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First start for Majola


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 25 Sep 2014 at 11:25
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There’s been mixed news on the injury front for the Sharks this week, with veteran flanker Jacques Botes ruled out of Saturday’s game against the EP Kings in Durban.

Botes, the most-capped Currie Cup player of all time, has failed to recover in time from a chest injury and is replaced in the starting line-up by 22-year-old Khaya Majola, a product of Westville Boys High who makes his Currie Cup starting debut this week. The gulf in experience between the two men cannot be overstated, with Majola (1 cap off the bench) joining a very green back row that also includes Tera Mtembu and Etienne Oosthuizen, who boast just 18 and 7 caps respectively at this level.

The good news, though, is that Majola’s inclusion is the only change to the run-on fifteen, meaning that at long last the Sharks enjoy some much-needed continuity in selection, particularly amongst the backs. Cameron Wright, who was a late inclusion for the Bulls game, will build on a good performance at scrumhalf at Loftus. Conrad Hoffmann has recovered sufficiently to be included on the bench, where he replaces Hanco Venter in one of just two personnel changes to the reserves.

In the other, Stephan Lewies’s ongoing knee problem has settled enough to allow his inclusion, in the number 18 jersey. Johan Meyer thus shifts one spot over and will cover loose forward this week.

Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 Sibusiso Sithole, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Cameron Wright, 8 Lubabalo Mtembu (captain), 7 Etienne Oosthuizen, 6 Khaya Majola, 5 Marco Wentzel, 4 JC Astle, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Danie Mienie, 18 Stephan Lewies, 19 Johan Meyer, 20 Conrad Hoffmann, 21 Tim Swiel, 22 Tonderai Chavhanga.



25 Comments

  • I feel like they should be bringing Zeilinga back. Did he really play that bad?

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.09.14 11:29:09 by Letgo Reply
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  • Fantastic news for Khaya! He is such a quality guy on and off the field. He will give no less than 200% that u can bet on! Nice to see a guy thats stayed loyal to the union getting a chance now. Id still prefer Zeilinga over Swiel on the bench but ya. The Kings will be no push overs and let us not forget we have been pretty poor this CC barring last week.

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.09.14 11:30:33 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Congrats to Majola on cracking the starting line-up. Good luck boys!

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.09.14 11:31:22 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 1) : Not sure what the poor fella did wrong, but maybe the lay-off will have a similar effect on him as it did on Esterhuizen….if it wasn’t for Majola, Fred would probably have been “converted” to 6-flank :twisted:

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.09.14 11:36:09 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Good team hope they can have a good game and score a bonus point victory.

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.09.14 11:39:19 by JD Reply
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  • Nice one Khaya.

    Still think Ungerer should be in there. He had a cracker against the Lions. Service is VERY sharp and has a huge boot as well.

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.09.14 11:42:25 by John Galt Reply

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  • @John Galt (Comment 6) : Apparently he’s doing his concussion time after his injury.

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.09.14 11:58:36 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 1) : I am big Fred fan, but I have to admit Cronje has been pretty good at 10. However I would also want Fred on the bench – still don’t rate Swiel.

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.09.14 12:17:34 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • yeah, cannot drop Lionel now. Just no way.

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.09.14 12:19:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • No Lionel has been good, but Fred can surely take Tim Swiel’s spot on the bench?

    Mvovo and Lionel already covers 15, so Fred can cover 10 from the bench or do we still rate Swiel as a 10?

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.09.14 12:32:14 by Letgo Reply
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  • Fred is apparently not rated as a bench option. Only covers one position

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.09.14 12:57:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : ja in a sad way it makes some sense, but it’s a pity that Fred can’t get some game time.

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.09.14 13:40:54 by JD Reply
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  • Glad for Khaya, but not sure why Johan is leapfrogged, thought he was the next in line from the loose forwards?

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.09.14 15:55:17 by stevovo Reply
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  • @stevovo (Comment 13) : A 6 is injured, he should be replaced by a 6 – surely?

    How would you structure the loose trio with Johan, Tera and Etienne in it?

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.09.14 15:59:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 12) : look, I feel for the guy, really I do. His confidence has definitely taken a knock this season and I think a lot of that is due to the fact that Jake went and brought in Swiel to leapfrog him in the pecking order.

    None of that really does much to take away from the fact that he’s been mostly very poor when asked to start this Currie Cup, though.

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.09.14 16:06:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : I think he was playing like a player feeling he had to impress the coaches – which usually works the wrong way.

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.09.14 16:58:03 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 16) : good point. And he shouldn’t need to.

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.09.14 17:46:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • What is Khaya’s relationship to the cricketing Majolas?

  • Comment 18, posted at 26.09.14 06:00:46 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 18) : His son as far as i know.

  • Comment 19, posted at 26.09.14 07:40:34 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 19) : Yup. Gerald Majola is Khaya’s old man.

  • Comment 20, posted at 26.09.14 08:37:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : Im hoping to see Majola and Mmthembu running off each other and Oosthizen…since we lost Daniel and Kanko our loosie interplay hasnt been good.

  • Comment 21, posted at 26.09.14 08:51:53 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : Tx

  • Comment 22, posted at 26.09.14 08:52:40 by Baylion Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 21) : this is a good point.

    I’ve seen Khaya do some good stuff with ball in hand at age-group level. He looks to be a decent ball player, so let’s hope.

  • Comment 23, posted at 26.09.14 09:08:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : I really hope the loose trio has a good game as i feel if they do and our backs get good ball we can win with 5 points. The problem is one only realises the value of Jacques Botes when he isnt there. Watching Botes play a few club games this year shows how he is just a class above.

  • Comment 24, posted at 26.09.14 09:23:36 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Yes, you have a point, and ideally you want to do this.

    I would imagine however that as these guys mature they will want to bring in some kind of versatility into their games that they could play either if need be, as some our older stalwarts have done.

  • Comment 25, posted at 26.09.14 10:28:20 by stevovo Reply
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