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Junior team announcements delayed


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 29 Jul 2011 at 10:04
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The uncertainty surrounding the composition of the Sharks side for Saturday’s game against the Cheetahs is having a knock-on effect to the junior ranks, with neither Sean Everitt nor Ryan Strudwick able to confirm their lineups for this weekend’s crunch matches against the Free State Cheetahs.

With fitness tests to both Fred Michalak and Marius Joubert scheduled for late afternoon today, Heimar Williams and Gouws Prinsloo – two of the backline generals in Everitt’s under 21 side – remain on standby to bench for the seniors pending the results of those tests. Should either – or both – be required for the Sharks, then the likes of Paul Jordaan and Fred Zeilinga would most likely be called up from the under 19 ranks to deputise for them in the under 21 side, further weakening Strudwick’s young team who have already lost a key player in Gavin Hauptfleisch to serious injury.

On the injury front, though, there’s a ray of light on the horizon, with injured scrumhalf Conrad Hoffmann returning to full practice with the Sharks this week. The former WP lad should be fit for selection next week, with Cobus Reinach then expected to return to the under 21s to bolster Everitt’s strained halfback ranks.

We’ll confirm the junior teams for this week in the late afternoon.


34 Comments

  • Our injury problems are at 10 and 13, and as potential replacements we call up a 10 and 12… What am I not understanding here?

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.07.11 11:21:44 by Culling Song Reply
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  • This is looking like a recipe for disaster, given the strength of our opposition.

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.07.11 12:05:23 by beet Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 1) : Backline re-shuffling. Gouws Prinsloo will fill the outside back bench role if required meaning he could be a direct replacement for Ludik or if either wing needs replacing then Ludik could go to wing. Heimar Williams will cover the inside back bench role if Michalak is not fit. He is a natural centre but if JLP needs replacing then Bosman could go to flyhalf.

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.07.11 12:27:36 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 3) : thanks for clarifying 🙂 Very succinct

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.07.11 13:04:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Thanks for adding to my vocabulary ;).

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.07.11 13:14:39 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 5) : I exist to serve

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.07.11 13:29:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • Here is the OFS u.21 side for Saturday
    1 Schalk van der Merwe, 2 Elandre Huggett, 3 Stephan Kotze, 4 Adriaan Theisinger, 5 John-Charles Astle, 6 Jean Cook, 7 Fanie van der Walt ( C ), 8 Brendon Groenewald, 9 Enrico Acker, 10 Francois du Toit, 11 Jamba Ulenga, 12 Jaco Oosthuizen, 13 Riaan Britz, 14 Robert van Schalkwyk, 15 Nico Scheepers, 16 Johannes van Heerden, 17 Juan-Pierre van Rooyen, 18 Tebogo Mohoje, 19 Frederick Ngoza, 20 Pieter Rademan, 21 Zandre de Bruin

    The lock J-C Astle played Craven Week for KZN in 2008. Interesting that the SA U20 scrumhalf, Rademan, is on the bench.

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.07.11 13:56:39 by steve Reply

     
  • @steve (Comment 7) : Theisinger? They finally manage to get that oke out of the clubs and onto a rugby field? Kudos.

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.07.11 13:59:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • @steve (Comment 7) : and no sign of Goosen…

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.07.11 13:59:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • The U21 game at Newlands will be interesting – here are the sides;

    WP
    15. Heinrich Steyl 14. Tshotsho Mbovane 13. Ryan Nell 12. Berton Klaasen 11. Tythan Adams 10. Michael van der Spuy 9. Nicholas Groom 8. Nizaam Carr 7. Helmut Lehman (C) 6. Reuben Johannes 5. Reniel Hugo 4. ^ Roux 3. Tom Botha 2. Siyabonga Ntubeni 1. Steven Kitshoff
    Reserves: 16. Rob Herring 17. Brummer Badenhorst 18. Eben Etzebeth 19. Garrick Matthee 20. Fred Muller 21. Paul Cohen 22. William van Wyk
    Bulls
    15. Ulrich Beyers, 14. Sampie Mastriet, 13. Fanie Booysen, 12. Adri Jacobs, 11. Clayton Blommetjies, 10. Louis Fouché, 9. Rudi van Rooyen,8. Arno Botha (c), 7. Jono Ross, 6. Dalton Davis, 5. Franco Mostert, 4. Gernu Eksteen, 3. Gerhard Engelbrecht, 2. Bongi Mbonambi, 1. Juan Pike. Replacements: 16. Jacques Momberg, 17. Basil Short, 18. JJ Breet, 19. Lean Schwartz, 20. Xander Redelinghuys, 21. JC Roos, 22. Pieter van der Walt, Courtnall Skosan

    WP have the luxury of the highly rated Eben Etsebeth on the bench.

