Du Preez returns for Under 19s

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 19 Jul 2012 at 15:30
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Celebrating his father and namesake’s 49th birthday in the best possible way, Sharks under 19 flyhalf Rob du Preez has been confirmed as the side’s captain as they take on Free State in their season opener. The match kicks off at 4pm tomorrow, at Mr Price Kings Park.

Du Preez, whose father Robert played scrumhalf for Natal and the Springboks back in the 90s, matriculated at Kearsney College at the end of last year, but was selected to play a few games for the Sharks at under 19 level while still in matric. Just to further underline this great rugby family’s credentials, younger twin brothers Daniel and Jean-Luc were both recently included in the South African Schools trial group after storming displays at Craven Week. The twins are just 16 and still in Grade 11…

Du Preez’s half-back partner, Stefan Ungerer, also played for the Sharks under 19 side last year whilst in matric at Maritzburg College and coach Ettiene Fynn will be looking to his experienced halfbacks to add direction to an otherwise green-looking side.

Hooker Morne du Plessis and fullback Sean Robinson, both products of Waterkloof in Pretoria, are the only two big-name “foreign” signings in the side, although there is a third 2011 SA Schools rep in the line-up in our very own Tyler Fisher, picked at outside centre. The rest of the backline, though, has a very foreign look to it, with the massive Zimbabwean centre Gareth Meikle and a pair of wings from Namibia (Alcino Izaacs) and Japan (Kotara Matsushima) sure to go all out to impress.

It’s up-front, though, that he boys will really need to pull together and punch above their weight. Three Rondebosch lads will anchor the scrum with props Nick Roebeck and Richie Palframan and monster lock Myles Tucker (all 2.06m of him) sure to know each other well. Those wondering about Palframan will be intsrested to know that he is indeed the son of former Proteas wicket-keeper Steve, who played at the 1996 Cricket World Cup in place of Dave Richardson. The loose trio will miss Johan Meyer, but contains three very hard players who have come up the hard way and will be keen to make their presence felt.

Sharks under 19:
15 Sean Robinson*, 14 Kotaro Matsushima, 13 Tyler Fisher*, 12 Gareth Meikle, 11 Alcino Izaavcs, 10 Rob du Preez (capt), 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Jean Pretorius, 7 Andrew van Tonder, 6 Hendrik Uys, 5 Myles Tucker, 4 Louis Hazelhurst, 3 Richard Palframan, 2 Morne du Plessis*, 1 Nic Roebeck
16 Warrick Venter, 17 John-Hubert Meyer, 18 David Fisher, 19 Theo Kruger, 20 Bok Carstens, 21 Brendon Cope, 22 Sphu Msutwana

* denotes SA Schools in 2011


  • Really keen to see how Du preez, Matsushima, the boys at centre and Ungerer go…i’m looking for The Sharks to bring some more backline Stars through the next few years, from within our own ranks. I will be honest i’m more excited about the U/19 backs future than the U/21 guys…these U/19 guys can become top class players, IMO.

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.07.12 15:42:24 by JJR Reply
  • Rob, do you have the current physical stats for Meikle?

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.07.12 15:43:16 by JJR Reply
  • Also keen to see how our “Imports” go; nice to see Sharks academy with a blend of players from all around; the more diversity the better i say πŸ™‚

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.07.12 15:47:11 by JJR Reply
  • Sad to see only a handful of ‘locals’ playing. Sharks can’t seem to hang onto local talent….

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.07.12 15:54:07 by Grasshopper Reply

  • @JJR (Comment 2) : I’m told he’s about 1.94m tall. Don’t now what he weighs.

    Fisher is also not a small boy.

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.07.12 15:54:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Grasshopper (Comment 4) : the locals all ahd to be cut when we found out they were in their early 30s πŸ™

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.07.12 15:57:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • U/21 forwards and U/19 backs would make a great team for sure!!!

    @robdylan (Comment 5) : Ja, i know fisher, plays similar to Pat howard and Kriel(centre). Good player. Wow that’s very impressive 1.94m…even better than Frans Steyn on crash ball πŸ™‚ With that height he has to between 100-108 kg. Sweet…have we found an agressive SBW? πŸ™‚

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.07.12 16:18:15 by JJR Reply
  • @Robdylan, hahaha! They were not local they were from the deepest dark Eastern Cape πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.07.12 16:38:25 by Grasshopper Reply

  • I am really enjoying the talent that the that is coming through the ranks. I hope some of these young guys can breakthrough into the CC team for the sharks soon and deliver the goods like Marcel, Lambie and Jordaan has done.

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.07.12 09:50:34 by Viking Reply
  • sharksU19 31-9 Cheetahs U19 with 18 min to go,
    so far young Sharks have scored 5 tries to Young Cheetahs 3 penalties

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.07.12 17:22:22 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • After watching the game was wondering why matt phillips is not even on the bench. I thought he was the best centre in frank norris cup. Isn’t he local talent?

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.07.12 08:21:28 by kingfish Reply


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