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Force signs Sias Ebersohn


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Super Rugby on 29 May 2012 at 10:39
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Cheetahs flyhalf Sias Ebersohn has signed a two year deal with the Western Force Super Rugby franchise.

Ruggaworld.co.za reports that the player was approached during the Force’s visit to South Africa recently, with Force CEO Vern Reid saying that Sias will make a significant impact with the Force as he has been touted as a potential Springbok.

Sias will join the team ahead of the 2013 Super Rugby campaign, and is expected to remain with the Cheetahs for the Currie Cup season. This move was apparently negotiated without Cheetahs coaching staff being aware of it.

The deal is now before the Australian Rugby Union, who has to approve all foreign player deals, as Sias is seen as the one foreign development player each franchise is allowed.



41 Comments

  • He must have signed before THAT kick and before the past weekend knock!

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.05.12 10:51:17 by Ice Reply
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  • Good luck over there, Sias.

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.05.12 10:57:18 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Well, that’s unexpected. It should be good to get away for a bit for Sias.

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.05.12 10:59:24 by PTAShark Reply

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  • Can the Cheetahs not hold on to any players

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.05.12 11:06:53 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • I see in the article on news 24 they say for the ARU to approve this the player must show ability to play for the Wallabies . Big move

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.05.12 11:14:27 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Big, unexpected move! I can’t help but speculate that this is a sign of a player unhappy with his home situation.

    Watching him play its pretty clear that being pretty much sidelined for Goosen has left him in a bad space. Question is, have the coaches done anything to help him manage, or is he leaving due to a perceived lack of support?

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.05.12 11:14:41 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 6) :

    Reading into the fact that the coaches do not even know of the move, I reckon you are spot on in terms of the player having no support..

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.05.12 11:17:00 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Well he was the best thing since sliced bread as far as the Cheetah supporters were concerned then Goosen and his hype arrived and suddenly Ebersohn was nothing.

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.05.12 11:19:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Hopes it works out better for the Force than Petoors.

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.05.12 11:20:50 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • man this is a bit of an issue . if the Kings situation has been sorted out it would have been in the best interest of SA rugby for him to sign for the Kings .

    This to me is a bit of an indication that the Kings arent really shopping around for players next year as has been suggested by some .. (One can really blame them tough , players are not sure about the situation @ the Kings)

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.05.12 11:21:33 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Does it mean they get Robert too? I thought the Ebersohns always come as a package deal

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.05.12 11:21:54 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) :

    Yes . next year we have a new flavor of the week and Goosen drops out …

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.05.12 11:22:33 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Wasn’t here talk of the Ebersohn twins being a package deal?

    I wonder how long they (Cheetah management) took to call Robert Ebersohn after they read about this, to find out if he is also going? :)

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.05.12 11:23:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Good riddance!!!!

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.05.12 11:28:47 by Viking Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 11) : @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) : This is certainly how it came across in past interviews with the twins. Think the Kings or Stormers missed out on an opportunity here.

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.05.12 11:32:33 by vanmartin Reply
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  • It can’t be a package deal, as the Force are only allowed one South African player..

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.05.12 11:34:26 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Has he played 7s for South Africa or was it his brother?
    That would disqualify him for playing for Aus.

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.05.12 11:38:59 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 4) : Not when they don’t allow you any game time until a player is forced of the field. I thought it was not smart of the Cheetahs coaches not to give him any game time. It didn’t do his form or confidence any good…and he is a good player!

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.05.12 11:46:17 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 18) : yeah, but they also lost WP Nel – who was 1st choice tight head, both 1st choice locks

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.05.12 11:50:15 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 16) : True

    @MysticShark (Comment 17) : It was Robert.

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.05.12 11:58:11 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Not a bad move,really not as bad a people make him out to be,very good player in fact

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.05.12 12:01:24 by Ludz Reply

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  • So when the sharks going to make an offer to Piet van Zyl to come across? Charl needs some competition to make him more consistant.

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.05.12 12:07:15 by jonnow Reply

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  • @jonnow (Comment 22) : How about we give Reinach a go first?

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.05.12 12:08:20 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I think this is good move for Sias; it seems pretty clear that he doesn’t really have the backing of the Cheetahs coaching team, and he’d be superfluous to requirements anywhere else in SA (excepting the Kings, but that’s a whole other debate). Hope things work out for him and that he can do his talent justice.

  • Comment 24, posted at 29.05.12 12:17:27 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @jonnow (Comment 21) : We need an all round talented scrumhalf and McLeod could make a decent backup.

  • Comment 25, posted at 29.05.12 13:11:54 by lostfish Reply
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  • I see his agent is Gerrie Swart…one back in SA, one shipped out.

