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Big challenge for young Sharks


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 11 Feb 2016 at 12:22
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If the looks of steely determination on the faces of the young men around here are anything to go by, then we can expect nothing less than a massive effort from the Sharks tonight as they take on a battle-hardened Toulouse team in their own back yard.

It’s no secret that this team is far less experienced than the outfit that faced Toulon last week. Captain Marcell Coetzee, Etienne Oosthuizen and Willie le Roux are perhaps the only first choice players who will start the game (and Oosthuizen out of position at that), but I feel we can learn a hell of a lot more from the way the younger players around them perform.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have a few words with some of them and the feeling is one of excitement and determination. Hyron Andrews and Christiaan de Bruin are two such players, who will have very big boots to fill in the Sharks pack tonight and both are champing at the bit to make their presence felt; to convince the coaches that they are ready to play a part in Super Rugby. In a competition as long and gruelling, with high attrition rates, you can bet whatever you have on some of these younger players getting a chance before the season is out.

Garth April and Johan Deysel are the two with arguably the most to prove in the backline, since both are essentially unknown quantities to Sharks fans. I’d say the magnitude of the challenge that awaits them is not lost on either player, but I’m sure both will rise to the occasion splendidly.

All we want, at the end of the day, is for these boys to give their best tonight, to show the same commitment on defence that we saw in Toulon and to have a good crack when they have an opportunity with ball in hand. Get that right and the result won’t matter too much.

Good luck, boys! Have fun out there and enjoy this special opportunity.



26 Comments

  • Will be a tough one and good too seeing how the “Youth” get on. Can also paint a picture of the leadership abilities of guys like Coetzee and Claasens

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.02.16 12:30:07 by SheldonK Reply
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  • Good luck guys!!!!!!!!!!!! Just go out and enjoy the opportunity to represent the best team in the world aka the Sharks!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.02.16 12:40:07 by JD Reply
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  • “Commitment on defence” – absolutely agreed. That’s what I’ll be looking out for again.

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.02.16 12:43:49 by vanmartin Reply
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  • the centre combo (with heimar at 13) is one i am interested in watching.the workrate of sithole and mjekevu.also andrews at 5 and de bruin at 8 ,who at 1.98m ±110kg should be a good line-out option at the back.then there is obviously april at 10.most important individual performance to look at imo though,is engelbrecht at tighthead,very closely followed by marais at hooker.

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.02.16 12:49:49 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 4) : not a huge fan of Heimar at 13. Can de Bruin play lock because with that size he could make a decent lock?

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.02.16 13:00:05 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 5) : de bruin is a lock/flank/no8 it would seem.

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.02.16 13:03:03 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 4) : in hindsight,think marais’ performance will be more important one to look at.just shades engelbrecht.

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.02.16 13:08:37 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 5) : was expecting it to be 12 williams 13 deysel.

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.02.16 13:11:49 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 8) : Think they went Williams at 13 for the experience and organisation

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.02.16 13:16:26 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 6) : told me he wants to concentrate on loose forard

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.02.16 13:22:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • I am looking forward to seeing just about every position for the Sharks tonight…should be fascinating…

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.02.16 13:30:12 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : thanks for the info.have not seen him play before,so keen to see how he goes.seems like suddenly there is quite a bit of competition for the no8 jersey.

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.02.16 13:31:23 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 6) : @robdylan (Comment 10) : thanx for the info. Seems as if Sharks have lots of cover in the loose forwards.

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.02.16 00:16:23 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 9) : @50shadesofshark (Comment 8) : I personally prefer Heimar at 12 as I think he’s very underrated and if given some time he could be very good.

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.02.16 00:18:48 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 14) : would liked to have seen 12heimar 13deysel.

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.02.16 00:48:26 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 15) : @JD (Comment 14) : They didn’t do badly with Deysel 12 and Heimar 13 last night. One missed tackle by Heimar…but otherwise our backs looked fluent…

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.02.16 07:23:02 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 14) : @50shadesofshark (Comment 15) : @pastorshark (Comment 16) : Heimar was instrumental in setting up Sbu’s try. I think he offers something completely different from Jordaan at 13 which I don’t think is a bad thing. An intelligent, distributing 13 is a useful arrow to have in one’s quiver.

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.02.16 08:49:51 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 17) : yes he could play similar type roll than Conrad Smith but just think he’s a bit to slow to be a really top quality 13?!?!

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.02.16 11:59:19 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 18) : I dont think he is that slow. He is very much in the Conrad Smith mould. Also a bit like Tim Whitehead that a lot of guys liked at centre.

  • Comment 19, posted at 12.02.16 12:06:55 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 19) : did not mean he’s slow, just meant “slow” in relation to e.g. JPP/Jordaan and other possible opposition players. If he could just gain a couple of yards then he could be a good 13. For me Tim (like Heimar) just needs a couple of yards to make a good 13, but for sure he’s a good 12.

  • Comment 20, posted at 12.02.16 12:17:03 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 20) : I think with express pace on the wings like we have i dont think your 13 needs to be that quick. But he does need to be clever to utilise those talents outside him. But def nice to have 2 different types of player there

  • Comment 21, posted at 12.02.16 12:31:01 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 21) : yes you make a valid point with regards to using speed out wide, but 13 also needs some speed on defence.

  • Comment 22, posted at 12.02.16 12:37:33 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 22) : If you defending in that 13 channel intelligence can compensate for speed but speed can never compensate for intelligence.

  • Comment 23, posted at 12.02.16 12:41:59 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 17) : yes,agree.thats why i mentioned in an earlier post the sharks could do worse than trying to lure a player like like daniel du plessis to durban.plays at 12,but would like to see how he goes at 13.he might be closer to the conrad smith-type player.and then there is also ew viljoen.1 of 2 youngsters (under 21) for the sharks to have a look at for 2017.onlu problem is they are both at the stormers.lukhanyo am will be playing for the kings this season,so will be interesting to see how his season goes.the sharks options at 13 this season seems to be : jordaan,jpp and heimar(who will also be bracketed in at 12).

  • Comment 24, posted at 12.02.16 12:47:42 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @SheldonK: still feel the sharks should get rhyno smith involved.would like to have seen him get a run at 15,wing and yes,even 13.accurate goalkicker,good handling skills,and though small,does not shy away from tackling.not slow either.

  • Comment 25, posted at 12.02.16 13:05:22 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 25) : 15 and wing yes…dont know about 13 but he has run a 10 before. Yeh look i rate the guy but guess its just not to be. Surprised the Lions havnt had a look

  • Comment 26, posted at 12.02.16 13:13:37 by SheldonK Reply

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