Sharks opt for continuity

2012-03-22 12:30

Durban - Sharks coach John Plumtree has stuck with the side that showed guts and heart last week in selecting his team to play the Waratahs on Saturday, with just one enforced change in the second row.

According to Sharks website editor Michael Marnewick, Jandre Marais, who made his debut last week - and scored a try with his first touch of the ball at Vodacom Super Rugby level - replaces Steven Sykes at lock. Sykes has fortunately been passed fit to play after leaving the field early in the match against the Reds and has been named on the bench.

Nick Schonert, who flew out to join up with the squad, has been thrown into the team, selected in the No 17 jersey to provide cover at tighthead prop.

With JP Pietersen sitting out another week, Marius Joubert will play off the bench along with other backline replacements Fred Michalak and Louis Ludik.

The match kicks off at 06:35 SA time.



15 Bernard Foley, 14 Tom Kingston, 13 Rob Horne, 12 Tom Carter 11 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 10 Berrick Barnes, 9 Brendan McKibbin, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Dave Dennis, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson (captain)

Substitutes (from): John Ulugia, Paddy Ryan, Sitaleki Timani, Lopeti Timani, Jono Jenkins, Sarel Pretorius, Daniel Halangahu, Peter Betham, Brackin Kauraria-Henry


15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Jandre Marais, 4 Anton Bresler, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Dale Chadwick

Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Nick Schonert, 18 Steven Sykes, 19 Jacques Botes, 20 Frederic Michalak, 21 Marius Joubert, 22 Louis Ludik


  • Sbuda - 2012-03-22 12:48

    Very unconvincing lock combination. But then again, that's how they get experience. Go Sharks!!!!

  • malcolm.molver - 2012-03-22 13:17

    Meyer Bosman starting with Joubert on the bench! Seriously I wish these two would leave. Where's Paul Jordaan? He might lack experience but he's a better option than those clowns.

      Dewald - 2012-03-22 13:43

      You have a team full of clowns!

      Sharksfever - 2012-03-22 13:48

      Saying this with tongue in cheak, but Bosman isn't playing that bad. His defense the last few weeks was solid. His problem though is inconsistency thats why people only remember his bad qualities. Marius Joubert on the other hand hasen't done a single positive thing for the Sharks since he joined. Him I would swap with Jordaan anyday.

      Saffa - 2012-03-22 13:59

      Agree. Meyer B has been pretty solid thus far. He honestly hasn't done much wrong for you chaps. The other wombat, Joubert is another story. I reckon the Sharks are going to struggle a little up front against the Tahs - hope I am wrong.

      Sharksfever - 2012-03-22 14:09

      Let's hope you wrong saffa. Again one week the Sharks are brilliant in the scrum and the next week they all over the place. Last week against the Reds they were poor in the begining and brilliant after the mind set change in the 30th minute. It's all about the desire to win. Hopefully they continue being positive mentally.

  • Sharksfever - 2012-03-22 13:46

    I would swop Marius Joubert with Paul Jordaan anyday. Paul Jordaan is the next best thing and we keep him on the sidelines. what are they thinking!!! He also covers flyhalf and plays both centre positions. Apart from his exclusion the team looks good.

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