Baby Sharks keep it in the family

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, School Rugby on 13 Jul 2011 at 07:28
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The KwzZulu Natal under 18 team recorded a fine, albeit unexpected, 23-21 victory over their fancied Western Province opponents on the second day of the 2011 Craven Week tournament in Kimberley yesterday, with a number of the players involved having strong family links to the Sharks.

Key to the KZN challenge on the day were the three brothers du Preez, with the eldest, Rob, scoring his team’s first try and dictating play well at flyhalf. Along with lock Dan and flanker Jean-Luc, Rob du Preez is the son of namesake Robert du Preez who represented Natal with distinction at scrumhlaf in the mid 90s. Another key player on the day was big outside centre Tyler Fisher, from Westville Boys High. Fisher’s brother Kayde, also a centre, is currently in the Sharks under 21 squad and hopes are high that the younger will follow in the elders footsteps and join the Sharks Academy after school.

Fear not, though, for my sources tell me that a third Fisher brother is working his way up too – and he’s also a centre!

KZN and Western Province scored three tries apiece on the day, with Fisher and hooker Jacques Taylor adding five-pointers for the Shark pups and left wing Siyabonga Tom living up to his name (it means “thank you”) by adding a conversion and two penalties. Although KZN led throughout and dominated matters, they had to dig deep towards the end to stave off a spirited Province comeback, including the awarding of a somewhat dubious try deep into the last few minutes of the game. Province flyhalf Handre Pollard had an opportunity to win the game for his side with a last minute penalty, but fortunately for KZN, his 50m attempt lacked the direction and distance.

KZN play the Lions next, on Thursday afternoon.


  • So things are looking good for Shark rugby in the future. They beat WP schools with homegrown talent, great to see. Perhaps the seniors can learn from this. I remember back in the early eighties watching a Sport Pienaar game between Natal and Western Transvaal at Kings Park. I think there were almost 97 spectators in the crowd that day but I can’t remember who won. I cannot recall one Natal player that day, maybe Derek la Marque and Rob Hankinson, but Westerns had Don Berry, Kierie Barnard, Robert du Preez, Tjaart Marais, Martin Knoetze, Tobie Oosthuisen etc. Kings Park was deserted that day. Later that night there were more people at Coco’s in the Umhlanga Sands watching Marcus performing. Rugby wasn’t big back then.

    But then a man called Tommy Lawton arrived along with an institution in Bloem called Grey College and voila…. the Shark Tank became a destination other than The Wheel……and so the story goes. They’ve won a few trophies by now and the future looks promising. More and more homegrown boys will be wearing the Black& White. Must go now but I’m only halfway with this story.

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.07.11 07:54:43 by speartackle Reply
  • Well done, Babies!!! πŸ˜€

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.07.11 08:16:33 by Ice Reply
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  • Du Preez’s are fine talents, Robert is really a player with a lot of time and reminds me of young Butch…without the late hits…Butch use to kill me playing 12…

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.07.11 08:30:31 by BoerSeun Reply

  • A win on Thursday against a very good Lions side should see the KZN side play the ‘final” on Saturday! When last did KZN play in the final game of Craven Week? Hopefully the young Fisher will also make his way to Old Boys like his brother!

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.07.11 08:43:22 by SheldonK Reply

  • @speartackle (Comment 1) : Me thinks you have taken a few tackles too many and you make up history as you go along…..its romantic (looking at where the Sharks are now) but not true.

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.07.11 08:57:39 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Well done KZN! Definitely the upset of the week so far.

    Sibulelo Nanto was an absolute star yesterday as he’s been as a no.8 for George Campbell all season long. The fact that he’s converted into such a good openside flanker / turnover specialist in a short space of time is tribute his own ability and the coaching staff.

    Mbembe Payi was also played really well and proved to be a handful for WP defenders.

    It was good to see Fisher doing what Fisher does best – knocking over defenders and scoring a try – it’s almost his trademark now. Boy is he strong on his feet.

    Moolman, Tom and Sithole all brill on defence and outside of the setpieces the pack really did their job.

