Mtembu starts for Sharks XV

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Vodacom Cup on 6 May 2015 at 14:58
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Already out of contention for the Vodacom Cup quarter finals, the Sharks XV head to PE to play the Kings on Friday night with a team chock-full of surprises. Tera Mtembu will play his first game back from a long knee injury, starting in the number 8 jersey.

As we’ve come to expect, the changes to the team are wholesale. Only the front row and midfield remain intact from the unit that went down to Griquas last week; Monde Hadebe captains from hooker with Barend Potgieter and Marne Coetzee either side of him. Injuries to locks JC Astle and Johan du Toit mean a completely new second row pairing, comprising two players who joined from the Bulls age group ranks this year, Jean Droste and Christiaan de Bruyn. Johan Meyer shifts to flank to accommodate Mtembu, with Khaya Majola still at 6. Sias Koen heads benchwards, where he’ll act as utility forward cover alongside another injury returnee, Francois Kleinhans.

Hanco Venter is still at scrumhalf, but has a new halfback partner in Heimar Williams (with Cameron Wright benched). Marius Louw and Paul Jordaan continue in midfield, with Paul Perez replacing Alcino Izaacs at right wing. Garth April and Tonderai Chavhanga retain their places in the back three – altogether there are six changes to the starting lineup, one of them positional.

Mees Erasmus replaces Andrew du Plessis as reserve hooker in the only other bench move.

Sharks XV: 15. Garth April, 14. Paul Perez, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Marius Louw, 11. Tonderai Chavhanga, 10. Heimar Williams, 9. Hanco Venter, 8. Tera Mtembu, 7. Johan Meyer, 6. Khaya Majola, 5. Jean Droste, 4. Christiaan de Bruin, 3. Marne Coetzee, 2. Monde Hadebe (Captain), 1. Barend Potgieter
Replacements: 16. Johan Erasmus, 17. Mthunzi Moloi, 18. Sias Koen, 19. Francois Kleinhans, 20. Cameron Wright, 21. Sandile Kubeka, 22. Alcino Izaacs


  • could be a fun game to watch

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.05.15 15:01:45 by Kabouter Reply
  • Good to see Tera back in action.

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.05.15 15:01:52 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Decent backline…whether they can gel…and forwards can get them ball is another story however.

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.05.15 15:07:02 by SheldonK Reply

  • Welcome back Tera! Great news 😛

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.05.15 15:37:56 by Another Nick Reply

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  • The whole team looks great on paper. I cannot understand why they struggle. Anyone would be giving a left nut to field a roster like this…seriously baffled.

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.05.15 16:17:52 by coolfusion Reply

  • @Kabouter (Comment 1) : I’ll let you know I’ll be there give updates 😉

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.05.15 16:31:16 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • Good!
    Mtembu is a guy coming through the ranks which I believe can be a great asset to the Sharks.

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.05.15 16:51:51 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 6) : hmmm, if we did have to prep for a massive mothers day I would have joined you. We should meet up for a few cc or sr games

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.05.15 19:07:22 by Kabouter Reply

  • So good to see Tera back? Any opinions on the lock pair?

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.05.15 21:43:17 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 9) : First question mark was supposed to be an exclamation mark. Oops.

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.05.15 21:43:57 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 9) : hard to say…. the Bulls would have kept them if they were first choice

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.05.15 22:02:36 by robdylan Reply
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