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Strong under 21 side for opener


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 10 Jul 2015 at 08:33
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New Sharks under 21 coach Michael Horak has named his side for the competition opener against Western Province at City Park tomorrow afternoon. Hooker Chris de Beer, who captained the Sharks under 19 side two years ago, leads a team that appears – on paper at least – to have a chance of upstaging their more-fancied rivals.

Barend Potgieter, a former flank whose conversion to loosehead prop last year proved stunningly successful, continues in that position, with former Grey Kollege lad Ruan Kramer at number 3. Junior Springbok Hyron Andrews finds himself in the somewhat unusual number 4 jersey, with Jean Droste, another young lock fed up with the Bulls age-group system joining him in the second row.

Open side flank Graham Geldenhuys will know the opposition well, having played for Western Province at under 19 level last year (and also for Rondebosch Boys High), while there is a big surprise lurking at blindside flank in the form of Johan du Toit. Pieter-Steph’s younger brother has opted to remain a Shark and while he operated successfully as a 4-lock during the Varsity Shield, some feel it’s on the side of the scrum that he might prove a class act. Kearsney’s Ayron Schramm, who shared the under 19 captaincy with Kramer last year, starts at number 8.

Rowan Gouws – another player to make great strides for UKZN this year – is at scrumhalf, with Zimbabwean international Riaan O’Neill at pivot (while Inny-Christian Radebe is still injured). Much is expected of the home-grown centre combination; Kearsney’s Sandile Kubeka and Glenwood’s Legend Marwana have played together in Natal colours since 2011, when both were selected for the Craven Week squad in their Grade 11 year. Kubeka’s pedigree actually goes back even further; along with de Beer, he represented KZN at the u16 Grant Khomo Week back in 2010.

Nkululeko Mcuma and try machine Marcel-with-one-l Coetzee are the wings, with Kelvin Elder at fullback. Interestingly, every one of the backs outside of the flyhalf attnded school in KZN, making this our most “local” under 21 backline in some years.

A nasty surprise (if you’re a Province fan) is the inclusion of Super Rugby players Thomas du Toit and Daniel du Preez on the bench. Both are expected to feature in the upcoming Currie Cup season, but will use this opportunity to enjoy some game time with their age-group compatriots. Horak has opted to include two props on the bench (the other being junior Bok Mzamo Majola) – a sure indication that he plans to give du Toit a decent run at tighthead in the second half. Andy du Plessis covers hooker, while Retief Marais (younger brother of Peet and Jandre) joins du Preez as utility forward cover. With three players in the mix able to cover both lock and flank, it will be interesting to see exactly what combination the coaches settle on later in the game.

Only two backs are on the bench, in scrumhalf Lotter Pretorius and outside back Sipho Mkhize. Both return from last year’s under 21 squad.

Sharks under 21:
15 Kelvin Elder, 14 Nkululeko Mcuma, 13 Nkululeko Marwana, 12 Sandile Kubeka, 11 Marcel Coetzee, 10 Riaan O’Neill, 9 Rowan Gouws, 8 Ayron Schramm, 7 Johan du Toit, 6 Graham Geldenhuys, 5 Jean Droste, 4 Hyron Andrews, 3 Ruan Kramer, 2 Chris de Beer, 1 Barend Potgieter.
Replacements: 16 Andrew du Plessis, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Daniel du Preez, 20 Retief Marais, 21 Lotter Pretorius, 22 Sipho Mkhize


45 Comments

  • Good luck to the guys, hopefully they can do well this season. Congrats to Chris as well. Not bad having two Super Rugby capped players on the bench. 😎

    “a former flank whose conversion to loosehead prop proved stunningly successful” Well that’s something you don’t hear very often. 😆

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.07.15 08:39:54 by Seth101 Reply
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  • Nice to see a good share of local talent represented and good luck to the boys.

    Sharks are due some better results at age group level and lets hope we can start getting some momentum from this season.

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.07.15 08:42:41 by stevovo Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 1) : *cough cough* Beast *cough* 🙂

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.07.15 08:44:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • Glad to hear we are retaining some of the younger brothers, they are usually the better siblings! How tall is Johan du Toit? Haven’t seen him play really, any opinions on whether flank or lock will suit him best? Think it is good for him to play in a different position than PSdT, so that he can get out of his brother’s shadow

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.07.15 08:54:24 by HeinF Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Wow seriously? I honestly did not know that… Did he also move from flank?
    I was also thinking of Burden from wing to hooker, but hooker is slightly more forgiving then prop.

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.07.15 09:06:15 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @HeinF (Comment 4) : Or play in the same position like Odwa and Akona and then like them they can swap in and out of the bok team when the other is injured. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.07.15 09:08:32 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @robdylan heard the guy who went over to NZ is returning but not to Sharks for u21s but to another union’s senior fold , any truth behind this?

