Sharks centres for Varsity Cup new boys

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 4 Feb 2013 at 15:04
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The exodus of talent from last year’s Sharks under 21 side continues, with the news that two more Academy graduates will feature in midfield for WITS in tonight’s Varsity Cup opener.

While it’s certainly to be expected that many of those who play under 21 for a province won’t necessarily go on to be rewarded with senior contracts at the same union, there certainly has been somewhat of a cull when it comes to last year’s crop, with the centres in particular feeling the pinch. Of those who represented the Sharks under 21 side in midfield last year, only Heimar Williams remains (with a senior contract), with all the others leaving.

Jared Meyer and Kayde Fisher (the latter the elder brother of under 19 hero Tyler) will play together in midfield for WITS against Shimlas this evening, much as they did for a number of years as the established “alternate pairing” to Williams and either Piet Lindeque or Wandi Mjekevu. Lindeque, as we revealed last year, has also left to join Tuks, whilst Mjekevu will continue to play in Durban, albeit without a contract. The former Lions age-group star will be a member of Rovers’ squad for the inaugural Community Cup.

The removal of so many centres opens up the possibility for a new crop to stake their claim in the Sharks’ Vodacom Cup team this year, with captain Williams set to be joined by the younger Fisher as well as the likes of Mike Bernhardt and new boy Andre Esterhuizen.

FNB Wits: 15 Bronson Lange, 14 Jacques Erasmus, 13 Kayde Fisher, 12 Jared Meyer, 11 Riaan Arends, 10 Latiume Fosita, 9 Brent Crossley, 8 Jason Fraser, 7 Carel Greef, 6 Thato Mavundla, 5 Rinus Bothma, 4 Devin Montgomery (captain), 3 Phakamilu Zuma, 2 Piers Cooper, 1 Hannes Ludick.
Replacements: 16 Rory Anderson, 17 Luvuyo Pumpuma, 18 Shai Korb, 19 Charles Baggot, 20 Mathew Torrance, 21 Gregory Blom, 22 Nkuli Gamede, 23 Katlego Kgama.


  • Lets face it there is no way any of these guys would have justified contracts.

    With the centers we have at the moment it would be a waste of money contracting more.

    And others who can cover.

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.02.13 15:34:58 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : ja – fair enough

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.02.13 15:42:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :

    Has Marius Joubert’s contract run out yet? 🙄

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.02.13 15:44:08 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) : We can only hope.

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.02.13 16:21:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) : @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : still got a year to go, I fear

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.02.13 17:18:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • Besides Bosman, Whitehead, Jordaan and Steyn we also still have Heimar Williams (U20 captain) and Mjkevu. 6 players for 2 spots is enough and 4 of those players are not even 25 years old.

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.02.13 17:28:36 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

  • @TRF_Ezequiel (Comment 6) : Mjekevu won’t see a Sharks jersey any time soon, mate.

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.02.13 18:18:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • Did he leave the Sharks?

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.02.13 18:53:53 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

  • @TRF_Ezequiel (Comment 8) : you didn’t read the article, did you? 🙂

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.02.13 20:05:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ah, completely missed that. Sorry 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.02.13 00:05:16 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Is Trompie Nontshinga still playing in Durban?

    Was wondering what had happened to him and Marius Delport.

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.02.13 08:07:22 by ChrisS Reply
  • @ChrisS (Comment 11) : I don’t know where he went, but he’s not still with Rovers. At least, not to my knowledge.

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.02.13 09:54:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 11) : he’s in Durban, coaching at a local high school.

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.02.13 10:14:05 by robdylan Reply
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