Schoolboy star Gideon Koegelenberg has headed back to the Cape this week, in order to put in some much-needed revision ahead of Matric finals.
“Koegies”, who will move to Durban to join the Sharks Academy next year, was brought in a few weeks back to strengthen the Sharks under 19 pack and has been something of a revelation, helping the team turn their season around and record four victories in their last five games. We understand he will be available to play in the knock-out rounds if required, but with this weekend’s clash against the Leopards effectively a dead rubber, the Sharks have made a number of rotational changes up front.
Regular loose head Nic Roebeck and hooker Morne du Plessis are both benched this week, with Matt Jones and Warrick Venter each enjoying a rare start. Louis Hazelhurst comes in at lock for Koegelenberg, while Dave Fisher is back from his injury and takes over at flank from the impressive Andrew van Tonder, who was an early casualty against the Bulls last week.
The backline is unchanged from last week’s unit.
Sharks under 19:
15. Sean Robinson, 14. Kotaro Matsushima, 13. Tyler Fisher, 12. Gareth Meikle, 11. Alcino Izaacs, 10. Robert du Preez (Capt), 9. Cameron Wright, 8. Jean Pretorius, 7. David Fisher, 6. Francois van der Vyver, 5. Myles Tucker, 4. Louis Hazelhurst, 3. Marne Coetzee, 2. Warrick Venter, 1. Matthew Jones
Replacements: 16. Morne du Plessis , 17. John-Hubert Meyer, 18. Kirk Twine, 19. Theo Kruger, 20. Stefan Ungerer, 21. Takudzwa Chieza , 22. Brendan Cope, 23. Nicolas Roebeck