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Play Rocket at flyhalf. Problem solved


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 21 Jul 2009 at 11:18
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Ok, so it’s not a new suggestion. I’ve been on about it for some time now and Morné also brought it up last week. The fact is, if the Sharks are forced to do without both Juan Martin Hernandez (likely) and Guy Cronjé(very likely) this weekend, Rory Kockott is the next best flyhalf option.

Fact is, we’ve tried Monty Dumond over and over again and he’s just not the answer. I believe he remains a completely viable option as a stand-in fullback, but not really a Currie Cup or Super 14 flyhalf. Len Olivier is so badly out of favour that I reckon the Sharks coaching staff would even pick Barra Mthethwa ahead of him, so also not really an option.

In these meagre times, scrumhalf is about the only position where we DO actually have surplus depth, with Ross Cronjé impressive and the dependable Charl McLeod currently unable to even crack the 22. Kockott has all the right attributes to make it as a flyhalf, certainly temporarily, as he has an educated boot, an eye for the gap and is a ferocious defender. He likes to control the game as well – a facet of his play that is often infuriating when he plays in the number 9 jersey. I tell you know, Rocket is a frustrated flyhalf and, at least until we have some other options in the squad, we should pick him there with McLeod at scrumhalf.

I’ve long maintained that the biggest reason we, in South Africa, suffer from a perennial depth problem at fly half is because so many of our playmakers are being used out of position at number 9. We’ve finally managed to entice Ruan Pienaar one spot out, now we just need to do the same to Kockott, Fourie du Preez and Janno Vermaak.



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  • Wow! pretty bold statement… Kockett. du Preez and Vermaak?

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.07.09 11:26:55 by Rahul Reply
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  • Put the crack pipe down. He barely qualifies as a scrummie. :evil:

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.07.09 11:30:29 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Rahul (Comment 1) : why not? :)

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.07.09 11:31:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 2) : c’mon, Sauce… trying to think out of the box here…

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.07.09 11:36:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 2) :

    go Check out my team selection for Saturday on The Wynand Olivier thread.. :mrgreen:

    THAT’s thinking out of the box!! :lol:

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.07.09 11:44:57 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 5) : Ruan at fullback?

    Get back in the box, quick! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.07.09 11:51:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • Please don’t!

    I like Rockott – makes me laugh most of the time, but ….@robdylan (Comment 4) : thinking out of the box – what about he takes a trip to Cape Town.

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.07.09 11:52:48 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) :

    I also saw that… :shock:

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.07.09 11:54:29 by wpw Reply
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  • here is a press release stating hernandez is due today

    Sharks sweat over flyhalf’s DC hearing
    Tue, 21 Jul 2009 00:25

    The defending champion Sharks, already severely depleted through national call-ups and injury, will be sweating over the disciplinary hearing their flyhalf Guy Cronjé is facing.

    The teenage sensation will appear before a Decker Govender-chaired hearing in Durban on Tuesday, following his yellow card for a dangerous tackle in his team’s 46-10 win over the Boland Cavaliers in a Currie Cup Round Two match in Durban last Friday.

    Although Cronjé was yellow-carded for the incident, the citing commissioner – Edwin van Wyngaardt – felt the offence deserved a sterner punishment and it will be up to Govendor to decide.

    The Sharks, already without frontline flyhalf choices in Ruan Pienaar and Frans Steyn, will see their number of absent players go into double figures if Cronjé is suspended for any period for the spear-type tackle.

    There was also some positive news, with Van Wyngaardt deciding against citing Sharks scrumhalf Rory Kockott for a stiff-arm tackle in the same game.

    The Sharks, who lost their First Round match against Western Province before bounding back against Boland, are also still eagerly awaiting the arrival of Argentinean flyhalf Juan Martin Hernandez – who is due ion Durban on Tuesday,

    He may well be thrust straight into action, despite his limited opportunities to train with the team.

    The other option Monty Dumond, who has come on as a replacement in the first two matches.

    The other good news is the return of Waylon Murray, who has finally recovered from the injury that has sidelined him for most of the season. However, he may start on the bench only.

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.07.09 11:57:02 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : @wpw (Comment 8) :

    Listen you know-it-alls :wink: :lol: (before i get back into the box) :oops: what the hell is wrong with Ruan on FB??? He can catch he can kick…I don see why…dont just laugh – give me reasons!!

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.07.09 12:03:49 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 10) : nothing wrong really except that he needs to settle on one position and there are other guys who can catch and kick as well. Steyn (F) is not so good in catching but a bit stronger in tackles.

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.07.09 12:11:20 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 10) :

    Dudette

    Arguing on the internet is like taking part in the ‘Special’ Olympics.

    Even if you win you’re still ‘special’ :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.07.09 12:14:31 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 12) :

    or lose… :lol:

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.07.09 12:23:00 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 9) : that’s not a press release, dude… it’s an article written by a journalist based on what he believes is true.

    Greenaway reckons Hernandez isn’t going to be here in time for the Bulls game and he is the most reliable source you’ll find in the mainstream media when it comes to the Sharks.

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.07.09 12:32:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 13) : is draw possible :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.07.09 12:42:20 by rekinek Reply
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  • so the Bok side has been announced, just in case you’d like to end the speculation ;)

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.07.09 12:50:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : no :???: we love o speculate :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.07.09 12:55:37 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 17) : bring it on!

