Continuity for under 19s

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 7 Oct 2011 at 09:16
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Sharks under 19 coach Ryan Strudwick has kept faith in the starting 15 that pulled off a good win against their Western Province counterparts last week, with the side named to face the Leopards in Phokeng showing just one change on the bench.

Glenwood prop Deucullen van der Merwe comes onto the bench in the number 17 to replace Pretoria Boys High’s Simon Kerrod, while Nico van Dyk and captain Allan Dell reprise their roles as starting props. Such is the uniqueness of van der Merwe’s first name, by the way, that I honestly believe he may be the only person christened “Deucullen” in the entire world. Certainly Google doesn’t seem to know about anyone else with that name and nor does FaceBook…. and let’s face it, what other proof could you need of a person’s actual existence?

The backline retains its youthful look, with wing Siyabonga Tom, centres Tyler Fisher and Dean Moolman and flyhalf Rob du Preez all still currently at school. Moolman, incidentally, seems to have this strange fascination with playing for the Bulls when he leaves school but let’s hope that now he’s getting game time for the Sharks, he’ll change his mind about that. Once you’ve tasted black (and white) you’ll never go back, or so they say! Reserve scrumhalf, Stefan Ungerer, is also still at school this year.

Once again, it’s good to see the next generation of Sharks legends coming through here, with flyhalf du Preez and number 8 Guy Alexander the son and nephew respectively of Sharks greats Robert du Preez and Gary Teichmann.

The Sharks Under 19s (Twitter names in brackets)
15 Heinrich Arendse
14 Siyabonga Tom
13 Tyler Fisher (@tyler_fisher13)
12 Dean Moolman
11 Janco Tiedt (@janco0510)
10 Robert du Preez
9 Ivan Ludick (@ivan_ludick)
8 Guy Alexander (@guyziealex)
7 Alwyn Jansen van Vuuren
6 Khaya Majola
5 Stephan Lewies
4 Ernst Ladendorf
3 Nicolaas van Dyk
2 Franco Marais
1 Allan Dell (Capt) (@tallycat3)
16 Chad Banfield
17 Deucullen van der Merwe (@deucullen)
18 Stephan Deyzel
19 Jason Klaasen
20 Braam Steyn
21 Stefan Ungerer
22 Riaan van Zyl
23 Keelin Bastew


  • “Once you’ve tasted black (and white) you’ll never go back” Don’t believe it; my daughter fed me one of her black and white striped silkworms, and I ain’t never going back there!

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.10.11 09:40:24 by Culling Song Reply
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  • I do not know whats all this fuss about dean moolman having second thoughts about going to the bulls. :???:

    Guys the bulls contract a large group of players by offering them under 18 contracts while still at school.

    Having a bulls under 18 contract does NOT mean you automatically will go to the bulls.
    For example Stefan Ungerer had a bulls under 18 contract it has a clause or if we also put in it in legal terms its BINDING.
    The contract states that the bulls have first option on the player BUT any union with a better counter offer can sign the player.

    Dean has a bulls under 19 contract he is committed to the bulls i do not think we offer under 19 contracts that are binding.

    I hope this all makes sense maybe Beet can hlep me out. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.10.11 09:49:57 by Muzi Reply

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  • The long term injuries to the talented ex paarl boys high flyhalf gavin haupleisch,big wing swartz from hilton and livewire scrumhalf smit have badly hampered the sharks under 19′s this year.

    All those 3 players are exceptional players.

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.10.11 10:10:57 by Muzi Reply

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  • @Muzi (Comment 2) : From talking to Dean and his coach at Glenwood a few months back, it seems like his contract is set in stone and he will be hooking up with the Bulls next year, unless they are prepared to release him.

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.10.11 10:25:07 by beet Reply
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  • @Muzi (Comment 3) : I watched the WP u19 game and we benefitted from a few things.

    Firstly the wind really made the passing game difficult, so the likes of Leyds, Howard, Barry, Holtzhauzen couldn’t get going at all.

    Secondly their pack wasn’t that big, which gave us a much better oppo to play our own game plan. Our looseforwards were far more effective at carrying the ball up.

    Our next 2 games are against the big packs of the Leopards and the Lions, so we will have to dig deep to get results out of both encounters.

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.10.11 10:29:43 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 4) : The Dean Moolman signing is very interesting i have a feeling Serfontein will be playing under 21 rugby or senior rugby next year maybe at full back..wing?!?!.

    I do not think Swanepoel is ready for senior rugby just yet.
    Like william small smith i believe dries needs a couple of seasons in junior rugby to develop.

    Serfontein is already a big boy like venter he has the physical attributes to play senior rugby.

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.10.11 11:17:26 by Muzi Reply

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  • @beet (Comment 5) : Yea beet that lions under 19 pack is massive they gave the bulls forwards a game and a half.

    Hey Holtshauzen is that KES full back right ? Him and Scarra were the best players in that side.

    Somehow the bulls managed to miss out on singing the tall athletic stephan lewies i mean he was just across loftus in eldoraigne :sad:

    The bulls under 19 locks are not that tall :sad: herman groenewald…marvin orie and schalk van heerden are athletic locks like juandre kruger.

    That is why is was important we sign jacques du plessis…dennis visser..herbst and du preez they are very tall locks. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.10.11 11:24:06 by Muzi Reply

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  • @beet (Comment 5) : I haven’nt had the chance to watch wp under 19s this year hows pat howard doing ?

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.10.11 11:25:41 by Muzi Reply

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  • @Muzi (Comment 8) : because of the cut back on TV time, this was the only game of their’s I seen.

    Pat Howard just didn’t get frontfoot ball. He was closed down early and like I said, the weather conditions just didn’t suit their style of running rugby play.

    BTW Lewies missed the key tackle that allowed Kearsney old boy Warren Seals to score an amazing solo effort try.

    I wasn’t that chuffed with our locks in the earlier part of the season but Lewies has a good workrate and he is a tall boy, so I’ve learnt to appreciate his value to the team.

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.10.11 12:19:29 by beet Reply
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