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Sharks XV head to Newcastle


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 17 Jun 2016 at 10:30
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It hasn’t been an easy campaign for Khaya Majola and the Sharks XV, with last week’s unlucky loss at Loftus just another chapter in the story of their season so far. The team, coached by Michael Horak, will have another opportunity to grow and improve as they take on the Pumas in Newcastle this afternoon.

Stephan Coetzee comes in to start at hooker this week, flanked by experienced props Juan Schoeman and Gerhard Engelbrecht. Ruan Botha and Hyron Andrews are again the locks, with an unchanged loose trio featuring Majola, Christiaan de Bruin and Tera Mtembu.

It’s all change in the backline this week. Tristan Tedder comes in at flyhalf, partnering Hanco Venter, while Heimar Williams is also back and will play inside centre, with S’bura Sithole his partner. Marcel Coetzee and Legend Marwana are the wings, with Alrin Eksteen consistent at fullback.

Sharks XV: 15. Alrin Eksteen, 14. Marcel Coetzee, 13. Sibusiso Sithole, 12. Heimar Williams, 11. Nkululeko Marwana, 10. Tristan Tedder, 9. Hanco Venter, 8. Lubabalo Mtembu, 7. Christiaan de Bruin, 6. Khaya Majola (C), 5. Ruan Botha, 4. Hyron Andrews, 3. Gerhard Engelbrecht, 2. Stephan Coetzee, 1. Juan Schoeman
Subs: 16. Christopher de Beer, 17. Mzamo Majola, 18. Ruan Kramer, 19. David McDuling, 20. Wian Vosloo, 21. Dylan Marcus, 22. Kelvin Elder



39 Comments

  • Good luck guys!!! Awesome that they’re playing in Newcastle!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.06.16 10:48:51 by JD Reply
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  • They are playing Tom not today,my ticket it’s booked and will be there

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.06.16 10:52:55 by garethkorb Reply

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  • @garethkorb (Comment 2) : oh is it? Sharks website is wrong then.

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.06.16 10:54:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • Yes they have a captain’s run and it’s free to the public and tonight they have some Dinner at Vulintaba country estate and the game tomorrow is at 5.Newcastle Highlanders vs Durban Collegians is the curtain raiser.

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.06.16 11:02:12 by garethkorb Reply

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  • That backline has a much better look to it. Will be very tough against the Pumas though. Cant see this Sharks side getting the win but i really hope they do as they need it for confidence sake.

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.06.16 11:03:48 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @garethkorb (Comment 4) : Its Durban Crusaders not Collegians as the curtain raiser :)

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.06.16 11:04:41 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Oh sorry haha at least I got the Durban part correct

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.06.16 11:07:02 by garethkorb Reply

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  • Against the Pumas in Newcastle, no man, those guys will think its a home game in Witbank. They should play WP in Newcastle.
    Lets hope there is a good turnout and that the guys perform.

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.06.16 11:41:08 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Last time the Sharks played a warm up game in Newcastle was the first time I saw Marcell Coetzee in action. Less that a year later he was a Bok.

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.06.16 11:44:28 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 8) : You do know even the Pumas got scared of Witbank at night so now play in Nelspruit ;)

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.06.16 11:54:24 by SheldonK Reply

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  • If this field is anything as hard as when I played there in 1994, I would suggest all the players to wear some elbow and knee guards.
    It used to be like playing rugby on ice cold cement! :) Oh with some bales a farmer donated, scattered over the cement field.

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.06.16 12:22:25 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 11) : Ive only played there once and the field was basically water logged entirely which sucked playing on but judging by your comment i think i got the better deal :)

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.06.16 12:31:21 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 12) : You surely did ;) I played on that field barefoot 3 times.I was the kicker for the team, so each penalty or conversion we got I cried like a baby. Could kick a ball a mile up there which was great :)

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.06.16 12:37:43 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 13) : haha you should have asked the guy who brought the tee on to bring you a sock as well haha

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.06.16 12:40:18 by SheldonK Reply

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  • What’s the story with Radebe? Injured?

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.06.16 12:40:52 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 15) : Yup as far as i know still injured

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.06.16 12:41:37 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 14) : haha, no tees, had to drop kick to poles :)

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.06.16 12:45:06 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • Rob do you know if there are any games in PMB, Sheppies or Empangeni this year?

