Sharks Juniors staying in the Tank

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 9 Nov 2010 at 10:33
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We’re please to report that we’ve had confirmation about a number of promising Under 21 players that will continue their careers with the Sharks next year.

While there has been no official word from the Sharks union about which players on the fringes of the main squad will be contracted for next year, we’re using our own network of contacts to build up a picture of who we’ll have available in 2011. This is by no means complete, but the names here are the ones we have confirmed and we will continue to dig until we have clarity on all of the guys who were in the system this year.

Of the players in the 2010 Sharks Under 21 squad, the following will definitely be playing in Sharks colours next year:
Kyle Cooper (Hooker)
Dale Chadwick (Prop)
Ross Cronje (Scrumhlaf)
Guy Cronje (Flyhalf)
Willie du Plessis (Flyhalf)
Lambert Groenewald (Flanker)
Dwayne Jenner (Centre)
Piet Lindeque (Centre)
Jandre Marais (Lock)
Peet Marais (Lock)
Howard Mnisi (Centre)
Tera Mtembu (Loose Forward)
Daniel Ojiambo (Lock/Loose Forward/Centre/Wing)
Kene Okafor (Lock/Flank)
Wynand Pienaar (Utility Back)
Julian Redelinghuys (Prop)
Cobus Reinach (Scrumhalf)
Sibusiso Sithole (Wing)
Adriaan Theisinger (Loose Forward)

A number of Under 21 players have, unfortunately, not been offered contracts for next year. The ones we know about are:
Hannes Snyman (Hooker)
Meyer Swanepoel (Loose Forward)
Jaco Otto (Flanker)

We’ll keep you posted as we are able to add more names to either list.


  • thanks.
    of the u19 squad how many move to u21 and who has been offered contracts. can you also indicate their position ?

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.11.10 11:18:21 by prgdad Reply
  • 😯 why we letting jaco otto go???
    any news on wynand pienaar ?

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.11.10 11:20:28 by bergshark Reply
  • @prgdad (Comment 1) : slowly rover… will need to get onto that team next.
    @bergshark (Comment 2) : they think Otto is too small for senior rugby. Still trying to find out about Pienar

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.11.10 11:30:30 by robdylan Reply
  • Daniel Ojiambo (Lock/Loose Forward/Centre/Wing)… Now *that’s* utility value you can’t see too often…

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.11.10 11:34:42 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 4) : 😀

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.11.10 11:43:33 by bergshark Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : 😯 how “big’ was keegan as an u.21?? big is keegan as a senior sharks player (who made his test debut this past saturday ..on the “heavy nh fields”).. 🙄 .. rob,do you know who ultimately made that call ? 🙁

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.11.10 11:46:21 by bergshark Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : well,i hope they keep pienaar ..

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.11.10 11:48:00 by bergshark Reply
  • Any news about Mark Richards?

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.11.10 11:48:54 by mikey Reply
  • @mikey (Comment 8) : sounds like he might be invited to join bok 7s in stbosch.. according to jj harmse ,mark had an impressive tournament with the sa vipers in singapore..

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.11.10 11:53:55 by bergshark Reply
  • good to see jenner there

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.11.10 11:57:56 by bergshark Reply
  • any news on a stadium sponsor ? (perhaps they still looking at the budget ,and there is uncertainty at exactly how much money they have available for contracting?)

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.11.10 12:06:49 by bergshark Reply
  • @bergshark thanks

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.11.10 12:17:33 by mikey Reply
  • What happen to Johan Scoonbie?

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.11.10 12:40:20 by PaarlBok Reply
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 13) : he’s still contracted, but didn’t play for the under 21s in 2010

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.11.10 13:07:12 by robdylan Reply
  • Jaco Otto looked to me like a Keegan replica the couple of times I have seen him play. He might even be smaller though.

    With the number of loosies around though, you can’t keep em all.

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.11.10 13:29:09 by Sportbilly Reply
  • Some really gr8 young talent retained (for another year at least).

    Can we ban Robert Gumede from looking at this list please?

