Williams makes the plane for Hong Kong

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 29 Jan 2018 at 11:27
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The Sharks have selected a 26-man squad for their tour to Hong Kong, comprising the bulk of the 32 players that played against the Bulls in Polokwane on Saturday.

Young scrumhalf Grant Williams is the golden ticket winner, winning a spot on the plane at the expense of the unfortunate Louis Schreuder, whose hamstring injury (previously reported as a knee) looks set to keep him out of action for some time. Akker van der Merwe also misses out due to a shoulder niggle, which we hope isn’t too serious.

The squad will play a match against French side Racing 92 in Hong Kong on Saturday afternoon (local time).

Sharks tour squad:
Props: Juan Schoeman, Mzamo Majola, Thomas du Toit, John-Hubert Meyer
Hookers: Franco Marais, Chiliboy Ralepelle
Locks: Ruan Botha (capt), Stephan Lewies, Hyron Andrews
Loose forwards: Keegan Daniel, Jacques Vermeulen, Tera Mtembu, Philip van der Walt, Tyler Paul
Scrumhalves: Cameron Wright, Grant Williams
Flyhalves: Curwin Bosch, Robert du Preez
Centres: Lukhanyo Am, Marius Louw, Jeremy Ward
Wings: Sbu Nkosi, Kobus van Wyk, Makezole Mapimpi
Fullback: Lwazi Mvovo, Garth April


  • Is Ryno Smith still on our books? Geez I feel the guy never had a fair chance to establish himself. Hope we see more of him in the future.

    Why still no AE this week? Didn’t he arrive last weekend?

    Any news as to whether the match will be televised?

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.01.18 11:46:28 by Quintin Reply
  • hmm so something alone the lines of:
    1. Schoeman 2.Marais 3. DuToit 4. Botha 5. Lewies 6. Daniel 7. Vermuelen 8. Van Der Walt 9. Wright 10. DuPreez 11. Nkosi 12. Am 13. Ward 14. Mapimpi 15. Mvovo
    And then reserves….

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.01.18 11:58:55 by SheldonK Reply
  • Solid team, if you think that of the guys who still have to be included like Esterhuizen, Du Preez twin 1, Zas and the injured guys like Du Preez 2 and coenie.

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.01.18 12:20:50 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • Honestly don’t think this is a good idea

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.01.18 12:25:54 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 4) : Worried about injuries? Think that could happen at any time though. This game will take the side out their comfort zone and will test the forwards and i think thats what they going for. Well plus the goodwill and possible money spinoffs

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.01.18 12:57:46 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Quintin (Comment 1) : Smith is with the sevens academy if I am not mistaken. He is still contracted to us, but he wants to try and make the SA 7s team this year.

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.01.18 12:58:30 by HeinF Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 5) : It is more about the hectic travel to Hong Kong. I would not mind rather having the game in France though.

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.01.18 13:33:55 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 7) : Ah ok, yeh guess thats the not ideal part

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.01.18 13:38:22 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Quintin (Comment 1) : he’s with the Sevens Academy

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.01.18 13:55:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • Off topic is anyone following toetie ‘ s spectacular blow up? The whole world seems to have conspired against him and are to blame for his poor performance. …looks like he is helping saru make the decision quicker.

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.01.18 14:25:20 by coolfusion Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : @HeinF (Comment 6) : Ok thanks, would have preferred him over April but ok.

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.01.18 14:29:05 by Quintin Reply

  • I think its interesting to note who isnt included:
    Coenie- injured
    JL DuPreez- injured
    Schreuder- injured
    Akker- injured
    Beast- rested
    Dan DuPreez- rested
    Claasens- injured?
    Geldenhuys- injured?
    Koegenlenberg (sorry spelling)
    Zas- injured?
    Smith- 7s Academy
    Esterhuizen- rested

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.01.18 15:10:03 by SheldonK Reply

  • This will be a stern test, no doubt. Also great team building opportunity. Injuries can happen anytime, and we need good hit-outs against good opposition. Bum luck for Louis and Akker, great opportunity for the young scrummie to test his mettle.

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.01.18 15:10:06 by Richard Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 10) : Yeah i saw it and it is the usual with someone who has convinced themselves that they arent to blame.

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.01.18 15:40:53 by Dunx Reply

  • Wouldn’t it be wise to contract Paige as a reserve scrumhalf until Schreuder is back?

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.01.18 15:47:38 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @Dunx (Comment 14) : Well at least he confirmed a couple of facts saru was trying to play close to the chest.

