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Pollard leapfrogs Zeilinga for Baby Boks


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 29 May 2012 at 10:00
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Schoolboy flyhalf Handré Pollard has been selected out of the blue to replace the injured Johan Goosen in Dawie Theron’s SA Under 20 squad. The 18-year-old from Paarl Gimnasium will play in the upcoming IRB Junior World Championship in the Cape next month, despite still being a matric pupil.

It’s a blow to Sharks XV pivot Fred Zeilinga; the former Glenwood star has also been on trial with the side on and off for the last few weeks, but with Heyneke Meyer apparently playing a role in the decision, the Bulls-bound Pollard has won the nod despite Zeilinga also impressing the coach with his play.

Speaking to Sport24, Theron confirmed that Pollard’s physicality played a big role in the decision, saying “I was very open with Fred, because I think he’s also an outstanding player, but Handré weighs 96 kg and is 1.9 m tall.”

Tony Jantjies – also of the Bulls (hell, who isn’t?) – is expected to be first-choice flyhalf for the Baby Boks at the tournament, with Pollard his understudy.



51 Comments

  • Whichever way, good luck Boys, make us proud!

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.05.12 10:08:51 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Handre is a solid FH, big boy! And he certainly impressed the hell out of me watching him play! Welll done!

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.05.12 10:13:40 by Ice Reply
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  • Matric exams is more what am worried about here

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.05.12 10:15:31 by Ludz Reply

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  • “but with Heyneke Meyer apparently playing a role in the decision”-sign of things to come ;With this kind of thing happening we may find out why meyer went 11 from 11 in his first season of super rugby, all the best to him but seeing things like this happen leaves a bitter taste in my mouth, same taste I get when I think of how Spies and Steyn have been protected in the bok team ,same taste I got when Stegman(a late inclusion to the end of year tour)gets to start ahead of Daniel.

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.05.12 10:17:44 by Talent Reply
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  • Good luck to the guy in any case

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.05.12 10:19:25 by Talent Reply
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  • Someone draft a sharks contract, QUICK!!!! :twisted:

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.05.12 10:20:37 by Viking Reply
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  • just read the kids not a bull haha :???: against what school could he face better opostion than vodacom cup has to offer? What about timo sweil?

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.05.12 10:23:05 by Talent Reply
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  • He’ll stay in the Cape. Apart from Grant not much else at 10 esp with the Greek rumoured to be moving to London Irish. I’m happy if he stays in Cape Town as long as the Bulls don’t get their pink mits on him!

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.05.12 10:30:37 by slammerboy Reply

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  • @Talent (Comment 4) : heyneke only said he rates handre! how is this different from when he said he rates PSdT and called him for the Boks “one-on-one” sessions?

    you sharks fans can be annoying with your inane bias.

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.05.12 10:39:52 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 9) :

    Touche..

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.05.12 10:42:10 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • “….but Handré weighs 96 kg and is 1.9 m tall.”…cool, and Tony Jantjies weighs.. and is how tall?

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.05.12 10:42:19 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 9) : over bresler? Its not inane bias ,maybe I have a chip on my shoulder about kzn school rugby players being ignored or something ,probably do if im brutaly honest with myself.

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.05.12 10:47:39 by Talent Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 7) : @slammerboy (Comment 8) : from the article above …..”with Heyneke Meyer apparently playing a role in the decision, the Bulls-bound Pollard has won the nod…”

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.05.12 10:51:38 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 13) : I’m not sure that will happen. Apparently he’s making his decision after Craven Week

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.05.12 10:57:54 by slammerboy Reply

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  • I have to be honest, i would also have selected Pollard; i think he is better than Tony and Zeilinga; but i believe Zeilinga is better than Tony, So our 2 10′s should’ve been Pollard and Zeilinga, IMO.

    But bladdy hell this Baby Bok squad is good; those locks and centre’s are insane!!! Botha, Willemse, Du toit, Serfontein and Jordaan…these guys are sick!! Don’t see how Aus and NZ will be able to compete with what we got…all i know is that NZ and Aus will have a couple great young fetchers…that’s the only thing we need to look out for.