    Lets hope we can make it happen again vs the Golden Lions

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.07.11 09:08:02 by beet Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 5) : Spear’s story of the “97” spectators present brings back memories of the time I went to Ellis Park way back in 2010. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.07.11 09:13:05 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 7) : πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† :mrgreen: 😈

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.07.11 09:15:06 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @speartackle (Comment 1) : I’m sad that you left out Wahl Bartmann. I thought he was a major catalyst in our road to 1990 glory

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.07.11 09:15:15 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 9) : Not to forget the ground clearing that Wynand Claasens had done and of course one Ian Mac.

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.07.11 09:22:03 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Cant watch all the games during the day, but caught a glimpse of the SWD yesterday where the MoM afterwards said that he has been contracted by the Sharks Academy for next year. And then yesterday the MoM in the Border game said that he is also heading to the Sharks Academy next year.
    Pretty awesome that the two MoM of the games I did indeed watch, were all spotted by the Sharks…. πŸ˜†

    Dont know about the other games though πŸ˜•

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.07.11 09:27:25 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • The 3 brothers shined from primary school,it is not if but when they are going to play super rugby and for what team.

    My dad is a good friend of RDP.

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.07.11 09:34:18 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 10) : No rule 101 for anti-Sharks folks states local heroes aren’t really meant to play a part in our success story. πŸ˜†

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.07.11 09:37:09 by beet Reply
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  • @Honey Badger (Comment 12) : They were in the same DPHS team along with 15 year old current 1st team mate Matt Reece-Edwards.

    DPHS (Prep) does some really good work for sports in KZN at primary school level

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.07.11 09:43:11 by beet Reply
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  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 11) : The players are Michael Bernardt (SWD centre) and Johan Meyer (highly rated Border no.8).

    Bernardt really looked up for the challenge on Monday and SWD have always produced good players like Johan Heunis.
    Meyer is definitely a player worth tracking over the next few years. He has star qualities.

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.07.11 09:46:20 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 13) : Im really scratching my head as to which Grey College guys he is referring to.

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.07.11 09:48:18 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 15) : Sharkies MOM youngster (gr 11 I think) also said he wants to attend the academy.

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.07.11 09:50:05 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • The Du preez twins are still young ,wonder if grey will call them?? haha
    Sharks must keep these guys in KZN after school!

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.07.11 09:51:53 by Talent Reply

    How impressive was he in tandem with Chris Massyn, whom I rate as a contender for SA Schools captain next year. Another Monnas lock to look out for next year is Stefan Vermeulen, had a little scuffle with Massyn in the res earlier the year and is also tough as nails.

    Tomorrow Sharkies vs The LionTjies, looking forward to that. Both teams looked a bit suspect in the warm-ups with the LionTjies losing all three and the Sharkies going down tamely to the WaterBulls. I expect a cracker with Sharkies coming out tops but it will be close. Stoney vs Swart? Odendaal vs Fisher ? The du Preez Trio…..awesome like Kearsney……not too fond of smiling… Daddy Bear……just as good? I think better and still improving.

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.07.11 10:05:35 by speartackle Reply

  • This is great news for KZN rugby and the Sharks! πŸ™‚

    Hopefully we can beat the Lions on Thursday and more importantly retain all of our best talents (Like the Du Preez).

    Well done KZN, you guys did us proud! πŸ™‚

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.07.11 10:20:29 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @speartackle (Comment 19) : What was that margin you mentioned Yesterday? πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.07.11 10:25:34 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 17) : Nanto is gr.12 this year.

    He told me that he knows our fullback Mbembe Payi well because they both hail from the Eastern Cape. So good work by our schools to identify them and offer them bursaries.

    Nanto goes to George Campbell, a technical school that many believe is the best school to send your kid to if he is interested in becoming an engineer.
    Both he and another person I met on the sidelines have said watch George Campbell. They have a young side, mainly gr.11s and believe that with their new sponsors on board they’re on the up.

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.07.11 10:33:25 by beet Reply
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  • WP by 20

    Today : OFS vs Bulls – Bulls by 17

    Tomorrow : Natal vs Tvl – Natal by 6

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.07.11 10:34:25 by speartackle Reply

  • @Salmonoid (Comment 16) : This is rule 102: the Sharks are powered by Grey College Bloemfontein : Ollie le Roux, Ruan Pienaar, Frans Steyn, du Plessis brothers, etc + still to come Jordaan and Lindque πŸ˜›

  • Comment 24, posted at 13.07.11 10:36:09 by beet Reply
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  • @speartackle (Comment 23) : Plus Andre Joubert, Pieter Muller and I think 41 more

  • Comment 25, posted at 13.07.11 10:38:06 by speartackle Reply

  • @speartackle (Comment 25) : What’s going on here? I don’t want to reply to myself?

