Changes for under 19s as Koegies heads home

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 11 Oct 2012 at 12:44
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Schoolboy star Gideon Koegelenberg has headed back to the Cape this week, in order to put in some much-needed revision ahead of Matric finals.

“Koegies”, who will move to Durban to join the Sharks Academy next year, was brought in a few weeks back to strengthen the Sharks under 19 pack and has been something of a revelation, helping the team turn their season around and record four victories in their last five games. We understand he will be available to play in the knock-out rounds if required, but with this weekend’s clash against the Leopards effectively a dead rubber, the Sharks have made a number of rotational changes up front.

Regular loose head Nic Roebeck and hooker Morne du Plessis are both benched this week, with Matt Jones and Warrick Venter each enjoying a rare start. Louis Hazelhurst comes in at lock for Koegelenberg, while Dave Fisher is back from his injury and takes over at flank from the impressive Andrew van Tonder, who was an early casualty against the Bulls last week.

The backline is unchanged from last week’s unit.

Sharks under 19:

15. Sean Robinson, 14. Kotaro Matsushima, 13. Tyler Fisher, 12. Gareth Meikle, 11. Alcino Izaacs, 10. Robert du Preez (Capt), 9. Cameron Wright, 8. Jean Pretorius, 7. David Fisher, 6. Francois van der Vyver, 5. Myles Tucker, 4. Louis Hazelhurst, 3. Marne Coetzee, 2. Warrick Venter, 1. Matthew Jones
Replacements: 16. Morne du Plessis , 17. John-Hubert Meyer, 18. Kirk Twine, 19. Theo Kruger, 20. Stefan Ungerer, 21. Takudzwa Chieza , 22. Brendan Cope, 23. Nicolas Roebeck


  • Come on guys! Finish off the prelims well. Does anybody know how junior contracting here at the Sharks work in general? Are they given junior contracts for 3 years from u19 level to u21?

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.10.12 12:52:29 by Argex Reply
  • @Argex (Comment 1) : generally 2 years initially, then another 2 years.

    The big decision comes after that first year of seniors… that’s when a lot of guys get offloaded

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.10.12 12:59:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • Thanks for the info!! So basically the last year of u21 rugby for the player? This Koegelenberg has shown amazing commitment, being so far away from home in his matric year. Bodes well for the future.

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.10.12 13:18:39 by Argex Reply

  • @Argex (Comment 3) : yes – I’m really pleased with what he’s been prepared to do for us

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.10.12 13:19:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Not a lot of young guys would be willing to sacrifice that much. Says a lot about his work ethic as well. Are the Sharks’ “foreigners” long term imports or are they just picking up experience and then moving on? Guys like Meikle, Matsushima and Izaacs.

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.10.12 13:27:43 by Argex Reply

  • @Argex (Comment 5) : I’m sure that if they make the grade and get offered senior contracts, they will stay on and play just like any other players

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.10.12 13:43:04 by robdylan Reply
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