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.11.10 13:33:10 by Sportbilly Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : 2011? A lot of his 2008 Paarl Gim team mates played for the team that won the U21 CC and will still play U21 for WP next year.

    Louis Schreuder, Ruaan Smith, JP Smith, Lehmann to name a few.

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.11.10 13:41:05 by PaarlBok Reply
  • @Sportbilly (Comment 15) : Jaco is a wee bit smaller than Keegan – shorter, anyway.

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.11.10 13:42:27 by robdylan Reply
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 17) : Schoembo seems to have struggled with injuries and conditioning since he joined the Sharks. He has played very little representative rugby so far, but he remains a HUGE talent and I’m sure he will play a big role in 2011.

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.11.10 13:46:47 by robdylan Reply
  • Any news on rory kockett???

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.11.10 14:47:23 by BoerSeun Reply
    Throughout this campaign the u21 Swys and Rudolph really seemed to struggle to decide on their best l/fwd trio and often juggled the players around. I had the feeling that our selectors weren’t completely happy with what they had esp when you compare our loosies to the likes of CJ Stander, Marnus Schoeman, Nick Koster, Yaya, Jaco Kriel, Renaldo B and Boom Prinsloo from our opponents and think of the depth we’ll have when Deysel returns to the senior side. So for me, to see Meyer, Jaco and Cameron left out in the cold does come as that much of a surprise. I suspect that Theisinger of whom much is expected will suffer the same fate if he doesn’t show a great deal of improvement next year. For me Mthembu is really the l/f player to get excited about next u21 season. He oozes potential and IMO if he can up his defensive game he’ll go far in pro rugby. Lambert G whose u21 days are now over is possibly the biggest surprise re-signing. Nevertheless we came within a whisker of making the home u21 final, so all the guys that didn’t get contracts deserve a lot of praise and I wish them all the very best for the future.
    I too would like to hear a progress report on Wynand Pienaar. He’s in a tough spot right now but I hope his quality earns him a good contract down the line.

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.11.10 22:17:29 by beet Reply
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  • Saw some schoolboy talent comes to WP Academy next year
    Loose forwards: Siyabongo Mhlongo (Michaelhouse, KwaZulu Natal Academy),

    Scrumhalves: Hilton Mudariki (Michaelhouse, KwaZulu Natal),

    Flyhalves: Duncan Campbell (Westville, KwaZulu Natal)

    Centres: Patrick Howard (Michaelhouse, KwaZulu Natal),

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.11.10 06:37:23 by PaarlBok Reply
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 22) : We’re getting Gavin Hauptfleish and the tighthead Nicolaas van Dyk from the good school in Paarl.

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.11.10 07:52:42 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 23) : you mean the rival one for me. Saw our capt signed with the BlikOre, Bosch our player of the year with the Brutes and the others sure will go the Maties Boland route. Paarl Gym have been special this year.

    You got your 2011 signed U19s up somewhere?

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.11.10 08:49:17 by PaarlBok Reply
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 24) : Only joking about Gimmies. Excellent rugby school. I imagine the WP junior scouts all fat lazy guys who live in the Northern Suburbs and get 90% of their work done by just watching 3 schools from that Paarl-S/bosch. I’ve heard good things about Chris Bosch from a reliable source so can’t wait to see him in action next yr. Unfortunately don’t have a Sharks u19 list. Have emailed Academy for one a couple of times w/o success. I’m sure Robdylan would be beable to get a full list tho. What about it Rob?

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.11.10 09:16:48 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 25) : They are mostly Paul Roos bound, Bekker (snr) and Hanekom and Snyman coach there.

    The reason why I think they’ll go the Matie Boland route is that I saw Loffie at their matches, also the main speaker at KleinGims rugby big brag, Louis Koen very active in our schoolboy coaching. Saw him many a day on Cheve (KleinGims) sports field coaching our U12/13 place kickers.

    SlapTjips also a old Gimmie pretty much involved in this area and pretty sure he’ll make sure the Brutes get the top talent from here.