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.07.11 14:00:45 by steve Reply

     
  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Are there any clubs in Bloem?? He was regarded as a future Bok at Craven Week in 2008 – lost out to CJ Stander as No 8 in the SA Schools side.

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.07.11 14:04:04 by steve Reply

     
  • @steve (Comment 11) : and then wasted the Sharks’ time and money for nearly three years when he couldn’t get himself fit enough to play more than about 20 minutes in total during that period.

    Always LOTS of pictures of him out enjoying himself, though…

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.07.11 14:06:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @steve (Comment 11) : I’m sure if you look hard enough, you’ll find somewhere to drink your youth away in Bloem…

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.07.11 14:08:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • I will dig up the sides that were picked after craven Week 2008 – you would expect them to form the core of the 2011 U21 sides – it will be interesting to see how many have kicked on and who has not. Thesinger was one that was expected to. That year they picked an SA Schools and a North and South side at Craven Week. Thesinger was in the South team.
    A side was also picked from the Academy Week that played against and beat the SA schools team.

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.07.11 14:09:41 by steve Reply

     
  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : The smaller the place, the less the entertainment options, the higher the likelihood of alcohol featuring prominently…

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.07.11 14:10:39 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Lions U21 against the Leopards

    15. Andries Coetzee, 14. JR Esterhuizen, 13. Robert de Bruyn, 12. Cabous Janse van Rensburg, 11. Anthony Volmink, 10. Marais Schmidt, 9. Nico Kruger, 8. RJ Liebenberg, 7. Uzair Cassiem, 6. Carel Greeff, 5. Ruan Botha, 4. Dylan Peterson, 3. Ruan Dreyer, 2. AJ le Roux (capt.), 1. Wessel du Rand. Replacements: 16. Thurston Zimri, 17. Van Zyl Botha, 18. PJ Uys, 19. Johan van der Hoogt, 20. Francois de Klerk, 21. Janus Jonker, 22. Jacques Erasmus.
    Not available though injury – Rinus Riekert, Sebastian de Chaves, Kene Okafor, Wandile Mjekevu, Divan Ferguson, Garth April

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.07.11 14:12:09 by steve Reply

     
  • @steve (Comment 14) : I remember doing an article about Stander and Thesinger when it was announced that the latter was joining the Sharks… let me see if I can dig it up

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  • @steve (Comment 16) : here we go…http://www.sharksworld.co.za/2008/12/17/a-tale-of-two-eighthmen/

    reading that again just make me even more upset that Theisinger seems to have pissed away a great opportunity in Durban. Sure, he picked up a knee injury, which couldn’t be helped, but my info is that he was always far too soft in the “top 3 inches” to be able to come back from that.

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.07.11 14:14:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • Here are the sides chosen at Craven Week 2008. Most of these guys should be in the U21 mix this year.

    South African Schools:
    15 Patrick Lambie (Michaelhouse, KwaZulu Natal), 14 Tythan Adams (Paul Roos, Western Province), 13 Wandile Mjekeyu (KES, Golden Lions), 12 François Venter (Grey College, Free State), 11 Abednego Mamushi (Hoërskool Middelburg, Mpumalanga), 10 Franna du Toit (Grey College, Free State), 9 Chuma Faas (Grey, Eastern Province), 8 CJ Stander (Oakdale, South Western Districts (captain), 7 PJ Uys (Monument, Golden Lions), 6 Helmut Lehmann (Paarl Gim, Western Province), 5 Neil Kapp (Outeniqua, South Western Districts), 4 Andries Ferreira (Affies, Blue Bulls), 3 Neetlingh Gericke (Oakdale, South Western Districts), 2 Shaun Malton (Glenwood, KwaZulu Natal), 1 Ruan Smith (Paarl Gim, Western Province).
    Replacements: 16 Gareth Topkin (Rondebosch, Western Province), 17 Njabulo Mkize (Westville, KwaZulu Natal), 18 Mlungisi Bali (St Alban’s, Blue Bulls), 19 Siyamthanda Kolisi (Grey, Eastern Province), 20 Sinovuyo Nyoka (Dale, Border), 21 Elton Jantjies (Florida, Golden Lions), 22 Garth April (Bergrivier, Boland)

    North:
    15 Jaco Taute (Monument, Golden Lions), 14 Richmond Collins (Pretoria Boys High, Blue Bulls), 13 Bradley Moolman (Monument, Golden Lions), 12 Frederique Kock (Monument, Golden Lions), 11 Katlego Magakwa (St Alban’s, Blue Bulls), 10 Gary van Aswegen (Standerton, Pumas), 9 Whestley Moolman (Monument, Golden Lions), 8 Hendrik la Grange (HTS MIddelburg, Pumas), 7 Martin Scheepers (Ermelo, Pumas), 6 Vusi Mathonsi (HTS Middelburg, Pumas), 5 Peet Marais (Welkom Gimnasium, Griffons), 4 Leander Visser (Marais Viljoen, Golden Lions), 3 JP van Rooyen (EG Jansen, Valke), 2 Jonathan Africa (Noord-Kaap, Griquas), 1 Tumelo Thage (Warmbad, Blue Bulls).
    Replacements: 16 Eugene Cunha (Sportakademie, Griffons), 17 Thabisho Mngomozulu (Noord-Kaap, Griquas), 18 Sivuyile Moyake (Sportakademie, Griffons), 19 Ben Sekgobela (Florida, Golden Lions), 20 Zylon McGaffin (Stanford Lake, Limpopo), 21 Werner Jacobs (Sportakademie, Griffons), 22 Hein Cronjé (EG Jansen, Valke).

