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Junior Boks halfbacks for Sharks under 21 opener


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 11 Jul 2013 at 10:47
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Sharks under 21 coach Etienne Fynn has named a powerful line-up for this weekend’s opener against Border in East London, with Stefan Ungerer and Rob du Preez combining in the half back positions, as they did for the South African under 20 side in France last month.

The side boasts Currie Cup experience in the form of loosehead prop Allan Dell and hooker Franco Marais, who will be joined in hte front row by Maks van Dyk, who played with them for last year’s junior Springbok side. Locks Stephan Lewies and Wiehan Hay both boast a few Vodacom Cup caps, while Khaya Majola at blindside flank is a highly-rated prospect for the future. Making up the loose trio are Murray Bondesio, who played for the side last year, and former Hilton number 8 Guy Alexander, following in the footsteps of a famous uncle who guided the Sharks to two Currie Cup triumphs in the mid-90s from the same position.

There’s a big and exciting centre combination, with Andre Esterhuizen (dubbed “the next Frans Steyn” in some circles) combining with Tyler Fisher, while Sean Robinson will bring his Super Rugby experience to bear on the right wing. Pacy young Alcino Isaacs (left wing) was a star for the under 19 side last year, scoring some cracking tries, while Keelan Bastew at fullback has been with the squad for some years now.

The inclusion of Brendan Cope on the bench – as reserve flyhalf – is interesting. Cope was an unsung hero in the under 19 side last year and is a player that Fynn knows well, but the complete absence of Fred Zeilinga from the squad makes it possible, if not likely, that the latter will see some form of action for the Super Rugby side this weekend. Zeilinga is widely expected to be the Sharks’ starting flyhalf for the upcoming Currie Cup season.

Sharks under 21:
15 Keelan Bastew, 14 Sean Robinson, 13 Tyler Fisher, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Alcino Isaacs, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Guy Alexander, 7 Khaya Majola, 6 Murray Bondesio, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Wiehan Hay, 3 Nicolaas van Dyk, 2 Franco Marais (captain), 1 Allan Dell
Subs: 16 Greg Bauer, 17 Simon Kerrod, 18 Wade Elliot, 19 Johan Meyer, 20 Hanco Venter, 21 Brendan Cope, 22 Gareth Meikle



43 Comments

  • I’m surprised the Sharks pups aren’t doing better in the Craven Week

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.07.13 10:52:55 by Baylion Reply
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  • Should Sean Robinson not be playing fullback? One area the Sharks are lacking depth at the moment and this is his favoured position.

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.07.13 10:56:16 by slammerboy Reply
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  • Really good side!! Not so sure about the quality of the loose trio; but at least we have the Du Preez brothers coming in next year.

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.07.13 11:06:17 by JJR Reply
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  • Is Majola still only 20?
    Sheesh that kids going to be a beast.
    Good player.

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.07.13 11:14:39 by John Galt Reply

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  • Wow that looks an awesome side. That pack could easily hold their own in the Currie Cup 1st Div and that Bondesio kid is the quickest 6 i’ve seen since Broussouw. Brendan Cope the most underrated player in this province & that Japanese kid is still coming back. Watch out Bulls & WP!

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.07.13 11:58:45 by disgruntled shark Reply

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  • @disgruntled shark (Comment 5) : it’s a bloody good side this year – and one thing you can bet on is that with Fynn coaching them, they will know how to scrum.

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.07.13 12:28:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • Im very happy for Greg Bauer. He played Westville 2nd team. Mike Vowles use to pick Duan Coertzen. Greg has done well. When Morne du Plessis comes back, I hope Greg can keep him out.

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.07.13 12:43:09 by dizzzy Reply

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  • @dizzzy (Comment 7) : is Morne injured?

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.07.13 12:44:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • Yes Morne is out. There is another good hooker but I dont know if he is still u21. Jack Taylor is his name.

