Six Sharks for Junior Boks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 8 Jan 2013 at 10:20
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Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron has included six Sharks players in his latest SA Under 20 training squad, with the select group of 34 players set to gather in Cape Town next week for a training camp.

Sharks under 19 skipper Rob du Preez continues to establish himself as the de facto understudy to Handre Pollard, with only those two names included as fly halves. The Sharks are well-represented at scum half too, with Hanco Venter and Stefan Ungerer both making the latest cut. Outside centre Tyler Fisher makes up the Sharks back contingent.

Up front, prop Marne Coetzee and hooker Morne du Plessis have both been included.

Here’s the full squad, courtesy of SA: 😆

Fullbacks: Cheslin Kolbe, Tim Swiel (DHL Western Province)

Wings: Seabelo Senatla (Toyota Free State Cheetahs), Luther Obi, Sylvian Mahuza (Leopards)

Centres: Jan Serfontein, Dries Swanepoel (Vodacom Blue Bulls), Justin Gedult, JP Lewis (DHL Western Province), Tyler Fisher (KZN)

Flyhalves: Handrè Pollard (Vodacom Blue Bulls), Robert du Preez (KZN)

Scrumhalves: Kirshwin Williams (MTN Golden Lions), Hanco Venter, Stefan Ungerer (KZN)

Loose Forwards: Leneve Dames, Roelof Smit, Ruan Steenkamp (all Vodacom Blue Bulls), Albertus Smit (MTN Golden Lions), Jurie van Vuuren (DHL Western Province)

Locks: Dennis Visser, Irnè Herbst, Jacques du Plessis, Marvin Orie (all Vodacom Blue Bulls)

Props: Justin Forwood, Andrew Beerwinkel, Neethling Fouchè (all Vodacom Blue Bulls), Luan de Bruin (Toyota Free State Cheetahs), Marnè Coetzee (KZN), Sti Sithole (DHL Western Province)

Hookers: Jacques du Toit (Toyota Free State Cheetahs), Devon Martinus (MTN Golden Lions), Mornè du Plessis (KZN), Freddie Kirsten (DHL Western Province)


  • Congrats to the Boys that made it, Must say I am surprised we have no Locks or Loose forwards making the grade??

    I know Koegelenberg is only 18, but he was one of the Sharks U19 starts last year

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.01.13 10:24:45 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 1) : I think the problem with Koegies is that he was writing matrix during the last training camp, so got overlooked

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.01.13 10:29:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Thanks bro, and HNY mate, hope you and your family have an amazing year, and a very blessed one.

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.01.13 10:36:31 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Must say I am happy for Stefan Ungerer, he was still std 8 when I first bragged about him on here, Kids coming through nicely, so too young Robert jnr

    Rob? any knews on the Du Preez twins?? they signed for the academy yet?

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.01.13 10:39:26 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Good to see the Bulls don’t have ALL the young players in SA yet. 🙄

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.01.13 10:40:51 by Pokkel Reply
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  • lol Well they did try 😆 @Pokkel (Comment 5) :

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.01.13 10:44:23 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 4) : Knews = news

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.01.13 10:45:31 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • 2 okes that am genuinely happy for are Rob du Preez and Cheslin Kolbe, Rob has worked extremely hard on his game and Cheslin is starting to grow into a player of quality

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.01.13 11:02:24 by Ludz Reply

  • Keen to see who the Sharks U21 flyhalves will be this year, might not be as straightforward a decision as one might think

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.01.13 15:10:00 by HORSEFLY Reply

  • @HORSEFLY (Comment 9) : if that’s a way of suggesting Cope might be in the mix, I doubt it. Between Rob du Preez, Gavin Hauptfleisch and Fred Zeilinga, he’s got minimal chances of getting in

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.01.13 19:18:52 by Ludz Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 10) :
    And D.Campbell if he’s still around…
    Don’t know hey, that kids got crazy talent. He is easily more naturally gifted than any of those 3 flyhalves

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.01.13 23:12:27 by HORSEFLY Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 10) :
    And D.Campbell if he’s still around…
    Don’t know hey, Copes got crazy talent. He is easily more naturally gifted than any of those 3 flyhalves

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.01.13 23:12:44 by HORSEFLY Reply

  • @HORSEFLY (Comment 12) : definitely, seen very little of him, but people speak very highly, an u19 player’s parent at some felt that the 1st choice flyhalf should’ve been him, so he’s definitely quite a talent

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.01.13 12:00:41 by Ludz Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 13) : lots of people like to talk Rob down, yet look who emerged as the competition’s top points scorer…

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.01.13 13:00:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : @Ludz (Comment 13) : Do either of you know if the Lions Challenge games (Samoa, Russia, Namibia etc) are being televised?

    Fist game is apparently next weekend.

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.01.13 13:21:17 by ChrisS Reply
  • @ChrisS (Comment 15) : I have no clue

    @robdylan (Comment 14) : I agree, Rob is a really good player

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.01.13 13:53:30 by Ludz Reply

  • @ChrisS (Comment 15) : I believe they will all be shown, yes.

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.01.13 14:12:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) :
    Nobody is talking him down but I just think Brendan is more talented than he is…
    The main reason why Rob NEVER lost his place was because he has a contract. We all know how far that takes you especially at U19 level.
    Copes ability is exceptional specially how he can liven up his backline!
    Give him game time and he’ll do you wonders!

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.01.13 17:05:26 by HORSEFLY Reply

  • @HORSEFLY (Comment 18) : ask anyone who was at the SA u20 camp and they’ll tell you that Robert du Preez was among the most impressive in both camps, the mere fact that Tim Swiel has been included at fullback says a lot about how impresssive Robert has been

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.01.13 18:00:25 by Ludz Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 19) :
    Just wish all flyhalves can get an equal chance, forget who’s got a contract and just try all four guys out.

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.01.13 07:59:11 by HORSEFLY Reply

  • @Horsefly – Robert was imo the outstanding 10 in 2012 at u/19 level, and after the first 2 camps in Stellenboch, don’t be surpised if he comes out 1st choice ahead of Pollard. Although they did not play together in 2012, Rob and Hanco Venter combined as if they played along each other for ages and as a combination, they stood out and surely looked the part. Your comment re contacted players getting the nod ahead of other talent is not that accurate. Inside centre Michael Bernard is contracted, but battled to get any game time in 2012. Coaches, game plans an one of the most important factors (that we the fanatic sidelined supportes)never see, commitment/attitude in the training cessions and off the field commitment, rate among the reasons why coaches prefer one player ahead to others.

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.01.13 11:01:35 by Drifter Reply

  • @Drifter (Comment 21) : heard the same thing about Rob both with regards to his performances at u19 level and also at the SA u20 camps

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.01.13 19:48:26 by Ludz Reply

  • @HORSEFLY (Comment 20) : i cant prove you right or wrong, but didnt Marcell Coetzee come to the Sharks without a contract or bursary? and he played for the senior side within his first/second year.

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.01.13 09:25:49 by VanWilder Reply

  • @VanWilder (Comment 23) : correct

  • Comment 24, posted at 11.01.13 10:34:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @VanWilder (Comment 23) :
    listen, contracted players get an unfair advantage at u19 level and thats well known. at u21 its not the same.

    Also, the Sharks only give out about 10 contracts anyways so there has to be at least 5 uncontracted players playing due to that i.e Marcel Coetzee.

    @Drifter (Comment 21) :
    Dont know hey, will just have to wait and see what happens i guess. he will either prove me wrong or right

  • Comment 25, posted at 12.01.13 09:02:54 by HORSEFLY Reply


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