Sharksworld is hearing worrying rumours that Stefan Terblanche is planning on carrying on playing for the Sharks during the Currie Cup. As much respect as I have for the great man, I’m afraid this would be a mistake. It’s time for Stefan to step aside and let a youngster establish himself in the side.
Even more worrying is the fact that, if historical precedent is anything to go on, Terblanche is virtually assured to be handed the squad captaincy, with both John Smit and Johann Muller unavailable for various reasons. In my view, it is vitally important for the Sharks to use this Currie Cup campaign as a vehicle for future growth and any player who is used in any sort of meaningful role during the campaign MUST be a certainty for the Super 15 in 2011.
Terblanche will not play on next year and showed that he cannot be selected at fullback ahead of Pat Lambie. nor is he a realistic option at outside centre. He has done wonderful things for the Sharks over a star-studded career, but risks doing his reputation irreparable damage if he keeps on going now.
No, I feel Stef should rather move aside, perhaps into some sort of junior coaching or mentoring role with the Sharks, as he has a wealth of experience to pass on to the younger generation. If he could work with the squad teaching them about positional play, fielding of the high ball, tactical kicking and, I feel most valuably, life skills (such as what true professionalism is about, looking after your body, etc) then he would be contributing far more to the setup and overall health of Sharks rugby than he would as a player.
The Sharks need to find (or buy) a useful centre combination that they can develop in the Currie Cup. Even more importantly, they need to blood a captain who is assured of a starting berth in the Super 15 team next year and will be with the team for at least the next five years. To my mind, picking Terblanche as captain ahead of Alistair Hargreaves would be a massive, massive mistake.Tweet