Sharks name strong junior teams

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 11 Sep 2009 at 09:41
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Sharks under 21 coach Sean Everitt has been forced into some changes up front, having lost Julian Redelinghuys to the senior side this week.  The junior side take on the Bulls this weekend, needing a win to retain top spot on the log.

Big Francois Hanekom, a 120kg tighthead and product of Marlow Agricultural College, the same school that produced Steven Sykes, will come straight in at tighthead, joining the established combination of Dale Chadwick and Kyle Cooper. Sabs Nhlapo will provide front-row cover off the bench as he continues to develop as a prop following his conversion from the second row.

There are further changes in the backs. Right wing Mark Richards has been forced to withdraw, leaving a spot for Sevens specialist Milo Nqoro in the number 14 jersey. With Rory Kockott’s return to fitness, Ross Cronjé comes back into the under 21s and will take over the number 9 jersey, and the captaincy, from Tian Meyer. The latter is on the bench, while the other Cronjé, Guy, starts at flyhalf. Match-winner Pat Lambie continues at fullback.

The Sharks Under 21s

15. Patrick Lambie
14. Milo Nqoro
13. Arno van Zyl
12. Gary Collins
11. Rosco Specman
10. Guy Cronje
9. Ross Cronje (capt)
8. Luvuyiso Lusaseni
7. Lee Thompson
6. Siya Mdaka
5. Anton Bresler
4. Jandre Marais
3. Francois Hanekom
2. Kyle Cooper
1. Dale Chadwick

16. Alfred Ries
17. Sabelo Nhlapo
18. Lambert Groenewald
19. Cameron Dunlop
20. Tian Meyer
21. Jerome Pretorius
22. Faizel de Bruin

Meanwhile, Rudolf Straueli’s Under 19 side are also hovering near the top of the standings and will be up against it in Pretoria – the Bulls always hard to beat at this level of the game. This year’s Sharks team is brimming with talent and will look to emulate the feat of last year’s bunch, who won the trophy.

Leading the charge will be a formidable second-row pairing of captain Kene Okafor, who represented South Africa at the recent IRB Under 20 World Championships in Japan and Peet Marais, younger brother of Under 21 (and Sharks XV) stalwart Jandre. Francois Kleyhans, named at openside flank this week, is still a schoolboy and is a member of the formidable Green Machine pack that saw Glenwood record a rare away win over Affies earlier this year. Let’s hope he can repeat that success just across the road at Loftus Versveld.

The Sharks Under 19s

15. Gouws Prinsloo
14. Mandla Dube
13. De Wet Berg
12. Dwayne Jenner
11. Sibusiso Sithole
10. Willem du Plessis
9. Jacobus Reinach
8. Carel Greeff
7. Brynard Stander
6. Francois Kleinhans
5. Kene Okafor (Capt)
4. Peet Marais
3. Tom Botha
2. Shaun Malton
1. Njabulo Mkize

16. Monde Hadebe
17. Nick Schonert
18. Cornelius van Vuuren
19. Hendrik Hoogenboezem
20. Charles Purdon
21. Hanno Botha
22. Chrislyn van Schalkwyk

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