Zeilinga in line for Baby Bok call-up?

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 1 May 2012 at 09:23
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Speaking in the aftermath of flyhalf Johan Goosen’s unfortunate injury this weekend, SA Under 20 head coach Dawie Theron appears confident that his side can still be competitive in next month’s IRb Junior World Championship.

Goosen, who has shown the sort of form in his maiden Super Rugby season that has many pundits clamouring for his immediate inclusion in the senior Springbok side, was expected to be a tournament-winner for the juniors this year and while Theron would never openly admit it, I’m quite sure he would view the 19-year-old’s unavailability as a body blow to his side’s chances.

Theron has pointed out a number of flyhalf options still available to him, with Bulls pivot Tony Jantjies now lined up to step into the starting fifteen. Jantjies has, to be fair, played there in all of the warm-up games to date whilst Goosen has been on Super Rugby duty and will be familiar with the pattern and calls; more so, in fact, than Goosen would have been.

Looking to the wider squad, both Lions player Marais Schmidt and Sharks boy Paul Jordaan are comfortable in the number 10 jersey, despite being picked as outside backs in the squad.

The only youngster not currently in the squad who was singled out for a mention was Sharks XV flyhalf Fred Zeilinga, a good indication that the Glenwood old boy may be in line for a late call-up to the squad as replacement for Goosen. Zeilinga would be a good addition to the side – he has plenty of Vodacom Cup experience and is in good form at the moment. Furthermore, he’s equally adept at scrumhalf and could offer additional cover in that position too.


  • Good luck Fred.

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.05.12 09:41:10 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Good luck Fred, I hope you get the opportunity!

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.05.12 10:32:25 by Grasshopper Reply

  • been a fan since 1st watching him as a 17 year old at Craven Week,I’d be very happy,pity they didn’t give him an extended run at 10 last year at u21 level,now Jordaan isn’t even at 10 anymore and they realised his best is at 13 or the wing

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.05.12 10:55:29 by Ludz Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 3) : TBH, I don’t think we have a clue as to what Jordaan’s best position is.

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.05.12 11:06:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • Good luck Fred,if there is a flyhalf in the country that deserves a shot it is Fred his working on and off the field is ongoing and his kicking ability is at his best again, let’s hope Dawie Theron gives this Glenwood old boy a shot, Good luck I’d love to see his diversity and rugby brain at work .

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.05.12 11:30:23 by spyderco Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : has anyone actually asked Jordaan what his preffered position is?

    I hope he doesn’t get messed about by management

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.05.12 11:54:54 by slammerboy Reply
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  • Also happy with Zeilinga, will be happy if he gets a call-up. Just needs to watch his pass at times otherwise a very good player.

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.05.12 13:27:44 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : yeah you right,but the explanation last year for Jordaan at 10 was that they wanted a back-up 10 for Lambie,so my assumption is that since he hasn’t been Lambie’s back-up up thus far is that they don’t forsee him at 10 in the future or it could be because they already have Bosman and Freddy to do that now,so they utilise him elsewhere,for me personally look no further thn 13

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.05.12 13:37:41 by Ludz Reply

  • dawie should pick Handre Pollard. He’ll play S15 rugby next year and will be as good as Goosen.

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.05.12 12:36:37 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 9) : sorry huge difference. Between school rugby to vodacom cup?

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.05.12 19:29:15 by spyderco Reply


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