Sharks snap up Leolin Zas

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 6 Nov 2017 at 12:01
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The Sharks have confirmed the signing of winger Leolin Zas from Western Province.

The 22-year-old has represented South Africa at under 18, under 20 and “A” level and was set for a breakthrough year in 2017, before breaking his leg in two places during a pre-season warmup in February.

Capable as an option at fullback as well, the 90-odd kilogram Zas is a good signing for the team, as he boasts good skills under the high ball as well as the ability to finish. For the Sharks, though, much will depend on how well the player recovers from the serious injury and whether either his pace or his confidence has taken a knock in the process.

Zas will join the Sharks ahead of the 2018 Super Rugby season and more information relating to his fitness will no doubt follow in due course. Welcome to the Sharks, Leolin!


  • Interesting this…wonder what he will be like after his injury. He did have a lot of gas and was prepared to get involved. Can operate at wing or fullback if needed.
    On a similar story trail i see Tythan Adams, who played 1 game for the Sharks in CC has signed with Griquas for enxt year

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.11.17 12:08:42 by SheldonK Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 1) : oh has he? I knew they were looking at him

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.11.17 12:13:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Yeh saw Rovers confirmed it at their awards function. Hope he comes right there…lots of talent and a bit surprised the 7s neve rhad a look. Same as would be surprised no team looks to permanently contract Ruan Nel

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.11.17 12:27:24 by SheldonK Reply

  • Pretty decent stock at wing now , who will play and who will watch i would like nkosi and mapimpi starting , have anyone thought about giving kobus v wyk n go @15

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.11.17 12:42:26 by John Reply

  • @John (Comment 4) : jeez, now there’s a thought. I don’t think Kobus has a boot to speak of, though?

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.11.17 12:44:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : I’ve never liked small fb’s like April/Aplon/Kolbe. I prefer the fb to have big boot and a monstrous tackle. Man how good a defender was Ludik?

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.11.17 12:54:52 by Quintin Reply

  • @John (Comment 4) : I personally think van Wyk is more suited closer to the action as he breaks tackles regularly.

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.11.17 12:56:45 by Quintin Reply

  • happy for Tythan Adams

    we are well stocked in the back three positions, will the two recruits and sithole going to the kings and odwa retiring.

    lots of quality options.

    my view is still to start mvovo at 15 and rob at 10, bosch to make his way back via the bench, its not a demotion when your 20 and you were rushed into the starting position cause once lambie got hurt you were the best option (better than ben, april, inny)

    Bosch had is ups and down, physically he still reminds me of johan goosen when he burst on to the scene

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.11.17 13:17:06 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 8) : Will leaving Bosch out not result in the same thing as Chilliboy now in terms of not picking a Bok? I dont think it will as that doesnt seem to be Bosch nature…but just a thought.

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.11.17 13:32:04 by SheldonK Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 8) : The difference being, Goosen didn’t she away from the physical play, in fact, he could probably have had less injuries if he had more regard for his own health. He was often in the middle of rucks trying to win back the ball. Bosch is scared.. Big problem.

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.11.17 13:41:05 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 8) : Jip, you guys have great depth in the back three.
    Mvovo at FB, Mapimpi, Nkosi, and Was as wing options, How about using van Wyk at 13, I have a suspicion he has played there for WP?

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.11.17 13:42:37 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : I know Andre Esterhuizen played most of his school career at 15. Would not be the worst oke at the back. Big boot, should be safe under the high ball and a good attacking option…

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.11.17 13:58:54 by VanWilder Reply

  • @VanWilder (Comment 12) : Was it the Sharks that switched him to 12 then?

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.11.17 15:01:38 by SheldonK Reply

  • talk about get our stocks in backline players up. We seem to have built a nice squad. Only issue i have is that we may be a tad short on good tightheads.

