Sbu and Tera make Blitzbok squad

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sevens, Sharks on 25 Aug 2010 at 22:14
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Two of the Sharks representatives at the recent IRB Junior World Championships will gain their second set of representative colours in under a year as they go on to represent the South African Sevens team at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in India.

Winger Sibusiso “Sburra” Sithole and loose forward Lubabalo “Tera” Mtembu, both of whom have featured for the Sharks under 21 side since returning from Argentina, have been named amongst only four uncapped players in the squad, which will be captained by kyle Brown. Mtembu, in particular, has been in truly sublime form, racing towards the top of the try-scoring table in the ABSA Under 21 competition with 5 tries in only 3 games.

Sharksworld would like to wish both lads nothing but the best for the competition, which takes place in Delhi on 11 and 12 October, even if it does mean a premature end to their involvement with the junior side. We look forward to having both of them back as seniors next year, though, where they will both push hard for places in the Sharks squad.

The Springbok Sevens team that will compete in the Commonwealth Games is:

Boom Prinsloo (Free State), Chris Dry (SARU contracted), Kyle Brown (SARU contracted), Chase Minnaar (SARU contracted), Lubabalo Mtembu (Sharks), Cecil Africa (SARU contracted), Renfred Dazel (SARU contracted), Branco du Preez (Blue Bulls), Ryno Benjamin (SARU contracted), Sibusiso Sithole (Sharks), Bernardo Botha (Golden Lions), MJ Mentz (SARU contracted).


  • Well done guys!

    Unfortunately Ojiambo isn’t eligible; he would be a massive addition to the squad and gain some good experience too.

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.08.10 23:12:20 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 1) : Feesh, you have one HUGE man-crush on that big Kenyan… it’s ok to admit it 🙂

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.08.10 23:31:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    Remember a few seasons ago when we were on opposing ends of the JPP debate?

    You (and most SA fans) felt he was a liability due to a lack of basic skills, perceived laziness and ability to screw up royally?

    I told you then that I believed that outside backs and blindside flanks were players that I gauged first and foremost on athletic ability. JPP was a 100kg wing who could step, break a tackle or run away from pretty much anyone. He has proven himself now.

    I have the same feel for Ojiambo. He is raw and unpolished in some basic skills, but you can coach that. However, you cant coach his size and speed. Stick the guy at wing or blindside, and let him rip holes in defences.

    I have been watching him since he was playing for the U19’s, and i hope he comes through.

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.08.10 23:45:51 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 3) : where does he belong, though? Flank or wing?

    Reckon you could stick Dan at 7, with young Otto at 6 and Mtembu at 8 and you’ll have a pretty lively and useful loose trio.

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.08.10 23:50:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • I think that maybe there is a feeling that he doesnt have the skills for wing, or else they just rate Speckman and Richards very highly. He does 40 metres in less than 5 seconds, so he could certainly fit in out wide…

    Seems they have earmarked him as flank/ lock. At 1.97 and 110kg he can fit both positions. I think that loose trio may lack some hard edge though; none of the players is a donkey type.

    Otto is a scavanger, but a bit light. Mthembu really reminds me of Kanko – beautifully balanced and deceptively strong. However, I think Deysel and Alberts have shown that having at least one bruiser makes a huge difference. If Ojiambo can play that role as well as being a great ball-carrier, then you have a recipe for success there.

    Interesting article on Ojiambo:

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.08.10 00:01:36 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 5) : I saw that… some dodgy reporting, but he comes across as a very keen lad. I like it.

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.08.10 00:08:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) :
    Give the okes a break man; they finally got to write about a Kenyan sportsman who (a) is not running marathons and (b) weights more than 40kg. 😆

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.08.10 00:13:15 by Big Fish Reply
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  • all the best Sbura!!!!! You’ve got the goods boy just enjoy the experience and learn as much as possible! We’re proud of you! 😀

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.08.10 03:06:58 by Megatron Reply

  • Congrats guys!!

    All the best over there and bring us back a medal!

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.08.10 07:15:12 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Good luck guys! Enjoy it, gain experience and utilize it back at the Sharks.

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.08.10 07:29:04 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 1) : why is he not eligable? how long has he been in SA now?

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.08.10 08:09:24 by VanWilder Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 3) : Jp has been doubted at a couple of junctions in his rugby career. There was also the doubters at the start when Jp was a very raw talent who still made some bad errors, but I’ve always had faith in his talents. I do understand that people wanted Mvovo and Lambie in the team, but Jp just needed game time to get back to his usual best. no player is perfect after an injury.

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.08.10 08:16:37 by Letgo Reply
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  • I think Ojiambo is not eligible due to not having residency or something. I know he was callled up twice but couldn’t participate.

    JPP has proven himself on the big staged. Long road from playing lock in Paarl to wing for the Boks.

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.08.10 09:36:46 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 13) : may I ask how you know so much about young Dan?

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.08.10 10:06:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • I learnt my stalking skills from a Grand Master.

    Just use the Google.

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.08.10 10:10:01 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 15) : 😆

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.08.10 10:15:54 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Well done buggers. Promising youngsters these 2..

  • Comment 17, posted at 26.08.10 11:08:52 by Oubaas2009 Reply


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