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Sharks v WP– looking at the squad


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 5 Sep 2013 at 10:05
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The Sharks have made a few changes this week, with the elevation of Danie Mienie to the match 22 for the first time possibly the biggest.

As the only completely uncapped member of the match day squad, the Sharks lose out on nearly 30 caps by bringing Mienie in for Dale Chadwick. That is offset to an extent by the inclusion of Tim Whitehead (20 caps) for the similarly-inexperienced Heimar Williams. At 22, Mienie is a few years younger than Chadwick; the rotational inclusion of Rayno Gerber in the starting fifteen, however, raises the average age of the starting pack to just over 28 years – with fellow 30-somethings Jacques Botes and Marco Wentzel also doing their bit. Mienie and Peet Marais are the only men in that outfit under the age of 28, with a few more relative youngsters on the bench.

At 34, Butch James is the oldest back in a starting backline that averages just under 26 years old. Speaking of James, he’ll reach a milestone as he earns his 50th Currie Cup cap for the Sharks (and 64th overall). Craig Burden (70th), Louis Ludik (40th) and Kyle Cooper (30th, if he comes on) are on the brink of lesser milestones this week. Charl McLeod earned a 50th Sharks cap last week, but will earn a 60th career cap this week if he comes on, having represented the Valke on 9 occasions before moving to Durban.

An interesting statistic this week sees only two players from KZN schools make the starting team – and ironically, both of those attended Maritzburg College. Three further Natal natives have been included on the bench. Glenwood and Outeniqua are the only other schools to feature more than one player in the match 22.

Surname First Names Height Weight Age School CC Caps CC Points
Sharks Other Total Sharks
1 Mienie Daniel Jacobus 1.79 111 22 Merensky 0 0 0 0
2 Burden Craig Bruce 1.84 105 28 MC 69 0 69 115
3 Gerber Rayno 1.90 120 32 Framesby 4 40 44 0
4 Marais Peet Celliers 1.98 115 22 Welkom 10 0 10 0
5 Wentzel Marco van Zyl 2.00 117 34 Outeniqua 4 35 39 5
6 Daniel Keegan Rhys 1.88 97 28 Dale 95 0 95 155
7 Deysel Jean Roy 1.91 112 28 Hentie Cilliers 55 0 55 35
8 Botes Louis Jacques 1.82 97 32 Potch Gim 113 27 140 200
9 Reinach Jacobus Meyer 1.75 84 23 Grey Kollege 18 0 18 10
10 James Andrew David 1.84 98 34 MC 49 14 63 401
11 Mvovo Lwazi Ncedo 1.85 94 27 Maria Louw 48 0 48 105
12 Whitehead Timothy John 1.88 90 25 Grey High 7 13 20 0
13 Ludik Louis 1.83 92 26 EG Jansen 39 43 82 35
14 Maseko Sizophila Sabelo 1.84 88 22 Ermelo 2 0 2 0
15 Marais Sarel Petrus 1.84 92 24 Paarl Boys 3 15 18 10
16 Cooper Kyle Lorran 1.78 109 24 Glenwood 29  0 29 5
17 Herbst Wiehahn Jovan 1.80 113 25 Klerksdorp 44 0 44 0
18 Hewitt Edwin Westley 1.96 117 25 AHS 4 12 16 0
19 Downey Justin 1.91 105 26 Northwood 4 29 33 5
20 McLeod Charl 1.80 88 30 Wonderboom 50 9 59 50
21 Zeilinga Frederik Johannes 1.75 82 20 Glenwood 4 0 4 27
22 van Tonder Jaco 1.86 96 22 Outeniqua 4 0 4 0


34 Comments

  • Interesting that our forward have collectively scored more tries than our backline..

    And if Zeilinga had started, the forwards would have scored more points collectively than the backline had scored, including kicks.

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.09.13 10:15:41 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • What school in Ermelo did Sizo Maseko go to?

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.09.13 10:21:07 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 2) : Ermelo Hoërskool, I think

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.09.13 10:21:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : or rather Hoërskool Ermelo, to be more correct

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.09.13 10:23:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : Great observation! I guess a forward pack that includes Burden, Daniel and Botes are always going to skew the stats though :grin:

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.09.13 10:37:49 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 5) : I wonder if any hooker in CC history has a better tries-per-game ratio than Burden

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.09.13 10:40:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : So same school as another previous Sharks flyer, Henno Mentz

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.09.13 11:06:40 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 2) : @robdylan (Comment 4) : Thats right, and so did the 2 young Pongola (KZN) Blue Bulls, Jacques du Plessis and Ulrich Beyers.

