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The Taute conundrum


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Lions, Original Content, Sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 5 Oct 2012 at 09:36
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There’s been a lot of talk this week about Lions players going on loan to other teams for Super Rugby next year and while far less has yet been confirmed than we’d hoped, that speculation is set to continue.

The Sharks have already snapped up Franco van der Merwe for the 2013 tournament, with at least one website (with generally reliable Lions info) suggesting that prop JC van Rensburg is also on the radar. Contrary to the information that we received previously, Elton Jantjies seems to be leaning towards the Stormers – with a massive offer apparently on the table there – but we’re led to believe that the Sharks are still in the running to lure the phenomenally talented young Jaco Taute to Durban next year.

The question I get asked a lot, though, is why would we want or need him. And why would Taute opt to come to Durban to fight against strong incumbents at both fullback and outside centre, rather than take his chances with either the Bulls or Stormers, where a more obvious starting position could be guaranteed? There’s a lot of talk doing the rounds, of course, much of it spurious, but one thing that does seem to be true is that Taute will make his choice (out of the three offers on the table) next week and that he’ll do so based on which team he feels offers him the best prospect of regular game time in the position that he decides to settle in.

Right now, Taute is about to play his second test at outside centre, but he’s obviously bright enough to know that Frans Steyn and Jean de Villiers will in all likelihood be reinstated as the first-choice centre pair once the former regains fitness. Taute is a lot younger than de Villiers and will back himself, I’m sure, to displace the captain in time, but with fan favourite Zane Kirchner doing no better than holding the fort at fullback, you’d fancy that Taute may just be eyeing the number 15 jersey as a quicker route to consistent tenure in the Bok starting team.

The Sharks, though, are overflowing with fullbacks. Aside from those who seem convinced that Pat Lambie belongs in the last line of defence (and there are many), we also have the likes of Louis Ludik, Riaan Viljoen and the promising, yet sadly underplayed, Gouws Prinsloo on the books. Frans Steyn, lest we forget, has also played a wee bit of footie in the position. If Taute does decide that 15 is where he wants to play, he’d have far less competition if he went to the Cape. In Pretoria, he’d be up against the Bok incumbent, whereas at the Sharks he would need to show that offers more on attack than Ludik does, without compromising on the latter’s truly remarkable defensive abilities.

Don’t get me wrong here – Taute is a world class player and I desperately want the Sharks to get him for next year, if for no other reason than that I think he can turn our already great backline into a truly superb one. Having lost faith in Riaan Viljoen as a Super Rugby option somewhat, I think that we could definitely use Taute in tandem with Ludik as our fullback options, but to me it’s in the number 13 jersey that the young Lion could be most deadly. The Sharks have plenty of options at centre, it’s true, but I can’t shake the feeling that Paul Jordaan, while incredibly talented himself, is not quite ready to be a regular starter at Super Rugby level.

This all depends on Taute, though and where he sees himself. If he wants to be a centre, then the Bulls might be a good option for him, aside from the fact that they are apparently in the final stages of signing a loan agreement with Lionel Mapoe too. Heading to the Stormers would put him directly on a collision course with established Bok centres in Juan de Jongh and Jean de Villiers and while Heyneke Meyer clearly rates Taute ahead of the former, it remains to be seen whether Allister Coetzee would concur. The Sharks, again, would be a sensible destination, but their historical tendency to use versatile players as “utility options” may well count against the Durban union when it comes to wanting to settle in a particular spot.

I guess what I’m trying to say is this: Taute hasn’t decided where he’s going to go just yet and is trying his best to concentrate on Saturday’s test. Spare a thought for the kid as he weighs up not only the points I’ve raised above, but presumably hundreds of other factors of which we’re not aware. As far as my information goes, though, any journalist claiming to know with any certainty which way the kid is leaning would be stretching the truth.

It’s a real old puzzle, this one and I’m afraid for the time being we’re just going to have to wait and see.