  • Comment 26, posted at 13.07.11 10:39:53 by speartackle Reply

  • @speartackle (Comment 26) : I was very impressed with Stoney yesterday. Against Grey College he was a carefully marked man and I thought Rikus did a lot of the damage that day but yesterday Stoney showed that talk about him is not cheap. He is a vyf-ster Yster speler.

  • Comment 27, posted at 13.07.11 10:45:15 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 27) : I read your story on 365 and Massyn was actually number 8 last year for u/16’s. Marx will be better suited to 8 as that is the way he plays well – running from the back. Massyn is a make-shift fetcher and also according to Ian Mac it was Monnas’s downfall against Grey that they never had a specialist fetcher. Massyn is to me a Andre Venter type loose forward. Great with ball in hand, strong defender and a intimidating physical presence. An all-rounder and dedicated like I’ve never seen and also he’s had the privilege of playing under Stoney where no mercy is asked or given.

    BTW I saw Paul Willemse the other day and he looks in excellent shape, watch out for him in u/19 CC.

  • Comment 28, posted at 13.07.11 10:57:51 by speartackle Reply

  • @speartackle (Comment 25) :
    Please get your facts right before you comment.
    Andre’ Joubert actually comes from Ladysmith high.
    Henry Honiball is from Escourt high just in case that name was going to pop up πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 29, posted at 13.07.11 12:13:00 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 29) : Uli, ek voeg dan OVS se naam by Lawton en Grey en dan gaan die lysie begin lank raak, of wat sΓͺ jy ou Uli?

  • Comment 30, posted at 13.07.11 12:15:13 by speartackle Reply

  • @speartackle (Comment 30) : haha
    Ons kannie help daar is nie ‘n see in Bloem nie πŸ™‚

  • Comment 31, posted at 13.07.11 12:17:56 by Uli Reply
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  • @speartackle (Comment 30) : Last time I checked Rugby is a professional sport now? Or what do you say old wise one???

  • Comment 32, posted at 13.07.11 12:21:13 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 32) : Agreed
    I mean there are so many sharks who play for the lions, so who is complaining?

  • Comment 33, posted at 13.07.11 12:27:43 by Uli Reply
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  • @beet 24 & speartackle 25′ am well aware of our wonderful relatiomship with Grey Bloem but dont know of any at Tom Lawtons time, as suggested by speartackle

  • Comment 34, posted at 13.07.11 13:44:02 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 34) : The Bloem boys couldn’t speak english well enough in those days.

  • Comment 35, posted at 13.07.11 13:48:11 by speartackle Reply

  • @Salmonoid (Comment 34) : Rule 103: when you’re anti-Sharks, fiction carries the same weight as fact

  • Comment 36, posted at 13.07.11 14:24:16 by beet Reply
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  • So here’s a question / conundrum.

    Which method of determining where a players comes from should we use?

    There is the Cheetah method of “they went to Grey so they are Free staters” which then means Andre Joubert’s and others’ birth towns are of no relevance.

    And there is the Kings method of “they were born in the EC before being stolen”

    Just a thought.

  • Comment 37, posted at 13.07.11 14:24:17 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 37) : Why complicate things? Murray Mexted’s is registered.

  • Comment 38, posted at 13.07.11 14:29:59 by speartackle Reply

  • @speartackle (Comment 38) : Murray Mexted’s what is registered?

  • Comment 39, posted at 13.07.11 14:33:34 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 39) : The Murray Mexted Demographic Encyclopdia of Territorial Supporters Origin.

  • Comment 40, posted at 13.07.11 14:42:51 by speartackle Reply

  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 39) : Tell Spear where you come from – isn’t it Kroonstad? Did you have noisy neighbours? How far is Kroonstad from Vrede? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 41, posted at 13.07.11 14:49:04 by beet Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 34) : Tom Lawton never went to grey! He’s an AUSSIE FFS!

  • Comment 42, posted at 13.07.11 14:49:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @rob. i know Lawton is an Aussie. Earlier Speartackle mentioned that in Lawtons time Natal had Grey Bloem players as well, I was wondering who they were.

  • Comment 43, posted at 13.07.11 16:21:42 by Salmonoid Reply
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