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Go get em, Beeste


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 20 Feb 2008 at 16:00
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It’s time for the KZNRU to stop messing around and put a definite plan in place to ensure they at least win SOME silverware this year.

The Vodacom Cup kicks off this weekend and it’s a crying shame that, with all the depth available to the Union, they have not even managed to bring home this oft-underrated trophy. That needs to change this year. The Wildebeest have a new coaching team and a string of useful players available to them and they need to win the damn thing, now, finish and klaar.

The problem over the last two years has been that the Wildebeest team has been considered nothing more than a stepping stone to Sharks selection; a platform on which to show off players’ individual skills and match sharpness to prove their readiness for the bigger stage of Super Rugby. It’s bloody difficult to mould a winning culture if you have a team of individual egos all determined to shine.

That aspect is not going to change, I fear. Continuity in selection is one thing that the Beeste are unfortunately going to have to do without as injuries (and loss of form) in the Sharks squad will cause a lot of player turnover. Those who find themselves a permanent fixture in the team will no doubt suffer from a lack of motivation as their Super 14 dreams continue to elude them, much more so those who will view a Wildebeest cap as nothing more than a bit of easy match practice.

So, the answer here is money. That’s right, the good old pursuit of filthy lucre. How it works is this: the union puts a sizable bounty on the Vodacom Cup trophy. Let’s say it’s a reasonable chunk of cash, like R5 Million. Now, divvie that cash up pro rata, over 10 games (or whatever) and 22 matchday squad positions and you get a figure of something like 20 grand per player per match. So, each player that makes the 22 will get that cash in his pocket for each of the games in which he has played.

The only proviso is that it’s an all-or-nothing thing. Wildebeest win the trophy and everybody gets paid. No trophy and all the money goes elsewhere.

Sound like an interesting way to get everybody’s minds focused on the job? Let’s look at the Wildebeest stalwarts, guys like Andries Strauss, Alistair Hargreaves, Robbie Harris and Skipper Badenhorst, who are unlikely to feature regularly in the Sharks team. Each of these guys stand to make a decent amount, as they will have accumulated a lot of caps over the course of the season. They will take ownership of the deliverable and provide leadership to the team.

As for the “stars” that wander in and out, they now have a real incentive to play well, but put the needs of the team ahead of their own individual performances. It doesn’t really help to feature in a losing performance, because if the trophy doesn’t come home at the end of the competition, nobody gets anything.

Seem like something that could work? I’d be interested to hear your thoughts.



34 Comments

  • Love watching the Beeste – but last year was a awful! Can’t blame the guys though – with so many of the players away doing Bok duty, they had to use the guys for the Sharks squad which left the Beeste with almost nothing!

    It should be much better this year. We were in the finals the year before – were unbeaten and then lost to the Valke in the final. I was there – ask me – I nearly froze my butt off! It was FREEEEEZING cold in Brakpan and it rained.

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.02.08 16:14:28 by Nessa Reply
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  • That was an awful performance… best chance we’ve had of a trophy in YEARS and they threw it away.

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.02.08 16:16:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • And they had some really good players that day! I told the guys afterwards that after freezing my butt off the least they could have done was win the game.

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.02.08 16:19:14 by Nessa Reply

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  • Not enough at stake…

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.02.08 16:26:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • Could put out a pretty good side again this year:

    Harris, Skipper/Jody, J Strauss/Pat, Hargreaves, Snyman, Daniel/Ndlovu, Blignaut, Downey, Mcleod/Mathie, A Strauss/Marx, Mentz, Swanepoel, Zondo, Wagenstroom, Matyeshana/Spedding

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.02.08 17:32:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • Who are they playing this weekend?

    Would have been nice to play the WeePee as a warm-up to the s14 game.

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.02.08 17:34:48 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • yeah – it would have. They are playing the warm-up, but it’s against the Pumas.

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.02.08 17:40:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • Strange… SARugby.net has the following names down. Does this mean the official Wildebeest squad has been named?

    Badenhorst, Rudolf Scheepers
    Bezuidenhout, Carl
    Blignaut, Nikolai Shamako
    Bodmer, Wesley Neil
    Bouwer, Pierre Christo
    Cilliers, Patric Michael
    Clark, Nolan
    Dames, Hendrik Daniel Petrus
    de Bruin, Cornelis Jansen
    Deysel, Jean Roy
    Downey, Justin
    Dube, Sibusiso Bongumusa
    Hargreaves, Alistair John
    Harris, Robert Lee
    Harris, Mark
    Hawksworth, David James
    Jenneker, Jody
    Lensing, Kees
    Mamojele, Thabo
    Marx, Tiaan
    Mathie, Scott
    Matyeshana, Dumisani
    McLeod, Charl
    Mentz, Hendrik
    Mthethwa, Melusi Norwel
    Mvovo, Lwazi Ncedo
    Ndlovu, Skholiwe
    Pammenter, Shaun
    Potgieter, Ulrich Jacques
    Rhodes, Michael Kenworthy
    Snyman, Johan (Joe)
    Spedding, Scott Leonard
    Strauss, Andries Jacobus
    Swanepoel, Riaan
    Sykes, Steven Robert
    van der Merwe, Jan Bekker
    Van Jaarsveld, Schalk Mattheys
    Vulindlu, Luzuko
    Wagenstroom, Frank Joseph
    Zondo, Sizwe Musawenkosi
    Zulu, Nqubeko Sithembiso

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.02.08 17:41:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • This is where Quinny comes in to explain who each and every one of these people is.

