Sharks well represented in BIG Baby Bok group

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 26 Feb 2014 at 12:03
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SA Under 20 coach Dawie Theron has cast the net wide in identifying 74 players who are in the initial selection frame for this year’s Junior Springbok side.

While this group is far too big to be considered an actual squad, it at least gives and indication as to which players Theron intends to work with at this stage and will form the short-list from which he draws his training squads, the first of which will attend a camp in Stellenbosch at the end of March.

The full squad can be seen here on the Schoolboy Rugby Blog site, but we’ll take a few minutes to look at the Sharks boys who have been included.

Unsurprisingly, perhaps the two most impressive youngsters in the system (based on their Super Rugby squad inclusion this year) have both made it; prop Thomas du Toit and centre Andre Esterhuizen are both in Theron’s plans at this stage, but as is usually the case, there may be a tug-of-war for their services if they do find themselves in Super Rugby contention later in the year.

A number of last year’s impressive Sharks under 19 side have also made the grade, including captain Chris de Beer, who had a superb season at hooker. Also in the mix is number 8 Ray Williams, who proved a handful last year despite his considerably more compact form factor than is the norm, even at under 19 level. Halfbacks Cameron Wright and Jean-Luc du Plessis, both in fine form last year, have also made the cut, as have centres Sandile Khubeka and Neil Maritz. Alrin Eksteen, a winger whose play far exceeded his reputation in 2013, completes the contingent from Deon Kayser’s 2013 team.

Gideon Koegelenberg, the big lock who represented the Sharks under 19 side in 2012, while still in Matric, is also included, despite missing out on all of last year’s Under 19 competition due to a knee injury sustained in a warm-up game. Loose forward Sias Keon, who joins the Sharks this year after representing the Leopards at under 19 level in 2013, is there too.

A number of other players who are part of this year’s under-19 intake will also be in the mix; these are the Kearsney trio of Ayron Schramm (number 8) and the du Preez twins, Jean-Luc (flank) and Daniel (lock).

Full group:
Vodacom Blue Bulls: Handré Pollard, Jesse Kriel, Duhan van der Merwe, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Dan Kriel, Keagon Gordan, Kobus Marais, Warrick Gelant, Ganfred May, Marcus Kleinbooi, Duncan Mathews, JP Smith, Corniel Els, Wilco Louw, Dayan van der Westhuizen, Pierre Schoeman, Abongile Nonkontwana, Janse van Rensburg, RG Snyman, Heinrich Viljoen, Justin Basson;
Golden Lions:Malcom Marx, Michael Hazner, Ramone Samuels, Jaco Van der Walt, Jano Venter, Thabo Mabuza, Vincent Maropeng, Victor Sisekete, JP du Preez, Pieter Scholtz, Stephan Vermeulen, Cyle Brink, Dylan Smith;
Leopards: Jaco Botha, Kock Marx, Dean Stokes, Lloyd Greef;
Toyota Free State: Ox Noche, Joseph Dweba, Mthokozisi Mkhabela, Nicolaas Lee, Marthinus Oosthuizen, Jandré Slabbert; EP Kings: Aidon Davis, Sergeal Petersen, Kevin Kaba, Alrin Eksteen;
Cell C Sharks: Andre Esterhuizen, Thomas du Toit, Gideon Koegelenberg, Chris de Beer, Jean-Luc du Plessis, Dan du Preez, Jean-Luc du Preez, Neil Maritz, Sandile Khubeka, Cameron Wright, Ayron Schramm, Ray Williams, Sias Koen;
DHL Western Province: Ryno Eksteen, JD Schickerling, Jacques Vermeulen, Rikus Bothma, Daniel du Plessis, Jarryd Sage, SP Ferreira, Justin Philips, Dewald Naudé, Grant Hermanus, Chad Solomon, Wesley Adonis, Frans van Wyk.


  • Some big competition.

    I just sincerely hope this team isnt restricted to that piece of poo blue bulls brand of archaic, hill billy, found wanting, soft rugby player producing, oupa’s game plan type mentality.

    Too much talent with guys like the Kriel brothers, Eesterhuizen, Khubeka, Sergal Pietersen…

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.02.14 13:31:55 by Talent Reply
  • I expect Eesterhuizen, J Kriel, Pollard and Petersen are almost guaranteed starters.

    Any idea on any likely starters in the forwards? See the two Du Preez brothers are there with Shcram and Du Toit. They come with a bit of reputation but that doesn’t guarantee them a starting spot. I am a big fan of Schramm, the guy has some serious leadership qualities in my opinion…

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.02.14 13:41:56 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 2) : I’m biased as fuck, so I would jsut pick all the Sharks boys.

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.02.14 13:43:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : 😆 yes and we would probably win.

    The Bulls have an obscene amount of representatives, who will likely not receive any specialist attention(becuase there are so many of them), and they will end up in the Rugby wilderness only to be picked up by the Lions or Cheetahs two or three years down the line, tragic.

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.02.14 13:48:20 by Talent Reply
  • The Bulls are like hoarders.

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.02.14 13:49:40 by Talent Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Typical 😀 but I like 😀

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.02.14 14:24:32 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • The noticeable omission is EW Viljoen of WP, having been included in the Stormers warm up sides. He was last years star SA schools fullback.

    In the backs, 15/14. Jessie Kriel, 13. Dan Kriel, 11/14.Duhan v/d Merwe, 11/14. Petersen, 12. Andre Esterhuizen, 12. Rohan Janse v/Rensburg, 10. Pollard, 10. Eksteen, 9. Cameron Wright, 9. Justin Philips are the real deals in the backs

    In the forwards there are 1. Thomas du Toit 1. Schoeman 3. Wilco Louw 2. Malcolm Marx 4/5. RG Snyman 4/5. JD Schickerling 4/5. Gideon Koegelenberg 4/5. JP du Preez 6/7/8. du Preez twins

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.02.14 17:03:35 by Saffex Reply


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