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Impi flavour for Sharks XV


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Vodacom Cup on 9 Apr 2015 at 15:39
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Ryan Strudwick has backed key players from his Varsity shield champion UKZN Impi side for Saturday’s Vodacom cup match against Free State. Innocent Radebe, the young flyhalf who is the talk of the KZN rugby town, will wear the number 10 jersey this week.

With both Franco Marais and Monde Hadebe moving up to the Sharks squad proper, a gap at hooker has opened up, one filled by a former Sharks under 19 captain and fellow Impi stalwart in Chris de Beer. He packs down in the middle of a new-look front row, featuring former flanker Hendrik Potgieter at loosehead prop and Junior Springbok representative Marne Coetzee on the tight. JC Astle packs down with Hyron Andrews in the second row, while the du Preez twins, Jean-Luc and Daniel, comprise the loose trio along with open side Khaya Majola.

There’s experience on either side of Radebe, with scrumhalf (and captain) Stefan Ungerer and inside centre Heimar Williams both boasting Super Rugby caps. Legend Marwana starts at 13, while a back three reshuffle sees Alcino Izaacs shift to fullback, making way for Neil Maritz on the right wing. A promising club player, Charlie Mayeza, gets an opportunity on the left.

Spare a thought, if you will, for unlucky Jaco van Tonder, who suffered a season-ending knee injury against Western Province in the Sharks XV’s last outing.

New faces in the squad this week on the bench are lock Christiaan de Bruyn (a former Bulls junior) and Japanese utility back Tony Vaihu, who looks to have followed Gary Gold to Durban from the Kobe Steelers. There’s also a welcome return to Vodacom Cup action for Tyler Fisher.

Sharks XV: 15 Alcino Izaacs, 14 Neil Maritz, 13 Nkululeko Marwana, 12 Heimar Williams, 11 Charles Mayeza, 10 Innocent Radebe, 9 Stefan Ungerer (capt), 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Khaya Majola, 5 Hyron Andrews, 5 JC Astle, 3 Marne Coetzee, 2 Chris de Beer, 1 Hendrik Potgieter
Replacements: 16 Mees Erasmus, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 Christiaan De Bruin, 19 Johan Meyer, 20 Cameron Wright, 21 Tony Vaihu, 22 Tyler Fisher



37 Comments

  • Fist pump (by die dam pump)!! Tyler Fisher is back! Somewhere, right now, a little Saffex is having a wet dream…

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.04.15 15:59:58 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 1) : Almost spilled my coffee on my pc now haha!

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.04.15 16:01:56 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • Bummer for Jaco na Tonder. What does a season ending injury mean in terms of weeks? Is it the entire rugby season, the VC season, SuperRugby season etc.

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.04.15 16:10:20 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 2) : :razz:

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.04.15 16:15:59 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • What happened to Wright? He was great in the CC last year.

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.04.15 16:16:41 by David12246 Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 3) : it means ACL, so no more rugby in 2015

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.04.15 16:25:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • I was really impressed with Innocent Radebe in the Varsity Shield final.

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.04.15 16:32:45 by Ben Reply
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  • What did I miss? Is Kyle Cooper injured?

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.04.15 16:35:05 by Ben Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : Double bummer then. One feels for these guys hoping to make their break through and then suffering such serious injuries.

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.04.15 16:44:51 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 8) : Probably a little, emotionally, but he will be back.

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.04.15 16:45:54 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • A shame to hear about Jaco van Tonder’s injury. Hope he recovers fully.

    Luckily we have SP Marais to cover for Jaco for the rest of the Vodacom Cup season. :twisted: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.04.15 16:49:14 by Ben Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 10) : Really expected him to start in the Vodacom Cup side at least.

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.04.15 16:51:23 by Ben Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 9) : exactly. I’m really bummed for the guy

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.04.15 16:53:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 11) : o my word that’s funny. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.04.15 19:55:45 by Lieplapper Reply

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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 1) : I had the exact same thought…kakaka!

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.04.15 21:42:57 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 3) : @robdylan (Comment 6) : Man I feel sorry for him. Hang in there Jaco…and all the best for your recovery!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.04.15 21:44:57 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 7) : Wait until you see the Strudwick interview…he rates Inny very, very highly!

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.04.15 21:46:14 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 11) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.04.15 21:47:08 by pastorshark Reply
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  • It’s good to see the guys from the Varsity Shield squad being backed. From my interview with Strudwick, it Looks like we will be seeing more of this…and for some of the other guys from that squad as well…

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.04.15 21:48:38 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 17) : Still looking forward to it! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.04.15 22:50:03 by Ben Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 19) : Good news.

