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Sharks XV trials set for Friday


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Vodacom Cup on 8 Feb 2012 at 14:49
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Sharks XV coach Sean Everitt is set to run the rule over his extended training squad on Friday, as those currently part of a pretty large group go head-to-head to determine who will represent the Sharks in this year’s Vodacom Cup.

The job of the Sharks XV coaches has never been easy, particularly not in pre-season when many of the players who will form the backbone of their team are still involved in training with the Super Rugby squad. With John Plumtree set to narrow his group down to 28 or so names on Thursday, though, Everitt should have a reasonable bunch of players from which to select two trial teams.

Trying to predict a possible Sharsk XV lineup at this stage is not easy, but we should be able to have a reasonably good attempt at listing the players who we feel will be involved. Lets see what it looks like:

Props

The injury to Beast Mtawarira means that Dale Chadwick will play no Vodacom Cup this year. Of the four props currently on senior duty, only Julian Redelinghuys may spend some time with the Sharks XV. For the rest, Everitt will pick his props from the likes of Danie Mienie, Nick Schonert, Allan Dell, Maks van Dyk and possibly also Rovers man Jandre Jacobs.

Hookers

As the third hooker in the Super Rugby squad, Kyle Cooper will probably play a fair bit for the Vodacom Cup side. Monde Hadebe will play a key role too and may be a candidate for captaincy of the side, given the role he played for the under 21s last year. Young Franco Marais will also feature, while Dell may be asked to cover hooker at some stages as well.

Locks

This one is more difficult to predict, with only Peet Marais a certainty. A lot will depend on what Plumtree does with his locks, so the Sharks XV will benefit from the inclusion of any of Anton Bresler, Jandre Marais, Pieter-Steph du Toit and possibly even an Alistair Hargreaves or Steven Sykes (which is admittedly less likely). Expet the second row to be a real strength for this team.

Loose forwards

Again, a lot will depend on who comes down. Expect Francois Kleinhans to feature strongly, along with (possibly) Tera Mthembu. Chris Cloete, Brynard Stander, Brendan Groenewald and Khaya Majola will all be in the mix too – but a few of the youngsters who played for the under 19 side last year will be keen to put their hands up too. This area is wide open, with a number of talented players in the mix, but (strangely) far more competition for the number 6 jersey than for 7 or 8.

Halfbacks

With the Sharks suffering something of a scrumhalf crisis, don’t expect to see much of Cobus Reinach in white. Instead, it will be young guns like Fred Zeilinga and possibly even Stefan Ungerer or Ivan Ludick vying for the number 9 jersey, with a relative veteran in Shannon Rick also in the mix. Zeilinga will also be considered at flyhalf, as will Gavin Hauptfleisch and possibly also Paul Jordaan, depending on what the senior coaches have in mind for him.

Centres

We’ll see the young guns like Heimar Williams and Piet Lindeque coming strongly into the equation here, but might additionally see a guy like Tim Whitehead feature if he doesn’t stay with the Super Rugby squad. The old KES partnership of Jared Meyer and Wandile Mjekevu might also feature as midfield options.

Back three

This area looks the easiest to predict, with the coaches unlikely to look much beyond Rosco Speckmann and Jaco van Tonder at wing, with Gouws Prinsloo likely to feature at fullback. Mjekevu can double as a wing, of course, while it’s always theoretically possible that Sbu Sithole may feature during the course of the season as well.


23 Comments

  • Thank you Rob..

    A few big names in there, looking forward to some good Vodacom Cup action.

    Let’s hope they play a lot of their rugby at the Tank this year..

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.02.12 15:16:41 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Lots to choose from but methinks the team will have to work their butts off to get anywhere in this year’s compo.

    Good for development of young players.

    I’d really like to see Jaco v Tonder tried at 13 but there will be so much compo in midfield if Mjekevu and Whitehead get demoted from the SR squad that Lindeque might also have to play wing.

    Shannon Rick is an interesting name in the mix.

    Also have to wonder if there’ll perhaps be an opport for Sean Robinson along the way.

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.02.12 15:27:18 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 2) :

    Where does Sean Robinson play? What is his background?

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.02.12 15:32:03 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Anybody heard anything about Bismark toe injury he picked up at the castle shoot today ?

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.02.12 15:34:27 by juba_fan Reply

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  • I still say let ‘Oupa’ Joubert play Vodacom Cup, share his experience with our up and coming centres, this way he also can’t keep our up and coming centres out of SR

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.02.12 15:42:29 by Die Kriek Reply

     
  • @Die Kriek (Comment 5) :

    But to pay a player a huge salary and then have him keep our even younger centres out of playing Vodacom Cup is just as bad.