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.07.13 13:01:32 by dizzzy Reply

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  • Hay will have to scrum behind Dell. If Simon or Marne was a loosehead it would have been really good. They are much better at scrumming.

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.07.13 13:04:31 by dizzzy Reply

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  • @dizzzy (Comment 9) : Jacques Taylor

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.07.13 13:05:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • Looks like a good side. Anybody know why no 19 Johan Meyer is on the bench??? he was chosen above all these loose forwards in the Vodacom cup team.

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.07.13 13:34:50 by luyanda Reply

     
  • @luyanda (Comment 12) : Alexander is a year older and is the vice captain. And no, he was more regularly used as a utility forward replacement in the Vodacom Cup team.

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.07.13 13:40:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • Meyer is a number 8. I dont think he plays flank. I see the Sharks picked 2 openside flanks. This is either for strategy or lack of depth.

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.07.13 13:50:20 by dizzzy Reply

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  • I think Johan can play flank aswell. Hope he gets some decent game time. Think he is being waisted sitting on the bench. :???:

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.07.13 14:14:00 by luyanda Reply

     
  • @dizzzy (Comment 14) : I asked the coach about that. Reckons Majola is versatile enough to fit in anywhere + he wants Bondesio on the field because he’s a game-breaker.

    Agree that Plank isn’t a flank

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.07.13 14:17:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • I disagree with that. Think he could play 6 7 8. But lets wait and see.

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.07.13 15:59:09 by luyanda Reply

     
  • Well done to Brendy Cope for making the side. Very good player . I hope he shows his worth because I certainly don’t think Rob is any better than he is.

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.07.13 16:31:42 by Horsy Reply

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  • Id like to think the captaincy has been taken away from Dell because the Sharks are concerned about his poor scrumming. Another opinion is that it is because he will be promoted to the Currie Cup team and the Sharks want to develop a leader who will be there all season long.

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.07.13 17:02:51 by dizzzy Reply

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  • @dizzzy (Comment 19) : it’s the latter.

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.07.13 17:07:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • seriously, people who are going to beat up Dell and write him off on the basis of one poor scrumming performance – as a 20-year-old – against the best scrummaging loosehead in the country prove that they know nothing about front row play.

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.07.13 17:10:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • Brendan Cope will be replaced in this team by John-Luke du Plessis. The Sharks just want to give John-Luke a taste of under 19 rugby before they will promote him. Maybe Cope can play fullback?

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.07.13 17:12:58 by dizzzy Reply

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  • @dizzzy (Comment 22) : is John-Luke related to Jean-Luc?

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.07.13 17:16:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • No Jean-Luc du Preez is the son of Robert du Preez and John-Luke is the son of a Springbok player from the Eastern Cape. I forgot his name now but its not Morne du Plessis. So the answer is no they are not related.

  • Comment 24, posted at 11.07.13 17:27:07 by dizzzy Reply

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  • Sorry I did not finish. Jean-Luc has a brother Robert who is a flyhalf. That is why you may be confused.

  • Comment 25, posted at 11.07.13 17:33:35 by dizzzy Reply

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  • @dizzzy (Comment 24) :

    My word, its Jean-Luc du Plessis and Rob was simply correcting you on your spelling error haha.

    But you seem to be very sure on the Brendan Cope thing..have you seen him play? Because from what I’ve seen in the past 2 years he certainly doesn’t deserve to be replaced just like that don’t you think?

  • Comment 26, posted at 11.07.13 17:36:22 by Horsy Reply

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  • No it is Jean-Luc du Preez trust me.

  • Comment 27, posted at 11.07.13 17:43:41 by dizzzy Reply

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  • @dizzzy (Comment 27) :
    They are both Jean-Luc. The du Preez boy is the Kearsney #7 and the du Plessis boy is the one who you claim to be replacing Cope very soon

  • Comment 28, posted at 11.07.13 17:45:44 by Horsy Reply

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  • Jean-Luc’s brother is Robert not John-Luke. Robdylan must have gone to watch a game, seen the blonde haired flyhalf John-Luke playing under 20 and thought he is related to Jean-Luc. Meanwhile it is Robert a different blonde headed flyhalf who is related to Jean-Luc.

