Downey, Lewies in for starts

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 25 Sep 2013 at 12:50
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The Sharks have named their team to face the Lions on Friday night.

As confirmed by Sean Everitt yesterday, only two changes have been made to the unit that put 50 past the Cheetahs this last weekend.

Justin Downey comes back into the match 22 this week and will earn his first-ever Currie Cup start for the Sharks, replacing Bok-bound Marcell Coetzee in the number 6 jersey. Talented young Stephan Lewies comes straight in at lock for Pieter-Steph du Toit, who’s also with the national side.

15 SP Marais, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Heimar Williams, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Tera Mtembu, 6 Justin Downey, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Peet Marais, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Dale Chadwick
16 Monde Hadebe, 17 Danie Mienie, 18 Edwin Hewitt, 19 Brynard Stander, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Butch James, 22 Jaco van Tonder


  • Good team. Fantastic to see a new Sharks youngster make the step up. Go big Lewies!

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.09.13 12:54:31 by PTAShark Reply
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  • Bok team has also been announced.

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.09.13 13:01:04 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Worried about this team, it’s a bit light. The Lions are very big physical and quick.

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.09.13 13:07:47 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • Off the subject a bit – I see Jake White has quit the Brumbies – there’s apparently been a sighting of him at a practice session at Newlands with Western Province. Bugger! Could have done with him at the Sharks! But the new guys seem to be settling in now anyway. Hopefully he doesnt go to the bulls or WP!!
    Maybe he should have stuck around at the Brumbies, another couple of hidings to the Wallabies and they might ask him to take over!

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.09.13 13:25:23 by Caratacus Reply

  • Its going to be interesting to see how Downey and Mthembu compete with what has been the most dominant loose forwards in the Currie Cup to date.

    If they start Kriel and Mienie then we will come off second best, those two are devastating.

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.09.13 13:27:53 by Talent Reply
  • Had Jaco Kriel played a years worth of Super Rugby with any-other franchise he would be with the Boks right now.

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.09.13 13:30:13 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 5) : That’s also my fear Talent.

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.09.13 13:35:35 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • Anybody got any stats about Lewies? Height? Weight? Is he normally a No. 5?

    @Caratacus (Comment 4) : Apparently he’s in Cape Town to talk to Ben Mowen – who’s in Cape Town ahead of the test, so it maaay be a coincidence or they may be courting him.

    I’d imagine, with John Smit at the helm, we might have an inside lane on Jake, but would that even work? Brendan Nel says rumours suggest he is Durban bound – would he and Venter get along? I doubt one would abide being subordinate to the other? But that’s some serious intellectual capital at the Sharks if they could work together – Smit as CEO, White as Head Coach & Venter as DoR.

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.09.13 13:42:20 by MerckZ Reply

  • @MerckZ (Comment 8) : 2.01m 112kg yes

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.09.13 13:49:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • So no Coetzee or PSDT in Bok team so their call up was just to weaken the Sharks. Great management of players from Hyneke Meyer.

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.09.13 13:55:40 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 10) : I think you’re being slightly paranoid bud.

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.09.13 14:45:50 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Thank you! Excited to see if he can make the step up.

    Heard any rumblings about Jake White, Rob?

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.09.13 14:56:33 by MerckZ Reply

  • @MerckZ (Comment 12) : no – why would we hire Jake White when we already have a Director of Rugby?

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.09.13 14:57:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : Exactly except I’d word it as “we already have Brendan Venter” :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.09.13 15:03:02 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : Twitter – it’s a hell of a drug.

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.09.13 15:04:57 by MerckZ Reply

  • In SArugbymag website apparently Jake white has been granted early release from his brumbie coaching position

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.09.13 15:25:16 by Dunx Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 11) : I just see no point in saying to 2 guys who have hardly played 2 games of rugby in the last 4 months that they must rather sit and watch a test than play 80min and stay sharp. Im not saying he did it to harm the Sharks. Its just bad player management.

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.09.13 15:32:19 by SheldonK Reply

  • Lol. Is Brendan Venter actually called “DIRECTOR OF RUGBY”? I have seen a report suggesting Jake White will come in as director of rugby at the Sharks, and it refers to Venter as McLeod-Henderson’s “mentor” only.

    Just what is Venter’s role at the Sharks? Is it temporary? Could Jake White be lined up as his replacement as “director of rugby”?

    I doubt Venter and White could work together, successfully. Both have egos and are not yes men.

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.09.13 15:34:15 by Feather Reply

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  • @Feather (Comment 18) : Brendan Venter is the Sharks’ Director of Rugby. There has never been any doubt about this.

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.09.13 15:52:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 17) : I’d give it a go myself but the point is already well explained by Gregkaos in comment #12 in this thread: Your comment does suggest that “their call up was just to weaken the Sharks”.

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.09.13 16:41:46 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : Not according to voldy.

    Brendan Venter, currently acts as a mentor and consultant to newly appointed Sharks head coach Brad MacLeod-Henderson, and White could be appointed Director of Rugby for the Sharks.

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.09.13 19:30:02 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 21) : well, strictly speaking, he’s wrong. Brendan is very definitely the Sharks’ DoR

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.09.13 20:06:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : well strictly speaking, I go with you and your sources. Thanks for taking the time to clarify. 😉

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.09.13 20:08:10 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 23) : had to trawl a bit but I had some time to kill on the train. Article in June by the same guy…

    Brendan Venter’s appointment as Sharks Director of Rugby is a good one. But blah blah blah…

    Short memory? 😉

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.09.13 20:38:14 by gregkaos Reply
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  • It would be great if Jake could be in the mix at the Sharks as well as all the others. I thought the Sharks did not have a head coach yet. All the beginning articles plainly said there would not be a head coach. Each coach wld control certain areas of the team. Maaaaaybe that was all because Smit was waiting and hoping that Jake would leave AUS and come to the Sharks. Then the Head Coach position could be filled by Jake without displacing anyone else who was newly appointed. Brendon Venter is definitely Director of Rugby and Smit is CEO. Imagine if Jake were to be Head Coach!!!!!!! I hope I’m not dreaming a dream that won’t come true!

  • Comment 25, posted at 26.09.13 01:51:05 by [email protected] Reply

  • From Beeld:

    Kaapstad. – Jake White gaan volgende jaar na Suid-Afrikaanse rugby terugkeer as afrigter van die Haaie.

    Daar is op goeie gesag verneem dat hy ingestem het om die Durbanse rugbyunie se direkteur van afrigting te word.

    Dié pos word tans beklee deur Brendan Venter, maar die verwagting was altyd dat dit net ’n korttermyn-reëling sou wees.

  • Comment 26, posted at 26.09.13 05:58:10 by Rvw Reply

  • @Rvw (Comment 26) : And Beeld is always a very reliable source of information…

    Probably the only time they are sort of accurate is when it comes to the bulle.

  • Comment 27, posted at 26.09.13 07:48:26 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @SharksRTB (Comment 27) : I will rather wait for a formal announcement from the Sharks before I believe anything. 🙂

  • Comment 28, posted at 26.09.13 07:51:14 by Rvw Reply

  • @SharksRTB (Comment 27) : Can’t even trust their weather report 😈

  • Comment 29, posted at 26.09.13 08:55:20 by FireTheLooser Reply


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