Benhard to spearhead under 21 challenge

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 7 Sep 2017 at 10:24
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Paul Anthony’s Sharks under 21 team will look to build on their good start last week when they face the Leopards at Kings Park on Saturday.

Anthony has mostly kept faith in the team from the opener in Port Elizabeth, but has opted to include Benhard Janse van Rensburg at pivot against his old team, hoping that the young man’s recent Currie Cup exposure will stand him in good stead at this level.

The resulting reshuffle sees Courney Winnaar move to fullback in place of Morne Joubert. There are no other changes to the starting fifteen.

On the bench, though, Anthony has brought in a number of new players. Sam Swanepoel takes over from Ntuthuko Mthembu as reserve hooker, with Marco Palvie coming it to provide loose forward cover. Glenwood schoolboy Palvie was signed by the Sharks with some fanfare back in 2015 but has suffered a series of injuries and thus played no under 19 rugby at all. Highly rates as a number 8 at school (when he played for the SA Schools A side) he’ll want to make up for lost time for the rest of this season.

Sharks u21: 15 Courtney Winnaar, 14 Mfundo Ndlovu, 13 Tristan Blewett, 12 Wayno Visagie, 11 Ilunga Mukendi, 10 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 9 Grant Williams, 8 Kwanda Dimaza, 7 Bandisa Ndlvou, 6 Michael Meyer (capt), 5 Ryan Carlson, 4 Rikus Zwart, 3 Khutha Mchunu, 2 Franco Botha, 1 Jordan Els
Subs: 16 Sam Swanepoel, 17 Ngoni Chidoma, 18 William Squires, 19 Marco Palvie, 20 Neil Otto, 21 Faf de Villiers, 22 Taigh Schoor


  • Not a bad side. Watch out for no 18 William Squires. A real talent.

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.09.17 10:35:41 by sharksboy Reply
  • Im hoing our u21s can put in a few good performances in the comp this year. Cant see us winning it but hoping for a good account of themselves and getting the basics right

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.09.17 10:48:55 by SheldonK Reply
  • couple of players we need to come through for us – Mchunu, Zwart, Meyer, Mukendi and one or two other loosies.

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.09.17 10:56:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob Squires can play lock and loose forward. He is very quick around the park.There is also a hooker although not in the team this weekend who is a very good ball carrying player. Works really hard.

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.09.17 11:02:34 by sharksboy Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Barring Janse van Rensburg…if you had to pick 3 guys who you think could play super rugby next year who would they be?

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.09.17 11:30:14 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Sheldon….Rikus Zwart

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.09.17 11:36:19 by sharksboy Reply

  • @sharksboy (Comment 6) : With all the current lock stocks ahead of him that could be interesting. Altho we have been known to have all our locks come up cripple at the same time

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.09.17 12:16:23 by SheldonK Reply

  • Best of luck to the youngsters!!! Give them hell boys!!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.09.17 12:55:10 by JD Reply
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  • Ive been waiting a long time to see Marco Palvies name on a Sharks team sheet. Heres hoping he can fulfill the potential of what he showed in that Academy Week a few years back.

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.09.17 09:49:58 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 5) : ja, got to be Mukendi, Zwart and maaaaaybe Mchunu?

    Zwart is a proper 4 lock…. not a lot of guys ahead of him in that role.

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.09.17 10:21:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : I cant say ive kept much of an eye on Zwart but i shall d so then. A guy like Vosloo has really impressed me. Mukendi has huge talent so hope he keeps developing

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.09.17 10:51:46 by SheldonK Reply

  • Multitalented chap is Zwart, I see he played provincial schools cricket as well.

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.09.17 11:40:19 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 11) : I like Vosloo’s heart and work rate, but I’m worried he lacks anything truly special. Always a good CC option, but as for higher honours? Not yet convinced.

    He’s a John Slade/Andy Blakeway. Those guys are very necessary and useful in a team environment. though.

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.09.17 12:38:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : think that’s a great comparison as he looks like a no bul hard grafter!!!

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.09.17 15:47:55 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : Was there ever a sight more heartwarming than John Slade tucking the ball under his arm and determinedly charging at the opposition, head down, legs furiously pumping, making a good 3 – 4cm per carry, guaranteed…?

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.09.17 16:13:29 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 15) : still about a metre more than some other players made!!! 😈

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.09.17 16:44:22 by JD Reply
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