    Mark Harris? That the guys with the deadly boot that we leant to the Lions?

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.02.08 17:44:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • Mark Harris? That the guys with the deadly boot that we leant to the Lions?

    20.02.08 17:44:04 – robdylan

    Ja he seems to be back! As is Spedding. Watch out for Riaan Swanepoel at 10/12, was u21 capitain last season. I reckon he’ll be one to watch this season.

    Mentz, Hendrik

    I take it Stef T is staring on the wing this weekend :cool:

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.02.08 18:15:42 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • well – I’m not sure how much to read into this squad. I suspect that the Unions have to at least announce a squad to SARU x number of days before the competition kicks off. I don’t think it really means anything. Jean Deysel is in, but Keegan Daniel isn’t, for example.

    I see this Pampoen van Jaarsveldt’s name is there, but Rudi Mathee’s isn’t.

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.02.08 18:20:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • told you re Mathee, he is with the Leopards now (*along with the rest of the Sharks rejects)

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.02.08 18:23:27 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • Where is JC Strauss? Don’t tell me they’ve sent him back to gym for the season AGAIN!

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.02.08 18:24:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • So who else is there? We know Monty is back in France and Ronnie Uys is with the Cheetahs. I guess you mean Pellow van der Westhuizen… Anyone else?

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.02.08 18:25:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • and that scrumhalf Jean Tiedt

    I see Tiaan Marx, Dumi M, & Danie Dames all made the grade. All good u21 players too :) Hehe, Sharks keep the good youngsters & send the average older players back. I like it.

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.02.08 18:29:21 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • Dumi M is about 27 in the shade, last time I checked ;)

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.02.08 18:31:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • is “Tiedt” pronounced the way I think it’s pronounced? ;) (*)(*)

  • Comment 17, posted at 20.02.08 18:34:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • oh ok robert. But Marx & Dames are youngsters… (I tried to slip that in under the radar)

  • Comment 18, posted at 20.02.08 18:37:09 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • and erm you are correct re (*) – remember its singular ;)

  • Comment 19, posted at 20.02.08 18:37:45 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • of course, but I prefer pairs. Far neater that way.

    Thabo Mamojele. Know anything about him? Big guy…

  • Comment 20, posted at 20.02.08 18:50:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • Nah…

    Tell me why does Schalk van Jaarsveld sound familiar? (ie-do some research svp)

    Off to see a man about a dog now.

  • Comment 21, posted at 20.02.08 18:54:51 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • Shaun Pammenter… seems he was a member of team Shosholoza. Wonder what he’s doing back on the rugby field?

  • Comment 22, posted at 20.02.08 18:55:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • Pampoen van Jaarsveldt.

    Full Name Schalk Mattheys
    Surname Van Jaarsveld
    Height 199cm
    Weight 97kg
    Birth Date 5 July 1985
    Birth City Welkom
    Favourite Film Man on Fire
    Favourite Food Meat
    Primary School St.Helena
    Secondary School Welkom Gimnasium

    Another Leopards chap. Meant to be a lock, but seems VERY light.

  • Comment 23, posted at 20.02.08 18:56:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • seeing a man about a dog shouldn’t take this long. You do pee standing up, right?

  • Comment 24, posted at 20.02.08 19:07:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • Wondered what happened to Scott Spedding – like him.

  • Comment 25, posted at 20.02.08 19:38:02 by Nessa Reply

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  • Spedders continues to be developed, Ness… ;)

  • Comment 26, posted at 20.02.08 19:39:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • Glad to hear RD – I am getting very frustrated – my screen is hanging for 5 minutes before I can do anything. Going to drive me mad!

    Will tell my daughter she needs to come and blog here – she wasn’t that mad about the Sharks site – you post a comment and can wait 15 minutes for a reply – if you ever get one. She got bored with it. Although now that rugby season is back the site has picked up a bit.

  • Comment 27, posted at 20.02.08 20:08:21 by Nessa Reply

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  • Well, having lots of girls here certainly increases the posting rate ;)

  • Comment 28, posted at 20.02.08 20:44:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • Well, having lots of girls here certainly increases the posting rate

    Yeah the single guys’ post rate almsot doubles when the girls come on :mrgreen:

    being married of course and having Kette with us sort of limits me to what I can and can’t do :mrgreen:

  • Comment 29, posted at 20.02.08 20:50:44 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Who said there were any KSA, limits off, do all you like :mrgreen:

  • Comment 30, posted at 20.02.08 20:54:41 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • JAAAAAAA so you say.

    I been married for 13 years now I know better than that by now. :wink:

  • Comment 31, posted at 20.02.08 20:56:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I am staying well away from this one, KSA’s… ;)

  • Comment 32, posted at 20.02.08 20:59:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 33, posted at 20.02.08 21:03:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Yup – me too! Good thing I am “older” – can’t say the same for my daughter though. She would, in any event, only be able to blog at night.

  • Comment 34, posted at 21.02.08 11:12:21 by Nessa Reply

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