Strudwick names unchanged side for Leopards

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 18 Aug 2011 at 14:25
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Sharks under 19 coach Ryan Strudwick has named a completely unchanged 23 for tomorrow afternoon’s match against the Leoaprds, wihch kicks off at Mr Price Kings Park at 3pm.

After somewhat of a topsy-turvy start to the campaign, which has seen key backline players like Paul Jordaan and Fred Zeilinga lost to the under 21s, while others such as flyhalf Gavin Hauptfleisch have been ruled out injured, Strudwick appears to have found the right combination at last. Teenage flyhalf Rob du Preez – son of Natal scrumhalf Robert – will again play a crucial role against the Leopards, with another promising schoolboy, Maritzburg College scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer, sure to provide a spark coming off the bench later on.

The side played to a credible 9-all draw against Western Province in atrocious conditions at Newlands last week, after having numerous opportunities to win the game against their table-topping opponents. Inside centre Ruan Allerston – known as “Zorba” to his friends – will hope for more favourable goal-kicking conditions back in Durban this week.

Should the Sharks prevail against the Leopards, they would move into the top four on the competition log with the second round of matches fast approaching.

Captain Allan Dell highlighted the team’s better play as a unit, rather than as individuals, as a key factor in the better result against Province and points out that continuing to gel as a team is a real priority for the Sharks under 19s this week. “There’s no ‘I’ in ‘team'”. he reminds us, “but there are two in ‘idiot'”. Wise words indeed!

Sharks under 19s

15 Keelin Bastew
14 Heinrich Arendse
13 Andrew Holland
12 Ruan Allerston
11 Ofentse Boloko
10 Robert du Preez
9 Ivan Ludick
8 Guy Alexander
7 Khaya Majola
6 Jason Klaasen
5 Ernst Ladendorf
4 Stephan Lewies
3 Allan Dell (Capt)
2 Franco Marais
1 Deucullen van der Merwe

16 Senzo Mtshali
17 Nicolaas van Dyk
18 Stephan Deyzel
19 Wade Elliott
20 Alwyn Jansen van Vuuren
21 Stefan Ungerer
22 Riaan van Zyl
23 Janco Tiedt


  • Lets hope its an under 19 thing that they start slow and just get better and better as the season goes on. Thats what last years crop did.

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.08.11 14:53:29 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 1) : exactly… I think these boys just needed a few weeks to “find each other”

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.08.11 14:55:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • I think our guys will do extremely well to win this game. The Leopards will be a handful up front.

    I’m surprised that Andrew Holland’s place kicking have never been put to the test. He’s a good striker of the ball.

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.08.11 15:32:58 by beet Reply
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  • @beet i see glenwood managed to poach that valke flyhalf with a big boot frm eg jansen haha.Francois Tradoux managed to make the sa schools team.Alot of 2012 bulls under 19s in that team.

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.08.11 15:38:37 by Muzi Reply

  • What is up with the zululand rugby academy ? Tjo interesting indeed.

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.08.11 15:39:50 by Muzi Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 5) : they’ve become the Border rugby academy, from what I’ve heard…

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.08.11 15:43:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • The leopards have managed to sign probably their best under 19 group.The problem they have is they lose these kids to the other big union.They lost that classy full back sp marais.I will nt be surprised if jenkinson nd cornell du preez leave.

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.08.11 15:43:51 by Muzi Reply

  • huh border rugby academy ?!? the bulls scouts must take advantage lol those northern natal school have alot of talented players.

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.08.11 15:46:15 by Muzi Reply

  • Muzi the u19 news man…

    The Kings U19 team does not pay much hey…have a friend that tried out there and he said to me he wont be able to survive on the contract…

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.08.11 16:15:15 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 4) : Sounds like Marne Coetzee is also joining Glenwood from Klofies.

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.08.11 16:18:24 by beet Reply
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  • @beet I heard marne and pierre schoeman are in grade 11.Ryan Germishuys is going to the bulls him and neethling fouche will form a powerfull front row.Sean robinson might be a shark there were strong rumours that he was going to you guys.Nt all the kloffies players will stay in pta….with dean moolman joining serfontein janco is wp or sharks bound.

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.08.11 16:27:04 by Muzi Reply

  • @hmmm i have my doubts about the ep kings academy. The bulls spend millions in their set up.So far we have managed to attract the joshua standers and andile jhos of this world.One can see that not alot of young talented ep players want to play for the kings.Players are heading north these days.

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.08.11 16:33:28 by Muzi Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 12) : Ja but an Academy there is still better than no Academy at all + ZRA must have been offered some kind of pref treatment by the Kings to persuade them to move to an generally economically depressed region.

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.08.11 16:39:07 by beet Reply
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  • @muziis:is that valke fh the same kid I saw in 2007 primary schools cw_ also playing for the valke-?he kicked like 2 drop goals from the halfway line as a 13 year old.remember oregan hoskins shaking the poor boy’s hand like crazy after the match lol.

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.08.11 14:31:03 by bergshark Reply

  • Sharks 18 – 22 Leopards

    11 minutes into second half

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.08.11 16:04:37 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Well there is one tight game on the go between to very evenly matched sides.

    Still 22-18 to the Leopards in the 21 st min but playing with good continuity in this second half.

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.08.11 16:14:07 by beet Reply
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  • some urgency starting to creep in as captain Dell thinks carefully about kicking for the corner but then lets Allerston slot the penalty from 37 m out


  • Comment 17, posted at 19.08.11 16:18:06 by beet Reply
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  • 22-21 5min to go

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.08.11 16:24:23 by beet Reply
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  • penalty to the Sharks after the hooter. Janco Tiedt has been entrusted with a 50m angle kick to win it

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.08.11 16:31:21 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 18) : aaaah – come on boys!

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.08.11 16:31:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • He has the direction but not the legs.

    Leopards win 22-21

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.08.11 16:32:20 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 21) : aaaah – heartbreaking!

    What went wrong, Beeto?

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.08.11 16:39:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • too many unforced errors

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.08.11 17:00:41 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 23) : sigh… is that the season gone for them? Or can they recover?

  • Comment 24, posted at 19.08.11 17:05:39 by robdylan Reply
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