Sharks confirm final squad

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 19 Feb 2013 at 14:04
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The Sharks have named their final 35-man squad for Super Rugby in 2013.

There really aren’t all that many surprises, with all the names included pretty much as expected. Of the 35 names, as many as 7 players are currently injured, leaving a group of 28 from which the opening match day squad will be selected.

Veteran centre Marius Joubert is the only “big name” casualty, as he is not named in the group. The bulk of the squad has been there before for the Sharks, with only Franco van der Merwe (on loan from the Lions) and youngsters Alaln Dell, Monde Hadebe and Peet Marais yet to play Super Rugby for the Shraks.

Full squad (* denotes currently injured player)

Willem Alberts *
Meyer Bosman
Jacques Botes
Anton Bresler
Craig Burden
Dale Chadwick *
Marcell Coetzee
Kyle Cooper
Keegan Daniel *
Allan Dell
Jean Deysel
Bismarck du Plessis *
Jannie du Plessis
Pieter-Steph du Toit
Monde Hadebe *
Wiehahn Herbst
Butch James *
Paul Jordaan
Ryan Kankowski
Pat Lambie
Louis Ludik
Jandre Marais
Peet Marais
Charl McLeod
Tendai Mtawarira
Lubabalo Mtembu
Lwazi Mvovo
Odwa Ndungane
JP Pietersen
Cobus Reinach
Sibusiso Sithole
Francois Steyn
Franco van der Merwe
Riaan Viljoen
Tim Whitehead *


  • seven players out already 👿

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.02.13 14:38:27 by pete69 Reply
  • I did not even notice the “big name” that’s how critical he has been for us! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.02.13 14:41:31 by Butchie34 Reply
  • Promising squad – would have preferred to see Butch in more of a mentorship role allowing another youngster into the squad.

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.02.13 14:43:09 by vanmartin Reply
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  • So where is the incredible depth the Sharks supporters were raving about. A very good starting 15, and some useful cover n some positions.

    No real depth at prop. Dell and Herbst are promising, but untested. Chadwick tested, and found wanting. Lineout work from Burden has been a worry.

    The lfwd depth is already exposed. Sharks can’t afford any injuries in the 1st few weeks.

    After Lambie? After Steyn and Jordaan? You have useful player in Bosman, and Joubert?

    Better hope Tim recovers rapido

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.02.13 15:12:43 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 4) : How many other teams do you know of, able to still field a first class team despite having 7 injuries of whom 4 would normally be in the starting 15? 🙄

    Yeah our depth is doing exactly what we’ve been saying it would.

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.02.13 15:20:55 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 4) : that’s kind of rich coming from a Cheetahs supporter. You have okes in your starting team that I’ve never heard of

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.02.13 16:01:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • A loose forward trio of Botes, Deysel, Kankowski/Coetzee is hardly lacking in firepower at this level. Add young talents like Mtembu and du Toit to the mix and it’s really an area of strength, IMO. And that’s without Daniel or Alberts

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.02.13 16:15:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 5) : Fair point, just saying that even despite the depth, the Sharks season hinges on not having any injuries in the next three games!

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.02.13 16:22:32 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 4) : With how frail Goosen is id be worried buddy.

    Aaaand Id rather have Meyer Bosman/Butch James/Rian Viljoen rather than Rian Smit 😆

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.02.13 16:22:53 by Talent Reply
  • Or wait Elgar Wats?

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.02.13 16:23:12 by Talent Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : Too true. But then stirring does sometimes land you a dose of humble pie lol.

    Good luck for the match.

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.02.13 16:23:38 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 11) : LOL 🙂

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.02.13 16:30:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 11) : With Megatron in short supply, it’s probably about time we got a new spoon around our neck of the woods. 😆

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.02.13 16:36:33 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Talent (Comment 10) :
    Watts has the potential to shine at flyhalf.

    I know he’s been around the circuit a bit, but when you’re playing with no-name teams with backs that lack spark and packs who are light, it’s hard to conduct a game at a high level from halfback.

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.02.13 17:45:09 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I tripped the ligh fandango
    Turned cartwheels ‘cross the floor
    I was feeling kind of giddy
    Cause Marius Joubert is no more!

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.02.13 12:17:11 by Culling Song Reply
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