Oct 26, 2020

Sharks Take Long Term View – Part 2

Credit: Howard Cleland Photography

The three schools profiled in today’s article feature Westville Boys’ High, Maritzburg College and Kearsney College. Both of the Durban-based schools have fairly strong ties to The Sharks, with the potent midfield pairing of Brad Barritt and Waylon Murray during the mid to decade of the 2000s.

Barritt hails from Kearsney and has gone on to captain Saracens in the UK as well as featuring for the England national side, while Murray has returned to Westville as the current Director Of Sport.

More recently, the three du Preez brothers who played for the Cell C Sharks came out of Kearsney while back in the ‘90s, Natal players of the ilk of Shaun Payne, Shaun Platford, Dieter Kriese and dual provincial (cricket and rugby) Errol Stewart all attended Westville.

Maritzburg College has a rich tradition of supplying rugby players to the provincial and international set-up, including Philip Nel, Keith Oxlee, Joel Stransky, Jeremy Thomson and Butch James.

DYLAN RICHARDSON

Primary School Attended:  Kloof Primary School
Position:  Loose Forward / Hooker

Stats:
2011 – Sharks U12 Primary Schools Team
2012 – Sharks U13 Primary Schools Craven Week
2015 – Sharks U16 Grant Khomo Team
2016 – Sharks U18 Craven Week (SA Schools ‘A’ Team)
2017 – Sharks U18 Craven Week (SA Schools Team)
2018 – SA U20 Junior Boks


FEZO MBATHA

Primary School Attended:  Richardia Primary School
Position:  Hooker

Fezo is a fantastic young man who always worked on his own, perfecting his skills. He played 1st Team for College in 2016 and 2017, represented Sharks at Grant Khomo, and 2 years Craven Week. He has been back to College to assist with coaching all the hookers at the school. He is extremely mobile for a hooker and has silky skills. He is a natural leader and is well-liked by everyone. One of those special human beings.

Kevin Smith
DIRECTOR OF RUGBY

Stats:
2012 – U13A Sharks Schools
2015 – U16 Sharks Schools Grant Khomo Week (U16 Green Squad)
2016 – U18A Sharks Schools Craven Week
2017 – U18A Sharks Schools Craven Week (U18 SA Schools)

2018 – U19 Sharks
2019 – U20 Junior Springboks and Super Rugby Debut


MZAMO MAJOLA

Primary School Attended:  Pitlochry Senior Primary School
Position:  Tighthead Prop

Mzamo had a really advanced EQ for a young man which gave him a special ability to connect with all his teammates and his coaches. His passion for drama spilled over into the practices and he was the first one to lighten the mood or fire up the team when the need arose.  He loved nothing more than being right in the middle of things which is probably why he enjoyed playing in the front row.  He coupled this with a brilliant attitude and strong resilience.  He played 1st XV in 2012 and 2013 and was selected for the Craven week team in 2013.  He regularly drops in at practices to give back to his school when his busy schedule allows.

Grant Bell
DIRECTOR OF RUGBY AT CLIFTON (former WBHS)

Stats:
2014 – Sharks U19
2015 – Sharks U21, Sharks XV, South Africa U20, Sharks Senior Currie Cup
2016 – Sharks U21, Sharks XV
2017 – Southern Kings Super Rugby, Sharks Currie Cup, Kings Pro 14
2018 – Sharks Super Rugby, Sharks XV, Sharks Currie Cup
2019 – Sharks Super Rugby, Sharks Currie Cup
2020 – Sharks Super Rugby


Photo Credit:  Howard Cleland / Kearsney College / Maritzburg College / Westville Boys’ High School
Editorial:  Michael Marnewick