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Kockott needs a happy return


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 25 Jun 2010 at 09:17
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Heading down to the freezing wasteland of Nigel to play a compulsory friendly match against a club side is hardly the way most Durban lads would choose to spend their 24th birthday. For Rory Kockott, though, the tables will be somewhat turned as he aims to give both his teammates and fans a present of his own – a return to his best form.

I find it pretty hard to believe that the nuggety and abrasive Rocket isn’t older. Like so many of the “Baby Sharks” that came through under Dick Muir, he seems to have been on the scene for bloody ages. Like so many, though, he too has suffered from some patchy form of late and his ongoing tussle with Ruan Pienaar over the umber 9 jersey, together with some frankly astonishing criticism of his play from coach Plumtree, has had a negative impact on his game.

The dawning of his 24th year, though, should represent a brilliant opportunity for Kockott – a proven matchwinner in the past – to reinvent himself and become the player that we all know he can be. We saw glimpses of his old self towards the end of the Super 14, particularly in the brilliant win over the Stormers, but now that the shadow of Pienaar looks set to leave the scene for good, Kockott really needs to step up and show that he can be everything that the team needs him to be: a quick, accurate distributor, an astute tactical kicker as well as reliable goal-kicker, a devastating tackler and above all, a maker of sound decisions all-round. Perhaps more importantly, though, Kockott needs to show that he’s ready to take on the mantle of senior player in the team and his personal standards of conduct, discipline and leadership will need to be kept consistently high.

One gets the feeling that this Currie Cup season is going to be a make or break one for Rory Kockott. Let’s hope that he can start with a bang tonight by delivering the sort of match-winning performance we’ve seen from him in the past. Happy birthday, Rocket man. Time to turn it on for the team.



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  • I see Vermaak has denied moves to Sharks on Voldy. Could this mean Ruan is staying?

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.06.10 09:20:21 by Oubaas2009 Reply
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  • @Oubaas2009 (Comment 1) : denied it, or simply said that he hasn’t made up his mind yet?

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.06.10 09:29:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • ‘I’m not going to sign with the Sharks and I’m staying with the Lions,’ Vermaak told voldy.co.za. ‘I don’t know where these rumours come from but I’m not leaving.’

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.06.10 09:31:17 by Oubaas2009 Reply

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  • @Oubaas2009 (Comment 1) : oh, ok… I see he has denied it.

    Ag well, you know it’s moss “he said, she said” season at the moment,

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.06.10 09:34:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : You know how they like to take liberties there.

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.06.10 09:34:48 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Oubaas2009 (Comment 3) : S24 has an article on Vermaak saying he’ll decide in a week’s time…I’ll trust S24 rather than the jolly old voldy crowd. ;-)

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.06.10 09:38:28 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 6) : so… two different sauces. S24 spoke to the agent and you know how agents love to talk. But at the end of the day, the agent can’t really be held accountable for anything, cos it’s just talk at the end of the day.

    But if a player goes on record admitting that he’s concluded a deal outside of the stupid “window”, he could presumably be in a bit of shit. So perhaps this is just a case of Vermaak not being stupid enough to fall into the Voldy trap.

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.06.10 09:47:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 6) : @robdylan (Comment 7) : Guess its all part of the game… Do I have R 600 000? Will anyone give me R 600 000. This prime former SA u21 scrummie, still in working order…

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.06.10 09:51:27 by Oubaas2009 Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : The Ebersohns fell into that trap! They are screwed now.

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.06.10 09:52:10 by Oubaas2009 Reply

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  • to be honest, I’ll be happy if we don’t get either the Ebersohns or the pair of Lions. Jano Vermaak is a good player, but the other three are overrated

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.06.10 10:02:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : Couldn’t agree more.

    Jano would be worthwhile although with Rocket, McCleod, Ross Cronje we are well covered at 9. Doppies and Sias, ag nee man they are not better than anything we currently have. Robert??? I am undecided on him. Great 7′s player but no record to speak of in the senior ranks.. Worth a go I guess but agree he is overrated.

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.06.10 10:10:28 by Oubaas2009 Reply

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  • @Oubaas2009 (Comment 11) : Bosman is supposed to be coming to Durban after the Currie Cup.

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.06.10 10:13:21 by lostfish Reply
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  • From the lions official site:

    June 25 – The Golden Lions Rugby Union confirmed this morning that Doppies la Grange has renewed his contract with the Lions.

    “There have been rumors circulating in the media for the past week or so that both Doppies and Jano Vermaak are leaving the Lions. I would like to now put the rumors to rest. Doppies has just signed an extension on his current contract, and we are currently in discussions with Jano, who will in all likelihood also sign within the next few days”, CEO Manie Reyneke said.
    La Grange, who has played over 50 super rugby and 70 provincial rugby matches is an integral part of the Lions. He is a silent leader, who commands respect from both his teammates and his opponents. He is a solid inside centre known for his great upper-body strength, developed during his days as a South African schoolboy wrestling champion.

    “We are very excited to have re-signed Doppies. He’s been a part of the Lions family for many years, and we are honored to have a player of such quality and talent within our structures”, Reyneke concluded.

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.06.10 10:21:48 by war1 Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 12) : So was Brussow after the Super 14 and that never happened

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.06.10 10:27:34 by Uli Reply
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  • @Oubaas2009 (Comment 11) : if anything, I’d say take Robert, but leave Sias and Doppies be.

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.06.10 10:27:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • Only 24??????? Geez thats a shock. Happy birthday Rory!

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.06.10 10:31:29 by billy Reply

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  • Happy Birthday Rockett! May you score a hatrick tonight.

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.06.10 10:33:40 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 13) : Did they really need to tell us how strong he is from wrestling? Odd!

