No Alberts, Lambie for Sharks

2012-07-04 17:26

Durban - Springbok pair Willem Alberts and Patrick Lambie both failed late fitness tests on Wednesday and were left out of the Sharks team to play the Bulls in a crucial Super Rugby encounter in Durban on Friday.

GALLERY: Sharks gear up for the Bulls

However, there was a debut start for another Bok Frans Steyn after he was named in midfield.

Loose forward Alberts and utility back Lambie suffered injuries while on duty with South Africa against England last month - the former with a problem to his knee and the latter a twisted ankle.

It means that John Plumtree’s side sports five changes to the one that did duty in their last encounter before the June international break when they went down to the Lions in Johannesburg.

Louis Ludik takes over from Lambie at fullback, while Steyn, who moved back to the Sharks after spending two-and-a-half years at French club Racing Metro, partners Tim Whitehead in midfield.

JP Pietersen shifts to his more familiar wing position, with Odwa Ndungane and Meyer Bosman dropping to the bench.

Among the forwards, Ryan Kankowski fills in for Alberts and Pieter-Steph du Toit takes the place of Steven Sykes, another player who failed a late fitness test on Wednesday, alongside junior Springbok centre Paul Jordaan.

The hosts have to win the game at Kings Park if they are to maintain interest in the competition.

They currently lie eighth on the overall log on 49 points, five behind the fourth-placed Bulls (54)

"It’s another crucial game for both sides," said Plumtree.

"Both need the win, so it’s finals rugby all over again for us. Victory is key."



15 Louis Ludik, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Francois Steyn, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frederic Michalak,9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Keegan Daniel (captain), 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Anton Bresler, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Jandre Marais, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Meyer Bosman, 22 Odwa Ndungane


15  Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Dewald Potgieter, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouche, 22 Francois Venter


  • jason.children - 2012-07-04 17:28

    Its going to be a tough game! Stormers 4 Life!

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-04 17:48

      The Stompies must be worried now... Daai Blou trein kom al hoe nader...

      Taurus.Blue1 - 2012-07-04 18:14

      Charlie, when you refer to 'blou trein', the Stompies might think you refer to 'spirits/bread' scenario - don't excite them

      maarten.slabbert.7 - 2012-07-04 19:56

      Well, seeing as nobody wants to talk rugby to you, Jason. I will start. I agree, going to be a tough game, but at least with Daniels there the Bulls scrum has a chance. My Bulls still don't have any penetration in midfield, so I have to hope that Hougie doesn't try kick and instead puts in some good little runs from the base. Looking forward to a great contest between Marcell Coetzee and the two Potties, and a huge clash between Chillie and Bismark (Chillie has a point to proove). Jeandre is still giving lessons in the line out to all comers, and Basson is a monster under the high ball. The one player I am not worried about is Morne. Lots of people writing him off way to early.

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-07-04 21:20

      @maarten That is a very good analysis. The Bulls should be on top in the scrims. Bismarck had a few missed throws in the Internationals, he'll have to find his jumpers if the Sharks are to get thir back line moving forward. It would be ironic if Morne were to kick the Bulls to victory, after all the negative comments about him. He was good last week, and if his head is coming right then the Bulls have a shot at winning the away leg of the playoffs. Here's hopingfair 3 SA wins this weekend, this will mean my Lions get another 4 points!!!

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-07-04 21:21

      Some predictive text fixes there ...

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-05 06:43

      Maarten - good comment. I agree it will be a tough game. I think the Bulls won't change their kick and chase tactics, and unfortunately for them I think it will backfire on them. I would like the Sharks to win as it could then result in 3 SA teams in the play-offs... I think the Sharks forwards will be good enough to keep the Bulls forwards under control, and ith Francois Steyn in their backline the Sharks should edge it at home. Basson is great under the high ball, but the kick and chase game is fraught with danger against the better sides. Hougaard is not a natural kicker, and his service to Morne seems laboured, which puts Morne under pressure. All in all i think it's too close to call, but my gut feel is the Sharks will edge it - just because they have more to lose, and they are at home.

      jason.children - 2012-07-05 09:20

      Morning chaps, damn meetings keeping me away from discussing important things like rugga! Im pretty much a neutral for Friday but will be watching Steyn and Whitehead closely! Its going to be a great game! Go Rugby Go!

  • tom.tardis - 2012-07-04 17:31

    but were they born in durban?

      terry.burne - 2012-07-04 17:40

      what's your point?

      shaun.swindon.3 - 2012-07-04 17:42

      So tard what you are saying is that if you are born in Cape Town and you are educated to be an accountant at the University of the Cape. Does that mean you cannot apply for a job in Johannesburg where the pay is almost 3 times more than Cape Town? Understand my point or should I try to draw and then fax you pictures?