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.11.17 15:11:21 by Dunx Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 13) : I stand corrected, but he was pretty much a shoe-in for the SA schools side at 15 before he had his disciplinary issues and ultimate suspension form Cravenweek…

    If I remember correctly, the Sharks even tried him at flank for a while, because he was too slow for outside back. So I guess it was the sharks that tried to move him to 12/7…

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.11.17 15:15:18 by VanWilder Reply

  • @VanWilder (Comment 15) : I do remember seeing that he was a 15 and i think played there for the Sharks junior sides but was moved to 12 when he came into the senior setup. The flank thing was like a 3 week trial, didnt really work out. By all accounts he has been working on his distribution and kicking in japan so lets see. I feel for a guy like Marious Louw who has really progressed well during the CC

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.11.17 15:36:01 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 13) : I know we nearly turned him into a 6/7. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.11.17 15:37:03 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 16) : Yeah I actually rate Marius Louw , it’s going to be hard to keep everyone happy next year but with SR being as long as it is, I’m sure there will be opportunity for the fringe players.

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.11.17 15:45:14 by Quintin Reply

  • @Quintin (Comment 18) : Will be interesting to see what happens next year with CC and that Supersport rugby challenge thing

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.11.17 15:56:41 by SheldonK Reply

  • Guys here we go and to fit some players into the Starting lineup we want to change some players out of position, seriously our defense and backline is at it’s best with AE at 12 and not 15 or 10 or 14 etc, for a player to life another player he has to do so by being the better player on form. Also there is gap with such a long season that some players can be rotated, for example last year Rob had no options and AE for example played every single match.

    This year if we lose a player like April or Radebe I will not be unhappy as these are CC players at best, we as supporters need to stop wanting players purely because he one day made a good break and now we love them, surely consistent good play must be the yardstick? Take a Marcell Coetzee for example, can anyone ever remember him having a shocker? I cannot.

    Chances are with the depth we now have we will lose Blewett, Radebe and April,and I can live with that as it is impossible to keep all players happy, as for Bosch/ for me a rare talent and some how they need to get this kid to tackle or he will never lift his game to the upper level.

    Tackling is all about heart and attitude, once he can tackle you will see this kid become something special until then he will be known as he can kick and that’s it.

    Now all the speculated players have been confirmed so we need Rob to confirm the story about Dick Muir returning as assistant coach to Rob.

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.11.17 16:52:16 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • A problem area that is still there is a fetcher, no matter how we look at it we struggle at the breakdowns because we have no player slowing ball down of the opposition and none stealing, man what this team could do with a return of Marcell Coetzee πŸ™„ πŸ™„

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.11.17 16:55:00 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Comment 22, posted at 06.11.17 16:59:43 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • This is about what the Sharks squad will look like for next year.
    Sharks back line really starting to look good,

    Full Back: Mvovo, Smith,
    Wings: Nkosi, Mapimpi, Van Wyk, Zas
    Center: Am, Esterhuizen, Louw, Ward, Deysel, Tristan
    Flyhalf: Bosch, Dupreez, Ben10, April, Radebe,
    Scrumhalf: Schreuder, Wright, Claassens, Faf de Villiers, Grant Williams.

    Props: Beast, Tank, Ross, Juan, Coenie, Hubert Meyer.
    Hooker: Marais, Chilli, Akkers,
    Lock: Lewies, Ruan, Koegelenberg, Paul, Andrews, Droste, JJ van der Mescht
    Loose Forwards: Dan, Jluc, Phillip, Mtembu, Vermeulen, Keegan, Vosloo

    Of course there may still be another surprise or 2 and that may also be among the coaching staff.

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.11.17 17:30:13 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • In my view from those players our best 23

    1 Beast
    2 Marais
    3 Coenie
    4 Lewies
    5 April
    6 VD Walt
    7 JLuc
    8 Dan
    9 Schreuder
    10 Rob jr
    11 Nkosi
    12 Andre
    13 Am
    14 Mapimpi
    15 Mvovo

    16 Akker
    17 John Hubert
    18 Thomas
    19 Paul/Droste, Here watch out for young JJ vd Mescht
    20 Vermeulen
    21 Wright
    22 Bosch
    23 van Wyk

  • Comment 24, posted at 06.11.17 17:38:03 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Not really too excited about this signing. Surplus.