74 Comments

  • ”fan favourite Zane Kirchner” Hahaha some sneaky jabs there Rob. Me like :lol:

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.10.12 09:56:33 by KingRiaan Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 1) : well, the Loftus crowd seems to prefer Lambie… I’m just reflecting those sentiments

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.10.12 09:57:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Haha and that speaks volumes if the Loftus crowd prefers some one above their own

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.10.12 10:00:35 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • I just cannot believe a one-trick pony like Kirchner played for the scintilating Griquas team…

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.10.12 10:09:23 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

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  • Pretoria would mean minimum moving around in terms of geographical location. That could be a factor, especially if he is required to return to Jo’burg for the Currie Cup next year.

    Is Taute studying at all?

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.10.12 10:27:36 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @TRF_Ezequiel (Comment 4) : The thing is that Kirchner used to be multi talented, but like with a lot of other players (M.Steyn, Hougaard etc.) The Bulls coached their natural flair out of them. I am actually cringing to think what is going to happen to Pollard’s skills, will he also be coached into a mindless drone?

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.10.12 10:28:46 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • Pollard will be another Naas Botha. Pretoria is the place where rugby talent dies.

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.10.12 10:42:44 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

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  • @TRF_Ezequiel (Comment 7) : That’s why half the Bok team comes from Northern Transvaal :roll:

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.10.12 10:45:34 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • this article was meant to be about Taute, but you throw in just one comment about Sideshow Bob and the whole thing goes pear shaped… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.10.12 10:54:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 8) : 2 out of 15 – yeah, that’s about half

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.10.12 10:56:50 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @MysticShark (Comment 10) : CORRECTION: That’s why half the Bok team USED TO come from Northern Transvaal :razz:

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.10.12 11:03:35 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @MysticShark (Comment 10) : HOLY CRAP!

    There are only 2 Bulls in the Bok starting XV!

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.10.12 11:06:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @TRF_Ezequiel (Comment 4) : when? i recall him @ SWD…

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.10.12 11:08:53 by Megatron Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : the other bulle had to be SUPER crap to get dropped! Keegan on the other hand, Meyer didn’t like his cologne

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.10.12 11:12:17 by Megatron Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : Must be a record

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.10.12 11:13:43 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Maybe they were cheering to congradulate Kirchner for a good game? :???:

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.10.12 11:14:21 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 13) :

    Vodacom Bulls Vodacom Super 14 – 2008
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    Wildeklawer Griquas Vodacom Cup – 2007
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    Griquas Vodacom Shield – 2003
    Griffons U/19 U19 Competition – 2002
    South Western Districts U/19 U19 Competition – 2002

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.10.12 11:21:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : thanks, shows you how much i paid attention to him :roll:

  • Comment 18, posted at 05.10.12 11:36:43 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 18) : I actually remember him doing quite well at Griquas

  • Comment 19, posted at 05.10.12 11:39:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 18) : @robdylan (Comment 19) : He was one of my favourite players when he was at Griquas and I expected him to be a Bok. Big, tall, fast and a counter-attacker of note!

    Sadly the Bulls have turned him into a kicking drone and coached the attacking flair out of him! :evil:

  • Comment 20, posted at 05.10.12 11:46:02 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : @ChrisS (Comment 20) : good for you okes, the only memories i have of kircher are of him as a bull… :cry:

  • Comment 21, posted at 05.10.12 12:01:19 by Megatron Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : And only 1 on the bench, it is a big change from the england tests.

  • Comment 22, posted at 05.10.12 12:13:06 by Dunx Reply

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  • It’s weird since the only Bull who should be playing is not even in the match 22 (Juandre Kruger)

  • Comment 23, posted at 05.10.12 12:14:19 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

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  • Taute would probably start at 13 or 15 if he went to Durban. He is currently better than anyone we have.

  • Comment 24, posted at 05.10.12 12:52:10 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 24) : at last… the 24th comment is actually related to the article.

    Where would you play him, if we had him?

