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Looking for a lock


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 13 Jul 2009 at 11:00
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“If Johann is out for six to eight weeks, then I might have to look for a lock,” said John Plumtree. What happened to all the ones you had, John? Or should we be addressing this question to Rudolf Straueli rather?

It’s kind of ironic, actually, that I was having a chat with Nolan Clark on Friday and he told me he was on the verge of signing a contract to move to Griqaus on a permanent basis. Clark, a young lock who represented the Sharks XV with distinction this year is just the latest in a pretty long line of second row talent to leave the Union in recent times. Their stories are all the same – no game time, no opportunities to develop or improve, very little feedback as to what they need to do to get closer to the team and a Commercial Manager who doesn’t see the sense in offering any sort of contract to fringe players. In short, it really isn’t all that surprising that the Sharks are short of depth in virtually every single position.

Clark was probably more of a journeyman than a real star – a stalwart on the local club scene, he always stood up when required. If his departure was an isolated case, that would be one thing, but this comes hot on the heels of another lock with a far more impressive pedigree, Joe Snyman. The youngster has a big game for the Lions on Saturday and the Sharks could definitely use him now. Four long years of being jerked around while any number of other players, who were clearly not up to the task, were picked ahead of him finally took their toll on Snyman and he left. This is a kid that played for South Africa at under-19 level and spent four years being developed by the Sharks. And yet we gave him a single senior cap. What a waste. What a terrible waste.

There are any number of other names, too. Rudi Mathee, currently earning rave reviews as the star of the Leopards tight five, was on our books at one stage, very briefly. Ruahan van Jaarsveldt from the Valke was with us for the Vodacom Cup – he has left to go to Eastern Province. His namesake Schalk (otherwise known as Pampoen) has disappeared off the scene entirely – I can only assume this means he is in France. Jacques Potgieter, more a loosie, but useful as lock cover, now also with the Mighty Elephants. Juandre Mynhardt? If nothing else, he sure was big! The list goes on.

So who do we have in reserve? Young Jan-André Marais is a talent, but still only 19. Mike Rhodes might be a useful lock replacement, but his recurring knee injury, coupled with a penchant for the high life, seem to be hampering his progress. Al Hargreaves is still crocked, and in five years is yet to deliver on any of the promise he showed as a 19-year-old. Nqubeko Zulu is a hard grafter, but at 1.92m, is he really big enough to make it in the second row? Luvo Lusaseni is there, but he’s more a flank these days. Nik Blignaut? Ag, nevermind… I rest my case.

It looks like, once again, we’ll be hauling out the chequebook and papering over the cracks. I find myself wondering where Plum is going to go shopping for this lock of his. Let’s hope we don’t end up with yet another Bedford Blues reject in the mould of Nic Strauss…



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  • I have another few of these lined up

    “Looking for a blindside flank”
    “Looking for a number 8″
    “Looking for a flyhalf – any flyhalf”
    “Looking for a centre who can run the 100 in under 15 seconds”
    “Looking for a fullback under the age of 35″

    They all read more or less the same, though.

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.07.09 11:10:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • What happened to Alistar Heargreaves – i think his name was?

    You guys have all been bitching about your pack….and i think its your backs that need the attention – packs have off days – or in the case of the WP light five off decades.

    Its a pity Jack is only here for a couple of months…i was amazed at his industrious game.

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.07.09 11:19:13 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : copy paste, just change a few names :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.07.09 11:19:31 by Rahul Reply

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  • Yet you guys continue with Albert van den Berg…

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.07.09 11:23:02 by Morné Reply
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  • @Rahul (Comment 3) : exactly

    @Morné (Comment 4) : still a good impact player…

    @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 2) : stuffed his ankle in the Super 14. Him and Rhodes don’t like the rehab bit… or rather, let’s just say they tend to spend more of it out partying than at home resting.

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.07.09 11:25:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • BTW – we are going to have to change this piece to “looking for two locks”… beacause with Muller out and (I guess) Bekker still injured, Sykes stands an odds-on chance of disappearing to the Boks this week…

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.07.09 11:26:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : I was also thinking about that :roll:

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.07.09 11:30:29 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Where is Joe Snyman?

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.07.09 11:34:50 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : He is still a kid – nothing wrong with some time on the town.

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.07.09 11:35:35 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 8) : playing for the Lions… he was on the bench for them this weekend.

