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Vulindlu’s Breakthrough…


Written by Ryan Quirk (The Quirk)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 21 Jan 2011 at 11:55
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His name is a bit of a mouthful. So much so that I tend to call him Vindaloo most of the time and more often than not get looked at with a mixture of confusion and ire. Nonetheless, I think 2011 is going to be his breakthrough season.  Now, the most obvious question after a sweeping statement like that is usually and quite rightly, “well, why?” and that is a question I don’t have an answer to just yet, but after the postulating that follows you may see my reasoning…

Firstly, he’s been in the system for a while now, and has had some impressive performances to date, but his progress has been hampered by one or two injuries, perhaps allowing Lwazi Mvovo to leap frog him in the queue for the number 14 jersey, but its worth remembering that Vulindlu cracked the first team first, and look where Mvovo is now!

Secondly, he is hungry for success. I kept a close eye on him when he made his comeback from injury last year and he made a big impact when he came on. He seemed to relish the great service provided by Superpat and McLeod and attacked the line aggressively, making space for the players around him to play in, which is a trait I think makes for an extraordinary player.

He’s young, big and fast, and he has the indestructible Stefan Terblanche and experienced Adrian Jacobs to learn from.

And finally, he’s versatile. He can play on either wing and at centre, and can play all positions equally well.

I just have a gut feel that it will be his year. It’s the same gut feeling that I had when Superpat made his Super14 debut last year and when I first saw Francois Steyn scythe through the whole Western Province side in a rainy Vodacom Cup game. I also knew, as soon as I saw him play, that Heinrich Brussouw would be a dominant, world class loose forward.

Having said all that, I also thought The Lion’s Walter Venter would be a breakthrough player a few seasons ago and, for reasons that today I cannot fathom, that Kabamba Floors would make a good Springbok, but hey, we can’t be right all the time.

In closing, I look forward to seeing Zuks prove me right, and if he reads this, I’m pretty sure he’s also looking forward to proving it to everyone too.



35 Comments

  • I hope your right. We could really do with another great 13 because Stef isn’t going to be around forever.

    How old is Zuks now?

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.01.11 12:05:01 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I believe that if Zuks gets a chance he’ll perform miracles :smile:

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.01.11 12:07:44 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • He’s 23, still a youngster.

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.01.11 12:10:01 by The Quirk Reply
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  • Hey guys check this out:

    http://worldartists.pl.privatelabel.co.za/page/clients/639664-Luzuko-Vulindlu

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.01.11 12:12:15 by RealDirtyShark Reply

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  • @RealDirtyShark (Comment 4) : Jeez the portfolio is full.Whats the deal with Pieter Myburgh, he hasn’t quite stepped up to his potential or was major the reason his star has waned somewhat?

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.01.11 12:19:41 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • i thought swanepoel, bosman, stefan, adi and jlp is enough depth at 12 and 13. nevermind odwa or mvovo that could also slot in there in extreme situations. i just don’t see vilindlu having the hands to move up the ranks. he is good defensively, but his handling has been off the mark. but i am not writing him off, many people slated dries on this site for years, and now he is the lost messiah. so miracles do happen.

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.01.11 12:22:29 by try time Reply

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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 5) : Injury is missing from the last sentence :oops:

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.01.11 12:23:31 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @RealDirtyShark (Comment 4) : Some very nice clips there…he just needs a bit of a run and he will be great. If I remember correctly his hands use to let him down a bit…I hope he sorted that out.

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.01.11 12:23:45 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @The Quirk (Comment 3) : I spoke to zuks yesterday. He said he’s gonna play 13 this season but it will be tough for him with stef and adi there. But good luck to him hope he gets some game time.

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.01.11 12:25:18 by Ben Reply
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  • He also said its good to have some competition

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.01.11 12:29:11 by Ben Reply
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  • I thought Vulindlu’s breakthru season was 2 years ago. 2010 was like his on the ropes season, so I think this should be titled his make or break season.

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.01.11 12:30:37 by beet Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 9) : if he is hungry enough and he fine tunes his game, no reason for him not to play there. Especially if stefan needs to cover fullback.

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.01.11 12:32:21 by try time Reply

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  • I’m a bit worried about fullback cover. Seems to me the first thing they’ll think of if Louis goes down is to move Pat there…

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.01.11 13:21:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : Hi bro ^5

    Stefan would prolly also cover 15,and of course lambie

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.01.11 13:32:20 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • And theres always Odwa and JPP that can do the job aswell.

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.01.11 13:42:13 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : I also don’t like the idea. I would rather have Stef at 15 and play Adi or Zuks at 13.

