Sharks XV show continuity

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Vodacom Cup on 10 Mar 2011 at 16:29
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Sean Everitt has kept his Sharks XV side largely the same for this weekend’s game against the Valke in Margate, with only three changes (one positional) to the starting fifteen, as a result of various player call-ups.

Number 8 Marcell Coetzee, man of the match in both of the team’s previous outings, will miss out not only on this game, but also on the SA Under 20 tour to Argentina as he received a late call up to join the Super Rugby squad in Australia. He boards the plane in just under an hour, meaning a switch from blindside flank to eighthman for Lambert Groenewald and elevation from the substitutes bench into the number 7 jersey for the Kenyan Destroyer, big Dan Adonga.

Amongst the backs, Sbura Sithole has been called up to the SA Sevens side again and with Mark Richards also on his way to join the seniors, regular centre Piet Lindeque will make his first Vodacom Cup start on the right wing. Loose forward Lee Thompson and utility three-quarter Luzuko Vulindlu make their way into the 22 to replace Coetzee and Sithole respectively.

Fullback Kobus de Kock is currently the competition’s second-highest try scorer with 4 tries from two games, just one behind Griquas skipper Wesley Wilkins. He will be hoping for a good team performance against the Valke that might see him cross the chalk once or twice more on Saturday to keep his tally climbing.

The Sharks XV

15. Kobus de Kock
14. Piet Lindeque
13. Jerome Pretorius
12. Howard Mnisi
11. Anton Verster
10. Guy Cronje
9. Ross Cronje (Captain)
8. Lambert Groenewald
7. Daniel Adonga
6. Nic Claasen
5. Gerhard Mostert
4. Jandre Marais
3. Wiehahn Herbst
2. Kyle Cooper
1. Sabelo Nhlapo

16. Monde Hadebe
17. Robbie Harris
18. Peet Marais
19. Lee Thompson
20. Cobus Reinach
21. Fred Zeilinga
22. Luzuko Vulindlu


  • Eina pain 😈 I really dont want to be in the Valke’s shoes.

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.03.11 16:31:42 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 1) : that’s a strong team… really hoping Big Dan has a good game

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.03.11 16:39:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : I’m sure he will, or rather I want him to do damn well. 😛

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.03.11 16:56:59 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Seeing how Lambert Groenewald goes @ no.8 would be most interesting development on Sat IMO. Lambert is a big broad guy who’ll always be good in the physical confrontations on a rugby field but to see how he covers the park as a traditional no.8 would be useful to know (unless this role is handed to Claasen)
    Hopefully next week’s away game vs the “star” -studded Lions Vo/C lineup is on the box. That will be a good test for our guys.

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.03.11 17:14:08 by beet Reply
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  • Looks like a good side. Hope the Lions scouts are watching.

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.03.11 17:14:48 by Speed7 Reply

  • @Speed7 (Comment 5) : If I were a Lions scout I’d probably be honing in on 4 players – Kyle Cooper, Fred Zeilinga, Peet Marais and maybe Guy Cronje altho’ I’d probably rather wish I could see how Ross goes at 10.

    These are guys that could add good value to the Lions.

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.03.11 17:26:12 by beet Reply
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  • @Speed7 (Comment 5) : every week, the same comment… originality a little on the low side there? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.03.11 17:28:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 6) : Peet Marais? Rather than Jandre? Interesting… may I ask why?

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.03.11 17:29:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • Same thought process. That team just looks so good.

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.03.11 17:45:43 by Speed7 Reply

  • Those boys almost give me a hard-on. Can’t even imagine what you boys would think of them.

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.03.11 17:49:05 by Speed7 Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : It’s based on a very biased perspective that a 2m tall lock is somehow a better lineout option than a guy who is say 1.96m. This theory has been successfully shot down many times so I’m being stubborn.
    (I’m guessing the brothers height here). I also know that the Lions have a great enforce type lock coming thru the ranks so to compliment his style a good jumper would be ideal. However they do have Bulbring as well.
    Unlike the Cronje twins where I’m convinced that Ross is the better player, I’m still searching for that conclusive bit of evidence that finally helps me decide who the better Marais is. Always have to factor the 1 yr age diff in which so far has made it a stalemate. But as a fan, I love both these guys as well as our other Welkom Gim import and praise the responsible person in our organisation for finding them and signing them up.

