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Harsh call on Janro


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 19 Mar 2012 at 09:00
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Something that’s been buried as a one-line comment in most articles about the Sharks tour group changes probably needs to be surfaced a little here – while the decision to omit Griquas prop Janro van Niekerk from the tour group just a few hours before departure made sense from a rugby point of view, it was nevertheless a hugely unfair and harsh call to make.

I don’t know much about Janro, but I like to believe that he is a committed player and would have done his utmost to make the Sharks – and their supporters – proud on this tour. His comments earlier in the week suggested that he’d been waiting patiently for a shot at Super Rugby and was really enthusiastic about finally getting an opportunity to play in the competition, albeit relatively late in his career. To be so cruelly denied must be a blow indeed and if there’s any chance Janro is reading this, I’d like to extend apologies, on behalf of all Sharks fans, for the way this situation has panned out.

The unlucky injuries to both Jannie du Plessis and Wiehahn Herbst have deepened the Sharks front-row crisis to the extent that only a Eugene van Staden or John Smit-type-player could really help us out now; the fact is that with only one partially fit tighthead in the tour-group, the luxury of two specialist looseheads is simply not something that can be accommodated. It is my fervent wish, though, that once the tighthead crisis has abated, we find some way to include Janro in the side, if not as a replacement in the tour party.

A rugby team has to make rugby decisions based on rugby reasons; that, unfortunately, doesn’t give anybody carte blanche to treat people badly and while I completely understand the reasoning behind this particular decision, I can’t say I truly feel that the Sharks have done the “right thing” by Janro van Niekerk.



22 Comments

  • I feel the entire situation is a bit of a kick in the face.

    We still really need a backup loosehead, Dale cannot continue playing 80 minutes a game until Beast returns?

    Surely we could have done without Marius Joubert on the tour and taken him along? Surely?!

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.03.12 09:09:29 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Who has been paying Janro while he has been at the Sharks picking his nose? Im assuming he has been training with the Sharks? And then who are the props on tour? As you say surely Chadwick cant play every minute- we already had uncontested scrums on Saturday.

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.03.12 09:12:17 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 2) :

    Props that have left on tour are Jannie, Wiehahn and Dale.. Another will leave in the next day or so..

    We have been paying Griquas, as he is available to us, and not able to represent them at Vodacom Cup..

    The paying is not such an issue for me, it can’t be a hell of a lot, its the messing him around.

    And who are we now going to find to replace him, that was not available earlier when we were looking for someone?

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.03.12 09:14:40 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 2) : you assume wrong – he’s been training with Griquas.

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.03.12 09:30:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • ok it seems sykes is fine to play this weekend, he is flying out today

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.03.12 09:44:21 by sharks_lover Reply

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  • maybe they should stoll take psdt along just in case, now prop still seems to be the only worry

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.03.12 09:45:28 by sharks_lover Reply

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  • In a late confirmation from team doctor Ewoudt van der Linde from Sydney, there is good news around lock Steven Sykes who left the field of play in pain on Saturday. He will fly out today to join up with the touring squad in Sydney after bring cleared to play this weekend by the specialist. He has a chronic knee injury which is expected to settle this week.

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.03.12 09:46:13 by sharks_lover Reply

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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 5) :
    @sharks_lover (Comment 6) :
    @sharks_lover (Comment 7) :

    Please see the article – http://www.sharksworld.co.za/2012/03/19/sykes-cleared-to-tour/

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.03.12 09:52:39 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 8) : thanks , hadnt gone out of this page so did not see it as this was the top story at the time

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.03.12 10:37:32 by sharks_lover Reply

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  • :twisted: I though the management went into Janro’s call up with a half hearted approach, so I took the mickey last week. Let’s hope we are covered! :twisted:

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.03.12 10:52:00 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Eugene, kom huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuis toe!

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.03.12 11:02:49 by vanmartin Reply
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  • It is an intelligent move by the Sharks. Rather have him get used to the Sharks way of playing in the Vodacom Cup and if there are any injuries, send him over. Far better than him sitting on the bench all tour, because Plumtree hasn’t seen him play enough.

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.03.12 11:10:17 by waje Reply

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  • @waje (Comment 12) :

    He cannot play Vodacom Cup

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.03.12 11:27:56 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 11) : THAT is how people get confused!!

    Are you pleading with him to come home? then it should be a “?” at the end of your comment.

    The way you’ve said that, it is a statement. :wink:

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.03.12 11:33:44 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) : It’s not a request, it’s an order. He’s ignored all previous requests. I’m done with pleading. :grin:

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.03.12 11:42:22 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 15) : :lol:

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.03.12 11:51:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @waje (Comment 12) : what don’t you get about the fact (which has been said 20000 times) that he CANNOT PLAY VODACOM FOR THE SHARKS as he has played for Griquas, so HE IS NOT ALLOWED too..?

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.03.12 11:52:53 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 17) : Waje isn’t on the site too much. I’m sure he didn’t know. Chillax Ice! ;)

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.03.12 12:03:44 by Ben Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 17) :

    Jy gaan ‘n aar bars, tannie!

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.03.12 12:04:04 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 18) : @Richard Ferguson (Comment 19) : Just making sure… Hehehehehe!

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.03.12 12:08:50 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 20) :

    I like the way you are getting your point accross though.. Nice!

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.03.12 12:14:36 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : @robdylan (Comment 4) : If he has been trainign with Griquas then the decision to leave him behind makes a lot of sense. I mean to get him to gel within a team structure that has been together for months will cause a lot of disruption. Include someone from the Sharks XV then as they have at least been part of the structures.

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.03.12 12:15:28 by SheldonK Reply

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