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-04 17:42

      its disgraceful the way the sharks buy all their players like thieves - no homegrown talent. disgarceful. disgrace. no player development program esp for players of colours!!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-04 17:48

      just asking, wow what a resopnse. disgraceful sharks disgrace

      malcolm.molver - 2012-07-04 17:54

      Tom, what an uneducated and ignorant little person you are. Rugby is a professional sport, thus teams will buy players from elsewhere. The Sharks have some homegrown players while many others were born outside KZN but came through the WORLD RENOWNED Sharks Academy!

      terry.burne - 2012-07-04 18:00

      there isn't a province/franchise/team in the professional era that does not 'buy' players. Were all the Stormers' players born in Cape Town, or all the Bulls players born in Pretoria (or is that Tshwane?). Are all the Liverpool players born in Liverpool, or Manchester United players born in Manchester? So I ask again - what's your point?

      cavin.snyman - 2012-07-04 18:03

      Only thing that is disgraceful is your writingTurdis :)) BTW. The Bulls also buy players, you should not forget it just recently happened with your WP aquisition. Everybody buys, soos die Bybel se, haal eers die balk uit jou eie oog voor jy die splinter uit n ander sin wil haal.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-04 18:07

      the bybel says the bulls will win more super championships

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-04 18:09

      where were u born? who do u support? thieves disgraceful

      anton.bischoff - 2012-07-04 20:05

      Guys Tom is pulling your legs. He does that because a certain groupie down south comes up with this argument all the time

      Denése - 2012-07-05 16:17

      Tom you are so ignorant!!!!! The Bulls and the Stormers also buy and poach players!!! Open your eyes if you have any. Bulls have just purchased Pollard from the U/20 World Cup. He's born and bred in Capetown and the Stormers desperately wanted to keep him. That's just the latest example. It goes on and on! So keep your jealousy (of the Sharks) to yourself!

      Tom - 2012-07-05 23:57

      But I mean where was alberts born? He is not even a player of colour. Disgrace thieves, sharks are mercenaries. Alberts should be. Bull from PTA. I'm Ron burgundy?

  • jason.children - 2012-07-04 17:57

    Tom is just another Troll like all the rest without any meaningful input!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-04 18:05

      didnt a stormer fan say the bulls are disgraceful for buying players? no home grown talent? called them thieves. but i guess he is a stormer fan so its cool then

      jason.children - 2012-07-04 18:34

      Actually Raven I didnt cry at all, i wished the young lad best for his future! We are not all idiots on this site. Some of us actually enjoy rugby!! As for Tom, if a Stormer fan jumped off a building would you follow???? Instead of slagging off anything that a supporter from another province says why dont you try engaging in a discussion. Im sure Pollards family listened to the offer made by WP and then looked at the Bulls offer and made a choice based on their sons future. This forum is getting worse and worse by the day with the BS bulls stormers bashing from both sides! Guys that used to come on here to discuss rugby dont bother commenting anymore because of the Trolls that have nothing better to do but ruin a potentially enjoyable forum.

  • cavin.snyman - 2012-07-04 18:04


      malcolm.molver - 2012-07-04 18:32

      Black and White. Nothing else matters. SHARKS FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      jason.children - 2012-07-04 18:39

      I think the Sharks scrum might cause some problems for the Bulls, but the Bulls looseys and Back three could cause problems for the sharks! Interested to see how Steyn and Whitehead go at i said above its going to be a tough i am looking forward to watching. Stormers for Life!

      maarten.slabbert.7 - 2012-07-04 22:38

      I am not so certain that the Sharks scrum is going to dominate. Not with Daniels there. He almost never has his head in the scrum, and the Bulls locks are both exelent in the scrum. Well, so I hope in anycase

      jason.children - 2012-07-05 10:15

      @Maarten I was very impressed with the 2+3 brothers and Beast during the international break! If they get a hit on ???? might cause problems. And MS and Hougie battle behind a pack with no go forward!! Like i say its going to be a tough game!

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-07-05 14:16

      @jason, I was also surprised by the Sharks front row against England. You think it may have had anything to do with stronger locks and loosies that scrummed? KD is like a meercat at scrum time! What may cost the Sharks is getting through the rustiness we saw so much of last week.

      maarten.slabbert.7 - 2012-07-05 20:18

      Look, no doubt that the Sharks are on top with the front 3. But a scrum is an 8 man affair. And at this stage I have to giventhe edge to,the Bulls at no's 4-8. As far as the scrum goes at least. Any way you look at it, there are 6 out of the best 10 front rows in our rugby on that pitch this weekend.

  • RetiefC - 2012-07-04 18:59

    Die BULLE gaan die Saarks gaffel! Go Bulls!

  • OOSTHUIZEN.GAZZA - 2012-07-04 19:05


      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-04 20:18

      Ryno it's called Caps Lock... Learn how to use it... Or even Shift could help you as well... Anything can happen Friday be it a win or a loose i will stay Loyal...

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-04 22:06


      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-05 03:01 surname just take away the W and put that S in the beginning at the end... It Suits you perfectly...

  • anton.bischoff - 2012-07-04 20:21

    Something is bothering me for a while now. The time now is 20:13 and there are 31 comments placed her with more than half of it from Stormers fans. The article about the Stormers tight five was posted 17:09 and only 16 comments was posted of which only 4 comments was pl;aced by Bull supporters. Strange! Seems the stormers cant get away from the fact that they fear the Bulls. This fact you can relate to all the Articles about the Bulls team.

      anton.bischoff - 2012-07-04 20:40

      My pleasure dassie. Nice seeing you guys reading the Bulls articles.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-04 20:56

      it's called "Study the Master"... Where a wannabe try to learn as much from the Master. In this case the Bulls will be the Master...

      anton.bischoff - 2012-07-04 21:08

      As long as you enjoy.

  • jack.oosthuysen - 2012-07-05 03:28

    As the Durban July follows the game on Saturday, I pondered to place a wager on the big race taking the scoreline as a decider. Then I found out there is no number 22.

  • bulla.loftus - 2012-07-05 10:35

    These two player are a huge loss for the sharks. Two critical players. Nice to see a young prospect at Lock for them. Bulls by 5

  • marc.grondein - 2012-07-05 11:57

    Sharks all the way, home ground advantage.

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