Kings bag Sharks pair

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, EP Kings, Original Content, Sharks on 26 Mar 2014 at 15:41
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Tim Whitehead and Hansie Graaff will turn out for the newly-promoted EP Kings in this year’s Currie Cup.

Centre Whitehead, who moved to the Sharks in 2011 after a frustrating early career at Western Province, has found his path into the senior side blocked by injury. A favourite of former coach John Plumtree, who would always pick Whitehead when fit, he has not had quite the same impact under either Brendan Venter or Jake White, missing out on selection to the Sharks 2014 Super Rugby squad. A subsequent knee injury has put paid to any participation in any event.

Graff was brought in to add depth ahead of the 2013 Currie Cup campaign, but like Whitehead, missed that entire competition due to injury. He has picked up a few caps for the Sharks XV this year, but will not be retained in Durban after the end of his short contract, given the number of young players coming through the system.

The Kings have also signed hooker Michael van Vuuren, a former Baby Bok who has been with Stade Francais in Paris for the last two seasons.


  • Good luck to Tim at the Kings.

    I still rate him and really enjoyed when he and Jordaan teamed up for an exciting centre pairing, which finally brought some danger to the sharks backline. Alas, it was not meant to be, and hope he can make an impact with the Kings.

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.03.14 15:47:34 by stevovo Reply
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  • @stevovo (Comment 1) : This. You go Tim! And best of luck to Hansie who I don’t think I ever got to see play.

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.03.14 15:49:30 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Good luck to both.

    However still say Tim is one of the best creative centres we have had in a very very long time. He will be sadly missed for sure.

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.03.14 15:58:03 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • Ja it’s a pity that not all of the player can stay with the Sharks. Good luck Tim hope the injuries gets better and you can play the whole Currie cup!!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.03.14 16:11:23 by JD Reply
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  • Good players. They will add more value to the Kings than at the Sharks

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.03.14 16:13:12 by Mutley Reply
  • Sad to see Tim go, as I really rate him. All the best as a King, Tim.

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.03.14 16:15:08 by Bump Reply

  • Massive fk up by the Sharks to leat TW go.
    Particularly with our lack of experienced depth at 13 and 12.

    First of many to go I reckon. Mcleod, TW, Deysel, Keegan…watch this space.
    If rumblings are to be believed, not everyone is happy with Jake and his ways.

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.03.14 08:32:27 by John Galt Reply

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  • TW is a loss for us. But I understand he doesn t wanna play second fiddle to Frans.
    What happens in the currie cup though?

    Hopefully this Esterhuizen oke comes good…

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.03.14 08:33:45 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • 15. Lwazi Mvovo
    14. Odwa Ndungane
    13. S’bura Sithole
    12. Frans Steyn
    11. JP Pietersen
    10. Fred Zeilinga
    9. Charl McLeod
    8. Ryan Kankowski
    7. Jean Deysel
    6. Marcell Coetzee
    5. Stephan Lewies
    4. Willem Alberts
    3. Jannie du Plessis
    2. Bismarck du Plessis (Captain)
    1. Tendai Mtawarira

    16. Kyle Cooper
    17. Dale Chadwick
    18. Lourens Adriaanse
    19. Etienne Oosthuizen br> 20. Keegan Daniel
    21. Stefan Ungerer
    22. Heimar Williams
    23. SP Marais

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.03.14 08:45:00 by Talent Reply
  • Lwazi at 15 😯 ,why not Odwa or JP?

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.03.14 08:57:57 by Talent Reply
  • Lwazi at fullback? Can that be right?

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.03.14 08:58:38 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • Keegan on the bench πŸ˜›

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.03.14 08:59:48 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 10) : @Son Of Mayhem (Comment 11) : That’s some out of the box thinking should it prove correct. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.03.14 09:12:07 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Son Of Mayhem (Comment 11) : Checked the Sharks website. It’s definitely correct. When was Bresler injured? Missed that one.

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.03.14 09:15:16 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I’m not sure if Jake is great or confused. Guess we’ll see on the weekend. I do think Odwa or JP would be better options at 15 if he really had to drop SP. At the same time, I think Mvovo would do good with some more space. But why play him out of position when we have two guys that has experience in that position already. This could work out for Jake if Mvovo has a blinder, attacking the space he has from 15 and not kicking the ball away or being out of position. Hmmm, now I’m confused. 😐

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.03.14 09:21:32 by Quintin Reply

  • I know its on the Sharks site like that, just dont think its right. They have made a mistake before.

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.03.14 09:22:15 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • @Son Of Mayhem (Comment 16) : Maybe Rob is querying it as we speak, as he hasn’t started the team announcement thread yet πŸ˜€

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.03.14 09:27:12 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Don’t forget players can always swap positions on attack and defence. Odwa to defend, Mvovo to attack. The black line to win us the game :D.

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.03.14 09:28:24 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 18) : I would love to see our forwards dominate like we know they can. Also, I think Keegan should be put on in the last 20min when the game starts to get loose. Lets just hope he’s fit and on form, has he been playing Vodacom Cup ?

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.03.14 09:38:46 by Quintin Reply

  • @Quintin (Comment 19) : He played one game I believe. And scored.

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.03.14 09:40:11 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @John Galt (Comment 7) : Ja, but that happens at every union when a new coach comes in. It’s not like it’s unusual or anything.

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.03.14 10:53:28 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
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  • Bad bad loss. But, and I said it to Rob. Cant understand boys “downgrading”. FFS its a long season. Zeinlinga just got his call up, because of injury to Pat and well deservedly so. Dont these boys have ANY sense of whats happening? Is it really ALL about rands or so called “playing time”…how much you gona get at the Kings at the moment? (Playtime)

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.03.14 21:45:44 by Ice Reply
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