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Sharks snap up Grey trio


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 30 May 2013 at 09:51
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Once considered the unofficial “breeding ground” for the Sharks Academy (much to the chagrin of the orange faithful, it must be said), it’s been a few years since the noble institution of Grey College in Bloemfontein has offered up any of its finest progeny to Durban.

In fact, not since Paul Jordaan accepted an offer from the Sharks in 2011, ahead of a host of other unions, has a regular “big name” player from the famed Grey first team opted to join the Sharks Academy, with most being snapped up by either the Blue Bulls or Western Province, if they opt not to remain in Bloemfontein. 2014, thus, might just mark a watershed year for the Sharks wehn it comes to attracting top junior talent, with no fewer than three of the Grey College class of 2013 apparently opting to swim with the Sharks after school.

According to Beeld, props Ruan Kramer and Andrew du Plessis, along with openside flanker Marius Louw, will all play in black and white next season. The last-named is first team captain at grey and also expected to captain Free State at Craven Week this year. Kramer, the tight-head, is apparently renowned for his scrummaging, while loose-head du Plessis is a strong ball-carrier. Perhaps the latter could even be fast-tracked into the first side, to complete an all-du Plessis, all-Grey front row for the Sharks!

Let’s hope that these three do indeed join us and that they go on to represent the Sharks with great success in years to come.



34 Comments

  • Marius Louw, what a player!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.05.13 09:55:43 by Ludz Reply
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  • Ja great to hear we got a real open-side foq a change, now we must just keep them and not leave them out after junior rugby.

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.05.13 10:00:05 by JD Reply
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  • When are we getting decent centers?? 5years or more we struggle there. We always have forwards coming through but no centers. Costing us. Its Bosman ‘s 3rd season and still not producing….

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.05.13 10:04:33 by ebenp Reply

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  • @ebenp (Comment 3) : yes, it’s something I didn’t actually put in the article, but it does worry me. Every year, we sign 2-3 GREAT junior props… yet the centres go elsewhere.

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.05.13 10:08:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • just for the sharks to waste their potential again….

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.05.13 10:09:29 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 5) : that’s rich coming from a Bulls supporter

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.05.13 10:10:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 5) : the Bulls are definitely the best at stockpiling juniors then turfing them onto the scrap heap when they’re no longer required

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.05.13 10:25:07 by slammerboy Reply
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  • @ebenp (Comment 3) : The last time we had serious depth and quality at centre was 2007 – under Muir, a former centre.

    The Sharks are run by forwards: Staeuli, Plumtree and soon Smit as Ceo. We all know that forwards don’t really value backline players (mostly with good reason :mrgreen: ).

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.05.13 10:25:23 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 8) : Pity the Bulls have signed Duhan vd Merwe and Warwick Galant. Would love to see them in black and white jerseys instead of blue

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.05.13 10:28:18 by slammerboy Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 9) : who are they?

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.05.13 10:34:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : Outeniqua schoolboys. Played SA Schools in 2012 plus represented the SA U18 7s side in the Junior Olympics this year which SA won. In line for SA Schools selection this year. vd Merwe is huge for a schoolboy plus has searing pace while Galant has dancing feet and a very good boot

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.05.13 10:38:08 by slammerboy Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 7) : I wont know… haven’t supported them that long :P haha

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.05.13 10:45:24 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 12) :

    You know what – the Bulls deserve a supporter like you.

    Good luck with that!

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.05.13 10:46:43 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Duhan van der Merwe could play Super Rugby tomorrow if he wasn’t still a schoolboy, that’s how good he is!! Gonna be wasted at the Bulls chasing up and unders the entire game, 1.93 and 94kg wing

    Gelant is a wonder to watch, great feet, pace and some excellent vision, if it isn’t him breaking a game open, he’s always got a hand in making things around him happen, super player!!

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.05.13 10:47:10 by Ludz Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 13) : haha Rich

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.05.13 10:48:20 by Uli Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 14) : crazy how different two inside centers can be – you have Ruhan Janse van Rensburg at 106 kgs who will be playing for the Baby Boks this year and Gelant who is the total opposite and more of a piano player than a piano shifter. I wonder who has more of a future at the Bulls?

