Sharks under 21 squad named

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 15 Jun 2012 at 10:02
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In a decent bit of continuity from the Sharks union, Vodacom Cup head coach Sean Everitt will again take charge of the under 21 side in this year’s ABSA Under 21 competition. Everitt has named a strong squad, including a fair few players that he knows well from last year’s under 21 and this year’s Vodacom Cup campaigns.

The season kicks off on Friday 20 July, with a match against Free State and while Everitt has already started putting the bulk of the squad through their paces, he’ll want to get the seven members who are currently with the Baby Boks in Cape Town back into the fold as soon as possible. Both Pieter-Steph du Toit and Paul Jordaan have been named in the squad, although with both currently part of the Super Rugby squad – and also widely expected to play Currie Cup rugby at senior level this year – it’s unlikely that Everitt will see much of them.

Let’s look at who’s in the squad:


Danie Mienie (Merensky) – Sharks XV 2012
Simon Kerrod (Pretoria Boys High) – Sharks u19 2011
Jandre Jacobs (Maritzburg College)
Nick Schonert (Maritzburg College) – Super Rugby tourist 2012, Sharks XV 2012, SA Under 20 2011
Nicholas van Dyk (Paarl Boys High) – Sharks XV 2012, SA Under 20 2012
Alan Dell (Queens College)- Sharks XV 2012, SA Under 20 2012

Plenty of options at both loose and tight there, with the Vodacom Cup pair of Mienie and Schonert likely to start. Dell’s versatility should win him a bench spot.


Franco Marais (Transvalia) – Sharks u19 2011, SA Under 20 2012
Gideon Bruwer (Jacobsdal Landbou) – Sharks u21 2011

With Baby Bok Marais a favourite to start here, the squad does look a little thin on hookers. Both of last year’s rakes, Monde Hadebe and Shaun Malton have moved on to senior rugby.


Paul Sanders (St John’s College) – Sharks u19 2011
Stefan Lewies (Eldoraigne) – Sharks XV 2012
J C Wasserman (Welkom Gimnasium) – Sharks u21 2011
Wade Elliott (Glenwood) – Sharks u19 2011
Pieter-Steph du Toit – Sharks Super Rugby 2012, SA Under 20 2012

It’s the second row where the Sharks are going to struggle this year. If du Toit does play, then he and Lewies could form a solid combination. However, it’s more likely that we’ll see loose forward Brendon Groenewald pressed into service here.

Loose forwards

Brendan Groenewald (Glenwood) – Sharks XV 2012
Chris Cloete (Selborne) – Sharks XV 2012
Matt Williams (Selborne) – Border Craven Week 2009
Francois Kleinhans (Glenwood) – Sharks Currie Cup 2011, Sharks XV 2012, SA Under 20 2011
Stefan Willemse (Paarl Gimnasium) – Blue Bulls Under 19 2011
Guy Alexander (Hilton) – Sharks Under 19 2011
Khaya Majola (Westville) – Sharks XV 2012, SA Under 20 2012
Braam Steyn (Paul Roos Gimnasium) – Sharks XV 2012, SA Under 20 2012

A decent set of loosies, with plenty of competition at openside between Majola, Kleinhans and Cloete. With Steyn and Alexander, together with Willemse all good options at 7 and 8, Groenewald could even play lock if required.


Ivan Ludick (Oakdale) – Sharks Under 19 2011
Hanco Venter (Monument) – Sharks XV 2012

Plaudits here must go to Hanco Venter, who was still at school last year and has capped a meteoric rise by bypassing under 19 level altogether. He also played Vodacom Cup rugby this year ahead of boys a few years older than him.


Gavin Hauptfliesch (Paarl Boys High) – Sharks XV 2012
Duncan Campbell (Westville) – Lions Under 19 2011
Fred Zeilinga (Glenwood) – Sharks XV 2012

A really strong group here, with Zeilinga set to be pushed hard by the other two. Good to see local boy Campbell back in the fold.


Kayde Fisher (Westville) – Sharks Under 21 2011
Paul Jordaan (Grey College) – Sharks Super Rugby 2012, SA Under 20 2012
Heimar Williams (Affies) – Sharks XV 2012
Jared Meyer (King Edward VII) – Sharks Under 21 2011
Piet Lindeque (Grey College) – Sharks XV 2012

It’s a ridiculously strong set of centres, with Wandile Mjekevu included at wing, but equally adept at 13. The established pair of Williams and Lindeque will be pushed hard by KES schoolmates Meyer and Mjekevu.

Outside backs

Sizo Maseko (Ermelo) – Maties Varsity Cup 2012
Wandile Mjekevu (King Edward VII) – Sharks XV 2012, Lions Super Rugby 2010
Jaco van Tonder (Outeniqua) – Sharks XV 2012
Kyle Wilkinson (Paarl Gimnasium) – Sharks Under 21 2011
Keelin Bastew (Maritzburg College) – Sharks Under 19 2011

Again looking a little thin right at the back, but the acquisition of SA Schools winger Sizo Maseko will definitely help


  • Seeing that Simon Kerrod is from Pretoria Boys High, I’d love to find out the stats to see which union Pretoria Boys has supplied more players to… the Bulls or the Sharks?

