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A closer look at the Currie Cup squad


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 9 Aug 2012 at 09:03
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Let’s have a bit of a closer look at the 28-man squad named to do battle for the Sharks in this year’s Currie Cup competition.

In the table below, we’ve summarised a few key facts and statistics about the team.

It’s a pretty interesting lineup, all right, with a fair bit of experience, but also lots of players who are new to this level of rugby. While Riaan Viljoen and Tim Whitehead have played plenty of Currie Cup rugby for other provinces, they’ve yet to do so for the Sharks. Others, such as Paul Jordaan, Rosco Speckman and Steph du Toit, have yet to play Currie Cup at all. Among the players who did appear last year, plenty have just a handful of caps between them, making the tasks of Currie Cup veterans like Jacques Botes, Steven Sykes, Meyer Bosman, Louis Ludik, Craig Burden and Odwa Ndungane all that much more important.

It’s interesting to note how few of the players have represented other teams in their career, making this probably the most “home grown” Currie Cup squad the Sharks have been able to name in quite a few years. 17 of the 28 players named have been produced by the Sharks Academy and have graduated to the Currie Cup squad via the Sharks junior teams.

The oldest player in the squad is Marius Joubert at 33, while Jacques Botes and Odwa Ndungane (both 31) are the other over-30s. Riaan Viljoen and Charl McLeod, at 29 years apiece, are the next oldest. Way down on the other side of the scale, young Steph is not even 20 yet, with Paul Jordaan and Francois Kleinhans joining him in still being below the age threshold to qualify for the under 21 side.

Name Age Height Weight Nickname School CC Caps SR Caps Other Teams Twitter
Props
Dale Chadwick 24 1.83 113 Chadders Westville 14 10 - -
Wiehahn Herbst 24 1.80 114 Wors Klerksdorp 28 23 - t
Julian Redelinghuys 23 1.76 110 Julz Monument 3 - - -
Hookers
Craig Burden 27 1.84 100 Bruce Maritzburg College 59 37 - -
Kyle Cooper 23 1.78 109 Coops Glenwood 21 1 - -
Monde Hadebe 21 1.77 98 - Westville 2 0 - -
Locks
Anton Bresler 24 1.98 112 Bakkies DHS 17 24 - t
Steven Sykes 28 1.98 114 Sykesie Marlowe 78 69 Leinster t
Jandre Marais 23 1.98 116 - Welkom Gim 10 8 - t
Peet Marais 21 1.99 116 - Welkom Gim 1 - - t
Pieter-Steph du Toit 19 2.00 114 Steph Swartland - 6 - -
Loose Forwards
Jean Deysel 27 1.91 112 Wolla Hentie Cilliers 39 43 Lions VC -
Jacques Botes 31 1.82 99 Botesie Potch Gim 100 105 Pumas CC t
Lubabalo Mtembu 21 1.87 102 Tera Dale - 1 - t
Francois Kleinhans 21 1.84 96 Franna Glenwood 2 - - -
Scrumhalves
Charl McLeod 29 1.80 88 - Wonderboom 37 42 Valke CC -
Cobus Reinach 22 1.75 84 Stiffler Grey Bloem 2 1 - t
Conrad Hoffmann 24 1.81 86 Hoffies Paarl BHS 10 11 Stormers SR -
Flyhalves
Riaan Viljoen 29 1.85 87 Tjop Klerksdorp - 12 Cheetahs SR t
Centres
Tim Whitehead 24 1.87 95 - Grey PE - 15 Stormers SR t
Paul Jordaan 20 1.80 94 Tollie Grey Bloem - 10 - t
Marius Joubert 33 1.91 96 Juba Paarl Gim 12 3 Stormers SR/Cheetahs SR t
Meyer Bosman 27 1.92 100 - Oakdale 12 34 Cheetahs SR -
Wings
Odwa Ndungane 31 1.84 96 - Hudson Park 58 82 Bulls SR t
Sibusiso Sithole 22 1.82 91 Hosepipe Queens 12 - - t
Rosco Speckman 23 1.76 85 Speckmagic Mary Waters - - - t
Fullbacks
Louis Ludik 25 1.83 92 Elle EG Jansen 24 32 Lions SR t
Gouws Prinsloo 22 1.80 88 - Marlow 1 - - -


11 Comments

  • Please correct Tim’s weight! Feels like a Saturday guys. Happy women’ day to all the ladies.

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.08.12 09:26:00 by GreatSharksays Reply
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  • Hosepipe? :shock:

    Dare I ask?

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.08.12 09:58:10 by MerckZ Reply
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  • @MerckZ (Comment 2) : Big biceps. ;)

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.08.12 10:05:38 by Ben Reply
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  • @MerckZ (Comment 2) : it’s because of the massive vein on his arm… apparently :)

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.08.12 10:51:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • Viljoen 29 :shock:

    Definitely not a long term fh solution I’d hope

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.08.12 11:00:50 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : that must be the lamest story he could come up with! LOL

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.08.12 11:03:27 by Ice Reply
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  • Didnt viljoen play for Griquas in the currie cup?

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.08.12 14:13:21 by Dunx Reply

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  • @Dunx (Comment 7) : yes, he did… the cap counts are just for the Sharks

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.08.12 14:26:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • Bosman is our biggest back. He never seems very big.

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.08.12 21:37:38 by Letgo Reply
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  • @MerckZ (Comment 2) :to us Queeenians he’s simply known as TDS(Top Dog Sbura) or simply Sbura,hope he has a good season and hopefully plays himself into SR contention

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.08.12 12:00:12 by Ludz Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 9) : have you met him? He’s blimming huge!

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.08.12 12:17:59 by robdylan Reply
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