Sharks pick side for Loftus

2012-02-22 09:50

Durban - Since the end of October, it’s been quiet on the rugby front but finally we can haul out the scarves, banners, jerseys and other branded merchandise ahead of Friday night’s all-South African Vodacom Super Rugby match between the Bulls and Sharks.

According to Sharks website editor Michael Marnewick, Sharks coach John Plumtree has selected just two debutants for the match, Dale Chadwick at loosehead prop and Paul Jordaan on the bench, while Tim Whitehead and Riaan Viljoen will be playing their first official games in Sharks’ colours.

Keegan Daniel will captain a forward pack that has the right mix of youth and experience, with a bench that will also be able to offer plenty in the latter stages of the game.

A particularly interesting statistic worth noting is that this is the fourth time the two teams have met in Week 1 of Super Rugby. The Sharks have won all three previous matches (30-17 and 17-3 in 2001 and 2007 in Durban, and 23-18 in Pretoria in 2004).

It’s been nearly four months of behind-the-scenes hard work, but with all the foundation work now completed, it’s time for action.

“We’re looking forward to the season,” explains coach John Plumtree. “It comes to a point when all the work is done and the players can look forward to a game at the highest level. The mood at training is mirroring that, the boys are a bit grumpy and now they just want to get out there and play. We’re all looking forward to it.”


15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Jaques Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 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 JJ Engelbrecht

15. Riaan Viljoen, 14. Louis Ludik, 13. JP Pietersen, 12. Tim Whitehead, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Frederic Michalak, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Marcell Coetzee, 6. Keegan Daniel (captain), 5. Anton Bresler, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Dale Chadwick

Substitutes: 16. Craig Burden, 17. Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Ross Skeate, 19. Jacques Botes, 20. Charl McLeod, 21. Meyer Bosman, 22. Paul Jordaan


  • marcus.daily3 - 2012-02-22 10:04

    Bulls by 10. Check you okes there on Friday night, I'll be the black guy wearing a pink shirt.

      Penny-wise - 2012-02-22 11:13

      LOL !!!

      Ja - 2012-02-22 11:57

      Is pink the new black .. ha ha .. TU ..

  • Dieter - 2012-02-22 10:04

    Sharks not looking good on paper! Bulls by 10+

      Hanjo - 2012-02-22 10:26

      maybe we're looking at different line-ups. I'm no shark, but that's one scary backline(very experimental) but potentially devastating. Should be a good game with two exciting centre combinations squaring off. I picked the Bulls to sneak it though...admittedly before seeing the Sharks line-up. shouldn't be much in it.

  • Sbuda - 2012-02-22 10:10

    Ludik at 14!!! Come on Plum, the man doesn't have pace. Wasn't the idea of shifting JP to 13 to accommodate sevens speedster Sbura Sithole? Anyway good luck Sharks, let's paint Pretoria red, or should I say pink!!!

      malcolm.molver - 2012-02-22 10:17

      Ludik is playing 14 to counter the Bulls' kicking game. I'm sure we'll see Sithole soon enough. He's too good to be left out in the cold.

      Jason - 2012-02-22 10:18

      Agreed Sithole needs to be playing at 14... Otherwise good looking side.. Cant wait to see how Riaan operates for the sharks.

  • Deon - 2012-02-22 10:30

    At long last. Its the rugby, beer and braai season again. Good luck all SA teams. Hears hoping one of the five wins the trophy.

      Marcel - 2012-02-22 14:47

      We've never stopped braaiing though.

  • Dustin - 2012-02-22 10:51

    way to close for comfort on this one.... and here I thought the Bulls were going to struggle with losing so many high profile players... But Sharks side looks equally dangerous. Ludik at 14... could work he is a very strong runner of the ball and with Sharks most prolific ball carriers out (Deysel, Alberts and Best) they could be looking at running it to the Bulls in the backline. Whole backline for shatrks are very strong runners... GONNA BE EPIC!! LETS GO SHARKS!!

  • Dave - 2012-02-22 11:07

    ooo gonna be a cracker of a game, cant wait rate sharks will take it by 5.

      Timonie - 2012-02-22 11:24

      What a match to look forward to,Bulls or Sharks to scrape through.My the Best team win.

  • Nico - 2012-02-22 11:23

    gonna be a forwards battle and I think the Sharks are a bit light there, plus it's at Loftus

  • hugo.naude - 2012-02-22 11:39

    Evenly matched teams ... and as Rene say Keegan knows how to beat the Bulls ... but the loss of Beast will affect the front row battle and swing it into Bulls favor ... that will negate Keegan's loosebal hunting ... Alberts is missing and he can win a match for u in the last moment all by himself ... As usual it will be won or lost among the forwards and the Bulls do have the edge ... Hougie has the edge at 9 and the home fans will carry the team through to a 7-10 point victory.

