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Sharks juniors primed for Super 14 action


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 14 Dec 2009 at 12:43
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News out of the Sharks camp is that a number of the Under 21 Class of 2009 have been training with the Super 14 squad for the last few weeks.

With a hectic 2010 campaign looming, The Sharks brains trust have elected to split the squad early, with those earmarked for the Super 14 continuing to train with John Plumtree, while the second tier prepares for the Vodacom Cup under the watchful eye of Sean Everitt. The bulk of this year’s under 21 squad – or, at least, those of them who haven’t left – will look to represent the Sharks XV next year before hopefully going on to play a role in the 2010 Currie Cup campaign.

A number of the youngsters have already been included in the Super 14 squad in a bid to fast track their progress into the senior ranks. Perhaps the least surprising name is that of scrumhalf Ross Cronjé, who made his Super 14 debut in 2009. His brother Guy will also come into the Super 14 reckoning and if Monty Dumond is indeed released to the Cheetahs, the blonde youngster could find himself as the only flyhalf backup to Juan Hernandez. Pat Lambie will also be there and will apparently be used at centre next year. Both Cronjé and Lambie made their senior debuts during the 2009 Currie Cup.

Other players to crack the nod are hooker Kyle Cooper and outside centre Jerome “Trompie” Pretorius. Impressive number 8 Luvuyiso Lusaseni also spent some time running with the Super 14 squad, but the reality is that not all of the players currently training with the big boys will go on to earn Super 14 gametime this season.

Both squads will complete their final week of pre-season training for this year on Friday, before enjoying a two-week Christmas break.



41 Comments

  • is it me or is putting lambie at centre a recipe for disaster? lambie has shown a lot of promise this season and could be an important cog in the team, my concern is he is another player with a boot in the backline. so now we have ruan that kicks, juan that as flyhalf is expected to kick ball out of hand, stefan same. how much ball is going to get to the wings? the positive though is that if juan is injured ruan can move to flyhalf and we don’t need rory on the park as place kicker as pat has a decent place kicking record.

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.12.09 13:12:14 by try time Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 1) : well, I reckon Pat will be played at outside centre, rather than inside, and 13s rarely kick, not so?

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.12.09 13:42:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : we can hope. i really like the style pat plays. i just hope we don’t have to watch another year of sharks rugby where bonus points are thrown away because the up and under is the only option.

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.12.09 14:10:43 by try time Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    But you guys have Adi, Murray and Dries who can all play 13??

    It would make sense to play him at 15 wouldn’t it?? If Stefan gets injured and Ludik starts, who will be your backup for Louis??? :roll:

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.12.09 14:14:41 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) : to be honest, I’ll be surprised if Pat gets a Super 14 start in any position next year. He’s only just turned 19. But I think he’d make a superb backline sub – he could cover anything from 10-15

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.12.09 14:22:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • He’s very impressive, but with Ludick there, he might play for the u/21′s for a couple of years, before moving to the lions. lol!

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.12.09 15:26:26 by boepie Reply

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  • @boepie (Comment 6) : Gaan skyt Boepie. I think Lambie will be shakted around the backline ala Brent Russel, Frans Steyn and Ruan. And he will be aware of what a disadvantage that would be to his career and go and play fullback for Stade, Clermont, Leinster, Saracens etc. at the age of 22. And be lost to SA Rugby. May I ask, why is it that the Sharks players have to adapt to new positions for the sake of the Boks? John (2 to 3), Ruan (9 to 10….and other positions), Frans (12 to 15)! Sure it is cool to have versatile/utility backs, but they never get settled in any position. Is that perhaps the reason why the Sharks kicks the ball away cos they are not sure of what to do in a backline move and appear “lost” with the ball in hand? Stefan is in his self admitted last year of rugby. We have secured Ludick (or did we?) and who else at fullback? Keep Pat at 15 and we will have no real problems there. AND DONT COME WITH THE SHYTE THAT ODWA AND JPP CAN PLAY THERE AS WELL!! :evil: We (The Sharks) have to use players in other positions than the Boks utilise them and I think that is part of the reason why we stumbled (I HATE the word choke) in the CC. My 20 cents worth.

