Brotherly love the way of the Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, School Rugby, Sharks on 20 Jul 2011 at 10:36
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The Sharks have always been proud of their reputation as a team that has a great sense of “family”, with strong bonds between players forming over a number of years spent together at the Tank. These days, though, more and more of the players coming through the ranks into the senior team have far more authentic family connections.

I’m talking, of course, about the numerous sets of brothers that are filtering into the Sharks team, following the great example set by Jannie and Bismarck du Plessis, the dynamic prop-and-hooker combo that somehow, in an almost synergistic fashion, seems to perform better when playing alongside each other. Jannie and Bis have intentionally packaged themselves as a “double act” ever since the former moved down to Durban to join his baby brother and are now unlikely to be separated, making it difficult for any other side to lure either of them individually away from the Sharks. That’s great news for the black and white family, but there’s even better news to come.

Perhaps next-most-famous on the siblings list would be the Cronje twins, Ross and Guy. They’ve both been in the system for ages now, after playing starring roles in the Sharks under 19 side’s triumph back in 2008, where Ross captained the side from scrumhalf, with his slightly-shorter brother in the number 10 shirt. Both have struggled with injury over the last few years, but Ross has since forced his way into the Currie Cup starting lineup and is playing well. As a combination, the blonde brothers seem to have an almost psychic understanding of what the other is going to do and like the du Plessis boys, seem far better together than individually.

Another young man who made his Currie Cup debut on Saturday was lock Jan Andre Marais (known as Jandre to his friends) and he also has a younger brother, Peet, coming through the ranks. Both have represented the Baby Boks in the past and while Peet is currently still under 21, expect the Marais brothers, proud products of Welkom Gimnasium, to form a dynamic lock combination for the Sharks in years to come.

Moving further down the ranks, there are plenty of others too. Kayde Fisher, the Westville centre, is currently playing for the under 21 side, while his brother Tyler has just been named in the SA Schools side and looks set to join up at the Academy next year. Two of the highest profile under 19 signings at the Sharks also have talented siblings. Paul Jordaan’s little brother Pieter excelled at flyhalf for Free State at Craven week this year, whilst prop Allan Dell also has a younger brother, Marc, who played in the front row with him for the Queens first XV last year despite only being in Grade 10. Both Dell and Jordaan are currently in grade 11 (that’s standard 9 in old money) but the Sharks will be desperate to lure both players to the Academy in 2013.

Within our own schoolboy ranks, of course, there’s another set of talented siblings – former Sharks scrumhalf Robert du Preez has three sons, all of whom did well at Craven Week this year. We believe that the eldest, flyhalf Rob, will continue his rugby career in the Cape next year, but twins Jean-Luc and Daniel, both of whom are just fifteen, could both go on to make great strides in the black and white, either as second-rowers or big ball-carrying loose forwards.


  • Must be awsome to have so many rugby talent in one household!

    Does Marcell have a OLDER brother though…? 😳 πŸ˜†

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.07.11 11:34:18 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 1) : I think his dad might be more your age, skat :mrgreen:

    Wat sê jy, Oom Dries?

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.07.11 11:37:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : :mrgreen: πŸ˜†

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.07.11 11:39:36 by Ice Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :


  • Comment 4, posted at 20.07.11 11:56:11 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 4) : she took it better than I thought she would… Ice is getting soft πŸ™‚

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.07.11 11:59:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Or old? πŸ˜†

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.07.11 12:02:39 by Greg Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 4) : @robdylan (Comment 5) : @Greg (Comment 6) :

    I actually just dont want to hurt Oom Dries’s feelings…seeing that I will hunt his son down out the SLB – I need to keep things “tidy” with the “in-laws”… 😈 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.07.11 12:11:18 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 7) : Oh – and I am on heavy chill-pills….wait till I read this thread again without being semi-comatosed and drug infused. πŸ˜†

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.07.11 12:13:28 by Ice Reply
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  • There are actually a lot of brothers around.

    On Saturday Elton Jantjies and Wikus van Heerden’s brothers played for the Bulls u19

    A little later Bradley Moolman played u21. His brother Wesley is the Leopards scrumhalf. Ruan Boshoff has represented the Lions and is the older brother of Bulls reserve flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff (who is way more talented than Frans Brummer BTW)

    Sarel Pretorius has a bother floating around the Free State ranks as to does former junior player and Tian Liebenberg’s brother Hercu is a Varsity Cup regular. Riaan Britz is the up and coming younger brother of Lodie and more famous Gerrie. Former junior Shark Adriaan Theisinger also has a not so famous brother in the Free State system. Andries Strauss is Richardt’s brother. The Ebersohns.

    Hennie Daniller’s younger brother Tertius was a WP u21 regular looseforward and played Vodacom Cup for them. De Kock Steenkamp is the brother of Willem of the Free State.

    The Ndungane twins – remember them.

