Sadie’s Bulls dream appears over

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content on 20 Jul 2012 at 09:00
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SuperSport’s Brenden Nel yesterday confirmed a rumour that has been circulating for a while; high-profile young centre, Johann Sadie, has fallen so far out of favour with his new union, the Blue Bulls, that he may be looking at an exit after just six months of his contract there.

Sadie was signed amongst much fanfare last year, after a run of reasonable performances for the Stormers and WP and it has since emerged that the Bulls were prepared to pay him well over R1m a year, in addition to allegedly writing game time guarantees into his contract, which is pretty much unheard of for such a young (and relatively unproven) player. Needless to say, the excitable people who tend to get excited about such things immediately declared that Sadie – the future of Bok rugby – was a dead certainty to be picked at outside centre for the Springboks this year.

Reality didn’t quite pan out according to the fairy-tale, though, with Sadie delivering some truly dire rugby, in-between his many injuries, for the Bulls in the Super Rugby opportunities that he was given. So bad was he, in fact, that the Bulls were forced to retread the less-fancied of their WP signings, JJ Engelbrecht, into a centre to take over form Sadie midway through the season. Engelbrecht has , ironically, since gone on to establish himself as an option at test level (at least in coach Heyneke Meyer’s eyes) despite starting the season well down the pecking order, as a wing, at the Bulls.

For Sadie, thought, the prospects appear bleak and while the Bulls haven’t yet actually ushered him out of the door, they’ve certainly drawn him a very clear map with all the exits clearly highlighted and circled in red. According to Nel, The Bulls management have advised, if not outright encouraged, Sadie and his agent to “look at other options”, with the indication that the currently-injured player isn’t likely to pick up any game time at the Bulls any time soon and that they’d far rather somebody else picked up his hefty wage bill, thank you very much.

The only problem for Sadie, though, is finding such a somebody. With only the Sharks and WP likely to be able to match his salary expectations (although why either would be prepared to, I’m not sure) he seems a little short of options. The Sharks don’t need him and I’m told that WP no longer want him, after the way bridges were burned during his hasty exit just eight months back. The Afrkaans have a wonderful expression which seems to apply here, vroeg ryp, vroeg vrot, which loosely translates to “early to ripen, soon to rot”, and I can’t help feeling that my completely overplaying their hand when they did, Sadie and his advisers may just have blown off not only his foot, but both legs as well.


  • It should be interesting to see how he handles this. I doubt he’ll take a pay cut – the only way the Kings or Lions will take him, being the only two realistic unions available – so overseas seems the only option. He hasn’t really proven himself yet, so no huge millions for him.

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.07.12 09:04:56 by PTAShark Reply
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  • He’s going to the Cheetahs and I’m sure that they’ll be able to get the best out of him. The guy is extremely good and needs to be in a province that encourages his playing style.

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.07.12 09:06:51 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • Just saw he’s negotiating with the Cheetahs. So pay cut for him!

    And does he really think he’ll live Robert out of starting 15? Since he wasn’t in Grey Bloem, he’s on a hiding to nothing at the Cheetahs…

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.07.12 09:07:21 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 3) : Robert at 12 and Sadie at 13…not bad.

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.07.12 09:15:05 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • I can see a bright future for the young man at the Kings :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.07.12 09:42:34 by Viking Reply
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  • I suppose that is what you get if you sign a player for scoring 2 or 3 good tries in the currie cup. Another example of such a bad signing would be lionel Mapoe. He has not delivered the goods since having stepped the entire bulls team for a try in the CC 2 years ago. I am just glad we didn’t sign him

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.07.12 09:44:04 by Viking Reply
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  • What a fall from grace. With his recent injuries the Cheetahs should probably get him on a pay as you play basis.

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.07.12 09:47:40 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 6) : also glad Mapoe left quicker than he joined the sharks…

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.07.12 09:50:31 by Uli Reply
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  • There is such a lot of talent coming through the ranks at the moment that Sadie’s career might as well be over if he does not start to deliver the goods quickly. As for the Bulls, I do not blame them as they have now invested in a lot of young guys that has much more potential such as serforntein.

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.07.12 09:53:31 by Viking Reply
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  • Sadie was heavily over rated. One good season in a watered down Currie Cup does not make you a playing god

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.07.12 09:55:50 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • where is hendrikp? sadie was in every one of his fantasy bok teams @ 13 the whole of last year and he spurned any caution wrt th boytjie having done zilch to deserve the HYPE!

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.07.12 09:59:11 by Megatron Reply

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  • Let’s look at this from a business perspective. Sadie is probably like Rob notes easy pickings for his expertise, offer him a deal at the sharks where he is left with earning what I am worth. Start with a big salary and renegotiate is every 60 days for the next season. I know this boy, his head left his ass when he became Wp’s darling…but he is a exceptional achiever and he will find his feet…very soon…he has been at his best when he had a point to proof…I think we need his depth at the sharks.

