Sharks halfback for Baby Boks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 4 Jun 2013 at 14:48
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SA Under 20 coach Dawie Theron has pulled something of a shock selection, in naming Sharks flyhalf Rob du Preez at number 10 for his side’s World Championship opener against the USA tomorrow.

It was widely anticipated that Bulls wünderkind Handre Pollard would wear the flyhalf jersey, given his excellence in the position last year (whilst still at school), but it may be that Theron wants to give du Preez a run against lesser opposition and may indeed turn to Pollard for the key pool decider, against England on Sunday. That said, Pollard’s inclusion in the side at inside center might hint at a different plan altogether.

Du Preez will be paired with another Shark, in scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer, while the other two Durban boys in the squad, scrumhalf Hanco Venter and prop Marne Coetzee, will be on the bench.

Bulls utility forward Ruan Steenkamp captains the team from number 8.

Baby Boks:
15. Cheslin Kolbe (Western Province)
14. Luther Obi (Leopards)
13. Justin Geduld (SARU )
12. Handré Pollard (Blue Bulls)
11. Seabelo Senatla (SARU )
10. Robert du Preez (Sharks)
9. Stefan Ungerer (Sharks)
8. Ruan Steenkamp (Blue Bulls, captain)
7. Jacques du Plessis (Blue Bulls)
6. Roelof Smit (Blue Bulls)
5. Dennis Visser (Blue Bulls)
4. Irné Herbst (Blue Bulls)
3. Luan de Bruin (Free State Cheetahs)
2. Jacques du Toit (Free State Cheetahs)
1. Andrew Beerwinkel (Blue Bulls


16. Michael Willemse (Western Province)
17. Sti Sithole (Western Province)
18. Aidon Davis (EP Kings)
19. Kwagga Smith (Golden Lions)
20. Hanco Venter (Sharks)
21. Dries Swanepoel (Blue Bulls)
22. Jesse Kriel (Blue Bulls)
23. Marné Coetzee (Sharks)


  • I think you hit the nail on the head Rob. Dawie knows what Pollard can do at 10 but needs to give du Preez game time.

    The format of this competition does not allow for any slip ups so we have to beat England on Sunday and considering they have 6 guys returning from last years team they look the team to beat.

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.06.13 15:00:17 by slammerboy Reply
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  • Quality wise this squad is even better than last years one…Really good Loose forwards (Du Plessis will be a senior Bok some day)and the backline is packed with top class talent.

    If the forwards lay the platform the backline will put away any team. And there is still Kriel and Swanepoel to come off the bench…crazy backline talent in this squad!

    Tight 5 was probably a bit stronger last year…but everywhere else there seems to be a step up, even if it is a small one.

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.06.13 16:39:39 by JJR Reply
  • @JJR (Comment 2) : I repeat myself every year but I would be more comfortable if we went into this tournament having played in a similar competition to the U20 6 Nations. It would be such a good opportunity to work out combinations in a very competitive environment. I know Dawie has the Argentina camps and watches the guys in the Varsity Cup and Youngs Guns competitions but it’s that experience playing with the same guys over 5 games that goes a long way.

    Really looking forward to the tournament and hopefully getting one over England and then France. The talent is visible for all to see. Good luck boytjies!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.06.13 17:21:37 by slammerboy Reply
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  • Kolbe ahead of Kriel at 15 is a joke as is Geduld ahead of Swanepoel at 13 and Pollard ahead of Janse v/Rensburg at 12. If he plays this side against France and England we will be coming home early

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.06.13 22:58:57 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 4) : The rules of the competition state all players need to be given game time so I’d rather specific players get a run against the USA than the must win England and France games.

    France had a poor U20 6Nations but have home ground advantage so a tough game for England first up. Keep an eye on their hooker Christopher Tolofua, 120kgs of French Polynesian born beef! He had kept Gary Botha out of the Toulouse side.

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.06.13 23:58:38 by slammerboy Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 5) : Last year Orie never played a single minute, so not too sure about that rule.

    The Poms have a huge side as well. Both locks are huge and they have a 120kg flanker. Their backs are big, centres are 98kg and 102kg. Similar size out wide as well.