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.09.13 11:09:07 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Go Sharks! This one wont be easy!

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.09.13 11:09:24 by Caratacus Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 8) : wow… I love it when guys from these smaller schools make it. So much more refreshing than seeing 9 Grey old boys in the team.

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.09.13 11:11:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 7) : EHS was at one time one of the top rugby schools in SA when Jimmy Stonehouse coached there.

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.09.13 11:11:53 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 11) : What years was that? I was there from 1999 to 2001 but can’t remember who was coach.

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.09.13 11:17:53 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • I think I am backing the WP this weekend…. Read this :)
    http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/CurrieCup/Jake-White-spotted-at-Newlands-20130905

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.09.13 11:25:06 by Lassy_lion Reply
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  • @Lassy_lion (Comment 13) : Let this be a lesson to
    us for kicking Jake White in the teeth when we desperately needed a world class coach to get our act together.

    You may be right about backing wp this weekend, I suspect he`s got a score to settle with the sharks and gave AC some crucial pointers. :roll:

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.09.13 11:28:40 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : For sure, its almost as if these guys have to work 100 times harder just to get a foot in the door. I imagine that there are many talented club players that feel the same way when hoping to get recognised at a higher level.

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.09.13 11:30:08 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Lassy_lion (Comment 13) : Ian MacIntosh was spotted at Kings Park.

    Wait, let me write an article

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.09.13 11:31:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 12) : Ill have to wrack my brains on that one but it was a while before that. Did you live in Ermelo. Lekker koud in die winter ne.

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.09.13 11:32:53 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Lassy_lion (Comment 13) : @Original Pierre (Comment 14) : Soooo WP by 50 then??? lmao

  • Comment 18, posted at 05.09.13 11:35:36 by R Hayward Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 17) : all I remember about “ERRRRR-muh-loooowa” is that we fetched out first German Shepherd puppy from there.

  • Comment 19, posted at 05.09.13 11:35:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @R Hayward (Comment 18) : sounds about right. One session with Jake White and WP are going to play EXACTLY like the Brumbies

  • Comment 20, posted at 05.09.13 11:36:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • Is Gerber really 32? I thought he was a youngster!

  • Comment 21, posted at 05.09.13 11:38:13 by David12246 Reply

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  • @David12246 (Comment 21) : where’s ya been? :)

  • Comment 22, posted at 05.09.13 11:41:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @R Hayward (Comment 18) : No ways that won`t happen.
    Sharks always likes to get my hope up until the final minute.

    @robdylan (Comment 20) : Lets think positive! Maybe JW was there to sign Juan de Jongh for the Brumbies?! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 05.09.13 11:49:35 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 17) : Yeah, grew up there. Its bloody cold there, so glad I live in Durbs now. EHS won the Beeld Trofee in 1999 if I remember correct, I still carried the trophy when they got the new trophy cabinet. Damn heavy wooden trophy that.

  • Comment 24, posted at 05.09.13 12:15:17 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • Were you at school with that prop from Piet Retief (I think it was Beneke) that went on to play for the Sharks juniors?

  • Comment 25, posted at 05.09.13 12:42:25 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Don’t remember him, but I do remember Henno and MJ Mentz though

  • Comment 26, posted at 05.09.13 12:45:26 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • Surely SP Marais must weigh more than 80kg?

  • Comment 27, posted at 05.09.13 13:07:48 by woody Reply
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  • @woody (Comment 27) : you’d think, but that’s what the Sharks and SA Rugby both reckon he weighs

  • Comment 28, posted at 05.09.13 13:09:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • I’m sure that must be a typo or something on their behalf. Probably meant to be 90kg

  • Comment 29, posted at 05.09.13 13:10:58 by woody Reply
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  • SP Marais weighs 91 or 92kg, there is no way in hell he only weighs 80kg

    http://www.skings.co.za/player-profiles/sarel-petrus-marais/

  • Comment 30, posted at 05.09.13 22:29:47 by Saffex Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : The Sharks site take their stats from SA rugby who often have it completely wrong

  • Comment 31, posted at 05.09.13 22:36:32 by Saffex Reply

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  • What is going on with Hansie Graaff. He was injured a few weeks back, but haven’t heard anything since opening week.

  • Comment 32, posted at 06.09.13 01:01:38 by Here be dragons Reply

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  • @Here be dragons (Comment 32) : he’s training – just waiting for a chance to crack the match 22, I reckon.

  • Comment 33, posted at 06.09.13 09:16:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Saffex (Comment 30) : thanks 0 I’ll update based on that. Looks more accurate

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