Sharks named for Sanlam Investments Shield

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 23 Jan 2014 at 12:22
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Tim Swiel starts at flyhalf for the Sharks as part of a youthful backline to face Saracens this Saturday.

Late injuries to Keegan Daniel and Marcell Coetzee have forced a loose trio reshuffle, with Willem Alberts (number 8) and Tera Mtembu (open side flank) playing outside of their most familiar positions. New boy Etienne Oosthuizen gets a start at lock, where he will join a quartet of Springboks in a powerful tight five.

Cobus Reinach gets the nod to partner Swiel, while the loss of Frans Steyn to an injury sees 20-year-old Andre Esterhuizen tasked with wearing the inside centre shirt. Paul Jordaan makes a welcome return to the side outside Esterhuizen, while Tyler Fisher gets a run at 15, with experienced wingers Odwa Ndungane and Lwazi Mvovo in support.

Jacques Botes covers loose forward from the bench, with new boy Lourens Adriaanse joining Dale Chadwick, Kyle Cooper and Stephan Lewies, all of whom starred in Currie Cup last year. Jaco van Tonder and Heimar Williams make up the back contingent along with Charl McLeod, while Fred Zeilinga and Monde Hadebe are the unlucky tourists to miss out on selection for the game.

The Cell C Sharks

1. Tendai Mtawarira
2. Bismarck du Plessis (Captain)
3. Jannie du Plessis
4. Etienne Oosthuizen
5. Pieter–Steph du Toit
6. Tera Mtembu
7. Jean Deysel
8. Willem Alberts
9. Cobus Reinach
10. Tim Swiel
11. Lwazi Mvovo
12. Andre Esterhuizen
13. Paul Jordaan
14. Odwa Ndungane
15. Tyler Fisher

16. Kyle Cooper
17. Dale Chadwick
18. Lourens Adriaanse
19. Stephan Lewies
20. Jacques Botes
21. Charl McLeod
22. Heimar Williams
23. Jaco van Tonder


  • Will be interested to see that lock pair together.

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.01.14 12:29:56 by Seth101 Reply
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  • Sharks are never very forthcoming when injuries to key players are concerned…

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.01.14 12:30:30 by Talent Reply
  • And the center pair for that matter.

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.01.14 12:30:43 by Seth101 Reply
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  • Hmm….good set of forwards and youthful backline to run the ball. Im assuming Jordaan and/or Van Tonder are the backup flyhalf options as both have played there before. Jordaan was actually a decent 10 for the Vodacom Cup or u21 side, cant remember. His kicking isnt great though. Keen to see how the new Sharks guy fare and also how they do on the artificial pitch.

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.01.14 12:32:22 by SheldonK Reply

  • All we need now is an injury to either Deysel, Bismarck or Alberts 😕

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.01.14 12:32:33 by Talent Reply
  • Brutally experienced world class pack. 4 lock a concern – lewies is more a 5 if he has to replace EO – PSDT to 4 ?. Concerned about a youth full but talented new backline. Reinach in for Charl ?? Tyler Fisher ?

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.01.14 12:34:48 by Observer Reply

  • The tight five all i can say is wow, JW i think has shown his hand here

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.01.14 12:48:00 by Dunx Reply

  • I really feel for Zeilinga after having such a good currie cup

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.01.14 12:50:16 by woody Reply
  • Anyone got info on Andre Esterhuizen?

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.01.14 13:07:23 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 5) : But why would you speak of injuries. Anyway, didn’t think Jake was going to move Alberts to 8 due to his good showing at 7 last year. He did however say that he’d what’s best for the Sharks. Rob, any knowledge of the permanency of this move?

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.01.14 13:07:58 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • great team to start with, with a few big names missing looks like a team that could go all the way this year. I really hope Tim will grab his chance at 10 and Tyler at the back. These are future Shark starters. I also feel for Fred but we need to see if Swiel is capable of being a world class 10? The Butterflies are increasing as the Season creeps closer, but as taste test this game is a good chance to see what we can expect to see this season from the Boys.

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.01.14 13:10:49 by garethkorb Reply

  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 9) : lots – what do you want to know?

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.01.14 13:34:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • That looks like a bruising loose trio but would have expected:
    6. Deysel
    7. Alberts
    8. Mtembu

    I’d be very interested in White’s thinking on this one.

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.01.14 13:35:23 by vanmartin Reply
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  • slightly worried now about this game. i don’t think we are gonna win anymore. 😕

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.01.14 13:35:29 by Poisy Reply
  • @vanmartin (Comment 13) : i was thinking the same and maybe bring in botes at six and deysel second half

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.01.14 13:38:59 by sharks4eve2013 Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 13) : Both Plum and White seem to see Mthembu as a 7 and seem to want him playing more to the ball than playing a covering number 8 role. So expect Alberts to hang back and make the big hits and carries and Mthembu and Deysel to play more to the ball with Deysel taking a few pick and goes. Will be nice to see our locks running onto the ball as well.

