Hewitt skippers changed Sharks XV

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Vodacom Cup on 10 Apr 2014 at 12:23
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The Cell C Sharks XV have changed things up a fair bit for this weekend’s clash against the Tusker Simba XV from Kenya, whom they will play in Cape Town on Saturday.

Regular skipper Monde Hadebe takes a breather on the bench this week, meaning a start for Junioer Springbok hooker Franco Marais and a rare turn as captain for lock Edwin Hewitt. Loosehead prop Mox Mxoli is the only member of the starting tight five retained this week, with Nikolai Blignaut and Wiehahn Herbst also coming in for Marco Wentzel and Danie Mienie respectively.

Justin Downey starts at blindside flank for the first time, with Johan Meyer the new man at 8. Khaya Majola offers some rare continuity in the loose trio and is in the unmber 6 jersey as he has been all season.

The changes continue at the back, with Shannon Rick starting at scrumhalf ahead of Hanco Venter and Sean Robinson given a start at fullback with Jaco van Tonder off for the week. Sizo Maseko, Quentin Crocker, Andre Esterhuizen and Tonderai Chavhanga comprise an unchanged three-quarter line, while Tim Swiel also continues at flyhalf.

Cell C Sharks XV:
15. Sean Robinson
14. Sizo Maseko
13. Quentin Crocker
12. Andre Esterhuizen
11. Tonderai Chavhanga
10. Tim Swiel
9. Shannon Rick
8. Johan Meyer
7. Justin Downey
6. Khaya Majola
5. Nikolai Blignaut
4. Edwin Hewitt (C)
3. Wiehahn Herbst
2. Franco Marais
1. Sangoni Mxoli

16. Monde Hadebe
17. Thomas du Toit
18. Peet Marais
19. Francois Kleinhans
20. Hanco Venter
21. Neil Maritz
22. Alcino Izaacs


  • Another slow start with all the points being scored in the second half..

    Easy win for the Sharks XV this though..

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.04.14 12:30:44 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Congrats Edwin, now to show JW and Peet can play super rugby.

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.04.14 12:59:01 by JD Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : yeah, hence picking a B-team

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.04.14 13:02:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 2) : Hewitt, Peet can certainly play S15. To play the best 7 flank in the world at lock is madness! What if he gets injured(God Forbid)? Are you telling me Willem and Jean are going to start every game for the season ?

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.04.14 13:25:58 by Observer Reply

  • @Observer (Comment 4) : Apart from scrumming there is not much difference between playing 7 and 4. Alberts has slowed down and his future lies at 4. @robdylan (Comment 3) : @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : I am seeing a trend of how the Sharks are looking to pick their sides. Strong and big tight 5, quicker loosies, creative 9/10, big 12/13 and pace in the back 3.

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.04.14 13:36:29 by SheldonK Reply

  • it sounds like Jake’s head is starting to lean a little more towards picking Peet. Let’s hope.

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.04.14 14:32:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Observer (Comment 4) : yes for me Deysel and Alberts should rotate at 7 with Peet in match 23.

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.04.14 15:11:59 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 5) : Alberts been a bit slow this year but don’t think he should play 4, he should be rotated at 7 maybe then he will start playing better if his body has time to rest.

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.04.14 15:15:26 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : that would make my day. I really think with the right backing Peet could be a star for the Sharks.

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.04.14 15:18:47 by JD Reply
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  • Only another 6 000 points then I’m in the top 50.

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.04.14 15:20:38 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 10) : awesome!

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.04.14 15:38:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • I’m actually closing in on 5000 posts 🙂

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.04.14 15:39:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 8) : Maybe he does need a rest- but he is also known to pick up an injury after he has been ‘rested’ so that could be in JW’s thinking as well. Modern loose forwards are gettign quicker and quicker but he isnt. He still offers so much value but i cant help but think in terms of his Bok aspirations etc that perhaps 4 and not 7 is where his future career lies. And in terms of how he plays- apart from the position in the scrum there is no difference to how he would play at 4 or 7. But if he plays 4 it allows a guy like Deysel or even Mthembu to play 7. And having them both on the field is a plus for me. I mean a pack containing out Bok front row, Alberts at 4, PSDT at 5, Coetzee, Deysel and Kanko. Not many international sides could boast that quality

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.04.14 15:52:06 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 13) : I agree with you on the pace of loosies but the problem with Alberts playing 4 is the line outs will suffer and that’s why I can’t see him playing 4 for the Bokke. Other number 4 locks is longer and better at line outs than him just look at Anton, Eben and Flip all of them is way better in line outs.

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.04.14 16:23:45 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 14) : Yeh look he isnt as skilled at lineout jumping at the moment. But also how much attention does he pay to it now compared to how much he would work on it if he was a full time 4? He could def work in the front of the line.

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.04.14 16:33:36 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 13) : @JD (Comment 14) : Wasn’t it Alberts who scrambled back to make that try-saving tackle in the Tahs game? Have to be honest Sheldon, I haven’t noticed it but that doesn’t mean it’s isn’t true.

    Having said all this, is speed one of a blind-side’s vital attributes?

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.04.14 16:37:41 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 15) : you can’t coach him to be 8cm taller, which is what he gives up to most 4 locks.

    Vic against Etzebeth at the front of the lineout? Only one winner there… the guy with the 11cm height advantage.

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.04.14 18:19:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 16) : Depends on what else you have within your trio. I think we’re probably a little shy of pace with Vic/Marcell/Wolla in the mix. Good to have Kanko and Keegan to balance, but this is why a guy like Tera is a good option too, just for a different dynamic

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.04.14 18:20:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : That 11cm will be pretty hard to reach, but should Vic be able to get his shoulder in front of the opposition jumper, he should at least be able to effectively disrupt the opposition throw in, even if it is only with his finger tips….get his lifters to stand on their tippy-toes 😆

    With enough trickery in the lineout, no team should really be guilty of being out jumped by the opposition jumper.

    He could always try his hand at loose head 😈

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.04.14 21:59:55 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : I disagree…front of the lineout is about speed into the air not height. @vanmartin (Comment 16) : Im not saying he isnt a good 7. What i am saying is that the modern day loose forward needs to have speed, skill and a bit of brute force. Looksnat the guys coming through…Coetzee, Kolisi, Jaques Duplessis, Hooper, Cane, etc. Alberts offers a lot but i just feel he should work on his speed as thats what the modern game is about. Even props are slimming down a bit and get faster. Yes there are always exceptions but times are changing.

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.04.14 08:27:44 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : any news on the performances of Chivanga, Du Toit and Esterhuisen? I would love to see the youngSters get a super game this season. And if Chivanga must step up that he is back to his best. Also how do you rate Maritz? Ishe a keeper. I know province wanted him bad. I heard Gert Smal is going to be shopping for youngsters as if he doesn’t have enough. But the want the province boys back in province. Would be good to see what he does over the next few months.

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.04.14 08:31:41 by BoerSeun Reply


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