The twins are back!

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 2 Aug 2010 at 09:55
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I’ll admit that this one caught me a little by surprise, but the Cronjes twins, Ross and Guy, made their return to rugby after both spending some time on the sidelines ths weekend. Both brothers came on with half an hour remaining to play their part in the Sharks Under 21 side’s gritty 27-23 victory over Free State.

Much as the seniors did, the under 21s left thing very late, only clinching the result in the 75th minute through a Daniel Oijambo try. The big Kenyan, a winger in his under 19 days but now concentrating on becoming a utility forward, was on the bench as the reserve lock. An injury to outside centre Arno van Zyl saw him come on amongst the backs, though and score the decisive points, with Guy Cronje marking his return after nearly a year out of the game by making the conversion. Van Zyl himself had scored an earlier try, with the other Sharks score coming via a penalty try at the end of the first half.

The Sharks squad was further bolstered by the presence of two players who recently did well for the SA Under 20 side in Argentina. Loose forward Tera Mthembu started his first match in Sharks colours on the open side flank, while hooker Monde Hadebe played off the bench. A further Baby Bok star, Sbu Sithole, started in the number 11 jersey after being on the bench last week. The return of the Cronje twins to fitness will give coaches Swys de Bruyn and Rudolf Straueli much to think about ahead of this weekend’s game against the Lions, since incumbent halfbacks Cobus Reinach and Willie du Toit have been in superb form.

The under 19 side continued their impressive form (they stuffed the Griffons by 70 points last week) in downing their Free State counterparts 33-13. The dynamic young centre pairing of Heimar Williams (Affies) and Piet Lindeque (Grey) were again on fire, each scoring a try in the bonus-point victory. Further tries were scored by prop Nick Schonert and impressive flanker Francois Kleinhans, a Glenwood boy who made his debut for the Sharks under 19 side last year, while still at school.

Both age-group teams are now well-placed on the log and apart from losing to the Bulls, are otherwise unbeaten. They’ll want to consolidate against the Lions this coming weekend.


  • Things are looking healthy at the Sharks! Lets keep these youngsters hungry and pushing to be included in the senior team. Our rugby can only improve if there is serious competition between the players!

    Well done to the coaching staff and everyone involved!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.08.10 10:30:48 by Mole Reply
    MoleUnder 21 player
  • @Mole (Comment 1) : It certainly destroys the myth that the Sharks buy all their players from other unions. Quite clearly you can see that there is a organised development plan from u-19 right through to senior level. But try telling a bonehead Bulls supporter that!

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.08.10 11:05:53 by CapeShark Reply
    The Great Couch SharkSuper Rugby player
  • saw the repeat of the u/21 game last night, geez, what a wonderful free flowing 2nd half that was!! and we`ve got serious talent in our junior ranks. i like that van zyl lad at centre and reinach at scrummie.

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.08.10 11:13:49 by VanWilder Reply

    VanWilderCurrie Cup player
  • well with ruan leaving and stefan on his last legs, three backline spots are up for grabs at the sharks.

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.08.10 11:17:07 by try time Reply

    Super Rugby player
  • @try time (Comment 4) : Well, Super 15 is around the corner and we still need a world-class flyhalf and outside centre. Obviously Lambie is a shoe-in at inside centre. But the sooner we fill those gaps the better…

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.08.10 11:23:22 by CapeShark Reply
    The Great Couch SharkSuper Rugby player
  • @CapeShark (Comment 5) :

    We might be seeing some of these “lighties” in the senior team as soon as this weekend. Ludik and Meyer doubtful…

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.08.10 11:37:36 by Mole Reply

    MoleUnder 21 player
  • its great to cee our young one play their heart out its shows that outr feature Sharks are reading to go and play with the big guns now wll done to all :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.08.10 14:07:29 by chaz Reply

    ChazTeam captain
  • Good to see development blossom…sad though that many of these boys will never see senior rugby and super rugby with the sharks…

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.08.10 15:06:22 by shaniboi Reply

    shaniboiVodacom Cup player
  • @shaniboi (Comment 8) : ja, but there are only so many places up for grabs… You need a wide base to ensure the best ones make it.

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.08.10 15:56:10 by robdylan Reply
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