  • Comment 25, posted at 06.11.17 18:12:22 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 25) : This kid when i saw him play was very fast and was solid at the back so lets see,

  • Comment 26, posted at 06.11.17 18:17:37 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Reading the Sharks response to the Times article it seems like a rather thinly veiled rebuke of Chiliboy. Any indication of whether this incident is going to result in the termination of his contract/him moving on, or are management and player looking to draw a line under it and move on?

  • Comment 27, posted at 06.11.17 18:48:27 by NielRoss Reply

  • @sharks_lover (Comment 24) : Find a proper fetcher, and play your best 8th man at 8 and see the Sharks backline starts to perform. Sharks doing vd Walt an injustice by playing him at 6. Better yet send him back to us πŸ˜€

  • Comment 28, posted at 06.11.17 20:10:14 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 28) : I happen to agree but that side is selected with players that are there, i did mention the fact that we need a decent fetcher :mrgreen:

  • Comment 29, posted at 06.11.17 20:31:27 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 29) : So you did πŸ˜€
    I am a huge Ginger Ninja fan. I saw in him a player that could emulate Juan Smith.

  • Comment 30, posted at 06.11.17 20:33:43 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 30) : As am I, the Ginger also has a huge work rate, thing is though they could rotate but yeah we need a fetcher. and it must be one with some pace at that.

  • Comment 31, posted at 06.11.17 20:38:12 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Guys, RdP jnr will play 10 next year with Bosch starting at 15 most games. No doubt.

  • Comment 32, posted at 06.11.17 21:33:09 by boertjie101 Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 25) : im confused as to where the signing surplus is? Mpimpi is a straight swap for odwa … dupreez for lambie. Zas I would call forward planning and since the chances of us losing mpimpi, nkosi, mvovo to the boks we need cover

  • Comment 33, posted at 06.11.17 21:41:44 by byron Reply

  • @sharks_lover (Comment 24) : bit harsh on Botha as you’re picking April ahead of him!? Don’t you think he might be a bit short!? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 34, posted at 06.11.17 21:44:16 by JD Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 24) : @KingCheetah (Comment 28) : Ginger Ninja needs to play 8 for the Sharks!!! He’s by far the best no8 at the Sharks and probably the best currently playing in SA!

  • Comment 35, posted at 06.11.17 21:47:04 by JD Reply
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  • So if I was a cynical person I would say Sharks only singed Zas to get back at WP for signing the unmentionable one after we had to pay all his rehab cost! Shoe on other foot thing! 😈

  • Comment 36, posted at 06.11.17 21:55:38 by JD Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 24) : πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† That was meant to be Ruan Botha @ 5

  • Comment 37, posted at 06.11.17 22:23:20 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 36) : lol pay back is a biotch :mrgreen: πŸ˜†

  • Comment 38, posted at 06.11.17 22:23:55 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 36) : Well I reckon the Sharks dare not SINGED to him as signing would be the way to go :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

    Sorry JD mate but that was pay back for your own TYPO lol

  • Comment 39, posted at 06.11.17 22:25:27 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 39) : @sharks_lover (Comment 38) : hahaha Ja well yes better stop now before the others biotch about our spelling! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 40, posted at 06.11.17 22:33:12 by JD Reply
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  • @byron (Comment 33) : Dupreez for Lambie? What about Bosch BJVR April Radebe. As for wings nkosi mapimpi ,mvovo , van wyk Blewitt , Adams. Fullbacks any of the fh’s with exception to bjvr can do it plus we still have rhyno smith and Mvovo. You don’t see surplus? Rob jnr and mapimpi make the bus full imo. Unless we plan to lose one or more of our already signed players I think Zas is surplus.

  • Comment 41, posted at 06.11.17 23:07:58 by coolfusion Reply

  • @byron (Comment 33) : And while the boks don’t call? You won’t find enough work for all not atvyhe levels they want and you will lose some. So who will it be? since it’s always the good guys who get alternative offers first.

