G West

We are young so let’s set the field on fire

Written by Gerhard van der Westhuizen (G West)

Posted in :Original Content, Reader Submissions, Sharks, Super Rugby on 28 Jan 2013 at 09:35
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Last year we all saw a lot of young players introduced to Super Rugby, either due to injury of other players or just because they are pure class. Some of them even went on to represent our nation’s pride by earning some Springbok caps. They have grown not just in size but also in stature, and this year they can really light up the Super Rugby stage!

Most of the boys playing for the Black & White at the moment were all born in 1985 (which funny enough is also the year I was born). That makes them one of the youngest Super Rugby teams ever and they have so much to be proud of already. How many teams can say that they reached a Super Rugby final with an average team age of 26 years old? Not to mention the two Currie Cup finals as well. And the these youngsters’ names will be mentioned a lot during the next couple of months.

So lets have a look at a few of the youngsters that i am really looking forward to see in the Black & White this season:

Pat Lambie: Now that “King” Carlos has had a few weeks with him I’m sure we will see Super Pat bring something new to the field. Last year he had a few injury concerns and missed a fair few matches towards the end of Super Rugby.

Cobus Reinach: Cobus was awesome last season in the Currie Cup and has shown that he has what it takes to step up to Super Rugby level, but you can’t ignore all the experience that Charl Mcleod offers. I’m not sure how Plum is going to play this one, all I do know is that Cobus will get his chance to start this season.

Paul Jordaan: Now here is a player that can really burst away and score some points, he is a bit fragile thou and seems to get injured rather often. I do think it’s because he gets targeted a lot by the opposition since they know his deadly speed and knack for breaking the line. This year I would like to see him gain some more confidence in his structured play and defence thou.

Marcell Coetzee: Our young super fit and completely dedicated young loose forward has more than proved himself last season, and all we can ask is that he continues the same way as he started.

Jandre Marais: The first of the two young locks, Jandre has already shown that he can step up and take the punch. He will become a regular starter, and this is a real opportune moment for the Sharks coaches to build a lock partnership between Jandre and Pieter-Steph  that can last for a good many years to come.

Kyle Cooper:  With Bismarck still recovering from his knee injury Kyle will be second choice hooker after Craig Burden and I’m sure we will see him play off the bench until Bismarck makes his return. What I am looking forward to is him maybe starting a game during the warm-up matches, just to see how he operates the scrum.

Pieter-Steph Du Toit: Now here is a player that I am really looking forward to seeing more of. The first time I saw him play was for the Sharks XV,  I thought to myself that here is a proper young lock that The Sharks can really mould into a formidable force. I think Pieter-Steph is ready for the responsibly  that Super Rugby players carry on their shoulders and much like Marcell Coetzee the boy seems to have that same calm, charm and decency about him.

I know most of us can’t wait to see the Sharks back on the field doing what they do best. And this is really a season where the Sharks can use all the knowledge and experience they have gained from the past two seasons. There where a lot of lessons there, and you can see the hunger in all the players. They want to win, they need to win and not just for their fans but for themselves! I would like to wish all the boys the best of luck for the long season ahead, and we look forward to see what you young guns will bring to the toughest rugby tournament on the planet.


  • We are Black we are White, we are we are Dynamite!!! Go Sharks!

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.01.13 10:05:13 by SteelShark Reply
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  • 😈 I agree!
    The best things are happening at the Sharks. I have had a bee in my bonnet because I see most of our coaches (including HM)as player managers and not true trainers.
    We needed serious help in the flyhalf channel. Carlos worked with the Lions and showed the improvement this brings. You cannot have just a backline coach, because the skills requirement at every position is very different.
    I believe that the improvements on flyhalf will be very, very beneficial to our scrumhalves too. Lambie and James, as well as McLeod and Cobus will also put healthy pressure on each other to play intelligent rugby. I also see more options and lines being run by the centres. Jordaan and Whitehead as well as Steyn should be far better in attack and more visible.
    McLeod is on the verge of being a great scrumhalf. He was exceedingly instrumental in getting us into the SR final with 2 dazziling tries.(Loved the one against the Reds!) He is brilliant at getting our forwards and backline in motion. With Cobus still in the do-or-die space, it spells great things for us.
    With that said, we require a bright mind to sort out our hookers and lineout problems! Again, just a forward coach will not cut it. We have talented locks, but they need coaching, not management. 😈

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.01.13 11:01:12 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Man, I can’t wait to see the Sharks – young and old alike!

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.01.13 14:10:48 by King Shark Reply
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  • Kyle Cooper should arguably be ahead of Burden, Burden’s line out work is sloppy. Steph-du Toit is a real gem, hope he can make the transition from Junior Bok, to Super rugby. Marcel is already shown his worth. Will Jandre get much game time with Bresler and vd Merwe probably the preferred locks, and with PSDT lurking?

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.01.13 15:14:13 by KingCheetah Reply

  • the sharks are really in such a blessed position at the moment, when we bled like 4 experienced locks in barely a year to now having so many quality young locks on centre stage and not to mention cover for every position. Can only come down to the hard work at the academy upwards.Now to be a threat from age group up

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.01.13 20:58:26 by Dunx Reply

  • It has to be said, (and I’m not sure who we should thank for it) but the Sharks seem to have an assembly line churning out quality players.

    When one leaves, there’s about 3-4 players ready to step into his position.

    Now just need that to translate into SR trophies. But it seems as though a solid foundation has been put in place, where no one player is greater than the team.

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.01.13 21:47:41 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Slow down people….. From 1 to 5 non of the “youngsters” is “setting the field on fire” at the moment. Sharks need 2 quality props (1xLH & 1xTH) to help Beast & Jannie, Cooper / Burden need to sort their line-outs or they must be replaced by a hooker who can do itand a natural no 5 lock is also needed.

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.01.13 00:14:03 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 7) : Lol, the voice of reason, but yu are absolutely correct. Currently, should either Beast or Jannie suffer a injury, the Sharks scrum will lose a lot of power.

    Bissie head and shoulders above the other hookers in the Sharks squad. PSDT is an exciting prospect, but SR is a tough environment to cut your teeth in. All the Sharks locks are solid, and Marais has impressed, that said, they are not exceptional, in the class of Eztebeth for instance.

    Sharks also lack an out and out fetcher, and without Bissie, that could cause some problems. Last year the Cheetahs, with Brüssow in rampant form caused all sorts of problems, and the momentum only swung back to the Sharks, when Brüssow got injured, and Bissie came on almost simultaneously.

    Other than that the Sharks look well served, and should do well, but injuries can derail any team’s season.

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.01.13 08:25:14 by KingCheetah Reply


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