Big step up for Rick

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Other SA Teams on 12 Jul 2011 at 09:49
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Former Sharks age-group scrumhalf Shannon Rick has been picked up by Griquas for the Currie Cup season and looks set to start against Western Province this weekend. Sarel Pretorius is struggling with a knee injury and is unlikely to be fit.

Rick, a product of Dale College who went on to attend the Sharks Academy, represented the Sharks at under 19, under 21 and Vodacom Cup level between 2007 and 2010 before making his way down to PE to play for the NMMU Madibaz in this year’s Varsity Cup. He impressed Griquas coach Abrie Minnie during last weekend’s friendly match (ironically in his home town of East London) when he was pulled into the squad as a late replacement for Pretorius and according to the coach, has done enough to be contracted for the Currie Cup.

Rick will join former Sharks XV team-mates Justin Downey and Jean Stemmet in the Griquas squad, while a number of other boys who have come through the Academy ranks will be showcasing their skills elsewhere in the Currie Cup. Watch out for the massive 107kg frame of George Tossel, who will play fullback for the Leopards, along with loose forwards Luvo Lusaseni and Renaldo Bothma. All three represented the Sharks at age group level, as did a fair few of the Pumas squad including Tiaan Meyer, Tian Marx and Carl Bezuidenhout .


  • :shock: damn… are we becoming the next free state… developing all these guys and then they are picked up by other unions :shock: ;-)

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.07.11 10:07:10 by SharksRTB Reply
    SharksRTBCurrie Cup player
  • Damn! One team who have been good at making so called nobody into somebody are the Griquas.

    I hope people take a wider view of this and realise that the Griquas have turned some leftovers from all the other big unions into star players as well before they condemn the Sharks’ for not backing youngsters.

    Well done to Shannon Rick and good luck to Luvo and Renaldo as well.

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.07.11 10:20:58 by beet Reply
    beetCurrie Cup player
  • @beet (Comment 2) : It is frightning though to think that we develop so many young players and hardly any of them stay. We are basically helping the other unions…

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.07.11 10:31:47 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
    The Sharks SharkieVodacom Cup player
  • Top oke. Met him once. Good luck man all the best :)

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.07.11 10:40:56 by Mocho Reply

    MochoVodacom Cup player
  • @SharksRTB (Comment 1) : @beet (Comment 2) : @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 3) :
    Look at it from another angle. Its surely a feather in the cap of the Sharks academy that so many of their players are featuring in other teams.

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.07.11 11:17:51 by Salmonoid Reply

    Salmonoid the SubtleAssistant coach
  • Wish al the best for him and hope they beat WP

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.07.11 12:09:06 by Mutley Reply

    MutleyTeam captain
  • @Salmonoid (Comment 5) : Saying that it is a feather in the Shark’s Academy’s cap to have their players representing another union is like a waiter getting tipped for a good meal when it was the chef who was responsible for the enjoyable meal – the waiter only served it.

    Honestly the Sharks Union cannot be proud of their youngsters performing well elsewhere.

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.07.11 12:25:22 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 7) : And for those who say that our youngsters performing well elsewhere is a proof of our good systems – our systems are no good if we cannot retain the talent we produce… :evil:

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.07.11 12:26:44 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
    The Sharks SharkieVodacom Cup player
  • it seems like Varsity Cup is already paying dividends and its wonderful to see.

    we seriously need to get the academy connected to a Durban Varsity, so the academy okes can get a run. We could even get more youngster moving to Durbs because of the Varsity Cup exposure.

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.07.11 12:34:59 by VanWilder Reply

    VanWilderCurrie Cup player
  • @Salmonoid (Comment 5) : Good point

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.07.11 12:37:20 by beet Reply

    beetCurrie Cup player
  • @VanWilder (Comment 9) : Good idea but I get the feeling it will be much harder to achieve than it sounds.

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.07.11 12:38:10 by beet Reply

    beetCurrie Cup player
  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 8) : its impossible to keep EVERY talented youngster coming through our ranks. every year 2-3 talented players per position joins the sharks academy, most of the times some of them will move on and become a regular cc/vc player somewhere else, but its when we lose a regular super rugby/springbok player to another union that i would be unhappy, and thus far it has not happened that often…

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.07.11 12:41:15 by VanWilder Reply

    VanWilderCurrie Cup player
  • @beet (Comment 11) : yip, it would be borderline to unfair if you ask me. our drawback is the fact that our academy is our varsity, everywhere else, they use their varsity`s as their academy`s.

