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Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news on 2 Sep 2008 at 09:49
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Powerhouse Sharks flanker Jean Deysel and Vodacom Free State Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské have been rewarded for their recent efforts in the Absa Currie Cup, with the duo winning the Player and the Coach of the Month Awards, respectively, for the month of August.

Thank to SharksRugby.co.za and SARugby.net

Deysel and Drotské were each rewarded with R10,000 in prize money, whilst they were also presented with exclusive miniature replicas of the Absa Currie Cup trophy.

Deysel missed the start of the Absa Currie Cup because of a hand injury sustained in a pre-season friendly against the Griffons, but a series of powerful displays has seen the 23-year-old make the No.7 shirt his own, much to Sharks coach John Plumtree’s delight.

Plumtree, himself a former Sharks flank of some repute, recently said of Deysel – after a Man of the Match display against the Wildeklawer Griquas: “The guy has got Springbok written all over him.”

The Coach of the Month is voted for by a five-man panel of top media personalities in South Africa, whilst all eight coaches in the Absa Currie Cup were asked to nominate their Player of the Month for August – as they did last month and like they will be asked to do until the end of this season in October. They cannot nominate their own players.

Deysel was selected ahead of Nick Köster (Vodacom WP), Earl Rose (Xerox Lions), Wikus van Heerden and Deon Stegmann (both Vodacom Blue Bulls) and the Boland Cavaliers’ Dries van Schalkwyk. Interestingly enough, all the players nominated – except Rose – are loose forwards.

But Deysel, who tips the scales at 103 kilograms and stands 1,92 metres tall, was typically modest about his performances in August, saying: “It’s great that the opposition coaches have noticed me, I think that’s the best thing about this award.

“I’m enjoying my rugby a lot at the moment; John Plumtree and the coaches at the Sharks have backed me up, but it’s just been great being back out there with my body in good shape and that enjoyment factor right up there, too.”

For Deysel, and the Sharks, the next few weeks are shaping up as the key ones as the top teams look to secure those crucial home semi-final places. “It’s make or break in the next few weeks,” he said.

“The Boks are coming back, at the Sharks and at the other teams too, but that’s why I play this game – to test myself against the best players out there… and I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

Vodacom FS Cheetahs coach Drotské, meanwhile, has guided his team to five successive victories in the Absa Currie Cup. The Cheetahs, the defending champions, have not lost a match since going down 31-23 to the Vodacom Blue Bulls in mid-July. The Men from Bloemfontein are currently in third place on the Absa Currie Cup log, just one point behind the second-placed Sharks (33) and two points adrift of the table-topping Vodacom Blue Bulls.

Drotské – a former Springbok hooker and the ex-head coach of English club, London Irish – received three out of five votes for his efforts in charge of the Cheetahs last month, just pipping Xerox Lions boss Eugene Eloff to the honour.

The five members of the well-respected media voting panel who selected the Coach of the month consisted of SuperSport analyst and commentator Owen Nkumane, Mtutuzeli Scott (SABC radio commentator), David O’Sullivan (Rugga Zone host), Clinton van den Berg (Sunday Times sports editor) and senior Rapport journalist JJ Harmse.

Desiree Pooe – Marketing Manager, Sponsorships Absa – was once again delighted with the response to August’s Awards, that after the positive responses to the July Awards.

“As this is a new award, we’re still very excited about it – but even more so because it has been so well-received by players and coaches,” said Pooe. “We see it as an honour and a nice boost for the players and coaches and we’re happy the way they have warmed to it too.

“Well done to Naka and Jean for winning the August Awards – they set the standard last month and we’re hoping that all the other players and coaches will look to do the same in September.”



55 Comments

  • WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.09.08 09:51:59 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • So he got three votes out of eight? And the other 5 one each?

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.09.08 10:02:45 by McLovin Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 2) :

    Rose and Koster could also easily have won IMO.

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.09.08 10:08:49 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Desiree Pooe? How do you pronounce Pooe? Poo-eeh?

