Jean-Luc named in Sharks tour group

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 10 Mar 2018 at 19:19
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Robert du Preez has named a 27-man tour group for his Sharks team’s four-match tour to the Antipodes, comprising 15 forwards and 12 backs. The coach’s son, Springbok loose forward Jean-Luc, has been passed fit to take his place in the group after an ankle injury sustained in October last year.

The group features a fairly typical composition, with four props, three hookers, three locks and five loose forwards in the forward mix. A number of players who featured against the Sunwolves in today’s rotated match 23 did not make the group, with Gideon Koegelenberg, Ross Geldenhuys and (surprisingly) Keegan Daniel missing out. Wian Vosloo clearly impressed the coaches today, since he is included, along with Hyron Andrews, Franco Marais, Tyler Paul and Thomas du Toit, who did not feature against the Sunwolves.

Among the backs, the somewhat surprising inclusion is that of Garth April, since he’s not seen any game time yet this season. Also coming in to complement the outfit that played today is rested winger Kobus van Wyk.

Beast Mtawarira, Juan Schoeman, Thomas du Toit, John-Hubert Meyer, Akker van der Merwe, Franco Marais, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Ruan Botha, Stephan Lewies, Hyron Andrews, Wian Vosloo, Jean-Luc du Preez, Tyler Paul, Tera Mtembu, Jacques Vermeulen
Louis Schreuder, Cameron Wright, Robert du Preez, Garth April, Andre Esterhuizen, Lukhanyo Am, Marius Louw, Makezole Mapimpi, Sbusiso Nkosi, Kobus van Wyk, Lwazi Mvovo, Curwin Bosch


  • Can’t wait for the Hurricanes match! True Test

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.03.18 19:34:42 by DuToit04 Reply
  • @DuToit04 (Comment 1) : Just can’t see us passing that test just yet…but let’s see…

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.03.18 21:39:17 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Isn’t 4 props a touch risky? What do we do when one of them breaks down during a warmup and we need 2 in the side and 2 on the bench?

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.03.18 21:40:41 by pastorshark Reply
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  • What exactly does April have on the Sharks that he keeps scoring the lucks 🙄

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.03.18 21:51:48 by Mephisto_Shark Reply

  • @Mephisto_Shark (Comment 4) : He covers both 10/15, 4 week tour and what if a Rob Dup or Bosch got injured? he is next in line after those 2, specially at 10

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.03.18 23:26:48 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 5) : And Mvovo has not delivered at 15. Bosch must start at 15 and put April on the bench to cover 10 and 15.

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.03.18 03:55:23 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • Yesterday’s performance will give the boys lots of confidence, although there will still some silly errors.

    In the first half, Schruder kept kicking the ball away, and most of his box kicks didn’t give our chasers a chance. Do that next week and the Brumbies backs will run right through us… He was also frustratingly slow in getting the ball from the ruck instead of giving quick ball to our backs.

    I am loving Du Preez’s passes. A number of times he made long passes over to Mapimpi putting him into space.

    All in all we should be confident going up against the Brumbies. They are looking very average and this is a game we should be winning.

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.03.18 04:41:10 by Dustin Emslie Reply

  • I swear it’s like Rob du Preez reads my comments on this platform I’ve been saying that it makes no sense to pick Keegan Daniel ahead of Tera Mtembu. I appreciate everything Keegan Daniel has done in a Sharks jersey but it’s time to look to the Future if the Sharks are serious about building a championship team. Akker Van Der Merwe really impressed me yesterday his lineout work is good and his work rate even better especially his gain line work. I’d still like to see Curwin play at 10 and Andre is playing well

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.03.18 11:03:38 by Simz Cele Reply

  • I still have a low level if comfort with the sharks. We do attack nicely but hell do we allow the opposing team to camp out and pressure us in our own 22 and even 10m. Sunwolves are the weakest team in the competition. If they can get the lions share of possession and spend the entire game I our half then so can every other team. And a better team would eventually and frequently broken the defense. So that scoreline says nothing to me except the sunwolves are hopeless in converting the many opportunities the sharks so generously gifts anyone who plays against us. Sorry to say but if everyone is happy with yesterday your in for a lot of dissappointment this series. Sorry sharks still kak.

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.03.18 13:19:52 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 9) : Poor sunwolves, didn’t you mean to say the stormers are the weakest team in the comp 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.03.18 13:51:25 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 10) : Well let them fight it out. We cant say jaguares anymore since they actually showed up yesterday.

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.03.18 13:53:24 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 11) : We’re still getting turned over by anyone who wants to as well. We need jldp and vd Walt. Tera won’t make 2 games so it’s a waste to take him on tour. April? Wtf? He is another sbura sithole. We love those. Why buy Zas and not ever use him? Money poorly spent as I said from the beginning.

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.03.18 14:03:10 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 12) : Is Zas not injured?

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.03.18 15:37:27 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Keegan stupidly gifting the Waratahs 7 points probably the reason he did not make the touring squad.

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.03.18 20:50:43 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Bit strange not to take an extra prop and scrumhalf but ja suppose you can’t take everyone on tour!

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.03.18 22:56:55 by JD Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 13) : Haven’t heard a thing? Maybe you’re right but he was supposed to be ok by season start wasn’t he?

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.03.18 13:05:41 by coolfusion Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 14) : Yes but did you look at Tera during the game he looked uncomfortable. I don’t think he is physically ok. He was limping a bit. With his record for injury I would rather give Keegan a klap and have him wake up.

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.03.18 13:08:03 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 9) : My thoughts exactly. Sunwolves don’t have the firepower of other teams, yet they scored three tries in the match, they also had the Sharks pinned in their half and better sides would have scored. As much as I still back the Sharks, I am still not sure how good they really are. Glad JL is back, because Tera still doesn’t inspire any confidence. I miss vd Walt too, he is a class player.

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.03.18 07:27:21 by KingCheetah Reply


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