  • Comment 26, posted at 10.11.10 09:36:07 by PaarlBok Reply
  • I thought someone said Mnisi was off to province? Great to hear he is staying!! Everyone named there are really worth holding on to. Awesome stuff!!! Really happy these solid youngsters are staying in Durban…now we don’t need to sign anyone in the future…all these okes are in Durbs….Shweeet!!!

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.11.10 11:24:04 by JJR Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : I hear Schoenbee..whateva a lot. He is that huge guy right? What possie does he play and what are his stats…eg weight…height. I forgot… What is this guy doing now, just doing rehab or has he played some club rugga in Durbs?

  • Comment 28, posted at 10.11.10 11:29:20 by JJR Reply
  • @JJR (Comment 27) : Pat Howard is going to province. Howard Mnisi is staying with us.

  • Comment 29, posted at 10.11.10 11:31:17 by robdylan Reply
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 22) : The only Mhs guy there with potential is howard…other 2 not so much. I played with all of em from MHS. Hilton is a bit small, recently moved from 10 to 9, due to his size…he needs to work on his passing and scrummie kicks. Got some good flair though. Siya…to small…he is like my size and play Centre/Wing. Not a natural talent to be honest. Just started playing provincial rugby from a young age.

  • Comment 30, posted at 10.11.10 11:32:42 by JJR Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : Lekka…i am Glad we are keeping Howard…lots of potential.

  • Comment 31, posted at 10.11.10 11:33:36 by JJR Reply
  • @JJR (Comment 28) : Skoembo is a lock… variously rumoured to anywhere between 2.03 and 2.06m. Weight is an issue… when he was injured, it ballooned to a staggering 145kg, but he’s slimmed down now to closer to 120-125. Whatever the case, he’s a flipping HUGE piece of meat. He’s been playing club rugby, although I’m not sure for who.

  • Comment 32, posted at 10.11.10 11:34:05 by robdylan Reply
  • @JJR (Comment 30) : Well i am guessing it was due to his size or he was forced to move by a talented B blocker or grade 11. These guys are like 2 years after me…can’t remember all the guys 3 years behind me.

  • Comment 33, posted at 10.11.10 11:35:43 by JJR Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 32) : Wow…hope that weight is muscle and not fat like that Buckle guy from ireland. The Sharks will always get the guys they want into shape…guys always get physically better when joining The Sharks…well that is what i see…

  • Comment 34, posted at 10.11.10 11:39:09 by JJR Reply
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 22) : I meant i play centre/wing…sorry

  • Comment 35, posted at 10.11.10 11:40:51 by JJR Reply
  • @JJR (Comment 35) : I think if Howard Mnisi joined WP he’d be made a waterboy coz he’d struggle to hold down a place on their team with the likes of Sadie, Poolman, Klaasen and Stokkies Hanehom around. Would not mind swapping him for Johann Sadie.
    Pat Howard is definitely a big loss. Very good player. He’d be my choice for KZN schoolboy player of the year 2010.

  • Comment 36, posted at 10.11.10 12:27:59 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 36) : I like Howard… needs to work on his handling a bit, though.

  • Comment 37, posted at 10.11.10 12:33:47 by robdylan Reply
  • @beet (Comment 36) : Beet you leave Johann Sadie, our crown jewel, alone! Know him since his prymary schools days at Swartland.

  • Comment 38, posted at 10.11.10 12:36:27 by PaarlBok Reply
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 38) : You guys are greedy in the W/Cape. de Villiers, Fourie, De Jongh, Bosch, Whitehead then all those fantastic junior centres while we’re forced to try and steal a centre out of Vrystaat contract, out of desperation. Where’s the love and sharing Paarlbok. Sadie is too good. I hope he cracks your S15 side next yr. Lol.

