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Sharks backline boasts vicious teeth ahead of Supe

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    Posted: 13-Feb-2018 at 5:52am
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No doubt Sharks coach Robert du Preez has settled on his backline for Saturday’s Super Rugby match against the Lions at Ellis Park but it would have taken him a few headaches before he settled on his line-up.

The Sharks have an embarrassment of riches in terms of backline depth and there will be no shortage of reserves to draw on as the season progresses and injuries mount.

As far as the back three alone is concerned, the coach can draw on Lwazi Mvovo, the probable starting fullback, wings Makazole Mapimpi, Sbu Nkosi and Kobus van Wyk, plus Curwin Bosch who is as adept at flyhalf as he is at fullback, the position he played for the SA Under-21 side last year.

Bosch, it would seem, is not going to start at flyhalf against the Lions.

That position has been occupied by Robert du Preez jnr in the warm-up games, with Mvovo at fullback, so the portents are that Bosch will play off the bench at this stage of the tournament.

Wing Nkosi had an excellent Currie Cup and was headed for Springbok colours only to suffer an unfortunate cheek bone injury.

In the meantime, Mapimpi has joined the Sharks from the Cheetahs and it is probable that he will get one of the wing berths, with experienced Van Wyk likely to get the other.

But it is early days and all of those players will get their share of rugby over the three months of the competition.

Likewise the centres that are queuing up for the 12 and 13 jerseys.

Blockbusting inside centre Andre Esterhuizen is back from Japan and while he has not played any warm-up games for the Sharks, it is likely that he will start against the Lions with Lukhanyo Am at outside centre.

The Sharks also have Marius Louw, the former Grey College flank that converted to centre after school and has been in superb form in the warm-up games at 12, plus there is former SA Under-21 captain Jeremy Ward, who missed the Currie Cup because of injury but is now raring to go.

Young Tristan Blewett, a product of Hilton College, is another promising centre pushing for a place.

As far as flyhhalf and scrumhalf are concerned, Du Preez looks set for the 10 jersey and with Louis Schreuder injured, Cameron Wright is likely to start against the Lions. Let’s not forget that the talented Garth April can play just about any position in the backline.

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As die Sharks met Esterhuizen op 12 begin moet Rohan ons 12 wees.
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Regtig? Vicious teeth nogals? LOL  So wat se hulle dan van die leeus agterlyn wat die laaste 3 seisoene die meeste driee in die kompetisie gedruk het?

Hierdie is nou regtig n artikel wat in n klein plaaslike Durban koerant moes verskyn
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Goue Leeu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-Feb-2018 at 9:39am
Ek hoop hulle probeer 'n "expansive game" teen ons speel. Dit sal ons pas en ons doen dit beter as enige ander SA span (een vd bestes in Super Rugby).
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Robert jr is an unknown and untried flyhalf for the Sharks. He also has very little SR experience from his Cape Town holiday. That he has potential is true, but if our loosies put him under pressure, he will have a true baptism of fire. In the past the Sharks backline has been more of a battering ram type of backline, choosing rather to run over the opposition than to run into the gaps or the outside shoulders of the defending players. That way they have been able to score points through penalties, rather than tries. 

The Lions scored 81 tries and only conceded 27. Contrast that with the Sharks, who only scored 38 tries and conceded a mammoth 37. The Sharks scored less tries than even the Sunwolves, having scored the least amount tries in the Africa Conference, and scoring the 3rd lowest number of tries in the whole competition. So to say that the Sharks backline have vicious teeth at this stage of the season is a bit far fetched. The Sharks are known to only play 11 man rugby, as the ball always dies with Esterhuizen. So I am sure that while the Sharks boast a very physical backline, with some pace out wide, they lack creativity and an ability to score tries.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote emiel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-Feb-2018 at 10:17am
Ruaan Combrink saved our bacon in last years SR quarter finals against the Sharks and we were really poor against them during the CC. Really hope we can raise our game Saturday
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The Sharks are always up for a game against the Lions. However, we also have the knack of beating them in SR.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote valie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-Feb-2018 at 10:38am
Originally posted by emiel emiel wrote:

Ruaan Combrink saved our bacon in last years SR quarter finals against the Sharks and we were really poor against them during the CC. Really hope we can raise our game Saturday
Yes, in the SF last year we were very bad. It seemed like nothing was working for us. We let them get into the game and they just put us under immense pressure with their semi offside defence and their pack aslo did well that day.
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