  • Comment 26, posted at 29.05.12 14:06:42 by Ice Reply
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  • “I waited a long time for my chance at the Cheetahs and then suddenly (Johan) Goosen was on the scene and when he got injured, I was suddenly replaced by Riaan Smit – in my three years at the franchise I never competed with Riaan for a place and it seems that the chances that other players are given, were never given to me. It’s sad but at some point you have to look at yourself.

    “It isn’t in my hands. I am not the coach and it was always Naka’s decision. As a player I will always give my best and this move won’t influence the way I play. It is disappointing to leave, especially when you realise they aren’t interested in you.

    “I had high expectations of the season, and things didn’t always go as I wanted them to go. But there were promises of playing time made that never materialised. Goosen had a good season and I am a player who plays not for money, but rather to enjoy the game. You can never get better unless you are backed and you improve on the field. Luckily this lesson has happened early in my career and I can learn from it.”

    Sias on why he’s leaving

  • Comment 27, posted at 29.05.12 18:07:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Heard roomers that the sharks are looking to sign Pretoruis…he is keen to see another season with Tahs-but I am sure that the Sharks can Hook him.

  • Comment 28, posted at 29.05.12 19:08:54 by BoerSeun Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 26) :
    Look, I sympathise with the guy – he got sidelined in the Goosen-hype – but surely this is all a bit short-sighted and petulant?

  • Comment 29, posted at 29.05.12 19:18:34 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 28) : my thoughts exactly

  • Comment 30, posted at 29.05.12 19:19:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 28) : It almost sounds as if he is more pissed at then being dropped behind Riaan Smit as well.

    He feels he should have been backed after some erratic performances, hinting at how the Bulls have shown faith in their flyhalf Morné Steyn.

    “Morné has had – by his standards – one of the poorest kicking seasons of his career but he still plays and the team still backs him. I never played enough to get my selfconfidence on a high and without those opportunities, you get rusty, you get “vrot”. You need to play to keep in form.”

    Ebersohn also said he simply couldn’t refuse the offer from the Force.

    “The Force approached me and I never spoke to them first. They said they think I am a good player and they want me as their No 1 flyhalf. What player in my position wouldn’t grab that opportunity.

    “I learnt a lot in my time here, and not just on the field, but life lessons as well, especially from Hawies (Hawies Fourie, Cheetahs backline coach). My time here was good but there were many decisions that should have gone my way, many team selections that went against me.”

  • Comment 31, posted at 29.05.12 19:24:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 28) : flipside of the coin though is that he fluffed one important kick and the coach then dropped him from 1st chooice before Goosen to 3rd choice.

    Stupid coach. IMO

  • Comment 32, posted at 29.05.12 19:28:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 31) :
    Naka makes Plumtree look like an awesome man manager. He hasn’t managed Sias, Goosen or Johnson well. All 3 are talented, and all 3 needed specific treatment, which he was unable to provide.

    I felt all along that Sias was good enough that they should retain him at 10 and ease Goosen in at 15 (where his running and kicking would still be effective). The management of their flyhalves now sees one out injured long-term and another leaving. :roll:

    But still – Sias is being naïve if he thinks the Force or any team can guarantee him a spot.

    He had one good season last year – not quite entitled to throw a wobbly. He should have thought carefully and rather move within SA or to the big dough in Europe if he really had to.

    Wish him all the best, but not convinced he is being rational.

  • Comment 33, posted at 29.05.12 19:35:50 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 32) : The management of their flyhalves now sees one out injured long-term and another leaving. And the other one (Smit) not even fit enough to play 45min without suffering from cramp.

  • Comment 34, posted at 29.05.12 19:49:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 32) : Yip and to think he will be #1 at the Force is a pipedream.

  • Comment 35, posted at 29.05.12 19:50:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • This was bound to happen. Sias leaving I mean.

  • Comment 36, posted at 29.05.12 19:51:28 by Ben Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 34) :
    Lest I forget – PLEASE don’t forget to credit Sports24!!!

  • Comment 37, posted at 29.05.12 19:55:27 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 26) : @KSA Shark © (Comment 30) :

    from news 24. :smile:

  • Comment 38, posted at 29.05.12 19:59:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 37) :
    :wink:

    Don’t want tearful recriminations or anything.

  • Comment 39, posted at 29.05.12 20:10:53 by Big Fish Reply
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  • The only question in my mind is, what union will he join after the 2year stint with WF? If he decides to come back to SA.

    After what he said now, I don’t think ol’ man Harold would even offer him a biscuit when having tea together.

  • Comment 40, posted at 29.05.12 21:06:57 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 39) :

    Kings heheh ..

  • Comment 41, posted at 29.05.12 22:32:23 by Zibbie Reply
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