Kankowski backed for start in Bloem

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 20 Feb 2013 at 16:02
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The Sharks have selected a strong – and mostly unsurprising – team to face the Cheetahs in their Super Rugby opener on Saturday, with the selection of Ryan Kankowski at eighthman perhaps the biggest talking point.

The Bok number 8 was a key player for the Sharks in Super Rugby last year, before leaving to play in Japan during the Currie Cup tournament. His ability at the back of the lineout will have been a key factor in the decision, with another Bok in Marcell Coetzee picked to start at blind side flank. Jean Deysel, who has occupied that position in both warm-up games to date, will provide cover form the bench, with Jacques Botes completing the loose trio in the number 6 jersey.

Up front, Springboks Tendai Mtawarira and Jannie du Plessis will flank Bok tourist Craig Burden, while a new second-row pairing sees Lions import Franco van der Merwe picked alongside Anton Bresler.

The backline sees Cobus Reinach handed his first Super Rugby start, ahead of Charl McLeod at scrumhalf, with the rest of the backline an expected combination. Captain Frans Steyn partners flyhalf Pat Lambie and outside centre Paul Jordaan in an attacking axis that looks dangerous indeed, while the back three of JP Pietersen, Louis Ludik and Lwazi Mvovo is a settled combination.

McLeod joins several other experienced campaigners on the bench, although a youngster in Pieter-Steph du Toit has been included to cover lock. Crucially, there are no members of the match 22 who have not played at least some rugby at this level before.

The Sharks

1. Tendai Mtawarira
2. Craig Burden
3. Jannie du Plessis
4. Anton Bresler
5. Franco van der Merwe
6. Jacques Botes
7. Marcell Coetzee
8. Ryan Kankowski
9. Cobus Reinach
10. Patrick Lambie
11. Lwazi Mvovo
12. Francois Steyn (Captain)
13. Paul Jordaan
14. JP Pietersen
15. Louis Ludik

16. Kyle Cooper
17. Wiehahn Herbst
18. Pieter-Steph du Toit
19. Jean Deysel
20. Charl McLeod
21. Meyer Bosman
22. Odwa Ndungane


  • Love it, love it, love it! Sooooo excited for Saturday. Yeah… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.02.13 16:07:56 by Viking Reply
  • I am very glad to see Kanko back but more than that I want to see PS Du Toit get a good run.

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.02.13 16:08:48 by Viking Reply
  • Reinach, prove me wrong, as Lambie did please….

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.02.13 16:21:23 by Uli Reply
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  • Good side. Can’t wait for the show to begin. Only 5 ex FS players.

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.02.13 16:22:25 by Ernie Reply

  • robdylan..Can you give us the caps of the squad. That will be nice to see all the players.

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.02.13 16:35:48 by springbok Reply

  • Better Sharks teams have lost against the Cheetahs but I’m certainly really excited for Saturday’s game and what will be the SA start to SupeRugby πŸ˜€ let the big hits, breathtaking offloads, bullet passes, team tries and all the hype of a game begin!

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.02.13 16:39:21 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • Nice one, excited about our lock and centre pairings.

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.02.13 16:40:40 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @springbok (Comment 5) :

    1. Tendai Mtawarira 76
    2. Craig Burden 37
    3. Jannie du Plessis 72 + 26 for Cheetahs = 98
    4. Anton Bresler 24
    5. Franco van der Merwe 73 for Lions
    6. Jacques Botes 105
    7. Marcell Coetzee 23
    8. Ryan Kankowski 76
    9. Cobus Reinach 1
    10. Patrick Lambie 35
    11. Lwazi Mvovo 40
    12. Francois Steyn (Captain) 40
    13. Paul Jordaan 10
    14. JP Pietersen 86
    15. Louis Ludik 32 + 36 for Lions = 68

    16. Kyle Cooper 1
    17. Wiehahn Herbst 23
    18. Pieter-Steph du Toit 6
    19. Jean Deysel 43
    20. Charl McLeod 42
    21. Meyer Bosman 34 + 59 for Cheetahs = 93
    22. Odwa Ndungane 82

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.02.13 16:46:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • Yes yes a Sharks team

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.02.13 16:56:22 by Franshark Reply
  • That’s a vicious backline! Only the 2007 vintage compares on paper.

    JP on 86 caps. That’s a shedload!

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.02.13 16:59:32 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Will Burden prove us wrong with his lineout throws?

    Rest of the team is pretty solid.

    How’s about Botes – never say die. Just when you think he’s done, he gives you an extra 148.2% effort.

