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Looking at the Sharks squad


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 26 Feb 2016 at 13:54
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I’ve put together some stats on the Sharks squad named to face the Kings tomorrow. Let’s have a little look at some of the more interesting ones.

Caps
Odwa Ndungane is the most experienced player, with 127 Super Rugby caps. Beast Mtawarira is close behind on 113, but those are the only two centurions in the team. Half centurions are Lwazi Mvovo, Marcell Coeztee, Coenie Oosthuizen, Lourens Adriaanse, Joe Pietersen and Willie le Roux, although obviously not all of those caps have been for the Sharks. The aggregate cap tally is thus 896 across the match 23 (average 39) and 699 for the starting team (ave almost 47). That average drops to 32.8 caps for the Sharks across the starting XV.

Hyron Andrews, Jean-Luc du Preez, Garth April and Juan Schoeman are the four uncapped players in the group, while two other players (Franco Marais and Daniel du Preez) have fewer than 10 caps apiece. Interestingly, five of the eight players on the bench have not played Super Rugby for the Sharks before.

Coenie Oosthuizen will earn a 75th career cap, but that’s about it as milestones go for this week.

Points
Joe Pietersen has far and away the most Super Rugby points in this squad, with 465 (although none for the Sharks). Top scorer in a Sharks jersey is Ndungane, with 158, followed by fellow Umtata boy Lwazi Mvovo, who has 120. Marcell Coetzee is the leading forward points scorer with 60, via 12 tries. Six players in the starting team have yet to score any points at all in Super Rugby, with an additional three others yet to score any points in a Sharks jersey.

Size
It’s hard to get completely accurate stats, but we can say that at 2.03m or so, Hyron Andrews is the tallest player in the group. Cobus Reinach (1.75m) and Garth April (1.76m) are the shortest. Coenie Oosthuizen’s 127kg or so makes him the heaviest, with a total starting pack weight of 908kg, an average of 114kg per man. Average height of the back five forwards is 1.96m, which bodes well for the linout. One area where the Sharks are perhaps lacking is in backline height. 1.94m Andre Esterhuizen sticks out like a sore thumb; without him, the average height of the starting backs is just 1.82m.

Age
Andrews, at 20, is just slightly older than the du Preez twins and since we do not know which of them was born first, we’ll have to give them the joint “youngest player” honour. 35-year-old Ndungane is the oldest by some margin, with Michael Claassens (33), Joe Pietersen (31) and captain Mtawarira (30) the only others in their fourth decade. The average age of the starting fifteen is 25.2 years, and the match 23, 25.7 years.

Trivia
The Sharks told us yesterday that this is the first time in history that a pair of identical twins will start a game for them at Super Rugby level. There are actually three identical twins in the team, though, with Ndungane obviously also being one. Former Sharks player Craig Burden is also a twin (not an identical one) while Justin Downey is one of a set of fraternal triplets.

Grey College is once again the Sharks feeder school of choice, with four old greys in the match 23 this week (including both halfbacks). Kearsney College is next with two, but there’s an interesting trend towards more players from less-traditional rugby schools in the mix this week. Only four members of the squad were educated in KZN, which is lower than usual. 12 of the match 23 (and 10 of the starting 15) have come through the Sharks age-group ranks, which is impressive.

Potchefstroom has been good to the Sharks of 2016, with three of the current squad (Coenie Oosthuizen, Marcell Coetzee and Andre Esterhuizen) having been born in the North-West town.

Coetzee and Lourens Adriaanse have the same second name, “Cornelius”.

Surname Known as Current Age High School Height Weight SR Caps – Sharks SR Caps – Total SR Points – Sharks SR Points – Total
Mtawarira Beast 30 Peterhouse 188 115 113 113 15 15
Marais Franco 23 Transvalia 184 108 8 8 0 0
Oosthuizen Coenie 26 Grey College 181 127 0 74 0 40
Oosthuizen Etienne 23 Bergsig Academy 198 118 20 23 0 0
Andrews Hyron 20 Garsfontein 203 109 0 0 0 0
Coetzee Marcell 24 Port Natal 191 106 68 68 60 60
du Preez Jean-Luc 20 Kearsney College 194 113 0 0 0 0
du Preez Dan 20 Kearsney College 196 112 2 2 0 0
Reinach Cobus 26 Grey College 175 84 35 35 45 45
Pietersen Joe 31 Grey College 180 85 0 61 0 465
Mvovo Lwazi 29 Maria Louw 185 94 86 86 120 120
Esterhuizen Andre 21 Klerksdorp High 194 110 14 14 0 0
Jordaan Paul 24 Grey College 180 88 30 30 25 25
Ndungane Odwa 35 Hudson Park 186 92 117 127 158 173
le Roux Willie 26 Paul Roos 186 90 0 58 0 90
Cooper Kyle 27 Glenwood High 178 113 37 37 10 10
Schoeman Juan 24 Afrikaans Seunskool 186 110 0 0 0 0
Adriaanse Lourens 28 Paarl Gymnasium 181 116 31 61 0 0
McDuling Dave 26 St Ignatius’ College 196 115 0 12 0 0
van der Walt Philip 26 Adelaide Gymnasium 194 108 0 31 0 20
Claassens Michael 33 Kroonstad High 178 89 0 29 0 0
April Garth 24 Florida High 176 80 0 0 0 0
Sithole S’bura 25 Queen’s College 182 96 27 27 20 20


