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Gerber adds steel to Sharks’ Currie Cup front row


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 31 Jul 2013 at 09:16
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Moving swiftly to plug the gaps in their Currie Cup playing roster, the Sharks seem to have secured the services of former Bulls tight head prop Rayno Gerber for the duration of the season.

32-year-old Gerber, who is on the tall side for a tight-head at 1.9m, will play a similar role to that of Marco Wentzel, providing the experienced “hard edge” in what will otherwise be a young front row and hopefully imparting some of the many tricks of the trade to youngsters like Wiehahn Herbst and Maks van Dyk.

Originating from the Eastern Cape (where he matriculated at Framesby), Gerber became a Baby Bok in 2002 while playing for Free State’s under 21 side. He went on to make his senior debut for the Cheetahs in 2003, before leaving for his first overseas stint in 2004 (he played for Leeds in the UK). Returning in 2006, he joined the Bulls and went on to establish himself as a stalwart in Pretoria, picking up Super Rugby winners’ medals in 2007 (as a starter) and 2009 (off the bench). The wanderlust struck again shortly afterwards, with Gerber then spending two years in France, with Stade Francais.

In recent times, Gerber has completed a further stint with the Bulls as well as one with Rovigo in Italy.

Given the dearth of senior tighthead options in the Sharks camp – with Jannie du Plessis’ loss to the Bok cause a certainty ahead of the Currie Cup – Gerber’s name is a valuable addition to the squad and will be one of the few number 3s with genuine experience on display in this year’s Currie Cup.

Welcome to the Sharks, Rayno!



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