Sharks of the future on show in Rosario

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 15 May 2015 at 12:15
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Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron has named five Sharks players in his starting pack for tomorrow’s second friendly match against the Argentine under 20 side, Los Pumitas.

Theron has made sweeping changes to the side that beat these same foes 25-20 on Tuesday, in the interests of ensuring game time across his squad ahead of the Junior World Championship later in the year.

Thomas du Toit, who is clearly being backed to make a success of his switch to tighthead, starts again in the number 3 jersey, with fellow Sharks junior Ruan Kramer his deputy. Westville Old Boy Mzamo Majola gets a start on the other side of the scrum, with lock Hyron Andrews also in the tight five that will start the game.

There was a little confusion in last week’s releases, with Jean-Luc du Preez mentioned, despite it actually being his brother Daniel who started. There is less cope for confusion this week, with the pair of twins named to start in tandem on the flanks, Daniel at 6 and Jean-Luc at 7. Bulls Super Rugby player Hanro Liebenberg captains the side from number 8, with two of his teammates completing the pack. The backline comprises almost exclusively Western Province players, bar at Bull at scrumhalf and outside center.

In a rather interesting stat, the Sharks, Bulls and Western Province each have exactly five players in the starting team.

Junior Springboks:
15. Grant Hermanus (DHL Western Province)
14. Khanyo Ngcukana (DHL Western Province)
13. JT Jackson (Vodacom Blue Bulls)
12. Daniel du Plessis (DHL Western Province)
11. Leolin Zas (DHL Western Province)
10. Brandon Thomson (DHL Western Province)
9. Ivan van Zyl (Vodacom Blue Bulls)
8. Hanro Liebenberg (captain, Vodacom Blue Bulls)
7. Jean-Luc du Preez (Cell C Sharks)
6. Dan du Preez (Cell C Sharks)
5. Hyron Andrews (Cell C Sharks)
4. Jason Jenkins (Vodacom Blue Bulls)
3. Thomas du Toit (Cell C Sharks)
2. Jan van der Merwe (Vodacom Blue Bulls)
1. Mzamo Majola (Cell C Sharks)
16. Joseph Dweba (Toyota Free State Cheetahs) 17. Njabulo Gumede (Vodacom Blue Bulls) 18. Ruan Kramer (Cell C Sharks) 19. Abongile Nonkontwana (Vodacom Blue Bulls) 20. Rikus Bothma (DHL Western Province) 21. Marco Jansen van Vuuren (Xerox Golden Lions) 22. Ernst Stapelberg (DHL Western Province) 23. Michael Jaer (EP Kings)


  • So excited to see how tommie does at tighthead. And also the dupreez brothers.

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.05.15 13:19:29 by coolfusion Reply
  • Good to see so many young Shark forwards. But where are the young Shark backline players of this calibre – do we have any?

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.05.15 13:36:01 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 2) : We are not big on backline play. Our forwards just crash the entire day.

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.05.15 14:58:02 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • Only real back line talent this year are either committed or injured the rest didn’t show too much spark else the se ties would have ended differently.

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.05.15 15:02:49 by coolfusion Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 2) : Isn’t there a chap named Marcel Coetzee cutting his teeth atm? Played 13 in VShield if I remember, there’s one 😉

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.05.15 17:25:13 by Surprise Attack Reply

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  • @Surprise Attack (Comment 5) : Ja I recall he did an interview with pastoor.

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.05.15 21:17:17 by coolfusion Reply

  • Nice some good news for the future

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.05.15 21:39:50 by Sharkfinn Reply

  • @Sharkfinn (Comment 7) : I feel bloody great knowing that we have two Baby Bok tightheads on our books

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.05.15 21:43:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Surprise Attack (Comment 5) : @coolfusion (Comment 6) : Yup…here’s the interview…

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.05.15 23:53:41 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I think that’s pretty good result given we don’t sign millions of school boys every year. A little concerned about a lack of backline players coming through though

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.05.15 06:57:45 by RuckingFun Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Even me

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.05.15 10:24:28 by Surprise Attack Reply

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  • @Surprise Attack (Comment 5) : Not a single Sharks back line player in the squad for the tour to Argentina. Radebe probably would have made the squad if he was not injured.

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.05.15 15:45:48 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Kramer a good player but like Marne Coetzee will get pumped at scrum time at that level

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.05.15 12:23:02 by Rugbymadness Reply

  • Marius Louw looks to be a handy center

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.05.15 13:40:28 by Shezza Reply


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