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Sharks v Bulls: Looking at the squad


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 14 Feb 2014 at 14:21
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Let’s have a look at the Sharks squad named to face the Bulls in Durban tomorrow.

Loosehead prop Beast Mtawarira needs no introduction to fans. A Zimbabwean native who attended Peterhouse before joining the Sharks after school, Tendai combines destructive scrummaging on the left hand side of the scrum with good ball skills, making him a dangerous carrying option for his side.
Height: 1.88m
Weight: 116kg
Age: 28
Super Rugby Caps: 88
Super Rugby Points: 10
Test Caps: 53

Captaining the side from hooker is Springbok Bismarck du Plessis who will use this year’s competition to cement his claim to the “best hooker in the world” title. Often cast as the bad boy in the side, Bismarck nevertheless sets a strong example for others to follow with his huge work ethic and unwavering will to win at all times. A strong scrummager and line-out thrower, Bismarck also boasts ground skills that are the envy of many an open-side flanker.
Height: 1.89m
Weight: 111kg
Age: 29
Super Rugby Caps: 103
Super Rugby Points: 70
Test Caps: 57

Bismarck’s brother Jannie du Plessis anchors the scrum from tight head and completes the all-Springbok back row. Jannie is a strong prop who is seldom bested in the scrumming game; however, he carried a huge work load in 2013 and spent the bulk of the off-season injured. This first start of the 2014 campaign should be a challenge indeed, but the Sharks will want a big push from the experienced Doctor early on, knowing that there is good cover for him on the bench if needed.
Height: 1.88m
Weight: 118kg
Age: 31
Super Rugby Caps: 88
Super Rugby Points: 0
Test Caps: 51

As the only non-Test player in the starting pack, lock Anton Bresler will look to show that reputation counts for little between the four white lines. The hardest worker in the pack, Bresler has fought hard for every inch of ground throughout his career and is unlikely to stop now, especially given that this game marks his first competitive start after 6 months out of action with a shoulder injury.
Height: 1.98m
Weight: 113kg
Age: 25
Super Rugby Caps: 34
Super Rugby Points: 5

Pieter-Steph du Toit is our country’s most recent Springbok and is a young man from whom much is expected. This recent convert to the number 5 jersey has a big challenge ahead as he looks to mastermind the Sharks’ line-out play – a key facet of their game under coach Jake White. Du Toit is a hugely athletic man for his size and offers another great ball-carrying option in the pack. Du Toit, at 21, is the youngest player in the Sharks matchday squad.
Height: 2.00m
Weight: 117kg
Age: 21
Super Rugby Caps: 19
Super Rugby Points: 0
Test Caps: 2

The energizer bunny at openside flank, Marcell Coetzee regularly tops the tackle count for the Sharks and tends to emerge amongst the contenders for man of the match more often than not. As a player who’s been moved around a fair bit, Coetzee’s challenge for 2014 is to establish himself as a specialist open-sider and acquire the necessary ground skills to complement the rest of his game.
Height: 1.91m
Weight: 109kg
Age: 22
Super Rugby Caps: 39
Super Rugby Points: 25
Test Caps: 15

Jake White, it’s said, has a preference for big loose forwards and they certainly don’t come any bigger than hulking Willem Alberts, who starts at blindside flank. The so-called “Bone Collector” is a key figure for the Sharks, generating huge momentum with his bullocking runs from close quarters. Perhaps more telling, though, are the earth-shattering consequences of that 118kg frame hitting an opponent in full flight.
Height: 1.92m
Weight: 118kg
Age: 29
Super Rugby Caps: 48
Super Rugby Points: 25
Test Caps: 30

Every great season needs a great comeback story and Sharks fans are hoping that Ryan Kankowski will provide that aspect this year. His fall from grace under John Plumtree last year is now ancient history and Jake White is backing the rangy former St Andrews boy to bring flair to a Sharks pack that has no shortage of grunt.
Height: 1.93m
Weight: 109kg
Age: 28
Super Rugby Caps: 82
Super Rugby Points: 90
Test Caps: 20

Few will have a bigger challenge this week than scrumhalf Cobus Reinach, whose task it will be to act as the link between the juggernaut pack and the hungry backline. Blessed with the same formidable pace as late Springbok father Jaco, Reinach’s decision-making will need to be spot on. We know he can be devastating on the break, but also has far too much quality outside him to try to do too much alone.
Height: 1.75m
Weight: 86kg
Age: 24
Super Rugby Caps: 13
Super Rugby Points: 5

