Sharks drop Steyn, Du Plessis

2013-04-18 10:37

Durban - The loss of JP Pietersen to an ankle injury sustained in last weekend’s Super Rugby defeat against the Stormers has been offset by the return to action of Jean Deysel for the clash against the Cheetahs.

According to Sharks website editor Michael Marnewick, the Sharks, badly affected by a slew of injuries at the moment, welcome the big ball-carrying Deysel back into the starting line-up in one of two changes to the pack.

Wiehahn Herbst gets a start at prop with Jannie du Plessis getting a welcome opportunity to lighten his workload following his serious contribution in the front row. He will play off the bench.

Having Deysel back means plenty of experience and firepower, vitally important in light of not having Pietersen available.

“JP is probably one of our best players and to lose him at this stage is a massive loss,” said a disappointed Sharks coach John Plumtree.

“Injuries are really doing their best to try and derail our bid to win the trophy so it’s become difficult and stressful for everyone here, the coaches, players and medical team.

“We’ve just got to dig in and get on with it and we’ve brought in some players, Piet Lindeque and Andries Coetzee from the Lions. But it hasn’t been easy getting a team together for this weekend and also getting a squad ready to tour.”

Ryan Kankowski is the man who makes way for Deysel and Plumtree has instituted a number of backline changes.

Sean Robinson will shift to Pietersen’s position on the left wing with Odwa Ndungane named on the right. Francois Steyn makes way for Riaan Viljoen at fullback, and Andries Coetzee, on loan from the Lions, could make his Sharks debut off the bench. Tera Mtembu gets an opportunity amongst the replacements as well.



15. Riaan Viljoen, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Meyer Bosman, 11. Sean Robinson, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Keegan Daniel (captain), 7. Jean Deysel, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Franco van der Merwe, 4. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 3. Wiehahn Herbst, 2. Kyle Cooper, 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16. Craig Burden, 17. Jannie du Plessis, 18. Anton Bresler, 19. Lubabalo Mtembu, 20. Charl McLeod, 21. Francois Steyn, 22. Andries Coetzee


15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 Johan Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Burton Francis, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Phillip van der Walt, 7 Lappies Labuschagne, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Coenie Oosthuisen

Substitutes: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Landman Ligtoring, 19 Frans Viljoen, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Francois Brummer, 22 Ryno Benjamin


  • Malcolm86 - 2013-04-18 10:46

    Good to see Plum taking a stand against players not pulling their weight. Sure the Sharks are injury-ravaged, but this is no excuse for the lacklustre performances. Will be an interesting game on Saturday with rain forecast. Should suit the Sharks pack.

      René Muller - 2013-04-18 11:00

      Shame Malcolm, Jannie has been playing non-stop for ever! He just needs some 'time-off' but Steyn'tjie needs to do some 'soul searching' though. He is a far better player than what we've seen of him lately. Tough call to make, but I'll go with the Sharks - but not by much Good luck to both teams!

      Jimmy Moustache - 2013-04-18 11:02

      not pulling their weight? is it just me who can see the pun in that?

      Malcolm86 - 2013-04-18 11:05

      Rene, I agree about Jannie. He appears to be in need of a rest. Herbst is a very capable replacement so I cannot understand why they have not been rotated thus far. Also a tough call to make, but I'm going with my heart and home ground advantage, so Sharks by not much. Good luck to your Bulls!

      Louis Bensch - 2013-04-18 11:32

      Malcolm, that is why I will support the idea of Plumtree or Mitchell to be the next Bok coach, cos they will pick players on merit, always.

      Izzi Max - 2013-04-18 11:57

      Every sharks and every bok game? The man is a machine, a better deserved rest, there is not. It did wonders for Morne

      Alan Smith - 2013-04-18 14:54

      Steyn should move to prop - he looks like he's tipping the scales at 135kg+ at the moment

      Swart Vart - 2013-04-19 11:39

      Cheetahs by 12

      Pierre Rear Spear - 2013-04-19 14:48

      Agreed, Rene.

      Gerrie Botha - 2013-04-19 17:50

      Jake's litlle altar boy got a bit fat..

