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Sharks bolster back row


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 24 Sep 2014 at 10:47
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Namibian test flanker Tinus du Plessis appears to have been added to the Sharks Currie Cup squad and could even play for his new team this weekend, given the dearth of fit back row options.

30-year-old du Plessis, who appears to have come to the end of a two-year contract at London Wasps earlier this year, is the cousin of former Sharks lock Anton Bresler and at 1.91m and 100 or so kilos is able to play in any of the three back row positions. He has earned 35 caps for his country (scoring five tries) and has played for them in the two most recent World Cup tournaments.

There’s been no official word from the Sharks on this move, so we don’t know what Tinus’s contractual situation is at the moment, but he’s clearly been taking an active part in training and could solve a thorny issue for the team if selected this weekend.

Fellow Namibian international back-rower Renaldo Bothma, currently contracted to the Pumas, is rumoured to be considering a move to the Sharks next year, probably on a Super Rugby loan basis initially.



21 Comments

  • I want that Bothma to be a Shark on a full time basis. Let’s not drop the ball on this one John Smit!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.09.14 10:55:19 by GreatSharksays Reply
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  • I really hope that we can add some players on the back row, there is a huge gap left by the departures of Deysel, Daniel, and if I remember correct mr Statham also at the end of the season, Terra is starting to come into his own every week, and should be more than just a big asset come SR next season

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.09.14 10:55:21 by Henkb Reply
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  • @Henkb (Comment 2) : yes, JB is calling it a day at the end of the season.

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.09.14 11:16:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • As much as I hate to admit it, it would be better for Bothma to play with the Sharks. The Lions does have very good deth with Warren Whiteley, Jaco Kriel, Derrick Minnie, Kwagga Smith and Warwick Tecklenburg. His skill will be better used at the Sharks

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.09.14 11:36:20 by Mutley Reply
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  • @Mutley (Comment 4) : by “skill” you mean “ability to bash”…. and yes, a better fit for us that you guys :)

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.09.14 12:07:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 1) : wow I thought I was thinking in a soccer brain about Bothma, tht guy is good don’t 4gt Rosco Speckman!

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.09.14 12:10:21 by sazito Reply

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  • @Mutley (Comment 4) : Yeah, and the Cheetahs seemed to have unearthed some youthful talent in Henco Venter, Tienie Burger and Claasen. They will add valuable depth to compliment Willie Britz, Jean Cook, Boom Prinsloo and Mohoje. Then there is another Sharks age group player Peet Coetzee, that I haven’t seen in action, but heard a bit of. Hopefully we can tie Brussow down, seeing Marnus Schoeman is off to the Pumas

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.09.14 12:50:49 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 7) : pity was hoping Marnus would move to Sharks, and ja the Cheetahs always seems to be able to find lots and lots of young loose forwards.

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.09.14 14:59:17 by JD Reply
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  • Good to see some new players as at the moment he’s very needed.

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.09.14 15:02:36 by JD Reply
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  • Tinus who?? Seriously is this not clutching at straws? Surely the Sharks could have attracted someone better or if we want a no name then get from the clubs…waste of money this. Hope im proved wrong…

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.09.14 08:08:51 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Is it a bullshit story that Whitley is coming back to sharks?

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.09.14 08:08:51 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 11) : Behave. Don’t start wild rumours like that unless you can give us more information.

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.09.14 08:31:46 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 8) : Agreed. I am more worried about locks for next year. Lood and Wegner, plus Uys, is a bit thin on depth. Loose trio should be Tienie Burger, Mohoje and Britz/Cook, both able to play 7/8. Hopefully we can tie Brussow down, then we will have a potent loose trio to rival that of the Lions. Brussow, Mohoje, Cook/Britz

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.09.14 08:51:52 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 13) : you’ve tied Brussow down, according to morning reports.

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.09.14 09:15:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 13) : Mohoje is a bit short but could also help to cover lock in an emergency.

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.09.14 10:24:26 by JD Reply
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  • I cant help but wonder why we cant seem to be able to bring our own KZN talent at loose forward (which I would imagine there is plenty of) through the system, instead of having to import?

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.09.14 15:43:47 by stevovo Reply
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  • @stevovo (Comment 16) : Steve, the issue i have with that statement is you saying “I imagine”.

    I’m always keen to punt local talent, but I need people to tell me who these local players are that they feel are being overlooked. I’m not aware of any that are up to Currie Cup standard at present.

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.09.14 16:54:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : Hi Rob, my concern is not so much specific people that are being overlooked, it is more an issue with the systems (or lack of) that are in place, to ensure that from school boy level, all the way through, we are seeing local guys being prepared to be at the point where they are ready for this level.

    It is encouraging to see guys like Majola getting a chance this week, and it will be interesting to see if he is ready to take the step up.

  • Comment 18, posted at 26.09.14 10:23:40 by stevovo Reply
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  • @stevovo (Comment 18) : right yeah, I hear you.

    Look, I think that the balance is pretty good at under 19 level anyway – this year roughly half of our squad is from KZN schools. The real challenge, though, is getting those guys to come all the way through without disappearing along the way. You need to be realistic in that probably only 30% of any given under 19 team will ever make it as a senior pro, but we could be doing a better job all the same.

    Of our current team, though, we’re looking ok. Chadwick, Cooper, Astle, Majola, Hadebe, Wright all came though the KZN school system.

  • Comment 19, posted at 26.09.14 10:26:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • Yes, in the professional era I suppose we have to live with the fact that there will be plenty of movements, but as you say if we can have a group of ‘mostly’ home grown talent, I think it will go a long way towards building local support for the team.

  • Comment 20, posted at 26.09.14 10:32:22 by stevovo Reply
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  • @stevovo (Comment 20) : yes, agree with you.

    there’s a potentially good crop comeing through – Ungerer, the Du Preez twins, Schramm, u21 centres Kukeka and Marwana, Tyler Fisher, etc

  • Comment 21, posted at 26.09.14 10:38:04 by robdylan Reply
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