Under 19s face their sternest test

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 3 Oct 2013 at 09:36
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He may be switching sides next season, but the Sharks shouldn’t expect any charity from current Blue bulls under 19 coach Paul Anthony this weekend; Anthony’s side are currently unbeaten and running away with matters at the summit of the under 19 competition log. Sharks captain Chris de Beer and his team will face the toughest challenge of their season so far as they enter Fortress Loftus on Friday afternoon in search of much-needed log points.

One feels that the Sharks under 19s are almost gasping for breath at the moment, with a stronger-than-usual start to the season seeing them healthily-placed on the log, but a bad performance against the Leopards last week creating a bit of doubt. The last thing they really need is a match against the Bulls this week, but that’s exactly what they have and you can bet that de Beer and his men will give their all, even if they are a little under strength for the encounter.

There’s still no sign of flyhalf Jean-Luc du Plessis, who broke his nose against Free State a fortnight ago. Also out of action this week is SA Schools centre Sandile Khubeka, who picked up a quad injury against the Leopards.

Changes to the backline thus see Wion Robbertse start at outside center, with Legend Marwana moving inside to replace Khubeka, while Lotter Pretorius starts ahead of Cameron Wright at scrumhalf. Colin Willemse, who’s played most of the season at fullback, continues at flyhalf in du Plessis’ stead. A reshuffled loose trio sees Ray Williams move to open side flank, to allow promising Kearsney and KZN Schools number 8 Ayron Schramm his first start. JP Grobler replaces Philip Odendaal at lock, while Bart le Roux takes over from Stefan van Schalkwyk at tight head prop in the other changes to the run-on team.

A new man on the bench this week is former Strand Hoërskool pivot Stewart Jacobs, who will look for a first Sharks under 19 cap off the bench.

The Sharks Under 19s
15. Riaan O’Neill, 14. Michael Cloete , 13. Wion Robbertse, 12. Nkululeko Marwana, 11. Alrin Eksteen, 10. Colin Willemse, 9. Lotter Pretorius, 8. Ayron Schramm, 7. Barend Potgieter, 6. Ray Williams, 5. JP Grobler, 4. Hendrick Botha, 3. Bart le Roux, 2. Chris De Beer (Captain), 1. Stephan Morkel
Replacements: 16. Roan Dalzell, 17. Waldo Weideman, 18. Stefan van Schalkwyk, 19. Joseph Jones, 20. Jonas Mikalcius, 21. Cameron Wright, 22. Stewart Jacobs, 23. Sipho Mkhize


  • “legend” Marwana…I like it!! :lol:

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.10.13 09:58:06 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 1) : Glenwood boy

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.10.13 10:02:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Aren’t the Glenwood boys all legends? :twisted:

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.10.13 10:54:46 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @MysticShark (Comment 3) : LOL :)

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.10.13 11:02:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @MysticShark (Comment 3) : sounds like you’re channeling Grasshopper….

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.10.13 11:02:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • If they can pull off a win against the Bulls, I will be very impressed. That Bulls side is quality, their backline is a classy bunch

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.10.13 11:10:10 by Ludz Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : ;-)

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.10.13 11:21:46 by MysticShark Reply
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