According to a report in the Cape Times this morning, the rumours of Rory Kockott joining WP stemmed from the fact that Conrad Hoffman has been in talks with Rudolf Streuli and John Plumtree with the view to joining them in next years campaign. The wording used was “have been in serious talks with Sharks”, Rassie also squashed the rumours of WP even talking to Kockott.
As a staunch Hoffman fan, I can’t believe we don’t see the merit with keeping him on and question how the Sharks can promise him more game time than WP can (unless Kockott is going somewhere). Rassie has also stated that he is happy with Dewaldt Duvenhage and Ricky Schroeder keeping the scrumhalf duties. Which also of course means that they are not looking to extend Ricky Januarie’s contract at the end of the year either. Behind Schroeder Rassie threw in the name of Freddie Muller, who, I have to be honest, I don’t know.
Hoffman has looked superb every time he has come on as a substitute, even when we’ve shuffled him around the backline and really shined for Maties in the Varsity Cup this year, starting at flyhalf and shifting to scrumhalf later on in the game (or vice versa). He would be great for any team as he is capable of playing scrumhalf, flyhalf and fullback. Allister Coetzee even spoke about Hoffman’s “sparkle” in the self same article, so I can’t imagine he would be pleased to see him go.
But looking at all the current talks/signing for the Sharks they are going to have plenty options come next year, with quite a formidable backline in the making, choosing where to play McLeod, Lambie, Jaques Louis Potgieter, Meyer Bosman and possible Hoffman will be very interesting to see.
(p.s. As this is my first article so there may be some “we’s” thrown in there, and by we I mean WP, I will try remember this is a Sharks website going forward and refer to “they” as WP and “we” as Sharks)Tweet