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Waiting for the right moment: Sharksworld chats to Heimar Williams


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 22 Jul 2011 at 10:00
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Former Pretoria schoolboy Heimar Williams is only in his second year at the Sharks Academy, yet is already well on the way to establishing himself as a credible future option for the senior team in the inside centre position. We caught up with Heimar for a quick chat as he took a break from his Sharks under 21 team’s preparations for their game against the Valke this weekend.

Heimar WilliamsAs with all the young players we speak to, Sharksworld started out asking Heimar how it was that ended up at the Sharks Academy, rather than opting to pursue a professional career elsewhere. “Well, I’m from Pretoria,” he admits, “and I went to school at Affies. I played quite well at the St Johns rugby festival in my Matric year and the Sharks Academy approached me at that point and asked if I would like to join them. They offered me a small bursary to help with some of the financial commitments. Since I was young I’ve always liked the Sharks and their style of rugby – it’s open, running, smart rugby – not just bashing it up! It was the one union I really liked and at that stage, my father and I decided that the Sharks was the place to go. I’ve never looked back and I think it was the best decision I’ve ever made.”

Heimar continues the story by telling us about his first year at the Academy, in 2010. “The first year I didn’t really have a ‘name’; I came to the Academy as an unknown player and just worked really hard. I play [club rugby] for Collegians and we had a really outstanding under 20 season last year, winning every match. We really had great team, with most of the current [Sharks] under 21s that played there, including Marcell Coetzee, Franna Kleinhans, Cobus Reinach, Willie du Plessis, Mandla Dube, Gouws Prinsloo and Kieran Goss. That club season helped a lot with making the Sharks under 19 team and I just carried performing well for that team and had a very good season there. That just kick-started this year for me.”

The mention of Marcell Coetzee’s name tends to get the pulse racing, of course, given how well the 20-year-old loose forward has stepped up to senior rugby this year. Heimar is not surprised, though. “At the start of the year when we played in the SA Under 20 warm-up game against Western Province, I told Piet Lindeque, the way Marcell is playing, he’s going to make a big step up this year and play big rugby – and my prediction was right.”

Heimar with Willie du PlessisThe Collegians family clearly plays a big role in Heimar’s life and he shares a special bond with a number of players in that team, none more so than flyhalf Willie du Plessis, another former Hennopspark Laerskool and Affies boy making his way up through the Sharks ranks. “Willie and I go back as far as primary school,” Heimar confirms, “he used to play inside centre and I used to play flyhalf and then in high school we swapped around. When I came down to Durban, we had a great season together at Collegians – he helped me a lot because of the special understanding that we have. ” Another close friend is the aforementioned Lindeque, who plays outside Heimar for the under 21s. “We’ve never really played together at club level due to various reasons, although we’re both at Collegians now, but we played together last year for the under 19s. I think there were only 3 or 4 games that we didn’t play together and the games that we did play, we connected in the sort of way that you don’t often find. We really connect well and I enjoy playing with him!”

Talking to Heimar about his heroes in the inside centre position, tell us that “there are two names that stand out for me. One is Jean de Villiers and the other Ma’a Nonu. My motto is to do all the basics very well – be outstanding in them – and then once in a while do something magic or spectacular. At the end of the day, that makes you a special player. It doesn’t help if you’re on and off, great one week and then having a poor game the next week. ” What, then, does Heimar consider the strengths and weaknesses in his own game at present? “I think my distribution is one of my strong points as well as my vision and unpredictability. In terms of improvement, I’d say to run more onto the ball – just to get the ball no the front foot, hit the ball at pace. We’re working hard on that at the moment. ”

Heimar with the Sharks XVHaving worked with current under 21 coach, Sean Everitt, at both under 19 and Vodacom Cup level, we asked Heimar if he has a special relationship with the current boss. “Sean and I are very close”, he tells us “ I enjoy working with him because he’s very professional. He’s the best coach I’ve had. He’s one of those coaches that believes in a player and when that happens, it brings out the best in him. ”

Looking at the loss to the Blue Bulls in the opening under 21 game last week, Heimar reckons the problems can be put right. “The problem was we conceded too many penalties in kickable areas and especially against the Bulls with a kicker like Louis Fouche, you can’t afford to give any away, because 90% of the time he’s going to get them over. We just didn’t hold on to the ball long enough when we were in the strike zone. Also, our set piece weren’t up to scratch. We’ve worked hard on it this week and we’re going to try and correct all the small errors we made. We need to fix all those small things against the Valke this weekend if we’re going to go on and make it a great season.

