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Under 21s ring the changes


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 2 Aug 2013 at 12:25
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Sharks under 21 coach Etienne Fynn has made a fair few changes to his side that went down against the Lions a fortnight ago, with many of those injury enforced. The side faces the log-topping Free State under 21 team in Bloemfontein tomorrow afternoon.

Fullback Keelan Bastew was forced off after just a few minutes of the Lions game, with his ankle injury necessitating a shift to fullback for promising Andre Esterhuizen. The big 19-year-old from Klerksdorp thus vacates the number 12 jersey, opening the way for another big lad, Zimbabwean Gareth Meikle, to come into the starting side off the bench. At right wing, Sean Robinson’s elevation into the shadow Currie Cup squad opens a gap for exciting Japenese winger Kotaro Matsushima; together with left wing Alcino Isaacs, Matsushima was responsible for the bulk of the tries scored by last year’s under 19 side.

Franco Marais was a late withdrawal last week, after he and reserve hooker Greg Bauer bashed heads at the captain’s run. Bauer has recovered this week and starts in place of Morne du Plessis, but there’s still no sign of Marais, meaning former Glenwood (and Bulls under 19) player Jacques Taylor will retain the reserve spot. Fynn has opted for a fresh set of flankers too, with uncapped Dylan Nel starting at open side in place of the benched Murray Bondesio and a first start on the blind for Johan Meyer, with Khaya Majola dropping out this week.

Guy Alexander will again captain from the back of the scrum, while there’s a third new face in the 22, with Mike Bernhard covering centre and wing off the bench.

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



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