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Plum takes a flyer on young flyer


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 10 Apr 2013 at 07:47
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In something of a bizarre move, former SA Schools fullback Sean Robinson might make a shock start for the Sharks Super Rugby team this weekend.

Robinson, who only turned 19 in November, was a stalwart for the Sharks under 19 team last year, but only made his Vodacom Cup debut as recently as last week, when he came on at wing to score the winning try against SWD.

It was widely reported yesterday that Robinson has been called up to join the Super Rugby side in the wake of injuries to key men in the back three, including Louis Ludik, Odwa Ndungane and Lwazi Mvovo. Lions utility back Andries Coetzee is being looked at, but is under something of an injury cloud himself and certainly wouldn’t be fit to play against the Stormers on Saturday. That fact, coupled with a less-than-inspiring first Super Rugby performance from S’bura Sithole, has increased speculation that Plumtree may be about to include Robinson in his starting line-up, at wing.

Robinson was a star at schoolboy level and it was considered quite the coup when the Sharks snatched him from Waterkloof Hoër, right out from under the noses of the Bulls. To be fair, though, his performances for the under 19s last year, while solid, hardly suggested that a Super Rugby call-up would or should be imminent the following year. According to reports, though, he’s impressed hugely in training so far this year and looks set to be given a chance, which he’ll hopefully grab with both hands in the toughest competition in world rugby.



46 Comments

  • :shock: Who? :shock:

    OK I don’t follow junior Sharks rugby so I’ve never heard of the oke but he must be freakishly good to leapfrog a whole host of players.

    Well good luck to him.

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.04.13 07:53:32 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) : you should follow junior rugby. SIES

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.04.13 08:02:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : No time, as it is I battle to keep up with senior rugby. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.04.13 08:04:37 by Pokkel Reply
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  • um wow

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.04.13 08:06:37 by Poisy Reply
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  • Is Prinsloo not seen as higher up in the pecking order? Then there’s Viljoen too, of course.

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.04.13 08:07:48 by Argex Reply

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  • sbura should go play sevens he just isint cutting it at currie cup or super rugby pity because his talented

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.04.13 08:07:54 by Poisy Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : This is the guy I asked u about yesterday. I’m told he’s starting this weekend. What’s his profile?

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.04.13 08:09:57 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Rob , I have always had to ask you this, how do you manage to follow all the rugby, senior and junior from the UK?

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.04.13 08:11:07 by Uli Reply
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  • This is BS! So Sbura is not good enough after 1 SR cap? What about Mjekevu? Mbona? The experienced club rugby outside backs e.g Danhausser, Chris Jordan. IMO I don’t believe this kid’s cameo try last w/end is worth a SR, he must also wait for his turn like the rest, not leapffrog seniors. Plum is sending a wrong message, to the team and the concerned public.

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.04.13 08:11:23 by Le Punk Reply

     
  • I love to see the young guys make a name for themselves. Good enough is old enough as the case with Lambie and PSD. Good luck boet and make the most of it.

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.04.13 08:15:24 by Viking Reply
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  • @Le Punk (Comment 9) : And Greg Goosen and Viljoen.

    What’s our team looking like this week? I’d like to see Mjelevu get a crack. He was good for the Lions a few years back as a 19 year-old.

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.04.13 08:45:49 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 10) : To quote Wollie from a Currie Cup game last year, I thought the saying went: “If you old enough you are good enough…” :razz:

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.04.13 08:54:57 by MikeVS Reply

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  • @ChrisS (Comment 11) : I think Mjekevu is being seen mainly as a 13 these days.

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.04.13 09:30:48 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • Mjekevu blew his chance to impress last year. He has no contract and is not in any plans.

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.04.13 09:44:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • guys – you need to get a grip here. The Sharks are NEVER going to pick a club player ahead of a contracted squad member. Just because you think a guy is “carving up” in the Moor Cup doesn’t mean he’s anywhere near the Super Rugby ranks.

