SA Schools selection for Fisher, Tom

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, School Rugby, Sharks on 17 Jul 2011 at 13:32
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Despite the disappointment of suffering a heavy loss against the Blue Bulls at Craven Week, there was a measure of cheer for the KZN U18 team yesterday as two of their backline stars were rewarded with selection to the South African Schools side. The team, predictably, has a very Grey Kollege and Waterkloof look to it, with the strongest schools in the Free State and Blue Bulls region respectively well represented as always.

97 kg juggernaut centre Tyler Fisher scored a try in each of KZN’s three appearances and the big Westville lad has duly been rewarded for his efforts, along with dynamic left wing (and goal kicker) Siyabonga Tom, from Glenwood. Tyler, whose brother Kayde represented the Sharks at under 21 level yesterday, is expected to develop further at the Sharks academy next year, where he will hopefully blossom for the Sharks under 19 side. It’s not known at this stage what Tom’s plans are for next year.

A further pair of KZN boys was rewarded with selection to the SA Academy side in Kearsney’s Matt Jones (loosehead prop) and Glenwood’s Cyprial Mkhabela (scrumhalf). Congratulations also to KZN Manager Dean Moodley, who will take on that role for the Academy side this year.

SA Schools Team for 2011:


Dries Swanepoel (v/c) (Free State)
Jaco van der Walt (Golden Lions)
Jan Serfontein (Free State)
Nhlanhla Hlongwane (Free State)
Percey Williams (South Western Districts)
Ruwellyn Isbell (Free State)
Sean Robinson (Blue Bulls)
Siyabonga Tom (KwaZulu Natal)
Timothy Swiel (Western Province) Tyler Fisher (KwaZulu Natal)


Andrew Beerwinkel (Boland)
Eugene Le Maitre (Golden Lions)
Irne Herbst (Blue Bulls)
Jacques du Plessis (Pumas)
Leneve Damens (Free State)
Marne Coetzee (Blue Bulls)
Morne du Plessis (Blue Bulls)
Philip du Preez (Golden Lions)
Pierre Schoeman (Blue Bulls)
Ruan Steenkamp (captain) (Golden Lions)
Sikumbuzo Notshe (Western Province)
Thabo Mabuza (Blue Bulls)

Head Coach: Poerie van Rooyen (Pumas)
Assistant coach: Kenneth Joseph (Eastern Province)
Team Manager: Gert Tsotetsi (Valke)

SA Academy Team for 2011:

15. Lorenzo Baaitjies (Eastern Province)
14. Gideon Meiring (Golden Lions)
13. Edwin Sass (Western Province)
12.John Kotze (Western Province)
11. Suprise Mayekiso (Golden Lions)
10. Dalton Kannemeyer (Western Province)
9. Cyprial Mkhabela (KwaZulu Natal)
8. Niklaas Rossouw (Boland)
7. Malcolm Marx (Golden Lions)
6. Willie Newman (Golden Lions)
5. Armand du Preez (Eastern Province)
4. Stefan Vermeulen (Golden Lions)
3. Bart le Roux (Eastern Province)
2. Chadley Wenn (Boland)
1. Matthew Jones (KwaZulu Natal)


16. Hewson Petersen (Western Province)
17. Siwa Mandlakhe (Eastern Province)
18. Luan de Bruin (Blue Bulls)
19. Tienie Burger (Free State)
20. Balunga Mbangi (Eastern Province)
21. Damian Engledoe (Boland)
22. Linden Rhode (South West Districts)

Head Coach: Bart Schoeman (Blue Bulls)
Assistant coach: Joseph Jafta (Griquas)
Team Manager: Dean Moodley (KwaZulu Natal)


  • K, so the resident guru (beet) tells me Tom will only be in Grade 12 next year, so at least we know what he’ll be doing 🙂

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.07.11 15:07:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • Well done to the 4 KZN players on their selection.

    Tyler looked like a candidate from game 1 of the season.

    Siyabonga really lifted his game when it counted most – at Craven Week

    Matthew Jones did great work in the Kearsney engine room for the last 2 years.

    Mkhabela, a gr.11 player from Glenwood with good distribution skills and good base kick, showed his value by winning selection at his school ahead of last year’s Glenwood academy week player Shezi and Beneke, another gr.11 player who was u16 captain last year. Once he’d achieved this, the rest seemed like a downhill cruise from there onwards.

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.07.11 15:14:19 by beet Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : I think we can now reasonably expect to see Tyler Fisher form part of the Sharks u19 CC plans once his SA Schools commitments are out of the way.

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.07.11 15:17:49 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 3) : Mind you the current outside centre Andrew Holland was probably the pick of the backs yesterday in a somewhat disappointing match in which we struggled to find rhythm.

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.07.11 15:20:07 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 4) : can I ask you to write us a report on the under 19 match yesterday?

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.07.11 15:49:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sterke bulle!!!!!!!!!! That bulls front row was fantastic….no wonder neethling fouche did not even make it.So happy for robinson and in particular the hooker du plessis who i heard had a superb game against the sharks under 18’s.Like Tradoux Ungerer sadly did not make it 😥

    I see Dean moolman he is going to the bulls he is damn good the bulls scouts were impressed with his solidity and defence! :mrgreen: another good purchase for the bulls so it looks like wp will sign janco gunther then.

    Expect the bulls 2012 under 19 group to rattle a few feathers lots of special talent in that group.

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.07.11 16:25:26 by Muzi Reply

  • Congratulations Tyler and Siyabonga.

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.07.11 22:49:51 by Ben Reply
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  • Congrats Tyler, a well deserved selection! A talented young rugby player that I am sure we will see much more of in the future!

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.07.11 14:00:49 by Tracy Boulle Reply

  • @Tracy Boulle (Comment 8) : let’s hope so… lots of scope for talented 13s in the Sharks setup!

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.07.11 14:07:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • So none of the hefty Selborne pack made any of the sides then?

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.07.11 14:20:52 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 10) : A very disappointing week for the Selborne boys. Border just seemed to lack urgency in game 1 and then they were again caught napping in the 1st half of game 2 vs Province. They were effectively out of it by half time but came back strongly and won the second half.

    A player that really took the bull by the horns and impressed me in their side was the Queens gr.11 flyhalf Josh Stander. If the rest of team had his determination and form things would have been way different for Border.

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.07.11 20:41:00 by beet Reply
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