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Getting to know the Sharks XV


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Vodacom Cup on 30 Apr 2010 at 14:17
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Let’s have a bit of a closer look at the players who’ll be heading down to Pretoria to take on the Blue Bulls in the Vodacom Cup semi-final tomorrow.

Now, we know a fair few of them, but I guess some of them might still be quite new to us. I thought of putting together a little collection of pics for you to put faces to the names.

Starting from front to back, we have captain Pat Cilliers at loosehead prop. The former Michaelhouse lad has played both Super 14 and Currie Cup rugby for the Sharks in the past and has also represented the Emerging Springboks against the Lions. Hooker Kyle Cooper is another homegrown lad, from Glenwood, who has represented the Sharks are every age-group level and also played for the Baby Boks at the IRB Junior World Champs last year. Tighthead prop Julian Redelinghuys attended Monument Hoër in Johannesburg and also gained SA Junior colours last year. Redelinghuys also made his Sharks Currie Cup debut in 2009. Openside flank Skollie Ndlovu is no stranger, having played a big role for the Sharks in the Super 14 last year. Locks Jandre Marais and Anton Bresler have come up from the Sharks under 21s together. The former is a Welkom Gimnasium old boy and also played Baby Boks last year, whilst he latter went to DHS and came into the Sharks setup via the Zululand Rugby Academy. Mike Rhodes, at blindside flank this week, was on the Sharks bench last week and played some good Currie Cup rugby last year. Number 8 Justin Downey also made his Currie Cup debut in 2009 and as a Northwood old boy, he brings the total of KZN-schooled players in the pack to an impressive 6 out of 8.

Moving to the backline, Charl McLeod and Monty Dumond need no introduction, particularly not to each other, as they have played together all the way from club level up to the Sharks Currie Cup team. As a combination, they were arguably the form halfback pairing in the 2009 Currie Cup for a large portion of the season. Left wing Rosco Speckman was a regular starter in the Sharks under 21 side last season and a few injuries have opened the door for him to make his mark on the Vodacom Cup, after some good performances on the wing for College Rovers. Inside centre Arno van Zyl makes his run-on debut for the Sharks XV at inside centre this week, having played off the bench against Griquas. He is a schoolmate of Jandre Marais and they played in the Welkom Gim first team together. Jean Stemmet was an off-season acquisition from Stellenbosch University, where he was a key member of the Maties team that won the Vodacom Cup competition last year. His strong performances at outside centre have seen him come close to cracking the Super 14 nod this year. Completing the three-quarter line is Sbu Sithole, a pacey winger who will travel to Argentina in mid-year with the South African under-20 side. Mark Richards, yet another product of Michaelhouse College, is afforded another opportunity to shine at fullback, after playing wing for the majority of the season.

On the bench we have Hannes Snyman, Dale Chadwick, Luvo Lusaseni and Lee Thompson covering the forwards, while Ross Cronje, Jerome Pretorius and Louis Ludik are the backs. Chadwick played a game for the Sharks Currie Cup side last year, while Cronje and Ludik have played Super 14 rugby, for the Sharks and Lions respectively. Lusaseni is yet another Baby bok representative.



38 Comments

  • only 3 out of 22 did not either go to school in Durbs, or attend the Sharks Academy.

    This team is as homegrown as you’ll get in this day and age… at least 9/22 were schooled in KZN… maybe more

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.04.10 14:27:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • here’s the full list of schools

    1 Cilliers – Michaelhouse
    2 Cooper – Glenwood
    3 Redelinghuys – Monument
    4 Marais – Welkom Gim
    5 Bresler – DHS
    6 Ndlovu – Northwood
    7 Rhodes – Michaelhouse
    8 Downey – Northwood
    9 McLeod – Wonderboom
    10 Dumond – Orkney
    11 Speckman – Mary Waters
    12 van Zyl – Welkom Gim
    13 Stemmet – Paarl Gim
    14 Sithole – Queens
    15 Richards – Michaelhouse
    16 Snyman – Kroonstad (I wonder if he knows Oubaas?)
    17 Chadwick – Westville
    18 Lusaseni – Selborne
    19 Thompson – Pretoria Boys
    20 Cronje – Michaelhouse
    21 Pretorius – Voortrekker
    22 Ludik – EG Jansen

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.04.10 14:52:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • 10 of 22 schooled in KZN

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.04.10 14:52:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • Michaelhouse 4, Northwood 2, Welkom Gim 2…

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.04.10 14:54:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • that’s a very cool idea Rob. Was watching the game last week and knew some guys from CC and S14 but a lot of strange faces – this really helps.

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.04.10 15:16:34 by rekinek Reply
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  • Where is Kyle Coopers neck? This guy is built like a, ahm, hooker should be built.

