Kings challenge for Juniors

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 14 Aug 2015 at 09:14
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The Sharks under 21 side will aim to build on a good win against the Leopards a fortnight ago, when they face the EP Kings at Kings Park, kicking off at 2:45pm.

Michael Horak has made a number of changes to his side; in the backs, Alrin Eksteen moves from right wing to fullback in place of Riaan O’Neill (who seems to be with the Zimbabwean national side), with Sipho Mkhize shifting from left wing to right. Legend Marwana and captain Marra Louw retain their positions in midfield, with Neil Maritz coming onto the left wing. Lotter Pretorius comes in at scrumhalf.

In the pack, Graham Geldenhuys moves to number 8 to replace Ayron Schramm, with Ray Williams coming in for his first start at 6. Barend Potgieter and Ruan Kramer replace Mzamo Majola and Mthunzi Moloi respectively in the other changes to the starting pack.

Former Bulls age-group player Jean Droste is on the bench for the first time, as is Matthew Reece-Edwards, who will provide scrumhalf cover.

Sharks under 21:
15 Alrin Eksteen, 14 Sipho Mkhize, 13 Nkululeko Marwana, 12 Marius Louw (capt), 11 Sipho Mkhize, 10 Inny-Christian Radebe, 9 Lotter Pretorius, 8 Graham Geldenhuys, 7 Retief Marais, 6 Ray Williams, 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 Jean Drotse, 20 Wian Vosloo, 21 Matthew Reece-Edwards, 22 Kelvin Elder

Paul Anthony’s under 19s face the log-leading Kings earlier in the day (1pm).

Anthony has retained the same backline from the last outing (a narrow loss to the Leopards), while making just two changes to the starting pack.

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


  • Good luck boys!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.08.15 09:16:56 by pastorshark Reply
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  • It’s good to see the name Reece-Edwards on Natal team sheets again… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.08.15 09:17:36 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 2) : Joubert, Visagie, Reece-Edwards and Kankowski…..throw back to previous times 😉

    if these guys get even close to levels of the legends, things will look up!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.08.15 09:21:00 by Kabouter Reply

  • the u21’s must not take this game lightly. The boys have a number of changes to the squad with the likes of Schramm, R Gouws and O Neill all missing. I am a bit at a loss for words how Maloi and Majola are not starting after they demolished the Leopards scrum. I understand rotation, but the guys also need consistent game time to gel as a team. Lions next week is going to be a massive challenge in the pack

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.08.15 09:49:08 by Vonno13 Reply
  • Best of luck boys

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.08.15 09:56:37 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Vonno13 (Comment 4) : any idea where Schramm is this week?

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.08.15 10:14:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan: Howzit Rob, he took a knock to his shin. He had an op on the same shin a few weeks back. He could probably play but from what I have heard, they want to rest him for the Lions. like I said, I hope they are not looking past the Kings. Gouws also has a niggle of some sorts but should also be back for the Lions and like you said, O Neill is playing for Zimbabwe against Namibia. I am just a bit perplexed about the front row – what are your thoughts on constantly changing the front row? Good thing or bad thing?

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.08.15 10:34:59 by Vonno13 Reply
  • @Vonno13 (Comment 7) : I can’t really give you a decent opinion since I don’t get to see the games.

    Would think that if Moloi and Majola were going well, though, they’d back them consistently.

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.08.15 10:38:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan: Fair comment, as someone who has watched,I feel Maloi and Majola are stronger scrummagers. Against the Cheetahs, the scrum got mauled,badly. As soon as Maloi and Majola came on, the scrum was far better.

    Then against the Leopards, the young Sharks pack totally dominated – against a massive Leopards pack. I would just think that continuity is important, especially in the front row.

    Do you perhaps know when Chris De Beer will be ready?

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.08.15 10:49:17 by Vonno13 Reply
  • Its not been the best of times for Sharks juniors of late. Lots of fundamental errors and again conditioning. Do the Sharks perhaps need to relook at how they condition players? We seem to be good at the rehab thing

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.08.15 11:03:37 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 10) : that is very good question!!! What I dont understand is how teams like the Bulls have so few injuries, especially to key players.

    In general Sharks always have injuries and probably less than 5 times a year can play first choice teams (maybe overly dramatic)

    Surely prevention is better than recovery costs

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.08.15 11:52:31 by Kabouter Reply

  • @Kabouter (Comment 11) : The more i watch the Sharks of late the more i believe that something is wrong the way we condition our guys. We often hear of this gruelling preseason they do but then we watch and they look lethargic and slow and then get injured. Perhaps what Pieter DeVilliers said about players carrying too much weight rings true…i mean its hard to argue thats the case with Alberts. Then you look at the All Blacks…there arent hugely muscular guys there even amongst their forwards…but they are damn strong

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.08.15 12:05:51 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 12) : Even Marcel is huge now. he still quick and damn strong but he must be rivaling Pierre Spies for muscle, just with skill. Was he rushed back too soon by boks, probably, but even he is more injured these days

    Terblanche and Botes were pure lean muscle (not bulky) and they performed for years, we seem to not have same build players. Hopefully the Dup twins dont become too big

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.08.15 12:21:27 by Kabouter Reply

  • @Kabouter (Comment 13) : And the bigger Marcel gets the more injuries he is picking up of late. Yes there are other factors too. I just think a serious rethink is needed at the Sharks in terms of conditioning as we look off the pace

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.08.15 12:33:39 by SheldonK Reply

  • Zimbabwe has a national rugby team? 😯

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.08.15 14:37:07 by Ben Reply
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  • I do not mean to be nasty, but the amount of [email protected]$&t I read on this blog is scary! Have any of u played higher
    Level rugby? A serious rethink is needed of the sharks conditioning? R u serious, I think I need a new blog

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.08.15 20:09:21 by Vonno13 Reply

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