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.07.09 13:04:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Sorry, will take that into account – one of course could persist with your lightie who played against WP and see how he progresses with an eye to the future.

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.07.09 13:29:34 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • I agree, would love to see Rocket at flyhalf, he’s certainly big enough to keep his channel closed.

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.07.09 14:42:05 by Tintin Reply

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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 19) : pay attention, Sauce… there’s a good chance he will be either suspended or unavailable thruogh injury this weekend :)

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.07.09 14:56:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Tintin (Comment 20) : hey Tintin – welcome to the site.

    Agreeing with me is always a great way to start :)

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.07.09 14:56:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • thanks man, good to be on here, nothing better than a bit of rugga chat while at work :wink:

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.07.09 14:59:45 by Tintin Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : Will read it in future – was so gobsmacked by the headline – i thought i better set you straight before even trying to digest the complete lack of box.

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.07.09 15:02:24 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : o :eek: o :eek:
    didn’t think of that :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.07.09 15:20:00 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Tintin (Comment 23) : how did you find your way here?

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.07.09 15:22:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ha ha …I think Plum is more of a box person.

    I actually think he believes the smaller box is inside thousands of bigger boxes…

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.07.09 15:24:04 by blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) :

    Google Maps :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.07.09 15:24:58 by blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Not against the Bulls! And du Preez must be the best scrummie in the world, cant move him

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.07.09 15:34:55 by Rahul Reply

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  • Been following a few of the other blogs and was told about this one by a mate at work

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.07.09 16:01:12 by Tintin Reply

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  • @Tintin (Comment 30) : must be a good mate!

  • Comment 31, posted at 21.07.09 17:03:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • i was never welcomed to this site :cry:

  • Comment 32, posted at 21.07.09 17:20:03 by JarsonX (Insomniac) Reply
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  • Welcome mate :smile:

  • Comment 33, posted at 21.07.09 17:21:49 by Tintin Reply

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  • @JarsonX (Insomniac) (Comment 32) : welcome. Enjoy your stay :)

  • Comment 34, posted at 21.07.09 17:30:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Insomniac) (Comment 32) : welcome welcome!

    You post so much that people must have though you are a regular :mrgreen:

  • Comment 35, posted at 21.07.09 17:31:23 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Tintin (Comment 33) : thanx dude and welcome to you too :mrgreen: will snowy be joining us too?

  • Comment 36, posted at 21.07.09 17:40:30 by JarsonX (Insomniac) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 34) : @rekinek (Comment 35) : to late for that :evil:

  • Comment 37, posted at 21.07.09 17:41:44 by JarsonX (Insomniac) Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Insomniac) (Comment 36) : hahaha, i’ll let him know, he does battle with the keyboard a bit :smile:

  • Comment 38, posted at 21.07.09 17:44:39 by Tintin Reply

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  • I also think Rockett can be a good or decent flyhalf, the backline might actually get more ball than they do now

  • Comment 39, posted at 21.07.09 17:45:10 by JarsonX (Insomniac) Reply
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  • @Tintin (Comment 38) : hehehe :mrgreen:

  • Comment 40, posted at 21.07.09 17:46:46 by JarsonX (Insomniac) Reply
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  • @Tintin (Comment 38) : have u ever tried your hand a prediction games?

  • Comment 41, posted at 21.07.09 17:47:58 by JarsonX (Insomniac) Reply
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  • If we can convert wings into loosies and hookers surely we can convert a scrummie into a flyhalf

  • Comment 42, posted at 21.07.09 17:48:25 by Tintin Reply

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  • @Tintin (Comment 38) : have u ever tried your hand at prediction games?

  • Comment 43, posted at 21.07.09 17:48:59 by JarsonX (Insomniac) Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Insomniac) (Comment 39) : backline – you mean the No 9.
    I guess it will be some improvement from 9 to 10 men rugby. Bulls have been quite successful with 10 men :mrgreen:

  • Comment 44, posted at 21.07.09 17:49:01 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Tintin (Comment 42) : Ruan Pienaar comes to mind

  • Comment 45, posted at 21.07.09 17:50:41 by JarsonX (Insomniac) Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Insomniac) (Comment 43) : No, but how hard could it be :wink:
    whats the go on it?

  • Comment 46, posted at 21.07.09 17:50:43 by Tintin Reply

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  • @Tintin (Comment 46) : well checkout justrugby.net and superbru. Robdylan will provide u with links and passwords im sure

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  • @JarsonX (Insomniac) (Comment 47) : Wicked, will have a look and make a plan

  • Comment 48, posted at 21.07.09 17:56:43 by Tintin Reply

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  • @JarsonX (Insomniac) (Comment 47) : 1st there is Last Man Standing, every week u pick one team to win, if they lose u lose a life, 2 wrong picks and you are out. 2nd Fantasy League, u basically pick a squad of 30 players and they score u points, most points win. 3d is a game where u pick winning margins between the teams playing, yet again most points win

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  • @JarsonX (Insomniac) (Comment 49) : not exactly sure if u can still join at this stage, but its worth a try in the future. Its quite addictive and nervewrecking

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