Sharks XV adds a Pretoria flavour

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Vodacom Cup on 16 Mar 2011 at 10:34
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Sean Everitt has brought in a pair of players from rival schools in far-off Pretoria as his Sharks XV team aim to extend their unbeaten run to four games, against the Lions in Johannesburg this weekend.

The first chance is injury enforced, where Pretoria Boys High’s Lee Thompson replaces the injured Nico Claasen at open side flank. The big Thompson is a more natural blindsider, but excelled against the Valke last week when brought on as an early substitue for Claasen, scoring two tries in the process. The bulk of the pack remains unchanged, with the exciting duo of Dan Adonga and Lambert Groenewald combining with Thompson in a very large, albeit pacey, loose forward trio.

In the second change, Affies center Heimar Williams gets his chance to impress, making his Vodacom Cup debut at inside centre. Williams is a hugely impressive player, who won virtually every award going in the Under 19 side last year, including Player of the Year. Another surprise exclusion from Dawie Theron’s SA Under 20 side to tour Argentina, Williams will partner Trompie Pretorius in midfield, with his under 19 center partner Piet Lindeque continuing at right wing. Lindeque was another to impress on debut against the the Valke, scoring two tries as well.

Howard Mnisi is the unlucky player to make way for Williams, dropping to the bench, with Luzuko Vulindlu missing out altogether. Another welcome change sees Bok Sevens representative Lubabao Mtembu come onto the bench in the number 19 jersey.

Sharks XV
15 Kobus de Kock, 14 Piet Lindeque, 13 Jerome Pretorius, 12 Heimar Williams, 11 Anton Verster, 10 Guy Cronje, 9 Ross Cronje (capt), 8 Lambert Groenewald, 7 Daniel Adonga, 6 Lee Thompson, 5 Jandre Marais, 4 Gerhard Mostert, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Sabelo Nhlapo
16 Monde Hadebe, 17 Robbie Harris, 18 Peet Marais, 19 Lubabalo Mtembu, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Fred Zeilinga, 22 Howard Mnisi


  • that is surprising, i thought mnisi had a good game. maybe everitt felt his defence wasn’t great.

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.03.11 10:37:50 by try time Reply
  • Go Boys High!! Seems we have a strong connection with the Sharks. John Smit was the year ahead of me at PBHS while Brian van Zyl was a year ahead of my dad there.

    How long before PBHS is considered an official feeder school for Natal and the Sharks?

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.03.11 10:45:49 by Butchie34 Reply
  • Good luck to our XV. I have a feeling this is going to be a BIG game and at the end of the 80 we’ll all have a much better idea of how good our young side really is.

    If this match is on TV, Sharksworld readers have to take a good look at our no.12 HEIMAR WILLIAMS. This is a step up but going on evidence of his u19 form, he’s a quality+ player.

    Also good to see Mtembu back – a player with attacking flair and an eye for the tryline.

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.03.11 10:52:04 by beet Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 2) : brian van zyl a Boys High Old Boy? You serious?

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.03.11 10:59:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • Yip, went to PBHS somewhere in the 60’s. I think he went to School House. The Sharks magazine did a piece on him WAY back and it sort of stuck with me.

    Also add in the fact that Brian Liebenberg (’97 old boy) went down to Natal to play for the u21s and was kept out by one Butch James. Brian then moved on to France and became a French International speaks volumes about how much PBHS contributes to Natal rugby. 😀

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.03.11 11:02:59 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @Butchie34 (Comment 5) : Liebenberg did a post-matric at Northwood

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.03.11 11:05:46 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 6) : Cool, that I did not know.

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.03.11 11:06:34 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @Butchie34 (Comment 7) : me neither

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.03.11 14:28:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • This will be a fantastic game for the young talent to show what they got. Looking on the bright side, we have very good forwards, will help to put the backs on the front foot. Glad Heimar gets his chance, it will be a big step. A bit worried, 4 centres in the match 22 and not one with real speed

    Did you know Willem du Plessis and Heimar both from affies played together for the 1stxv at 10 and 12. So did they, last year for the best ever u20A Collegians side. I have also just learned that they played together at primary school. They should know each other by now.

    Will love to see du Plessis get a change to show he is good enough.

    Good luck to the Sharks XV, hope they kick ass.

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.03.11 15:13:49 by Reebok Reply

  • Iam a little torn here. Really want Tera Mthembu to do well here.

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.03.11 15:58:32 by Speed7 Reply

  • Damn, I hoped to see a certain J Deysel on the bench. 👿

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.03.11 12:22:19 by Original Champion Reply
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  • 😯 Just a pity that Dwayne Kelly was injured last year. He had a back operations …he is working very hard to be on top form again…. hopefully he will be seen by the u21 coaches this year… 🙄

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.03.11 18:23:25 by Westville Ondersteuner Reply


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