2014, we believe, is the year when Pat Lambie will step up to immortality as a flyhalf. The phenomenally talented young Lambie has endured a number of false starts, but now finally looks set to flourish under the wise tutelage of White, who has openly backed him as his flyhalf for the campaign. Lambie has played well in pre-season and will be key to the Sharks’ efforts; the big question mark that remains, though, is over his goal-kicking, which has been a little wayward of late.
Height: 1.78m
Weight: 88kg
Age: 23
Super Rugby Caps: 50
Super Rugby Points: 515
Test Caps: 32

Lwazi Mvovo is another player whose star has waned a little at National level. His finishing skills are second to none, but his tendency to coast just a little too much at times has seen him drop out of the Bok picture, despite all his talent. His challenge, in 2014, will be to once again emerge as a top try scorer in Super Rugby and force his way back into Heyneke Meyer’s plans.
Height: 1.85m
Weight: 94kg
Age: 27
Super Rugby Caps: 52
Super Rugby Points: 85
Test Caps: 7

You don’t get bigger reputations than the one saddling Frans Steyn, a player who most will concede lost his way a little after winning a World Cup at just 19. Steyn has a big heart, an even bigger boot and simply no end of talent, though and reunited with coach White in 2014, Sharks fans are hoping that he will once again rise to the heights that made him a household name in the first place. Injury is a constant spectre, but we’re hoping that Steyn’s knees will hold up for a good run this year.
Height: 1.91m
Weight: 106kg
Age: 26
Super Rugby Caps: 50
Super Rugby Points: 85
Test Caps: 53

Paul Jordaan, like a number of others in the team, is to be a “comeback kid” this season. The versatile young man has moved around a fair bit in his fledgling career, but seems to have settled at outide centre, where his deadly pace sets him apart. Having spent much of 2013 recovering from knee surgery, Jordaan will quickly want to establish himself as the undoubted first choice in this tricky position.
Height: 1.80m
Weight: 92kg
Age: 22
Super Rugby Caps: 18
Super Rugby Points: 5

He’s not quite called “Tata” yet, but Odwa Ndungane is undoubtedly the senior player in this squad and the one who continues to set the bar for the youngsters, in terms of his work rate. A man who thrives on being written off, Odwa tends to find himself on the scoresheet in important games more often than not, despite growing clamours that he may no longer boast the necessary pace to be considered a top flight winger.
Height: 1.83m
Weight: 93kg
Age: 32
Super Rugby Caps: 105
Super Rugby Points: 135
Test Caps: 9

Former King SP Marais, makes his franchise debut for the Sharks in Super Rugby at fullback and will also want to shake off the rust quickly, after off-season shoulder surgery. A player with a huge appetite for attack, Marais’s challenge in 2014 will be to develop the same defensive aptitude that saw Loius Ludik establish himself as a firm favourite in the number 15 jersey for the Sharks.
Height: 1.85m
Weight: 92kg
Age: 24
Super Rugby Caps: 8
Super Rugby Points: 0

Kyle Cooper continues his development at hooker and proves a valuable foil for Bismarck du Plessis. Giving away little in the physical stakes, Cooper’s low centre of gravity makes him a formidable figure on the charge, often used to telling effect by the Sharks in the last quarter.
Height: 1.78m
Weight: 110kg
Age: 25
Super Rugby Caps: 17
Super Rugby Points: 5

The Beasts’s act is a hard one to follow and Dale Chadwick looks set to continue as his understudy in 2014. Built more like a flanker than a prop, Chadwick works tirelessly on defence and provides good continuity on attack when the Sharks opt to keep things close. His challenge this year is to prove he can consistently do the damage at scrum time.
Height: 1.83m
Weight: 113kg
Age: 24
Super Rugby Caps: 10
Super Rugby Points: 0

Lourens Adriaanse will make his franchise debut for the Sharks, having represented the Cheetahs on 30 occasions in Super Rugby. A newly-capped Bok, he will look to build on the great reputation established as part of a record-breaking Cheetahs squad in 2013.
Height: 1.81m
Weight: 115kg
Age: 26
Super Rugby Caps: 30
Super Rugby Points: 0
Test Caps: 1

Stephan Lewies is one of only two uncapped players at this level in the Sharks squad this week. After overcoming injury problems early in his career, the tall lock has progressed rapidly over the last year, growing both in physical stature and also in confidence as his prowess as a line-out lock has improved.
Height: 2.01m
Weight: 114kg
Age: 22
Super Rugby Caps: 0
Super Rugby Points: 0

New father Jean Deysel will be a key figure in Jake White’s regime, as one of the official vice captains. Hoping for a rare injury-free campaign, Deysel will loko to inflict maximum damage against a tiring Bulls pack when he comes on in the second half. Strong work with ball in hand, coupled with some good ground skills, make Deysel a hugely valuable utility option for White. Amazingly, Deysel is yet to score a try at Super Rugby level.
Height: 1.91m
Weight: 110kg
Age: 28
Super Rugby Caps: 54
Super Rugby Points: 0
Test Caps: 4

