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Cooper back with Under 21s


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 5 Aug 2010 at 23:56
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The Sharks have named a strong under 21 side featuring a number of players with Currie Cup experience, including sensational hooker Kyle Cooper, unfortunate to be dropped from the senior squad to make way for the return of Bismarck du Plessis. Their opponents, the Young Lions, are struggling a little this season, since so many of their stars are currently playing senior rugby!

The return of Cooper to the front row will add much momentum and impetus to the tight five, but it’s perhaps the inclusion of Adriaan Theisinger at the back of the scrum that will have the tongues wagging a little more. After being snapped up by the Sharks on leaving school at the end of 2008, the former Grey Kollege number 8 has played no rugby whatsoever in 18 months after sustaining a horror knee injury shortly after arriving in Durban. At 1.96m tall and well over 100 kilos, big things are expected of him and it will be interesting to see if he’s now finally ready to fulfil some of that promise.

The return of Ross Cronje to the starting lineup sees Cobus Reinach demoted to the bench – a bitter pill to swallow for the young scrumhalf who has been one of the standout performers in Swys de Bruyn’s side over the first three rounds. Brother Guy remains on the bench this week, with Willie du Plessis retained at flyhalf, while another Grey boy, Piet Lindeque, comes up from the under 19s to take over from the injured Arno van Zyl at outside centre.

Baby Bok loose forward Lubabalo Mtembu has been named on the bench, after spending some time this week with the SA Sevens training squad.

Sharks under 21s:

15 Wynand Pienaar, 14 Mark Richards, 13 Piet Lindeque, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Rosco Speckman, 10 Willie du Plessis, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Adriaan Theisinger, 7 Meyer Swanepoel, 6 Jaco Otto, 5 Peet Marais, 4 Jandre Marais, 3 Frans Hanekom, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Dale Chadwick
16 Hannes Snyman, 17 Dexter Fahey, 18 Daniel Oijambo, 19 Lubabalo Mtembu, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Guy Cronje, 22 Gouws Prinsloo



31 Comments

  • Go Sharkies :!:

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.08.10 07:03:05 by Jarson Reply
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  • Apparently we have gained the services of Grey College centre Paul Jordaan who played for the Cheetahs’ Craven Week side this year. :?:

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.08.10 07:16:06 by Jarson Reply
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  • This is a good team, and based on the games I’ve watched there is much to feel confident about, I am glad that Cooper is getting game time whilst Bismarck is here…

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.08.10 07:46:41 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • Great potential in this team. I feel bad for Cobus Reinach though, I think he deserves a starting spot. Cronje needs to prove me wrong, but I haven’t seen many great performances from him.

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.08.10 08:52:35 by Letgo Reply
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  • Reinach is very unlucky to lose his starting spot..

    But that said, good competition amongst the youngsters will only up their game..

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.08.10 08:57:59 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 2) : yes… we’ve been talking about that one for months :)

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.08.10 09:23:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 4) : I agree… I think Reinach should have kept his spot.

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.08.10 09:24:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • and that will teach me to put up a team that I got from a sauce, rather than the officially announced one!

    Seems Theisinger is NOT playing after all. Roy Bursey is at number 8.

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.08.10 10:06:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : No wonder his name sounded familiar :oops: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.08.10 10:09:52 by Jarson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : I just looked at this team a bit more in depth..

    I reckon the Sharks are looking good for the next few years, especially in the lock and backline position..

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.08.10 10:36:11 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 10) : definitely. And Okafor and Johan Schoonbie aren’t even in this team.

    Apparently Roy Bursey is Craig Burden’s cousin. More home-grown talent coming through.

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.08.10 10:48:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : that will teach me to make assumptions. He went to Selborne :oops:

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.08.10 10:49:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 10) : At lock? Really? Great news as the Sharks are thin at lock. With all the recent buys, its probably the position of most concern (even with the arrival of Skeate).

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.08.10 10:54:01 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 13) : Yeah, the Marais brothers are really good, if I;m not mistaken, both went to the U21 World Cup.. As did Okafor..

    In the centres we have U19 Lindeque and Richards (who can cover wing), and even in the flyhalf position we have du Plessis and Cronje..

    Good depth at junior level, I love watching them play..

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.08.10 10:58:18 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • My word this u21 side when everyone is fit, is a thing of beauty. Some unbelievable talent here.

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.08.10 11:01:53 by Oubaas2009 Reply

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  • @Oubaas2009 (Comment 15) : amen to that!

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.08.10 11:04:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • we’ve got Gavin Hauptfleisch too – promising Paarl Boys High flyhalf, coming next year

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.08.10 11:05:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 14) : What kind of locks are they? The sharks are set for rangy/light/mobile locks, but need a big enforcer type (like Bakkies, but with an IQ higher than room temperature).

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.08.10 11:13:12 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • Sorry to come across as critical, but I have watched a few junior games, and generally the standard is good, but not great.

    Short of Lambie, Herbst and Cooper, who is really pushing the seniors yet – considering the lack of depth to date?

    Compare this to a time when we had Beast, Hargreaves, JPP, Waylon, Frans, Barritt and others playing seniors before 21, and I am not quite as excited as everyone here.

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.08.10 11:31:42 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 18) : I’m quite keen on Okafor… He looks like a bruiser

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.08.10 11:41:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 19) : Not to nitpick, but did Barritt and Hargreaves ever play in the same team? To be honest Hargreaves is only coming into his own now. Before this year (and some of last) he has been a non-factor. I see what you are saying though. 2005 – 2007 were exciting years in terms of young talent. Pity virtually none of it is still in Sharks country. Still, its a rebuilding year and there is talent coming through. Three new youngsters pushing the seniors is three more than the Sharks had last year, and before seasons end there could be a few more.

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.08.10 12:34:40 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : Great. More of these needed. The sharks cant continue with a situation where the most physically intimidating players in the team are the loosies..

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.08.10 12:35:54 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • I actually think there is more than 3 pushing the seniors :cool:

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.08.10 12:38:41 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 23) : True, I guess you would have to include Rhodes here too. Any others near to senior selection I have missed?

  • Comment 24, posted at 06.08.10 12:47:15 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 21) :
    Hargreaves took yonks to fill out; but everyone knew that he was going to be a major player for us.

    I’m not trying to put down any of our players – but at the same time I don’t want to overhype what stocks we have.

    Leave that to WP.

  • Comment 25, posted at 06.08.10 12:48:48 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Fish, what you’re missing here is that we were forced to pick so many 21 year-olds in the senior team because the seniors were all so shit… thanks to the ravages of the Putt years.

    Under 21s belong in the under 21 team unless they are supremely, unduly talented like Lambie. But he’s a once-in-a-generation player.

  • Comment 26, posted at 06.08.10 12:57:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : Or Frans Steyn :)

  • Comment 27, posted at 06.08.10 12:59:26 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • Fair enough Robbo: I’m just saying that there is a lot of hype on the juniors, and I have not quite seen snything to make me dit back, short of the aforementioned 3.

    This in itself is not a problem – many players hit their straps later. But if we are going to criticise the powers that be for recruiting as heavily as they have, then we better have the resources at hand first.

    Just my opinion – I am very often wrong. ;-)

  • Comment 28, posted at 06.08.10 13:05:50 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 28) : I suspect we’re very close to the same page anyway :)

  • Comment 29, posted at 06.08.10 13:15:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • GO SHARKIES GO :mrgreen:

  • Comment 30, posted at 06.08.10 13:22:58 by chaz Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) :
    Then I can definitely take faith that I am not too far wrong.

  • Comment 31, posted at 06.08.10 13:23:19 by Big Fish Reply
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