Kleinhans returns in time for final

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 27 Oct 2011 at 12:25
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Sharks under 21 flanker Francois Kleinhans has made a return to the side that will play in the competition final, against the Blue Bulls on Saturday.

Kleinhans, who made his senior debut for the Sharks in this year’s Currie Cup, has been missing in action for some time as the result of a finger injury, but returns to the side to play a role off a strong forwards bench. Coach Sean Everitt has opted to go with a 5-2 split on the bench, meaning unlucky Nico van der Westhuizen falls out of the squad.

The starting fifteen is unchanged from the unit that beat Western Province in the semi-final and will be lead by hooker Monde Hadebe. Four other players, Peet Marais, Cobus Reinach, Sbura Sithole and Gouws Prinsloo, have all represented the Sharks at Currie Cup level, while flyhalf Paul Jordaan and prop Nick Schonert played for the South African under 20 side earlier in the year,

The Sharks Under 21s

15. Gouws Prinsloo
14. Jaco van Tonder
13. Piet Lindeque
12. Heimar Williams
11. Sbura Sithole
10. Paul Jordaan
9. Cobus Reinach
8. Lubabalo Mtembu
7. Brynard Stander
6. Siseko Jafta
5. Peet Marais
4. Pieter-Steph du Toit
3. Nick Schonert
2. Monde Hadebe (Capt)
1. Danie Mienie

16. Shaun Malton
17. Njabulo Mkize
18. Mike Williams
19. Chris Cloete
20. Francois Kleinhans
21. Fred Zeilinga
22. Jared Meyer


  • Thats a solid side but they will need to front up physically against the Bulls! Win the collisions and they will win the game!

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.10.11 12:36:42 by SheldonK Reply
  • Go Sharkies!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.10.11 12:37:41 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Not bad at all.Heimar Williams lets see what he can do against venter.

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.10.11 12:40:03 by Muzi Reply

  • All i can say is Moer hulle bulle haha

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.10.11 12:40:57 by Muzi Reply

  • Goodd Luck to the Baby Sharks!!! Hammer the Bulls!!! :)))

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.10.11 12:47:30 by Ice Ice Bokkie Reply
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  • Sharks side has been announced. Will wait for the official post on here before I comment.

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.10.11 12:52:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Well it great that we have our strongest possible team for this final.

    Good luck Sharks u21.

    If we can beat WP away we can do the same to the Bulls.

    Irrespective of the result, I’m proud of this team. They have exceeded expectations in my books.

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.10.11 12:52:22 by beet Reply
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  • Ice Ice sorry 3D Pat lol can not play

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.10.11 12:52:50 by Muzi Reply

  • Go Sharkies!

    Nice side – but the Bulls have an awesome side of juniors.

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.10.11 12:55:53 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Good to have Kleinhans back. Judging by what Steve said, the Bulls backrow are going to pose a huge threat. Apart for CJ Stander and Arno’s electric pace around the fringes, Jonno Ross is a tough youngster. Bottomline is we’re going to need all the help we can get to keep them in check.

    I’m also a bit worried about the speed they have in wider positions. Mastriet and Blommetjies have some serious speed.

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.10.11 12:57:27 by beet Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 9) : Player for player I don’t think they’re any better than our guys but as a side combined, you are right, they have been awesome.

    Hopefully we can be awesomer on the day. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.10.11 12:59:28 by beet Reply
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  • Ulrich Beyers should be at full back.

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.10.11 13:00:06 by Muzi Reply

  • @beet (Comment 10) :
    I think Sithole is by far the quickest junior wing though, don’t you agree?

    Don’t know too much about van Tonder though.

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.10.11 13:00:55 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I hope we come out guns blazing and blow the junior sharkies off the park.

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.10.11 13:01:34 by Muzi Reply

  • Sithole is quick but he can not catch a ball.

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.10.11 13:02:47 by Muzi Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 13) : Sithole is a nice strong runner. He has a wonderful ability to stay on his feet and I love his body check. It’s old school but totally effective. However these guys Mastriet and Blommetjies are built more like sprint athletes rather than rugga players.

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.10.11 13:08:44 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 16) : Sithole is also fantastic at changing direction at high speeds.

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.10.11 13:10:39 by beet Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 13) : My guess would be Mastriet and Tythan Adams to battle it out in a sprint finish.

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.10.11 13:13:19 by beet Reply
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  • @Muzi (Comment 15) :
    His hands need improvement, but that’s what coaching is there for – you can’t coach speed and power, really, but you can coach tackling and handling.

    Like someone mentioned during herikp’s “talented player” debate, as a raw youngster JPP couldn’t be counted as a good tackler or steady under the high ball. Look at him now.

    @beet (Comment 16) :
    According to sources, Sithole’s PB 100m time was about 10.4. Doubt anyone is quicker that that.

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.10.11 13:13:22 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 19) : Seriously. I didn’t realise he was that quick.

    It’s a different story a couple of years down the line with extra kgs loaded on and in rugby boots but that is quick.

    But I really wasn’t dismissing Sithole’s pace in my initial post, merely pointing out my concerns about the Bulls flyers tho. I’m worried that they’ll punish us if given the space.

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.10.11 13:16:54 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 20) :
    Oh, I know you weren’t dismissing him – just was surprised they could be quicker.

    I think all rugby players’s best 100m times are at school, but reckon he is still pretty close – he is a phenomenal athlete – much of a Habana build about him.

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.10.11 14:39:55 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Muzi (Comment 3) Heimar will be good. He will know what to do. However, he is for a hell of a game, guys like stander, ross, botha and then venter will run in his channel all day. Hope he can trust Jordaan on the defence.
    Good Luck Sharkies!!!!!!!! 😀

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.10.11 14:43:20 by Reebok Reply

  • Good and stable team. But the u21’s has at times been very patchy in their play. They had so many brilliant scoring opportunities during their round robin matches, but then just tossed the ball away.
    They CAN do it. If they ARE going to do it is the question. Going to be a nice game to watch.

  • Comment 23, posted at 27.10.11 23:00:11 by JustPlainSHARK Reply


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