Sharks to the (Kings) rescue. Again!

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, EP Kings, Original Content, Sharks on 10 Aug 2016 at 08:00
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The poor EP Kings find themselves, once more, dependent on the kindness of strangers as they seek to put together a capable Currie Cup squad at a week’s notice. Fortunately for new head coach Barend Pieterse, the Sharks have joined a number of other provinces in coming to the party.

An interim squad has started training ahead of this weekend’s first game against Boland. Pieterse takes over the head coaching reins after serving as forwards coach under Deon Davids in Super Rugby. Former Blitzbok speedster Vuyo Zangqa is the backline coach.

Schalk Ferreira captains the side – one of a handful who are still around from Super Rugby, with the likes of loosehead Barend Potgieter and utility forward Christiaan de Bruin coming in from Sharks country to boost the pack. Also in the mix is WP hooker Mike Willemse. Cheetahs players Vince Jobo and Caylib Oosthuizen are also familiar names.

Waylon Murray is one of the more experienced players named in the squad, with another former Sharks player, Alcino Izaacs, loaned to the Kings (by his new team, the Bulls) for the duration of the tournament.

EP Kings squad: Schalk Ferreira (captain), Justin Forwood, Caylib Oosthuizen, Barend Potgieter, Martin Bezuidenhout, Cullen Collopy, Mikey Willemse, Dolph Botha, Mzuvukile Sofisa, Tiny van Wyk, David Antoinites, Tazz Fuzani, Sebastian Ferreira, Cornell Hess, Henry Brandon Brown, Vincent Jobo, Christiaan de Bruin, Hendrik Grobbelaar, Jacques Fick, Ricky Schroeder, Pieter Steyn de Wet, Lungelo Goza, Kobus Marais, Sampie Mastriet, Minhele Mtwetwe, Burton Klaasen, Siphumelele Mstuwana, Waylon Murray, Johan Greyling, Alcino Izaacs, Siviwe Soyizwapi, Ganfried May, Johan Tromp.


  • Hope Waylon has a good season….couple of familiar names..all the best lads!

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.08.16 08:36:58 by BarendL Reply
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  • Eish what a mess. On the positive at least some of these guys get exposure at this level. Would possibly have been an opportunity to select a Varsity Cup XV side to then play as the EP Kings…but guess this kinda works too in the short term. Can see big problems heading into next year though.

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.08.16 08:40:51 by SheldonK Reply

  • Do these guys have a hope of beating Boland this weekend?

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.08.16 08:56:32 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I see Luke Watson has retired,what a wasted career,whatever anyone says ,and most people have a negative perception of him,he was at one time an excellent rugby player.I think his best playing days were when he was at the Sharks,and his father had the least influence on him.
    Properly managed he could have been a great Springbok captain.
    I am now heading for the trenches the flak comes in.

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.08.16 09:20:05 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 4) : haha get ready for cannon fire !!! But i agree there was a time when he was a bloodly good player

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.08.16 09:32:25 by John Reply

  • @The hound (Comment 4) : He was turning into a quality player at the Sharks but there were rumours he was getting a bit of a big head back then so was almost shifted out. He was still pretty good at Bath. But yeh he seems to get caught up in off field matters and that detracts from his playing.

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.08.16 09:33:28 by SheldonK Reply

  • @The hound (Comment 4) : I remember being gutted when he left the Sharks, felt we was turning into a top shelf player. But it all went backwards for him and his out spoken criticism of the Boks made him hated.

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.08.16 09:41:47 by Hulk Reply

  • @The hound (Comment 4) : I will never forget being at Newlands, Watson leading the Stormers onto the pitch against the Sharks and getting booed by the home crowd – it was weird. Sharks licked ass in that game.

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.08.16 10:09:34 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • I wonder what happened to the Davids clan that was coaching the Super team.

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.08.16 10:13:04 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 4) : Agreed.

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.08.16 10:25:41 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 9) : Stick bailed to the Boks and Davids probably wanted to actually get paid

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.08.16 10:36:24 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 11) : “Bailed to the Boks” πŸ˜† :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.08.16 10:48:10 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • not too bad a squad, they could be competitive against griquas. they’l get killed against Cheetahs, sharks, bulls and WP though, pumas even

    Barend Potgieter: young and capable, but stuck behind lots of players (this is a loan correct ?)

    Christiaan de Bruin: played well in SR pre season, but never got a look in, would have likely played club rugby and a few CC games for us this year (this is a loan correct ?)

    Waylon Murray: forgot that we was still with us, thought he was injured (this is a loan correct ?)

    Alcino Izaacs: last I heard he was at the bulls, good player, must be on loan from the bulls, still young

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.08.16 10:48:37 by revolverocelot Reply

  • Was sort of hoping to see Kankos name!

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.08.16 14:38:25 by JD Reply
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  • So it seems Luke Watson says he hasnt retired…any takers for the bearded puker?

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.08.16 15:33:32 by SheldonK Reply

  • Was almost expecting to see Conrad Hoffman’s name there πŸ™‚

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.08.16 15:57:08 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 16) : Culling Song!!!!! Did you see what he just posted????? :mrgreen: πŸ˜› 😈

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.08.16 16:02:19 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Also a little surprised to not see Kanko on the Kings squad. He was so good in his early years, we came to expect so much from him. At the end of 2012, he took over the lineout calling for the Sharks, and that, I believe, led to the Sharks resurgence that year, with a great run of wins. He was superb again then, but faded completely after that. All that being said, the Kanko who is a mere shadow of his former self, is still a very good rugby player and would be a big boost for the Kings (in my opinion).

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.08.16 16:05:38 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 18) : I’d still like to know why Kano is not with the Sharks,never mind the Kings.

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.08.16 18:24:55 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 19) : With Dan DuPreez, Ginger Ninja, Mtembu, and Daniel all able to cover 8 more than adequately, there is no room for Kanko in the Sharks setup. He could help a team like the Kings. I have always been a huge fan of Kanko, but at this point in time the above 4 are all better options at 8.

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.08.16 18:57:18 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Also, right now it is great to have Keegan Daniel to cover openside flank, as the Sharks are extremely thin there, especially with Marcell leaving. For me that is something the Sharks have to address for the future, we badly need an openside flank that can take us well into the future, and just to share some of the load with Keegan, who right now seems to be our only option there.

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.08.16 19:01:04 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 17) : Fortunately my wife managed to clamp some leg irons on me when she noticed that I was reading the internet and starting to foam at the mouth. She’s learnt to recognize the symptoms that reading Cuba’s Hoffman’s name elicits. Saved me from doing something irresponsible, she did

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.08.16 19:16:45 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 22) : :mrgreen: Hold onto her… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.08.16 19:44:33 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 22) : Won’t the Kings just be the perfect fit for your boy?

    The mediocre being employed by the celebration of mediocrity.

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.08.16 19:50:53 by FireTheLooser Reply


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