Bastew to show his wares

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 4 Oct 2012 at 10:30
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Sharks under 21 coach Sean Everitt has been dealt something of a bitter blow ahead of his side’s clash with the Blue Bulls at Loftus tomorrow afternoon; both his leading points scorer, flyhalf Fred Zeilinga and understudy Gavin Hauptfleisch have been ruled out of action this week due to injury.

The loss of both his tens has led to Everitt handing Maritzburg College utility back Keelin Bastew the opportunity to showcase his talents at pivot. Bastew has played at fullback for the Sharks at under 19 level and up until last week was filling in as a makeshift left wing, with regular 11 Sizo Maseko out of action. The good news for the coach is that Maseko, at least, is back this week to hopefully continue his try-scoring exploits down the left flank.

The only other change sees Wandi Mjekevu start again at outside centre, displacing Jared Meyer to the bench. That number 13 jersey appears to carry a strange curse for the Sharks at this level, with nobody who has played in it over the last few seasons seemingly able to make it his own. Last season’s occupant, Piet Lindeque, seems to have reinvented himself with great success as a right wing and is delivering encouraging displays each week in the number 14 shirt. Mjekevu and Meyer, though – KES boys both, incidentally – have been involved in a strange game of tag all season and only the coach will know whether the constant changes are about rotation, or form.

An interesting change on the bench sees Duan Coertzen named in place of Allan Dell, who is out of the squad entirely this week, while Kyle Wilkinson replaces fellow Rovers man Mzo Mbona amongst the backline replacements. Wilkinson last represented the Sharks at under 19 level back in 2010.

Sharks under 21: 15. Jaco van Tonder, 14. Piet Lindeque, 13. Wandile Mjekevu , 12. Heimar Williams (Capt), 11. Sizo Maseko, 10. Keelin Bastew, 9. Hanco Venter, 8. Francois Kleinhans , 7. Brendon Groenewald, 6. Chris Cloete , 5. Stephan Lewies, 4. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 3. Nick Schonert, 2. Franco Marais, 1. Danie Mienie
Replacements: 16. Duan Coertzen, 17. Nicolaas van Dyk, 18. Wade Elliott, 19. Khaya Majola, 20. Murray Bondesio , 21. Jared Meyer, 22. Kyle Wilkinson


  • Good to see Piet Steph getting some game time ahead of Super Rugby next season. With Franco van der Merwe coming in though, does this displace him somewhat?

    Are we going to see him playing Club or Vodacom Cup rugby again next year?!

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.10.12 10:48:30 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Now we know why Dell was dropped from the u21s. Good luck to him. And good luck to Bastew and co.

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.10.12 10:55:24 by Die Kriek Reply

  • Allen Dell is with the seniors 😉 :p

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.10.12 10:55:29 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : Rich… I’m so conflicted when it comes to Steph. Had one of those rambling Twitter debates with his cheerleader (JJ) again yesterday.

    Not many people realise exactly how young this guy is. He only turned 19 in December last year. He is a real baby still, despite all his talent.

    I am concerned about the readiness of that young frame for Super Rugby. He played well at that level when given a chance, but also picked up lots of injuries.

    He’s coming back through the under 21s now and I think that’s the right place for him. Remember he’s still going to be under 21 next year too.

    That under 21 side has very few options at lock and if we pick Steph for the seniors now, we leave the under 21s with no locks while we sit with 5 that we can’t use.

    Super Rugby is a long and strenuous competition and I’m convinced that Steph WILL get gametime at that level next year, either as lock or flank. I don’t believe, though, that he’s ready to be an automatic starter at that level ahead of Bresler, Jandre Marais, or Franco.

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.10.12 11:05:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • Lindeque has been great at wing. Looks about 100kg now and still plenty quick. In addition, he seems very composed and often saves or exploits pressure situations.

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.10.12 11:12:10 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :

    It is a tricky situation, and I do agree that he cannot simply leapfrog the others.

    What I personally do not want to see, is him playing on the flank, especially since we already have such talented loosies in the squad and coming through.

    Interesting times ahead..

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.10.12 11:16:00 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Must admit from the little Ive seen of Bastew is that he has impressed this year as opposed to what I saw of him last year. Im worried for him playing at 10 against those light blue brutes, he is a slight chap and will need protection.

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.10.12 11:16:31 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Vroeg ryp, vroeg vrot… As the saying goes. He’s got one helluva future in front of him, but we need to look after him correctly and manage him well. Especially considering the physical game he loves playing. You see it with all the bruisers. Alberts, Deysel and co. They get injured much more often.

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.10.12 11:23:08 by Argex Reply


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