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.05.12 10:58:02 by JJR Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 13) : wow my reading skills are so selective :oops: thanks

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.05.12 11:03:21 by Talent Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 15) : JJR why is he better? I want to know what opposition he has faced for you to deem him better ? Having read some of your posts I bet you saw “but Handré weighs 96 kg and is 1.9 m tall” -must be better ;-)

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.05.12 11:06:13 by Talent Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 17) :
    “Muscle soldiers”. :lol: :wink:

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.05.12 11:09:01 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 17) : I’ve watched him play many games, and he’s making more of an impact than Lambie made at that age, so he can only be class, and we all know if you have to select between one of two players that are equally talented you are always gonna select the bigger one, this is rugby after all ;-)

    Zeilinga is faster and more agile; but Pollard is bigger, attacks the gainline and has a huge boot. So who would you prefer at flyhalf? Brent Russel or Francois Steyn? ;)

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.05.12 11:13:45 by JJR Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 14) : I noted that on the insert on the Kearsney Rugby festival on the Sharkbite TV programme that it was Pollard that ended the insert off with his views of the week. At the time I thought it was quiete an honour to give to somenoe that is not going to join the Sharks after school…..or is he maybe?

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.05.12 11:19:00 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 9) : Its there to counter your inane anti Sharks bias on a Sharks site, nogal.

    Did you see de Villiers and de Jongh going through the revolving doors all afternoon long on Saturday. Not.

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.05.12 11:21:46 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @JJR (Comment 19) : Neither. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.05.12 11:22:37 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 20) : don’t see him coming to KZN. I’ve heard Ryno Eksteen, the Affies 10 may be coming to the Sharks as well Pieter Jordaan from Grey College.

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.05.12 11:24:27 by slammerboy Reply

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  • @slammerboy (Comment 23) : We must get Pieter, want him to play with his Bro.

  • Comment 24, posted at 29.05.12 11:29:10 by JJR Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 23) : Agreed, I thought he was staying in the Cape – I just thought that they would have ended the programme with someone that would be taking up an academy post. Nothing was said so maybe it was an honour for someone that had a great week.

  • Comment 25, posted at 29.05.12 11:30:22 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 25) : you mean someone like Siyabonga Tom :)

  • Comment 26, posted at 29.05.12 11:32:01 by slammerboy Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 9) : That I have to agree with unfortunately. :(

  • Comment 27, posted at 29.05.12 11:32:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @JJR (Comment 19) : Or—Lambie or Frans Steyn ?what about that ?? :cool:

  • Comment 28, posted at 29.05.12 11:33:03 by Talent Reply
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  • Talking of guys that can kick a long ball, who is that chap from Glenwood that just missed that massive (60m) penalty in the game against DHS. That was a monster kick at sea level.

  • Comment 29, posted at 29.05.12 11:33:24 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Talent (Comment 28) : Lambie or a 100kg 1.9m lambie…how’s that? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 30, posted at 29.05.12 11:37:32 by JJR Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 29) : Dont know hes probably 30 anyway :lol: :lol: :lol:

    @JJR (Comment 30) : I’d take that ! But that’s a tall ask…see what I did there, anyway much too early for such heavy conversation, stop it talent!

  • Comment 31, posted at 29.05.12 11:44:00 by Talent Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 15) :

    I think your estimation of the opposition at this tournament is naïve. NZ in particular who have never lost a game at u20 level since the U20 age group replaced U19 and U21 a few years ago.

    Quite frankly, notwithstanding the apparent depth of talent that we have at schoolboy level, our performance at this tournament has been poor by what should be our standards and aspirations.

    I have put this down to poor preparation and certainly in Eric Sauls day, to poor and arguably biased (read Bulls biased) selections.

    Dawie Theron did not cover himself in glory with our performance last year in Italy and players that I personally rate like Johan Goosen, Franna Venter, Jaco Taute, Eben Etsebeth, Siya Kolisi and Paul Jordaan did not deliver the goods against opposition a lot weaker than eventual winners NZ.

    My view on Pollard’s selection is that there is a massive difference between playing schoolboy rugby and even Craven Week to proving yourself at U19 and then U20 Currie Cup level to say nothing of Vodacom and Super Rugby. Bear in mind that a fair number players in the NZ and Australian teams are playing Super Rugby.

    I believe Pollard to be an extremely talented young man who may well be the star of the U20 world cup in 2014 but I can’t see how performing at schoolboy level is any basis for selection to the national u20 side.