  • Raeez - 2012-02-22 11:55

    Good to see Jano Vermaak on the bench, hope he sits there and thinks that he wud probably have started at the

      Rene - 2012-02-22 12:04

      @Raeez, I can almost guarantee you that Jano will get game time in EVERY single match! This is a very long season and rotational play will be key! Sour grapes??? All I can say to you, this is a professional era and like someone said (on the blog) at least Jano is assured of a pay cheque every month!

      Raeez - 2012-02-22 12:16

      Lol, guess we'll just have to wait and see hey. Im sure you right, Jano will be more than happy to be the number 2 Scrumhalf, the replacement...

  • Leon - 2012-02-22 11:55

    I am n massive Bulls fan, but the Sharks bench looks a bit more dangerous in terms of experience. The Bulls bench is exciting but still young and inexperienced! Going to be a great game of rugby. Going to be interesting to see the centres playing, both teams have different centres and all exciting prospects. Also n great tussle is going to be Bismarck against Chiliboy. Bismarck is obviously in n class of his own but Chiliboy has a lot to prove and wont step back! Getting goosebumps just thinking of rugby starting again!

      Rene - 2012-02-22 12:15

      @Leon, Chili will not let us down! He has been great in 2011 and he will be even better in 2012. He (hopefullly) is over all his injuries - The only weak one on our bench (only because he hasn't impress me - done nothing wrong, but he is not outstanding) is Willie Wepener (Clermont). I think he needs to get rid of some kg's and become a bit more leaner and faster!

  • Tertius Coetzer - 2012-02-22 12:20

    48-19 sharks

      Koos - 2012-02-22 12:46

      Tertius, Wat rook jy my Ou????Daar sal nooit so ngroot verskil wees aan die begin van die seisoen wees nie.Sou dit wel gebeur hierdie keer,dan ROOK EK VIR DIE EERSTE KEER IN 25 JAAR WEER EN VAT SOMMER ........Aaptwakkies.And bye the way I am a Pink Bull supporter.Come on BULLS!!!! A little pressure from the rear??????

      Tertius Coetzer - 2012-02-22 12:49

      koos, you sound like you would like a little pressure from the rear! Hoor my lied, thats going to be the score!

      Marius - 2012-02-22 12:55

      @ Tertius. What have you been smoking to say that the Sharks wil score more points against the Bulls than they could against the Kings.If the Bulls play a tight game, the Sharks will not even get close.

      Dustin - 2012-02-22 16:42

      Tertius, even though I share your optimism for my beloved Sharkies.... I don't think it would that much of a gap... this is gonna be close tight game. But on the off chance that I'm wrong....and I hope I am... I'll be singing about it until the next Sharks-Bulls game!! LETS GO SHARKS!!

  • christo.vanderwesthuizen1 - 2012-02-22 12:37

    Bulls by 15!!!!

  • carl.b.schmidt1 - 2012-02-22 15:28

    the bulls are finished, even if they beat the sharks, they still dont have a really good team, they have average centres and a rubbish back three, no more vickie no more bakke, no fourie. Steyn can't do it all by himself. go stormers, and, ill say it, go lions.

      adrian.zorzi - 2012-02-22 17:05

      keep smoking that stuff and you will go far in the rugby predicting game--home advantage and deursettings vermoe will build blue bulls up--maybe depth lacking for the long haul and lack of creative talent has always been a problem for blue bulls- but i say bulls by 5 points amen

  • Jannie Pieters - 2012-02-22 15:39

    @ Rene you suck bro fatty

  • Bullsrpoofters - 2012-02-22 18:20

    The problem with both the Sharks and the Bulls is that they have show ponies for loose forwards. The Sharks are a little better off because the Bulls have a "no show" pony at 8.

  • Johan - 2012-02-23 17:23

    Die Sharks se agterlyn lyk baie gevaarlik,as ons kombinasies werk gaan niks ons briek nie(sal maar sien op die veld.)Ons het meer as genoeg skietgoed voor met Bissy en Marcel wat die voordeel lyn maklik sal oorsteek.

  • Johan - 2012-02-23 17:26

    O en @JA,Ek neem aan jul vat weer die hout lepel!Enigste span wat nie een game in n super reeks kon wen nie,pateties.

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