Steyn to fullback for Sharks

April 3, 2013
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The Sharks have selected Frans Steyn at fullback for their clash against the Crusaders.

The Sharks are well aware of the Crusaders threat at the first phases as was proven against the Stormers.

“You can’t have a meltdown in an area like the lineouts, it takes good, hard work to get into an attacking situation, and then to lose ball puts you under immense pressure. And you don’t want to be doing that against a team like the Crusaders who are able to hold on to the ball for long periods of time.”

“The lineout has been a big focus for us, not only for this match but throughout the competition. We’re operating at around 84% and we’ve been going OK, but it is going to be tough, the Crusaders boast All Black locks.”

“The Crusaders’ skill levels are really high, backs and forwards handle the ball well, our defensive plan is going to have to be very accurate. The breakdown is also going to be huge and we need to be competitive there.”
The Sharks vs Crusaders

Date : Friday, 5 April 2013
Time : 19h10
Venue : KINGS PARK
Referee : Lourens van der Merwe
Assistant Referees : Craig Joubert, Reuben Rossouw
Television Match Official : Deon van Blommestein

The Sharks
15. Francois Steyn
14. Odwa Ndungane
13. Paul Jordaan
12. Meyer Bosman
11. JP Pietersen
10. Patrick Lambie
9. Cobus Reinach
8. Keegan Daniel (C)
7. Marcell Coetzee
6. Jacques Botes
5. Franco van der Merwe
4. Pieter-Steph du Toit
3. Jannie du Plessis
2. Kyle Cooper
1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements
16. Craig Burden
17. Wiehahn Herbst
18. Anton Bresler
19. Ryan Kankowski
20. Charl McLeod
21. Riaan Viljoen
22. Louis Ludik/S’bura Sithole

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15 Comments

  1. avatar Ollie says:
    April 3rd, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    You think Plum is hedging his bets on 50+ meter drops

  2. avatar Craven says:
    April 3rd, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    The way Fransie was constipating the whole backline, it is not much of a surprise.

  3. avatar Americano says:
    April 3rd, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Fab 5 Freddy Michilak > Lambie.
    I like Steyn @ 15

  4. avatar Duiwel says:
    April 3rd, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Hard to believe the Sharks
    can play any better than
    average games against average competition.
    The moment they have to move up a gear
    they do a gaffie.

  5. avatar Boertjie says:
    April 3rd, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Reply to Craven @ 3:29 pm:

    :yeahright:

  6. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    April 3rd, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Big game for the guppies! If they lose they are going to struggle.

  7. avatar DavidS says:
    April 3rd, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    You think we’ll see Americano’s Shifty Gypsey accomplish anything?

    Starting to think a shift to the Cheetahs may be better for his shiftiness to be displayed…

  8. avatar Americano says:
    April 3rd, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Reply to DavidS @ 10:22 pm:

    DavidS -

    The Shifty Gypsy ( by the way do they have gypsies in SA? ) otherwise known as Paul Jordaan has been AWOL thus far.

    A change of scenery to bask in the glow of a rugby sun god named Messerschmitt may be just what the fortune teller has in the cards for Mr. Jordaan.

  9. avatar Craven says:
    April 4th, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Reply to Boertjie @ 5:12 pm:

    Plum has been covering for Fransie since the start of the year, finally admitting that Frans is over weight and not playing to his potential. The Sharks backline has looked a lot better with Bosman running inside of Jordaan than when Fransie was manning the inside centre position.

    By the way, is Ludik injured?

  10. avatar Pokkel says:
    April 4th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Reply to Craven @ 7:35 am:

    Ludik has a slight shoulder injury, that is why he is bracketed with Sithole.

  11. avatar Pokkel says:
    April 4th, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Really bad news for the Sharks is that Whitehead’s arm hasn’t healed as expected and he might need to have surgery again. He could be out for another 8 weeks.

  12. avatar Craven says:
    April 4th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Reply to Pokkel @ 9:14 am:

    Thanks.

  13. avatar DavidS says:
    April 4th, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Reply to Americano @ 11:10 pm:

    They have old ladies in caravans who claim to be…. but like the European type? I doubt it

  14. avatar Jacques(Bunny)Somtimes I sits and thinks and sometimes I just sits says:
    April 5th, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Frans is a better 15 in my view, Brings more to the Sharks team at 15 than at midfield.

  15. avatar Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa says:
    April 5th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Fat Frans, many warned this would be an issue with the kid. This is a defensive move by Plum.
    Paul is showing some class but is he out of position? I think with Meyer at 12 we will see a lot of tactical kicks.

    Go Guppies!!!!!!

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