  • Comment 32, posted at 29.05.12 11:51:43 by steve Reply

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  • @Talent (Comment 31) : ha,ha,ha :lol: :oops:

  • Comment 33, posted at 29.05.12 11:55:21 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @steve (Comment 32) : agree and let’s not forget about England who are in our group. Most of their squad have got Aviva Premiership experience and having seen them play in the U20 Six Nation I can say with confidence that they will not be pushovers. The priority is winning all our pool games first

  • Comment 34, posted at 29.05.12 11:55:40 by slammerboy Reply

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  • Pollard is rubbish on the backfoot,watch him against KZN at Craven Week last year,he was nowhere particularly when the KZN were pumping WP up front,but on the front foot he’s a superb player and can kill the opposition on his own

  • Comment 35, posted at 29.05.12 11:56:01 by Ludz Reply

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  • @steve (Comment 32) :
    Great post! I agree on both the Pollard issue and the level of competition at junior level.

    The challenge for SA in junior competitions is not talent, but coaching and selections. Sauls and Theron haven’t inspired me with confidence – so not getting my hopes up.

  • Comment 36, posted at 29.05.12 11:58:39 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 29) : Warren Potgieter – the kick was great and just went under the crossbars. I’d be surprised if there was more than 30cm in it.

    Like the look of the Glenwood scrummie too!

  • Comment 37, posted at 29.05.12 12:01:36 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 21) : me “anti-asharks”? don’t be soft

  • Comment 38, posted at 29.05.12 12:24:45 by Megatron Reply

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  • Can we get Zeilinga back then to cover centre for us?

  • Comment 39, posted at 29.05.12 12:26:16 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 38) : So how are your enquiries into underaged adults coming on?

  • Comment 40, posted at 29.05.12 12:36:26 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @steve (Comment 32) :

    Agree, I dont think there is such a thing as a weak Kiwi Junior squad. I wasnt as impressed with their side last year but that said they were still the best team out there.

    I think the Auzzies have some great players as well. Liam Gill has been outstanding in Superugby and could be one of the players of the tournament. And the Auzzie commentators were waxing lyrical about Chris F-Seautia a few weeks back saying he was rated as being the best junior talent to ever come out of Aus so watch out for him – he has had a few appearances for the Reds already and looks a super prospect!

  • Comment 41, posted at 29.05.12 12:37:55 by Pat Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 40) : haven’t managed to get hold of theo.

  • Comment 42, posted at 29.05.12 12:48:35 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 29) : Was the game at Glenwood or DHS? Neither of which I believe have full size pitches.

  • Comment 43, posted at 29.05.12 13:31:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @steve (Comment 32) : All i’m saying is that the SA squad is on paper stronger than NZ, Aus and England.

  • Comment 44, posted at 29.05.12 13:47:32 by JJR Reply
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  • @steve (Comment 32) : We have all the big names, i’m not sure about the experience of the England side, but between SA, Aus and NZ…we dominate them in terms of Superugby experience. That experience was why we lost to England last time out…their 10 had a good amount of senior rugby experience in the Aviva premiership, he single handedly won them the game, also in combination with the poor job Theron did regarding rotating the players and getting them all fresh for the big games.

    And how can i forget how Skosan wasted about 4 try scoring opportunities against England…terrible performance from him on that day.

  • Comment 45, posted at 29.05.12 13:54:47 by JJR Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 43) : At Glenwood, commentators were talking about 60m.

  • Comment 46, posted at 29.05.12 14:05:53 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 46) : u know one of the commentators was Warren Bros? :lol:

  • Comment 47, posted at 29.05.12 14:07:58 by JJR Reply
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  • I’ve noticed that Kevin Luiters and Dean Hammond dont seem to be in the squad according to the IRB Junior website, instead Vian vd Watt and Raymond Rhule are listed along with Pollard, so I wonder if there have been injuries to Luiters and Hammond?

  • Comment 48, posted at 29.05.12 14:29:24 by Pat Reply

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  • @JJR (Comment 47) : :lol:

  • Comment 49, posted at 29.05.12 15:19:05 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @JJR (Comment 47) : capostagno & bros, how boring!

  • Comment 50, posted at 29.05.12 15:31:49 by Megatron Reply

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  • Well to me it was a shock that pollard was chosen after the trails were played and Zeilinga out played him by a long shot (politics) in my opinion played a role here ,Zeilinga has 2 vodacom seasons behind him and is phisically much stronger and conditioned and plays flyhalf and scrumhalf and can kick ,a big leap from school rugby to world cup level .let’s hope the Boks do it .come on henieke don’t let the contracts cloud your thoughts

  • Comment 51, posted at 29.05.12 15:55:48 by spyderco Reply

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