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.01.18 17:10:15 by coolfusion Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 15) : Id rather back some of our youngsters to be honest. We still have Wright and Claasens (although he may be injured).

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.01.18 08:18:47 by SheldonK Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 10) : It was never going to end happily – I blame SARU way more than I blame Toetie for anything – it was them that headhunted him and blew so much smoke up his arsch that for him to not start believing that he was a brilliant coach would have been asking just too much from a mere mortal. (despite actually knowing this from his days as tthe Stormers / WP coach). But boy are there some big egos going around.

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.01.18 09:16:18 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 15) : That thought crossed my mind too, an angry and motivated Paige could spark a revival, but at the same time, I trust Cameron – I think he is a great scrumhalf, and we need to invest in him – Classens is a reliable, dependable old head, Louis hopefully not out too long either (both him and Classens injured as we know) and then there is Williams, the only way to get experience is by playing – and since Ruan, Charl and Cobus left, we have a pivot that makes the decisions, the scrummie must focus on the linking game and the speed of delivery. Great mentor in Rob Du Preez senior – hopefully our stocks don’t get too much more depleted, or, we may have to send Paige an SOS>

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.01.18 09:16:50 by Richard Reply

  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 18) : Yeah, ego and self-importance has always been a SARU thing, some coaches and administrators have always had a bit too much pride and ego, and now we are seeing the dirty laundry and egomania yet again.

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.01.18 09:18:30 by Richard Reply


    Yet more ego from AC – calling Rassie incompetent – although he was a world-class flank forward, and a pretty decent coach – and considering that he had a spell of pretty great results with Munster.

    It’s like a situation comedy show of intrigue, horror and pettiness.

    His letter has just effectively made him dig his own shallow grave.

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.01.18 09:22:47 by Richard Reply

  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 18) : True. SARU itself is the biggest hurdle in front of SA rugby, not the other strawmen that conveniently keep popping up to deflect from the rot in that organisation. Sure, there are other problems but they will never be properly addressed anyway until SARU gets its own house in order.

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.01.18 09:42:21 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 18) : Yes I agree. However I think SARU consist only of the rot. If you take away the rot you basically take away the whole thing. So the answer is competition an independent organisation competing for the same business.

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.01.18 10:06:12 by coolfusion Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 15) : Interesting idea, I think Paige is a emergency short term option for a few teams including the bulls. if things get worse maybe we look into it.

    Kinda feel sorry for the guy, his a solid player, really good at times, like many players due to injuries none selection his form has been wildly inconsistent.

    the fact that there are a glut of decent scrummies in sa with potential to be great doesnt help either, what makes it more complicated is that his a bok, which means his far less likely to drop down to play for griquas, pumas etc to reboot his career. I think he will likely move to Europe.

    Cheetahs, sharks, stormers, kings all have many scrum half options, and bulls are embracing a youth movement at 9.

    Any indication of this saturdays sharks game will be broadcast or streamed ?

  • Comment 24, posted at 30.01.18 12:10:54 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 24) : I’m digging.

  • Comment 25, posted at 30.01.18 12:27:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 24) : at this stage, no TV coverage, but that might change

  • Comment 26, posted at 30.01.18 13:24:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • Good news gents, a mate of mine that I trust bigtime (and is a Bulls fan) was at the game on Saturday and he reckons that the Sharks looked very good during that game.

  • Comment 27, posted at 30.01.18 13:36:24 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : We appreciate the effort Rob

  • Comment 28, posted at 30.01.18 14:39:09 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 28) : cheers – wish I could give you better news!

    It annoys me, in 2018, that the SA team with the largest fanbase both inside and out of the country should EVER play a game with no TV or streaming coverage, I mean come on. They send okes on tour to do live Instagram streaming of their stupid discussions around the dinner table, but we can’t see the actual games?

  • Comment 29, posted at 30.01.18 14:42:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • ‘SA team with the largest fanbase both inside and out of the country ‘ that true? Nice.

    Can’t understand it either and with it being the 21st century and all you would think that it’s not that difficult to organize a broadcast of the match especially with 2 popular teams.

  • Comment 30, posted at 30.01.18 20:04:26 by Quintin Reply

  • @Quintin (Comment 30) : I’m pretending it’s true because it suits my agenda πŸ™‚

  • Comment 31, posted at 30.01.18 20:08:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : You’d make a shrewd politician.