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.01.14 14:00:00 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Poisy (Comment 14) : does it really matter, I mean, it is a warm up game. 😕

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.01.14 14:02:46 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 14) : I think its just fear of the unknown. Chin up. Once they get stuck in, I think we will take it comfortably.

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.01.14 14:03:03 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 13) :
    Spot on.
    Strange reshuffle that.

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.01.14 14:07:11 by John Galt Reply

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  • @Talent (Comment 5) : Ssshhh! Don’t wake that bogey of last season!!!

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.01.14 14:33:01 by R Hayward Reply

  • @John Galt (Comment 19) : But if ever there’s a game to experiment with selections this is the game to do it. So just to make my position clear, even though I’m puzzled by the selection I’m not opposed to it.

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.01.14 14:42:38 by vanmartin Reply
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  • The Glenwood boys are gonna drop a respective ball when they see no sign of young Fred.

    I’m very interested to see how Fisher goes at 15. Not sure how close to 11 seconds he gets in the 100m, but could be a real handful joining the line – I believe he is already over 100kg.

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.01.14 14:45:09 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Good Sharks side, I like it. Looking forward to seeing Fisher, Esterhuizen and Swiel in action

  • Comment 23, posted at 23.01.14 14:45:11 by Saffex Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : Wie, wat en waar vandaan?

  • Comment 24, posted at 23.01.14 14:46:07 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • Hope the injury to Frans is not too serious. Would love for him to play most of the S15 season this year.

  • Comment 25, posted at 23.01.14 14:48:09 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 24) : jonk, fokken GROOT en van Klerksdorp af 🙂

  • Comment 26, posted at 23.01.14 15:22:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : ok hy klink so taai soos ‘n ratel, kom ons hoop dis wat hy is 😀

  • Comment 27, posted at 23.01.14 15:47:52 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @The Great Couch Shark (Comment 17) : it could matter if we get a big klap up there

  • Comment 28, posted at 23.01.14 15:54:59 by Poisy Reply
  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 18) : i hope you are right lol 😆

  • Comment 29, posted at 23.01.14 15:55:53 by Poisy Reply
  • How serious are those respective injuries? Please confirm at what time the game will be broadcast.

  • Comment 30, posted at 23.01.14 16:32:16 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 29) : Haha, me too. 😆

  • Comment 31, posted at 23.01.14 16:33:53 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • I would’ve been tempted to pick Odwa at 15, Jordaan at 14 and Fischer at 13. But hey, JW is a world cup winning coach….

  • Comment 32, posted at 23.01.14 16:39:27 by Mpandla Reply

  • @Son Of Mayhem (Comment 30) : 16:15 SS1 SA time

  • Comment 33, posted at 23.01.14 16:41:48 by sharks4eve2013 Reply

  • I see Rhodes got off…

  • Comment 34, posted at 23.01.14 16:45:49 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • It looks like we’ll have a dry game, if the forecasts are to be believed. 20% chance of precipitation and that’s mainly in the morning and late evening.

    Luckily water drains straight through the artificial turf, so if the rain stops any time before kick-off it should mean a dry pitch.

  • Comment 35, posted at 23.01.14 16:58:46 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Very young team. Go SHARKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 36, posted at 23.01.14 17:05:40 by JD Reply
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  • Nice to see new blood getting game time. JW is testing BMT. It is experimental but should make a good game for us supporters to view. We’ll see the real team next time out. Which stores, except sharkcage, sell the new jersey? Anyone know?

  • Comment 37, posted at 23.01.14 19:13:35 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Swiel might struggle if Cobus can’t allow he enough time for options. Hope they click!

  • Comment 38, posted at 23.01.14 19:16:09 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Jake is looking for answers to questions. He knows what he has in Zeilinga and Williams, he could have also used Odwa at fullback. Looking forward to seeing these youngsters have a crack. Very happy with the return of Jordaan and the approach the sharks have taken.

  • Comment 39, posted at 23.01.14 19:23:02 by soutie Reply

  • I really cannot wait!

  • Comment 40, posted at 23.01.14 19:49:04 by [email protected] Reply

  • “Tim Swiel starts at flyhalf for the Sharks”

    For #$%^&@*^@*($)@[email protected]_*!&#& sons of #^&!(*#*))_)[email protected]! pathetic bunch of #^&*@)[email protected]!

  • Comment 41, posted at 23.01.14 20:34:07 by Morné Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 41) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 42, posted at 23.01.14 20:48:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • Interesting ,now to see what tic tacs the Great White intends employing

  • Comment 43, posted at 23.01.14 21:44:00 by benji Reply
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  • Can`t wait to see Swiel. Hope he`s a big boy who can play like the Great Honiball !! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 44, posted at 23.01.14 21:57:04 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 44) : you’ll be disappointed if you’re expecting a Honibal. He’s more Bilbo Baggins sized

  • Comment 45, posted at 23.01.14 22:15:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 45) : then what makes him so precious?