Charl McLeod is now one of the elder statesmen in the backline and will probably be a little surprised to find himself on the bench, given his great performance in last year’s Currie Cup final. A key man for the Sharks, expect his deadly pace to be used to good effect against tiring legs when he comes on later.
Height: 1.80m
Weight: 88kg
Age: 30
Super Rugby Caps: 55
Super Rugby Points: 25
Test Caps: 1

Uncapped Heimar Williams continues to punch above his weight. As a stalwart in the Sharks junior ranks, he finally was entrusted with a senior berth during last year’s Currie Cup and emerged as one of the unsung heroes of the campaign. String defence, good ground skills, intelligence and a great eye for the gap are the attributes that have won him a spot on White’s bench against a horde of young, hungry competitors.
Height: 1.80m
Weight: 93kg
Age: 22
Super Rugby Caps: 0
Super Rugby Points: 0

S’bura Sithole is another young man who appeared to have blown his last chance under Plumtree, only to be given a new lease of life under Jake White. A hand injury on the eve of last year’s Currie Cup was just the latest in a long line of setbacks for the popular young sevens star; a great 40 minutes at outside centre against the Lions last week have earned Sithole the chance to prove that he could become a legend for the Sharks in that number 13 jersey in time.
Height: 1.82m
Weight: 93kg
Age: 23
Super Rugby Caps: 2
Super Rugby Points: 0

All statistics and images courtesy the SANZAR Super Rugby Media Guide



21 Comments

  • If only Jorrie Kruger was not playing….

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.02.14 14:39:51 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • 797 caps in the starting 15

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.02.14 15:09:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • 965 caps in total in the 23

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.02.14 15:10:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • hello there…you sure Kankowski is 109kg

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.02.14 15:14:17 by mbay-shark Reply

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  • @mbay-shark (Comment 4) : Imagine what he weighed last yer when Plum chased him away, must’ve been heavier than Frans was back then, ’cause Plummy sommer made Frans captain for a few games. :roll:

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.02.14 15:24:24 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • That’s a powerful matchday squad, I can’t wait for tomorrow afternoon, the weather has been so poor here in the UK that only a Sharks victory will brighten things up.

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.02.14 15:32:48 by Jacques Venter Reply

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  • @mbay-shark (Comment 4) : well, I’m not sure about anything, really, cos the Media Guide is all I ahve to go on.

    But as I recall, that’s always been the right sort of ballpark for him.

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.02.14 15:35:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Rob just a bit way off the topic,who was the shortish ,stocky chap with dark hair that played 13 before Steph T decided to make a mockery of that position?

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.02.14 16:41:53 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 8) : Riaan Swanepoel? Was more of a 12, I thought.

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.02.14 16:49:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • Thanks Rob, great article!

    Always impressive to read Fransie’s loose-forward-esque stats.

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.02.14 17:01:42 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Here is my superbru pool if any of you guys still have a pool spot open.

    Super Sharks 2014 pool code magipure

    I’m sure most shark supporters have developped a twitch. So excited about this year. Can’t wait for the firsts game!

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.02.14 17:18:19 by Shark Overide Reply

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  • Great article! So excited! A bit disappointed with BLK delivering on the new jersey on time!!! Very disappointed not to be able to wear mine here in Pretoria!!!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.02.14 22:15:13 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Beast is 121kg, Jannie 120kg, Alberts 120kg……its good news if Frans is 106kg

    Bresler and Chadwick always look bigger than 113kg…..I suspect their stats have never been updated

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.02.14 01:20:21 by Saffex Reply

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  • @Saffex (Comment 13) : Shoulder pad vests do that :lol:

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.02.14 07:31:18 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • AND ITS MATCH DAY, AND THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON. :cool: :cool: :cool: :grin: :grin: :grin:

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.02.14 09:27:54 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Saffex (Comment 13) : I also thought Bresler was slightly heavier.

    Goodluck Cheeetjas Good luck Saaaarks.

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.02.14 10:35:23 by Talent Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : thanks and I agree but still the best 13 option to date,what happened to him? Rob have you put a fresh pair of brookies on,buckled up and sorted those voices and pre-match nerves cause it starts just now

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.02.14 10:37:45 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 17) : playing for Brive in France

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.02.14 10:40:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 16) : me too.

    Will try to get accurate figures as the season progresses

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.02.14 10:41:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • Touching on this weight issue,seemingly Frans Steyn has shed a few kilos. Shall be interesting to see his speed “WHEN” he makes a linebreak.

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.02.14 14:17:51 by AP8 Reply

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  • Where is the squad info/pics from? Haven’t been able to find any stats on the official site.

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.02.14 05:51:28 by Here be dragons Reply

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