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.04.10 15:18:24 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • going for the game tomorrow :cool: – will try to be early to se the XV at work – if manage to locate this C field :???:

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.04.10 15:18:34 by rekinek Reply
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  • 21 Pretorius is from Voortrekker, do you know which one (Pmb, Bethlehem, Jnb)

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.04.10 15:20:33 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 7) :
    It should be next to the B field.

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.04.10 15:21:27 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : nobody from Hilton?

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.04.10 15:21:36 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 9) : is B next to A ? :lol:

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.04.10 15:22:14 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 7) :
    Im jealous, but I hope you have a fantastic day.
    On Boots and All they said it was sold out.

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.04.10 15:22:53 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 11) :
    Should be, but in Pretoria it may be somwhere else.

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.04.10 15:24:53 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 12) : I believe so. Gonna be :cool: Will be interesting to see whether Gauteng supporters show up in numbers.

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.04.10 15:28:36 by rekinek Reply
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  • Must say they a bunch of goodlooking lads.. ;-) ..no wonder all the young girls go to watch their games :grin:
    GOOD LUCK for the game…just sorry it’s not the curtain raiser to the main game :???:

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.04.10 15:40:23 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 8) : I’m assuming it’s the one in Maritzburg, since he went to primary school in KZN.

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.04.10 16:13:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • Comment 17, posted at 30.04.10 16:19:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : so the red cross above is the c-field (I believe). I’ve actually played a club game on that field.

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.04.10 16:21:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : :razz: thanx.

    it looks like one should find it easily.

    just an observation : assuming that this map is north orientated – it looks like east stand are under roof :roll: :shock:

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.04.10 16:27:54 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 19) : it looks that way… I think East Stand is the main one – where all the important people sit.

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.04.10 16:30:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 19) : you’re not going to believe how misleading that picture can be… the East Stand is open and the West one covered

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.04.10 16:31:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • Comment 22, posted at 30.04.10 16:32:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • not to tell tales, but jeez, it’s hard to find a picture of Ross Cronje with his trousers on! What a scrummie :)

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.04.10 16:40:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : @rekinek (Comment 19) :

    Look again…there is NO SHADOW from a roof on the east stand. :roll: .you would be very bad photo anylists..suggest you stick to analysing rubgy games :lol:

  • Comment 24, posted at 30.04.10 16:42:58 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @Me2 aka Mama Shark (Comment 24) : or implementing Identity Management solutions, perhaps?

  • Comment 25, posted at 30.04.10 17:11:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Me2 aka Mama Shark (Comment 24) : :lol: which shadow (i can’t see any) :roll:

  • Comment 26, posted at 30.04.10 17:13:46 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : perhaps i should speak to you – sharky has identity crisis :mrgreen: he thinks he is an angel :lol: ;-)

  • Comment 27, posted at 30.04.10 17:18:10 by rekinek Reply
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  • BREAKING NEWS
    BISMARCK DU PLESSIS OUT FOR 6 WEEKS AFTER NECK OP. REPLACED BY SMIT AT 2 WITH BEAST TO 1.

    MAY MISS JUNE TESTS.

  • Comment 28, posted at 01.05.10 05:16:33 by grant10 Reply

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  • @grant10 (Comment 28) :
    No need to shout dude!! :wink:

  • Comment 29, posted at 01.05.10 06:54:47 by wpw Reply
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  • @grant10 (Comment 28) : It’s so breaking, not even the Sharks website nor s24 nor r365 has it. :roll:

  • Comment 30, posted at 01.05.10 08:26:19 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • We have been asked not to reveal that piece of info, as it turns out.

  • Comment 31, posted at 01.05.10 08:58:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : So it’s true?! :| :shock:

  • Comment 32, posted at 01.05.10 09:29:19 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : I’m guessing that’s the reason for not including Herbst in the Sharks XV team.

    If it’s being kept as such a big secret I assume it’s VERY serious?

  • Comment 33, posted at 01.05.10 09:43:15 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • It is true and it’s pretty serious, yes.

  • Comment 34, posted at 01.05.10 10:46:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 34) : Thanks for coming back to us Rob, any particular reason for ‘them’ to allow the Beeld to report on it but not anyone else?

  • Comment 35, posted at 01.05.10 10:49:30 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 35) : they didn’t allow or deny anything. The people who told me about it asked me not to run the story and I concurred. I guess others who knew about it were less judicious.

    Who wrote the story in Beeld? I bet I know…

  • Comment 36, posted at 01.05.10 11:07:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 36) : JJ Harmse. Could guessed.

  • Comment 37, posted at 01.05.10 11:14:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 37) : You guessed it :lol:

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