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Farewell, Andries!


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 26 Oct 2010 at 16:15
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While Saturday’s Currie Cup Final is obviously a truly huge event for all 44 of the players taking part, it will take on extra significance for Sharks centre Andries Strauss. Having signed a deal that will see him swap the black and white for the orange of the Cheetahs next season, the final will be Strauss’s last game in Sharks colours.

Sharksworld was fortunate enough to catch up with the likeable old Grey for a quick chat about the significance of this fact. “I have a lot of mixed emotions going into the weekends game,” Strauss reveals. “I want it to come quickly, because I’m very excited about playing in the final, but at the same time I don’t want it to come because I don’t want my time at the Sharks to end. Having said that it will be very special to end my time here with a victory on Saturday.” While he’s had his ups and downs with the team, just like everybody else, he acknowledges that he’s definitely going to miss the Sharks when he leaves. “I’m going to miss the people -the players that have been a big part of my life for 5 years. Durban is a great city ,but it is the people that make it special. I’m going to miss the ABSA stadium,the supporters and of course, putting on the black and white!”

So what has Andries’s favourite memory been over the course of those five years? “It has to be my debut against the Chiefs in the 2006 Super 14,| he says “while being part of a winning team in 2008 was special as well.” And what about the characters? We asked him who the funniest Sharks player was that he’s ever played with. “Rugby players are special people – you will not survive if you don’t have some sense of humour. Deon Carstens was always a good laugh but Craig Davidson takes it hands down.”

Finally, we asked Andries if he had any parting words to share with the fans. “I would like to thank all the Sharks fans out there that have stuck with this team over the years,” he says. “There have been good times and bad times and it’s during those bad times that the fans make a big difference. We appreciate all the support and I will love to see then enjoy Saturday with the team. We are going to need all the suppot out there to make it a memorable day and year!

“I would also like to thank all my friends in Durban that are not in the rugby circles, because they have supported me when times were tough amd selections didn’t go my way. I’d also like to that my family that have been rock solid behind me!”

Cheers, Dries and all the best for Saturday’s final and the future. You will be sorely missed!



39 Comments

  • Cheers mate, thanks for the good times. Good luck for the rest of your career.

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.10.10 16:24:47 by billy Reply
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  • Good luck to him. I am sorry to see him leave but I can understand why he is leaving.

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.10.10 16:27:58 by lostfish Reply
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  • He’s put in some really big hits this currie cup, the ones elton jantjies and duane vermulan stand out! The man is rock solid in defense and has always played with a lot of heart. Good luck in the future

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.10.10 16:33:51 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • Well cheers mate,

    thanks for the time in Black and White :mrgreen:

    and enjoy the time you’ll have with the orange and white :oops:
    ;-)

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.10.10 16:51:24 by chaz (Black and White forever) Reply

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  • cheerio Dries. Thanx for some good times and good luck for future.

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.10.10 16:56:24 by rekinek Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 2) : why is he leaving btw. I don’t understand. It’s not like there is another 12. He kept Swannie on the bench, Fransie gone and Adi is 13.

    just don’t tell me JLP will be a centre. Can’t we give him back.

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.10.10 16:58:28 by rekinek Reply
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  • Cheers Andries! You have always been one of my favourite players!

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.10.10 17:06:28 by PTAShark Reply
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  • Good luck with the Cheetahs boss. Tell Lionel we say howzit.

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.10.10 17:12:23 by Sportbilly Reply

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  • Go well, Andries!! I got very used to u and the huge improvemnt in ur game over this currie cup season!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.10.10 17:16:01 by Ice Reply
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  • actually the more I think about it the more sad it is. :|

    hope the boys will give him a proper farewell :cool:

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.10.10 17:17:47 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 6) : Probably because Stefan is playing 13, Adi will cover both. We have Bosman coming as a 12 and able to cover 10. Lambie will be our 10 and is able to cover 12. We also have Swannie and then Piet Lindeque who has loads of potential (I wish he could have been given a run in the CC)

    He probably realised he would be playing Vodacom Cup rugby next year or riding the bench for most of the season.

    As much as I like Dries and admire his commitment on defense he doesn’t really create much and isn’t really an attacking 12. Having said that his game has definitely improved this season. It probably has something to do with having Lambie playing inside him.

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.10.10 17:22:44 by lostfish Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 6) : I think the fact that we’ve signed Meyer Bosman is a big factor…

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.10.10 17:24:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 10) : that was on Friday night :)

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.10.10 17:28:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 11) : see.

    How could I have forgotten about Stef turned centre. But besides Stef and Adi I would imagine him being next though maybe not according to Plum. Not overly excited about Bosman either. Don’t think he brings so much more attacking into the game. Kicking is maybe the extra if Lambie has a shocker, though I am of the opinion the you stick with your kicker through shockers.