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.06.16 12:46:01 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 18) : I wouldn’t be suprised if there is a game in Empangeni/ Rbay as that is where Bell Equipment is based

  • Comment 19, posted at 17.06.16 14:59:38 by durbsguy Reply

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  • @durbsguy (Comment 19) : What does Bell have to do with it if I may ask?

    Had a look last two home games are at KP.

  • Comment 20, posted at 17.06.16 15:57:36 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 10) : Pumas are scared of Witbank, visitors more so.
    I remember once upon a time when South Eastern Transvaal (now the Pumas) beat a star studded full blown Western Province team there in the Lion Cup knock out competition. It was news for days on end.

  • Comment 21, posted at 17.06.16 16:42:09 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 11) : There you go, like playing in Witbank.

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.06.16 16:44:00 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 21) : yes Lion cup was fun. In the late 80′s Northern Natal also beat Griffons (then Northern Free State). Now that does not sound like much but back then Northern Free State was beating the Natal side and keeping them out of the A-division.
    Wow those were the days!!!

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.06.16 08:15:46 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 23) : puts our current “crisis” in perspective, doesn’t it?

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.06.16 10:42:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 23) : the boot of eric herbert -ouch!!

  • Comment 25, posted at 18.06.16 11:15:35 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 23) : @robdylan (Comment 24) : @50shadesofshark (Comment 25) : Can you guys, recall a guy by the name of De Wet Ras, he played for Free state an Natal from 1974 – 1986?

  • Comment 26, posted at 18.06.16 11:32:27 by Henkb Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 23) : my 1st game ever that I watched live was Natal vs Northern Transvaal on loftus, 1990 (The Final) – we still had players like Hugh Reece – Edwards, Craig Jamieson, Vleis (Rudi) Visagie,Guy Kebble, Tony Watson, Andrew Aitken, Whal Bartman ext, and who was thee opposition scrum half, none other than Robert Du Preez, and we edged them 18-12

  • Comment 27, posted at 18.06.16 11:40:26 by Henkb Reply
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  • @Henkb (Comment 26) : yes,remember something about de wet ras kicking a penalty over from inside his 22m?

  • Comment 28, posted at 18.06.16 12:25:21 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 28) : Ah, urban legends are just great!! :mrgreen:
    But De Wet Ras did have the boot of a donkey! Mind you, so did Hugh Reece-Edwards…

  • Comment 29, posted at 18.06.16 13:29:36 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 29) : Jip urban Legends is a bit too far fetched for that one, but he did kick some from about 65m out, and that still in the good old day of a leather ball

  • Comment 30, posted at 18.06.16 14:10:34 by Henkb Reply
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  • @Henkb (Comment 30) : Yup…I watched him play back then and he kicked some huge ones! HR-E was in that same sort of category…they sure could hoof it…

  • Comment 31, posted at 18.06.16 15:18:00 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 29) : @Henkb (Comment 30) : some kick this was!and it was by a bok in a test match. http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/longest-drop-kick-rugby-union/

  • Comment 32, posted at 18.06.16 16:40:00 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 32) : A real bummer that there was now cameras in that days, must have been awesome to actually see a feet like that, cudos to Mr Brand for setting the record, one which I doubt will be beaten or equaled

  • Comment 33, posted at 18.06.16 16:58:06 by Henkb Reply
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  • @Henkb (Comment 33) : with a leather ball,too.

  • Comment 34, posted at 18.06.16 17:02:32 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 34) : and those things were so hard and heavy when they got the smallest glimpse of water

  • Comment 35, posted at 18.06.16 17:06:03 by Henkb Reply
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  • Sharks XV thumped by the Pumas…13-35…

  • Comment 36, posted at 18.06.16 19:23:06 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 36) : ouch!!

  • Comment 37, posted at 18.06.16 20:18:16 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 36) : @50shadesofshark (Comment 37) : eina! Not a great result! Really worried about the depth at the Sharks!

  • Comment 38, posted at 19.06.16 11:47:58 by JD Reply
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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 34) : @Henkb (Comment 35) : and super slippery even worse than trying to catch a wet bar of soap!

  • Comment 39, posted at 19.06.16 11:50:05 by JD Reply
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