  • Comment 29, posted at 11.07.13 17:47:09 by dizzzy Reply

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  • Okay I see the confusion now. The player I am talking about is Jean-Luc du Plessis not John-Luke du Plessis.

  • Comment 30, posted at 11.07.13 17:49:47 by dizzzy Reply

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  • @dizzzy (Comment 30) : thank you. Glad you got there eventually :)

  • Comment 31, posted at 11.07.13 17:52:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • I went to watch one game. Brendan Cope was reserve. He came on and did very well in bad weather. I also watched Jean-Luc du Plessis play and he was very very good. Almost perfect.

  • Comment 32, posted at 11.07.13 17:53:12 by dizzzy Reply

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  • @dizzzy (Comment 30) : mate… if you think you’re confused…. just wait till later in the year when we have two different Jean-Luc’s with very similar sounding surnames playing in the same Sharks u19 side. Commentators’ nightmare.

    Add to that the fact that one of them will have a twin brother on the field…

    The only way to make it worse would be to get Jacques du Plessis from the Bulls as well. Oh – and we’re getting Andrew du Plessis from Free State.

    Imagine a Sharks team in years to come that somehow contained Jannie, Bismarck, Andrew and Jean-Luc du Plessis as well as Robert, Daniel and Jean-Luc du Preez :)

  • Comment 33, posted at 11.07.13 17:55:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @dizzzy (Comment 32) : Cope is very highly rated. Not a big-name player, but the feeling is that he’s really going to go far.

  • Comment 34, posted at 11.07.13 17:55:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 33) : you forgot about Morne du Plessis :mrgreen:

  • Comment 35, posted at 11.07.13 17:57:52 by slammerboy Reply
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  • Yeah Cope is quite good. I think him not being a big name counted against him when it came to SA U20 selection because Dawie sees what he wants to see and not what’s in front of him . But it will also count for him because it will aid in his own personal development as a player

  • Comment 36, posted at 11.07.13 17:59:47 by Horsy Reply

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  • @slammerboy (Comment 35) : that I did. He needs to bench for now

  • Comment 37, posted at 11.07.13 18:03:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Horsy (Comment 36) : ag well…. to my mind, it’s no biggy if a guy isn’t rated “world class” and “future Bok” and whatever as a 20-year-old. I’m more interested in the guys who are “actual Boks” at 24-25.

  • Comment 38, posted at 11.07.13 18:04:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • And you could add JP (Jean-Pierre) du Plessis (Lions) and JP (Phillipus Jacobus Snyman) du Plessis (WP) to the mix to further confuse everyone

  • Comment 39, posted at 11.07.13 18:06:59 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 39) : oh my word. Talking of “future Boks”…. I’ve never encountered more ridiculous hype over any overrated schoolboy than that JP du Plessis.

  • Comment 40, posted at 11.07.13 18:08:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • I think a big problem is Durban College is just a small Catholic school. They only have 4 or 5 rugby teams. Boys who come out of the school have a lot of catching up to do to those who come out of big schools like Glenwood and Kearsney. This probably takes three years of catch up development

  • Comment 41, posted at 11.07.13 18:09:08 by dizzzy Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 40) : I assume you’re talking of the WP one :) . Yes, after all the hype and going downunder to play league for big bucks he hasn’t done anything yet. OK, he’s young still, only 22 but by this time he should have shown something in senior rugby

  • Comment 42, posted at 11.07.13 18:16:37 by Baylion Reply

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  • JP du Plessis has moved to France now. He was pretty useless if you ask me. He is a very good example of poor skills that exist amongst South African backline players. He had no idea of where the players around him were and refused to pass.

  • Comment 43, posted at 11.07.13 18:57:40 by dizzzy Reply

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