  • calliedj - 2013-04-18 10:47

    Bresler should start in Franco's place as well.

      Jimmy Moustache - 2013-04-18 12:08

      Malcolm, he first went to the Valke.

      calliedj - 2013-04-18 13:41


  • Pieter Klaasen - 2013-04-18 10:48

    So it is the Lions playing the cheetahs on Sat. Wonder who in that team learned there trade in KZN.

      Malcolm86 - 2013-04-18 11:08

      Viljoen (Academy), Jordaan (Academy), Robinson (Academy), Lambie (Durban born), Reinach (Academy), Daniel (Academy), Coetzee (KZN born), Du Toit (Academy), Herbst (Academy), Cooper (Academy), Beast (Academy), Burden (Durban born), Bresler (Academy), Mtembu (Academy), Steyn (Academy). Now who's the Lions? Research before you post such idiotic comments.

      goyougoodthing - 2013-04-18 11:29

      Well done Malcolm.

      Jan Hendrik - 2013-04-18 11:34

      I'm not going to bother looking everyone up, but Fransie comes from Grey... so Freestate. The Academy seems like good recruiters though.

      York Cronje - 2013-04-18 11:52

      Malcolm before you get so quick on your nerve,Viljoen not acedemy,Griekwas end Cheetahs,Jordaan Cheetahs u/21Bosman Cheetahs/Reinach Cheetahs u/20 Jannie du Plessis/Cheetahs.Players have the right to go elsewere,dont get upset.The Cheetahs also have about half of their players from elsewhere,and so does everybody else.Half of Japan is SA.

      ProvinceFanatic Chester Tobias - 2013-04-18 11:56

      Riaan Viljoen, 26 caps for the Cheetahs Paul Jordaan Grey College, Bloemfontein Meyer Bosman, 56 caps for the Cheetahs Cobus Reinach, Grey College, Bloemfontein Keegan Daniel East London, School Dale College Jean Deysel, 11 caps Lions Franco van der Merwe,91 caps Lions Pieter-Steph du Toit,Westen Cape Swartland Wiehahn Herbst NW Klerksdorp High School Kyle Cooper, Johannesburg, South Africa School Glenwood High Jannie du Plessis, 43 caps Cheetahs Lubabalo Mtembu, East London, School Dale College Charl McLeod, 6 caps Lions Francois Steyn, Grey College, Bloemfontein Andries Coetzee 11 caps Lions Bismarck du Plessis Grey College, Bloemfontein

      René Muller - 2013-04-18 11:58

      Wow, I thought we're past this! Surely guys can play where they damn well want to! Just because you are born in one place, went to school etc etc, means you are stuck there forever! Besides, quite a few of these youngster support other provinces! There are Affies boys supporting WP (crazy I know) then there's Grey Bloem kids loving the Bulls (I know right - good kids those) and so forth. Give it a rest! Home grown or not, who cares?

      Malcolm86 - 2013-04-18 12:01

      Riaan Viljoen started his career at the Sharks, went to Griquas/Cheetahs, and is now back in Durban where it all started for him

      Charlie Hillel James - 2013-04-18 12:26

      Sharks always look to Bloem for palyers so it will be more like Cheetahs vs CheetahsA+Sharks

      ProvinceFanatic Chester Tobias - 2013-04-18 12:32

      @Malcome, Dont be ignotent !Riaan Viljoen went to Klerksdorp High School, South Africa. The Sharks and Bulls always stealing other unions players.

      ProvinceFanatic Chester Tobias - 2013-04-18 12:34

      The Sharks don't need to book a hotel, they can stay with their parents.

      Ian Calder - 2013-04-18 13:32

      Good thing my boss doesn't fire me because I wasn't born in Cape Town. Its a professional sport, let the players play where they want to and where it makes sense to them. Have pride that they grew up where they grew up, but not at the expense of thinking that the player should stay where they were born for their entire career - thats just selfish as a supporter of the SPORT.

      calliedj - 2013-04-18 13:43

      Pieter, do you work in the province that you were schooled in? If you do, and you want to leave, do you think you should be allowed?