  • Comment 39, posted at 10.11.10 12:45:51 by beet Reply
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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 38) :

    Is there anybody you DONT know Oom PB?? :mrgreen: 😉

  • Comment 40, posted at 10.11.10 12:53:51 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 40) : I stayed for 15 years in Malmesbury before I got to Paarl. Johann was a few years younger then my oldest son. He have provincial colours in 5 different sports (rugby, cricket, pluimbal, hockey and athletics) as a U13 prymary school kid. Mind you at KleinGim you get them often in few different sports. We have three kids now in that agegroup that plays rugby for WP and cricket and hockey for Boland.

  • Comment 41, posted at 10.11.10 13:03:23 by PaarlBok Reply
  • @beet (Comment 39) : :mrgreen: 😆

    Tell ya what, we’ll trade you Paul Bosch for Pat Lambie!! 😈 🙂

  • Comment 42, posted at 10.11.10 13:10:51 by wpw Reply
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 41) : 😯 😎

  • Comment 43, posted at 10.11.10 13:12:09 by wpw Reply
  • @beet (Comment 39) : Paarl Gimmie is the midfield Bok factory over the years. They produce 18 Bokke in total, 5 midfielders. Sadie probably the next one, and they had two great midfielders (Bosch bulls and van Wyk WP) in 2010.

  • Comment 44, posted at 10.11.10 13:17:33 by PaarlBok Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 42) : That’s not a good deal. For Lambie we’d want a Nick Evans, Aaron Cruden or Quade Cooper.
    What do you think of Lionel Cronje vs Gary v Aswegen for your bench next yr?
    If I were Rassie, I would take a serious look at our guy Kyle Cooper. I’m sure that by this time next yr we’ll be in agreement that he’s better than Deon Fourie.

  • Comment 45, posted at 10.11.10 13:20:33 by beet Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 43) : Here is our U13 WP Craven Week capt Taigh Schoor, also midfilder and capt of WP U13 rugby and Boland U13 cricket team with my laatlammetjie.

    Write down this name, he was bowling at speed of 120km/h as a 12 year old and playing club cricket for Young Peoples Club in Paarl.

    Outstanding talented.

  • Comment 46, posted at 10.11.10 13:24:05 by PaarlBok Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 37) : I’m being a bit harsh. I support all our guys. Mnisi has served us well. This was the group that won the u19 C/C a couple of yrs back. If we still had Bothma and Whiteley we might have been celebrating another title. Good thing we still have the Vodacom Cup for these guys. SA rugby really needs to come up with a plan for 22-25yr olds in the second half of the yr. As the Varsity Cup gains momentum, it’s bound to spell trouble for us in KZN. Lots of guys are being noticed thru it and seeing it as an opportunity to promote themselves.

  • Comment 47, posted at 10.11.10 13:31:15 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 45) :

    Very tough one as I rate both players.

    I don’t think Coetzee was wise by giving De Waal so much game time with Lionel hardly getting any during the CC.

    Van Aswegan was just AWESOME at U21 level. I hope he gets a chance during the S15 pre-season games!!

  • Comment 48, posted at 10.11.10 13:43:05 by wpw Reply
  • @beet (Comment 45) : Province are already hot on the heels of Cooper.

    BTW, I would not sell Lambie for any price

  • Comment 49, posted at 10.11.10 13:56:42 by robdylan Reply
  • @beet (Comment 47) : exactly… like half the Rovers team upping sticks and joining Tukkies.

    They are going to win the VC next year, with Heyneke Meyer coaching.

  • Comment 50, posted at 10.11.10 13:57:33 by robdylan Reply
  • @beet (Comment 45) : oh – and Cooper is already better than Fourie and Province knows it… that’s why they told him he’d be second choice there next year.

  • Comment 51, posted at 10.11.10 14:00:21 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 50) : Could be very interesting. Hope my application get accepted 😉

  • Comment 52, posted at 10.11.10 14:07:42 by war1 Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 51) :

    I think you may just be right.

    Fourie didn’t set the world alight when he got his chance to start.

    Seems a bit light weight as well!! 🙄

  • Comment 53, posted at 10.11.10 14:13:28 by wpw Reply
  • @war1 (Comment 52) : it’s my alma mater too… and with KZN having no team, the TukkieRovers will enjoy my full support

  • Comment 54, posted at 10.11.10 14:26:31 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 54) : but we will have a team in the second tier of varsity cup, not so?