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.09.08 10:17:24 by McLovin Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : I’m sure Deysel deserved it. Not seen much of him though. Not seen much of Rose, saw a bit from Koster he seems to be the real thing. Will pay more attention to Deysel this weekend. If I get to see the match. Still trying to wriggle out of a previous semi commitment with the missus. :twisted:

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.09.08 10:20:02 by McLovin Reply
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  • Plum always spoke very well of Deysel and here we consider him a talented youngster very promising. Peter de Villiers cannot oversee him any more IMO

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.09.08 10:21:09 by Offside Mac Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 5) : due – Deysel has been superb. Every game he plays he just gets better.

    I also watched Koster and the kid is a talent, but he’s not on the same ballpark as Deysel right now

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.09.08 10:23:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Offside Mac (Comment 6) : easy, easy… let’s not make him a Bok until he’s played a full season of Super 14, at least

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.09.08 10:28:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Certainly. Would like to see both in full S14 first. Also would like to see how Koster reacts in his 2nd full season once opposition teams have had a good look at him.

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.09.08 10:36:14 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 9) : exactly. 2nd season blues tends to affect everyone…

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.09.08 10:42:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hey guys…
    Well done Wolla…you deserve it.
    You’ve brought so much balance to our loose-trio and you’ve exceeded all our expectations thus far. All the best for the rest of the season…and like I said-I can’t wait to see you in action vs the big boys in the S14.

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.09.08 11:10:43 by blackshark Reply

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  • A very well deserved acknowledgement.

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.09.08 11:19:02 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 11) : hey – good news. You’ll have the reincarnation of Quintus van Blouen in the press box with you on Sat!

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.09.08 11:23:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : :?: :?: :?:

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.09.08 11:33:21 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 14) : his name are JJ Harmse and he like to see everything as blue

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.09.08 11:37:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : You could’ve just said JJ Harmse :lol:
    The pencil…and the backup pencil…all sharp.

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.09.08 11:40:39 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 16) : remember, mightier than the sword ;)

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.09.08 11:46:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • 1,92 and 103kg?

    Only if you chop od his legs.

    Deysel is close to 120kg.

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.09.08 11:55:07 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : Especially a blue one… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.09.08 11:55:36 by blackshark Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 18) : thanks for pointing that out. I was on my way to find his official stats and got sidetracked.

    You are right, though… he is FAR bigger than 103

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.09.08 12:00:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • 112kg

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.09.08 12:03:57 by McLovin Reply

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  • …according to sarugby dot net

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.09.08 12:04:22 by McLovin Reply

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  • he’s from Virginia & likes country music. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 02.09.08 12:05:04 by McLovin Reply

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  • Sharksrugby.co.za
    Physical: 1.91m ; 110kg

    sarugby.net
    Height 190cm
    Weight 112kg

    Sarugby.com
    191 110

    pretty repeatable figures.

    Some of those stats out there are so varied.

  • Comment 24, posted at 02.09.08 12:16:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 23) : don’t we all? ;)

  • Comment 25, posted at 02.09.08 12:18:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) :

    only between 12 and 3 daily when that is all that is on the radio :oops: :grin: (But not during Ramadan)

  • Comment 26, posted at 02.09.08 12:20:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 26) : there’s some really GOOD country stuff inbetween all the Shania Twain crap.

  • Comment 27, posted at 02.09.08 12:29:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) :

    sadly I agree. Grew up with the stuff and still enjoy some of it.

  • Comment 28, posted at 02.09.08 12:37:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 28) : guys like Chet Atkins, Garth Brooks… hell, even Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry had some serious country influences

  • Comment 29, posted at 02.09.08 12:42:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • I always though this Dysel character was the reserve hooker, and the Sharks coaches had no idea who to put on the bench.

  • Comment 30, posted at 02.09.08 12:46:07 by Sauce Reply
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  • Best Country-Western Song Titles of All-Time…

    1. Get Your Biscuits In The Oven And Your Buns In Bed
    2. Get Your Tongue Otta My Mouth ‘Cause I’m Kissing
    You Goodbye
    3. Her Teeth Was Stained, But Her Heart Was Pure
    4. How Can I Miss You If You Won’t Go Away?
    5. Can’t Get Over You, So Why Don’t You Get Under Me?
    6. Don’t Know Whether To Kill Myself Or Go Bowling
    7. Got In At 2 With a 10, And Woke Up At 10 With a 2.
    8. Hate Every Bone In Your Body Except For Mine
    9. Just Bought A Car From A Guy That Stole My Girl,
    But The Car Don’t Run, So I Figure We Got An Even Deal

