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Sharks XV duo relishes homecoming


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Vodacom Cup on 10 Mar 2011 at 11:57
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Two young Shark XV stars will be returning to their South Coast roots in the team’s Vodacom Cup clash against the Valke at the Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre in Gamalakhe on Saturday at 4.30pm. This article was written by Quintin van Jaarsveld of SARugby.com.

Try-scoring winger Anton Verster and play-making centre Jerome Pretorius learned the fundamentals of the game whilst playing together at Suid-Natal Primary School in Port Shepstone. Verster furthered his studies at Suid-Natal High School, while Pretorius opted to spend his high school years at Voortrekker.

The duo was set to be joined in the team by fellow former Suid-Natal Primary School product Marcell Coetzee, however, the hard-running eighthman, who scored his first try in Sharks XV colours in the team’s 25-5 win over the Welwitschias in Windhoek at the weekend, will miss Saturday’s clash as he’s been called up to the Sharks Super Rugby squad.

After matriculating, the two joined the Sharks Academy and top Durban club College Rovers, where they would soon be joined by Coetzee. The duo went on to play for the Sharks Under-19, Under-20, Under-21 and Sevens sides during 2007 and 2009.

Verster, Pretorius and Coetzee last year helped propel College Rovers to their first-ever SAA National Club Championship title with Verster finishing the campaign as the competition’s leading try-scorer with 22 tries in 22 games.

Verster and Pretorius’ young careers will come full circle on Saturday when they return home to play in front of their families and friends.

“I’m really looking forward to playing in my home town,” Verster told SARugby.com.

“I think it’s great that the team are playing down there because of all the fans and I’ll look to play a big game for them.”

Pretorius said that he too cannot wait for Saturday’s match and continuing the Sharks XV’s initiative of taking the game to other regions within KwaZulu-Natal.

“I think it’s a great thing that the Sharks are taking the game to all areas of the province,” commented Pretorius.

“We’ve played in Pietermaritzburg, Newcastle and Empangeni in the past so I’m very excited to play down on the South Coast after all these years.”

Sharks XV coach Sean Everitt highlighted what Verster and Pretorius bring to the team respectively. “Obviously Anton’s got incredible pace, good distribution skills from playing scrumhalf before, and he’s very good defensively,” Everitt told SARugby.com.

“Jerome is a very agile player. His got pace, a good knowledge and understanding of the game and his decision-making is really good.”

Everitt said that losing Coetzee to the Sharks Super Rugby squad was a big blow for the side, but noted that they have adequate depth in the back row to get the job done.

The Sharks XV have got their 2011 Vodacom Cup campaign off to a perfect start with successive back-to-back victories over the defending champion Vodacom Blue Bulls and the Welwitschias and find themselves in second place on the South Section log.

The Valke, in contrast, suffered heavy defeats in their first two outings against the Toyota Free State Cheetahs and DHL Western Province and are languishing at the bottom of the North Section standings.

Sharks XV Rugby Festival Programme:

9:15am Hoërskool Suid-Natal vs. Hillcrest
10:20am Creston College XV vs. St Patrick’s College XV
11:30am Scottburgh XV vs. Development XV
1pm South Coast Warriors 2nd v Kokstad 2nd
2:30pm South Coast Warriors 1st v Kokstad 1st
4pm Rugga Skills mini rugby
4:30pm Sharks XV v Valke Vodacom Cup match
6pm Official opening of SKZN gymnasium and post-match function

Image credits: Verster photo: Luke Walker/Gallo Images
Pretorius photo: Lynn Carolan



26 Comments

  • 22 tries in 22 matches :cool:
    Expect the Valke to get another pakslae :razz:

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.03.11 12:13:25 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Nice to see sharks covering the whole province to play at!!that’s why we have so many sharks fans cause they look after us!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.03.11 12:19:25 by vermeulen Reply

     
  • I wish the Sharks XV would come back to play in Durban again..

    Would love to cover another of their games..

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.03.11 12:21:21 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Marcel Coetzee played for Durban Collegians u/20A side last year which were unbeat :razz: en.

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.03.11 12:24:38 by Reebok Reply

     
  • @vermeulen (Comment 2) : I agree. And hats off to the local organisers for putting together such a good package of curtain-raisers.

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.03.11 12:25:14 by beet Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : Hey Richard, do you have the team listfor this game?

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.03.11 12:26:38 by beet Reply

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  • WP put 86 past the Valke last week.

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.03.11 12:28:29 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 6) : it hasn’t been announced yet. Should be later today.

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.03.11 12:28:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • hey – who’s keen to join me on a road trip to Witbank on 16 April to watch the XV take on the Pumas?

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.03.11 12:31:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) :

    Im pretty keen for that..

    From which side? Durban or Gauteng?

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.03.11 12:36:34 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 10) : Gauteng :)

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.03.11 12:40:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 10) : BTW, Sally will keep a spot for me in the press box for the Canes game :)

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.03.11 12:41:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : I am.

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.03.11 12:48:43 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 13) : awesome…. I’ll need to try talk my wife into it, of course :)

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.03.11 12:54:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) :

    Awesome!!

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.03.11 13:02:24 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I see that the Sharks (KZNRU) have 2 Mpumalanga towns that are playing in their leagues – Piet Retief and Volksrust. I womder if they will take a game to one of these two towns

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.03.11 13:21:20 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 16) : I was under the impression both of those towns were in KZN… did they move?

    Volksrust always used to be the last place you went through that was actually IN Natal on the way from Dundee to Pretoria. I remember crossing the border somewhere between Volksrust and Standerton.

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.03.11 13:41:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) :
    No, both towns were always in the old South Eastern Transvaal, now Mpumalanga. The last town in KZN is Charlestown (Snowy’s Biltong) with the border just on the outskirts of Volksrust. Piet Retief is about 40km inside Mpumalanga, with Paulpietersburg being the last town in KZN on that road. The Pongola river forms the provincial border here.

    Will be intersting to know how they get it right to play their rugby under another union than the one they geographically fall.

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.03.11 14:29:55 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) :
    The border you are thinking of between Volksrut and Standerton could be from around union/Boer war days.

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.03.11 14:35:55 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 19) : wow… showing my age here :)

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.03.11 16:07:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : :grin:

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.03.11 16:16:53 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : If it’s on, just mail me closer to the time then.

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.03.11 16:44:06 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 22) : wife is not completely against the idea… problem will be finding a suitable vehicle to go in

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.03.11 17:16:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ja I got the starting XV

    1 subs
    2 cooper
    3 wehan
    4 moster
    5 jandre
    6 nico
    7 dan
    8 lambert
    9 ross
    10 guy
    11 Anton
    12 Mnisi
    13 jerome
    14 piet
    15 kobus

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.03.11 20:33:15 by vermeulen Reply

     
  • Nice article Tho!!looks like there are some talent from that side

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.03.11 20:34:31 by vermeulen Reply

     
  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : We will make a plan. Let’s talk a little bit closer to the time.

  • Comment 26, posted at 10.03.11 21:49:15 by war1 Reply
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