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.04.15 23:06:17 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 20) : I’ve sent the interviews to Rob. I’m sure he’ll be putting them up as soon as he has a chance…

  • Comment 22, posted at 09.04.15 23:30:12 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Ja I’m bummed for Jaco as well. I still think he is definite contender for 15 in the sharks CC team and I would have liked to see him play CC.

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.04.15 09:14:49 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 23) : Absolutley agreed…

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.04.15 09:20:29 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Geez so Cooper really been told to sit in the corner and think about what he has done. No Paul Perez?

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.04.15 09:41:22 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 25) : We should give him a lot more game he looks like strong runner.

  • Comment 26, posted at 10.04.15 10:28:07 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 26) : Agreed…he has good playing qualities but i think his self discipline etc lets him down a lot

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.04.15 11:05:21 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 27) : Ja both personally and on the field. Kid needs to get his own head right and he will be an asset.

  • Comment 28, posted at 10.04.15 11:15:13 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 26) : I would like to see what he has to offer on the filed in a Super Rugby game…

  • Comment 29, posted at 10.04.15 11:23:37 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 29) : You think he is ready? I mean to run on not as a 10minute sub. When i first heard he was coming to the sharks I watched a few matches on youtube and from the comments I gathered that they expected great things from him in his home country, even saying things like he could be the next Savea or equal to him. I must confess I haven’t seen enough to be convinced but in all fairness he hasn’t been given the opportunity.
    Watching the highlight reels and seeing him on speed is quite impressive but we know the full package requires more than just speed.

  • Comment 30, posted at 10.04.15 12:47:30 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 30) : Unfortunately I have now idea…but I am very interested in seeing something of him…

  • Comment 31, posted at 10.04.15 12:53:48 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 31) : You may get an indication watching some matches he played for taranaki in the 2008 air new zealand cup. But that was a long time ago and he was on form back then also a lot younger. Also he is 28 if I’m not mistaken if he was going to make a big impact he should have done it by now and probably would have been poached by NZ or Aus way before we got him.

  • Comment 32, posted at 10.04.15 13:10:31 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 27) : @coolfusion (Comment 30) : @pastorshark (Comment 31) : It seems like he only came to SA because it’s the only country he could get a visa for. In May 2010, he was deported (from NZ) back to Samoa after being convicted on two counts of domestic assault on his pregnant partner. He spent the entire 2014 Currie Cup season undergoing rehabilitation with the Kings for a knee injury and wasn’t involved in any first team action. He was named in the EP Kings’ training squad for the 2015 season, but his contract was terminated in November 2014 due to absenteeism.

    Why did the Sharks get involved with this guy? Seriously, why bother? :roll:

  • Comment 33, posted at 10.04.15 23:04:33 by Ben Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 32) : Bang on. He’s 28 now.

  • Comment 34, posted at 10.04.15 23:05:29 by Ben Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 32) : No way NZ or Australia will grant him a visa. He tried going to France on two different occasions, ending in his visa being declined on both occasions.

  • Comment 35, posted at 10.04.15 23:12:43 by Ben Reply
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  • I also came across this article on rugby15.co.za

    ‘Eastern Province Rugby have confirmed that they have terminated Samoan winger Paul Perez’ contract with immediate effect.

    Perez, who was seen as playing an integral role in the EP Kings plans for the 2015 season, disappeared for two days this week, without justification or permission, and remained uncontactable for the duration of his absence.

    EP Rugby President, Cheeky Watson, confirmed that the union had been in the process of applying for Perez’ work permit, and had been obligated to contact the Department of Home Affairs due to concerns raised by his absenteeism.

    On his return, and subsequent dismissal from the EP Kings, authorities then acted in terms of home affairs protocols.

    “It is a major blow for us as the union, and we are extremely saddened and disappointed by the turn of events,” said Watson.

    “Paul is an extremely talented individual, and we have invested heavily in him over the past year, as he has undergone rehabilitation for his knee and has even undergone surgery on our account,” said Watson.’

    He was taken into custody by home affairs officials and was almost deported back to Samoa.

  • Comment 36, posted at 10.04.15 23:24:02 by Ben Reply
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  • As far as I’m concerned, both Horak and Perez can be sent back to the Kings. Horak being our defence and kicking coach. :roll:

    Anyway, rant over. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 37, posted at 10.04.15 23:31:27 by Ben Reply
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