“We don’t have any excuse not to be in the final and win it, with all the potential and talent we have in the team!”

And is Heimar happy to be playing under 21 rugby, when so many young guns are with the Currie Cup side at the moment? “At the moment, they’ve got two or three established centres in the main team, so I’m just being patient. Obviously, I really want to have a few senior Currie Cup games, but I think the most important thing for me is to have an outstanding under 21 season and help the under 21s to a victorious season. I’m just waiting for the call-up… but I’m not going to rush things. The right things will happen at the right time. I know I’m ready for it, though!”

Heimar playing for AffiesAway from the rugby field, Heimar is working hard towards a BCompt degree, which will allow him to qualify as a Chartered Accountant, although he concedes that it’s incredibly hard work fitting in the studies along with his rugby commitments. He is determined, though, to ensure that he has a qualification to fall back on once rugby is over. In terms of what little spare time is left over, he says he enjoys “just seeing my friends and having a braai with them – relaxing, getting my head away from rugby and not talking about it! We’re a very close group of friends and I enjoy being with them. As for family, I’ve got two brothers that are still in high school and my mom and dad are also still in Pretoria., For me, that’s the hardest part of being in Durban, because I’m actually a family man. I must say, they do support me very much and they’re always here for the game!”

Sharksworld would like to thank Heimar Williams for taking the time to give us a little bit more insight into his life and wish him well for the under 21 season, as well as his future career with the Sharks.



100 Comments

  • Interesting that he considers distribution his strong point, when that seemed to be one of the biggest criticisms levelled at him around here after last week’s game. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the lad play, so it would be interesting to get a balanced perspective from one of the junior rugby aficionados out there.

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.07.11 10:19:07 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 1) : I think a lot of things went wrong last week, starting with the tight 5…

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.07.11 10:52:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • “Since I was young I’ve always liked the Sharks and their style of rugby – it’s open, running, smart rugby – not just bashing it up!”

    He obviously didn’t get to watch much of the Sharks games during the S15. :grin:

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.07.11 11:08:17 by vanmartin Reply
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  • “The right things will happen at the right time. I know I’m ready for it, though!” Nice positive attitude.

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.07.11 11:18:47 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 4) : yes – agree with you. No impatience or throwing of toys… just controlling what he can control and making sure he’s ready when the call comes. This kid is going to go far

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.07.11 11:21:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Very good interview article Rob.

    Heimar was the playmaker in last year’s u19 team and it was sad to see his skills not being put to better use last weekend.

    I think he played down his achievements as a schoolboy player a bit tho.

    Hopefully he plays well enough to get his shot in the CC this year.

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.07.11 11:21:50 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 6) : I think if a “certain somebody” moves on, then Heimar will automatically become the backup option at 12… That’s good news for him.

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.07.11 11:29:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : certain somebody? :shock:

    imo, we could do with andries straus at 12. he just came to light a few weeks too late. :sad:

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.07.11 11:42:48 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @VanWilder (Comment 8) : the oke currently wearing 21

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.07.11 11:52:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : nice… anytime soon, or when his contract expires? :twisted:

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.07.11 11:54:58 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @VanWilder (Comment 10) : I doubt he’ll stay for the next 2,5 years, let’s just put it that way

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.07.11 12:02:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : message received loud and clear… Bravo One, Out.

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.07.11 12:06:15 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @VanWilder (Comment 12) : ha ha… we’ll break it here first if anything happens

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.07.11 12:10:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : i guess logic tells me that it would be a move to europe. or the lions (out of the same coffer as CJ`s salary`s coming from…), but i reckon the first option.

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.07.11 12:15:09 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @VanWilder (Comment 14) : I think that’s more likely, yes.

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.07.11 12:33:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 6) : I reckon that 9-10-12-13 combo from Collegians is something special. Rovers better watch out for these boys :)

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.07.11 13:20:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • we haven’t had all that many Affies Sharks… only ones I can think of are Skipper Badenhorst, Eddie Coetzee and more recently JLP…

    Must be some others, though

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.07.11 13:22:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @ROB, I think i will write an article on my thoughts of Heimar. ;-) :lol: :lol: Why is my comment waiting for moderation?? Not allowed to share my opinion? Just want to point out things that everyone is missing, eg. people rate Willie Du Plessis, have no idea why??

