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Sharks XV probables lay down a strong marker


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Vodacom Cup on 13 Feb 2012 at 08:20
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Sean Everitt watched on Friday afternoon as his “probables” team, playing in white, put the blue-clad “possibles” to the sword in a Vodacom Cup trial match, to the tune of 34-14. Everitt’s squad will be bolstered today by a slew of players coming down from the extended Super Rugby squad, meaning the composition of the team will probably change; that said, he will be happy with the way his charges performed over the weekend.

A number of new faces were on display during the trial; for the white team, prop Oliver Kebble, whose father Guy was a hero for Natal back in the 90s, started in his dad’s old number 1 jersey, while former Free State under 21 loose forward Brendon Groenewald started at number 8. Scrumhalf Shannon Rick is also back in town after a stint with Griquas in the Currie Cup, with Rovers utility back Chris Micklewood also back in Durban – he played a role off the bench.

For the aquas, veteran Chris Jordaan featured at fullback after leaving Durban a few seasons back to play for the Pumas. Former TUT Vikings scrumhalf Manny Raposo and Bulls under 19 flank Stefan Willemse are also new on the scene, with the balance of both sides comprising a mix of contracted juniors and stand-out players from the local club scene.

Players such as Cobus Reinach, Monde Hadebe and Franna Kleinhans, who had trained with the Super Rugby squad all week, were played off the bench for the whites, with the resulting starting lineup showing exactly which side Everitt would pick were he not to have any Super Rugby players available. In that team, only Gouws Prinsloo and Peet Marais have tasted senior rugby for the Sharks (with a single Currie Cup cap each), while Rick’s handful for Griquas still leave the team total below ten; in short, while the Sharks XV may be a side brimming with youthful exuberance and no shortage of talent, it’s experience that looks likely to be lacking this year.

The white team scored six tries on the night, with fetcher Chris Cloete (2), Jaco van Tonder (2), Peet Marais and Monde Hadebe all scoring. The aquas replied with two scores of their own, through centre Jared Meyer and hooker Gideon Brewer.

Whites:
15. Gouws Prinsloo, 14, Jaco van Tonder, 13. Piet Lindeque, 12. Heimar Williams, 11. Rosco Speckman, 10. Fred Zeilinga, 9. Shannon Rick, 8. Brendon Groenewald, 7. Brynard Stander, 6. Chris Cloete, 5. Peet Marais, 4, Stephan Lewies, 3. Nick Schonert, 2. Franco Marais, 1. Oliver Kebble.
Replacements: 16. Monde Hadebe, 17. Danie Minnie, 18. Francois Kleinhans, 19. Cobus Reinach, 20. Chris Micklewood, 21. Tyler Fisher.

Aquas:
15. Chris Jordaan, 14. Kayde Fisher, 13. Wandile Mjekevu, 12. Jared Meyer, 11. Jors Danhauser, 10. Gavin Hauptfleisch, 9. Manny Raposo, 8. Braam Steyn, 7. Stefan Willemse, 6. Khaya Majola, 5. Paul Saunders, 4. JC Wasserman, 3. Max van Dyk, 2. Dean Muir, 1. Alan Dell.
Replacements: 16. Gideon Bruwer, 17. Ollie Dube, 18. Jandre Jacobs, 19. Peet Coetzee, 20. Hanco Venter, 21. Stefan Ungerer.



21 Comments

  • Is Mjekevu so low down the ranks in terms of playing at centre, or do we think it was purely combinations on the night?

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.02.12 08:23:19 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : combinations… They wanted to see him alongside his Kes schoolmate Meyer, whereas Williams and Lindeque on the other side are an established combination that has played together for two years.

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.02.12 08:30:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • Quite a few very exciting names in both teams..

    It should be a good season for them to build some experience and form a solid foundation for the age group Currie Cup as well as the Vodacom Cup next season..

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.02.12 08:33:41 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : a lot will depend on who comes down and how well they can be slotted in.

    I’m a bit worried that the Sharks XV are going to be completely overflowing with locks and centres, with hardly any scrumhalves, props or hookers…

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.02.12 08:40:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • Oliver Keeble is the biggest surprise inclusion imho.

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.02.12 08:43:10 by beet Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :

    I hear what you are saying , the balance seems to be a bit off hey?

    The good thing is that the likes of Schonert, Minnie, van Dyk and Dell will be getting lots of game time. Hadebe, as I am sure will be captain, will get a lot of game time as well, which is good for development.

    The locks are a bit of a problem, but damn we are overflowing with quality in the loose forwards.

    Zeilinga can cover the scrumhalf problem, but I would prefer for him to play as much rugby as possible at 10.

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.02.12 08:43:42 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 6) : we’ll know more later today when Plum cuts his squad.

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.02.12 08:47:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) :

    Is this happening today?

    Should make for some interesting reading…

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.02.12 08:48:35 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 8) : it is, yes

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.02.12 08:49:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : One of the Sunday papers mentioned that Plum is maybe going to take more than 22 to PE. He feels that there are too many players putting their hands up and would like a further look at some players.

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.02.12 09:28:21 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 10) : ah yes, ok… I heard 24 actually, but it might be even more than that

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.02.12 09:30:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob, where has Chris Micklewood been playing? I was wondering about him the other day.

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.02.12 09:32:31 by StevieS Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 12) : Brive, then Newcastle

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.02.12 09:36:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : Apparently he is in a quandry, and liking it. :cool:

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.02.12 09:39:20 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : Thanks. So he would have played with Greg Goosen at Newcastle.

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.02.12 09:41:12 by StevieS Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 15) : I think was playing local club rugby in KZN last season. I’m pretty sure his name was mentioned in the Clubs’ prize giving at the end of 2011.

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.02.12 10:20:51 by beet Reply

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  • There are some talented youngsters in both those teams. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on their progress during the season .

    Besides Siseko Jafta is there anyone else who is injured who would be considered for selection for the Sharks XV?

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.02.12 11:02:28 by slammerboy Reply

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  • @slammerboy (Comment 17) : Kyle Cooper?

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.02.12 11:48:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : forgot about Cooper. I’m sure he’ll be fighting it out with Burden for the reserve jersey

    You see that Lachie Turner is out of Super Rugby for the season. Tore his hamstring off the bone.

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.02.12 12:13:54 by slammerboy Reply

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  • @slammerboy (Comment 19) : EINA

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.02.12 12:20:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • Mickelwood was club captain at rovers last year and did very well

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.02.12 16:56:31 by skull Reply

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