Another “loan shark” for Southern Kings

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :EP Kings, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 25 May 2016 at 08:55
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Another “loan shark” will make Nelson Mandela Bay his home when he joins the Southern Kings for the remainder of the Super Rugby season. Outside back, Wandile Mjekevu will join a number of Sharks team mates already on loan to the Southern Kings in the hope of boosting the Eastern Cape franchise.

Southern Kings Chief Operating Officer, Charl Crous said Mjekevu, who had been based at the Cell C Sharks, had been released this week to assist the Southern Kings, who have been battling with a number of injuries to their backline.

The Southern Kings have already lost the services of Malcolm Jaer, Siyanda Grey, Charles Radebe, Stefan Watermeyer and most recently Luzuku Vulindlu (also a former Sharks player) and Elgar Watts.

β€œWe have negotiated with the Sharks to loan Mjekevu to the Southern Kings for the remainder of the season and have followed all the necessary requirements to record the changes with SANZAAR,” said Crous.

Mjekevu represented South Africa at the IRB World Junior Championships in 2010 and 2011. He played most of his junior rugby at the Golden Lions before making his senior debut for the Sharks in 2012.

In 2013 he joined French club Perpignan where he made a number of appearances in the Top 14 and Heineken Cup before returning to Durban in 2015.

Mjekevu has already joined the Southern Kings training sessions yesterday and will be available for their next Super Rugby match against the Jaguares at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Friday evening.


  • With all their injuries and lack of dept, they going to be in for another long afternoon

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.05.16 09:07:53 by Henkb Reply
  • He was adding no value in Durban. So maybe some game time will aide his career

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.05.16 09:11:11 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 2) : I wonder if he and Am now are in direct competition with each other. Must be playing for CC spots. I had hoped that Mjekevu would flourish under RDP as he did when they were are Rovers.

    All the physical abilities but not kicked on from the juniors unfortunately

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.05.16 09:18:12 by Kabouter Reply

  • Well played on that headline Pierre πŸ˜€

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.05.16 09:28:40 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Kabouter (Comment 3) : I just think he hasnt played enough rugby in recent times to be honest. Talent is there, just not sure about dedication. Kings should keep Am on the wing (he doesnt have the skillset for centre) and then use Mjekevu at centre with Shane Gates. (I wouldnt mind signing Gates, haha)

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.05.16 09:33:09 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 5) : Gates or Watermeyer… As far as I understand no contracts are in place with players post SR until the liquidation / business rescue is handled in courts. Opportunity to get a Gates/Watermeyer and CJ Velleman

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.05.16 09:47:51 by Kabouter Reply

  • @Kabouter (Comment 6) : ja cause we have room for more loose forwards on our books

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.05.16 10:06:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Kabouter (Comment 6) : I think Gates is the better player, Watermeyer is good but seems to be injury prone. I dont think Velleman would compliment the loosies we have to be honest- he does well in a team that doesnt have the ball often.

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.05.16 10:12:02 by SheldonK Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 4) : I try my best πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.05.16 10:57:40 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : how much will it cost the union to retain the twins?how will this impact future player acquisition/retention?

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.05.16 11:02:06 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • Good to see this kind of initiative. Good for both unions and the player.

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.05.16 11:07:58 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 10) : I would expect that the Sharks would need to match any offer from abroad- what that sum would be who knows.

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.05.16 11:52:09 by SheldonK Reply

  • Se Hendrick cronje on twitter say twins staying for 2years

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.05.16 12:15:39 by wayno Reply

  • @wayno (Comment 13) : That would make the most sense to me, they can then improve their game in a familiar environment and after 2yrs they will know if they are in the Bok frame or not. If not well then by all means go cash in

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.05.16 12:28:11 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 14) : Yup. If they’re not in the Bok squad by then I think they’ll have their bags packed super quick.

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.05.16 12:30:27 by the-other-sharky Reply

  • @the-other-sharky (Comment 15) : Forget packing the bags, they can just go buy new ones πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.05.16 12:41:10 by SheldonK Reply

  • @wayno (Comment 13) : also saw that tweet and it corresponds with what I’ve heard.

