Sharks spots still up for grabs

2012-02-16 15:10

Durban - Sharks coach John Plumtree says there's still chance for players to play open a spot in the starting line-up for their first Super Rugby clash against the Bulls in Pretoria next week.

The Sharks play the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth in their final pre-season match on Friday.

Plumtree expressed the opinion in earlier conversations that the team that lines up against the Kings would strongly resemble the team that plays the Bulls, but the coach said that some players could still force their way in.

“It isn’t necessarily the same starting side as for the Bulls because we still aren’t set on some combinations. Competition for places is close and so players can still play their way in, but we do have a pretty good idea of what our team will be next weekend," Plumtree told Sharks website editor, Michael Marnewick.

"It’s about getting the right mix with the starting players and those on the bench who can provide that impact.”

Looking ahead to Friday’s game, Plumtree hopes to have some good opposition from the Kings to prepare as best they can.

Their opponents lost 88-0 to the Lions on Tuesday night but there were no EP players involved and a stronger showing is expected on Friday night.

“I’m hoping it will be physical down there,” said Plumtree.

 “We want a big performance before going into our first Super Rugby game. Boland got pretty tired and hopefully EP will go for 80 minutes and give us a good test.”


Southern Kings: 15 Tiger Mangweni, 14 Marcello Sampson, 13 Dwayne Jenner, 12 Wayne Stevens, 11 Norman Nelson, 10 Shane Gates, 9 Falie Oelschig, 8 Vleis Engelbrecht, 7 Mpho Mbiyozo, 6 Boetie Britz, 5 David Bulbring, 4 Darron Nell (captain), 3 Clint Newland, 2 Hannes Franklin, 1 Jaco Engels:

Substitutes: 16 Bobby Dyer, 17 Zane Killian, 18 Andre Schlechter, 19 Wayne van Heerden, 20 Reynier Bernardo, 21 Thembelani Bholi, 22 Siya Mangaliso, 23 Danie Faasen, 24 Earl Rose, 25 Matthew Tayler-Smith, 26 Kieran Goss.

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.


  • Lionel - 2012-02-16 15:17

    That centre combo of Pietersen and Whitehead could potentially become quite dangerous!!!!

      Jako - 2012-02-16 15:35

      I like the look of that Paul Jordaan aswel

      malcolm.molver - 2012-02-16 15:43

      With the centre pairing for tomorrow's game and Paul Jordaan in the mix, we should never be subjected to a Bosman-Joubert pairing ever again.

  • Blou-Daan - 2012-02-16 15:46

    Die Bulle gaan reg wees vir hulle volgende Vrydag.....!!!! Ek kan nie wag nie......!!!!!!

      Shnez - 2012-02-16 15:47

      Challenge accepted! OU Daan!

      Heiku - 2012-02-16 15:59

      What a game to start the season!

      Danny - 2012-02-17 08:47

      Lank laas van iemand (pienk bulle) gehoor, hulle kan nie wag vir daai pakslae nie LoL.

  • rex.aspeling - 2012-02-16 15:54

    Last Year was very Average for many players. What has happened to Francois Steyn coming Home.

  • Leon - 2012-02-16 16:15

    Nou ja Blou Bulle ek hoop dit gan beter met julle die jaar. Laas seisoen kon julle nie en nou is julle 14de gerank vir die nuwe jaar S15. Dit nogal in kontras met al die windgat aanmerkings oor die ander spanne. Glo nie daar is lig vir jul nie. STORMERS RULES!!!!!!!!!

      Johan - 2012-02-16 17:14

      Terwyl julle nou in die die geskiedenis wil delf (wat volgens julle net tot "laasjaar" beperk is), net dit: Ons kan maar windgat wees, want ons mag! En julle?

      Priester - 2012-02-16 23:01

      Ou Leon ek dink jy het uit die bus geval my ou.... of die papsak praat te vroeg! Blou Bul Groete.

      Danny - 2012-02-17 08:50

      Papsnoeke raak nou net so windgat soos die bulls ondersteuners............pienkes

  • coolshoesouthafrica - 2012-02-16 19:06

    Kings team to face the Sharks: Tiger Mangweni, Marcello Sampson, Dwayne Jenner, Wayne Stevens, Norman Nelson, Shane Gates, Falie Oelschig, Vleis Engelbrecht, Mpho Mbiyozo, Boetie Britz, David Bulbring, Darron Nell (k), Clint Newland, Hannes Franklin, Jaco Engels. Subs: Bobby Dyer, Zane Killian, André Schlechter, Wayne van Heerden, Reynier Bernardo, Thembelani Bholi, Siya Mangaliso, Danie Faasen, Earl Rose, Matthew Tayler-Smith, Kieran Goss.

  • coolshoesouthafrica - 2012-02-16 19:10

    Kings vs The Sharks My childhood team vs the team I have been following since rugby left the EC. Hope it's a good game I will be happy for both sides with 25 - 30 points difference to the Sharks Anothing less then well done to the Kings

  • Anneleen - 2012-02-16 22:13

    ...very happy the S15 is here...miss the tension and excitement the Sharks always throw in the mix...go Sharks!!!!!!!!!!

      Danny - 2012-02-17 08:51

      Yes, tired of garden duty.............

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