Huge experience boost for Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 14 Aug 2015 at 09:45
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The addition of just two players – Odwa Ndungane and Jean Deysel – has significantly raised the aggregate Currie Cup cap count for the Sharks ahead of Saturday’s game against EP in Durban.

With Dale Chadwick and his 42 caps being withdrawn just ahead of kick-off, it was a very green side indeed that took the field at the Mbombela Stadium, boasting just 297 caps in a starting team the included five Sharks debutants at this level. With Ndungane (who has played 84 games for the Sharks, starting 80 of those) and Deysel (65 games and 57 starts) in the mix, that combined cap total shoots up to 371, at an average of nearly 30 per man.

Averages are deceiving, of course – if we take 30 caps (roughly two full seasons) as the cut-off point, we find that only five players in the starting team boast more than that number; Marco Wentzel (51) is the only forward besides Deysel, while Lionel Crone (33) and Joe Pietersen (45) are the others. On the other end of the spectrum, Juan Schoeman and Daniel du Preez are both enjoying their first ever starts, while four other members of the starting 15 have fewer than ten caps apiece.

Average pack height and weight are 1.91m and 113.5kg respectively, with Marco Wentzel (2.01m) and Thomas du Toit (130kg) the individual leaders in each respective category. The addition of Deysel’s bulk to the back row for Khaya Majola’s comparatively slight frame brings the total pack weight to an impressive 908kg, with the tight five tipping the scales at 578kg.

Andre Esterhuizen is the biggest of the backs, with his 1.94m and 110kg frame dwarfing the next tallest (1.9m of Wandi Mjekevu) and heaviest (Heimar Williams at roughly 95kg).


  • Really glad to see more experience in the team this week, we certainly missed it last week.

    Not sure why they are persisting with Esterhuizen on the wing and Mjekevu at centre, two experiments that clearly did not work last week.

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.08.15 10:36:33 by stevovo Reply
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  • does anyone know Esterhuizen’s 10m and 40m sprint stats?

    Naholo is 1.86m and 96 kg (

    Trevor Halstead was very similar to Naholo at 1.86m and 105kg (wikipedia, if can be trusted)

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.08.15 10:38:01 by Kabouter Reply

  • @Kabouter (Comment 2) :

    I’m not sure Naholo only weighs 96kg..

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.08.15 10:52:04 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • The Sharks need to be ruthless in this game. I wouldn’t be happy with a win of less than 20 points.

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.08.15 10:59:59 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : ja, was quite surprised when I saw that on allblack site. Wiki has him at 105kg

    one speedtracker I saw had had him 0-24 kmph within a few steps and another meter or two to get to 34 kmph after busting a tackle

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.08.15 11:47:05 by Kabouter Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 4) : need to register 50!

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.08.15 11:47:25 by Kabouter Reply

  • Heimar is the next heaviest?! 😯

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.08.15 11:50:32 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : Ja look…Naholo only 1kg heavier than Heymar?! 😯

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.08.15 11:51:55 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 4) : I would be happy with any win…and delighted with a 20 point win. Baby steps… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.08.15 11:52:42 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Go Shark gee ons asb ‘n goeie wen en maak ons naweek lekker. Sterkte manne – maak ons trots.

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.08.15 13:14:50 by Leon Schrenk Reply

  • Heard in the bar at K.P at half time last week,”we need the Boks to play the Sharks here, as that is the only way we will be guaranteed to be on a winning side ,in this stadium ”

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.08.15 13:21:15 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 11) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.08.15 16:02:03 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Sharks website on player profiles is always more up to date than Wiki

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.08.15 16:08:09 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • ANDRE ESTERHUIZEN DATE OF BIRTH: 1994-03-30 HEIGHT: 194 WEIGHT: 110 Position: Centre – See more at:
    BIOGRAPHY Built like a loose-forward and with the physicality to match anyone in the back row, this hard-running, powerful centre will look to enjoy a bright season in 2015. At just 20 years of age, he featured off the bench once in last year’s Super Rugby competition before representing South Africa in the IRB Junior World Championship. He went on to enjoy a big Currie Cup campaign. –

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.08.15 16:09:45 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Here is a comparison, Andre vs Jean Deysel

    JEAN DEYSEL DATE OF BIRTH: 1985-03-05 HEIGHT: 191 WEIGHT: 110 Position: Loose Forward –

    The big-hitting, physically dominating flank left the Cell C Sharks in 2014 to follow a career in Japan, but has returned to the team that became his rugby home and will spend the Super Rugby season back in Durban. A player who relishes contact, he is a passionate Sharks’ man and a dedicated team player who has the respect of his team-mates and opposition alike.

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.08.15 16:12:22 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Deysel 1.91 vs Esterhuizen 1.94 weight is the same.

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.08.15 16:13:14 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : Well, even the Highlanders web page says that Naholo weighs 96kgs…

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.08.15 16:27:29 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 17) : muscle weighs less than fat by volume 😉

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.08.15 16:37:30 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 18) : And I’ve always been telling my wife that muscle weighs MORE than fat! Oh dear… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.08.15 17:50:23 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Experience counts for little when you have a team with no direction.

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.08.15 17:59:32 by Orlok Tsubodai Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 18) : @pastorshark (Comment 19) : f&£%#k the facts muscles way more and I’ll stick to it, also I’m not over weight I’m under length.

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.08.15 13:39:02 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 21) : 😆 😆

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.08.15 14:30:57 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @JD (Comment 21) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.08.15 14:41:45 by pastorshark Reply
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