    10. Keep Forgettin’ I Forgot About You

  • Comment 31, posted at 02.09.08 12:48:51 by McLovin Reply

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  • 11. Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well
    12. Still Miss You Baby, But My Aim’s Gettin’ Better
    13. Wouldn’t Take Her To A Dog Fight, Cause I’m Afraid
    She’d Win
    14. I’ll Marry You Tomorrow But Let’s Honeymoon Tonite

    15. I’m So miserable Without You, It’s Like Having You
    Here
    16. I’ve Got Tears in My Ears From Lying On My Back
    While I Cry Over You
    17. If I Can’t Be Number One In Your Life, Then Number
    Two On You
    18. If I Had Shot You When I Wanted To, I’d Be Out By
    Now
    19. Mama Get A Hammer (There’s A Fly On Papa’s Head)
    20. My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink, And I Don’t Love
    Jesus

  • Comment 32, posted at 02.09.08 12:49:28 by McLovin Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 28) : You sad sad people

  • Comment 33, posted at 02.09.08 12:50:06 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 31) : @McLovin (Comment 32) : :lol:

  • Comment 34, posted at 02.09.08 12:51:35 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
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  • @Sauce (Comment 30) : dude… you shmoke a lot before games? ;)

  • Comment 35, posted at 02.09.08 12:51:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 35) : Nah i listen to country to psyche up…. :lol:

  • Comment 36, posted at 02.09.08 12:57:50 by Sauce Reply
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  • @Sauce (Comment 36) : he he…

    clever ;)

  • Comment 37, posted at 02.09.08 13:00:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 31) : @McLovin (Comment 32) : :lol:

  • Comment 38, posted at 02.09.08 13:03:15 by blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 37) : i try but its tough seeing through the haze :wink:

  • Comment 39, posted at 02.09.08 13:08:04 by Sauce Reply
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  • @Sauce (Comment 39) : you’re actually not completely crazy. Smit and Bismarck are both reasonably similar in size to Deysel…

  • Comment 40, posted at 02.09.08 13:22:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • Deysel deserves it. He is from Free State, the best rugby factory in SA. :grin:
    He is going to have a wonderful rugby future… :cool:

  • Comment 41, posted at 02.09.08 13:56:17 by Die Jood Reply

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  • Was Drotske really head coach at London Irish?

  • Comment 42, posted at 02.09.08 14:12:55 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Die Jood (Comment 41) : Funny that the Sharks have their prpduction plant so far from head office, must cost a bit in transporting the goods to Durbs.

    Then again production costs must be very low.

  • Comment 43, posted at 02.09.08 14:14:14 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 42) : Kannie waar wees nie

  • Comment 44, posted at 02.09.08 14:15:14 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 42) : not sure… I think he was.

  • Comment 45, posted at 02.09.08 14:15:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 42) : no – hang on. Of course he wasn’t! Drotske’s first senior coaching role was the one he currently holds.

    Brendan Venter coached the Exiles. Naka just played for them.

  • Comment 46, posted at 02.09.08 14:17:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 44) : @robdylan (Comment 46) : That’s what I thought. He still played for the States when he returned to SA not?

  • Comment 47, posted at 02.09.08 14:19:37 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 47) : Correct

  • Comment 48, posted at 02.09.08 14:20:25 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
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  • All I can find on the world wide google web is that he was player coach at some stage.

  • Comment 49, posted at 02.09.08 14:20:55 by McLovin Reply

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  • JJ Harmse probably still votes for Heyneke Meyer each month. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 50, posted at 02.09.08 14:25:15 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 47) : yes… he was captain when they won the CC in 2005

  • Comment 51, posted at 02.09.08 14:26:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 50) : comment of the day!

  • Comment 52, posted at 02.09.08 14:27:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • Such knowledgeable people on this site. :smile:

  • Comment 53, posted at 02.09.08 14:28:02 by McLovin Reply

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  • I am 99% sure Drotske went straight from winning the CC to assistant coach at the flatlands.

  • Comment 54, posted at 02.09.08 15:12:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 54) : I am 99% sure you are right

  • Comment 55, posted at 02.09.08 15:17:07 by robdylan Reply
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