    I’ll do a story once the Sharks announce it, though, but we can all stop worrying

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.05.16 12:46:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ja, the twins have signed for 2 more years

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.05.16 12:54:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : Winter is not coming

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.05.16 12:58:10 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 19) : no need to hold the door….. they’re not going out

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.05.16 13:00:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : Very good :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.05.16 13:05:23 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 2) : Agreed we can get him some airtime without risk.

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.05.16 13:21:36 by coolfusion Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 8) : I think playing for a weak side who have to do so much defending significantly increases risk of injury. So if he was playing in a strong side maybe less injuries. We risked our players health so much more beginning of the Como than now. U believe if our game was much stronger guys like Marcell would have less likely been injured.

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.05.16 13:25:46 by coolfusion Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : Face palm. …both of of you…

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.05.16 13:27:37 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 22) : @coolfusion (Comment 23) : Interesting take that. Just to reference your comment about defending in a weak side and Mjekevu- his tackling hasnt been a strong point so perhaps this will force him to be better at it. I think you could have a point regarding injuries in strong vs weak sides…would certainly be an interesting study. I think some guys are just abrasive so tend to take more contact than others whether they are in strong or weak sides. Taking the Coetzee example…if we were strong he would be carrying the ball a lot so would be taking a lot of hits. Being weaker means we would be tackling/ trying to steal ball so the contact would still be there just in a different form.

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.05.16 13:42:21 by SheldonK Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : Sharks supporters stop worrying? Ha!

    Negative Nancies be finding something to worry and complain about. πŸ™„

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.05.16 14:14:54 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 25) : Ja I would be interested in seeing correlation myself. It’s just a theory of mine. Also if we were stronger there may have been more players making yards more available carriers so maybe less risk again of the players who are in form having to try and do everything themselves and risking everything all the time. But also like you said maybe it brings up his defense. Personally I think his attack is not that great his ball skills not up to par and he hasn’t shown noteworthy flair and creativity. But this is a good a neutral platform from which coaches can asessment him objectively so it’s a good practice. Far better than losing the guy permanently before finding out what he can do.

  • Comment 27, posted at 25.05.16 14:39:32 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 27) : Often a player who hasnt had a lot of game time tries to do too much and as a result makes errors as he isnt up to speed. So just the game time will do him wonders i feel. And yeh i really think your theory could have a lot of merit. As always there will be exceptions to the rule but to a large extent it appears a reasonable one

  • Comment 28, posted at 25.05.16 14:45:50 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 28) : Ja look it takes adversity to wake some guys and some guys require a successful pack. Let’s see which one it takes for Wandile. Or if anything will ever lift him to the next level.

  • Comment 29, posted at 25.05.16 15:59:07 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 29) : Yeh that last sentence could ring true…

  • Comment 30, posted at 25.05.16 16:00:05 by SheldonK Reply

  • Wandile is a good player, still very young, really fast for his size, can do the job at outside centre and wing, he had a awesome impact in france and was a key player in that team, missed home and joined up with us before a horror currie cup for the whole team, he look good in the pre season game, but like sithole was behind the other outside backs. Had a injury recently, played well for the pre cc team before then. We seem to be writing this kid off already, his cc 2015 defending stat were no worse than the team avg, his intelligent and athletic give the guy a chance, i hope he stars for us in the cc 2016

  • Comment 31, posted at 25.05.16 18:08:50 by revolverocelot Reply

  • I would like to see him at fullback. Hes big and tall and has plenty of pace

  • Comment 32, posted at 25.05.16 18:57:21 by byron Reply

  • If hes gaurenteed gametime at the kings it can only be good for the player. Uf he can play himself back into some form then all the better for the sharks. Its only for super rugby i believe

  • Comment 33, posted at 25.05.16 18:58:59 by byron Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Velleman really impressed and reminded me of a 20 year old Coetzee. We have offloaded a number older guys and I dont know who will be available for CC. Franna and Majola constantly seems injured and are probably playing for retention this year. If they live up to potential then we are golden but CJ looks more polished and is much younger and due to short term Kings contract probably not too expensive. So yes we have a good list but constantly a lot of injuries. Daniel only one not injured recently?

  • Comment 34, posted at 25.05.16 20:53:40 by Kabouter Reply

  • @Kabouter (Comment 34) : Thats a fair point you make

  • Comment 35, posted at 26.05.16 08:07:13 by SheldonK Reply


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