Strong Sharks to face Griquas in opener

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 7 Aug 2013 at 09:09
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Keegan Daniel will lead a Sharks team boasting a wealth of experience- along with a smattering of youth – in Friday night’s first Currie Cup clash against Griquas.

There are two somewhat unexpected faces in the line-up, beyond what could have been predicted; young Bry Stander wins a first start at this level, named in the number 6 jersey ahead of more experienced campaigners like Jacques Botes and Francois Kleinhans. The other new man – in fact, completely new to senior rugby for the Sharks – is right wing Sizo Maseko. The former SA Schools winger scored a truckload of tries for the sharks at under 21 level last year and takes his chance as the result of an unfortunate injury to S’bura Sithole.

Locks Marco Wentzel and Edwin Hewitt are both new to the Sharks Currie Cup set-up, but are, of course, both experienced men otherwise; the complete a tight five also comprising stalwarts in Dale Chadwick, Kyle Cooper and Wors Herbst. Captain Daniel is at number 8, with Jean Deysel wearing his accustomed number 7 shirt.

Butch James has recovered from his ankle strain and will partner a fellow Bok (Charl McLeod) in an experienced halfback pairing. Tim Whitehead and Louis Ludik, as expected, are the centres, with Odwa Ndungane and Lwazi Mvovo completing the back three, the former shifting to fullback. The starting line-up boasts seven capped Springboks this week.

On the bench, a slew of youngsters (and one oldster) have been given a chance to impress. Rayno Gerber will earn his first Sharks cap as prop replacement, while Tera Mtembu and Peet Marais complete the forward contingent, along with Craig Burden. Cobus Reinach is joined by two young men who have yet to taste Currie Cup rugby – although Jaco van Tonder and Fred Zeilinga have each enjoyed a few minutes of Super Rugby action for the Sharks.

The Sharks
15. Odwa Ndungane, 14. Sizo Maseko, 13. Louis Ludik, 12. Tim Whitehead, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Butch James, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Keegan Daniel (Captain) , 7. Jean Deysel, 6. Brynard Stander, 5. Marco Wentzel, 4. Edwin Hewitt, 3. Wiehahn Herbst, 2. Kyle Cooper, 1. Dale Chadwick
16. Craig Burden, 17. Rayno Gerber, 18. Peet Marais, 19. Tera Mtembu, 20. Cobus Reinach, 21. Fred Zeilinga, 22. Jaco van Tonder


  • Thought Butch was out?

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.08.13 09:13:02 by The Hobbit Reply
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  • @The Hobbit (Comment 1) : His suspension ended on 4 August

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.08.13 09:15:46 by lostfish Reply
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  • And no (VC) Jacques Bothes?

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.08.13 09:15:48 by Rvw Reply

  • @The Hobbit (Comment 1) : I also thought so well i hope he doesn’t give any cards away and think it’s a wise move for the pack of forwards of gkw

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.08.13 09:16:29 by sharks4eve2013 Reply

  • Nice team!!!!!! Go Sharks!!!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.08.13 09:19:51 by JD Reply
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  • @The Hobbit (Comment 1) : we reported yesterday that he was unlikely to play, based on something that appeared in the Mercury.

    Guess that was wrong.

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.08.13 09:21:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 2) : I thought he was injured.
    @robdylan (Comment 6) : He has miraculously overcome a calf strain…. in a day. I need the sharks medical team to sort my aches and pain 😛

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.08.13 09:24:08 by The Hobbit Reply
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  • Comment 8, posted at 07.08.13 09:26:08 by R Hayward Reply

  • Excuse my ignorance but is Stander a fetcher type or a Keegan type of player?

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.08.13 09:27:25 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • good team.nice to see standar start must have impressed the new coaches

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.08.13 09:29:07 by Poisy Reply
  • @Original Pierre (Comment 9) : Fetcher type from what I’ve heard.

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.08.13 09:33:00 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Happy to see Stander there. He’s actually a beast that kid.
    Also very pleased to see Maseko in the mix, he looked very slick for the Vodacom Cup side.

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.08.13 09:37:16 by John Galt Reply

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  • Stander is actually more of a faster Deysel than anything else.

    The strategy here is to pick two “meat shields” at flank to allow Keegan the freedom to do what he does at number 8. Don’t expect much fetching, but look to the Sharks pack to dominate the breakdown nonetheless through sheer physicality.

    I think I have a semi already…. 😳

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.08.13 09:40:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.08.13 09:42:50 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @The Hobbit (Comment 7) : I thought so too but for a moment thought he might be suspended still.

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.08.13 09:46:31 by lostfish Reply
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  • Exciting looking team, bench looking good as well. Go Sharks!!!!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.08.13 10:22:57 by RuckingFun Reply

  • How good is Sizo Maseko? I haven’t seen him playing.

