News is a little thin on the ground, but it seems there has been a little movement on the player front. Nothing too significant at this stage, but maybe worth picking up on, since it’s pretty quiet out there otherwise.
There were a number of warm-up games and compulsory friendlies played this weekend – by the way, why are they called compulsory friendlies? Is it still friendship if you’re being forced to do it? – and a few interesting names popped up on certain team sheets. Griquas sounded an ominous warning ahead of the Currie Cup proper when they absolutely flattened the Valke, with former Valke and Bulls wing Dewald Pretorius (remember him? The one built like a Sherman tank) scoring five tries on his own. Another name on the scoresheet was that of Nolan Clarke, who you may recall played lock for the Sharks XV this year. My understanding is that Clarke was just on loan to Griquas on a short-term basis, though – possibly only for this one match.
I’ve been led to believe that another young lock in Sharks country may soon leave on a far more permanent basis, but I haven’t managed to have it confirmed yet, so I guess it remains rumour for the time being.
There were some more interesting names on the Mighty Elephants team sheet for their friendly this weekend against Boland. Sharks utility back Carl Bezuidenhout has moved down to the bay in search of more regular gametime and started at full-back for the Eastern Province side. Bezuidenhout played a few Currie Cup games back in 2006 as a raw youngster and more recently featured on the wing in this year’s Vodacom Cup. A pair of forwards, ironically both nicknamed “Chabal” for their flowing locks and surfeit of facial hair, were also named in the 22. Jacques Potgieter, a young loosie and product of the Sharks Academy is with EP on loan this season, while yet another lock, journeyman Ruahan van Jaarsveld, appears to have moved to the bay for good. Van Jaarsveld played for the Valke last year and only moved to Durban at the beginning of the 2009 season to play Vodacom Cup rugby for the Sharks XV. He was part of the training squad, but never made it into the match 22.
Another very early rumour is that one of the Bulls’ most impressive young wingers from last year’s Currie Cup has been training with the Sharks. I can’t confirm this for certain, but once it’s official, you’ll all know more.Tweet