    @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 9) : I think it’s a question of “how much”… or maybe a question of “how badly do you want this”…

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.07.09 11:38:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : True, but then again beer is a crucial part of the bulk up plan :lol:

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.07.09 11:40:37 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 11) : I am living proof :)

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.07.09 11:41:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ok, thanks Rob – now I am officially depressed… :cry:

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.07.09 11:58:23 by blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) :

    What did I telya??? Maar nee. what does Prof Know… :roll: :lol:

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.07.09 12:08:45 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 13) : there has to be a silver lining…. let’s see what Plum comes up with

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.07.09 12:17:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 14) : I’m about the only person here who’s never disagreed with you about that! :)

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.07.09 12:18:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 9) :
    @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 11) :
    So well said, and pulling moves on the dancefloor can be viewed as physio.

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.07.09 12:22:31 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Compared to WP who have:

    Bekker
    Lobberts
    Van Zyl
    Chris Jack (until September)
    Martin Muller (SA U21)
    Fondse
    Steenkamp (Maties)

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.07.09 12:31:52 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 18) : Lobberts is kak!

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.07.09 12:37:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : Still better than anything you got lurking in the hills of KZN…..and he is worse than kak ! :grin:

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.07.09 12:40:47 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • I saw Juandre Mynhardt in Wellington a few years back, puck but he is huge.

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.07.09 12:47:09 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 20) : now hang on just a minute… my grapevine is buzzing…

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.07.09 13:01:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 21) : go check the picture of him in our gallery…

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.07.09 13:04:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • a correction on Nqubeko Zulu’s stats… he’s 1.95m tall and 104kg. Nice size for a blindside flank and not miles away from the sort of size you want your locks to be.

    Taller than Lobberts, anyway.

  • Comment 24, posted at 13.07.09 14:38:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) :

    He’s had a lot of time to come up with the silver lining…

    I don’t want to souind like a Plum basher – but we’ve had shortages in the same departments for a long time and nothing is being done about it…the coach needs to take part of the blame for that…and the rest is boardroom stuff.

    Why are we signing guys and not using them?
    Promoting players and not trusting them?

  • Comment 25, posted at 13.07.09 14:58:31 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 25) : well – I get the feeling that Plum and Ears are passing the buck backward and forward on this one…

  • Comment 26, posted at 13.07.09 15:02:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • I’ve rarely seen a Sharks team look so utterly useless. And looking at our back-up (or rather lack of), the future she’s not so bright for the crowd in “Dirtbin by the sea”…

    I mean, when last did you see a WP team utterly outplay the Sharks in all facets of the agme? Did we even get close to their tryline?

  • Comment 27, posted at 13.07.09 15:30:51 by Le Req Reply
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  • @Le Req (Comment 27) : sadly…no

  • Comment 28, posted at 13.07.09 15:33:55 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Le Req (Comment 27) :

    2000 and 2001 CC finals!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 29, posted at 13.07.09 15:36:51 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 29) :

    I take it you’re back supporting Problems again :roll: ….

  • Comment 30, posted at 13.07.09 15:40:52 by Le Req Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 29) : :roll:

  • Comment 31, posted at 13.07.09 15:41:21 by blackshark Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 29) :

    Eish – we were there (2000)…SAD moment that!! :???:

  • Comment 32, posted at 13.07.09 15:42:49 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • You guys know that we could have signed David de Villiers back in ’07, only for Oom Strooli to drag his heels….

  • Comment 33, posted at 13.07.09 15:43:40 by Le Req Reply
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  • @Le Req (Comment 30) :

    He found his 2000 / 2001 Province shirt… :razz:

  • Comment 34, posted at 13.07.09 15:43:58 by blackshark Reply

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  • hehehe

    Always did bud!! :grin:

  • Comment 35, posted at 13.07.09 15:44:24 by wpw Reply
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  • @Le Req (Comment 30) :

    :twisted: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 36, posted at 13.07.09 15:44:52 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Le Req (Comment 33) :

    The Sharks are the Liverpool of rugby… :cry:

  • Comment 37, posted at 13.07.09 15:45:28 by blackshark Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 35) :

    u sure about that??? :roll:

  • Comment 38, posted at 13.07.09 15:45:54 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 35) : twee gat jakkals :twisted: :wink:

  • Comment 39, posted at 13.07.09 15:50:01 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Apart from the Sharks’ dire performance, I was surprised to see that Nakelewilniehardloopnie has dropped a few kg’s & learnt to run again …. obviously not been following the Ricky Januarie training regime then :shock:

  • Comment 40, posted at 13.07.09 15:50:43 by Le Req Reply
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  • @Le Req (Comment 27) : what’s the news on the grapevine, Q?

