Strong Sharks side named

2013-02-20 16:15

Durban - Sharks coach John Plumtree has named a strong side for their Super Rugby opener against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday, reports Sharks website editor Michael Marnewick.

Despite the unavailability of some key players due to injury, the Sharks coach picked a very experienced pack, with Ryan Kankowski, back from a six month stint in Japan, starting at No 8, alongside fellow loose forwards Jacques Botes and Marcell Coetzee.

Coetzee might only have 23 caps, but he has represented South Africa 12 times already despite being just 21 years of age, while Botes and Kankowski boast nearly 200 caps between them (Botes is a centurion himself).

Franco van der Merwe partners Anton Bresler in the second row while there are no real surprises in the backline with Patrick Lambie at flyhalf, captain Frans Steyn partnering Paul Jordaan in the midfield, Springboks JP Pietersen and Lwazi Mvovo out wide and Louis Ludik completing the line-up at fullback.

“It was a case of the experience factor with the tight five I’ve chosen,” said the Sharks coach. “The way the Cheetahs play influenced a lot of the selections, they have a lot of speed and genuine threats in their backline and we have to be able to match that defensively.

“We’ve picked a side that has the most experience for the occasion."

Bismarck du Plessis (knee), Willem Alberts (shoulder), Butch James (knee), Tim Whitehead (hand) and Dale Chadwick (foot) have all been ruled out for the opening part of the season due to injuries.

The clash at the Free State Stadium kicks off at 17:05 on Saturday.



15. Hennie Daniller, 14. Willie le Roux, 13. Johann Sadie, 12. Robert Ebersohn, 11. Raymond Rhule, 10. Johan Goosen, 9. Piet van Zyl, 8. Philip van der Walt, 7. Lappies Labuschagne, 6. Frans Viljoen, 5. Francois Uys, 4. Lood de Jager, 3. Lourens Adriaanse, 2. Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1. Trevor Nyakane

Substitutes: 16. Ryno Barnes, 17. Coenie Oosthuizen, 18. Waltie Vermeulen, 19. Boom Prinsloo, 20 Sarel Pretorius, 21. Elgar Watts, 22. Ryno Benjamin


15. Louis Ludik 14. JP Pietersen 13. Paul Jordaan 12. Francois Steyn (captain) 11. Lwazi Mvovo 10. Patrick Lambie 9. Cobus Reinach 8. Ryan Kankowski 7. Marcell Coetzee 6. Jacques Botes 5. Franco van der Merwe 4. Anton Bresler 3. Jannie du Plessis 2. Craig Burden 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16. Kyle Cooper 17. Wiehahn Herbst 18. Pieter-Steph du Toit 19. Jean Deyse20. Charl McLeod 21. Meyer Bosman 22. Odwa Ndungane


  • sarge.lepoivre - 2013-02-20 16:20

    Woohoo, cant wait for this weekend to start!! Good teams on both sides, but the sharks should dominate in this one. Sharks have one exciting backline.

      andre.heymans.58 - 2013-02-20 16:30

      hectic cheetah back line as well. Rhule & Mvovo! can't wait

      sarge.lepoivre - 2013-02-20 16:38

      The 2 Bok 10's of the future up against each other!

      raymond.huxley.5 - 2013-02-20 16:59

      Didn't realise the sharks had a 'strong' side. When did that happen?

      paddy.carolan.35 - 2013-02-20 18:07

      While your head was stuck was stuck up your fundamental orifice.

      nyiko.ralapelle - 2013-02-20 22:00

      Sharks, invented choking, perfected by stormers

  • Michael - 2013-02-20 16:23

    Add Bismarck, Alberts and Daniel and you have the Super Rugby 2013 Champions!!

  • Michael - 2013-02-20 16:27

    Add Bismarck, Alberts and Daniel and the Sharks will be the 2013 Super Rugby Champions!!!