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.06.13 00:12:12 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 6) : ja Dom Barrow and Elliott both 2m and over 110kgs. Barrow has had a good season for Leeds Carnegie. That flanker David Sisi is massive. Playing 6 tomorrow. Hes just signed for Bath.The best player in that side is Anthony Watson. Also a fullback but on the wing tomorrow. This guy is blitz fast. Only finished school last year. The other wing Ben Howard is about 93/94 kgs so could be a handful

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.06.13 00:21:34 by slammerboy Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 7) : Yeah Barrow is 2.03m and 120kg, the other lock is 2m and 117kg.

    The Baby Bok backline should have been:

    15. Jessie Kriel 14. Tyler Fisher 13. Dries Swanepoel 12. Rohan Janse van Rensburg 11. Senatla 10. Pollard 9. Venter

    That backline is far better than last years. It would kick some serious arse

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.06.13 00:35:47 by Saffex Reply

  • Beautiful Afrikaans names for the four Sharkies. Wonder what Mr Douche Canoe from the Beeld will have to say about that.

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.06.13 08:15:14 by King Shark Reply
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  • @Saffex (Comment 8) :

    A real shame Fisher isn’t there..

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.06.13 08:25:39 by Richard Ferguson Reply

  • Pity Sergeal Petersen got injured, but Senatla is another speedster, seen him score a few tries for the Blitzbokke

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.06.13 08:35:17 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • Think Pollard looked good in Varsity cup at 12. Gives backs more kicking options and Pollard can be dangerous with extra space and time at 12.

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.06.13 08:40:57 by JD Reply
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  • @Saffex (Comment 8) : I like the idea of easing a good fly half in at 12 this gives you a nother kicking option, allows you to manage defense by giving you insight and has proven to always get the back line going much faster. Dan carter, aeron major, Hennie Le roux, the list goes on and on. This formula word and gives the best options when injuries hit.

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.06.13 08:43:55 by BoerSeun Reply

  • @BoerSeun (Comment 13) : I think against England depending on how Rob du Preez does at 10 Dawie may just keep Pollard at 12. I think Dries Swanepoel will comei in at 13. If Pollard shifts to 10 then Ruhan van Rensburg will slot in at 12.

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.06.13 09:06:53 by slammerboy Reply
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  • @BoerSeun (Comment 13) : I like this

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.06.13 09:09:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : if you play Pollard at 12 you can then include a centre and wing/fullback on the bench giving yourself more options.

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.06.13 09:15:15 by slammerboy Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 16) : well, you know me – I’m unashamedly and unabashedly a Rob du Preez junkie!

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.06.13 09:18:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • i would rather have Pollard at 10

  • Comment 18, posted at 05.06.13 09:34:45 by Spies66 Reply

  • @Spies66 (Comment 18) : yes, but you’re probably a Blue Bull 🙂

  • Comment 19, posted at 05.06.13 09:41:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • Yes my friend, i watched him when he played for Tuks vs NMMU here in P.E, i really liked his composure especially at one stage Tukkies were out of the tournament, but he salvaged something for Tuks, and he destroyed Stellies in Stellies

  • Comment 20, posted at 05.06.13 09:44:39 by Spies66 Reply

  • @Spies66 (Comment 20) : yet even the Tukkies coaches preferred him at 12 with Willie du Plessis (another Sharks boy) at flyhalf…

  • Comment 21, posted at 05.06.13 09:49:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • I think Dawie trying Rob and Handre as 10-12 has merits, let’s see how it unfolds

  • Comment 22, posted at 05.06.13 10:57:35 by Ludz Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 22) : Exciting times in the du Preez household tonight as mom, dad and the twins huddle round the TV to watch Rob make his debut for the Baby Boks :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 05.06.13 10:59:52 by slammerboy Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 23) : his old man is so proud…. that’s the awesome thing about being a parent. I reckon for Robert, seeing Rob play for Baby Boks will be even more significant than his own senior Bok debut.

  • Comment 24, posted at 05.06.13 11:07:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 23) : @robdylan (Comment 24) : quite an achievement, whatever happens in their careers from here on going forward, the 4 men will look back and say we all represented SA Rugby in the green and gold. Must be quite a special feeling.

    The parents might even be in France Slammer

  • Comment 25, posted at 05.06.13 11:33:47 by Ludz Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 25) : no, I think they’re in SA

  • Comment 26, posted at 05.06.13 11:46:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 25) : Robert Senior is heading to France on Friday to watch the England game

  • Comment 27, posted at 05.06.13 11:57:28 by robdylan Reply
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