  • Comment 41, posted at 13.07.09 15:52:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Le Req (Comment 40) :

    He’s on the “organic” diet…

  • Comment 42, posted at 13.07.09 15:53:27 by blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 41) :

    Absolutely nothing. Blah. Disillusioned.

  • Comment 43, posted at 13.07.09 15:53:51 by Le Req Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 37) :

    Nooit bru!

    How can you compare the Sharks to the Mighty Liverpool?? :???:

  • Comment 44, posted at 13.07.09 15:54:14 by wpw Reply
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  • Has Rory Duncan retired or is he also amongst the masses en France?

    Would be a canny acquisition for the duration of the CC.

  • Comment 45, posted at 13.07.09 15:55:19 by Le Req Reply
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  • There’s always Robinho Linde…. :???:

  • Comment 46, posted at 13.07.09 15:56:05 by Le Req Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 44) :

    Because both don’t spend enough money…

  • Comment 47, posted at 13.07.09 15:56:34 by blackshark Reply

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  • I would say the Sharks are more like Arsenal…

    Don’t spend enough money and full of French players when most successful.

  • Comment 48, posted at 13.07.09 15:59:05 by Le Req Reply
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  • @Le Req (Comment 45) : Japan!

    @Le Req (Comment 43) : come on… keep the faith?

  • Comment 49, posted at 13.07.09 15:59:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 49) :

    I’d feel a lot better if the Sharks had at least managed to pull a single attacking move together… Alas…

  • Comment 50, posted at 13.07.09 16:04:42 by Le Req Reply
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  • @Le Req (Comment 45) : He is still around, tried to go back to the Cheetahs but they cant afford him.

    So I hear

  • Comment 51, posted at 13.07.09 16:20:01 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 51) : really? Hmmm….

    @Le Req (Comment 50) : they let the conditions beat them inside their own heads, before even taking the field. Sad

  • Comment 52, posted at 13.07.09 16:23:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Le Req (Comment 50) : They haven’t managed on since about round 7 of the super 14 :???:

  • Comment 53, posted at 13.07.09 16:25:46 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 52) : I work with a personal friend of his, or at least she claims to be.

  • Comment 54, posted at 13.07.09 16:27:08 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 54) :

    Does your friend mind sending his CV to Oom Rudolf? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 55, posted at 13.07.09 16:30:50 by Le Req Reply
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  • @Le Req (Comment 55) : Ok, he singed another 2 years in Japan then he is going to retire to PE.

  • Comment 56, posted at 13.07.09 16:34:38 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 56) : vats wot I fought would happened

  • Comment 57, posted at 13.07.09 16:41:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • and somewhere in a Northern Cape Town suburb, a phone rings…

    “Hello, Johan wat praat”
    “Ackies, dis Oom Rudi…”
    “Ag nee v*kof oom! Ek is oud en ek is moeg!”
    Tooooooooot

  • Comment 58, posted at 13.07.09 16:43:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • Wonder if we can tempt Ackers out of retirement again :cry:

  • Comment 59, posted at 13.07.09 16:48:05 by Le Req Reply
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  • @Le Req (Comment 59) : that was kinda the point I was making with my cryptic phone call above ;)

    *sheesh*

  • Comment 60, posted at 13.07.09 16:58:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sharks could do no worse than a certain Roberto Otto at lock :roll:

  • Comment 61, posted at 13.07.09 17:04:20 by Le Req Reply
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  • @Le Req (Comment 61) : ha ha.

    How’s this for weird… you would know this, Q, since you know everything. Sarries have just signed a certain Mauritz Botha from Bedford. Guess whose brother he is…

  • Comment 62, posted at 13.07.09 17:08:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • you would know this, Q, since you know everything :mrgreen:

    Bakkies?

  • Comment 63, posted at 13.07.09 17:13:35 by Le Req Reply
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  • @Le Req (Comment 63) : Methos!

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