    To my knowledge, recent times it has only been Chiliboy Rapapelli, Henry Bandjies and Fudge Mabeta who have gone to the Bulls while the likes of John Smit, Brian Liebenberg (Natal u/21 before he went to France and was capped 13?? times for Les Bleus) and now Simon Kerrod. Of course, our illustrious CEO Brian van Zyl is also a Pretoria Boys old boy.

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.06.12 10:09:35 by Butchie34 Reply
  • FYI. Players who attended SA U20 training camps, but aren’t in this squad:

    Heinrich Arendse – Sharks U19 2011
    Francois Janse van Vuuren – Sharks U19 2011

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.06.12 10:26:48 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 2) : that’s interesting, thanks…

    Arendse is doing well on the club scene, so a little surprising to see him missing.

    Not sure what’s up with FjvV

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.06.12 10:30:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • Not that the WP U-21 team has been announced, but starting line-up could be something like this:

    1 Justin Ackerman (Steven Kitshoff)
    2 Scarra Ntubeni
    3 Oliver Kebble (Frans Malherbe)
    4 Wilhelm van der Sluys (Eben Etzebeth)
    5 Gerbrandt Grobler
    6 Beyers de Villiers (Siya Kolisi)
    7 Cobus Nel
    8 Rayn Smid (Nizaam Carr)
    9 Ricky Schroeder
    10 Dillyn Leyds
    11 Devon Williams
    12 Kobus van Wyk
    13 Patrick Howard (JP du Plessis)
    14 Tshotsho Mbovane
    15 Craig Barry

    Assuming that JP du Plessis takes up the centre spot outside of Juan de Jongh, or sits on the bench for WP senior side.

    Timo Swiel could also skip U19’s…

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.06.12 10:33:25 by hendrikp Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :

    All good. Full of useless information :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.06.12 10:34:01 by hendrikp Reply

  • How does a Maties varsity cup player turn up at another union on the opposite side of the country within a few months of the varsity cup ending?

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.06.12 10:59:41 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Danie Mienie (Merensky)
    Is that perhaps Merensky Tzaneen, or is there another Merensky High in SA?

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.06.12 10:59:42 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 7) : Isn’t it Hans Merensky?

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.06.12 11:00:42 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Good squad,they’ll have a strong side,last year’s u19s had immense potential and now that they know each other a lot better,this u21 side will actually be very good

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.06.12 11:01:03 by Ludz Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 7) : that’s the one

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.06.12 11:35:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : Cool. Didn’t even know my hometown was represented in the Black & White

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.06.12 11:47:55 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 11) : πŸ™‚

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.06.12 11:59:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob,

    What happens to the likes of Hadebe, Prinsloo, Mthembu etc?

    Their contracts, I assume, run until the end of the year, which means that if they do not play play Currie Cup this year, they will have to move on next year?

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.06.12 12:11:38 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 13) : Tera can come and play Super Rugby at home with the Kings! πŸ˜€

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.06.12 12:43:57 by Megatron Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 13) : it’s a tough one… I mean, what happens to any player that’s on the fringes of the squad, but not u21 any more? There isn’t a competition for them to play in other than club rugby.

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.06.12 13:23:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • Were is stefan ungerer? Is he u19? And if so has been passed by this venter guy?

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.06.12 13:23:39 by RuckingFun Reply

  • @RuckingFun (Comment 16) : yes and yes.

    So effens ‘n houdingsprobleem, is wat ek gehoor het.

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.06.12 14:03:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 14) : He could, but then you’d have to bench Captain Puke

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.06.12 14:12:08 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 18) : luke can and has played 6 before, nobrainer

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.06.12 15:05:00 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 19) : So you agree Tera is better than Luke. Good to know

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.06.12 15:07:36 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 20) : no, it would be a boon to have them both on the field…again, nobrainer πŸ˜€

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.06.12 15:21:38 by Megatron Reply

  • Hope to see Emil back in August…he’s gonna make a huge impact, and if by some reason the Sharks’ medical team can’t get Emil’s speed back they could always try him at 8…think it’s a position which he could definitely be able to do great in. But hope he still got the speed…having such a big and very aggressive guy on the wing is a huge plus for any team…just the same impact Alesana Tuilagi and Julien Savea have made.

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.06.12 15:33:54 by JJR Reply
  • @Megatron (Comment 21) : with Vleis at 7… could be a nice lostrio daai

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.06.12 15:51:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • what is happening with emil? is he back? motivated ? i hope he stays the same player! zeilenga said he was the hardest player he has ever played against!

  • Comment 24, posted at 08.08.12 19:01:31 by mpho2010 Reply

  • @JJR (Comment 22) : @JJR (Comment 22) : @JJR (Comment 22) : when is emil schwarz comig back?!!! he is easily the best wing i have ever played against in matric weighed 100kg and 1.92m and insanely fast! ran the 100m in grade 9 under 11secs!

  • Comment 25, posted at 08.08.12 19:04:57 by mpho2010 Reply

  • @mpho2010 (Comment 25) : I dunno, hey… horrible injury that. He should be close to making his comeback now

  • Comment 26, posted at 08.08.12 19:52:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • I heard emil schwarz was coming back in august??? I hope he recovers well

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.08.12 10:40:05 by mpho2010 Reply


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