugby opener.

“With the injury to Jacques Botes, it gives me an opportunity to play Marcell Coetzee at six where I think he could have potential,” said Plumtree.

The decision to rest campaign captain Keegan Daniel was about giving other players a chance with Daniel having already got game time under the belt in the pre-season hit-out matches.

“Keegan has played two full games, so I’m happy to give him about half a game and it gives Bismarck du Plessis an opportunity to captain the team which is good.”

Marcell Coetzee will now play at six with Lubabalo ‘Tera’ Mtembu brought in at seven.


Kings: TBA

Sharks: 15. Riaan Viljoen 14. Odwa Ndungane 13. JP Pietersen 12. Tim Whitehead 11. Lwazi Mvovo 10. Patrick Lambie 9. Charl McLeod 8. Ryan Kankowski 7. Lubabalo Mtembu 6. Marcell Coetzee 5. Anton Bresler 4. Steven Sykes 3. Jannie du Plessis 2. Bismarck du Plessis (captain) 1. Dale Chadwick

Subsitutes: 16. Craig Burden 17. Julian Redelinghuys 18. Wiehahn Herbst 19. Pieter-Steph du Toit 20. Ross Skeate 21. Keegan Daniel 22. Cobus Reinach 23. Meyer Bosman 24. Paul Jordaan.


  • Chris - 2012-02-15 15:20

    Sacre bleu!!

  • Ruben - 2012-02-15 15:21

    how is that for a late call?

  • Bulldozer - 2012-02-15 15:35

    Trust Dekker (Shark) Govender to let a Sharks player get away with foul play.

      Lionel - 2012-02-15 15:40

      Dozey,6 weeks would have been appropiate for that charge(I can't even remember that even happening)

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-15 15:58

      I would have suspended him for life and gooid him in jail.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-15 16:38

      'Bulldoos'. Good one. Must have taken a while to come up with it.

      Hugh - 2012-02-16 09:44

      Dozie, Jail? lol, Bakkies would never had a game if that was the results for foul play.

  • Jaco - 2012-02-15 15:39

    Hoop nie Doc Craven het nog iewers n "ongestrafde" hoogvat teen hom nie!!!

  • PieterJ100 - 2012-02-15 15:42

    PLEASE F-UP THE KINGS AS FAR AS POSSIBLE!!! GO FOR A 90 - 0 SCORE and show the world the Kings do not belong in Super Rugby!!

      Bruce - 2012-02-15 16:17

      Pieter although I am not a Shark supporter I agree. These clowns need to prove themselves in Currie Cup first, they can't even make the cut at First division?!

      Jack - 2012-02-15 16:51

      I agree with you, but there's nothing we can do - it's a court order and can't be overturned...

      Kosie - 2012-02-16 08:24

      well it was close enough to a 90 score

  • Andrew - 2012-02-15 15:47

    Suspensions are a joke if they include friendlies.

      henniedotvanstaden - 2012-02-15 17:07

      Agree and it is only the Sardines that are favoured in this way.

  • Bruce - 2012-02-15 16:15

    Suspend him all the way back to France, we have enough talent in SA why the Tuna Fish and W.eer P.robeer always insist on importing is beyond me.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-15 16:39

      He's actually the only player in the Sharks team worth mentioning.

      aidan.hillebrand - 2012-02-15 21:14

      @ bulldozer. Hope you don't eat your words this season.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-15 21:28

      Aidan, too many people on this forum take whatever I say to heart. You look like someone with a sense of humour.

      Marcelo - 2012-02-15 21:54

      @ Bruce, French players are far more talented than South African players!. It's actually beyond me that France let him play in South Africa as South African players are just Neanderthals who rely on just brutal force and nothing else. South African players should be kicked out of France.!!

      Paul - 2012-02-16 07:42

      Yeah, Dozer, if you want to crack a joke don't do it with a sharks supporter. Dunno if it's the heat or the humidity in Natal or maybe the price of beer, but sense of humour is a rare commodity. I would have sentenced Freddie to the guillotine.

      Peter - 2012-02-16 10:33

      @Bulltoydozer We need a few good cartoons like the Currie Cup ones before last years final, remember the Lion 'impaling' the Shark, and Josh S tackling the Shark etc I want to see one showing Sharks teeth biting one of those swinging Bulls ballas. With love - SHARK SUPPORTER, check you at Loftus.

  • Chuck - 2012-02-15 16:16

    Poor Elton. To call any tackle from a Frenchie dangerous is just darn insulting. Shame on you citing commissioner people.

  • Taetjo - 2012-02-15 17:53

    Watch out for that Marcell Coetzee guy! He is dangerous.

  • Christopher - 2012-02-15 17:57

    So instead of beating the Southern Kings by 40 points it will be by 30 points...Go Sharks Go!!!!

  • coolshoesouthafrica - 2012-02-15 17:59


      Kosie - 2012-02-16 08:30

      88-0 against the lions all i will say.

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