Kleinhans, Maritz, Ungerer join Pumas

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 16 May 2017 at 11:43
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The Pumas have announced a number of new signings, including Sharks loose forward Francois Kleinhans, scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer and utility three-quarter Neil Maritz.

Former Glenwood pupil Kleinhans has been a stalwart for the Sharks at age-group and Vodacom Cup level, but due mainly to injury and competition at loose forward has yet to make a Super Rugby appearance for the side. At 26 years of age, it’s high time he looked at a way to build his profile through consistent selection and it’s hoped that this move to Nelspruit will give his career the shot in the arm it so badly needs.

Maritz is currently on loan to the Kings, but has also not yet quite cracked the Super rugby squad there. He looked a useful, lively player in a few Currie Cup appearances for the Sharks last year, but also faces very stiff competition in Durban at both outside centre and wing. He will join the Pumas ahead of the Currie cup season.

Stefan Ungerer is another player in a similar position. After unexpectedly being cut from the Sharks Super Rugby squad due to conditioning concerns, he too has been playing for the Kings as a loan player, but will make his way to Nelspruit once the Currie Cup gets underway.

We wish all three players nothing but the very best for the upcoming move to the Pumas and would like to thank them all for their contributions to the Sharks.


  • I had high hopes that Kleinhans would come through at the Sharks.

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.05.17 12:23:45 by Bump Reply
  • All the best, gentlemen…

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.05.17 12:26:50 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Bump (Comment 1) : me too, but I think it’s pretty clear by now that he’s not going to, right?

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.05.17 12:36:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • So Cobus leaves at the end of Superrugga and now ungerer too, where are our Scrumhalf replacements?

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.05.17 12:46:16 by Dunx Reply

  • @Dunx (Comment 4) : we’ve signed Cameron Wright. Oh oops, I wasn’t meant to reveal that.

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.05.17 12:52:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Dunx (Comment 4) : Exactly

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.05.17 12:52:05 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : If true that will make my week, and completely erase any memory of Saturday between 17:15 and 19:00

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.05.17 12:53:32 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Happy dance, happy dance

    One other comment mentioned Schreuder also coming after SR – truth or wishful thinking?

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.05.17 12:54:19 by Kabouter Reply

  • @Kabouter (Comment 8) : I haven’t heard anything about that, so I would treat it with maximum suspicion.

    Sharks have Damian Stevens and Rowan Gouws as well. Good prospects both.

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.05.17 13:04:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : And our little Faf?

    If CW improved only 1% during his French stint from what we saw in his only CC season, he will make a major difference

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.05.17 13:27:36 by Kabouter Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : I’ve been sitting on that news for ages. Very stoked about it 😀

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.05.17 13:29:16 by StevieS Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Agreed

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.05.17 14:05:48 by Bump Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : You just made my day

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.05.17 14:06:53 by Bump Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : True story?

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.05.17 14:14:33 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 14) : 😉

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.05.17 14:56:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : Rob you really have the inside info on everything.
    Well done and good news.
    Tighthead next…..then a fetcher, then an enforcing lock, Malcolm Marx at hooker and a speedy skillful wing that can step someone in a phone booth……the we will be ok.

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.05.17 16:19:51 by Lieplapper Reply

  • I would like if they had a look at chris cloete dont know why we let him go

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.05.17 16:50:28 by John Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : I applaud you on your persuasion skills Sir. Either that or playing for the glorious black and white is too great.

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.05.17 17:14:50 by durbsguy Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : :mrgreen: I’m chuffed…
    My shopping list? I mean my halfway REALISTIC shopping list? A tighthead…Wilco Louw? A fullback (if Lambie should consider his future and CB and GA are our flyhalves)…surely Jesse Kriel must be tempted to undo what now looks like an iffy decision :mrgreen: ? How is Morne Joubert coming on? No. 4 lock…?? Hooker…one of the backup Lions for more game time? Something like that…

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.05.17 17:36:03 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 19) : Of course I really want to see us developing the guys we’ve got…very chuffed about CW though…

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.05.17 17:40:07 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Had high hopes for Kleynhans and Ungerer in B&W – sure hope they’re not lost to Sharks rugby forever.

    Kleynhans leaving seems to indicate that RdP is not into fetchers….

    Brilliant news about CW, he’ll do well in combo with our youngsters – whoever decides to put their hands up.

    Anyone know when the jr world cup kicks off? Would love to see what the Sharks Faf offers.

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.05.17 18:09:15 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : @StevieS (Comment 11) : that’s good news and thanx for sharing………. eventually!!!! 😈

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.05.17 19:38:20 by JD Reply
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  • As always thanx for everything you did for the Sharks!
    Good luck guys!

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.05.17 19:39:31 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : Any idea on the wellbeing of Lambie, is it serious? Or just precautionary?

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.05.17 20:28:57 by HB Reply
  • the cam wright news is awesome

    pumas get three decent recruits, they will be dangerous in the cc to go along with good players they already have, Neil Maritz especially promising.

    we covered at scrummie with cam, gouws, stevens, will classens be around next sr season ? and interested to see how faf goes at the wc

    hopefully we put together a decent team for next years SR in a new format

    so Louis shroaders going back to wp I guess, or overseas

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.05.17 22:50:10 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 25) : only if the Kings get the Super rugby boot.

  • Comment 26, posted at 17.05.17 10:31:23 by JD Reply
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