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.07.11 13:26:09 by JJR Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 18) : when players take the time to speak to us, the least we can do is treat them with respect when we make comments. The sort of comment you posted is just going to make players refuse to talk to us – and I’m not prepared to have that happen.

    I don’t care what you choose to say about other players playing for other teams, JJ, but I will not have negative crap about our own Sharks boys posted here.

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.07.11 13:28:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • I really like his attitude! hang in there Heimar, your big step up will come – hopefully sooner than later! ;-)

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.07.11 13:30:12 by Ice Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 3) : well, true, but last weekend’s game was much better :)

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.07.11 13:33:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : Fair enough; but i fully support and write up players that will actually do Great for The Sharks senior side in the future. I am very confident everyone in our U/21 squad named this week except for Heimar and Du Plessis can add huge Value to the Senior Sharks side in the Future. Not a fan of guys ingnoring the real potential. Glad you brought up Navickas before, cos he has potential. Cloete, Stander, Prinsloo, Van Tonder, Schonert, Pieter Stef Du- toit, P.Jordaan, F.Zeilinga all have bright futures ahead of them at The Sharks, IMO; but then all i hear is Willie Du Plessis and Heimar Williams, which i don’t think is fair on the guys i have mentioned, they deserve the same.

  • Comment 22, posted at 22.07.11 13:40:56 by JJR Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 22) : I dont think anyone said they do not have potential – this is simply an interview with Heimar. You do not write about Freddy Michalak if you Interview Pat Lambie – do you?

  • Comment 23, posted at 22.07.11 13:46:18 by Ice Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 22) : the whole tone in your comment, though, makes it sound like you are the only one who has any valid opinion or insight into who has talent and who does not. What are your credentials, JJ? Or are you just a fan like the rest of us.

    Ever heard the saying about rather keeping your mouth shut if you can’t say something nice?

  • Comment 24, posted at 22.07.11 13:51:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 24) : Ja, Sure; but i always feel that on too many occasions guys focus on players that are not really gonna be future Sharks stars. Some of the Guys i have mentioned we have hardly heard about, but they are future stars, no doubt. Guess i am just pissed off that these class players are not talked about; the guys deserve it.

    Maybe it is my time of the month :lol: Think i will shut up now; GO KZN Rugby Union!!! And may the true talent come through and be given a chance/opportunity to show what they can offer. Can’t belive how people were doubting Ross Cronje i said ages ago he has what it takes to make it; but everyone just writing him off without him getting a true run/chance. Very happy Ross has finally proven some of his doubters wrong.

  • Comment 25, posted at 22.07.11 13:54:57 by JJR Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 22) : How dare you not worship at the feet of the interviewee. :lol: ;-)

  • Comment 26, posted at 22.07.11 13:55:03 by McLovin Reply

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  • @JJR (Comment 22) : Heimar, according to most pundits, enjoyed a superb season for the Sharks at under 19 level last year. He only turns 20 in September this year, so is still eligible for the under 21s next year as well, yet was drafted into the Vodacom Cup squad be Everitt ahead of players much older than him.

    Jordaan is currently everybody’s blue-eyed boy based on what he achieved at school, but until I’ve seen him excel in the 15-man game at a level higher than schoolboy rugby, I’m not going to get my hopes up – and certainly not write Heimar off as a prospect because Paul is supposedly “better”…

  • Comment 27, posted at 22.07.11 13:55:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : Ok i will Shut up or this argument could go on for days. I understand what you saying, Rob, sorry my tone in my comments does not read how it should, i apologize.

  • Comment 28, posted at 22.07.11 13:56:33 by JJR Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 25) : some players are more willing to talking to us than others… I’ve tried to get Ross to talk to us, but he says he’s “not interested”.

    Warren did an interview with Paul Jordaan last year when we first heard he’d signed… why not go read that one if you think we don’t talk to the players that YOU rate?