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.08.13 10:34:51 by lostfish Reply
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  • I think 8,9 & 10 should be Mtembu,Ungere & Zeilinger to build a potent team with the eye on SR,CC not that important anymore,it should be used to allow the young good players to gain experience ,we know what the older players have to offer

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.08.13 10:42:46 by benji Reply
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  • I wouldve put Fred at 10 and played mthembu at 8 and daniel at 6 at made deysel captain

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.08.13 10:54:24 by Gerrietheshark Reply

  • Guys, players are going to be rotated during the campaign? There are many combinations of players in the squad we’re going to see. Let’s not stress if the desired combo is not selected on a week to week basis. There’ll be plenty of chances.

  • Comment 20, posted at 07.08.13 11:20:50 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • I’m just happy to see Louis Ludik in the side and at centre… He’s been impressive at no 13

  • Comment 21, posted at 07.08.13 11:31:02 by SuperEtts Reply
  • @SuperEtts (Comment 21) : my 0nly concern is how long is he going to be around. with Venter suggesting we will more than likely loose him should we not try bleed in someone new? just a thought

  • Comment 22, posted at 07.08.13 11:54:52 by The Hobbit Reply
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  • Good team, nice blend of youth and experience. I think Butch is going to have a big currie cup.

    I thought for the Currie Cup we were playing the 23man game squad rules? Any idea if we will be playing the new scrum engagement’s?

  • Comment 23, posted at 07.08.13 12:03:33 by Gaff Reply

  • @Gaff (Comment 23) : yes to new scrum engagement, no to 23-man squad

  • Comment 24, posted at 07.08.13 12:04:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : Thanks 😀

  • Comment 25, posted at 07.08.13 12:09:57 by Gaff Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : I am not so sure I like the new scrum engagement. Any word from the players on how they feel about it?

  • Comment 26, posted at 07.08.13 12:10:08 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 26) : or maybe it is just something I need to get used to…

  • Comment 27, posted at 07.08.13 12:14:07 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 26) : early days yet. The u21 guys I’ve spoken to seem to like it.

  • Comment 28, posted at 07.08.13 12:19:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • Surprised there is no place for Jacques Botes in the team

  • Comment 29, posted at 07.08.13 13:18:25 by stevovo Reply
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  • @stevovo (Comment 29) : surprised, but not dismayed

  • Comment 30, posted at 07.08.13 13:27:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @stevovo (Comment 29) : Lets look at our possession stats on Monday. If we get less than 50 % against the Griquas Botes will probably start next weekend. Fair?

  • Comment 31, posted at 07.08.13 13:53:18 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : I think Deysel’s fetching ability is seriously under-rated. He’s probably the second best fetcher in our squad, after Bismarck.

    It perplexes me that Francois Louw is perpetually selected ahead of Deysel. Keep him fit and work on his hands (maybe call Sherylle Calder for a consult?) and he has the potential to be the best loose forward in the world – and I’m not exaggerating.

  • Comment 32, posted at 07.08.13 14:03:08 by MerckZ Reply

  • @MerckZ (Comment 32) : yes you are… 😈

  • Comment 33, posted at 07.08.13 14:05:53 by McLovin Reply

  • Good Strong Squad to Start with, Agree maybe Butch should have been cover for Zeilinga. We should be building for the Future now already. Lets fill the Stadium on Friday and show the Boys our Support. lets get of to a Flyer, we can top the Currie Cup we have the team the passion now lets show the Country why we are the Greatest team, not just SA but anywhere

  • Comment 34, posted at 07.08.13 14:55:50 by garethkorb Reply

  • @MerckZ (Comment 32) : I also rate Deysel and his ability as a fetcher highly. A loose trio of him, Brussouw and lappies Labuschagne at eighthman would be interesting to see.

    All 3 have high workrates, Deysel can steal and run, Brussouw is the best fetcher in the world and Lappies has a crazy tackle count and is an elusive runner who acts as a link.

  • Comment 35, posted at 07.08.13 15:02:45 by ChrisS Reply
  • don’t fall off your chairs if Butch fails a late fitness test

  • Comment 36, posted at 07.08.13 15:18:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 35) : I want to see the Sharks select Coetzee, Deysel & Kankowski as a loose trio. I don’t think we’ve ever seen it in action, one or the other was always either injured or “out of favour”. Nice balance of strength, size, speed, work-rate, fetching ability…

  • Comment 37, posted at 07.08.13 15:27:02 by MerckZ Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 33) : Haha, this “world” I speak of doesn’t include Richie McCaw…

  • Comment 38, posted at 07.08.13 15:28:23 by MerckZ Reply


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