Plenty of under 21 talent for Sharks in 2010

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 7 Jun 2010 at 08:00
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Newly-reinstated Sharks under 21 head coach Swys de Bruyn is in the process of settling his squad for the upcoming ABSA Under 21 Competition and is the fortuitous position of having a fair few players of genuine class to call on this season.

A number of youngsters who gained the odd Currie Cup cap last year look likely to play for the under 21s this year, among them props Dale Chadwick and Julian Redelinghuys, both of whom established themselves as fixtures in the Sharks XV side during the 2010 Vodacom Cup. Guy Cronje, who found himself the Sharks first-choice flyhalf at times during last year’s Currie Cup, looks likely to be eased back into competitive rugby through the Under 21 competition after sitting out for 6 months with a foot injury. A number of others who played for the Sharks XV are still eligible for the under 21s this year, including Cam Dunlop, Hannes Snyman, Jandre Marais, Lambert Groenewald and big Meyer Swanepoel in the forwards, with Arno van Zy, Sbu Sithole and Rosco Specmann amongst the backs.

As is typically the case with Sharks teams, the under 21s look to have depth and experience aplenty up-front, with scores of South African age-group representatives to choose from, while the backs look a little lighter – at least on paper. The only position in the pack that looks a little suspect is hooker, with Kyle Cooper likely to sit on the bench for the Currie Cup team, despite still being eligible for the age-group side. Hannes Snyman will no doubt be the starting hooker, although both Monde Hadebe and Sean Malton have been capped by South African under 20 coach Eric Sauls this year. Another interesting option is young Eduan Neeb, a former Waterkloof boy whose Craven Week teammates are virtually all current Blue Bulls players. It is encouraging to see Adriaan Theissinger named among the forwards, although I’m lead to believe he is still not completely over the knee injury that has kept him off the field since emerging as one of the most talented schoolboy players on display at the 2008 Craven Week.

There are a fair few interesting flyhalf options outside of Cronje, with Wynand Pienaar (Welkom), Willie du Plessis (Affies) and Jaco van Tonder (Outeniqua) all excelling in the position at Craven Week in recent years. van Tonder is understood to currently be training with the senior squad, but will in all likelihood end up back with the under 21s this year. Scrumhalf Cobus Reinach boasts a formidable pedigree – he is the son of late Bok winger Jaco Reinach. Also in the mix is sprinter Quinton Dormehl, a winger who ran the 100m in a blistering 10.62 seconds while still at school.


  • Great news. I hope a few of these guys get some exposure in CC rugby this year.

    Any news on Mapoe? It seems like the whole story just faded away in the last 2 weeks?

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.06.10 09:09:56 by voltage Reply
  • This is great at least we have hope for our Black and White team and i hear that Kyle Cooper wasn’t he Captain of his team not sure but a very talented player :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.06.10 12:14:33 by chaz Reply
  • @voltage (Comment 1) : yeah, not much is being said… makes me wonder what the story is

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.06.10 12:50:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : @voltage (Comment 1) : I’m having serious doubts about the brain power of management… First they all but stuff up the purchase of two great players from the Lions, then they go all cold about Mapoe, then they start talking to Petoors… and now Henson.

    Apart from becoming the retirement financier for the world’s flyhalves, we don’t seem to be making the right purchasing decisions nor handling the process well once we start it…

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.06.10 14:17:43 by SandTiger Reply

  • What are the chances that Straeuli is exacting some ancient Lion’s revenge on the Sharks?

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.06.10 14:18:39 by SandTiger Reply

  • @SANDTIGER: yeah, only strools know whats going on in that head of his (well, sometimes).
    Reading all those names at flyhalve, we sit with 3 recent Craven week acquisitions (spelling? To a big a word for me). Now if i look at the treatment that Dumont and Cronje are getting from the management, i wonder how long these 3 youngsters would stay before doing a ‘len olivier’ on us? Hope their futures are not caught in the whirlpool of the Sharks-FH-financial-drainhole.

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.06.10 16:28:04 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • High Praise for our 1st XV Captain

    A letter received from rugby referee, Stephen Light.
    “I refereed the first team match between College and Westville on the weekend and needed to communicate with you. I was absolutely amazed at the leadership, integrity, respect, discipline and presence the team captain, Jandre, displayed.
    He displayed the characteristics of a future leader that any company or organisation would be lucky to have.
    It was an honour to referee the game and to work with him on the day. Please pass on my gratitude to him and to the coach who I can see has a huge impact of discipline and respect on the team by the way he conducts himself. With gratitude, Stephen Light”.

    Contract him and the other College prop.

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.06.10 18:35:19 by fred Reply

  • Hey fred. Welcome to the site. Are you talking about Maritzburg College?

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.06.10 18:58:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @fred (Comment 7) : welcome 😉

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.06.10 19:00:34 by chaz Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : hope so 😆

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.06.10 19:01:11 by chaz Reply

  • Thanks-Yes,have been watching KZN Rugby all season.We have so much talent.Maritzburg College were awesome on Saturday.Glenwood also contributed to a great game,although I could see why the Glenwood front row are the KZN Front Row.
    However I hope The Suits at Absa Stadium keep the talent and don’t have to import has beens.

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.06.10 06:20:09 by fred Reply

  • @fred (Comment 11) : I have a serious soft spot for College ever since my mate Geoff Appleford was head boy there back in 95. They’ve fallen off the pace a bit in recent years though, especially when it comes to Sharks representatives. Craig Burden is the only current one.

    Tell me more about this Jandre chap. What’s his last name?

    Glenwood are doing us proud, especially when it comes to hookers… Kyle Cooper will play Currie Cup this year, while Sean Malton is with the under 21s. Pity we lost mega-prop John-Roy Jenkinson to Potch, though. I’m excited about their flyhalf, though – Fred Zeilinga.

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.06.10 07:14:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : Watched the game on SS, Zeilinga is pure class but, worringly, went down with what looked like a pretty bad injury (he apparently left in an ambulance) – i hope the kid will recover well, he is the future!

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.06.10 12:21:02 by war1 Reply
  • @war1 (Comment 13) : oh crap – really?

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.06.10 12:38:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : broken ankle, possibly, btw that game between college and glenwood, probably the best game of all the weekends games

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.06.10 13:04:56 by war1 Reply

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