Plenty of points to prove

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 2 Mar 2012 at 07:00
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They say that rugby is all about the team and that individual rivalries don’t – and really shouldn’t – ever come into it. While that is undoubtedly true, particularly in the eyes of the players, there are nevertheless the occasional opportunities where – in the minds of the fans, at least – individual match ups can be quite interesting to observe.

In the case of the Sharks and the Stormers this weekend, we’ll have the opportunity, thanks in no small part to a hefty injury toll among both teams’ loose forward ranks, to see four of the country’s most exciting young loose forwards in action, with two on each side. We, as Sharks fans, will probably feel that too much is often made of the potential of the Stormers duo, namely Nizaam Carr and Siya Kolisi, particularly in the Cape media, while Sharks boys Marcell Coetzee and Lubabalo Mtembu hardly warrant a mention.

Certainly the impression I have is that when the Stormers rope in a raw youngster, they are doing it because the player is “exciting” and “full of potential”; when the Sharks do the same, though, they become “weakened” and “desperate”.

Now Mtembu played his fair share of rugby for South Africa at junior level and always stood out there, although with 2011 seeing him fall out of contention for the under 20 age group, his potential seems to have been somewhat forgotten in the mindset of the greater rugby public, with the exploits of Carr and Kolisi at last year’s Junior World Championship far fresher in the memory banks. Poor Coetzee, despite being possibly the stand-out emerging loose forward on the senior rugby stage in 2011, didn’t even get a look in at national level.

Perhaps, then, there may be a little bit of a point to prove for the Sharks duo, coming up against their somewhat more-fancied Stormers rivals. The same, I guess, probably applies in the front row where Dale Chadwick, Wiehahn Herbst, Steven Kitshoff and Frans Malherbe pretty much all fit into the “inexperienced and young” category and could each lay down a strong marker when it comes to defining where the next big thing at prop for the Springboks is likely to come from.


  • Looking forward to seeing Herbst and Kitshoff have a go at each other.Oh wait, im not going to be able to see it.

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.03.12 07:10:25 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Go Sharks!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.03.12 07:18:03 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Besides velvet sky’s stuff up and leaving me searching for another ticket i am gonna be flying down and watching the game in Newlands first time, do us proud guys we’ll be screaming for you, urging you to win, from the Railway stand halfway line. Go Sharks!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.03.12 07:31:12 by Dunx Reply

  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 1) : I blooming well hope not! U’ll be divorced before u can say ” I do”!

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.03.12 07:45:49 by Ice Reply
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  • Same with the Bulls last week. Whitehead and JPP was inexperienced, experimental, risky. Venter and Sadie was fresh, exciting! Have people become so accustomed to the ou ballies at the Sharks that they forget we also have youngsters?

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.03.12 07:50:14 by Die Kriek Reply

  • Lucky bast… Oh wait family friendly site. Either way, I will probably miss all the action… MBA is a bi..uh.. problem.

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.03.12 08:06:23 by King Shark Reply
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  • ek was in die begin van die week regtig negatief oor die span wat gekies is en baie bekommerd dat ons nie opgewasse sal wees vir die wedstryd nie, maar van die positiewe dinge wat ek sien in ons ligte losvoorspelers is dat die stormers regtig gaan sukkel om deur ons verdediging te kom, want die een ding van botes is dat hy nie sommer ‘n duikslag mis nie. Die reds het die stormers gewen verlede jaar met ‘n baie ligte pak voorspelers en ons kan dit ook doen.

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.03.12 08:23:12 by jovner Reply

  • It should be a great battle!!! The only concern is at 4/5, 11/14/15 where they might have the edge over us………

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.03.12 09:31:09 by SharksRTB Reply

  • I enjoy watching young talent emerge.

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.03.12 11:18:59 by Letgo Reply
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