  • Comment 55, posted at 10.11.10 14:28:30 by war1 Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 53) : you just agreed with me? I think I just feinted! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 56, posted at 10.11.10 14:28:41 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 56) : 😈 😉

  • Comment 57, posted at 10.11.10 14:50:21 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 53) : Splinters isn’t exactly a great option either. Will Tiaan be ready for S15?

  • Comment 58, posted at 10.11.10 14:52:51 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 58) :

    I know Splinters is passed his sell by date but we don’t really have any outstanding up and coming hookers.

    I think Tiaan might be fit by now as his injury would have kept him out until just after the CC final. 😕

  • Comment 59, posted at 10.11.10 15:00:17 by wpw Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 51) : That Cooper/WP info is good stuff. Is the real Rob Otto on twitter at all? I’m pretty sure I could live off reading info like that all day long as opposed to drinking water and eating food.

  • Comment 60, posted at 10.11.10 15:05:04 by beet Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 59) : There a few decent ex-Lions hookers oversees like Wepener and Reyneke. But whether they are better than Fourie is “?”
    I think Richardt Strauss may be going back to the Cheetahs, otherwise he’d be a good option.

  • Comment 61, posted at 10.11.10 15:08:29 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 60) : my twitter account is @robdylan, but I don’t post much Sharks info using that. Generally, if there’s big news, I will reveal it here… and use Twitter to direct people here 🙂

  • Comment 62, posted at 10.11.10 15:21:34 by robdylan Reply
  • thanks to sharks lover, I’m about to add Wynand Pienaar’s name to the above list.

  • Comment 63, posted at 10.11.10 15:22:27 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 63) : Excellent news

  • Comment 64, posted at 10.11.10 15:28:15 by war1 Reply
  • @war1 (Comment 64) : it is indeed. Rate the youngster

  • Comment 65, posted at 10.11.10 15:37:26 by robdylan Reply
  • Pity about Pat Howard and Duncan Campbell – is that confirmed or just in the pipeline?

  • Comment 66, posted at 10.11.10 15:49:39 by MerckZ Reply
  • @MerckZ (Comment 66) : Howard is definitely confirmed

  • Comment 67, posted at 10.11.10 16:56:24 by robdylan Reply
  • @beet (Comment 39) : Find out last night Johann Sadie and Klein Stokkies have been contracted by WP.

  • Comment 68, posted at 11.11.10 08:43:46 by PaarlBok Reply
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 68) : Based on this info I can only conclude that Sadie and Hanekom make much better decisions on the field than off it. Jokes.
    There’s bound to be a good battle for WP centre positions in the years.
    If you had to compare Sadie to Marius Joubert at the same age, who do you think would come out on top?

  • Comment 69, posted at 11.11.10 09:20:50 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 69) : I’ll always rate Jouba above them. He had to go the long hard route to the Bok jersey. Havent played WP Craven Week and had to played for Boland as junior. Remember him and Juries had that deadly combo those years for Boland under Mallet. Same with Dewaldt Duvenhage, Boland gave them the oppertunity to get their careers going.

    The likes of Sadie, Schalkie and Jean got shaort route via WP.

    Talented wise I think Sadie is a much better attacker, Jouba on defense at this stage. Sadie have this unique way of slipping through the tiniest of gaps because of his speed. Probably more suited for 12 then 13.

  • Comment 70, posted at 11.11.10 10:23:50 by PaarlBok Reply
  • HANNES SNYMAN DEFINATELY deserved a contract for 2011… He is such a promising player! He’ll prove it though im sure – just wait and see! 🙂

  • Comment 71, posted at 11.11.10 19:32:19 by s.h.a.r.k.s Reply
  • @s.h.a.r.k.s (Comment 71) : Hannes is a good player, but there is such a long line of hookers at the Sharks it will be better for him to go develop somewhere else.

  • Comment 72, posted at 11.11.10 21:00:02 by robdylan Reply

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