  • Comment 32, posted at 30.01.18 20:27:20 by Quintin Reply

  • Lions squad not bad, strange that they would still have skosan there even though he has zero chance of recovery in time, or does he, maybe its a contract thing, id still put a young player in that spot incase you need a specialist wing in the play offs. player not announced in the original squad can still play in the play off provided they play a certain amount of regular season games. thus the variation in squad size announcements from different sa team.

    Lions squad: Jacobie Adriaanse, Cyle Brink, Robbie Coetzee, Andries Coetzee, Ruan Combrinck, Ross CronjΓ©, Ashlon Davids, Hacjivah Dayimani, Ruan Dreyer, Aphiwe Dyanti, Willie Engelbrecht, Lourens Erasmus, Andries Ferreira, Corne Fourie, Rhyno Herbst, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Marco Jansen van Vuren, Elton Jantjies, Johannes Jonker, Jaco Kriel, Robert Kruger, Sylvian Mahuza, Lionel Mapoe, Malcolm Marx, Len Massyn, Christiaan Meyer, Howard Mnisi, Franco Mostert, Marvin Orie, Shaun Reynolds, Marnus Schoeman, Sti Sithole, Courtnall Skosan, Dillon Smith, Kwagga Smith, Dylan Smith, Madosh Tambwe, Jacques van Rooyen, Harold Vorster, Warren Whiteley (c).

    Anyone got the Sunwolves squad for SR, they definitely have a good head coach (not fimiliar with his assistants) they need to recruit good players and keep them for more than one season.

  • Comment 33, posted at 30.01.18 23:44:29 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 33) : Quite a few SA boys in there:
    Sunwolves 2018 Super Rugby squad
    Keita Inagaki, Asaeli Aivalu, Jiwon Koo, Ruan Smith, Craig Millar, Jaba Bradvadze, Shota Horie, Grant Hattingh, Sam Wykes, Kazuki Imeno, Uwe Helu, Edward Quirk, Shunsuke Nunomaki, Wimpie van der Walt, Willie Britz, Michael Leitch, Fumiaki Tanaka, Yu Tamura, Hayden Parker, Harumichi Tatekawa, Timoth Lafaele, Gerhard van den Heever, Kenki Fukuoka, Akihit Yamada, Lamano Lava Lemeki, Robbie Robinson
    Sunwolves coaching staff
    Jamie Joseph / Head Coach
    Tony Brown /?Attack Coach
    Scott Hansen /?Defense Coach
    Shin Hasegawa /?Scrum coach
    Atsushi Tanabe /?Skills Coach

  • Comment 34, posted at 31.01.18 07:14:54 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 33) : Skosan’s selection is similar to the Sharks selecting Coenie, having them in the squad to have them available for the play-offs should they recover by end June/mid July.

    A good squad withs some exciting youngsters coming through. It will be interesting to see how they make the step up. I’m especially interested to see how Dayimani, Dyantyi, Jansen van Vuren and Massyn do and if between Reynolds and Davids the Lions can develop an effective back-up for Elton.

  • Comment 35, posted at 31.01.18 07:49:37 by Baylion Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : that’s really sad!!! Hope Sky or SS will change their mind and broadcast the game!!!

  • Comment 36, posted at 31.01.18 10:33:27 by JD Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 34) : couple of solid recruits, quality coaching staff, hopefully they will be more competitive this year. a good sunwolves team is a positive for the whole comp. I only count 29 players announce though, small squad, the rest to be made up my youngsters or more recruits ?

  • Comment 37, posted at 31.01.18 11:50:39 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @Richard (Comment 19) : What happened to Paige? Isn’t he with the Bulls anymore?

  • Comment 38, posted at 31.01.18 12:34:43 by swan Reply

  • @swan (Comment 38) : He was not picked in their squad. They chose a couple of youngsters instead…

  • Comment 39, posted at 31.01.18 12:44:20 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I can’t get over the Garth Wright inclusion again…is there no one one?

  • Comment 40, posted at 31.01.18 12:59:27 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @swan (Comment 38) : he is still contracted to the bulls and getting a salary, however he is injured and the moment and will be back in a months time, and even if he were fit JM is going with a youth movement at scrummie and announced three young scrum halfs in the SR squad, at the press conference mitchell said that if theres injuries paige will get game time as even though his not in the announced squad they can still pick him, and they obviously need to play him a minimum amount of times for him to be illegible for a play off game should they make it.

    thus if there are no injuries paige will play super sport rugby challenge games until a first team of another union comes calling. I figure even if the new bulls scrummies struggle mitchell will still back them cause he can mold them to do what he wants from a scrummie and he likely feels paige is too far into his career to change, IMHO I think the management at the bulls is happy with getting rid of another big salary, there definitely seems to be a tighter budget at the bulls after wasting so much money on guys that ran off to europe and didnt really do much at the bulls.

