Dawie Theron’s SA Under 20 trial group will play their final trial match against a Western Province side in Belville this afternoon. Theron has named a starting fifteen containing four junior Sharks players, while two others will make an appearance off the 14-man bench.
The Sharks are once again well represented among the three-quarters, with wings Mandla Dube and Emil Schwartz starting, along with outside centre Piet Lindeque. Port Natal eighthman Marcell Coetzee is the fourth Sharks representative in the starting lineup, while inside centre Heimar Williams and prop Nick Schonnert should get some game time in the second half.
Theron confirmed that “this will be the final game our trialists will have to play as a unit before they join their provincial sides during the Vodacom Cup and their tertiary institutions in the Varsity Cup. Our intentions as coaches will be to monitor as much from these competitions as possible, but for now it’s a great opportunity for the guys to make a mark against a side like DHL Western Province.”
SA Under-20 – Riaan Britz (Free State), Mandla Dube (The Sharks) Piet Lindeque (The Sharks), Kobus Lourens (Leopards) Emile Schwarz (The Sharks), Sam Lane (WP), Ricky Schroeder (WP), Marcell Coetzee (KwaZulu Natal), Arno Botha (Blue Bulls), Nizaam Carr (WP), Eben Etzebeth (WP), Carl Wegner (Free State) Jon Roy Jenkins (Leopards), Bongi Mbonambi (Blue Bulls), Stephan Kotze (Free State).
Reserves: Baksteen van Heerden (Free State), Jean Schoeman (Blue Bulls), Nick Schonnet (The Sharks), Ruan Venter (Lions), Brendon Groenewald (Free State), Jean Cook (Free State), Ernie Strydom (Leopards), Lohan Jacobs (Blue Bulls), Tony Jantjies (Blue Bulls), Sizo Maseko (WP), Clarence Khumalo (WP), Heimar Williams (The Sharks), Ulrich Beyers (Blue Bulls), Kevin Luiters (Free State).