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Sharks friendly at Rovers tomorrow


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 17 Feb 2017 at 14:09
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A Sharks XV side, comprising a mixture of Super Rugby players and age-group stars will take on College Rovers on the Rovers field (KP3) tomorrow afternoon, kicking off at 15h30.

Rob du Preez confirmed in yesterday’s press conference that the remaining members of his 45-man squad, those who were not selected in the initial 27-man tour group, would enjoy ample game time with the Sharks XV while the others were on tour and that starts already with Saturday’s friendly. Of those 18 extra players (excluding the four who are currently carrying injuries), 12 will be in action on Saturday.

Fans of S’bura Sithole will be pleased to see the 26-year-old running at outside centre, with young Marius Louw on his inside. Odwa Ndungane and Rhyno Smith comprise two thirds of an experienced back three, with young Morne Joubert picked on the left wing. Benhard Janse van Rensburg is at flyhalf, alongside another youngster in Rowan Gouws, while both of Inny Radebe and Garth April will see action off the bench, the latter most likely at fullback. Also providing cover amongst the backs in scrumhalf Hanco Venter.

With the vast majority of the available “heavies” away on tour, it’s a young tight five, with last year’s under 21 captain Mzamo Majola teaming up with Kerron van Vuuren and Gerhard Engelbrecht in the front row. Rikus Zwart and Andrew Evans, who both played age-group rugby last year, are the lock combo. Look out for Evans, who at 2.04m is a tall young man indeed! Khaya Majola (6) and Franna Kleinhans (8) have been included in the loose trio, with Jean Deysel and Wian Vosloo bracketed at blind side flank.

On the forward bench, further young players in Khuta Mchunu, Sam Swanepoel, Clifferd Jacobs, Ngoni Chidoma and Mike Meyer will get a chance in the second half.

Sharks XV: 15 Rhyno Smith, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 S’bura Sithole, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Morne Joubert, 10 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 9 Rowan Gouws, 8 Francois Kleinhans, 7 Jean Deysel/Wian Vosloo, 6 Khaya Majola, 5 Andrew Evans, 4 Rikus Zwart, 3 Gerhard Engelbrecht, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Mzamo Majola
Subs: 16 Ngoni Chidoma, 17 Sam Swanepoel, 18 Khuta Mchunu, 19 Clifferd Jacobs, 20 Michael Meyer, 21 Hanco Venter, 22 Inny-Christian Radebe, 23 Garth April
Coaches: Paul Anthony/Ricardo Loucscher
Venue: KP3
Kick-off: Saturday 18 Feb 2017, 15h30



39 Comments

  • Hmm interesting combination…mix of experience and youngsters. Would love to see the Rovers lineup…

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.02.17 14:13:39 by SheldonK Reply
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  • Love the fact that we are playing our second-string combinations as combinations. This gives them time to gel. Would have liked to see Deysel at inside centre with Sithole at outside.

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.02.17 14:17:23 by ChrisS Reply
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  • Wonder why the likes of Johan Deysel, Ilunga Mukendi, Stefan Ungerer arent playing….think everyone else who trained with Super rugby squad is involved.

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.02.17 15:32:11 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 3) : i guess there are just too many guys to get them all in…. I mean it’s not like there are any backs there (apart from Joubert) who aren’t part of the super Rugby squad.

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.02.17 15:57:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Yeh very true- just wonder if any of those 3 will turn out for Rovers. Would have thought Deysel and Louw would have been the centres with Sithole wing and joubert missing out

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.02.17 16:00:14 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 5) : it’s possible that Deysel and/or Blewett could play for Rovers?

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.02.17 16:43:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 3) : @robdylan (Comment 4) : Ungerer might need a bit of time to shift to prop as seemingly he’s a bit big for 9!?

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.02.17 19:41:16 by JD Reply
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  • After consultation with a fitness expert it has been determined that he(ungerer) is indeed fit enough to once again play supersub for the last 5 of every second super rugby match.
    His comitment to carbo-loading for the season has been aplauded

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.02.17 19:57:21 by byron Reply

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  • Anyone want to hazard a guess as to why Sithole is playing outside centre and not wing? Conspiracy theorists welcome to reply.

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.02.17 21:18:44 by Hulk Reply

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  • @Hulk (Comment 9) : to make way for Odwa…….

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.02.17 22:00:44 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 5) : Any idea what Rovers are looking like, ito starting lineup and also new recruits for the season?

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.02.17 13:23:38 by the ko Reply

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  • @the ko (Comment 11) : asking the question, but not getting answers

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.02.17 14:21:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : losing your contacts?

