Rovers name strong squad for Community Cup

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 12 Feb 2013 at 15:06
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Jonsson College Rovers have named a strong squad to compete in the inaugural Cell C Community Cup, which kicks off with a match between the reigning National Club Champions and EP’s Despatch, in Durban on Saturday.

Rovers have named a strong squad of 35 players for the tournament, with a fair few in the group who have represented the Sharks at age-group, Vodacom Cup or even Currie Cup level in the past. A viictim of their own success, to an extent, Rovers are used to having to rebuild their squad each year, as the crop of stars from National Club Champs tends to get snapped up by smaller Currie Cup provinces or Varsity Cup teams for the following season. The Community Cup offers a chance for exposure to the cream of club players in the province this year, hence an influx of talent to Rovers and the other teams taking part.

Utility back Chris Micklewood captains the side, from either flyhalf or fullback.

The full squad is below, including an indication of the highest honours each player has achieved.

Props: Jandre Jacobs (Sharks u21), Simon Kerrod (Sharks u21), Mox Mxoli (Sharks CC), Thulani Ngidi,
Hookers: Gideon Bruwer(Sharks u21), Duan Coertzen (Sharks u21), Mark Goosen (UCT VC), Chris Kemp
Locks: Nikolai Blignaut (Sharks S14), Simba Bwanya, Wade Elliott (Sharks u21), Dutchie Robertse, Matt Tweddle
Loosies: Murray Bondesio (Sharks u21), Juan Language (Sharks u21), Simo Ntuli, Conrad Stoltz (Sharks CC), Shaq Tshabalala
Scrumhalves: Ivan Ludick (Sharks u19), Lezane Matthysen, Tian Meyer (Pumas CC)
Flyhalves: Andy Borgen (Sharks CC), Chris Micklewood (Sharks u21) (capt), Gav Scott
Centres: Jean Botha, Nick Jackson (Sharks VC), Wandi Mjekevu (Lions S14), Sergio Torrens (Sharks Sevens)
Wings: Jors Dannhauser (Sharks VC), Mzo Mbona (Sharks u21), Anton Verster (Sharks VC), Kyle Wilkinson (Sharks u21)
Fullbacks: Greg Goosen (Sharks CC), Chris Jordaan (Sharks S14), Janco Tiedt (Sharks u19)


  • Some serious talent in that squad.

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.02.13 15:20:09 by Bump Reply
  • Why did chris jordaan fall out favour? He was a speedy wing if memory serves me?

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.02.13 16:33:28 by shaniboi Reply
  • will this be televised?

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.02.13 17:08:06 by Poisy Reply
  • @shaniboi (Comment 2) : I was wondering the same thing.

    What happened to guys like Goosen, Stoltz and Blignaut?

    Mxoli also played SA U20 for 3 years and then disappeared ❓

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.02.13 17:31:31 by ChrisS Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 3) : I believe so

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.02.13 17:53:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • I dont know why Mjekevu is in this squad when the Sharks are battling now with quality backup 13s.
    The Mercury this morning reckons that Bosman and Joubert are backup centres but will be used as 12s.
    So why even have Joubert there?
    Surely with F Steyn and Bosman covering 12 you need another 13?

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.02.13 09:24:46 by John Galt Reply

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  • @John Galt (Comment 6) : I think your first statement holds the key here….

    If the Sharks truly did consider Mjekevu the sort of quality backup they needed, I doubt he’d be languishing in the Rovers squad.

    Remember that Wandi was first-choice 13 for the u21s last year – displacing Piet Lindeque to the wing. To go from starting at u21 level to not even getting a contract for Vodacom Cup says a lot, but those who watched his play at u21 level last year don’t seem surprised that it happened.

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.02.13 10:11:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @John Galt (Comment 6) : Jordaan and JPP to play 13…what’s the problem?

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.02.13 11:24:58 by JJR Reply
  • Game will be televised Live at 2.30pm supersport 7

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.02.13 13:39:45 by skull Reply

  • @skull (Comment 9) : ah – glad to see you.

    Can you help out with the bench for the game against Despatch?

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.02.13 13:52:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • I’m tired.

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.02.13 13:53:55 by klempie Reply

  • @JJR (Comment 8) :
    I would agree with you normally regarding JPP at 13.

    However, in this mornings paper, Plum says he is reluctant to play him there. Says he is wing that can attack nicely if forced to play 13 but defence is a different issue altogether.

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.02.13 14:40:21 by John Galt Reply

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  • @John Galt (Comment 12) : and he’s 1000% right. We got stuffed by the Canes because JP’s defensive weakness at 13 was specifically targeted and exposed.

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.02.13 14:47:46 by robdylan Reply
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