Daniel returns for Sharks XV

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Vodacom Cup on 13 Mar 2014 at 16:33
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Monde Hadebe takes over the reigns for the Cell C Sharks XV this weekend as they prepare to face Western Province in the Vodacom Cup this weekend.

Interesting changes to the team see Super Rugby loose forwards Keegan Daniel and Jacques Botes afforded gametime, after spending the last month in various stages of injury rehabilitation. Tera Mtembu (who captained the side last week) has been elevated to the Super Rugby bench, paving the way for Daniel to start at 8. Jacques Botes takes over the number 7 jersey from Francois Kleinhans.

The final change to the starting pack sees young loosehead Khwezi Mona take over from veteran Mox Mxoli.

Fred Zeilinga again partners Stefan Ungerer at halfback, while young centers Andre Esterhuizen and Neil Maritz combine once more in midfield. The only change to the backs comes at left wing, where Keelin Bastew, who benched last week, starts in place of Alcino Izaacs.

Perusing the bench, we see a real blast form the past in the form of former Sharks Currie Cup lock, Nikolai Blignaut, who takes over from Marco Wentzel. SA Schools center Sandile Khubeka also comes into the mix, occupying the number 22 jersey vacated by Bastew.

The Cell C Sharks XV

1. Khwezi Mona
2. Monde Hadebe (Captain)
3. Wiehahn Herbst
4. Edwin Hewitt
5. Peet Marais
6. Khaya Majola
7. Jacques Botes
8. Keegan Daniel
9. Stefan Ungerer
10. Fred Zeilinga
11. Keelin Bastew
12. Andre Esterhuizen
13. Neil Maritz
14. Sizo Maseko
15. Hansie Graaff

16. Franco Marais/Jacques Taylor
17. Thomas du Toit
18. Nikolai Blignaut
19. Johann Meyer/Lungi Mlaba
20. Hanco Venter
21. Tim Swiel
22. Sandile Khubeka


  • Shamako…

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.03.14 17:01:37 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 1) : like button 🙂

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.03.14 17:05:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.03.14 17:12:58 by Big Fish Reply
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  • So does that mean that wentzel has been called up to play off the bench vs the reds?

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.03.14 17:18:51 by woody Reply
  • @woody (Comment 4) : no

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.03.14 17:35:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : But its not Marais so then who is the other option?

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.03.14 17:40:59 by woody Reply
  • @woody (Comment 6) : Looks like the options are either Oosthuizen or Wentzel at the moment. If fit then I suspect it’ll be Oosthuizen.

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.03.14 17:49:46 by gregkaos Reply
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  • I think it’s going to be Oosthuizen

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.03.14 17:55:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 7) : But did Jake not say he would replace like with like? Therefore putting a number 5 on the bench rather than a 4? Wentzel is a 5 whereas Oosthuizen is not. I would prefer to see Oosthuizen there though and have Bresler shift to 5 later in the game when lewies gets subbed

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.03.14 18:02:29 by woody Reply
  • @woody (Comment 9) : Good point. My reasoning for Oosthuizen is based mainly on his time with Jake at the Brumbies and that he is officially in the squad whereas Marco is not. I’m guessing Kanko or Bresler are more than capable of taking over lineout calls if Lewis is subbed?

    Anyway think I’ll leave the discussion of the subtle differences between the numbers 4 and 5 to the tall guys. 😎

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.03.14 18:28:12 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 10) : I checked. It’s not Marco.

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.03.14 18:41:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : So its Oosthuizen?

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.03.14 19:35:32 by woody Reply
  • @gregkaos (Comment 10) : Kanko is doing the calling from the beginning.

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.03.14 20:29:35 by David12246 Reply

  • Good Sharks XV side but they will be tested by the WP side. Im sure JW will be watching this game and taking note of how some of the guys perform. There is also competition for places in Super rugby and the VC side is where guys can put their hands up.

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.03.14 08:13:17 by SheldonK Reply

  • Really expected the Sharks XV to be more dominant vs the Border. With the talent available to them they should have crushed the Bulldogs by at least 30 points.

    An under strength WP should be no hurdle…

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.03.14 08:27:56 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 15) : you don’t really think the ex super rugby okes are going to put their bodies on the line for a vodacom cup game?

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.03.14 09:02:13 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • @bobby 26 (Comment 16) : They are paid professionals after all? It doesn’t say much if that is the attitude of the players.

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.03.14 09:26:51 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 17) : It is just common sense.VC should be used to get a u21 squad together,

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.03.14 09:37:11 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • If this team gets going the stormers will think they are being attacked by a team of great white SHARKS! Go boys !!!! The VC is the first trophy we want in our cabinet for 2014.

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.03.14 13:32:40 by Observer Reply


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