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NBM 7′s Premier League Preview

Written by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (JJR)

Posted in :Original Content, Sevens on 10 Dec 2012 at 17:17
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With the event set to kick off for the first time this weekend, let’s have a look at the squads and possible contenders for the 1 million rand prize.

Sharks: Tera Mtembu, Brynard Stander, S’bura Sithole, Peet Coetzee, Anton Verster, Gouws Prinsloo, Milo Nqoro, Mzo Mbona, Calvin Karnezos, Gareth Meikle, Sean Robinson, Jaco van Tonder, Sizo Maseko. Coach: Roelof Kotze.

A well balanced and settled side selected by coach Roelof Kotze. 8 of the 13 have competed and won either provincial or international sevens tournaments.

Players to look out for will obviously be Blitzbokke, Mtembu, Sithole and Nqoro; as well as Junior Blitzbok Robinson.

Mbona and Nqoro will provide a lot of pace for the team, whilst the straight hard running of Sithole, Meikle and Stander will get the team going forward. Stander could be a great help to the side come the physical exchanges at the breakdown. Robinson’s great attacking flair can be utilized in a number of the backline positions. Prinsloo will be key in the creation of scoring opportunities, and his very well educated boot will be vital come conversion time. The conversions and ability to give high hanging contestable kickoffs is key in a game of only 14 minutes.

Balance of the side looks very solid. Height of Meikle and Karnezos, the power of Tera and Stander up front, the strong runners in Sithole and Nqoro, the speed and agility of Mbona and Robinson and the creativity of Gouws sees a good balance. Van Tonder will probably be able to cover flyhalf and centre, and he has a great mind for the attacking game.

As coach Kotze has stated in the press recently, he believes his slowest guy is still very fast. So with the consistency in selection, a fit, fast, balanced side, coming off a win in the inter provincial sevens  tournament recently; and with added firepower in Stander, Meikle, Robinson, Van Tonder and Maseko; the Sharks should definitely be one of the favorites to win.

Predicted Finish- 1st – 3rd

Cheetahs: Ryno Benjamin, Robbie van Schalkwyk, Marnus Schoeman, Torsten van Jaarsveld, Leon Karemaker, Boom Prinsloo, Pieter van Zyl, Sarel Pretorius, Willie le Roux, Barry Geel, Raymond Rhule, Philip Burger, Kevin Luiters, Hansie Graaff, Johann Sadie, Tertius Daniller. Coach: Hawies Fourie.

A side with a lot of pace and flair. Clearly they have a very well known squad due to the large amount of Superugby/ Blitzbokke/Bok players included. Ryno Benjamin and Rhule will provide tons of pace out wide and down the middle. Whilst with the creative abilities and speed off the mark of Pretorius, Van Zyl and Le Roux, the Cheetahs will definitely score many tries.

The forwards which include Marnus Schoeman, Van Jaarsveld, Karemaker and Prinsloo will provide more than enough good ball for the Blitz backline, but also give much on the defensive side of things.

Blitzbokke in Benjamin, Prinsloo, Le Roux, Burger and Luiters will provide the squad with more than enough sevens experience.

Not much needs to be said about Rhule ;-)  He will surely be a contender for player of the tournament.

The only obstacle in the Cheetahs way may be the lack of Sevens specific training and competition; where The Sharks could have the edge in that aspect over the star studded Cheetahs side.

Predicted Finish- 1st – 3rd

All Stars: Stefan Basson, Ben Gollings, Zar Lawrence, MJ Mentz, JW Jonker, Juan Swanepoel, Danwell Demas, Rosco Specman, Jaco Bouwer, Deon Helberg, Danie Dames, Bok Barnard. Coach: Jimmy Stonehouse.

A Squad packed with international Sevens experience. Helberg, Jonker, Gollings, Lawrence, Demas, Basson and Mentz have all represented their countries in the World Series.

They have a lot of speed and agility in Demas, Mentz, Lawrence and former Shark Rosco Specman. Creative flair will come from Sevens greats Basson and Gollings. In Basson and Gollings they also have 2 brilliant kickers of the ball.

Obstacles facing this team are possibly the  lack of preparation together and the lack of out and out seven a side forwards in the squad. I feel they will struggle to get great ball from the breakdown and could get bullied physically against some of the bigger sides, but they will still be one of the favorites without a doubt.

Predicted Finish- 1st – 3rd

Kaizer Chiefs: Wilhelm Koch, Shuaib Samaai, Breyton Paulse (captain), Wandile Mjekevu, Jongi Nokwe, Gareth Krause, Junior Bester, Elmo Thomas, Cameron Jacobs, Friedrich Lombard, Adrian Jacobs. Coach: Gcobani Bobo.

Some great talent in former Shark Adrian Jacobs, along with Samaai, Shark u/21 Mjekevu and former Bok wing, Nokwe. Most of their play will have to be based around these four players if they going to stand a chance of winning. Adrian Jacobs, if fit could be up for backline player of the tournament; he has all the attributes to dominate from the flyhalf position in the sevens game.

The lack of a “complete squad” and the fact that most are coming straight out of 15 a side rugby or even retirement means that they won’t do as well as they would like.

