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Sharks v Lions – looking at the squad


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 15 Aug 2013 at 10:41
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Let’s do a little run-down of the Sharks match 22 named to play the Lions at Kings Park on Friday evening.

Jacques Botes leads the team, after Keegan Daniel has again been ruled out and the starting team again has an average age of just over 27. While there’s a little more in the line of youth on the bench, the entire squad has an average age of over 26, with Fred Zeilinga (20) still the youngest and Butch James (34 and some change) the oldest. Botes, Marco Wentzel, Charl McLeod and Odwa Ndungane are the other 30-plus players in the squad.

The pack that starts the match averages 1.88m in height and 110.8 kg in weight. Wentzel is the tallest man in the side at 2m, with Cobus Reinach and Fred Zeilinga joint shortest at 1.75m. Kyle Cooper is the shortest forward (1.78m) and Jaco van Tonder the tallest back (1.86m). Rayno Gerber’s 120kg make him the heaviest man in the squad, with Zeilinga the lightest at 82kg.

The team boasts an aggregate 798 Currie Cup caps, at an average of just over 36 per man. Botes (137) has the most caps overall ahead of Ludik (79, including 43 for the Lions) and Odwa Ndungane (69). Botes is now third on the list of most capped Currie Cup players ever. Heimar Williams is the only debutant in the starting team – and the only man in the 22 with no senior caps. Apart from Williams, SP Marais will also make a Sharks debut this week; he has 15 Currie Cup caps for the EP Kings as well, though. Butch James, with 388 points for the Sharks, is the top points scorer historically, with Botes (200 points via 41 tries) and Odwa Ndungane (147 points) coming in next. The team as a whole have scored an aggregate 1090 points for the Sharks in Currie Cup rugby.

Six of the match 22 were schooled in KZN, with Maritzburg College, Westville and Glenwood each boasting two members. Other schools to be twice-represented are Outeniqua (Wentzel and van Tonder) and Affies in Pretoria (Edwin Hewitt and Heimar Williams).

Surname First Names Height Weight Age School CC Caps CC Points
Sharks Other Total Sharks
1 Chadwick Dale Michael 1.83 113 24 WBHS 26 0 26 10
2 Cooper Kyle Lorran 1.78 109 24 Glenwood 26 0 26 5
3 Herbst Wiehahn Jovan 1.80 113 25 Klerksdorp 41 0 41 0
4 Hewitt Edwin Westley 1.96 117 25 AHS 1 12 13 0
5 Wentzel Marco van Zyl 2.00 117 34 Outeniqua 1 35 36 0
6 Stander Brynard 1.90 108 23 WBHS 5 0 5 0
7 Deysel Jean Roy 1.91 112 28 Hentie Cilliers 52 0 52 30
8 Botes Louis Jacques 1.82 97 32 Potch Gim 110 27 137 200
9 McLeod Charl 1.80 88 30 Wonderboom 47 9 56 45
10 James Andrew David 1.84 98 34 Maritzburg 46 14 60 388
11 Mvovo Lwazi Ncedo 1.85 94 27 Maria Louw 45 0 45 105
12 Williams Heimar 1.80 93 22 AHS 0 0 0 0
13 Ludik Louis 1.83 92 26 EG Jansen 36 43 79 30
14 Marais Sarel Petrus 1.84 80 24 Paarl Boys 0 15 15 0
15 Ndungane Odwa Mzuzo 1.84 93 32 Hudson Park 69 0 69 147
16 Burden Craig Bruce 1.84 105 28 Maritzburg 66 0 66 115
17 Gerber Rayno 1.90 120 32 Framesby 1 40 41 0
18 Marais Peet Celliers 1.98 115 22 Welkom 7 0 7 0
19 Mtembu Lubabalo Siphosethu 1.87 103 22 Dale 7 0 7 5
20 Reinach Jacobus Meyer 1.75 84 23 Grey Kollege 15 0 15 10
21 Zeilinga Frederik Johannes 1.75 82 20 Glenwood 1 0 1 0
22 van Tonder Jaco 1.86 96 22 Outeniqua 1 0 1 0


17 Comments

  • ” Odwa Ndungane (147 points) ”

    I can’t remember Odwa ever kicking for posts :???:

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.08.13 10:45:29 by Die Kriek Reply
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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 1) : Well if you do the sums that was one conversion and 29 tries… easy to miss one conversion.

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.08.13 11:03:28 by SuperEtts Reply
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  • … just excuse the pun about missing conversions please, cause Odwa kicked one over

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.08.13 11:04:15 by SuperEtts Reply
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  • @SuperEtts (Comment 2) : True, but still, Odders kicking at goal, I just can not get myself to even imagine that happening

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.08.13 11:05:16 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • I’m not going to go dig up the game in which Odwa kicked a conversion! :)

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.08.13 11:09:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 1) : @SuperEtts (Comment 3) : You guys are too sharp. :cool:

    Now we know, Odwa has kicked at goal, and was successful once – Kind of like Botes kicking at goal (how many times has he been successful?). :grin:

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.08.13 11:11:48 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • I’ve asked Odwa if he remembers.

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.08.13 11:13:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 6) : I am still pissed with that Botes taking the Kick at goal… Cost me a yellow cap. :evil: :evil:

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.08.13 11:18:22 by Lassy_lion Reply
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  • Ndungane drop-kicked a conversion of his own try against Griekwas on 4 Oct 2008
    http://www.psl.co.za/content.asp?id=17122

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.08.13 11:20:50 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 9) : ok, you are my hero. How the HELL did you find that?

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.08.13 11:26:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : Google is a wonderful thing :) Searched “odwa ndungane kick conversion” without quotes

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.08.13 11:32:28 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 11) : well done! I didn’t think of that

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.08.13 11:42:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 9) : I’m surprised at how many of that team is still around.

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.08.13 12:39:30 by MysticShark Reply
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  • Rob, apologies for hijacking the thread. Any idea or suspicions on where Paul Treu is off to next after his sudden departure at the Blitzbokke?

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.08.13 15:49:46 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 14) : I’ve not heard anything.

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.08.13 15:51:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : Thanks!

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.08.13 15:56:42 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 16) : I’m sure most countries would want him for 7s

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.08.13 16:05:53 by robdylan Reply
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