With a few of The Sharks veterans getting on and our youngsters impressing, we must have a look at where the gaps for the youngsters could open up.
The Sharks men i feel should be moving on in the next few months to 2 years would include Botes, Ndungane, Joubert and who knows about the Ludik vs Viljoen battle, one or both could struggle for game time if Steyn does finally say he’s a Shark, again. We also have to wonder about Redlinghuys, Jannie and Herbst ahead of him, and personally in the long run, i think Dell and Van Dyk are better options going forward.
Youngsters who i think should come in includes, Kleinhans (has a cap or two already), Dell, Van Dyk, Emil Schwarz and Sithole (needs more opportunities). Kleinhans to fill the gap of Botes, Dell to become our number 2 loosehead behind Beast, due to his great mobility for a prop, and his ability as a prop to also steal ball like a flanker, aswell as his obvious leadership abilities; and Van Dyk to challenge Herbst for our number 2 tighthead in the future. Obviously Sithole to fill the gap left by Ndungane. We will see if Emil can comeback just as fast as he was before his nasty injury. The Sharks are his best chance of coming back even better and stronger. He could add something that we havn’t seen at wing for a while in South Africa; he’s like a mix of JPP and Willem Alberts
Now for the rest, i’m a huge fan of Chris Cloete, he’s a guy that can change a game for you from the number 6 position. Hopefully we get a few of our loosies get Bok call Ups so that we can see him in the Currie Cup. If he can’t get in Currie Cup this year, if i were in charge at The Sharks i would ask if Paul Treu would like to use him for a season or two. I think he would be immense in the sevens. Now flyhalf, Fred Zeilinga is still young, just need him to be more consistent, but he’s got a good mind on him, and kicks with both feet which is very useful. Would like to see Reinach also given an opportunity, as he has been putting in some superb performances, his only weakness is his kicking game, but he can fix it just like Francois Hougaard has dramatically improved his kicking game.
The Future looks bright if The Sharks are wise and know when it is time to move on and use the youngsters. Hopefully we can see some of these guys this year in Currie Cup, and if not Currie Cup in the u/21′s. As always the players are in Durban, want to see some more silverware now