  • Comment 29, posted at 22.07.11 13:57:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 26) : my, but your spoon has a long handle :)

  • Comment 30, posted at 22.07.11 13:59:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 30) : I am sorry, Sir. I will go sit in a corner and just nod my head and say Yes, you are right eventhough i disagree :lol:

  • Comment 31, posted at 22.07.11 14:03:22 by JJR Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 22) : Gosh JJR. I didn’t get to read your post but I hope you’re basing your assessment of Heimar on more than just last Saturday’s game.

    The impression I get of Willie du Plessis is that he is well liked and a good team member who a lot of these young up and coming players relate really well to.

  • Comment 32, posted at 22.07.11 14:09:04 by beet Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 31) : disagreeing is one thing, but having a sense of when you should voice your opinion and when it would be proper to rather keep it to yourself is something completely different.

  • Comment 33, posted at 22.07.11 14:09:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : Rob just ignore my poor attitude and some negative comments; upon reflection i could have handled it better. I am Truly Sorry, don’t want Sir Rob to get flustered by a young man talking his mind. :lol: Sorry Rob, i will think before i comment, again. :smile:

    Everyone also just ignore my previous comments if they are offensive; Crap tends to shoot out of my mouth now and then and i think it could have to do with the Pills i took 2 hours, ago. Don’t think it was what i was told…getting worried.

  • Comment 34, posted at 22.07.11 14:13:19 by JJR Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 31) : @robdylan (Comment 33) : okey, i think its sorted now… lets get back into build-up-friday mode and get out of losing-to-the-bulls-on-saterday-monday mode… :grin:

  • Comment 35, posted at 22.07.11 14:14:10 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @JJR (Comment 34) : I’ve mentioned to you before that the players read this, dude. Bear that in mind.

  • Comment 36, posted at 22.07.11 14:16:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @VanWilder (Comment 35) : :)

  • Comment 37, posted at 22.07.11 14:16:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 36) : rob, dude. i think het gets the picture.

  • Comment 38, posted at 22.07.11 14:17:17 by VanWilder Reply

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  • Leaving Work Early

    Three girls all worked in the same office with the same female boss. Each day, they watched the boss leave work early. One day, the girls decided that, when the boss left, they would leave right behind her. After all, she never called or came back to work, so how would she know they went home early?

    THE BRUNETTE was thrilled to be home early…she did a little gardening, spent playtime with her son, and went to bed early.

    THE REDHEAD was elated to be able to get in a quick workout at the spa before meeting a dinner date.

    THE BLONDE was happy to get home early and surprise her husband, but when she got to her bedroom, she heard a muffled noise from inside.

    Slowly and quietly, she cracked open the door and was mortified to see her husband in bed with her boss! Gently she closed the door and crept out of the house.

    The next day, at their coffee break, the brunette and redhead planned to leave early again, and they asked the blonde if she was going to go with them.

    “No way.” the blonde exclaimed. “I almost got caught yesterday”

  • Comment 39, posted at 22.07.11 14:17:38 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @VanWilder (Comment 38) : you don’t think I need to ram the point home just a little bit more? :)

  • Comment 40, posted at 22.07.11 14:19:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @VanWilder (Comment 39) : :)

  • Comment 41, posted at 22.07.11 14:20:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 33) : I will be honest i don’t rate Heimar…

    Bit Off Topic, that Big Pumas u/18 lock, Jacques, he going to Bulls right? Would have been Great if he signed with us, Genetic Freak that Guy.Dawie Theron must be very happy seeing him play :smile:

  • Comment 42, posted at 22.07.11 14:24:09 by JJR Reply
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  • all these youngster coming to the sharks has got 3 years to earn themselves a senior contract. some abit longer. I have faith in our coaches to spot who`s got the good and who`s not. i cant name any academy players that has left our shores before being a senior player, and becoming a springbok.

    i always use andries straus as an example, a guy who i thought should have left ages ago, i could not understand why the coaches kept him, but now i can see. he matured late. i believe our coaches has got the knowledge to see who will make it, and if the rate him, i guess i will too.

    good luck Heimar, only a few guys get the honour of wearing the black and white, hope you use your oppertunity to.