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.02.13 17:11:36 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 11) : Franco, Kanko, Bres and Steph will get us lineout ball.

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.02.13 17:49:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • Feel for Jean Deysel. His time will come,but he needs to add to his game in order to keep his head above the water. Needs to learn to offload and work on his fetching-once a strong point of his game, now its virtually non-existent(could it be his speed to the breakdown?)

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.02.13 17:58:24 by Talent Reply
  • Going to be a hard game. Cheetahs team not to bad. Teams are more equal than some of you think. Sharks will do good to win this game.

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.02.13 21:20:17 by JD Reply
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  • @Ernie (Comment 4) : Only 5? Is that supposed to be an improvement?

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.02.13 22:26:32 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 15) : The grass will always be greener on the other side of Van Reenen’s pass.

    Not everybody wants a life of farming mielies. 😈

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.02.13 22:31:31 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • wheres Juandre Marais ffs.

  • Comment 17, posted at 20.02.13 23:13:07 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • being overseas has helped many a player mature and improve i cant wait to see how the hoff plays. saying that go boys play hard have fun i have been waiting ages to see you all again.

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.02.13 07:34:10 by Dunx Reply

  • @JD (Comment 14) : Cheetahs backline should keep us fairly busy . . .
    Their forwards looks a bit thin though 😈

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.02.13 07:39:20 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Hope the aggro version of Kanko we saw at the end of last year’s S15 shows up.

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.02.13 08:04:59 by Bokhoring Reply
  • What a team, this is our year!

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.02.13 11:46:14 by nimalen316 Reply

  • What a team. So excited and can’t wait!

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.02.13 13:19:38 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • I can’t sharkin wait to see them in action!

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.02.13 13:33:13 by King Shark Reply
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  • @nimalen316 (Comment 21) : Every year has been the Sharks year (in January) anyway!

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.02.13 13:59:09 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 24) : We are yet to see the Tjietas come close to having half the year the Sharks regularly have. πŸ˜‰ πŸ™„

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.02.13 14:51:32 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • That may be, but at least we don’t get up on a drum in January, proclaiming “This is the Sharks year!” It gets a bit tedious after 5 years of the sam. One would think that you okes would learn by now. Guess you are just slow learners right?

    If it makes you feel better, by all means compare the compare the Sharks to the Cheetahs, we feel humbled by your comparison. Actually you should be wondering how come the Bulls have won three titles, to the Sharks zip. Yet, you hardly ever hear the Bulls proclaiming themselves champs in January!

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.02.13 15:25:54 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 26) : And there I thought you were a tjieta supporter, never realised you’re actually a bulls supporter πŸ™„

    Just shows how little your team has achieved, when you have to rely on the Bulls’ achievements to show up us Sharks supporters. Come on man, stand by your team – even though there’s not much to be proud of 😈

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.02.13 15:55:43 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 26) : I support my team fully, and that means starting every season BELIEVING that they will do it. This would be the case even if they were ranked 15th of the fifteen teams.

    How can a supporter even contemplate going into a season not fully believing in their team.

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.02.13 16:01:19 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • I totally agree with salmonoid good on you mate!! If I could just add I fully respect the cheetahs for many reasons number 1 they home grow there players and number 2 they play a good style of rugga they will always be my second team to support bt the rest I differ with mr king cheetah sharks fans are very passionate we will always back our team and expect a good year cause we set a high standard we play great rugby and in curry cup and super 15 these past few years we have been hot!! Yes we havnt won the big 1 yet but we constantly coming close!.. I will neva be a tool and say we going to win I’m nt a fortune teller but we have the greates depth in SA with already 6 good players out our captein and vice and a bunch of others we still field a world class team which unfortunatly will be too good for the cheetas this weekend and on the other point you say bulls fans don’t brag ?? Go onto keo! They don’t shut up thanks have a nice day! πŸ™‚

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.02.13 16:13:36 by balllllars Reply

  • @balllllars (Comment 29) : bud, if you pigeonhole people by what goes on @ keo, then you need to get out more! That place is a cesspool of vitriol!