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.03.11 17:53:12 by beet Reply
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  • The lions not interesting in Guy. Fred will not leave KZN. Last year the lions scouts were after Willem du Plessis, but he turn them down for the sharks. He was the pivot for u/20A collegians whom won the league and were unbeaten. Played sharks u/19 in 2009, scored most point in CC season and played year under Cronje last, shark u.21, scored about 100 points. Was injured yearly in this year and is contracted by sharks. He is a big flyhalf and I have heard he is originally from the bulls and affies. He has been with the sharks academy since 2009. I have heard that the lions and leopards are interested in him for next year. The Sharks must look after their youngsters whom they infested in. Watch this space.

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.03.11 19:16:10 by Reebok Reply

  • Great team, strange to see Piet Lindeque at wing.

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.03.11 19:51:33 by Danman110 Reply

  • @Reebok (Comment 12) : Hey Reebok. Interesting that they’d opt for Willie. His placekicking is sound but he really needs to put on a few KGs.Usually I’m anti a player trying to bulk up too much but Willie is just about the only junior player I can recall who was as skinny as a u20 as he was in u19. He is definitely not big height or weight wise, maybe in ability. Funny enough altho he’s prob no relation he looks a bit like Michael du Plessis.
    6 months ago I would have banked on him being the no.1 choice u21 flyhalf this year but the process Fred Z is making suggests otherwise.
    It sounds like something the leaky Lions D often forgets to do but why must we “watch this space” 😀

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.03.11 20:32:32 by beet Reply
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  • @beet(Comment 14)”watch this space” There are a couple of scouts running around in KZN. Specially after Rovers won the club champs last year. KZN club rugby are the strongest rugby competition in the country. They wait for the season to start.

    We keep stats of all the players we have identified. If I can remember correctly Willem weight about 75kg when he arrived at the sharks academy in 2009. At the start of the u/21 cc he weight 88kg and in the beginning of the year he picked up to 93kg. he is 1,86m tall. So it is strange if you think he is not big wise or weight wise. Guy is only 1,76 and 75kg and Fred 1,77 and 80kg.

    I agree with you. Willem is build like Michael du Plessis (1,88 and 87kg) Maybe they are family that’s way the name “Willie” must have a look into this. Will let you know.

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.03.11 07:00:50 by Reebok Reply

  • @Reebok (Comment 15) :

    Are you a scout?

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.03.11 07:10:48 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Reebok (Comment 15) : Either my eyes or these stats are really deceiving (A lot of the time I sit in the 1st row almost immediately behind the Sharks bench) I could have sworn Willie was shorter and lighter (my guess 1.80 and +/-77kg) but I’m not going to argue. I actually meant he looked like Michael, not built like him.

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.03.11 07:51:34 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 17) :

    Do you go to all the games and sit in the front row?

    We should meet for a drink sometime..

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.03.11 07:55:01 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 18) : No unfortunately I don’t get to set there all the time. I can’t complain I sometimes get box seats but things have been as bad as the dreaded Red Zone in the past. It’s also difficult to watch all the junior games in the first half of the season coz I follow schoolboy rugby and it’s pretty much a timetable clash. But it would be cool to meet some time esp when we’re only 2 of about 500 people in the ground for those u19 games.

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.03.11 08:13:14 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 19) :

    I’ll come join you on the sidelines and I can get your insight on the youngsters, coz I know very little about them..

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.03.11 08:17:24 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 20) : That’ll be good. I warn you tho , you’ll be subjecting yourself to the opinions of a narrow-minded armchair fan. I on the other hand will be getting to witness a real stenographer in action. 😆

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.03.11 08:36:11 by beet Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : ROB DYLAN HELP. This Willie du Plessis thing is really bugging me. The more I think about it the more convinced I am that he’s got the physical dimensions of a Freddy Michalak. Please can you confirm his stats.

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.03.11 08:40:53 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 17) : If a player plays provincial rugby (all levels) their union forward the stats to SA RUGBY. It gets updated each year he plays. So if your eyes are not deceiving you, the sharks must have a look at their measurement equipment. Go and have a look at

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.03.11 08:42:22 by Reebok Reply

  • @beet (Comment 22) : Dont let this bug you. Go and check
    I am off going to watch the Sharks game now. Enjoy our boys

  • Comment 24, posted at 11.03.11 09:04:56 by Reebok Reply

  • @Reebok (Comment 24) : Thanks Reebok. That was a really good website. I noticed at least 3 of the top schoolboy players for this year S.Ungerer (M/College), R.Steenkamp (Monnas) and S. Robinson (Klofies) are already represented by a professional body.

  • Comment 25, posted at 11.03.11 09:30:30 by beet Reply
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