      Jimmy NZ - 2013-02-20 18:47

      Think you might me right there bro, knockout rugby is a funny thing but I reckon the Sharks have it all to lose :) Auzzies look alright I guess, Kiwi's are there or there about (Saders have a heap of new lads and no Richie), Chiefs have lost huge talent and Canes and Highlanders will be competitive. Stormpies I think are hopelessly over-rated and will not be the power house everybody is expecting. Bulls will be tough but beatable, which leaves us with the Sharks (Cheetahs have no depth, so 1 or 2 injuries and they are buggered). Good Luck!

      Sboniso Gumbi - 2013-02-20 20:03

      Jimmy u will see something u dont expect from the stormers,starting saturday away to the bulls!

      nyiko.ralapelle - 2013-02-20 22:02

      Stormers over rated. We will see what we expect. Tackling. Tackling tackling 20 m penalty. Tackle tackle. Tackle. Midget run. Tackle. Tackle

  • mario.roodt - 2013-02-20 16:35

    Sharks forwards will win it for them, but Cheetahs has the more exciting backline. Sharks must keep the game tight or it could become too closer than it needs be.

  • mack.myburgh - 2013-02-20 16:37

    Sharks to win with more than 10 !

  • Heinrich Van Jaarsveld - 2013-02-20 17:52

    Bring it on!!!!!!! Cheetahs are waiting. GO CHEETAHS GO

  • Mthunzi Phakathi - 2013-02-20 18:07

    Both backlines look rather exciting, i hope the weather and ref allow for an entertaining game.

  • sean - 2013-02-20 18:17

    Lambie against "the Goose" should be an interesting one.Lambie off course ending last season in two competition finals and the Bok no 10 jersey at Twickenham.Interesting aswell to see Piet van Zyl getting a start ahead of Sarel Pretorius. The Sharks has got a very strong looking pack of forwards in their starting line up,but the replacements looks a bit "lig in die broek".I do like the look of the Cheetah exciting backline though,if we will see a high scoring game that is. However the Cheetahs needs to move on a bit as they don't deliver consistent performances throughout their season.Being mid-table of the Super Rugby log almost every year is not much to get excited about if you're a Cheetah supporter.The Cheetah's and Naka should get SARU to invest a bit more in the socalled smaller unions like themselves and market their franchise a bit differently I reckon.

      Niel van der Walt - 2013-02-20 19:06

      Just the fact that the cheetas exist is something to get excited about! Where they r on the log is irrelevant!

      wayne.vandriel - 2013-02-20 20:16

      Don't forget that the Sharks had the 2nd best defense after the Stormers last season, and the 2nd most points scored after the Bulls. The Cheetahs are known for having a poor defense, although they love attacking & running do the Sharks. Should be a cracker! Go Sharks!

      Mthunzi Phakathi - 2013-02-21 07:05

      And at the end we came second to the chiefs. I love watching the cheetahs in full flow, they can rip a new one in any team, they js hv to do it against the nz nd oz teams more often.

  • boksom.bende.9 - 2013-02-20 18:46

    This will be one hell of game I think. With those two backlines it can't be otherwise. Cheetahs won't give it away easily. Come get some Sharks!

  • Song Sung Blue - 2013-02-20 19:11

    Looking good Sharks! Bring on your S15 opening match...! All the best to Coach Plumtree and his trusty charges...Sharks forever...!!

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2013-02-20 19:27

    Sharks should take this one, more settled side and a very good bench. Will be interesting to see what Franco can do in a pack like this, he was great at the Lions, now he will have full support from the rest of the pack.

  • wade.johnson.58726 - 2013-02-20 21:33

    With a couple of injuries, the Sharks still have a solid outfit. Burden has proved himself very useful, & the backline looks good. It may just be in the Loose Trio where they will miss both the Captain, & Alberts.

      Niel van der Walt - 2013-02-21 09:15

      Well the cheetas lost juan smith, so the few injuries the sharks have doesnt really compare.

  • Menzi Ngidi Rembyni - 2013-02-21 07:22

    all the best to sharks!!!

  • Vernon Annandale - 2013-02-21 07:51

    Can't wait! Going to be some epic games this year! Good luk To all 14 deserving teams! SHARKS for LIFE!

  • Dwain Whitebooi - 2013-02-21 10:34

    i know sharks will hav an exciting super15 opening

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