Some words have been seen laying about masquerading as an article mentioning that the Sharks have signed Sias Ebersohn for the 2010 Currie Cup.
The “article” states that: The former SA Under 21 star have (sic) followed a long line of Cheetahs pivots that have found the way to Durban to kick-start their careers. The list is long: Henry Honiball, Ruan Pienaar, Frans Steyn. That doesn’t look like too long a list to me and then considering that Henry Honiball is actually a Natal “boytjie” who was claimed as being from the Free State because he went to University there after being born and schooled in Estcourt Natal. (Maar dit is a hele ander blik vol ore daai)
The “article” then adds: Ebersohn has apparently signed a contract with the Durban boykies. Good news for the Sharks, but sad news for the Cheetahs, who have also lost the services of Jacques-Louis Potgieter to the Bulls and Lionel Cronjé to the Stormers. Apparently! That is a word that I use after a heavy night referring to the previous night as having been one of those apparent evenings. Where I apparently did this and apparently did that, but have no actual recollection of having done anything other than a few hazy flashbacks.
Let us surmise that this signing is true. Then the Sharks brains trust have once again left home in a hurry and forgotten to pack their brains.
So where is Ebersohn playing at the moment that he has so easily managed to be available at such short notice? In The Orange Free State. The SAME Orange Free State that has a remarkable knack at unearthing young talent of the future. Now that IS a long list. Two of the more recent ones that I would like to mention are Sias’ twin brother Robert and one Lionel Cronje who is currently in the Cape under contract to the Western province.
Robert Ebersohn came right out of the 2008 Junior World Cup squad and started playing Currie Cup Rugby for the Cheetahs, before deciding that he was a little young for that and opting to play on the IRB sevens circuit for a year or two before playing Super 14, allowing his body to mature. What was Sias doing during this time? He was also part of the 2008 Junior Rugby World Cup squad and was in the same squad in 2009.
Then there is Lionel Cronjé. He was a member of the 2009 Junior Rugby World Cup squad and has now moved on to Western Province. Why were neither Robert Ebersohn nor Lionel Cronjé sought out and signed? Must have left home in a hurry.
But just how on earth have we convinced ourselves that Sias Ebersohn is what we need? The Cheetahs have been moaning all season that they lack a quality flyhalf and almost managed to secure a loan agreement for our very own Monty Dumond. Yet until now the Cheetahs have not opted to play Sias Ebersohn. Sias Ebersohn is such a hot property that the Cheetahs must be wanting to keep him in cotton wool, having only included him in 3 of their match day 22’s this whole season and not in one Starting XV yet. Well take that you sleepy Free Staters Rudolph Streauli and the Sharks brains trust rushed out of the stadium in a hurry and snatched him from right under your noses.Tweet