31 Comments

  • Wow, Dave McDulling was educated in Polokwane. :twisted:

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.02.16 14:07:24 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 1) : man, I wish I got that joke :)

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.02.16 14:26:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • Funny you mention backs height and our team having a short back line. I recall watching the earthquake relief game between the Sharks ans Crusaders at Twickenham 5 years ago and their backs noticeably towered over ours…and ran us ragged. The difference was stark and evident, like men against boys.

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.02.16 14:26:46 by Kiss_the_Gold Reply

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  • @Kiss_the_Gold (Comment 3) : first 2 games of sr showed there are some tall and solid built backs in the comp.jpp is 1.90m ±105kg.what surprises me is how the players height keeps changing.wasn’t beast always 1.88m?now he is 1.83m.saw pocock is 1.88m 115kg,up from 1.81m.

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.02.16 14:39:34 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 4) : typo. Beast is 1.88

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.02.16 14:48:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : ah thanks.so it is just pocock who has grown 7 cm according to aus broadcastng network :D

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.02.16 14:54:10 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 4) : Maybe it is the pressure of playing Super Rugby that is shrinking them :grin: I remember the days of Wayne Fyvie playing and being told he would never be a Springbok because he is too small & Keegan as well.

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.02.16 14:54:49 by markm Reply

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  • I think the games today showed exactly why big backs, and big wings specifically make a big difference.

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.02.16 14:56:16 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 6) : Pocock is not that tall just huge http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/12/03/00/2F0130A300000578-3343692-image-a-17_1449103373829.jpg

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.02.16 14:58:25 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 9) : serious about his gym work.

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.02.16 15:01:51 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • Not sure how much effort this will be but just curious…what was the weight of the Sharks starting pack in game 1 last year compared to this years 908kg?

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.02.16 15:01:57 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 4) : when we add JP and Mjekevu the backs start to get a lot taller.

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.02.16 15:02:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 9) : dont think marcell is 106kg,though.

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.02.16 15:03:40 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • Don’t mean to be pedantic, but aren’t people in their 30s actually in their fourth decade?

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.02.16 15:06:25 by Shakes34 Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : yes,that is true.

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.02.16 15:07:29 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : Mjekevu is lanky, JPP is the same height and 10kgs heavier.

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.02.16 15:07:43 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 13) : I’d say about 110, Pocock is shorter and 5kgs more than Marcell, Pocock is just as big and a hell of a lot leaner (muscle weighs more than fat).

  • Comment 17, posted at 26.02.16 15:10:02 by Seth101 Reply
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  • Rob is it to much to ask to have an interactive table so that we can sort by different stats? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 26.02.16 15:14:38 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 18) : yes

  • Comment 19, posted at 26.02.16 15:20:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Shakes34 (Comment 14) : ah crap.

  • Comment 20, posted at 26.02.16 15:21:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 19) : Ignoring the obvious accusations, I’d say it’s diet. All you have to do to maintain weight is eat more calories then you use. Theoretically a comrades runner could be that big as long as he ate enough. Plus looking at Pocock I think it’s fair to assume he cares somewhat for his aesthetics, while other players might not.

  • Comment 21, posted at 26.02.16 15:23:53 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : It seems copy pasting to excel works for me.

  • Comment 22, posted at 26.02.16 15:29:36 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 22) : it should, since Excel is the source of this.

    just let me know if you want me to mail you the spreadsheet

  • Comment 23, posted at 26.02.16 16:49:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : Thanks mate, just copy pasted and formatted the columns myself, they now sort themselves to my ever whim :mrgreen:

  • Comment 24, posted at 26.02.16 17:17:36 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 24) : my original has some hidden columns :)

  • Comment 25, posted at 26.02.16 18:10:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • 158 points… how has Odwa scored his points?

  • Comment 26, posted at 26.02.16 19:35:38 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : Please email, just because now I’m curious :D

  • Comment 27, posted at 26.02.16 19:52:49 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : Rob just one thing I’m almost 100% sure Michael Claasens was actually in “Afrikaanse Hoër skool” in Kroonstad which is the sworn enemies of Kroonstad High school. Other than that it’s very interesting ready thanx for sharing it!!!

  • Comment 28, posted at 27.02.16 00:49:17 by JD Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 26) : might have scored some four point tries as he’s been around for thousands of years!!!

  • Comment 29, posted at 27.02.16 00:52:03 by JD Reply
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  • 3 20year-olds in the starting pack.will see the results not now,but in 2-3 years time.also thomas at loosehead prop.

  • Comment 30, posted at 29.02.16 10:20:07 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @Seth101 (Comment 27) : send me an email pls

  • Comment 31, posted at 29.02.16 10:46:27 by robdylan Reply
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