  • Comment 43, posted at 22.07.11 14:24:30 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 37) : I am sorry Rob, i did not think before i commented, feel free to Delete any comments you wish. You da Boss :smile:

  • Comment 44, posted at 22.07.11 14:26:19 by JJR Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 36) : The players read this site!? :shock: Quick Rob, tell Oupa Stef he owes me a bottle of whisky of my choosing for the praise singer piece I did on him in the face of all the public criticism… And Keegan can buy Villie a beer… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 45, posted at 22.07.11 14:27:13 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 42) : jip, the find of the cravenweek 2011 surely. steenkamp, SA schools captain is in the same mould as deysel hey? i assume he signed for the lions?

  • Comment 46, posted at 22.07.11 14:27:48 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @Culling Song (Comment 45) : maybe Streauli should try out reading our blog… :roll:

  • Comment 47, posted at 22.07.11 14:29:15 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @Culling Song (Comment 45) : You’ll be surprised who reads this stuff. :razz:

  • Comment 48, posted at 22.07.11 14:31:18 by beet Reply
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  • Remember Positives and Negatives make the World Go Round. None of the World’s best players have gone through periods without any crit. it is how you use it to motivate yourself which shows a player’s class. Ross Cronje and Gio Aplon are prime examples.

  • Comment 49, posted at 22.07.11 14:31:24 by JJR Reply
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  • @VanWilder (Comment 43) : Snap! I’ve felt the exact same way about Strauss. I always wondered why we kept him on the books all those years.

  • Comment 50, posted at 22.07.11 14:32:21 by beet Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 49) : It’s not love that makes the world go round? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 51, posted at 22.07.11 14:34:24 by McLovin Reply

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  • @VanWilder (Comment 47) : I am right that the Du Preez that Played 7 for KZN Craven Week is 15 years old??!!! There was an article Rob wrote on the Brothers; good one that.Surely very Special Talents those 3 are.

  • Comment 52, posted at 22.07.11 14:34:50 by JJR Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 48) : ditto that

  • Comment 53, posted at 22.07.11 14:36:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 51) : noooo, tequila makes the world go round… and the toilet, and the sofa, and the…

  • Comment 54, posted at 22.07.11 14:36:56 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 52) : Ja, probably right, just trying to find some positives from my earlier comments…having trouble doing so. :lol:

  • Comment 55, posted at 22.07.11 14:37:08 by JJR Reply
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  • @VanWilder (Comment 47) : Actually, that raises an interesting question; is Streauli solely responsible for recruitment, or does he get a wish list from Plum?

  • Comment 56, posted at 22.07.11 14:37:19 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 49) : I watch a lot of SBR and often you have no choice but to base an opinion of a player on 1 experience. However at senior level you get to see these guys week in week out.
    I think it’s fantastic that Ross stood out last week. He did silence a few critics. Personally I’ve always regarded him as the better of the twins. However cast your mind back a few months to the Vodacom Cup. Surely even you must have had serious doubts about Ross and asked why the Sharks weren’t exercising their option. When they did in the VC quarter-final vs WP, one of the players that stood out like a sore thumb for his good play was Cobus Reinach wasn’t it?

  • Comment 57, posted at 22.07.11 14:38:18 by beet Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 52) : jip, robert (flyhalf) is matric and going to wp (as reported) and the twins (flank and lock) is 15 years old, and strongly linked to the sharks.

  • Comment 58, posted at 22.07.11 14:38:36 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @JJR (Comment 49) : criticism is only useful if it actually achieves something.

    Saying “I don’t rate X, ergo he will never make it” is not actually criticism, it’s condemnation based on nothing factual.

    Oh here I go again…

  • Comment 59, posted at 22.07.11 14:38:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @VanWilder (Comment 58) : I’m told Robert is now going to stay with us… that’s from a reliable source

  • Comment 60, posted at 22.07.11 14:39:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @VanWilder (Comment 54) : Makes my stomach go round that stuff. :| :mrgreen:

  • Comment 61, posted at 22.07.11 14:39:34 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 61) : I can’t touch it any more, I fear.

  • Comment 62, posted at 22.07.11 14:40:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 55) : You made some valid points imo. :twisted:

  • Comment 63, posted at 22.07.11 14:40:33 by McLovin Reply

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  • @beet (Comment 57) : i also played 9 at school, and when i was std 8, i saw fourie du preez play in the final of the schools super 12 that year against (the mighty) ermelo in potch, and i knew then he would play for the boks. i`ve had the same feeling about reinach. there`s just something about him. X factor.

