Take a bow, Ruan Pienaar

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 13 Oct 2008 at 11:27
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You know, it’s not often that I’m so happy to be proved wrong!

I’ve written a fair bit about Ruan Pienaar recently and in one case, was particularly harsh on a perceived ultimatum from his side. As you’ll all remember, there seemed to be an open threat from Pienaar to the Sharks management a few months ago: “pick me at scrumhalf or I’ll leave”. At the time, it seemed a pretty bold thing to say, given that Rory Kockott was deservedly the first choice number 9 in Durban and that Pienaar’s form had been flaky up until that point.

My goodness, but has Ruan Pienaar ever stepped up to the plate, though; so much so that I have now devoured all three of my hats and am desperately shopping for a new one! A slightly fortuitous injury to Kockott (can an injury ever be seen that way?) has seen Pienaar re-established as the Sharks’ first-choice scrummy and the continuity of selection that has seen him start regularly there has done wonders for his game.

Pienaar, much more than the Sharks’ first choice has already established himself as the form scrumhalf in the country, this a mere two months after all and sundry (including me) had written off his chances of ever making it big in the number nine jersey. I still think he’d make an amazing flyhalf, but you just can’t dispute the difference an extended run in his favourite position, has made to his game.

He is running, passing and kicking with a sureness that belies his maverick nature and his goalkicking is out of the top-drawer. Decision-making under pressure is now the most potent weapon in Pienaar’s arsenal and his once-shaky defence is now rock-solid. Pienaar has turned his game around and is now the epitome of the complete modern scrumhalf and when the Sharks win the Currie Cup in two weeks’ time, don’t be too surprised to find that it’s Ruan Pienaar who has put in a match-winning touch to clinch it for them.

Well done,Ruan!


  • I will have to join you :roll:

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.10.08 11:38:52 by Charlie Reply
    CharlieSuper Rugby player
  • not to be pompous, but i feel vindicated as i have never lost faith in ruan, who i still believe to be the most talented rugby player in the country.

    i said a while back that he just needs a coach that will stick by him and we will see the best he can offer. seems plum is the man.

    btw, happy birthday rob!

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.10.08 11:40:44 by knersboy Reply
    knersboyVodacom Cup player
  • @knersboy (Comment 2) : thanks Knersie…

    @Charlie (Comment 1) : Charlton, is it just me, or is our mutual favourite player suffering from just a teeny tiny little Bok hangover?

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.10.08 11:43:50 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Go Sharks!) (Comment 3) :

    Barrit has never been a bok :razz:

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.10.08 11:47:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Off to catch a plane. BYE!!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.10.08 11:48:19 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : safe trip, dude…

    @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : btw – leaving straight after that comment is just a little bit cowardly :)

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.10.08 11:49:19 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • so – in yet another unexpected article, tomorrow I will sing Frans Steyn’s praises!

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.10.08 11:50:14 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • Hehehhehe


  • Comment 8, posted at 13.10.08 11:51:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Smitty is also having a great influance on Bissie…bar a couple(2?) mistakes , Bissie really improved his line out work.And I also was very critical of Ruan, but it was more out of frustration because he clearly has the talent.

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.10.08 11:54:23 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Go Sharks!) (Comment 7) : I think the best outcome for all would be if Ruan skips frans with the last pass to Steph who kicks the ball out and ends the match.. to avoid de ja va

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.10.08 11:56:27 by beez Reply

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  • @robdylan (Go Sharks!) (Comment 7) : And Frans actually looked more like a team player on Saturday. That brilliant 2nd try could easily have turned out different , but Frans was lucky to offload in the tackle, but I suppose that created the gap.

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.10.08 11:57:12 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Go Sharks!) (Comment 3) : Seems so before Saturday’s match my friend :wink: But he proved again his unmatched quick hands on Saturday with Freddie’s try, unlucky with the other try not being awarded after Bissie was caught out for an infringement… :roll:

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.10.08 12:42:13 by Charlie Reply

    CharlieSuper Rugby player
  • @Charlie (Comment 12) : it’s true what you say. He had a pretty useful match all round

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.10.08 12:50:35 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Go Sharks!) (Comment 13) : Adi was great!!!! Some of those tackles, wow!, one right in front of me,I thougt he was not going to stand up again….but he did…the other guys looked a bit stunned!! :smile:

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.10.08 13:37:13 by Me2 Reply

    Me2 aka Mama SharkCurrie Cup player
  • @Me2 (Comment 14) : Bok rugby did Adi good, BTW see Jacobs on the front cover of the official Sharks Magazine, need to get a copy… :wink:

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.10.08 13:51:02 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 15) : charlie going to the loo with the sharks mag ???


  • Comment 16, posted at 13.10.08 16:33:19 by sharks_lover Reply
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