      Pieter Klaasen - 2013-04-18 14:28

      Malcolm, before you get your balls in a knot. I said i wonder? Any player can go to any province, it does not bother me. Thanks for telling me that all the Sharks players were Academy players. So your response is idiotic. Franco, Ludick and the 2 called up, Lindeque, Coetzee from Lions. Callie i am a Bulls supporter since 1961, stayed in East London and now in Cape Town. Never stayed in Pretoria so what is the schooling got to do with my question. STOP. Before all of you jump on the bandwagon. I wonder who of the Bulls learned there trade in Pretoria and around?

      Trav Griffie - 2013-04-18 14:29

      Not massively interested in the issue, but ProvinceFanatic, Glenwood is a Durban High School. Just saying.

      Izzi Max - 2013-04-18 18:07

      Who gives a toss? Evidently, quite a few people do it seems lol. I originally supported the Bulls, but given that my favourites are now gone ( Bakkies, Matfield, Russouw ), right now I just support those who are actually worthy of Springbok prowess, in which case you just keep your eye on the few you deem worthy to play for the country. JP is a shark, he score 3 tries for the Boks, I dont see any Stormers or Bulls fans yelling, the damn shark boy scored. No one should give a damn where you play, as long as you do a fine job when you're in a Bok Jersey.

      Johan Lensley - 2013-04-18 21:56

      I don't mind at all, i quite enjoy the Lions players being on loan to other teams. Thank you Sharks, for giving our guys a opportunity to sharpen their fangs for the play-offs. Can only benefit bothj teams, hope our guys do their best in your colors.

      Adriaan Willemse - 2013-04-19 08:43

      Guys you are missing the point here. True, everyone can play rugby where ever they want, but how much money and time is invested into the youth rugby, especially at school level and then you go and buy almost all your players outside the province. So my question is what is the Return on Investment? So it is money wasted. The fact that the Cheetahs also buy players from outside doesn't mean that they are the same as the Sharks and Bulls. The Cheetahs have a small player base and they lose a huge amount of players every year, because they don't have the money to keep them in Bloem. They therefore have to buy players from provinces like Boland and SWD. It is time SARU employ a cap on what provinces can pay for the youngsters and what they can offer them. This will help level the playing field.

  • Nico Eksteen - 2013-04-18 10:49

    Dik Steyn is going to make a move, watch this space.

      Erich Oosthuizen - 2013-04-18 10:51

      completely overrated player

  • Cloud Chaser - 2013-04-18 10:49

    Sharks, this is a do or die game. Cheetahs like to run and score tries...come on guys, we need this win before our tour. GO SHARKS...BLACK AND WHITE FOREVER!!!!!

      René Muller - 2013-04-18 11:04

      @Cloud, hardly a 'do or die' game, you guys are sitting 'pretty'! I'm sure the weather will play a role, hardly conditions for 'running rugby' if the weather forecast can be trusted! Good luck, looking forward to an entertaining game!

      Cloud Chaser - 2013-04-18 11:19

      @René Muller...thanks for your of luck to the are hot on our heels...ah, the rain is always another factor...

      David Scott Duncan - 2013-04-18 12:23

      Forget the weather, if the forwards don't pitch up again then we're screwed either way. Though injury depleted it is still a capable Sharks side. Like the Brumbies lit a cracker up our arses against the Rebels, I am hoping last weeks apparent surrender to the Stormers will have the same affect against the Cheetahs. Though we're sitting pretty right now Rene, the conference is so tight that 1st can become 4th in the blink of an eye. No room for complacency

      Trav Griffie - 2013-04-18 15:39

      The rain has started already, and it is looking ominous, but Saturday is some time away still. Every game is big now, as the goal is to get to the top 2 for home games at the play-off stage.

  • Sbuda Mo - 2013-04-18 10:53

    Ndungane has no chance against Rhule. He's past his sell by date and Plum must really consider ditching him.

      grantcallaway - 2013-04-18 11:18

      Agreed - but for who?

      David Scott Duncan - 2013-04-18 12:25

      He may in his twilight years, but his experience has to count for something. Very few can match Rhule anyway

      Kirk van Niekerk - 2013-04-18 12:49

      Sharks shud play sbura sithole he is miles better than ndungane

      Trav Griffie - 2013-04-18 15:42

      Agree with the comment about Sithole, but in fairness, Odwa is very safe at the back as well. He doubles as a 15 as well, with a decent boot. I like Sbu, and would like to get see him getting an extended run.