  • Comment 41, posted at 31.01.18 13:13:41 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 35) : Agreed on the skosan front, its a long shot though, but I guess they have nothing to lose.

    Dayimani the huge flanker has got me most excited, acceleration of the millennium falcon.

    I wonder if ruan dreyer has sorted out his scrumming technique in the off season.

    Not sure lions will make the final this year, but their a safe bet for at least the play offs

  • Comment 42, posted at 31.01.18 13:18:27 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 40) : Say who?

  • Comment 43, posted at 31.01.18 14:12:07 by Bump Reply

  • @Bump (Comment 43) : You know the 50 year old scrumhalf. ..

  • Comment 44, posted at 31.01.18 14:12:40 by coolfusion Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 42) : I won’t be surprised if Swys tries Dayimani in the wing at some point this season. I mean 1.89m, 100kg with schoolboy PBs of 10.7s and 21s in the 100m and 200m

    Let’s hope about Dreyer

  • Comment 45, posted at 31.01.18 15:06:41 by Baylion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 44) : πŸ˜†

  • Comment 46, posted at 31.01.18 15:18:04 by Bump Reply

  • Bulls vs Sharks pre-season game full video

  • Comment 47, posted at 31.01.18 18:03:48 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 47) : You’re a legend Baylion!

  • Comment 48, posted at 31.01.18 18:25:57 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • “The Cell C Sharks are delighted to announce that our warm-up match against Racing 92 will be streamed live on the Cell C Sharks Facebook Page at 10h00 (SA Time) on Saturday 3rd February, when the teams meet in the Natixis Cup Challenge at the Aberdeen Sports Ground, in Hong Kong.”

    Just saw this, thought I’d share. Super chuffed we can watch it.

  • Comment 49, posted at 31.01.18 18:54:07 by Mephisto_Shark Reply

  • @Mephisto_Shark (Comment 49) : Great news!!!! 😎 😎 😎

  • Comment 50, posted at 31.01.18 19:29:06 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Cheers for this bud! 😎

  • Comment 51, posted at 31.01.18 20:15:49 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • The Sharks team to play Racing 92:

    15 Lwazi Mvovo 14 Kobus van Wyk 13 Lukhanho Am 12 Marius Louw 11 Makazole Mapimpi 10 Robert du Preez 9 Cameron Wright 8 Keegan Daniel 7 Jacques Vermeulen 6 Philip van der Walt 5 Stephan Lewies 4 Ruan Botha (capt) 3 Thomas du Toit 2 Franco Marais 1 Juan Schoeman
    Replacements: Chiliboy Ralepelle, Mzamo Majola, John-Hubert Meyer, Hyron Andrews, Tyler Paul, Lubabalo β€œTera” Mtembu, Grant Williams, Curwin Bosch, Jeremy Ward, Sbusiso Nkosi, Garth April

  • Comment 52, posted at 31.01.18 20:34:43 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 52) : Time to change your name and avatar πŸ˜‰ you’re clearly a Sharks supporter…..finding match replays on YouTube and providing the team announcement before our beloved host Rob. Like I said earlier….legend….but a Sharks supporting legend. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 53, posted at 31.01.18 21:21:49 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Watching the replay Baylion so kindly provided, I see that Andrews stole a lot of lineout ball. In fact stole two Bulls lineouts on our own 5 metre line. Awesome to see, I was surprised to see him with the 4 on his back, but Botha packed down on the tighthead side in the scrums, and Hyron was awesome in the front of the lineout disrupting the Bulls ball.

  • Comment 54, posted at 31.01.18 21:26:19 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 53) : πŸ˜†

    Nah, Lions 4 Life

  • Comment 55, posted at 31.01.18 21:36:34 by Baylion Reply

  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 40) : Sorry I meant Garth April. So sorry Garth Wright!!!!!!

  • Comment 56, posted at 01.02.18 21:34:42 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 56) : Yeah, I was starting to get all welled up and teary eyed thinking back to a time when the Boks were a team to be feared and when EP with Garth Wright, Danie Gerber , Kallie Grobler and others were good enough to upset (and bliksem) any team on any given day.

  • Comment 57, posted at 02.02.18 10:33:01 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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