  • Comment 46, posted at 23.01.14 22:55:30 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 46) : maybe Jake likes his ring? 🙂

  • Comment 47, posted at 23.01.14 23:09:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 47) : eish !

  • Comment 48, posted at 23.01.14 23:15:44 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 46) : Decide for youself…….there is a similar clip of him doing the same at U21 level for WP last year……look it up. This is why Swiel is special

  • Comment 49, posted at 24.01.14 01:24:28 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 49) : Perry impressive stuff; the boy can kick, is an elusive runner, and has great timing and vision when passing. Can he tackle though?

  • Comment 50, posted at 24.01.14 05:27:25 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 47) : His brown ring??

  • Comment 51, posted at 24.01.14 08:20:52 by KingsArmy Reply

  • I hope Paul Jordaan can hold up defensively against a pretty big Figian outside centre. If not, Fischer should be given an opportunity with Van Tonder at the back. Worried about Swiel, he wasn’t given a chance at Province even when they had a crisis at flyhalf. Maybe AC is just that bad a coach or he can’t identify talent???

  • Comment 52, posted at 24.01.14 08:30:17 by Bite me Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 45) : @benji (Comment 46) : @robdylan (Comment 47) : 😆

  • Comment 53, posted at 24.01.14 08:38:46 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Bite me (Comment 52) : Was thinking the same thing…..strms back 3 are thin and after demitri the other tens are not that impressive [including Grand], instead they signed a 10 of bulls. Maybe he proves me wrong, but he reminds me a lot of Earl Rose……lots of talent, but never big enough.

  • Comment 54, posted at 24.01.14 08:54:21 by KingsArmy Reply

  • Why no Fred? ❓ Go Figure!

  • Comment 55, posted at 24.01.14 09:44:03 by markm Reply

  • @KingsArmy (Comment 54) : What Bulls 10 did the Stormers sign?

  • Comment 56, posted at 24.01.14 10:08:14 by ChrisS Reply
  • @KingsArmy (Comment 54) : it is pretty obvious to me that Swiel has all the talent and abilities as FH!
    WOW! Thanks Rob for that clip. If a couch can not develop that into something more and employ in a gameplan….I have not been this excited about a young player since I first saw Naas and Joost playing at schools level!!!

  • Comment 57, posted at 24.01.14 10:18:30 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 56) : Ryno Eksteen from Affies

  • Comment 58, posted at 24.01.14 10:20:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KingsArmy (Comment 54) :
    While your point on size is not irrelevant, the Stormers are no strangers to losing good talent. Recent losses of Whitehead and JJ are examples of this.

  • Comment 59, posted at 24.01.14 10:32:45 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 45) : But he is bigger than Patrick and Fred so what does that make them? Midget hobbits?

  • Comment 60, posted at 24.01.14 11:15:43 by markp Reply

  • This game JW is seeing what a young backline can do with a good set of forwards. He knows what most of his first choice backs can do but if we honest the Sharks backline has been poor in recent years so JW looking for new answers.

  • Comment 61, posted at 24.01.14 11:46:34 by SheldonK Reply

  • Hi all
    i see after so many years things haven’t change at all, new faces old names and Morne gee lots of funny letters my friends.

    Just one thing to, that is :mrgreen: GO SHARKS GO. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 62, posted at 24.01.14 12:08:33 by Chaz Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 26) :
    We need more of thoses players

  • Comment 63, posted at 24.01.14 12:09:26 by Chaz Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 49) :

    Must say he looks great and by the way love the song

  • Comment 64, posted at 24.01.14 12:22:36 by Chaz Reply

  • @Chaz (Comment 64) :
    A blast from the past! 😯

    Welcome back!

  • Comment 65, posted at 24.01.14 13:17:50 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Chaz (Comment 62) :

    I add a couple every time you steal a great talent from WP.

  • Comment 66, posted at 24.01.14 19:34:42 by Morné Reply
  • Saracens to win with +150 points here, sharks losing, that’s my predictions!!

  • Comment 67, posted at 24.01.14 19:56:02 by Chris103 Reply

  • Defense a major concern for me,but go Sharks

  • Comment 68, posted at 25.01.14 07:17:54 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 65) :
    Thanks Big Fish, just been very busy

  • Comment 69, posted at 25.01.14 08:52:05 by Chaz Reply

  • @Morné (Comment 66) :

    Sharks never steel we just offer more and players need to become part of a great team. The best in my books

  • Comment 70, posted at 25.01.14 08:53:13 by Chaz Reply


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