    I say we boot him..

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.02.12 15:50:31 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @juba_fan (Comment 4) : what happened, he drop a can on his foot? šŸ™‚

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.02.12 15:54:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • Seems like a very talented group of players; most with the ability to be able to perform at a more senior level. How many players are actually contracted at The Sharks? Numbers wise just an interesting stat? Are age group players also on contracts? Be interesting to know how much is actually paid per month to players.

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.02.12 16:14:11 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • Not sure,cut his big toe open or something,just saw a pic on twitter from ab de villiers.can’t really see much.

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.02.12 16:15:03 by juba_fan Reply

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  • Will Siseko Jafta get a chance to place at flank? What about the the No 8 who played for Qeens Johan Meyer? Our loose forward stock is very healthy this year.

    I assume we’ll see Allan Dell, Khaya Majola, Paul Jordaan and possibly Pieter-Steph du Toit playing for the SA U20s team in the JWC

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.02.12 16:31:12 by slammerboy Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) :

    http://www.sharksworld.co.za/2011/11/15/sharks-lure-sa-schools-fullback/ :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.02.12 16:44:00 by beet Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 10) : I believe Siseko is injured at the moment. He didn’t take part in the SA u20 games vs Ikeys and Maties.

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.02.12 16:45:35 by beet Reply
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  • Meyer and Mjekevu would probably make a better combo than Williams and Lindeque, we will see what happens…the competition is good, though. Well i know i would choose the former KES combo if i were Everitt. Hopefully we see what made Lindeque a schoolboy star, i think he needs to be making a good push into senior Rugby this year. Still young; but it feels like he has been promising for a long while, we want to see the goods now.

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.02.12 17:25:53 by JJR Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 10) : I will be really pissed if our U/20’s don’t win the cup this year…we gonna have a squad packed with talent and some superugby experience…also a great Mangement team leading them. It’s about time we win it.

    Khaya Majola, i want to see more of this guy, excited having so many 6’s coming through The Sharks structures now…don’t need to splash any cash on Heinrich Brussouw.

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.02.12 17:31:00 by JJR Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 14) : beating England in the group is key. Hopefully Dawie wont underestimate them as they will be very strong this year. Most of the squad is involved in the Aviva Premiership this season.

    Sounds like Cloete and Majola will be fighting for the 6 jersey for a few years to come

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.02.12 17:43:57 by slammerboy Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 15) : I don’t think Dawie will underestimate them at all, they beat us last time. And they have some match winning flyhalfs; but we will also have Johan Goosen, so evens out there. Our team should be pretty intense; best i think we would’ve seen at that level for a while. We will have more talent than England; but they most of the time have more first class rugby experience in their U/20’s…one negative of having so much Rugby Talent in South Africa.

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.02.12 17:50:30 by JJR Reply
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  • I forgot about Prinsloo – cant believe his not in the senior setup!!

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.02.12 18:03:33 by BoerSeun Reply

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  • @BoerSeun (Comment 17) : So will Prinsloo be likely involved in the VC? Any chance Dwayne Kelly will get a look in?

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.02.12 18:10:22 by slammerboy Reply
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  • @BoerSeun (Comment 17) : what do you mean? Of course he’s in the senior setup. But we’re not going to need 3 fullbacks in our match 22, are we?

  • Comment 19, posted at 08.02.12 18:21:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @BoerSeun (Comment 17) :

    Does playing in the Currie Cup not count as being in the senior setup?

  • Comment 20, posted at 08.02.12 18:41:57 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I see Kieran Goss is turning out for the Kings this weekend. Sharks academy really seems to be benefitting the whole of South Africa..

  • Comment 21, posted at 08.02.12 18:50:24 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • @BoerSeun (Comment 17) : He has already played for The Sharks…so what’s up?

  • Comment 22, posted at 08.02.12 19:00:29 by JJR Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 18) : Would think so, Viljoen and Ludik are 1 and 2 and then Ndungane and Lambie can be used as cover. So rather let Sharks XV have some consistency in selection, don’t want to pull players up if not really required. I think Prinsloo has to just get some more senior experience, which will help his composure a bit. He has a lot more to offer than Ludik, especially on attack, plus his big boot also an advantage. Viljoen is aged 29, so one would believe that Prinsloo will probably be our number 1 fullback in about 2-3 years time…well that’s how i see it anyway.

  • Comment 23, posted at 08.02.12 19:05:05 by JJR Reply
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