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Horak picks his best

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 15 Oct 2015 at 12:39
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A strong Sharks under 21 side has been named for Saturday’s semi-final against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein, with Currie Cup regular Andre Esterhuizen picked at fullback in the only real surprise.

Coach Michael Horak has enjoyed a fair bit of continuity towards the latter half of the season and with his centre pairing, in particular, forming a solid understanding over a number of matches together, the decision to pick the phenomenally talented Esterhuizen in the back three, rather than the midfield, appears to make sense. Other Currie Cup players in Mzamo Majola and Thomas du Toit have also been included in the match 22.

Mzamo Majola starts at loosehead prop, with stalwarts Andrew du Plessis and Ruan Kramer (schoolboy team-mates at Grey College) completing the front row. Du Toit will play off the bench, where he will presumably cover tighthead, given the inclusion of another loosehead in Barend Potgieter. Kerron van Vuuren is the reserve hooker, as he has been all year, while the likes of Mees Erasmus and Mthunzi Moloi are unlucky to miss out after great contributions throughout the season.

There can have been no doubt about the lock pair; Johan du Toit and Hyron Andrews have developed into a formidable combination over the course of the year and the Sharks will be expecting much from these young men in years to come. By the same token, the loose trio of Graham Geldenhuys, Retief Marais and Ayron Schramm has played together on a number of occasions this season and understand each other well. With only one additional forward spot on the bench, Wian Vosloo looks to be the man to provide that utility forward cover, although he has been bracketed with Jean Droste in the number 19 jersey. Sias Koen, who missed the early part of the season through injury, unfortunately won’t be a part of the team this week.

Combinations are key to any successful team and there’s simply no doubt that the halfback duo of Rowan Gouws and Inny-Christian Radebe have been instrumental to the team’s fortunes this year. Having formed their understanding at under 19 level last year, they solidified that bond in Impi colours during this years’ amazing Varsity Shield campaign. Outside them, captain Marius Louw (also an Impi) and Nkululeko “Legend” Marwana continue at centre, while Sipho Mkhize and Neil Maritz are the wingers.

Spare a thought for stalwart Riaan O’Neill, who has done time at flyhalf as Radebe’s deputy but more recently established himself as the starting option at fullback. Esterhuizen’s inclusion means the talented Zimbabwean international has to play off the bench, where he’ll be supported by Sandile Sandile Kubeka and replacement scrumhalf Lotter Pretorius.

It goes without saying that we wish nothing but the very best of luck to Michael, AB, Marius and the entire team for this weekend’s big game. Go get em, boys and glory to the black and white.

Sharks under 21:
15. Andre Esterhuizen
14. Neil Maritz
13. Nkululeko Marwana
12. Marius Louw (Captain)
11. Sipho Mkhize
10. Inny-Christian Radebe
9. Rowan Gouws
8. Ayron Schramm
7. Retief Marais
6. Graham Geldenhuys
5. Hyron Andrews
4. Johan du Toit
3. Ruan Kramer
2. Andrew du Plessis
1. Mzamo Majola

16. Kerron van Vuuren
17. Barend Potgieter
18. Thomas du Toit
19. Wian Vosloo/Jean Droste
20. Lotter Pretorius
21. Riaan O’Neill
22. Sandile Kubeka


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