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.02.13 20:50:33 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @balllllars (Comment 29) :
    Well please specify home grown ( where they are born, where they are schooled)
    1. Trevor Nyakane (Bushbuckridge,Ben Vorster)
    3.Lourens Adriaanse (Cape Town, Paarl Gim.)
    4.Lodewyk de Jager (Alberton, Hugenote)
    5.Francois Uys (Springs, Dr. EG Jansen)
    8.Philip van der Walt (Adelaide, Adelaide Gim.)
    13.Johann Sadie (Malmesbury, Paarl Gim)
    14.Willie le Roux (Stellenbosch, Paul Roos Gim)
    15.Hennie Daniller (Cape town,Paarl Gim)
    16.Ryno Barnes(Cape Town,Paarl Gim)
    21.Elgar Watts (Paarl,Klein Nederberg)
    22. Ryno Benjamin(Vredenburg, Weston High School)
    So 11 out of the match 22 not born or schooled in Cheethas region

    Where they first debuted

    2.Adriaan Strauss (Blue Bulls)
    4 Lodewyk de Jager( Leopards)
    5.Francois Uys (Lions)
    6.Frans Viljoen (Leopards)
    13.Johann Sadie(WP)
    14 Willie le Roux(Boland)
    15 Hennie Daniller(Boland)
    16 Ryno Barnes(WP)
    20.Sarel Pretorius(Valke)
    21.Elgar Watts(Boland)
    22.Rayno Benjamin(Boland)
    Well 11 out of match 22 did not debuted for a cheethas region team

    Rossouw de Klerk(Vredeburg,Paarl Gim)(Blue Bulls)
    Caylib Oosthuizen(Cape Town, Oudtshoorn High)(Lions)
    Andries Ferreira(Despatch,Affies)(Blue Bulls)
    Rynard ‘Ligtoring’ Landman(East London, Despatch)(Leopards)
    Davon Raubenheimer(Knysna,Knysna Sec/Pacaltsdorp Sec.)(SWD)
    Tewis de Bruyn(SWD)
    Francois Brummer(Pretoria,Waterkloof)(Blue Bulls)
    Barry Geel(Springs,FH Odendal)(Leopards)
    Hansie Graaff(Pretoria,Wonderboom)
    Rocco Jansen(queenstown, Queen’s Colllege)(Blue bulls)
    Riaan Smit(springs,Springs HTS)(Leopards)
    Jannie Boshoff(Newcastle,Maritzburg College)(LIons)
    Joubert Engelbrecht(Leopards)
    JP Nel(Worcester,Tygerberg)(Blue Bulls)
    Dusty Noble(Stellenbosch,GeneraalGertzog)(Sharks)
    Marnus Schoeman(Edenvale,Waterkloof)(Blue Bulls)
    Torsten van Jaarsveld( Namibia, Hendrik Verwoed)(Pumas)

    26 out of the 41 the cheethas have on their website as their superugby squad is not born or schooled in cheethas region.

    27 out of the 41 the cheethas have on their website as their superugby squad did not debuted for a cheethas region team.

    1)So they are actually not such a homegrown team after all.
    2) Sorry to say but they play a very unstructured game,don’t find it atractive at all

  • Comment 31, posted at 21.02.13 23:40:58 by BR Reply
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  • @BR (Comment 31) : Maybe you missed something here boet. The Cheetahs are a team made up from Griquas, Cheetahs and the Griffons. So your argumaent is a bit flawed. Many of the Cheetahs players either started there at u/19 or u/21 level. Many more went to Grey, and I accept that some were lured there, others went by choice.

    1. Trevor Nyakane (Bushbuckridge,Ben Vorster)-Cheetahs u/19
    2. Strauss did make his debut for the Bulls, but come on he is as Free State as they come
    3. Coenie Oosthuizen Cheetahs u/16
    5. Walti Vermeulen Cheetahs u/18
    6. Lappies Labuschagne Cheetahs u/18
    6. BrΓΌssow Cheetahs u/18
    7. Frans Viljoen – Grey College
    8.Philip van der Walt Cheetahs u/19
    8. Boom Prinsloo Cheetahs u/18
    9. Piet van Zyl Cheetahs u/19
    9. Sarel Pretorius Cheetahs u/21
    10. Johan Goosen Cheetahs u/16
    11.Raymond Rhule Cheetahs u/18
    12. Robert Ebersohn Cheetahs u/16

    So 15 out of the match 22 are in fact either born, schooled or made their debut in the Cheetahs region. Those are the Cheetahs players.

    Where they first debuted

    2.Adriaan Strauss (Blue Bulls) Born in Bloem, went to Grey etc.
    6.Frans Viljoen (Leopards)- Grey college Junior and Senior Griquas u/18
    20.Sarel Pretorius Cheetahs (Reitz HS )u/21

    So to sum it up, The Cheetahs squad is not 41! Of the final squad 3 (Adriaanse, Barnes, le Roux)are Griquas players. and of the final squad the only Cheetahs that don’t have some connection with the Cheetahs prior to signing are Caylib, Ferreira, Lood, Uys, Watts, Sadie, Geel, Benjamin and Daniller.