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.01.11 13:43:21 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : One certainly gets that idea after reading the “Flyhalf well covered” article on Sharksrugby

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.01.11 13:50:20 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • they need to leave lambie at 10. no other flyhalf can play the gameplan better. lambie lacks pace for a fullback. ludik will only get better and i’m thinking he will have the season of his life this year. can’t wait for the games to begin. i’m getting bored w-ends because cricket doesn’t do it for me

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.01.11 13:50:58 by jovner Reply

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  • I hope you’re right. I’ve always enjoyed watching him and have been hoping for him to force himself into the starting team for a while now. It would be great if he can break through.

    I see the monkey scribes over at KEO are already predicting that the Sharks are going to stuff Lambie around this year. I believe Plum has seen his value and that he’ll be our number 1 flyhalf with JLP being the backup and rotated in every so often so we can keep Lambie fresh.

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.01.11 13:53:59 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • JLP has apparently said he’s happy to play anywhere in the backline, so he’s also an option at fullback…

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.01.11 14:15:56 by The Quirk Reply
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  • @jovner (Comment 18) : Agree with you there. Cricket at the moment is about as exciting as paint drying.

    Lambie showed in the CC that he is the best FH for our gameplan with his ability to distribute. He’ll be 1st choice with JLP as backup and Meyer Bosman shifting in from inside centre if things really go pear.

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.01.11 14:25:32 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @jovner (Comment 18) : @Butchie34 (Comment 19) : @The Quirk (Comment 20) :
    Do yourselves a favour and read http://www.sharksrugby.co.za/news/general/110120/Flyhalf_WellCovered, read specifically from the 9th line from the bottom. That teklls me that they are really looking at JLP at flyhalf.

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.01.11 14:26:55 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 22) : Thanks Salmonoid I have read it and from what Plum says they are looking at him as a flyhalf, but it doesn’t mean that he’s our primary flyhalf. Him and PL will probably rotate throughout the year.

    I didn’t see that I had said he would play anywhere other than FH though.

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.01.11 14:33:28 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • Im sure that Lambie will play flyhalf as well but after reading that I gather that fullback is also very much a position that they are looking at utilising him in.

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.01.11 14:43:22 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 22) : my take as well… disappointingly so

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.01.11 15:00:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • that said – Pat is a team man through and through and I’m sure he won’t hesitate to do a superb job in whichever position he’s picked.

    Hell, he was bloody good at fullback in the last super 14, wasn’t he?

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.01.11 15:03:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) :
    I was one of those that didnt really want Pat “experimented” with at flyhalf as early as it did happen. :oops: I now will be more than happy to see him only play flyhalf. That said he is a great fullback as well. In fact, to me, the defining moment of Pat Lambie saying ” I HAVE ARRIVED” was made from the fullback position and that was when he t calmly fielded that bomb out of the air in the face of the rampaging Bulls pack, in torrential rain and with just minutes to play in the semi.

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.01.11 15:20:44 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 27) : oh yeah – bloody lovely, wasn’t it.

    You’ve just given me goosies all over again!

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.01.11 15:45:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @@Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 5) :Myburgh is at Leicester Tigers now. You’ll get limited game time if you are an out and out 6 with Schalk Burger in the team also Luke Watson was also at WP.

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.01.11 16:16:42 by RealDirtyShark Reply

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  • @RealDirtyShark (Comment 4) : eish watch the clip and he is gooooooooodddddddd i got a feeling and sometimes i’m not wrong this year is the Sharks year got alot of young one’s making their day view can’t wait and with my White S15 jersey Chaz is one the TOP of the WORLD :mrgreen:

  • Comment 30, posted at 22.01.11 13:23:32 by chaz Reply

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  • :mrgreen: Go Sharks Go :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 22.01.11 13:27:07 by chaz Reply

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  • So will the ep kings players be allowed to play super 15 and if so under which union do they fall? Stormers?

  • Comment 32, posted at 22.01.11 14:38:31 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 32) :

    EP USED to fall under the Sharks region when there were still truly regional teams in place.

  • Comment 33, posted at 22.01.11 14:49:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 33) : Anyone there we might actually want to involve with the sharks?
    Monty Dumond . .. Jaco Engels . .. Lucky Luke, Ashley Buys?

  • Comment 34, posted at 23.01.11 10:14:08 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @Original Champion (Comment 34) : Jacques Potgieter… and he used to be ours as well!

  • Comment 35, posted at 23.01.11 10:30:26 by robdylan Reply
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