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.06.10 10:35:18 by billy Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : Rob I say leave them both at the Cheetahs, I think they are both going to end up like the Rose brothers unless they change their attitude. I say use more home grown players!

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.06.10 10:35:20 by Uli Reply
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  • I kinda like the idea of the guys not signing with the Sharks. It will force the coaches etc to pick the youngsters.

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.06.10 10:35:24 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Dylan des Fountain is going to Italy, he should fit right in.

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.06.10 10:36:37 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 20) : I agree 100% with you.

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.06.10 10:38:07 by Uli Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 13) : Hallelujah! Doppies is staying put!

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.06.10 10:41:06 by Oubaas2009 Reply

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  • @war1 (Comment 13) :

    Can someone please explain what a ‘silent leader’ is?? :roll:

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.06.10 10:41:37 by wpw Reply
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  • ‘Dolf is losing his touch :lol:

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.06.10 10:42:39 by Oubaas2009 Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 24) : dude, its says silent

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.06.10 10:43:27 by war1 Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 24) : Its like a silent assassin except its not an assassin, its a leader :roll:

  • Comment 27, posted at 25.06.10 10:43:43 by Oubaas2009 Reply

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  • @war1 (Comment 13) : AWESOME news… Doppies might be strong in his upper body but his strength unfortunately does not duplicate in the upper 3 inches of his head!

  • Comment 28, posted at 25.06.10 10:45:12 by SandTiger Reply

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  • @Oubaas2009 (Comment 23) : :lol: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 29, posted at 25.06.10 10:46:48 by wpw Reply
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  • @Oubaas2009 (Comment 27) : Its more like a small hard working ant you see everyday in your garden.
    Never say die. Therefore setting the example to the others of how hard work pays off by not chatting back or letting your feelings get in the way of the team.

  • Comment 30, posted at 25.06.10 10:47:02 by Uli Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 26) :

    huh?? :shock: :twisted:

  • Comment 31, posted at 25.06.10 10:47:42 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 31) : very very sneaky :mrgreen:

  • Comment 32, posted at 25.06.10 10:50:09 by war1 Reply
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  • @Oubaas2009 (Comment 27) :

    hahahaha

    Hou op nonsens praat!! :lol: :grin:

  • Comment 33, posted at 25.06.10 10:50:27 by wpw Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 30) : I thought it was more like a wrestler with a gag in?

  • Comment 34, posted at 25.06.10 10:51:34 by Oubaas2009 Reply

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  • I still maintain that, if anyone, we should buy Walter Venter.

    But I’m also perfectly happy to let our own youngsters step up.

  • Comment 35, posted at 25.06.10 11:00:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • Beeld also reported on a possible Jano move and even quoted his agent to say that Vermaak has a immediate release clause in his contract ….

    Happy birtday Kocky! You share it with the coolest 3yr old Icecube!

  • Comment 36, posted at 25.06.10 11:09:17 by Ice Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 35) : Rob I think the problem at the Sharks is that we are always buying left right and centre.
    And the players in SA know that, we are actually acting desperate all the time to buy players therefore they use the sharks to get better contracts at their own unions.

    Now if we stop being desperate and actually show faith in our youngsters then only when we need to, buy in one or two players in for specific requirements them I think the Sharks will start going forward.

    These things that they try patch here and patch there, all the time doesn’t work in the long run. That’s why we have not been at the top constantly long enough to win more trophies.

  • Comment 37, posted at 25.06.10 11:10:33 by Uli Reply
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  • Rory is at a crossroad in his life many super talented players reach at some point. It is the toughest stage of his career and only one thing will carry him through this making him a better player – and that is his mental strength and application as an individual.

    I have told Rob personally that I rate Rory as talented and skilful in the class of Fourie du Preez, this guy has the goods to become as good as him too, but somehow his brain short-circuits at crucial times and he takes 4 steps back.

    When it comes to natural talent and ability (and most of you know I have made fun at Rory many times here) this guy is second only to FDP in SA.

    Usually this settles when a player becomes more mature, but what he needs to realise is maturity is not just age related, it is mostly in what headspace you find yourself in and Rory needs to make the step up now from a talented brat, to a senior member in any team he plays in not just on game day, but outside of his playing environment too.

    It is time Rory assumes the role of the consummate professional.

  • Comment 38, posted at 25.06.10 11:33:45 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 38) : amen amen amen!

  • Comment 39, posted at 25.06.10 12:03:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 20) : Totally agree, Id like to see more of McCloed.

  • Comment 40, posted at 25.06.10 12:06:42 by Mole Reply

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  • “His personal standard of conduct” Is the Rocker mischevious ????

  • Comment 41, posted at 25.06.10 12:16:34 by Dalz Reply

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  • @Dalz (Comment 41) : ask Adam Thompson

  • Comment 42, posted at 25.06.10 12:33:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Mole (Comment 40) : Yea me too. I think he is really the most underrated scrummie in SA

  • Comment 43, posted at 25.06.10 12:49:49 by Uli Reply
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  • Good morning all,just breaking the silence to wish
    Rory a very happy birthday and good luck to the boys for 2night.

  • Comment 44, posted at 25.06.10 12:58:22 by Nita Reply

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  • @JarsonX (Comment 20) : Ditto… let’s rather use what we have, and in a year maybe two we will have established players in each position. And who knows we might even have a decent flyhalf that moved up through the ranks. ;-)

  • Comment 45, posted at 25.06.10 13:42:44 by Farlington Reply

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  • @Farlington (Comment 45) : I agree…I’m willing to suffer a couple of years as long as we see management commited to the cause. I think a player coming through the ranks will also be more commited to the Sharks

  • Comment 46, posted at 25.06.10 13:46:51 by Pokkel Reply
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