    Hope that puts yout argument to rest. You are welcome to run the same analysis over the Sharks, of which Deysel, Jannie, Bissie, the Marais bro’s, Reinach, Bosman, Steyn and Jordaan have roots in Cheetahs rugby. Thats 9 just without checking! Ouch! Eina flok toggie.

  • Comment 32, posted at 22.02.13 08:26:14 by KingCheetah Reply

  • I looked at the franchise as a whole that is why I included the likes of barens,le roux ect. Homegrown to me means where they were schooled and grew up. The 41 is the superugby squad that the cheethas have on their website.I never claimed that the sharks was a home grown team because I know they are not.

    Lastly I actually don’t give a dam if a team has no home grown players as long as they don’t claim they have.

  • Comment 33, posted at 22.02.13 08:51:32 by BR Reply
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  • Firstly no I responded to a statement saying sharks fans are basic loud and we proclaim victory at the beginning of a season???? That’s a bunch of crap we are very optomistic out our teams chances because we love the sharks and the keo reference was exactly that it was a reference no hate to keo ! But even bulls fans brag all fans do !!! And number 2 its my persoal opinion on supporting cheetahs as my second team you might not like how they play but I do and on the topic of which team has more players home grown drop it that convo will gooo on for ages every team has players from different places stormers / sharks / bulls who cares that’s what rugbys about atleast we talking about players from sa not like europe who catch all our players !!!! Sharks may have players from around SA but we were clever to buy them and we better off for it!

  • Comment 34, posted at 22.02.13 12:12:23 by balllllars Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 32) : Ummm, just to point out a rather large flaw in your argument;

    In defence of 11 of your 22 players being non-homegrown cheetahs you quite rightly – in my opinion – refer to them having been part of the youth structures through U19-U21 etc so therefore they can be considered homegrown.
    But then, you completely lose credibility when you decide to use a different set of rules for the Sharks by rattling off a bunch of names, who quite clearly have been with the Sharks since academy days, and yet they are not considered home-grown??
    Steyn,the Marais bro’s, Reinach and Jordaan were all part of Sharks junior structures. And thats just names you’ve picked.

    Just saying bro….

    Good luck for tomorrow.

  • Comment 35, posted at 22.02.13 12:43:20 by neilster Reply

  • @neilster (Comment 35) :


  • Comment 36, posted at 22.02.13 12:54:43 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @neilster (Comment 35) : Bud, read again. I said went to school, or made debut. All thosecguys went to school in the Cheetahs area.

  • Comment 37, posted at 22.02.13 18:58:04 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 37) : You are not gonna win any argument here unless it’s an anti-bull’s one. πŸ˜› πŸ™„ :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 38, posted at 22.02.13 22:45:24 by diablo Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 37) : so you want to go the route were they were schooled, then half your match day 22 is not home grown, just accept the cheethas is not so home grown team everyone make them to be.

  • Comment 39, posted at 22.02.13 23:27:34 by BR Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 37) : choose one of the two other wise all teams will have a large homrgrown %, were they debuted doesn’t say were they come from, just added it for intrest sake

  • Comment 40, posted at 22.02.13 23:32:20 by BR Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 32) : if I may ask why did you ad nyakane’s name to the list, where he was born and schooled that is

  • Comment 41, posted at 22.02.13 23:35:22 by BR Reply
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  • @diablo (Comment 38) : You only ever make an appearance when your team won a game, but you then disappear as soon as they lose πŸ™„

  • Comment 42, posted at 23.02.13 09:48:01 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @BR (Comment 41) : Trevor is a Tzaneen boytjie, played for Ben Voster 1st XV and Limpopo Blue Bulls at Craven Week

  • Comment 43, posted at 23.02.13 10:21:21 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 43) : it is exactlywhy I am asking king cheethas why he added him to the so called home grown players

  • Comment 44, posted at 23.02.13 10:28:57 by BR Reply
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  • @BR (Comment 44) : The beauty of numbers, you can always choose the perfect stat to support whatever view you want to give across.

  • Comment 45, posted at 23.02.13 10:34:10 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 37) : I did read and I would have to disagree bud. Using your logic going to school is homegrown and recruited at Academy level is not?
    I disagree, if you are in the Academy and you make your debut for the senior side, you are homegrown, finished and klaar.
    If not, then how far back to you go. For eg Jordaan was originally EP…

  • Comment 46, posted at 23.02.13 12:48:35 by neilster Reply


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