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.04.13 09:48:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • Any idea on size and speed. I agree it is surprising and I have always backed Sbura, but surely there must be something to this kid for the coaches to even consider this?

    In any event, after whining for ages about how we kept all those Oupa’s in the squad, I’m not going to rush to slate this decision.

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.04.13 09:50:26 by Big Fish Reply
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  • if anything, the only guy who can really feel hard-done-by hear is Maseko…. he’s in red-hot form and has been for over a year. S’bura has blown every chance he’s had to play for the seniors and it really isn’t surprising that he’s being leap-frogged. Likewise, Viljoen has delivered enough howlers over the last 12 months that it’s hardly surprising Plum isn’t rushing to back him again.

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.04.13 09:51:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • The name rings a bell

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.04.13 10:08:38 by SteelShark Reply
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  • http://www.sharksworld.co.za/2011/11/15/sharks-lure-sa-schools-fullback/

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.04.13 10:29:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • According to the SA rugby site, Robinson is a little guy, 1.81m and 80kg

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.04.13 10:51:58 by Saffex Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : he’s off to France.

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.04.13 10:51:59 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 21) : Dont blame him, he has been poorly treated at the Sharks, how the hell can a kid go from the heights he achieved as a 19 year old for the Lions to nothing with the Sharks – it makes no sense

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.04.13 10:55:34 by Saffex Reply

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  • If he is selected i would like to say congrats and well done, he is extremely good amazingly talanted and has some serious pace, if he is selected it would be weird watching someone who i have played with and against playing on the big stage.

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.04.13 11:02:37 by BR Reply
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  • @Saffex (Comment 22) : Mjekevu was not poorly treated, he played many a VC game and was found wanting, very poor handling skills, It is also one of the reasons the Lions let him go with ease.

    In fact it was the Sharks that atleast gave him another chance to prove himself.

    No one wil argue he has loads of talent, but if the basics let you down it is for you as a player to work on your short commings.

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.04.13 11:20:59 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Saffex (Comment 22) : Sharks threw him a lifeline when he most needed it. If he has got a contract in France its great for him and Im sure he can thank the Sharks in part for that.

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.04.13 11:25:13 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 24) : Sorry, I see you already said the relevant stuff.

  • Comment 26, posted at 10.04.13 11:26:32 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 24) : If his hands are not that great then it begs the question why he was played at 13, where good hands is a must. It would have made more sense playing him on the wing.

    He was awesome for the Lions as a 19 year old, great pace and an unbelievable step on him. He also looked damn good for the Baby Boks, playing for them for two years. He moved to the Sharks, muscled up and never cracked their CC squad, let alone S15 squad. I just struggle to see how a youngster with so much promise could lose it that much. Can’t say I ever saw an issue with his hands.

    I reckon the Sharks have missed a trick with this lad, much like they seem to be with Sithole and much like they did with Wayland Murray.

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.04.13 11:31:09 by Saffex Reply

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  • @BR (Comment 23) : So how big is this lad, you must know him. Is he only 80kg?

  • Comment 28, posted at 10.04.13 11:32:32 by Saffex Reply

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  • @Saffex (Comment 22) : if he has neither the head nor the heart for senior rugby, it makes perfect sense. Sometimes the fault lies with the player, although it’s obviously far easier to unthinkingly and indiscriminately blame the coach and the union.

  • Comment 29, posted at 10.04.13 11:45:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Saffex (Comment 27) : no, you fool. If his hands are a problem then he shouldn’t be picked ANYWHERE until he fixes the problem. FFS man, think before you post.

