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Sharks v WP– looking at the squad


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 5 Sep 2013 at 10:05
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The Sharks have made a few changes this week, with the elevation of Danie Mienie to the match 22 for the first time possibly the biggest.

As the only completely uncapped member of the match day squad, the Sharks lose out on nearly 30 caps by bringing Mienie in for Dale Chadwick. That is offset to an extent by the inclusion of Tim Whitehead (20 caps) for the similarly-inexperienced Heimar Williams. At 22, Mienie is a few years younger than Chadwick; the rotational inclusion of Rayno Gerber in the starting fifteen, however, raises the average age of the starting pack to just over 28 years – with fellow 30-somethings Jacques Botes and Marco Wentzel also doing their bit. Mienie and Peet Marais are the only men in that outfit under the age of 28, with a few more relative youngsters on the bench.

At 34, Butch James is the oldest back in a starting backline that averages just under 26 years old. Speaking of James, he’ll reach a milestone as he earns his 50th Currie Cup cap for the Sharks (and 64th overall). Craig Burden (70th), Louis Ludik (40th) and Kyle Cooper (30th, if he comes on) are on the brink of lesser milestones this week. Charl McLeod earned a 50th Sharks cap last week, but will earn a 60th career cap this week if he comes on, having represented the Valke on 9 occasions before moving to Durban.

An interesting statistic this week sees only two players from KZN schools make the starting team – and ironically, both of those attended Maritzburg College. Three further Natal natives have been included on the bench. Glenwood and Outeniqua are the only other schools to feature more than one player in the match 22.

Surname First Names Height Weight Age School CC Caps CC Points
Sharks Other Total Sharks
1 Mienie Daniel Jacobus 1.79 111 22 Merensky 0 0 0 0
2 Burden Craig Bruce 1.84 105 28 MC 69 0 69 115
3 Gerber Rayno 1.90 120 32 Framesby 4 40 44 0
4 Marais Peet Celliers 1.98 115 22 Welkom 10 0 10 0
5 Wentzel Marco van Zyl 2.00 117 34 Outeniqua 4 35 39 5
6 Daniel Keegan Rhys 1.88 97 28 Dale 95 0 95 155
7 Deysel Jean Roy 1.91 112 28 Hentie Cilliers 55 0 55 35
8 Botes Louis Jacques 1.82 97 32 Potch Gim 113 27 140 200
9 Reinach Jacobus Meyer 1.75 84 23 Grey Kollege 18 0 18 10
10 James Andrew David 1.84 98 34 MC 49 14 63 401
11 Mvovo Lwazi Ncedo 1.85 94 27 Maria Louw 48 0 48 105
12 Whitehead Timothy John 1.88 90 25 Grey High 7 13 20 0
13 Ludik Louis 1.83 92 26 EG Jansen 39 43 82 35
14 Maseko Sizophila Sabelo 1.84 88 22 Ermelo 2 0 2 0
15 Marais Sarel Petrus 1.84 92 24 Paarl Boys 3 15 18 10
16 Cooper Kyle Lorran 1.78 109 24 Glenwood 29  0 29 5
17 Herbst Wiehahn Jovan 1.80 113 25 Klerksdorp 44 0 44 0
18 Hewitt Edwin Westley 1.96 117 25 AHS 4 12 16 0
19 Downey Justin 1.91 105 26 Northwood 4 29 33 5
20 McLeod Charl 1.80 88 30 Wonderboom 50 9 59 50
21 Zeilinga Frederik Johannes 1.75 82 20 Glenwood 4 0 4 27
22 van Tonder Jaco 1.86 96 22 Outeniqua 4 0 4 0


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