  • Comment 64, posted at 22.07.11 14:41:49 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 62) : Same here.

    In fact I avoid any ‘shooters’ as much as I can.

  • Comment 65, posted at 22.07.11 14:43:13 by McLovin Reply

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  • @beet (Comment 58) : I think i had confidence in him because i went to MHS too and even playing touch Rugby or social contact Rugby on a rainy afternoon he played like a classy Pro. Lambie didn’t play too much “social” contact…wise dicision, because it was more about smashing people than actual rugby. :lol:

  • Comment 66, posted at 22.07.11 14:43:17 by JJR Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 63) : your only problem is that you’re a natural anarchist, mate :mrgreen:

  • Comment 67, posted at 22.07.11 14:43:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 60) : good news an a friday… but i have to say, were pretty stocked with young flyhalves at the moment. Zeilinga, Hauptfleish, Lambie, du plessis.

    aw well, another wouldnt hurt.

  • Comment 68, posted at 22.07.11 14:44:47 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @VanWilder (Comment 64) : I knew John Smit would be a Bok when I first played with him… true story

  • Comment 69, posted at 22.07.11 14:44:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @VanWilder (Comment 46) : Steenkamp was a fairly well-known player going into Craven Week. He was at CW 2010 as well. He played extremely well tho. He’s quite short for a loosie – about 1.83 (6 foot)and there is a possiblity he might switch to hooker next season. I’m often wrong in this regard but during his last interview, he indicated that he was still considering his options after school.

    To me the find of CW is a player like Jacques du Plessis of Ermelo. I watched him live in Durban at the start of June. For his age, he’s a very special player but a commentator made a very good point: at 2.01m and 116kg the going is easy for him at the moment, wait until he has to compete against guys his own size in the next few years.

  • Comment 70, posted at 22.07.11 14:45:28 by beet Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 60) : Purely said; i was wrong and you don’t have to hold back shooting me down either, Rob. I deserve it.

    @McLovin (Comment 64) : HA HA ;-)

  • Comment 71, posted at 22.07.11 14:45:38 by JJR Reply
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  • @VanWilder (Comment 68) : I have a bad feeling about Hauptfleisch… picking up an injury that rules you out of the entire u19 season is never a good start

  • Comment 72, posted at 22.07.11 14:45:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 71) : thanks… and apologies for going overboard. I just tried putting myself into Heimar’s shoes and thinking how I would react if I read that.

    And then I lost it a little… so apologies from my side too :oops:

  • Comment 73, posted at 22.07.11 14:46:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 69) : jip, only saw 3 players at an early age that i had that feeling about… Fourie du Preez (at School), Jacques Cronje (at school) and Patrick Lambie (u/19 and u/21). so reinach, if you read thi my bud, springbok call up is around the corner… :lol: :cool:

  • Comment 74, posted at 22.07.11 14:47:53 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @beet (Comment 71) : Jacques Du Plessis is a special Guy, as you have said, before. Hopefully he can help us dominate the U/20′s next year here in SA. We can’t lose on home soil.

  • Comment 75, posted at 22.07.11 14:48:01 by JJR Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 70) : yup… “Schoonbie syndrome”… not saying that to have a dig at Johan in any way (I rate him highly) but it is often a lot more difficult for the guys who have always had a size advantage at school. They’ve never really had to develop anything else.

  • Comment 76, posted at 22.07.11 14:48:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 67) : So true. :lol:

  • Comment 77, posted at 22.07.11 14:49:10 by McLovin Reply

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  • @JJR (Comment 75) : is it in SA next year? Oh SURELY we can’t lose again!

    How many of this year’s team will still be egligible? I know Jordaan will

  • Comment 78, posted at 22.07.11 14:49:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @VanWilder (Comment 74) : let’s get him to 5 Currie Cup caps first!

  • Comment 79, posted at 22.07.11 14:50:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 71) : @robdylan (Comment 73) : aaaauuuuwwww, that cute…

    anyways,

    @beet (Comment 70) : valid point, thats what happened to bradley moolman, centre at monnas last year and now at the bulls. ran over everyone at school, now everyone is as big as him.

  • Comment 80, posted at 22.07.11 14:50:22 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 74) : Don’t have to be sorry, Rob. I fudged up!!! Jammer Heimar, ek vra vi verskoning. Wys vir ons hoekom almal jou so “rate”; Sterkte.

