Well, according to Keo anyway, the quid pro quo of the Monty Dumond loan deal is that Free State opensider Johan Wessels would join the Sharks for the Super 14. Wessels is a young player who looked good in this year’s Currie Cup and is unlikely to see much game time with Heinrich Brüssow ahead of him in the Cheetahs pecking order.
I must say, I find this sort of thing pretty short-sighted of the Sharks. We’ve just seen Warren Whiteley, a guy that was developed and brought up through the Academy system released to join the Lions, only to bring in an outsider on a loan deal that will do nothing for us post Super 14. Who knows how many other locally-developed loose forwards will leave now that we’re bringing in the likes of Wessels and (dare I say) Willem Alberts too? Does the Wessels deal mean that the much-rumoured Brüssow move is nothing more than hot air? That’s what my sources have been telling me all along…
The Sharks have muddled through all year without having a clear strategy when it comes to loose forward selections. Why would Wessels be coming in, unless either (or both) of Jacques Botes or Keegan Daniel is to be set loose? And what about Skollie Ndlovu? He’s another that we’ve developed and one who looks closest to a true fetcher, yet he will now also be sidelined?
I’m confused as hell about what the Sharks are trying to do here, guys. Anyone else have more of a clue than I do?Tweet