New faces at Sharks training

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 25 May 2010 at 07:30
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The Sharks get back into the swing of things this week, with preparations for the upcoming Currie Cup season kicking off in earnest. While a number of the players who carried a heavy workload during the Super 14 are still enjoying some rest, there were some fresh faces present as a fair few young players from the Sharks XV have been called up to the Currie Cup training squad.

The bulk of the pack that represented the Sharks in the Vodacom Cup have been pulled in, with Pat Cilliers, Wiehahn Herbst and Sabelo Nhlapo due to swell the front-row ranks. Hooker Kyle Cooper, lock Anton Bresler and loose forwards Justin Downey, Skholiwe Ndlovu, Luvo Lusaseni and Mike Rhodes have also made the grade.

An interesting call-up is that of Jacques Venter, a flyhalf veteran from the local club scene who put in a few good performances for the Fifteen as a stand-in for Monty Dumond. Other Vodacom Cup backs to receive call-ups include Mark Richards, Luzuko Vulindlu, Jean Stemmet and Jerome Pretorius. Further good news is that Louis Ludik is very much in the picture as he continues his comeback from injury.

Former Free State and SA Sevens winger Lionel Mapoe trained with the team on Monday, as expected.

The Sharks play a compulsory friendly against the Valke on the 11th of June, before getting their Currie Cup campaign underway against Griquas a month later. The ABSA Under 21 competition kicks off the same weekend, with the Sharks juniors taking on Boland in their opening match. Under 21 coaches Swys de Bruyn and Rudolf Straueli held trials today to start the process of narrowing down the age-group talent into a squad to participate in that competition.


  • Good to see the blending in of some of the youth. Sharks need to find some stars in the midfield and halfbacks and depth to cover the Bok departures up front.

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.05.10 07:34:38 by Pablo Dinero Reply
    Pablo DineroCurrie Cup player
  • Go Sharks!! :cool:

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.05.10 07:39:15 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • Justin Downey was man of the match for Rovers against Old Boys this weekend and scored a try for the second week in a row. This young man simply HAS to be given a proper shot in the Currie Cup

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.05.10 08:04:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Agreed, even if they blood him against the minnow teams. Unfortunately for him though, loose forward is not a position in which the Sharks are thin. With Deysel, Alberts, Kanko, Botes, Daniel, its tough for a youngster to break in here. Of all of them only Kanko and maybe Deysel are likely to get Bok call ups. Having said that though, the Sharks need to use this currie cup to introduce new talent, and prepare for the inevitable loss of Boks after the WC (or sooner if some rumours are to be believed).

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.05.10 08:13:25 by Pablo Dinero Reply

    Pablo DineroCurrie Cup player
  • I’m completely biased, of course, but I rate Downey as a far better bench option than Daniel, cos he can cover all three positions in the back row

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.05.10 08:40:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hope we see some of these players getting an extended run this year…and most important, if Plumtree ever had to read something here on Sharksworld it’s this. Don’t pick Lambie at 10 if you don’t intend on keeping him their for the duration of the season. We don’t need another youngster who lost all his confidence because of constant positional changes.

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.05.10 09:11:31 by Letgo Reply
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  • Glad to see that the younger players are getting a turn at the CC it will boast the inner self and be great players for those who are leaving the Sharks (traters)and to see what they are made of in the game and well maybe see some of them in the S15 :!:

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.05.10 09:32:26 by stormy chaz Reply

    ChazTeam captain
  • @Letgo (Comment 6) : agree leave Lambie at 15 :lol:

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.05.10 09:33:01 by stormy chaz Reply

    ChazTeam captain
  • @wpw (Comment 2) : :twisted:

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.05.10 10:06:00 by Charlie Reply

    CharlieSuper Rugby player
  • @Charlie (Comment 9) : Go Sharks!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.05.10 11:13:06 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 6) : Plum’s already beaten you to it, Lambie was first receiver a couple of times in the latter stages of the S14.

    While he probably won’t be selected in the number 10 jersey initially, he will certainly play at flyhalf during the season. Ludik is too good a player to leave out, as is Lambie.

    Anyway, who else do we have at 10?

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.05.10 11:42:07 by Baldrick Reply

    BaldrickCurrie Cup player
  • @Charlie (Comment 9) :

    Waar gaan jy die final kyk??

    Ek kan altyd vir jou n invite stuur!! :twisted:

    Ek het mos n 54 inch, ek bedoel 54cm TV!! :roll: :???:

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.05.10 11:47:54 by wpw Reply
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