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.07.12 10:13:10 by BoerSeun Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 10) :
    Nah he had a good S15 for the Stormers last year as well.

    Seems to need a really creative 12 on his inside to create space for him. Rumours of Whitehead being that 12 look like they may be true.
    Dont think Olivier fits that type of partner for him.

    Also defence was a problem, not sure if thats because of his shoulder injury but probably had a lot to do with it.

    My guess is we’ll be seeing a bit more of this lad in the coming years if he can get over his injury woes.

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.07.12 10:24:44 by John Galt Reply

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  • don’t you guys think we are a little hard on sadie here. he really didn’t get a chance to prove himself through all the injuries he had this year.i still think if get an extended run, he will show the goods.maybe he will blossom in the states because they like to run the ball and not kick and chase everything

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.07.12 10:41:12 by jovner Reply

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  • @BoerSeun (Comment 12) : Can`t believe I`m saying this but I`d think twice about offering him a contract at the Sharks.

    With Whitehead and Jordaan we are pretty much settled with young centres, we don`t want to send either one of them the wrong kind of message here.
    Add Steyn into the mix from time to time as well and centre is suddenly the least of our problems.

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.07.12 10:59:40 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 2) :

    Extremely good based on what??

    A few good showings in last year’s S15?? :roll:

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.07.12 11:35:35 by wpw Reply
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  • Good talent, but let it go to his head. So much for being fitter, stronger and more charming at the Bulls.

    All the best to him, but herein lies a lesson for the schools rugby brigade.

  • Comment 17, posted at 20.07.12 11:36:19 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 5) :

    He and Luke will get on very well.

    Both have HUGE egos! :twisted:

  • Comment 18, posted at 20.07.12 11:36:50 by wpw Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 17) : :lol:

  • Comment 19, posted at 20.07.12 11:48:01 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 19) :

    @wpw (Comment 18) :
    They also both had you singing their praises until they had the temerity to leave the YMCA XV. :twisted:

  • Comment 20, posted at 20.07.12 12:03:19 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 9) : The guy has oodles of talent, the Bulls game doesn’t match his style. The Bulls are all about power and Sadie and power don’t go together.

  • Comment 21, posted at 20.07.12 12:03:33 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 21) : @Big Fish (Comment 17) : i just wonder though, if heyneke was still the bulls DoR would two of the players he PERSONALLY headhunted – adongo & sadie – with a different style of play in mind be on the out at the bulls?

    it seems the boneheads left there at loftus are clueless as to what meyer meant when he said: “We are looking hard at the way we are going to play. We are busy with a lot of camps that (are set up) to have the whole union playing the same way.”
    “I brought Pine (Pienaar) in who was a backline coach because I want to improve the way we’re playing. If you look at the guys we’ve recruited, they are very exciting backs.
    “You always have a vision of how you want to play and then get players around that.
    “We will always have a tough forward pack but we’ve looked at how the game has evolved,” Meyer said.

    “If you stay the same you’ll never get ahead.”

    Meyer listed five focal points he felt would give the union the edge over its rivals: ”
    1. having the best coaching staff at all age group levels,
    2. recruiting the best young talent,
    3. implementing a winning culture,
    4. ensuring an environment where players can grow to their full potential and changing the way the Bulls played.
    5. It’s not finalised yet but we are looking to get Victor Matfield in to help us with the lineouts.”

    the blokes left at loftus are only applying no.2 of meyer’s point plan!

  • Comment 22, posted at 20.07.12 12:29:21 by Megatron Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 16) : I fail to believe that he can get so bad in 8 months. The game plan works against him and his team-mates don’t understand him. He should have followed Tim to the Sharks…it’s too late now .

  • Comment 23, posted at 20.07.12 12:56:41 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 22) : Thank you..

  • Comment 24, posted at 20.07.12 12:59:46 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • So the Bulls have coached the Streamers out of him – which means he can’t tackle anymore but is supposed to beable to score tries now :mrgreen:

    The tjietas will now have to coach the bulls out of him, which means he’ll have to learn to run with ball in hand, not just chase ball in air.

    Then Sharks can buy him and he can live up to his potential :grin:

  • Comment 25, posted at 20.07.12 13:40:37 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 11) :

    hahaha . :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 20.07.12 14:24:09 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 25) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 20.07.12 14:27:38 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I have nothing against Sadie but I love that the object of Keo’s wet dreams has been shown up. Scoring a try for WP maketh you a god not.

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.07.12 07:55:20 by King Shark Reply
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