      Gerrie Botha - 2013-04-19 17:51

      Ndungane was not born in DBN??

  • Brian Du Reuck - 2013-04-18 10:57

    Sharks don't look that strong on paper ....

      David Scott Duncan - 2013-04-18 12:25

      Good thing the game is played on grass

      Azure Phoenix - 2013-04-18 14:40

      ... Well that was a cliche.

      Izzi Max - 2013-04-18 18:09

      Still funny

      Gerrie Botha - 2013-04-19 17:52

      Not funny it is humilitating to all us afrikaans guys

      Pierre Rear Spear - 2013-04-19 19:18

      I look strong on paper, but that doesn't count for anything, believe me.

  • Hunter McMahon - 2013-04-18 11:10

    They should give Steyn a go at prop. He is the same size as Jannie

  • Brian Du Reuck - 2013-04-18 11:12

    Grey Bloem A (Sharks) vs Grey Bloem B (Cheetahs) .. Grey Bloem B by 5

      Jimmy Moustache - 2013-04-18 11:38

      haha. do the do the war cry afterwards?

      Gerrit Van Breda - 2013-04-18 11:40

      Ten minste sal Grey wen.

      Jimmy Moustache - 2013-04-18 11:59

      wen hulle nie altyd nie?

      Gerrit Van Breda - 2013-04-18 12:01

      Jimmy, dit sou nogal nice wees.

      Gerrit Van Breda - 2013-04-18 12:04

      Laas jaar nie so goed gedoen nie.

      Paul Sdoow - 2013-04-18 12:11

      big party august . . grey bloem Vs maroon machine PRG! will be a long train trip home for grey . .

      Gerrit Van Breda - 2013-04-18 12:49

      Paul, beslis nie as jy kyk na rankings nie. Grey gaan gatskop

      Paul Sdoow - 2013-04-18 13:04

      we only 14 and after this weekend they did well so those rankings will be a lot different by august . .

      Jimmy Moustache - 2013-04-18 13:57

      glo nie grey kan die jaar teen PR verloor nie.

  • Sboniso Gumbi - 2013-04-18 11:19

    Why he doesnt loose weight is beyond me

      René Muller - 2013-04-18 12:15

      And why people STILL don't know the difference between 'loose and lose', is beyond me too!

      David Scott Duncan - 2013-04-18 12:26

      Come get a Durban bunny chow, you'll understand :-)

      Sboniso Gumbi - 2013-04-18 12:42

      Rene dankie my onderwyseres,David thanks for the tip ;-)

      Izzi Max - 2013-04-18 18:09

      He's married. Mystery solved.

  • Witwarm Tannie - 2013-04-18 11:22

    Pie man do make a comeback.

  • Sboniso Gumbi - 2013-04-18 11:23

    Emagine Steyn chasing Le Roux,plumtree had to drop Steyn he's more a WHALE than a shark.

      Sinoxolo Mdodana - 2013-04-18 13:37

      Hahahahhahaha lol yoh That's a good Joke Sbonie my brother* sendisiva oooo dabane xabesithi u Steyn nguma Gcwalibhafu.

      Marietta Piperis - 2013-04-18 16:38

      Got to give credit where it is due...that was a good one

  • Ntokozo Sethemba - 2013-04-18 11:38

    Mr Plumtree please give Sbura a chance he is much better than Odwa.

  • carel.merwe.7 - 2013-04-18 11:52

    Go sharkies!!!!

  • Hunter McMahon - 2013-04-18 11:52

    Think Steyn is enjoying married life too much. His wife needs to stop feeding him

  • Bheki Sidu - 2013-04-18 11:58

    It's true what they say..."you never miss a good thing 'til its gone." oh how we've missed Tim Whitehead!!! the funny thing is i underrated him a lot, wisdom of hindsight...i now appreciate all he brings to the table. his straight running, deft touches, ability to offload in a tackle, putting guys into space. paul Jordaan looked sensational with Tim W on his inside. The guy may lack pace, but boy oh boy is he a solid no.12. Go Sharks!!!