  • Comment 42, posted at 06.11.17 23:10:34 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 41) : All of the FH you mentioned have been found wanting, Rob on form and fit is a perfect fit. Adams has signed for Griquas, and isn’t Blewiit more of a midfielder. Nah, I think for S15, that is a smart move.
    With Rob Jnr there, it will take some of the high expectations off Bosch, maybe he can be mentored, though I personally feel he lacks heart to get dirty.

  • Comment 43, posted at 07.11.17 05:45:03 by KingCheetah Reply

  • We can speculate a lot but in the end it will depend who is fit and firing at the time. Also have to see what form and fitness the guys from Japan are in. That being said i dont think many if any SA sides can have as strong a backline as:
    9. Schreuder 10. DuPreez 11. Nkosi 12. Esterhuizen 13. Am 14 Mapimpi 15. Bosch
    That backline has power and defense in the middle, finishing out wide, and good clearing kicks from the back.

  • Comment 44, posted at 07.11.17 08:09:34 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 44) : Well, now that we can fairly say we have the team, I’d like some trophies. No hiding behind ‘we are rebuilding’ or ‘growing’. Shouldn’t take long for DuPreez to settle in, my only worry is that we were bossed in the scrums in the final. Was it just a strong performance from the WP front row or do we have a problem there? I couldn’t watch the whole game.

  • Comment 45, posted at 07.11.17 08:31:13 by Quintin Reply

  • @Quintin (Comment 45) : I dont think the scrums are a proper- was just a case of WP being much betetr on the day. Scrumming is about the whole pack being in sync and we just werent. Its also all well and good to have the backline players but we need to be a bit more inventive that just passing it down the line and hopefully someone breaks the line. As for trophies…im not sure we have a Super rugby winning team as yet- i think we should do well but winning it is very tough. I think we should definitely target the CC again as we just ran out of steam this year. Its funny how the rugby year develops though so will have to wait and see

  • Comment 46, posted at 07.11.17 09:12:11 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 46) : It still worries me that we just fell apart in the final in all aspects of our game. Maybe a case of the pressure of the big occasion getting too much for the players?

  • Comment 47, posted at 07.11.17 09:34:49 by Bokhoring Reply
  • We need a proper tighthead backup…….Vincent Koch

  • Comment 48, posted at 07.11.17 09:39:15 by Lieplapper Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 47) : Yeh could well be a case of pressure and expectation. I mean we havnt touched the CC semis in years and now make the final- so big expectation. Im hoping we can learn from it going forward and will hopefully be in a better mental position this next year. To win finals you need your big players to rise to the occassion…and our guys went quiet.

  • Comment 49, posted at 07.11.17 09:40:14 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 49) : When I saw that the bookies and every single scribe (I read) predicted a Sharks win, I really got worried. South African teams (and especially the Sharks) do not do well when seen as the outright favourites.

  • Comment 50, posted at 07.11.17 09:49:01 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 50) : The Sharks/WP CC Final very much resembled the Lions/Crusaders Super rugby final this year.

  • Comment 51, posted at 07.11.17 09:53:23 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 50) : You obviously missed my posts :mrgreen: :mrgreen: πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  • Comment 52, posted at 07.11.17 12:24:09 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 52) : Just never had a chance to agree πŸ˜›

  • Comment 53, posted at 07.11.17 12:42:16 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Any news of anyone departing the Sharks?

  • Comment 54, posted at 07.11.17 13:12:55 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 49) : The problem that I had this season is that we never really put away and that even though we ended up quite high on points we used our get out of jail cards a couple of times.
    We never fully managed to put a full 80 minute game together. We dominated when the weather helped us. Our set.pieces worked in patches.
    I blame a lack of experience and a lack of consistency in positions. I think we used the.curie cup to grow experience. Im disappointed but im not upset in the season

  • Comment 55, posted at 07.11.17 21:28:00 by byron Reply

  • @byron (Comment 55) : Playing in patches for me still points to our fitness levels not being adeuate for the type of game we want to play. We also have to bear in mind that the opposition will also fight back and we have played some tricky teams. Overall i do think this was a succesful season and i hope even more lessons are learnt going into next year.