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.05.13 11:00:44 by slammerboy Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 16) : unless they do something truly stupid and lose Serfontein, I’d argue neither has much of a future there

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.05.13 11:05:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 16) : to my knowledge, Gelant is quite a big unit himself.

    Would like to see the Grey fullback is sharks colours. he`s got the same running style as JP Pietersen, he`s quick, big for a fullback and has got a huge boot on him. I guess the bulls already signed him….. :evil:

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.05.13 11:08:26 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @VanWilder (Comment 18) : nope, WP got him.

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.05.13 11:15:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @VanWilder (Comment 18) : Gelant isn’t that big, he’s going to struggle at the Bulls when it comes to competing with Jan and Rohan, he’s not a crash ball centre.

    @robdylan (Comment 17) : I’d argue if they want Jan to play crash ball, Rohan is gonna outplay him quite considerably in that regard. Watch out for Rohan, we might see Jan at 13 in the not too distant future

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.05.13 11:20:49 by Ludz Reply

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  • @Ludz (Comment 20) : I’ve always thought Serfonteins best position is 13. If he plays 13 the tendency to play the crash ball will be reduced.

    We know Swys Venter is considering his options. I wonder if William Small-Smith may do the same. Chris Bosch is now even further back in the queue!

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.05.13 11:26:39 by slammerboy Reply
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  • who’s the oke with the massive beard in the Baby Bok squad? He looks like Oom Paul Kruger!

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.05.13 12:13:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : don’t know, I wonder who it is, let me ask 1 of the lads

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.05.13 13:51:59 by Ludz Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : Irne Herbst would be the lad you’re referring to

  • Comment 24, posted at 30.05.13 15:39:14 by Ludz Reply

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  • @Ludz (Comment 24) : thanks

  • Comment 25, posted at 30.05.13 16:58:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • There is a the flyhalf from outeniqua by the name of Dewald Human, does anyone know of him and where he is going? What an amazing talent.

  • Comment 26, posted at 30.05.13 23:38:35 by CLASSIC SHARK Reply

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  • @CLASSIC SHARK (Comment 26) : seen him play. Another who played in the SA Junior Olympics 7s side. Fantastic little player who I reckon may have a future in 7s. Very exciting to watch!

  • Comment 27, posted at 30.05.13 23:42:07 by slammerboy Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 27) : any idea which province though?

  • Comment 28, posted at 30.05.13 23:46:24 by CLASSIC SHARK Reply

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  • @CLASSIC SHARK (Comment 28) : ive heard Bulls but considering his size and pace Paul Treu may transition him into the BlizBokke.

    …..a little bird told me the Bulls have line up 6 of the Outeniqua 2013 1st team. Is a shame!

  • Comment 29, posted at 30.05.13 23:56:47 by slammerboy Reply
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  • My son is touring SA later this year with his school side and they are playing Outeniqua. Should be interesting. Their side is very good but playing a good SA schools side will be an unknown quantity. Their coach is a Saffa from CT and there are 3 Saffa’s in the squad, plus a Kiwi or two and an outstanding Fijian

  • Comment 30, posted at 31.05.13 00:19:00 by Saffex Reply

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  • @Saffex (Comment 30) : they’re used to playing in the mud island, tell them Outeniqua will run them of their feet if they aren’t prepared

  • Comment 31, posted at 31.05.13 08:37:00 by Ludz Reply

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  • @ebenp (Comment 3) : Tim and Steyn are better than decent. They are just injured. You are going to be surprised at what happens after the test window when both of them are back.

  • Comment 32, posted at 31.05.13 11:06:45 by King Shark Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 31) : Well I can assure you this mud island side is all about running rugby. Their backs are awesome and I predict big things for the 2 centres, both in the England U17 set-up as is the Fijian fullback, both locks and 8th man. Its one hell of a side. 13 of them were playing 1st team last year. The one lock is 6’8 and weighs 118kg, he is 16.

  • Comment 33, posted at 31.05.13 23:07:54 by Saffex Reply

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  • Career limiting move…

  • Comment 34, posted at 01.06.13 08:19:12 by klempie Reply

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