  • Comment 30, posted at 10.04.13 11:46:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : Well, there is plenty of evidence that Plum and his team have overlooked many a deserving player – Jandre Marais springs to mind, as does Murray

  • Comment 31, posted at 10.04.13 11:55:43 by Saffex Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 30) : Oh what crap, if he had that much of an issue with his hands no professional coach would entertain the idea of playing him at 13. We would have seen him stuck on the wing for the past few years. Cant say I ever saw an issue with his hands, its a load of bullshit

  • Comment 32, posted at 10.04.13 11:57:32 by Saffex Reply

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  • @Saffex (Comment 31) : As has every other coach in the country. Unlike me, they are only human

  • Comment 33, posted at 10.04.13 11:59:09 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Saffex (Comment 28) : he have never been one of the bigger guys,but i haven’t seen him since he went to the sharks my guess would be he isn’t much over 80kg except if he got some serious muscle over the past year

  • Comment 34, posted at 10.04.13 12:08:12 by BR Reply
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  • sorry – I realise I am setting a bad example by calling a fellow blogger a fool.

    I’m going to go away and calm down a bit.

  • Comment 35, posted at 10.04.13 12:12:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hardly the man to comment on Sbura, might be blinded by my Queenian allegiance here, but surely he wasn’t that bad, the ball was passed to him twice on Saturday if I am not mistaken, he grassed both passes, but the 2nd time he was on the receiving end of a terrible pass from Jordaan. I just don’t think it warranted him not getting a starting chance, also mental preparation might have been a factor, mentally am sure he thought he might get 20 minutes or so towards the end, not really a good 50 minutes. I could be wrong, but anyway

    Well if Sean starts, I’ll be very surprised. Great talent though, for me the closest thing we’ll have to an Israel Dagg. Still 20, if he does well, it’ll give Dawie Theron something to think about.

  • Comment 37, posted at 10.04.13 12:35:01 by Ludz Reply

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  • @Ludz (Comment 38) :
    Believe me, I hope you are right. Physically, he has all the attributes.

    But he hasn’t ever stood up as he should, even in CC rugby. Even last year his hands were poor and he seemed overly inclined to look for contact, rather than back his pace.

    Still, I hope he gets another shot this weekend and shines.

  • Comment 38, posted at 10.04.13 12:51:32 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 38) : His front on defence worries me too. For some reason he gets dominated in the tackle when attempting to tackle the ball carrier straight on. I saw Ntubeni dominating him in this situation when they were under 20s and it continued last year and was also evident in Saturdays game. He is a big guy and one would expect him to be more syable in those face on one on ones.

  • Comment 39, posted at 10.04.13 12:58:38 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 35) : You are forgiven!!!

  • Comment 40, posted at 10.04.13 13:15:05 by Saffex Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 38) : same here, he hasn’t played to his potential, not even close, if he can get those right, he’d be something special to watch. Having watched him from when he was a 16 year old at Queen’s, he’s got massive potential. He had a decent Currie Cup in 2011, but hasn’t improved since.

  • Comment 41, posted at 10.04.13 13:16:09 by Ludz Reply

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  • @Uli (Comment 8) : I watch whatever I can and talk to people who can watch the games I can’t. Not saying my picture of things is necessarily perfect, but I consult a wide variety of people and generally have a good picture of who fits in where, who’s rated and who isn’t.

  • Comment 42, posted at 10.04.13 13:19:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • Teams out Rob and it includes Mr Sean as a starter.

  • Comment 43, posted at 10.04.13 15:21:49 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 43) : thanks – it’s up

  • Comment 44, posted at 10.04.13 15:29:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 42) : do you watch everything on sky?

  • Comment 45, posted at 10.04.13 16:18:01 by Uli Reply
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  • @Saffex (Comment 27) : Agree with you here. Mjekevu looked a MASSIVE talent as a youngster with the Lions and I’m baffled that he hasn’t developed. Never looked anything wrong with his hands either.

    I’m wondering if there could possibly be an attitude problem with the guy because he certainly has the talent. Just ask John Mitchell. Infact, I’m going to make a few enquiries as I can’t believe the fall from grace.

  • Comment 46, posted at 10.04.13 19:33:44 by Villie Reply
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