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.07.11 12:16:05 by beet Reply
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  • Stringbean Rob Linde’s brother Draad played for the Leopards last year.

    The Mentz’s. The Dumonds.

    Gee! There are so many brothers around.

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.07.11 12:19:44 by beet Reply
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  • That Robert du Preez is a loss to KZN, IMO

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.07.11 12:26:27 by Franshark Reply
  • @beet (Comment 10) If the one brothers nickname is Draad then I can only presume that Rob is the “dikker” of the two. 😯

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.07.11 12:31:08 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 11) : The thing is you probably wouldn’t have said that a few months ago.

    He has improved immensely as the season has progressed.
    One thing you didn’t get to see at Craven Week is his boot. He has a huge punt. It got Kearsney out of jail and set up point scoring opportunities on many occasions.

    He was a scrumhalf until this season. The coach had options and decided to use little Reece-Edwards at 9 instead of 12 and du Preez at 10 instead of 9. It worked out really well in the end. RdP will definitely get to WP on the front foot as far as 2012 u19 selections go.

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.07.11 12:38:28 by beet Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 12) : which in itself is a bit scary

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.07.11 12:38:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 9) : BTW, Berndt Theisinger played for the Leopards – I believe he was forced to retire last season. Unless there’s a 3rd brother?

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.07.11 12:40:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : My bad. The Leopards. I’m not aware of a 3rd brother. Looks like 0/2 for me if you count the Nakin comment from earlier. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.07.11 13:01:48 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 10) :Rob Linde is …………..

    Please admire my self-restraint? πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 17, posted at 20.07.11 13:45:07 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @beet (Comment 16) : ha ha… tough day on the blogs, Beetles!

    You can help me out. I’m interviewing Heimar Wiliams this afternoon. Any ideas for good things to ask him?

  • Comment 18, posted at 20.07.11 13:47:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 17) : surely he’s the best scrummaging lock in the Top 14? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 20.07.11 13:48:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : πŸ˜†

  • Comment 20, posted at 20.07.11 13:49:14 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : “Do you have any brothers?” πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 21, posted at 20.07.11 13:50:42 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @beet (Comment 10) : 😯 πŸ˜† you gotta be kidding me? Rob Linde has a brother called Draad? No way!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 20.07.11 13:58:28 by Villie Reply
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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 21) : LOL – good one πŸ™‚

  • Comment 23, posted at 20.07.11 14:27:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : I always like to know about toughest opponent. Best coach. Rugby hero while growing up. Most memorable game. I always enjoy reading that kind of stuff. What inspired him to join the Sharks. Also he held onto a lot of ball on Sat. Was that the game plan?

    I suspect that by the time you read this, it would be too late. πŸ˜₯

  • Comment 24, posted at 20.07.11 15:10:01 by beet Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 22) : His real name is Edrich. I knew he had a German name just couldn’t think of it. Had to google it. Seems like everyone calls him Draad.

    There is another skinny lock coming out of Maritzburg College this year called Dickens. A tall boy, good lineout jumper. It’s often hard for lanky players to make an impression at school, so it will be interesting to see how he progresses if he’s serious about rugby. He played at Academy Week for KZN.

  • Comment 25, posted at 20.07.11 15:20:47 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 24) : fraid so πŸ™

    I did cover some of that, though.

    BTW, he has two younger brothers, but neither is likely to play professional rugby

  • Comment 26, posted at 20.07.11 15:44:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 25) : how tall? Any idea?

    If you’ve gone above 2m, they can never take that away from you! Then you can start bulking

  • Comment 27, posted at 20.07.11 15:45:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : He must be near enough to that height but I think in his case it will come done to heart and desire not size. He’d probably also need to brush up on his ball skills in open play apart from adding on weight

  • Comment 28, posted at 20.07.11 15:54:26 by beet Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  • Comment 29, posted at 20.07.11 16:29:58 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Did I read correctly?

    “We believe that the eldest, FLYHALF Rob, will continue his rugby career in the CAPE next year.”

    Tell him to get out now! He is only bound to get injured…

  • Comment 30, posted at 20.07.11 19:41:12 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 30) : actually, turns out I might be wrong about that…

  • Comment 31, posted at 20.07.11 21:53:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : He might be staying? Or going somewhere else?

  • Comment 32, posted at 20.07.11 21:58:51 by Ben Reply
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  • From: @sabza00
    Sent: Jul 20, 2011 9:08p

    Its nice to be important, but its more important to be nice…

  • Comment 33, posted at 20.07.11 22:28:27 by Franshark Reply
  • @Ben (Comment 32) : sounds like he’s staying.

    @Franshark (Comment 33) : you can always count on Big Sabz for a pearl of wisdom or two!

  • Comment 34, posted at 21.07.11 00:09:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • I don’t think the Sharks come close to the brotherly love of the Crusaders. Didn’t they have 3 families on the field at one stage?

  • Comment 35, posted at 21.07.11 09:39:50 by lostfish Reply
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