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.02.17 15:37:23 by JD Reply
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  • Good to see Dick Muir is back and coaching Crusaders…I didn’t know that…

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.02.17 18:38:34 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 14) : I feel for Muir. He was good at the sharks. Felt he loved to international level to soon and kind of fizzled out from there. Feel there would be a great “out of the box thinking” position for him within KZN rugby.

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.02.17 19:13:09 by Hulk Reply

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  • @Hulk (Comment 15) : Director of rugby?

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.02.17 19:32:40 by JD Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 14) : very good indeed! Especially in the KZN club scene! Now give it some time and then maybe get him involved with junior Sharks teams!

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.02.17 19:46:58 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : How did the friendly match prove to be? Sbura at outside centre a success again?

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.02.17 19:53:43 by jdolivier Reply

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  • @jdolivier (Comment 18) : sounds like it was very friendly. Fur chukkas, rolling subs and they hardly kept score.

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.02.17 10:04:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : Much appreciated thanks

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.02.17 11:22:10 by jdolivier Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : sound like it was a fun day! Glad the players that did not make the touring squad had some game time!

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.02.17 22:26:41 by JD Reply
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  • @Hulk (Comment 9) : Cause that’s his best position. Had his best SR at 13 and even made the Bok training squad that year. I for one fail to understand why he did not insist on playing and developing in that position.

  • Comment 22, posted at 20.02.17 06:52:15 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 22) : I agree. Loved his defense at 13. Brilliant low tackling!

  • Comment 23, posted at 20.02.17 07:00:17 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @the ko (Comment 11) : Havnt heard too much. Depends how many they lose to CC Qualifiers etc but seems to be 2 horse race again between them and Collegians. Toti and Crusaders to probably make up the balance of the top 4 this year.

  • Comment 24, posted at 20.02.17 08:28:15 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 22) : Agree with you there. Just thought I’d throw the question out there as the current management seem to have decided he is a wing.

  • Comment 25, posted at 20.02.17 09:05:06 by Hulk Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 24) : Sounds about right

  • Comment 26, posted at 20.02.17 09:35:22 by Karl Reply

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  • @Hulk (Comment 25) : Just to keep in perspective that Sithole did play centre in the CC qualifiers last year and well to put it kindly he was poor. Think we need to move on from him and look at others coming through

  • Comment 27, posted at 20.02.17 09:44:02 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Some cool photos of this game on the Steve Haag Photography page.

  • Comment 28, posted at 20.02.17 10:07:02 by SheldonK Reply

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  • It seems that the team sheet was really more a guideline than anything else. A huge number of players saw action for the Sharks over the course of four chukkas. I’m not even sure that S’bura played 13 at all – I saw him pictured wearing number 11.

  • Comment 29, posted at 20.02.17 10:12:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : I think he did but dont think the whole time. As you say there were lots of changes on both sides over the chukkas- it was seriously hot on Saturday. Trying to find out who the guy was that got the red card but my mate wont tell me in case there is a disciplinary

  • Comment 30, posted at 20.02.17 10:19:10 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 30) : was it one of the Sharks players?

  • Comment 31, posted at 20.02.17 10:21:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : Yup apparently. Heard they were allowed to just replace him though due to nature of the game

  • Comment 32, posted at 20.02.17 10:22:31 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 30) : @robdylan (Comment 31) : 50 bucks says it was Ungerer relentlessly scrumming in after repeated warnings :twisted:

    *Yes, sometimes I’m a terrible person

  • Comment 33, posted at 20.02.17 10:31:50 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 33) : Seems that chap is currently MIA

  • Comment 34, posted at 20.02.17 10:32:54 by SheldonK Reply

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  • http://stevehaag.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/18-02-2017-SHARKS-VS-ROVERS/G0000teySdvqD0wQ/I0000GWmTdJbyd_c/C0000m8kEcp6okDk

    Please respect the copyright. thanks

  • Comment 35, posted at 20.02.17 10:34:54 by SheldonK Reply

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  • So inside info…there was a yellow card for a Sithole high tackle and then a red for another Sharks guy entering a ruck dangerously

  • Comment 36, posted at 20.02.17 10:51:23 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 35) : that’s Chidoma, I think. Less said the better.

  • Comment 37, posted at 20.02.17 11:18:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • Comment 38, posted at 20.02.17 11:42:15 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 38) : an early contender for comment of the week

  • Comment 39, posted at 20.02.17 11:42:34 by robdylan Reply
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