Four Sharks in Vipers team

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 11 Dec 2008 at 11:37
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National Sevens coach Paul Treu has named his squad to participate in the annual Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens Tournament in Port Elizabeth this weekend. As the tournament does not form part of the IRB International Series, the side will play as the Sasol Vipers.

It’s a pretty experimental squad, comprising only three players who have been capped for South Africa at Sevens level. 19-year-old Milo Nqoro, who represented Natal at under 19 level last year (as an outside centre) won his first cap in George last weekend, while UCT’s Kyle Brown represented SA at the Dubai tournament a week earlier. The Eagles’ Norman Nelson is the third player in the squad with international experience.

Sharks Currie Cup players Dumi Matyeshana and Lwazi Mvovo have also been named, along with the versatile Ian Adendorff, who has represented Natal at junior ranks as both an outside centre and a loose forward. Currie Cup First Division player of the year, Griffons fullback Cecil Afrika, is also in the mix, along with scrumhalf Neil Papier, who represented Boland in the Premier Division of the 2008 competition.

The national side, competing as the Emerging Boks, won the competition quite comfortably last year. Treu will apparently use the opportunity to assess some emerging Sevens talent with a view to including performers in an enlarged national training squad, scheduled to participate in a camp in Stellenbosh next week.

Here is the Sasol Vipers squad:

Ian Adendorff (Sharks) Cecil Afrika (Griffons) Kyle Brown (UCT) Sampie Mastriet (Boland) Anthony Taylor (Western Province) Ridowaan de Bruyn (Tygerberg RC) Shuaib Samaai (Boland) Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks) Dumisani Matyeshana (Sharks) Norman Nelson (SWD) Mlindazwe Nqoro (Sharks) Neil Papier (Boland)


  • Lekka! 😎

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.12.08 11:45:44 by McLovin Reply
  • Looks like we’re on the right track here.
    Go Treu…

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.12.08 12:00:16 by blckshrk - BUCS Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @blckshrk – BUCS (Comment 2) : I am really excited about SA Sevens at the moment.

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.12.08 12:12:05 by robdylan Reply
  • I still, after all these years, cannot seem to get myself to buy into Sevens rugby.

    Loved us winning the recent tournaments but I am really not a massive fan of the code.

    And by that it does not mean I am against it.

    Only thing I am against is women’s rugby (unless I am coach).

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.12.08 12:39:19 by MorneN Reply
  • 3 Bolanders ook! 😎 Always think 7s fit our Bolanders quite well. Just have to look who win the 7s CC. 😆

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.12.08 12:42:32 by PaarlBok Reply
  • Look like Snor made a big effort attending the 7s. Jake White would never did that, to biased with size. Also look like the schools 7s will help True in the future.

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.12.08 12:45:26 by PaarlBok Reply
  • Well he said from the start one of his aims are to bring the different national codes together, including of course the age-group codes.

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.12.08 12:52:09 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 4) : I am very much in two minds about it.

    I mean, if we were to pick a team comprising the current Bok backline (so Ricky, Ruan, Jean, Adi, JP, Bryan and Conrad) for e.g… do you not think they’d give the full-strength Sevens Boks a hiding? I do…

    I so badly want to view Sevens as a specialist code with specialist players, but you can’t fight the feeling that it’s very much a second-choice format, favoured by guys who can’t really make it in 15s for whatever reason. I do think, though, that it’s a hell-of useful training format, to teach guys to use space

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.12.08 13:01:07 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : And get them freakishly fit

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.12.08 13:23:53 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 9) : indeed

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.12.08 13:28:30 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :

    I do believe it has a place Rob, I just can’t seem to get a liking to the format.

    I hated playing it and thats probably why.

    I agree that I think its a specialist thing, and would also like to see it become a specialist sport, and if by some chance it gets accepted into the Olympics you might find players becoming professional Sevens players only.

    I also think it is easier to spread the rugby gospel to all countries through Sevens rather than through the 15-man code.

    Still, I am not a huge fan.

    Same as I do not like 20/20 cricket.

    This ‘simply add water’/’microwave’/’instant action’ type of TV dinner sports are not my cup of tea (or can of beer).

    BTW did you get my mail from yesterday?

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.12.08 13:29:26 by MorneN Reply
  • Perfect format to teach players to use space specially youngsters like Snyman & Ebersohnon the big stage. True got the mix between experiense and pasionate youngsters right now.

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.12.08 13:35:15 by PaarlBok Reply
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 12) :

    I am a massive fan of employing a Sevens type format or a 10-man/12-man format for kids up to the age of 16 where little emphasis is put on scrums and line-outs and skill is encouraged to keep ball in hand and attack/look for space/support.

    From age 16 kids can then either specialise in the 15-man code or stay with the reduced number format, whatever suits their strengths.

    From age 16 you can concentrate on coaching scrumming technique and the general donkey stuff.

    Been preaching it for about 4 years now.

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.12.08 13:38:23 by MorneN Reply

    You going Morne?

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.12.08 13:46:49 by PJLD Reply
  • Myself obvious involve with schoolboy rugby due my kid. The ELV rules have change our local way of play in many ways. OK U10s still scrum and lineout but if you go to the U18s close scores of the past is gone. The U18s plays a much more open and attacking game to the past due to the new rules. I think you’ll see this going through the ranks and we will get the fruits in the future. my c worth. The 7s can also play a big role in getting rugby in the soccer areas and on school level. In Paarl the Bergies plays touchies, hope we can move that to Mitchells Plain.

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.12.08 13:47:51 by PaarlBok Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 14) :

    Most definately!

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.12.08 13:50:02 by MorneN Reply
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 15) : Rugby in the Plein is not unheard of PB.Collegians play in either the SLA or B(im not sure) I dont know whether they actually play well or everyone is too shitt scared to play them but ruggers is in the Plein.

    On a side note M Plein is so freagin big that a few more things cant hurt.There are parts of M Plein that are still undiscovered and its believed some dinasours still roam there.

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.12.08 13:54:19 by PJLD Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 16) : Did you check out the site ❓ So much “talent” at the launch :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.12.08 13:55:07 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 18) :

    Hye man the legend will be there!!! 🙂

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.12.08 13:57:40 by MorneN Reply
  • I just checked the girls on the front page and missed much of the other stuff going on…

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.12.08 13:58:17 by MorneN Reply
  • Dont think anyone got past them lovelies

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.12.08 13:59:07 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 21) :

    On a more serious note…Piet Beaver has just hinted that Frans Steyn is moving to France.

    Which means he will definitely be staying at the Sharks. 😉

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.12.08 14:17:04 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 22) : Fully

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.12.08 14:27:12 by PJLD Reply
  • which thread

  • Comment 24, posted at 11.12.08 14:27:35 by PJLD Reply
  • Got it

  • Comment 25, posted at 11.12.08 14:31:52 by PJLD Reply
  • Morras – got your email, thanks. Mind-blowing stuff! Would love to get more

  • Comment 26, posted at 11.12.08 15:00:10 by robdylan Reply

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