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.10.10 17:28:05 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : you know what I mean :roll: :lol:

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.10.10 17:28:56 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : i know you’re not the biggest Dries fan but do you think Bosman so much better option?

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.10.10 17:32:22 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 14) : Bosman has a BIG boot, but he’s also not that reliable.

    He does offload nicely in the tackle, though…

    Wish we could clone Lambie and play him at 10 and 12

  • Comment 17, posted at 26.10.10 17:32:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 16) : I didn’t get your answers to questions 2 and 3 of the competition, BTW… you still keen?

  • Comment 18, posted at 26.10.10 17:35:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : i liked steyn – jacobs combo. Give Adi some defensively strong 12 that can pass and we’ll be flying.

  • Comment 19, posted at 26.10.10 17:36:21 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) :then he’ll be known as the Lamb(ie) called Dollie??!!

  • Comment 20, posted at 26.10.10 17:37:27 by Ice Reply
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  • @Sportbilly (Comment 8) : lionel still in kzn from what i hear dude

  • Comment 21, posted at 26.10.10 17:47:01 by ruggabugga Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 20) : Ish? :)

  • Comment 22, posted at 26.10.10 17:47:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 19) : Call me crazy, but I still like Adi a LOT at 12 too…

  • Comment 23, posted at 26.10.10 17:48:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : sent you an e-mail ;-)

  • Comment 24, posted at 26.10.10 17:50:40 by rekinek Reply
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  • @ruggabugga (Comment 21) :shock: : but he was ordered to go back :roll: ;-)

  • Comment 25, posted at 26.10.10 17:58:00 by chaz (Black and White forever) Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : the first sheep that was cloned, was Dollie :)

  • Comment 26, posted at 26.10.10 18:00:28 by Ice Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : Ice got u there my friend ;-) @Ice (Comment 26) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 26.10.10 18:08:13 by chaz (Black and White forever) Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 26) : and it was a resounding success :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 26.10.10 18:15:50 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 14) : we also “gave” Stemmet to the Griquas

  • Comment 29, posted at 26.10.10 18:30:09 by lostfish Reply
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  • All the best Andries.

    I would like to apologise for not rating you before this CC: clearly the problem was simply that you didn’t get a decent run and a creative 10 to play outside.

    Your defence, commitment and great attitude was a great example.

    I hope you go on to become a Cheetahs legend.

  • Comment 30, posted at 26.10.10 18:37:41 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 30) : but always plays crap against the Sharks.

  • Comment 31, posted at 26.10.10 18:51:54 by lostfish Reply
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  • We just lost probably the biggest hitter in our backline. The rest of the boys – and the new okes – better step up next year!

  • Comment 32, posted at 27.10.10 07:59:14 by PTAShark Reply
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  • Well done Andries you really impressed me this year and I hope you leave the Sharks with a CC win. I hope your good form continues with the Cheetah’s….but not against the Sharks.

  • Comment 33, posted at 27.10.10 08:14:27 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Pat Cilliers and Michael Rhodes have both signed contracts with the Lions. If i didn’t know better i would say it looks like a player sharing agreement with players from both sides swopping around. Seems their new money is working hard, still no big names though.

  • Comment 34, posted at 27.10.10 08:30:19 by Zebra Reply

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  • Now this is one player towards whom I have no ill feelings for leaving. We (the fans) have treated him like crap and most of the time expressed concern when he was in the starting XV.

    Well good on you Andries, you have certainly shut your detractors, me being one of them, up good and solid this season, by showing what a little bit of game time can do.

    You have been in awesome form and you leaving us IS a big loss.

    I hope your form continues at the Cheetahs, except when you play against us.

  • Comment 35, posted at 27.10.10 08:37:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 35) : good post, Oubaas! I am equally guilty of slating Dries on occasion.

  • Comment 36, posted at 27.10.10 09:09:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 36) :

    We all were very guilty there..

    Good Luck Dries, may they make the most of your talents!

  • Comment 37, posted at 27.10.10 09:17:19 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • It’s sad to see you go Andries, goodluck at the Cheetahs I hope you get plenty of game time there, and like others said never play your good games against the Sharks.

    I always thought you were better than the bums on this site always said. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 38, posted at 27.10.10 10:06:04 by Letgo Reply
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  • Good Luck with the Cheetahs Andries, I am sure you will be awesome there.

    Unfortunately andries is one of those players whose value is only really appreciated once he has left. He had a great attitude to the game and played his heart out whether it was in the Vodacom Cup, Currie Cup or s14.

  • Comment 39, posted at 27.10.10 11:19:58 by jonnow Reply

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