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.07.15 09:10:44 by Rugbymadness Reply

     
  • @HeinF (Comment 4) : As long as he stays away from the “sieke boeg”, he’ll be in no danger of coming close to his big brother’s shadow 😈

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.07.15 09:11:21 by FireTheLooser Reply

     
  • @Seth101 (Comment 5) : From 8th man, but close enough. 😀

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.07.15 09:31:05 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 8) : Let’s hope! Then when province try to poach him in a few years, the loyal brother can tell then what to do with their offer!

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.07.15 09:35:29 by HeinF Reply

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  • @Rugbymadness (Comment 7) : I hadn’t heard that. Which team? Kings?

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.07.15 10:17:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • I wouldnt assume that the younger du Toit is particularly loyal just yet. Sharks must treat this one with caution…

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.07.15 10:44:14 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @robdylan unsure which side just heard he won’t be returning to Sharks

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.07.15 11:03:53 by Rugbymadness Reply

     
  • @Rugbymadness (Comment 13) : Which prop is that?

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.07.15 11:04:35 by HeinF Reply

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  • @robdylan any chance you could find out which side he will be joining? Been following his career and would like to know where he goes next

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.07.15 11:05:28 by Rugbymadness Reply

     
  • @Rugbymadness (Comment 15) : You talking about Bart le Roux? I will find out.

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.07.15 11:22:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan yes Bart le Roux where is he headed?

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.07.15 12:24:08 by Rugbymadness Reply

     
  • No Jean-Luc DuPreez? Are there any u21 guys injured currently besides Radebe? Or any in senior side not playing?

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.07.15 12:29:07 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 18) : Jean-Luc has an injury.

    Again.

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.07.15 12:39:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Rugbymadness (Comment 17) : Cheetahs, I believe.

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.07.15 12:42:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : Ah i see…he on same career path as PSDT? 😉

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.07.15 12:44:30 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 21) : bit of a stretch…. let’s hope not

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.07.15 12:52:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : haha agreed

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.07.15 13:04:29 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @robdylan that’s very interesting,will he join u21s or what? And why is he not returning to Sharks u21s?

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.07.15 13:25:47 by Rugbymadness Reply

     
  • this games being played at city park athlone ? Oh why do I have too be busy today

  • Comment 25, posted at 11.07.15 05:38:03 by revolverocelot Reply

     
  • @revolverocelot (Comment 25) : I can only answer the first question. Yes, played at City Park.

  • Comment 26, posted at 11.07.15 09:56:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • haha! Sharks under 21s honest-to-goodness just beat the highly fancied WP under 21 side in Cape Town 🙂

  • Comment 27, posted at 11.07.15 15:56:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : Wow! 😎

  • Comment 28, posted at 11.07.15 16:24:58 by Ben Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : What was the score?

  • Comment 29, posted at 11.07.15 16:26:20 by Ben Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : Oh my hat! How good is that!! Well done boys…and well done Michael Horak!!!

  • Comment 30, posted at 11.07.15 16:28:02 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 29) : we won 17-13.

    Try by O’Neill, 4 penalties to Gouws

  • Comment 31, posted at 11.07.15 16:31:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : Thanks. 😎

  • Comment 32, posted at 11.07.15 16:32:54 by Ben Reply
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  • Well done lads.

  • Comment 33, posted at 11.07.15 16:33:09 by Ben Reply
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  • 13-17, I see on the SARU website! Wow!!!

  • Comment 34, posted at 11.07.15 16:33:57 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 34) : Too late, I see…

  • Comment 35, posted at 11.07.15 16:34:28 by pastorshark Reply
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  • My word, I’m a impressed!!!

  • Comment 36, posted at 11.07.15 16:35:09 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : wasnt beast a no8 ?

  • Comment 37, posted at 11.07.15 18:47:37 by byron Reply

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  • @byron (Comment 37) : He was a loosie…flank I think?

  • Comment 38, posted at 11.07.15 19:45:35 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I am lead to believe that he was playing lock at u21 level when the decision was made to convert him to loosehead prop …

  • Comment 39, posted at 11.07.15 20:32:26 by byron Reply

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  • Well done lads!!! Great start!!!

  • Comment 40, posted at 11.07.15 21:27:45 by JD Reply
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  • @byron (Comment 39) : Beast a lock? I highly doubt that.

  • Comment 41, posted at 12.07.15 07:12:12 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 41) : I’m pretty sure he was a flank…

  • Comment 42, posted at 12.07.15 19:49:16 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 42) : Or a number 8…definitely a loosie…I’ll have a quick look what google says…

  • Comment 43, posted at 12.07.15 19:54:23 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 43) : “His fellow Springboks adore him. As does the Natal Sharks organisation, which rapidly shaped him from a No 8 into their prized propping possession…”

  • Comment 44, posted at 12.07.15 19:55:48 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 43) : And the write-up on ultimate rugby: “The Zimbabwean-born Mtawarira joined up with the Sharks after school where he was converted from a loose forward into a loosehead prop and has gone on to enjoy a successful career in the front row for the Springboks.”

  • Comment 45, posted at 12.07.15 19:57:35 by pastorshark Reply
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