Junior sides change ahead of first home game

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 23 Jul 2015 at 12:02
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Sharks under 21 coach Michael Horak appears to have lost the services of his two Super Rugby players, Thomas du Toit and Daniel du Preez ahead of this weekend’s game against the Free State Cheetahs.

With both players called up to the Sharks Currie Cup squad, Horak has had to reshuffle somewhat – he has however been boosted by the return of three other top players from injury.

Props Barend Potgieter and Ruan Kramer move into the starting lineup, replacing Mzamo Majola and Du Toit respectively. while fit-again Jean-Luc du Preez replaces twin brother Daniel at flank in the only other change to the pack that started at Loftus. A change at halfback sees Lotter Pretorius start ahead of Rowan Gouws, with Varsity Shield start Inny-Christian Radebe fit to start at flyhalf in place of Riaan O’Neill. Marius Louw, another who excelled for the Impi this year, was a late inclusion on the bench last week. He starts at 12 this week and also takes over the captaincy, with Sandile Kubeka moving to outside centre and Nkululeko Marwana shifting to left wing in place of Marcel Coetzee. Neil Maritz replaces Nkululeko Mcuma at right wing in the final change, meaning fullback Kelvin Elder is the only back who starts in the same jersey he wore in Pretoria last week.

On the bench, Mthunzi Moloi comes in as tighthead cover, with Gouws, O’Neill and Coetzee all included as backline substitutes. With only Wian Vosloo to cover lock and loose forward, there is no room for Retief Marais.

Sharks under 21:
15 Kelvin Elder, 14 Neil Maritz, 13 Sandile Kubeka, 12 Marius Louw (capt), 11 Nkululeko Marwana, 10 Inny-Christian Radebe, 9 Lotter Pretorius, 8 Ayron Schramm, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Graham Geldenhuys, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Johan du Toit, 3 Ruan Kramer, 2 Andrew du Plessis, 1 Barend Potgieter.
Replacements: 16 Kerron van Vuuren, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 Mthunzi Moloi, 19 Wian Vosloo, 20 Rowan Gouws, 21 Riaan O’Neill, 22 Marcel Coetzee

Paul Anthony’s under 19 side also sees changes.

Winger Chris Lines and scrumhalf Jaywinn Juries both move to the bench this week, with Brent Christoffels and Willem Badenhorst promoted after substitute roles at Loftus. Number 8 Rowan Coetzer moves to 5 lock, with captain Michael Meyer shifting from open side to the back of the scrum. Bernardus Haring moves from 7 to 6, with Namibian Cameron McNab moving up from the bench to start on the blind side.

Lock Christiaan van der Merwe drops to the bench, where Eric Kankowski replaces reserve hooker Ulric Sellar in the only other change to the match 23.

Sharks under 19:
15 Morne Joubert, 14 S’busiso Nkosi, 13 Tristan Blewett, 12 Wayno Visagie, 11 Brent Christoffels, 10 Tristan Tedder, 9 Willem Badenhorst, 8 Mike Meyer (capt), 7 Cameron MacNab, 6 Bernardus Haring, 5 Rowan Coetzer, 4 Rikus Zwart, 3 Kabelo Motloung, 2 Bradley Roberts, 1 Wentzel Vorster.
Subs: 16 Eric Kankowski, 17 Marq-Anthony Lombard, 18 Johnathan Vorster, 19 Ruan Smook, 20 Christie van der Merwe, 21 Jaywinn Juries, 22 Stephan Nel, 23 Chris Lines


  • Good to see Inny back!

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.07.15 12:12:05 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 1) : Seconded!

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.07.15 12:22:56 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 2) : Thirded

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.07.15 12:25:13 by war1 Reply
  • Fourthed :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.07.15 12:52:54 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Fifthed! Bloody hell, that spelling looks like something you see on sign boards in Wales..

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.07.15 13:21:46 by Culling Song Reply
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  • At least he lost du tout and not du toit. He must be sighing with relief. Du tout was kak anyways…

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.07.15 15:40:00 by coolfusion Reply

  • I shouldn’t tease though. People who live with autocorrect should not cast stones so I retract…

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.07.15 15:41:38 by coolfusion Reply

  • Hmmm I am keen to see how this plays out.

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.07.15 17:33:54 by KingCheetah Reply

  • Good luck men!

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.07.15 23:26:46 by pastorshark Reply
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  • 17-all in the u19 game, not long to go.

    Another strong fightback from 7-17 down.

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.07.15 14:31:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • Final results?

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.07.15 18:32:45 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 11) : don’t ask

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.07.15 18:52:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ok :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.07.15 19:43:52 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 13) : U19 drew 17 all
    u21 Cheetahs won 27 – 15

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.07.15 21:44:06 by KingCheetah Reply

  • So not a single Natal boy in the South African schools team and only one in the next yeam down. Michaelhouse chap. Dire. Very dire.

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.07.15 22:17:02 by Orlok Tsubodai Reply

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  • *team

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.07.15 22:17:29 by Orlok Tsubodai Reply

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  • @Orlok Tsubodai (Comment 15) : That’s not true, there’s also a Hilton boy in there.. I know this because they’re marketing the crap out of it.

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.07.15 02:02:12 by DonAlexander Reply

  • @DonAlexander (Comment 17) : forgive me.

    Let me rephrase:

    So not a single Natal boy in the South African schools team and only two in the next team down. Michaelhouse and Hilton chap. Dire. Very dire.

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.07.15 03:05:22 by Orlok Tsubodai Reply

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  • Two out of 52 boys. Not good enough.

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.07.15 03:07:16 by Orlok Tsubodai Reply

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  • @Orlok Tsubodai (Comment 19) : What do we expect from selectors who couldn’t even spot Marcel Coetsee….craven week rugby is a farce.

    Provincial selection is based on the school you attend (ask Lewies – not sure he even played bulls craven week) and the province for which you were selected (ask Marcel Coetsee).

    Let’s hope John Smit and Jacques Botes does a better job at scouting out the talent than the SA schools selectors.

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.07.15 06:11:25 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • The Lions announced that Bader Pretorius (Michaelhouse) is joining the Lions next year

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.07.15 06:24:49 by Baylion Reply

  • @DonAlexander (Comment 17) : Dahl?

    Not sticking around in KZN next year, is he?

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.07.15 10:54:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 20) : ja provincial school sports all the same. Seems as if the idiots only worry about getting their own boys/girls into teams to promote their schools.

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.07.15 14:23:32 by JD Reply
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  • The o/19 is not doing well I thinking they think they do us a favor just to be there aspesaly the player that is contracted an thouse who getting bursaries and they think they can’t be replace sorry for those who are paying to play rugby

  • Comment 24, posted at 02.08.15 16:07:15 by Willem B Reply


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