  • Comment 25, posted at 05.10.12 12:54:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : Jordaan has his flashes, but he seems to float in and out of games mentally sometimes. I would play Taute ahead of Jordaan at 13. Ludik is currently the best fullback in SA IMO.

  • Comment 26, posted at 05.10.12 13:00:27 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 26) : your sentiments echo mine 100%. I’m worried about Paul’s concentration levels. When he’s good, he’s sublime. When he’s not good, he actually looks disinterested. Worrying…

    What about Tim Whitehead… the elephant in the room. Too good not to start?

  • Comment 27, posted at 05.10.12 13:02:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • I hope there’s something to those JC van Rensburg rumours. After the end of the SupeRugby season, I thought we’d need to add a loosehead prop, a lock (or two, with Sykes’ departure) and a scrumhalf who could challenge Charl McLeod, to keep him at the top of his game.

    Since then, we’ve signed Franco van der Merwe, Cobus Reinach has emerged as a truly exciting talent and seems (though I don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch) to already be the complete package at 9. It’s just the cover for looshead that needs to be secured, I think JC would fit the bill nicely.

  • Comment 28, posted at 05.10.12 13:03:27 by MerckZ Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 24) : @robdylan (Comment 25) : How about this backline for next year (assuming Taute moves down):

    9 Reinach
    10 Lambie
    11 Mvovo
    12 Whitehead
    13 Taute
    14 Pietersen
    15 Ludik

    Jordaan would make a good bench option as he is
    a) Versatile
    b) A Good Impact Player – especially later on in the game when it opens up a bit and he is afforded a bit more space.

    Our bench (for the backs) could read:
    20 McCleod
    21 Bosman
    22 Jordaan or Ndungane

    That’s a flippen good backline (and substitute backline) if you don’t mind me saying…

  • Comment 29, posted at 05.10.12 13:32:34 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • I love how you ignore Francois Steyn completely.

  • Comment 30, posted at 05.10.12 13:41:25 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

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  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 29) : Frans Steyn?

  • Comment 31, posted at 05.10.12 13:41:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : 2 seconds, Rob… 2 seconds ;)

  • Comment 32, posted at 05.10.12 13:43:18 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

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  • @TRF_Ezequiel (Comment 30) : Damn :shock: @robdylan (Comment 31) : Frans Steyn slipped my mind completely :oops: :oops: :oops: That does throw a bit of a spanner in the works now doesn’t it?

  • Comment 33, posted at 05.10.12 13:43:47 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • My little loss of concentration has proven one thing though… Even without one of the best players ever, the Sharks still have a pretty damn good backline!!

  • Comment 34, posted at 05.10.12 13:45:05 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 29) : There’s this fellow called Francois Steyn who’d be rather peeved at that backline, when he’s back to full fitness in January.

    Great backline it is though.

  • Comment 35, posted at 05.10.12 13:46:26 by MerckZ Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) :
    Ludik wasn’t good enough to start for half the season; too early to call him SA’s best, as much as I like him.

    I prefer Taute at 13 for now, because of his strength and speed, but he will also offer great attacking threat at 15.

  • Comment 36, posted at 05.10.12 13:46:41 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 34) : yes – you are right

  • Comment 37, posted at 05.10.12 13:55:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 36) : so here’s teh thing, right… wearing my heart on my sleeve for once.

    By punting Taute as a 13, I’m avoiding having to admi that I would pick him at 15 over Ludik if pushed

  • Comment 38, posted at 05.10.12 13:57:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @MerckZ (Comment 35) : :lol: That comment had me in stitches. I apologize Fransie, no offense at all, would hate to have your 100kg+ frame hurling into me out of anger :x :twisted: !

    Revised backline:

    9 Reinach
    10 Lambie
    11 Mvovo
    12 Steyn
    13 Taute
    14 Pietersen
    15 Ludik

    Being a looooooooong season, interchanging Steyn and Taute for Whitehead and Jordaan would be a good plan.