  • Comment 81, posted at 22.07.11 14:51:23 by JJR Reply
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  • @VanWilder (Comment 80) : yup… and turns out he doesn’t really have that much more to offer

  • Comment 82, posted at 22.07.11 14:53:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 79) : All i know is we will have the Talent and the Size; they just need to execute the Skills and minimize errors and we should not have any problems…U/20′s have been under performing for far too long now.It is actually crazy the talent we have in SA; anything less than being ranked number 1 in the world is a failure…SA has no excuses.

  • Comment 83, posted at 22.07.11 14:54:57 by JJR Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 76) : but how exciting a prospect is our new player Pieter-Stef. He was far from a stand out player but held his own last Saturday. At just 18 right now his future looks really bright.

    He’s also a good example for people that don’t know the junior process that well. Every year their are talents coming out of school. It’s possible to think Peet Marais is the next big star lock for the Sharks and next then he’s partnered by an 18 year old who’s oozing potential to be an even better find. Who knows what next season might bring our way.

  • Comment 84, posted at 22.07.11 14:58:46 by beet Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 79) : no problem, i reckon he will do that in this years comp and next… :|

  • Comment 85, posted at 22.07.11 14:59:16 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 78) : Johan Goosen, Ruan Venter, Tots Mbovane are ones that I can think of off the top of my head.

  • Comment 86, posted at 22.07.11 15:00:42 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 84) : yip, that the beauty of it all. i think there already a huge amount of pressure on this lads to get themselves a senior contract, no need for us to put more on them. they pretty much know what is needed.

    did marcell coetzee play CW?

  • Comment 87, posted at 22.07.11 15:01:47 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @beet (Comment 86) : and serfontein and swanepoel should be centre pairing… oh, i forgot about fisher. exciting times!

  • Comment 88, posted at 22.07.11 15:03:13 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @VanWilder (Comment 87) : he did not!

  • Comment 89, posted at 22.07.11 15:03:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 87) : Will probably be the best U/20′s squad we have ever had; there are so many big and talented 18 and 19 year olds playing some great Rugga this year.

  • Comment 90, posted at 22.07.11 15:04:34 by JJR Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 90) : I just hope Dawie watched players over the course of the entire under 19 season this year to get an idea of who the best and most consistent guys are.

  • Comment 91, posted at 22.07.11 15:06:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @VanWilder (Comment 87) :

    Read this!

    http://www.teensport.co.za/Feature_070611.html

  • Comment 92, posted at 22.07.11 15:15:34 by Ice Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 91) : contrary to what Morne mentioned in a reply to one of my questions earlier this year I believe Dawie will be better prepped coz I don’t believe the data on players available was anywhere near as good as hoped for this yr

    I still howeve have serious issues with the absence of a proper national u20 compo in the lead up to the JWC. I think a compo like that would just follow on where the U19 CC left off and would place our coach and his staff in a far better place to I’d inform players.

  • Comment 93, posted at 22.07.11 15:25:46 by beet Reply
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  • well, enjoy your weekend guys, i`m on my way for a weekend fishing trip with the mates, so will miss the games over the weekend. will be sure to catch the scores on sharksworld. but have a good one folks. sharks to win and bokke to lose (sadly).

  • Comment 94, posted at 22.07.11 15:39:36 by VanWilder Reply

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  • Whats happened to Kieran Goss?

  • Comment 95, posted at 22.07.11 15:45:26 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 95) : he’s just found himself on the under 21 bench cos Drew Norton pulled a hammie

  • Comment 96, posted at 22.07.11 18:03:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 96) : :?: Cant find Drew Norton’s name in the U21s.

  • Comment 97, posted at 22.07.11 18:40:21 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 92) : Anyone who still believes that Craven Week is a vital step on the way to getting to the top is foolish and anyone who believes that schoolboys no longer cherish the opportunity to go to Craven Week is equally foolish.

  • Comment 98, posted at 22.07.11 18:44:54 by beet Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 97) : Andrew Norton of M. College fame

  • Comment 99, posted at 22.07.11 18:46:48 by beet Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 97) : was on the bench? 21?

  • Comment 100, posted at 22.07.11 18:50:22 by robdylan Reply
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