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.07.11 12:43:20 by VanWilder Reply

    VanWilderCurrie Cup player
  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 7) : @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 8) : Ok, so of those mentioned in Robs article which ones do you see making the Sharks squad and in whose place would they be there?

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.07.11 12:47:52 by Salmonoid Reply

    Salmonoid the SubtleAssistant coach
  • @VanWilder (Comment 12) : I am not saying that we should try and hold onto every single youngster but we certainly are letting a lot of them go and certainly aren’t giving enough of our talent the chance to shine! If we make an effort to keep potential future Springboks and then let the few that are offered an opportunity elsewhere go I will be happy.

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.07.11 12:49:37 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
    The Sharks SharkieVodacom Cup player
  • @Salmonoid (Comment 14) : I haven’t watched enough age group rugby to know the players well enough and what they are cabale of, that’s for the guys at the Sharks to figure out but I certainly think we’ve let a couple too many youngsters through our nets.

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.07.11 12:52:13 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
    The Sharks SharkieVodacom Cup player
  • @VanWilder (Comment 13) : Rob will know more on this topic but I think there is huge benefit to a young player to have the flexibility of Varsity College. If they had to affiliate with the University things become more rigid in terms of players being available to practice at certain times etc. The Academy will have to start working around the university lecture times.
    Ideally the KZN university needs to contract better players that’s all. I think this will be best achieved by working on becoming a force in club rugby again. They need to develop some kind of 5 year plan to become competitive as a club team. Success will drive success and they’ll soon be in the Varsity Cup proper.
    These are just my opinions not facts. :lol:

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.07.11 12:55:21 by beet Reply

    beetCurrie Cup player
  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 15) : i hear you, but i think its already such a balancing act to keep all the senior guys happy with game time etc. the youngster should show their worth in the Vodacom Cup and u/19 and u/21 level. if they do not show that they could keep a senior guy out of the team, then i cant see the need in keeping him. i agree that we do not give some of the bordering youngster a enough of a chance at super level, for example Lambie and coetzee, once they got the chance they took it. but it will happen that most of the youngster move on to better oppertunities.

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.07.11 12:56:25 by VanWilder Reply

    VanWilderCurrie Cup player
  • @VanWilder (Comment 18) : Patrick Lambie is a good example of the Sharks coaches actually giving a youngster a chance and I hope that they will do so with more of our young talent in the future. I was rather surprised that the usually conservative Plum actually took the risk and look what it did – it brought as the Currie Cup trophy!!!

    To win you have to take some risks, we saw the same thing with the Reds this year. Many of the Reds players are young – a risk – yet it paid off. They are now Super Rugby champions!!!

  • Comment 19, posted at 12.07.11 13:02:28 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @VanWilder (Comment 18) : Coetzee is one player I think the Sharks should have used more this season. Go back to the 30-30 draw with the Lions. Are loose trio of Botes/Daniel/Kanko was being smashed! When Coetzee came on in place of Botes the change was immediately felt. Coetzee should have started that match!

    Go and watch the buildup to the yellow card shown to Butch James – the whole motion was started by Coetzee. Taute carried the ball up into the 22 of the Sharks and was thumped by Coetzee in the tackle. In fact, Coetzee hit him so hard that Taute lost the ball forwards and Michalak cleared it. Pietersen chipped it on. Daniel regathered and James tackled him high. That yellow card was definitely one of the turning points of the match!

    I firmly believe hope Coetzee had started the Sharks would have faired better. In no ways am I saying we would have won but I do believe his bulk would have balanced the loose trio and made it a fairer contest.

  • Comment 20, posted at 12.07.11 13:07:36 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 16) : Fact is there is no way that all guys passing through the academy can be accommodated by the Sharks. I am more than pleased that they get opportunities at other unions and if it is because of what they learned at the academy then I am extra chuffed. The acid test is retaining the real potential and as far as I can determine the Sharks have done this quiete well. Here Im talking about guys from the academy that have not yet played Sharks rugby but are still within the system. What will really be hard is if we let guys go and they rise to superstar status with another union.

  • Comment 21, posted at 12.07.11 13:56:41 by Salmonoid Reply

    Salmonoid the SubtleAssistant coach
  • @Salmonoid (Comment 21) : “What will really be hard is if we let guys go and they rise to superstar status with another union.” – that pretty much sums up the point I am trying to make.

  • Comment 22, posted at 12.07.11 14:02:16 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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