      David Scott Duncan - 2013-04-18 12:27

      Agreed, wait until Whitehead returns then you will see us score tries.

  • Adri Uys - 2013-04-18 12:12

    no wonder i dont support the sharks - even the supporters are confused!

      David Scott Duncan - 2013-04-18 12:29

      What are we confused about?

      Trav Griffie - 2013-04-18 15:45

      Oh my gosh that is quality. Thanks, Adri! You get the award for the most pointless comment of the day.

  • Sihle Zondie - 2013-04-18 12:18

    Wet weather means Deysel is gonna have to be immense.I predict a man of the match perfomance from him

      Marietta Piperis - 2013-04-18 16:40

      Ya but then back on the injury list more than likely

  • Leon Young - 2013-04-18 12:19

    riaan viljoen??is plumtree losing his mind??every team have injuries plumtree you and your captain should resign welcome back iron man jean deysel

      Trav Griffie - 2013-04-18 15:51

      All teams have injuries, but there is no doubt that the Sharks are one of the harder hit teams. Be that as it may, I still question the comment about Daniel and Plumtree. He has taken the Sharks to the final of Super Rugby and Currie Cup in 2012, and has his team sitting top of the SA conference. Help me out, as clearly I am as thick as two bricks...what is the problem here. What are you looking for from him??? What must he now do to please your cranky @ss, or are you just going off at the mouth without thinking?

      Leon Young - 2013-04-18 18:19

      Dude are you a loser 3 finals in a row we lost do you want to be remember as the guy who always came second?I want the sharks to win and plumtree and daniel don't win anything its time for change loser

  • Chris Els - 2013-04-18 12:29

    bosman cost us the game why is he stil playing

  • ProvinceFanatic Chester Tobias - 2013-04-18 12:40

    Easy win for the Cheeahs, Like shooting fish in a barrel.

      David Scott Duncan - 2013-04-18 12:45

      That's been Mythbusted ;-) Won't be so easy

      ProvinceFanatic Chester Tobias - 2013-04-18 12:46

      Like shooting Guppys in a barrel.

      Simon Berry - 2013-04-18 13:49

      Like shooting a barrel.

  • Phillip Louw - 2013-04-18 13:34

    It sickens me to read how people get so personal instead of making valid comments. This is typical South African mentality, no wonder everyone is fleeing overseas to play their rugby. Don't think any of you has made much success of your lives not to mention achieving anything on a sportsfield.

      Witwarm Tannie - 2013-04-18 15:57

      Wanna bet boet?

  • Hunter McMahon - 2013-04-18 13:48

    Go play with yourself Phillip

  • Gary Doyle - 2013-04-18 14:52

    Still a strong Sharks team, they must just show some muscle and commitment and frustrate the Cheetahs by limiting their game. The weather might do that, but must still show the necessary urgency, discipline and accuracy in their play.

  • Hunter McMahon - 2013-04-18 17:44

    Sharks need Helgard Muller.

  • Brian Johnson - 2013-04-18 20:34

    Hi guys did that boy steven k hurt doctor jannie so much that he must sit on the bench lol

      Sboniso Gumbi - 2013-04-18 20:47

      Yeah its amazing that props dont cry when Kitshof hits you at scrumtime,took many against the head :-)

  • Vincent Mason - 2013-04-18 22:10

    Good for you John Plumtree. Drop those that think their places are safe without making any effort to do their best. No other local coach would have the courage to drop Jannie en Frans. Thats the problem with our local rugby. Players are selected on reputation and not form.

  • Vincent Mason - 2013-04-18 22:13

    Good for you John Plumtree. Drop those that think their places are safe without making any effort to do their best. No other local coach would have the courage to drop Jannie en Frans. Thats the problem with our local rugby. Players are selected on reputation and not form.

  • Sabelo Mashego - 2013-04-19 07:16

    The writing is on the wall for Frans Steyn.

  • Pierre Rear Spear - 2013-04-19 19:14

    Gaan terug Cheetahs toe, Boetman. Jy was laas regtig goed toe jy daar was.

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