I believe the “Big four” will provide enough to possibly give Chiefs a chance to get into a Cup Semi if the fitness levels are solid.

Predicted Finish- 7th-9th

Mighty Mohicans: Justin Peach, Christopher Juries, Julian Erasmus, Richard Prinsloo, Mark Winter, Josh Basingthwaighte, Tiger Bax, Jeandre Blom, NW Smit, Karlo Aspeling, Juan Smit, Andre Smit, Stefan de Villiers, Chris Cloete, Izak Saaiman. Coach: Dawie Snyman

I think a really good squad given the circumstances. Winter and Bax can give a lot in terms of the speed of the game, whilst Shark u/21 Chris Cloete will give them a good amount of go forward ball to play with . Cloete will also be a contender for forward/player of the tournament, i believe. His work at the breakdown will make it very hard for opposing teams to get good ball from the breakdown, if they even get any at all ;)

Jeandre Blom has also played SA Sevens and will provide the quick service from the base.

Predicted Finish- 10th-12th

Lions: Ruan Combrinck, Derick Minnie, Claude Tshibidi, Andries Coetzee, Robin Coetzee, Whestley Moolman, Morné Laubscher, Ruhan Nel, Jacques Nel, Ross Cronje, Senzo Shabalala. Coach: JP Ferreira.

A couple decent sevens players but won’t be enough to upset the top 4. Willie Brits and Andries Coetzee will probably be the key men. They could possibly sneak a cup quarter due to their decent preparation period.

Predicted Finish- 10th-12th

Living Ball: Jonathan Mokuena, Reg Muller, Wendal Wehr, Alshaun Bock, Marius Delport, Dean Heymans, Shaun Davids, Donnovan Marais, Berty Visser, Earl Lewis, Stefan Terblanche, Dirk Dippenaar. Coach: Freddie Grobler.

Decent squad. Former Blitzbokke, Mokuena and Dirk Dippenaar will do a really good job for the team in the physical battle. Marius Delport and Earl Lewis will provide the team with a good finisher and creative playmaker.

Predicted Finish- 7th-9th

Blue Bulls: Shaun Adendorff, Andre Warner, Roelof Smit, Jason Kriel, Jacques Rossouw, Christiaan de Bruin, Cornelius Cooper, Jesse Kriel, Daniel Kriel, Travis Ismaiel, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Clayton Blommetjies. Coach: Fielies Coetzee.

Solid squad. The Kriel brothers will bring a a lot of strong running to the bulls’ game, whilst Shaun Adendorff will do a really good job up front for the team. Blommetjies will provide the creativity for the side and his Blitzbok experience will be of assistance to the side.

Predicted Finish- 4th-6th

Boland Cavaliers:Philip van Zyl, Ben Venter, Ashton Constant, Ntando Kebe, Deston Wellman, Eric Zana, Tythan Adams, Thor Halvorsen, Garth April, Brendon April, Dual Erasmus, Albert Trytsman, ranzel September. Coach: Abie Davids.

They will be a constant threat throughout. Boland seem to always develop many really talented sevens players. Garth April will be a huge threat out wide and is a man that should be watched very closely. September and Adams are also quality.

Predicted Finish- 10th-12th

Samurai International: Pieter Engelbrecht, Kwagga Smith, Carel du Preez, Jack Wilson, Jack Welsch, Shannon Rick, Justin Geduld, Werner Kok, Seabelo Senatla, Derich Badenhorst, Henk de Ridder, Sergio Torrens. Coach: Marius Schoeman.

Competitive squad indeed. Engelbrecht and Smith are quality sevens players. Good amount of sevens experience; but won’t really threaten the top teams too much, i believe.

Predicted Finish- 4th-6th

Vikings: Jonathan Adendorff, Lean Schwartz, Kempie Rautenbach, Fabian Juries, Mzwandile Stick ©, Anthony Volmink, Jacques Erasmus, Ruan Mostert, Jody Reynecke, Guy Cronje, Enrico Acker, Shane Spring. Coach: Darryl Weir.

Dangerous squad. Adendorff, Juries, Stick and Volmink will be key men. Former Shark Guy Cronje will do well as a halfback and will do well converting tries. Juries is a legend, but we will have to see if he still has the needed pace to be competitive. Stick will be a great leader to have and is great with the boot in this form of the game.

Predicted Finish- 4th-6th

Western Province: Ryan Smith, Sibusiso Notshe, Arno Johnson, Craig Pheiffer, Kobus Van Wyk, Clearance Khumalo, Freddie Muller, Tim Swiel, Dean Hammond, Dillyn Leyds, Craig Berry, Chevandre  van Schoor.  Coach: Jerome Paarwater.

Some real quality younger players. Craig Barry probably the pick of the lot, and has experience with the Blitzbokke. Swiel will be a threat from flyhalf for sure. A player to keep an eye on is Clearance Khumalo , has the potential to become a great sevens player.

Predicted Finish- 7th-9th

It is going to be a great event and will do wonders for Sevens rugby in the country. I can’t contain my excitement!! Good Luck to all the sides participating!


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