Huge test for under 21 pace-setters

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 17 Aug 2012 at 09:48
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Sean Everitt’s unbeaten Sharks under 21 side face their biggest challenge of the campaign to date as they take on the second-placed Blue Bulls at Kings Park tomorrow.

Heimar Williams has led the team to gutsy wins over both the Lions and Western Province in recent weeks, but with the boot of flyhalf Fred Zeilinga most often being the deciding factor in those wins, question marks remain as to the ability of this Sharks outfit to score tries and win games by playing attacking rugby. One would fancy that against the Bulls, they’ll need to play a few more of the cards at their disposal should they intend to emerge with a fifth successive win.

One thing that the Sharks do have in abundance at this level, though, is good strong props and a strong and dominant scrum could go a long way to laying the platform for victory against the Bulls, who despite their strong pedigree over many years have started to look just a wee bit shaky when it comes to the front row arts. Everitt, who opted to give Junior Springboks Allan Dell and Maks van Dyk a run in the starting fifteen last week, has made rotational changes up front again, with Danie Mienie and Nick Schonert taking over in jerseys 1 and 3 respectively. It’s a big call, given how well the younger pair did against Western Province in the wet, but with both available on the bench, the Sharks will be able to bring on fresh legs in the second half and hopefully keep the Bulls front row under the cosh all game long.

The rest of the side is unchanged, with Wandi Mjekevu continuing to ride the bench as former schoolmate Jared Meyer is preferred at outside centre.

Sharks under 21:
15 Jaco van Tonder, 14 Piet Lindeque, 13 Jared Meyer, 12 Heimar Williams (capt), 11 Sizo Maseko, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Hanco Venter, 8 Braam Steyn, 7 Brendon Groenewald, 6 Khaya Majola, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Wade Elliott, 3 Nick Schonert , 2 Franco Marais, 1 Danie Mienie
16 Allan Dell , 17 Maks van Dyk, 18 Paul Sanders, 19 Guy Alexander, 20 Gavin Hauptfleisch, 21 Wandile Mjekevu, 22 Keelin Bastew


  • Playing Western Province like rugby, winning without being spectacular..

    Keep it up boys!

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.08.12 10:08:24 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : I like the way they’re playing though. Too many times you see young teams implode, because they can’t revert back to just doing the basics right.

    I still think they have the ability to unleash some exciting attacks. We’ll have to see how it works out for them. Didn’t work so well for province. 🙂

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.08.12 11:32:48 by Letgo Reply
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  • I watched both Mienie and Schonert,they aren’t the biggest impact players,actually they seemed to slow things down,where Ally and Maks make a big impact off the bench,think it’s rather better for Everrit to have these guys as impact players,but geez Mienie has to up his workrate for a loosehead

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.08.12 11:49:30 by Ludz Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 3) : has Mienie always been a 1? I don’t know why, but I thought he was a 3 at school?

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.08.12 11:50:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • When you master the basics of the art of rugby you can ply your trade on the exciting front as long as the basics are kept.
    Keep it up boys

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.08.12 12:22:09 by Dunx Reply

  • i think special mention must go to our captain Keegan for rebutting all our claims and he really did step up. kudo’s to you for that

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.08.12 12:42:09 by Dunx Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : he must’ve been a tighthead,he really doesn’t seem like your genuine loosehead prop

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.08.12 13:08:22 by Ludz Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 7) : I agree with you.

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.08.12 13:48:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • I think Lindeque has been playing very well of late. He looks for work, his a big hand-off and doesn’t go down easily. Nice to see him making an impression.

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.08.12 14:23:37 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I thought the youngsters battled a bit up front agaist WP. Minnie & Schonert certainly made a big impact and for a game like the Bulls are definitely the right men for the job. Can’t agree with Ludz (comment 3) Minnie was very busy around the park. Schonert made some good tackles as well as an important steal late in the game. Its going to be a tough game and lets hope they keep unbeaten record intact. Agree with Bigfish (comment 9) Lindeque is playing great rugby at the moment

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.08.12 20:29:08 by snakeslayer Reply


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