  • Comment 56, posted at 08.11.17 07:59:33 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 56) : What worries me is that we were on the losing end of the possession battle in our last three matches. Granted getting pushed off our own scrum ball at warp speed did not help, but it seems the Sharks are still more comfortable kicking the ball to the other team and then defending. I believe kicking still plays an important part in rugby but it should either be with the intent of reducing pressure on your goal line, drastically improving your field position or at least give you a good chance of winning the ball back.

  • Comment 57, posted at 08.11.17 08:16:14 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 57) : We must bear in mind that keeping possession involves a lot more than just not kicking the ball. You need your guys carrying the ball into contact to win the collision, then you need your arriving players to be accurate and in a good body position to secure the ball. These players then need to be quick up off the floor in order to do the same in 2 rucks time etc. I believe the Sharks players and SA players in general are slow getting up off the floor and into position to secure posession at the next collision, we are also weak in the collision. Those two aspects mean we arent able to keep possession hence the kick downfield to try ecure territory at least

  • Comment 58, posted at 08.11.17 09:10:55 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 58) : For sure. We seem to be able to do this for about 25 minutes in the match, and then we revert to the kick and defend game plan. Problem is we were also beaten at the collisions when WP ran the ball back at us, e.g. WP 12 and 13 making a lot of ground even when tackled.

  • Comment 59, posted at 08.11.17 10:06:23 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 59) : 100%, losing the collisions and being fit enough to get off the floor and keep securing ruck ball is a problem. Especially when our backline take the ball into contact, we often dont win the collision and we lose possession. If we want to really compete in Super rugby we need to be as physical in the collisions consistenly as the NZ guys from 1-15.

  • Comment 60, posted at 08.11.17 10:25:17 by SheldonK Reply

  • @byron (Comment 55) : I think our inability to put any team away this year and playing in patches, I believe, comes from the fact that so much of the Sharks planning seems to have been based around Lambie for sometime now. Only for him to go down injured and then a plan B is used but one that never really was given much thought. Not to mention we then go through the captaincy merry-go-round and our team starts looking rudderless. Perhaps losing Lambie is the best bet for us as without him we have to look at all our options and not bank on Lambie to be the catalyst of a great union. So long as we don’t heap a SR or CC trophy on Rob jnr or Bosch’s shoulders we should grow from here.

    We’ve also had a lot of changes regarding backroom staff since 2013 and that I feel has caused us to not focus long term on any consistent plan and that is exactly what we are seeing on the field. This CC was a very good campaign and provided the guys are banking the experience (winning and losing) we should come out in 2018 as a better unit.

  • Comment 61, posted at 08.11.17 11:49:52 by Hulk Reply

  • Guys, when is the Dick Muir and new forwards coach announcement being made?

  • Comment 62, posted at 08.11.17 12:09:53 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 62) : Not confirmed or denied. According to reports was supposed to join as consultant in Nov.

  • Comment 63, posted at 08.11.17 14:48:23 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 63) : only as consultant? No guys man. We need him on a full time basis. We can never compete with the likes of the Bulls, Stormers and Lions. Our attack and understanding of space is nowhere. We can’t just rely on a strong pack as evidenced during the CC final.

  • Comment 64, posted at 08.11.17 15:04:32 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 64) : Consultant for this year. If reports can be believed Teichmann’s is driving this so probably more permanent for SR.

  • Comment 65, posted at 08.11.17 15:47:36 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 65) : IF (see the caps for accentuation) it’s true then he will play a bigger role in SR. Although some believe his style will clash with Robs forward based game and therefore they say it might not be a good thing. This is all smoke at the moment.

  • Comment 66, posted at 08.11.17 15:52:53 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 66) : I would prefer muir or a kiwi or ozzy backline guy full time, our back line attach setup and passing just doesnt seem on the level of NZ and ozzy teams.

  • Comment 67, posted at 09.11.17 01:46:36 by revolverocelot Reply


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