OK I know that the Sharks team hasn’t been announced yet, but I can hazard a guess ot two to who will run on against the Stormers. Here’s what I think.
1. Steven Kitsoff vs 3 Jannie du Plessis
Jannie should give the youngster quite a hard time in the scrums. Kitchoff is strong, but he’s young. I feel the stormers are going to avoid scrummaging like the plauge. The Doctor to take it.
2. Tiaan Liebenberg vs Bismarck du Plessis
Birmarck should improve from last week, he was awful against the Bulls. Expect him to bounce back and have a huge impact. Liebenberg is busy, but Bismark is in a class of his own. Bismark has it.
3. Brok Harris Vs 1 Dale Chadwick
Chadwick is one strong mother. He should break Harris. Harris is the weak point in an average front row. Watch for lots of dropped WP scrum shenanigans to avoid the shove and try for the penalty. Chadwick to scrum him into the ground.
4 Eben Ezbeth Vs Steven Sykes
Ezbeth is an exiting young lock, not scared of the hard graft. Sykes has stood up to the toughest international locks on earth and performed well. It should be a tough battle, but Sykes to hande the brilliant youngster.
5 Andries Bekker vs Ross Skeate/Bresler
I think Skeate will start since he has more experience than Bresler. He has to try to contain Bekker and limit his lineout impact. It will be tough going for Skeate. Bresler to come on and make a bruising impact. Bekker will be a problem.
6 Kolisi vs Daniel/ Du toit/Botes
Kolisi is fast and big. Daniel is bloody fast with good hands and skills. It should be good, but Daniel to be a handful.
I hope they call up Piet-steph du Toit for the game. He’s a monster in the making.
Jacques Botes is a try scoring machine and a good fetcher. He might lose out due to size though.
Kolisi vs Du toit will be good. Otherwise, the Sharks has him
7 Vermeulen Vs Coetzee
We all know what Duane can do, Marcel Coetzee is busy making his mark. He was the Sharks best forward against the Bulls, watch him build on that. Duane should just take it.
8. Koster vs Daniel/Alberts
Koster had a lot of potential but he never delivered in my opinion. Daniel has experience at 8 and loves the loose game. Hopefully Alberts comes of the bench to make an impact. Daniel or Alberts will show up Koster
9. Duvenhage vs Mcleod/Michalak
I think Mcleod will start, he looked sharp against the Bulls. Michalak was a bit slow, Mcleod has good form and is always overlooked as a threat. He’ll come up tops in the battle of the nines.
10. Van Aswegen vs Lambie
Lambie, no question. Even if a tired Grant comes on, still Lambie by a huge margin.
11. Habana vs 14 Ludik/Ndugane. Stalemate. Habana seems past his best and Ndugane is solid, not a gamebreaker. Same with Ludik. But ludik could come forth with something special as well as Habana. A draw.
12 De Villiers vs Whitehead.
I hope Whitehead gets another chance. He looked bloody good last week. An upset could be on the cards. Look for De Villiers trying to bulldoze Whitehead and get smashed. Everyone one knows De Villiers passes rarely. And Whitehead will want to make a point against his old team. Bosman will be solid for the Sharks as well.
13 De Jongh vs JPP. Petersen brings another dimention to a position the Sharks have been struggling with for many years. Watch him pop up everywhere and make a nuisance of himself. De Jongh to be a bit rusty in his first match back. JPP to be taken seriously at center.
14. Aplon vs 11 Mvovo. The two gamebreakers. Anything could happen here. To be decided by who gets ball from their backs or pulls of a freak of a move.
15 Petersen vs Viljoen. Viljoen to take it with his massive boot and 60m drop goals.
It should be close, but the Sharks forwards as well as having some decent centers on the field for a change should see the Sharks home. Sharks forwards to dominate up front, and the backs to suffocate in defence.
Calling it Sharks by 10.