Everitt names his warriors

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 28 Oct 2009 at 10:37
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Sean Everitt has named a settled combination to contest the final of the ABSA Under 21 competition, at Loftus Versveldt on Saturday afternoon. The Baby Sharks will be facing the Free State Cheetahs in a game that kicks off at 14h30.

The tight five has been one of the main strengths of the side to date and Everitt has been able to name an engine room comprising four Baby Bok representatives. Props Julian Redelinghuys (tighthead) and Dale Chadwick (loosehead) both made their senior Currie Cup débuts during the course of the season, while hooker Kyle Cooper comes back into the starting line-up for this crucial game. Jandre Marais is the fourth age group international in the side, with Anton Bresler, who has played every game and scored a brilliant try in his last outing at Loftus, joining him in the second row.

In the loose trio, Siya Mdaka (brother of Bok sevens player Thobela) has been a stalwart at openside, while big Luvo Lusaseni has really started to grab the eye with some strong play at number 8. Completing the loose trio is blindside flank Lambert Groenewald, who is one of the leading forward try scorers in the competition with four touchdowns to his name.

An embarrassment of riches at scrumhalf sees Super-14 capped Ross Cronjé playing off the bench, with the number 9 jersey going to regular captain Tian Meyer. Meyer himself has crossed the line six times this season and is the leading try scorer in the team. The smaller Cronj&eacute, flyhalf Guy, will soldier on at pivot.

There’s been a fair bit of rotation at centre this season, but it’s former Monnas captain Gary Collins and homegrown hero Jerome Pretorius who’ll be at 12 and 13 respectively this season. It’s the back three that has really been a standout this season, though, spearheaded by the phenomenal Patrick Lambie at fullback. The youngster, just recently turned 19, is the competition’s leading points scorer and will use his deadly boot to improve on his already impressive season total of 185. High school team mate Mark Richards has been a solid performer at right wing, while Rosco Specman has shown the ability to score some crucial tries on the left – none more so than the individual effort that sealed the semi-final win against Western Province.

The bench has a fair bit of experience too, with another pair of age-group internationals in Milo Nqoro and Sabelo Nhlapo joining the experienced Cronjé. Pretoria Boys High’s Lee Thompson is another product of the Zululand Academy to have fought his way into the squad, while Arno van Zyl has started a fair few games this season at centre.

Sharks under 21
15. Patrick Lambie
14. Mark Richards
13. Jerome Pretorius
12. Gary Collins
11. Rosco Specman
10. Guy Cronje
9. Tian Meyer (Capt)
8. Luvuyiso Lusaseni
7. Lambert Groenewald
6. Siya Mdaka
5. Anton Bressler
4. Jandre Marais
3. Julian Redelinghuys
2. Kyle Cooper
1. Dale Chadwick

16. Alfred Ries
17. Sabelo Nhlapo
18. Lee Thompson
19. Nic Claasen
20. Ross Cronje
21. Arno van Zyl
22. Milo Nqoro


  • Good luck Baby Sharks!!

    What is ABAS?? ;-)

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.10.09 11:11:09 by GI Ice (Bulletproof) Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Bulletproof) (Comment 1) : A bank for the dyslexic. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.10.09 11:19:08 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 2) : whoops :)

    It shall be corrected

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.10.09 11:24:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 2) :

    No wonder I understood what he meant! :lol:

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.10.09 11:24:47 by GI Ice (Bulletproof) Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Bulletproof) (Comment 1) : anyway, he was the chairman of the PLO :)

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.10.09 11:24:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) :

    eh? :oops: :lol:

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.10.09 11:31:04 by GI Ice (Bulletproof) Reply
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  • Go Sharkies, at least bring us one cup home!

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.10.09 18:12:53 by mbayshark Reply
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  • @mbayshark (Comment 7) : I’m sure it will make all of us feel a little bit better.

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.10.09 18:13:34 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Yes good luck guys! The only match to look forward to all weekend . . . sigh.

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.10.09 08:34:47 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • go SHARKS!

    oh well pity that only U21 managed to the final but I am slowly recovering.

    morning! it’s friday :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.10.09 09:33:53 by rekinek (retreat -ing) Reply
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