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PREVIEW: Reds To Throw Cold Water On Shorks

PREVIEW: Reds To Throw Cold Water On Shorks

Quade demonstrates how he would tackle Bismark

The Reds don their flash new charity jersey and begin their tour of the Republic at the Shork Tank in Durban, with both sponsor Stratco and Coach Ewen McKenzie pledging water units for their charity through World Vision, they will be looking to make a splash.

After the, some would say, lucky win over the Rebels just before jetting out, Link has taken the opportunity to make a few changes and it appears he is going for the spark that seemed to ignite after the bench was emptied.

The changes in the backs see Ben Lucas move to 10 replacing Mike Harris who moves to 12. Jono Lance vacates his 12 jersey and drops out of the 22 and Nick Frisby comes onto the bench in his place. Rod Davies swaps spots with Luke Morahan, moving from the bench to the fullback spot. That makes it the same backline as the one that finished against the Rebels, and there appeared to be a higher sense of urgency with Lucas at 10, hopefully the same happens from the start.

Up front Ben Daley moves to the bench and Greg Holmes to loosehead, a move that saw considerable starch added at scrum time on the weekend. Lock Van Humphries gets to start, with Rob Simmons dropping to the Bench, given what Van put on the field on the weekend, that is a good move. The other change is Beau Robinson and Liam Gill continuing their rotation with Beau starting this week.

The sharks are not without changes of their own, Jannie du Plussis being the main one, and a fine counter to the bolstering the Reds have done to their own front row. The other change to the pack is injury forced, with Ross Skeate succumbing to a neck injury to be replaced by Anton Bresler.

In the backs Charl McLeod starts at Halfback and Louis Ludik goes to the bench.


Sharks: 1. Dale Chadwick 2. Bismarck du Plessis 3. Jannie du Plessis 4. Steven Sykes 5. Anton Bresler 6. Marcell Coetzee 7. Willem Alberts 8. Keegan Daniel (Captain) 9. Charl McLeod 10. Patrick Lambie 11. Lwazi Mvovo 12. Tim Whitehead 13. JP Pietersen 14. Odwa Ndungane 15. Riaan Viljoen
Reserves: 16. Craig Burden 17. Wiehahn Herbst 18. Jandre Marais 19. Jacques Botes 20. Frederic Michalak 21. Meyer Bosman 22. Louis Ludik

Reds: 1. Greg Holmes, 2. James Hanson, 3. James Slipper, 4. James Horwill (c), 5. Van Humphries, 6. Scott Higginbotham, 7. Beau Robinson, 8. Radike Samo, 9. Will Genia (vc), 10. Ben Lucas, 11. Digby Ioane, 12. Mike Harris, 13. Ben Tapuai, 14. Dom Shipperley, 15. Rod Davies
Reserves: 16. Saia Faingaa, 17. Ben Daley, 18. Rob Simmons, 19. Jake Schatz, 20. Liam Gill, 21. Nick Frisby, 22. Luke Morahan


Live from ABSA Stadium, or the Shork Tank, Kick off is at 5:05pm local or 1:05am AEST and will be shown on Fox Sports 3 & 3HD.

Referee: Jonathan Kaplan
Assistant referees: Mark Lawrence and Cobus Wessels
TMO: Shaun Veldsman

Game Breaker

The changes to the team will provide the necessary spark and control, but it will be the limited edition Jerseys the Reds will be wearing that will do the damage. As Dom #shipsanity Shipperley speeds toward the line, the movement and scientifically designed pattern of the strip will result in most of the sharks team falling over in a sudden bout of fits.

The fearless prediction

What does a defending champion team need to do to start as bookies favorites? Show some cohesion? I made this prediction last week, and I am going to again. I was wrong then, but not this time (I hope), the Reds will see to it that the East African nation of Burundi has far less hassle getting clean drinking water by scoring a 4 try bonus point as they clean up the Sharks. The defense of Matt “McTatsy” Taylor will hold up and the game will do wonders to the for and against of the team. Reds by 18.

  • Skip

    I hope in a few days we are not talking about the ref!

    • Garry


      Kaplan’s bug bear is the Tahs.

  • Tangawizi

    Why can’t the Reds just put out a white away jersey with a few red seams, a nice blended St George logo instead of that f#@kin’ ugly square box thing that, and be done with it? How about going for something that would actually look nice to walk down the street in?

    Then donate a % of away jersey sales to World Vision, rather than auctioning off these monsters that you’ve got Buckleys chance of convincing the Mrs would look good hanging on the wall at home.

    But back to game at hand – Reds last win in Durban was a thrilling 6-5 result in 2004, not 2002 as some mug on the Rugby Club said tonight, but either way that’s long enough to be considered a hoodoo and I expect them break it with a tight win. Reds 1-12 in the punting for me.

    • Tangawizi

      Ranted too early. Lunchtime trip to the sports stores reveals we have 2 away jerseys this year.

  • murph

    Reds by 5 at the most

  • inkosi

    Well done Timmsy – love the prediction reckon you’ve got that one square on ..

    Looking forward to it!

  • murph

    Good choices by Link though. Simmons has been rubbish, as has Daley and Harris@10

  • murph

    Btw, anyone who hand feeds a rhino is as thick as pig sh…oh hang on…

    • Brax

      Pretty sure the rhino’s at Australia Zoo are used to be fed by hand……

  • Jimbo81

    Van Humphries to add starch to the pack. Horwell to have a blinder. Genia to score two tries against a completely overwhelmed sharks defence.

    either that or Harris nailing 27 points in 9 from 9 kicks off the back of repeated ruck infringements.

  • Dave

    I like Lucas at 10. I always worry about his execution however. He does suffer from a blood rush to the head at times. Humphries in the starting line-up’s a good move. Simmons needs time to mature. I hope he gets there but he’s way too under done at the moment, not only for the Reds but more so for the WBs. Is there a way to instil the “rugby brain” into a player? If so Simmons needs some lessons.

    The sharks have a scary front row. Our only hope there is Jannie’s penchant for infringements. Only that will save the Reds in this area. I’m happy to be proved wrong though.

    Some how I can’t see the Reds winning this one. They just seem a little bit too unsettled at the moment.
    Heart: Reds by 5. Head: Sharks by 10.

  • Reds Fan 2012

    The Reds were robbed last time we visited Durban with that last tackle on Digby offering at least 3 different penalties that was dead in front. They remember that and want to make ammends. It will be a difficult game but if Kaplan refs the way he has the past 12 months it should be a great game ( I think he has been one of the best in the world if not definately the Super rugby. Campaign…yes I just said that) Reds by 6 with Harris kicking plenty of goals as the Sharks defensive pattern this year has been to spoil and give away a penatly rather than a try, hence McKenzie’s little story in Rugby Heaven.

    …Let’s hope the Yellow card does appear if this is the case.

  • Muffy

    What Dave said, except I am a fan of Lucas, I think he is very underrated IMO (Ben not Dave)

    But the head hearts thing is spot on:

    Heart: Reds by 5.

    Head: Sharks by 10.

    Still put $50 on the Reds though, that way I can feel better about not backing them with the head if they pull through..

  • pants

    so the first reds article comes 3 weeks in. surely there was something more interesting happening with the waratahs.

    • Are you talking about the first Reds article here?

      ‘Cause I have pumped out a couple a week…

  • Robson

    Hell, the jersey looks like a blood sample under a microscope. Might be over simplifying things, but I think this game will put the reds under the microscope too.

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