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Junior Boks halfbacks for Sharks under 21 opener

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 11 Jul 2013 at 10:47
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Sharks under 21 coach Etienne Fynn has named a powerful line-up for this weekend’s opener against Border in East London, with Stefan Ungerer and Rob du Preez combining in the half back positions, as they did for the South African under 20 side in France last month.

The side boasts Currie Cup experience in the form of loosehead prop Allan Dell and hooker Franco Marais, who will be joined in hte front row by Maks van Dyk, who played with them for last year’s junior Springbok side. Locks Stephan Lewies and Wiehan Hay both boast a few Vodacom Cup caps, while Khaya Majola at blindside flank is a highly-rated prospect for the future. Making up the loose trio are Murray Bondesio, who played for the side last year, and former Hilton number 8 Guy Alexander, following in the footsteps of a famous uncle who guided the Sharks to two Currie Cup triumphs in the mid-90s from the same position.

There’s a big and exciting centre combination, with Andre Esterhuizen (dubbed “the next Frans Steyn” in some circles) combining with Tyler Fisher, while Sean Robinson will bring his Super Rugby experience to bear on the right wing. Pacy young Alcino Isaacs (left wing) was a star for the under 19 side last year, scoring some cracking tries, while Keelan Bastew at fullback has been with the squad for some years now.

The inclusion of Brendan Cope on the bench – as reserve flyhalf – is interesting. Cope was an unsung hero in the under 19 side last year and is a player that Fynn knows well, but the complete absence of Fred Zeilinga from the squad makes it possible, if not likely, that the latter will see some form of action for the Super Rugby side this weekend. Zeilinga is widely expected to be the Sharks’ starting flyhalf for the upcoming Currie Cup season.

Sharks under 21:
15 Keelan Bastew, 14 Sean Robinson, 13 Tyler Fisher, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Alcino Isaacs, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Guy Alexander, 7 Khaya Majola, 6 Murray Bondesio, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Wiehan Hay, 3 Nicolaas van Dyk, 2 Franco Marais (captain), 1 Allan Dell
Subs: 16 Greg Bauer, 17 Simon Kerrod, 18 Wade Elliot, 19 Johan Meyer, 20 Hanco Venter, 21 Brendan Cope, 22 Gareth Meikle


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