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.12.09 11:00:47 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 7) : I kinda agree with most of that, although I happen to think that Odwa would be a far better fullback than he is a wing.

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.12.09 12:57:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :

    So you also agree that boepie must ‘gaan skyt’ :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.12.09 13:00:04 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 9) : I would never say that :)

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.12.09 13:18:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Well, like everything in life that point can be debated at length. I agree that Odwa does’nt have the real speed of a wing and there is not much wrong with his defence. But I do not consider his kicking out of hand as one of his rated talents IMHO. And his tactical play/option taking as well?

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.12.09 19:26:18 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 11) : fair enough – but he has played 15 on a few occasions and looked really good every time.

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.12.09 11:21:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : it always seemed to me that he was a short-term solution until oom stef came back from wales

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.12.09 14:10:51 by war1 Reply
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  • Boepie and Pensie sitting in a tree…
    Een terug, twee terug, Castle bier…

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.12.09 14:44:45 by klempie Reply

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  • just heard that guy had an operation on his foot- I really hope he is going to be fit soon!!! :razz:

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.12.09 14:58:20 by lovebubble Reply

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  • MORNING!!!!!!! :grin:

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.12.09 09:04:40 by Xmas Ice-Icle Reply
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  • Hallo daar.

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.12.09 09:08:14 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 17) :

    You still alive?? Have not seen you around for ages!

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.12.09 09:13:55 by Xmas Ice-Icle Reply
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  • Comment 19, posted at 17.12.09 09:18:49 by klempie Reply

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  • yo – pop quiz. How many of you find the “Related Posts” feature useful?

  • Comment 20, posted at 17.12.09 09:34:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • Morning…morning friends…

  • Comment 21, posted at 17.12.09 09:38:18 by blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : I find it very useful …more info right there in case you need to confirm something from an older article…

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.12.09 09:41:02 by blackshark Reply

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    @blackshark (Comment 21) :

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  • Comment 23, posted at 17.12.09 09:41:10 by Xmas Ice-Icle Reply
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  • Comment 24, posted at 17.12.09 09:54:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • Next point on the meeting agenda? :lol:

  • Comment 25, posted at 17.12.09 09:57:39 by Xmas Ice-Icle Reply
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  • Comment 28, posted at 17.12.09 10:35:56 by klempie Reply

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  • Comment 29, posted at 17.12.09 10:38:46 by Xmas Ice-Icle Reply
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  • Comment 30, posted at 17.12.09 11:06:13 by McLovin Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 28) : hmmm, so that’s one vote against :)

  • Comment 31, posted at 17.12.09 11:06:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • :mrgreen:

  • Comment 32, posted at 17.12.09 11:07:18 by McLovin Reply

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  • :smile:

  • Comment 33, posted at 17.12.09 11:08:41 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 30) : @McLovin (Comment 32) : @McLovin (Comment 33) :

    Heard a good joke? ;-)

  • Comment 34, posted at 17.12.09 11:09:43 by Xmas Ice-Icle Reply
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  • Comment 35, posted at 17.12.09 12:06:10 by McLovin Reply

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  • How about a few xmas cracker jokes then.

  • Comment 36, posted at 17.12.09 12:15:22 by McLovin Reply

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  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday….

    Aaaah, those were the days.

  • Comment 37, posted at 17.12.09 12:16:15 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 37) : nice

  • Comment 38, posted at 17.12.09 13:05:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • So hows about the cricket dudes??? :roll:

  • Comment 39, posted at 17.12.09 14:19:27 by wpw Reply
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  • SA 377/8

    Damn! :evil:

    Boucher out for 49

  • Comment 40, posted at 17.12.09 14:21:46 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 39) : English Roses wilting in the harsh African sun. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 41, posted at 17.12.09 15:26:42 by klempie Reply

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