Exciting match expected from Sharks supporting cast

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Vodacom Cup on 14 Feb 2014 at 16:48
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A number of fringe Super Rugby squad members will take the field, together with the cream of the Sharks young brigade, when two Sharks XV selections play in a curtain raiser to Saturday’s Super Rugby clash at Growthpoint Kings Park.

All 46 players will go out of their way not only to impress Vodacom Cup coaches Deon Kayser and Albert van den Berg, but also to prove to Jake White that they deserve to feature in his Super Rugby plans going forward. What’s more, the talent on display points to an incredibly strong Sharks XV challenge for this year’s Vodacom cup trophy, as players ranging all the way from the 18-year-old Daniel du Preez to the 34-year-old Marco Wentzel will look to make their mark.

The Tiger Sharks XV looks to be the shadow Vodacom Cup side at this side, with the likes of Andre Esterhuizen and Tim Whitehead in midfield, Fred Zeilinga at flyhalf and Peet Marais, Wiehahn Herbst and Monde Hadebe up front. Sean Robinson, who played some Super Rugby last year, is at fullback, with Sizo Maseko returning from last year’s Currie Cup squad to operate at right wing. Alcino Isaacs and Stefan Ungerer compete the backline, while a young loose trio of Khaya Majola, Franna Kleinhans (at blindside) and Johann Meyer looks powerful enough. Edwin Hewitt is another Currie Cup player included, while one of the forgotten men of Sharks rugby, Sangoni “Mox” Mxoli packs down at loosehead prop. A strong bench boasts Tim Swiel and Wentzel, along with fellow senior-capped players in Franco Marais and Danie Mienie.

The Bull Sharks, in contrast, are a young side, drawn mostly from last year’s Sharks under 19 team (with a smattering of completely new faces from this year’s Academy intake). Hansie Graaff will pull the strings at flyhalf, alongside Duncan Campbell, starting for the first time at scrumhalf. Keep an eye out for young props Thomas du Toit and Ruan Kramer, as well as the du Preez twins Daniel (starting) and Jean-Luc (on the bench).

The match kicks off at 15h00 on Saturday.

Tiger Sharks
15 Sean Robinson, 14 Sizo Maseko, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Alcino Isaacs, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Johann Meyer, 7 Francois Kleinhans, 6 Khaya Majola, 5 Edwin Hewitt, 4 Peet Marais, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Monde Hadebe, 1 Mox Mxoli
16 Franco Marais, 17 Danie Mienie, 18 Marco Wentzel, 19 Barend Potgieter, 20 Hanco Venter, 21 Tim Swiel, 22 Keelin Bastew, 23 Khwezi Mona

Bull Sharks
15 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 14 Michael Cloete, 13 Neil Maritz, 12 Sandile Khubeka, 11 Alrin Eksteen, 10 Hansie Graaff, 9 Duncan Campbell, 8 Sias Koen, 7 Lungi Mlaba, 6 Dylan Nel, 5 Daniel du Preez, 4 Dave Fisher, 3 Ruan Kramer, 2 Jacques Taylor, 1 Thomas du Toit
16 Chris de Beer, 17 Brandon Landsberg, 18 Jean-Luc du Preez, 19 JP Grobler, 20 Shannon Rick, 21 Quentin Crocker, 22 Kyle Wilkinson, 23 Deucullen van der Merwe/Richard Strydom


  • This should be a very interesting match-up, do you know whether this one will be televised?

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.02.14 17:04:19 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 1) : I can almost guarantee that it won’t be

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.02.14 17:25:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Hopefully someone will arrive early and provide some live updates.

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.02.14 17:37:00 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 3) : I’m hoping so

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.02.14 19:08:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • 7 former baby boks in the Tiger Sharks, 6 of them in the foward pack….

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.02.14 20:19:00 by Mpandla Reply

  • Tiger side more likely to have most players in the Vodacom Cup

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.02.14 20:45:43 by Ludz Reply

  • hearing that Bull Sharks no 1 might be called up to Super Rugby bench….

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.02.14 10:00:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • who is not feeling well?but i would love to see him play

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.02.14 10:31:31 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • Duncan Campbell at 9 😯

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.02.14 10:36:59 by Talent Reply
  • Jacques Taylor …. good lad , great work ethic and i hope he lays a marker today, his lineout throwing is top drawer and is great in the loose. His dad is a life long friend and im sure he is glowing today.

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.02.14 12:34:49 by The Duke Reply

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  • @The Duke (Comment 10) : his dad was also the drummer for Duran Duran, unless I’ve got my wires crossed… 🙂

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.02.14 12:40:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 9) : odd, hey? Can’t quite figure out why Venter isn’t starting at scrummie for one of the teams…

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.02.14 12:42:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : Queen , good grief man ! 😆

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.02.14 12:46:46 by The Duke Reply

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  • @The Duke (Comment 13) :Roger Andrew Taylor was Duran Duran’s drummer. Roger Meddows Taylor was Queen’s drummer.

    Gosh, isn’t life strange?

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.02.14 12:53:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Oh! If Thomas is going to be on the bench… Any idea if Dale or Beast who is not 100%?

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.02.14 12:59:49 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) :
    hahaha… i was obviously more of a freddy fan ( whince whince ) 😳 , than a LeBon fan.

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.02.14 13:03:25 by The Duke Reply

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  • @The Duke (Comment 16) : that’s understandable.

    And correct.

    I’m actually not sure how I ended up thinking of Duran Duran first.

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.02.14 13:14:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 15) : heard something about Chadwick and flu…. no idea whether it’s confirmed though.

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.02.14 13:15:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • sounds like Dale has been cleared

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.02.14 13:21:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • Any Score in this game yet????

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.02.14 15:21:34 by maashie8 Reply

  • Yeah the sharks are winning

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.02.14 16:00:16 by The Duke Reply

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  • Haha obvious.

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.02.14 16:14:14 by maashie8 Reply

  • my heart and mind were split on who to back in this one.

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.02.14 16:25:19 by The Duke Reply

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  • How did andre esterhuizen play??

  • Comment 24, posted at 15.02.14 16:27:52 by maashie8 Reply

  • i have no idea 😯 im too far away to see it … disappointed

  • Comment 25, posted at 15.02.14 16:31:58 by The Duke Reply

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  • Rob, agree with you on Venter at 9. a Week back he was the 3rd choise in the group. With the announcement of the group he was out and Ungerer in, in The Mercury he was in again. I am worried that the Sharks are going to loose him, Fred and Rob du Preez.

  • Comment 26, posted at 15.02.14 17:09:22 by jzb0709 Reply

  • @jzb0709 (Comment 26) : where does this mentality come from? As soon as a player never mind the fact that he is still a youngster, does not make the starting line the fans are quick to say “we are going to lose player x.” Is that not a quitting mentality? I think players especially youngsters should be encouraged to work harder else they’ll be forever running away from a challenge.

  • Comment 27, posted at 15.02.14 18:03:20 by GreatSharksays Reply


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