    South:
    15 Riaan Britz (Grey College, Free State), 14 Vogan Lourens (Outeniqua, South Western Districts), 13 Adri Jacobs (Schoonspruit, Boland), 12 Robert de Bruyn (Michaelhouse, KwaZulu Natal), 11 Sburu Sithole (Queen’s, Border), 10 Kurt Coleman (Grey High, Eastern Province), 9 Enrico Acker (Outeniqua, South Western Districts), 8 Adriaan Theisinger (Grey College, Free State), 7 Siyanda Mangaliso (Grey High, Eastern Province), 6 Oscar Lemane (Louis Botha, Free State), 5 Johan Schoonbee (Paarl Gim, Western Province), 4 Garrick Matthee (Outeniqua, South Western Districts), 3 Jozua Malherbe (Paarl Boys’ High, Western Province), 2 Marius Fourie (Outeniqua, South Western Districts), 1 John-Henry Harris (Grey College, Free State)

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.07.11 14:16:47 by steve Reply

     
  • @steve (Comment 16) : The Theisinger of 2010, Neil Jordaan is also nowhere to be found.

    Interesting how Jean Cooke rakes a guy’s head and is allowed to play the next week.

    I’m really looking forward to the WP vs Bulls u21 game. I think it will be a good one.

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.07.11 14:19:46 by beet Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : In my view the most underated No 8 in that age group is Jono Ross. I thought he was the best Bulls loose forward in last years U21 Currie Cup playing with CJ Stander and Marnus Schoeman.
    I see he is playing flank now to accomodate Arno Botha

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.07.11 14:24:08 by steve Reply

     
  • @beet (Comment 20) : What has become of Andries Ferreira the Bulls lock who played SA Schools in 2008? He is another that a lot was expected of.

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.07.11 14:27:59 by steve Reply

     
  • @steve (Comment 21) : can’t say I rate Arno Botha much, but maybe that’s just me.

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.07.11 14:30:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 20) : Jordaan was apparently planning on studying engineering at Kovsies… maybe he’s simply given up on rugby altogether?

  • Comment 24, posted at 29.07.11 14:33:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : I doubt he’ll just give up until the end of u21. That’s suppose to be an unwritten rule. Besides he’s too good to quit. He is injury prone tho. Hopefully that’s the reason for his absense.

  • Comment 25, posted at 29.07.11 14:46:58 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 25) : unwritten rule? Tell me more

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  • @steve (Comment 22) : I’m not sure but I remember him limping around Kingspark like Redelinghuys did during the u21 final last year.

  • Comment 27, posted at 29.07.11 14:54:48 by beet Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : If you’re a good player you’re obliged to play until your u21 days are over? I don’t know.

  • Comment 28, posted at 29.07.11 14:56:08 by beet Reply
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  • @steve (Comment 21) : Jono is also the dirtiest player on the juniors IMO.

  • Comment 29, posted at 29.07.11 14:56:47 by beet Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : I think Arno is a better player than van Velze and CJ were at the same age

  • Comment 30, posted at 29.07.11 14:57:35 by beet Reply
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  • Where’s JJR? I only accept his opinion on young players! 😆

  • Comment 31, posted at 29.07.11 15:06:46 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 31) : uh oh… red rag and bull

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  • @beet (Comment 29) : Cant say I’d noticed Ross being dirty but will watch him – he is certainly abrasive and carries the ball well.
    Another KZN link is that MHS boy Ruan Combrinck who played Craven Week in 2008 is a last minute inclusion on the Lions U21 bench today.
    He was contracted by WP and played for their U19’s in 2009. He seemed to be on the fast track when he played Vodacom Cup in 2010 and for the SA U20’s in their warm up games before apparently falling out of favour.
    He played 15 for Maties in the Varsity Cup earlier this year and has just moved up to JHB this week.
    He was part of probably the best schoolboy back three I have seen along with Pat Lambie and Mark Richards at MHS in 2007.

  • Comment 33, posted at 30.07.11 11:53:49 by steve Reply

     
  • @beet(comment16): sarugby must root out dirty play and get rid of dirty players.irb must make it a priority number one.

  • Comment 34, posted at 30.07.11 12:25:33 by bergshark Reply

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