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Strong Sharks XV named for opener


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Vodacom Cup on 6 Mar 2014 at 14:17
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The Sharks XV get their Vodacom Cup campaign underway in East London tomorrow night, when they face the Border Bulldogs at 7pm. New coach Deon Kayser has named a formidable side packed with experience for the encounter.

Old man Sangoni “Mox” Mxoli returns after a long absence indeed, earning his 16th Vodacom Cup cap for the Sharks at loosehead prop, a full seven years after he last played for what was then the Wildebeest. The 29-year-old has also played for the Blue Bulls and EP Kings at this level, but has been plying his trade for Rovers in Durban for the last few years while working as a Sports Officer at Westville Boys High. Next to him in the front row are two younger players whose names are just as familiar to fans – Monde Hadebe (a Westville product himself) as hooker and the 37-time Super Rugby player Wiehahn Herbst at tighthead.

The lock combination re-unites a pair who played plenty of times together during last year’s Currie Cup campaign, new father Edwin Hewitt (whose son Edwin was born yesterday) and the adaptable Peet Marais. Captain Tera Mtembu adds Super Rugby experience to the back row, where he’ll partner young Khaya Majola and Francois Kleinhans in the loose trio.

Hewitt is the only member of the starting pack not to have come through the Sharks Academy.

There are more home-grown lads in the backline, with Stefan Ungerer (Maritzburg) and Fred Zeilinga (Glenwood and the 2013 Vodacom Cup Player of the Year) running the show from halfback. Exciting Endre Esterhuizen will be at 12, alongside an exciting young prospect in 20-year-old Neil Maritz. Hansie Graaf, who finally makes a competitive competition debut for the Sharks, adds experience at fullback, while wings Sizo Maseko and Alcino Izaacs, like the rest of the backs, have come through the Sharks age-group system.

On the bench, the one to watch is 18-year-old prop Thomas du Toit, who is next to former Junior Bok Franco Marais as hooker replacement. Marco Wentzel continues his comeback from shoulder surgery in jersey 18, while young Johann Meyer is the replacement loose forward. Tim Swiel lurks besides scrumhalf Hanco Venter and utility back Keelin Bastew amongst the backline replacements.

The Sharks XV

15. Hansie Graaff
14. Sizo Maseko
13. Neil Maritz
12. Andre Esterhuizen
11. Alcino Izaacs
10. Fred Zeilinga
9. Stefan Ungerer
8. Tera Mtembu (captain)
7. Francois Kleinhans
6. Khaya Majola
5. Peet Marais
4. Edwin Hewitt
3. Wiehahn Herbst
2. Monde Hadebe
1. Mox Mxoli

Replacements
16. Franco Marais
17. Thomas du Toit
18. Marco Wentzel
19. Johann Meyer
20. Hanco Venter
21. Tim Swiel
22. Keelin Bastew



34 Comments

  • No sign of Tim Whitehead?

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.03.14 14:19:57 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • No Tim Whitehead :| is it due to injury or a sign that he’s moving on?

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.03.14 14:21:45 by Greg Reply

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  • No Keegan or TW.
    Methinks that they are both closer to the Sharks Super Rugby team than we all think.
    Perhaps they aren’t being risked at this stage or are both carrying injuries.

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.03.14 14:23:48 by John Galt Reply

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  • Called the starting XV spot on Rob!

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.03.14 14:24:10 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • Some serious talent in that team!

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.03.14 14:25:57 by Bump Reply

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  • Thats def a very good side. One does wonder what the likes of Botes, Daniel, Whitehead and Chavanga are doing? Are there injuries? Cos if not these guys could be lacking serious match practise

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.03.14 14:30:51 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 1) : @Greg (Comment 2) : @John Galt (Comment 3) : TW had an op according to a comment in another thread.

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.03.14 14:30:55 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Whitehead is injured again

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.03.14 14:31:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :
    Thanks.

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.03.14 14:31:58 by John Galt Reply

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  • I`m guessing this won`t be televised? :roll:

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.03.14 15:24:29 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Read in our local newspaper today that Border only started practicing this week, so I think there is a massive score on it’s way

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.03.14 15:36:09 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 10) : no – I hear someone sold the floodlights

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.03.14 15:48:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : Sharp…..very sharp

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.03.14 16:04:30 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 13) : thank you – I’ll be here all week. Try the fish

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.03.14 16:08:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • Wow, we are so blessed with talent this year. It’s a shame these players have to go and play with 5 people in the stands watching and no tv exposure.

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.03.14 16:36:34 by Southern_Shark Reply

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  • Tera is the captain, not Monde

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.03.14 16:49:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • Botes, Daniel and the likes should play VC so they can stay match fit atleast :annoyed:

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.03.14 06:35:19 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • This team strong enough to play bulls or stormers in S15- :lol:
    VC, IF ALL GOES WELL WILL BE WON FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER AND THE FIRST TROPHY IN 2014 FOR THE SHARKS. :smile:
    where is Jake’s blue eyed boy Ettienne Oosthuizen ?

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.03.14 06:48:58 by Observer Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : nooo :(
    I wish he could get back to the same form that got us into the S15 final. he was by far the best inside center in the country back then.

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.03.14 08:30:28 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Observer (Comment 18) : sounds like he picked up an injury against Sarries and is fighting to get fit? Not sure…

  • Comment 20, posted at 07.03.14 10:04:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • Zeilinga kicks off

  • Comment 21, posted at 07.03.14 19:02:04 by Ludz Reply

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  • @Ludz (Comment 21) : you, sir, are a legend :)

  • Comment 22, posted at 07.03.14 19:08:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • 7-0 to Sharks, Graaff try, converted by Fred, 20 minutes in

  • Comment 23, posted at 07.03.14 19:20:27 by Ludz Reply

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  • Sharks Xv in trouble…. 10-24 down with about 30 to play.

    Border taking every sniff of a chance, it seems

  • Comment 24, posted at 07.03.14 19:59:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • Right back in 24-22 to Border

  • Comment 25, posted at 07.03.14 20:06:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • Thomas du Toit scores! Sharks lead 29-24

  • Comment 26, posted at 07.03.14 20:12:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • Wors try… Sharks lead 36-24

  • Comment 27, posted at 07.03.14 20:17:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • 43-24… Andre Esterhuizen

  • Comment 28, posted at 07.03.14 20:28:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • so….

    Tries Hansie Graaff, Peet Marais, Neil Maritz, Thomas du Toit, Wiehahn Herbst, Andre Esterhuizen.
    Cons Zeilinga (5)
    Pen Zeilina

  • Comment 29, posted at 07.03.14 20:29:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • final score 46-24

    Tries Hansie Graaff, Peet Marais, Neil Maritz, Thomas du Toit, Wiehahn Herbst, Andre Esterhuizen.
    Cons Zeilinga (5)
    Pens Zeilina (2)

  • Comment 30, posted at 07.03.14 20:35:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • Thanks for taking over here Rob, I was struggling to watch with all the updating on twitter and other platforms

  • Comment 31, posted at 07.03.14 21:44:26 by Ludz Reply

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  • Thanks for the scores.

  • Comment 32, posted at 07.03.14 22:59:19 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Rovers beat welkom 85 zip

  • Comment 33, posted at 08.03.14 15:06:31 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • @bobby 26 (Comment 33) : nice

  • Comment 34, posted at 08.03.14 16:06:11 by robdylan Reply
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