    A possible 2nd backline to play against the Kings :twisted: :
    9 McCloed
    10 Bosman
    11 Ndungane
    12 Whitehead
    13 Jordaan
    14 Sithole? :???:
    15 Viljoen

    Damn, even our second choice backline would be sufficient enough at SR level (except for perhaps the 14 and 15 spots). :razz:

  • Comment 39, posted at 05.10.12 13:57:43 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 39) : Maybe a senior team debut for Prinsloo to see what he offers at 15 is in order?

  • Comment 40, posted at 05.10.12 14:04:49 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 40) : you realise that Prinsloo actually made his senior Currie Cup debut last year already? :)

  • Comment 41, posted at 05.10.12 14:13:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 38) :
    I don’t think Ludik is one to ever expect a free ride anyway. He will just fight for his place.

    In any event, with the long seasons we have now, I don’t see anyone missing out if we rotate and bench Ludik, Taute, Jordaan, and Bosman. The probable losers are Sbu and Whitehead. The latter cos Bosman can cover 10 and the former cos he is a specialist wing and hasn’t taken his chances so far.

    Pat and Frans will probably be the lynchpins in the midfield. All assuming Taute comes to the Sharks of course.

  • Comment 42, posted at 05.10.12 14:33:09 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 42) : I just really want the Pat-Frans combo to get started… that’s one that could go a long way for us

  • Comment 43, posted at 05.10.12 14:40:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • I think both Taute and Jantjies would add a lot to the Sharks and would be more than welcome, but having said that, I wont be one bit peeved if neither chooses to play in Durban next year. I must admit I have lost some of my shine for Jantjies after witnessing his tantrum and hissy fit he threw at the linesman the other day (Sharks game) but that should not detract from his obvious talent. He will fit in nicely with Schalk in this dept.
    JC van Rensberg would be the real prize for me.

  • Comment 44, posted at 05.10.12 14:41:23 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • One or two key injuries and they’ll be more than enough opportunies for Taute but then when last has a player been injured in a Super Rugby season :razz:

  • Comment 45, posted at 05.10.12 14:47:00 by vanmartin Reply
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  • It’s quite easy really.

    Lambie & Bosman flyhalf (Steyn if we really need him).

    The above will mean Bosman might always be on the bench, because you don’t want to sit without flyhalf cover, on the other hand with a few extra talented players the dependable Bosman might miss out every now and then.

    Centres – 12 Steyn / Whitehead / Bosman / Taute

  • Comment 46, posted at 05.10.12 14:47:46 by Letgo Reply
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  • It’s quite easy really.

    Lambie & Bosman flyhalf (Steyn if we really need him).

    The above will mean Bosman might always be on the bench, because you don’t want to sit without flyhalf cover, on the other hand with a few extra talented players the dependable Bosman might miss out every now and then.

    Centres – 12 Steyn / Whitehead / Bosman / Taute
    13 Taute / Whitehead / Jordaan

    My starting combo being Steyn and Taute with Whitehead coming on early in the second half and either Steyn or Taute moving to 15.

    Fullback – Ludik / Taute / Steyn

    Wings – Mvovo / JP / Jordaan

    My bench will be scrummy Jordaan / Whitehead and Bosman missing out.

    Jordaan to make a few brilliant 30 min cameos from the bench.

    Whitehead to start every other game with either Steyn or Taute playing fullback and Ludik taking a break.

    Rotation will be easy with these options. It will be good to keep the players fresh to win the final … even if we have to travel.

  • Comment 47, posted at 05.10.12 14:53:21 by Letgo Reply
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  • JC is a must but he will go to propless stormers. Taute would be nice problem to have. My backline would be: 9 Reinach, 10 Lambie, 11 Ludik, 12 Steyn, 13 Whitehead, 14 Pietersen & 15 Taute.

  • Comment 48, posted at 05.10.12 15:07:11 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 48) : you’re leaving Lwazi Mvovo out of the backline?

    Who’s going to score the tries? :)

  • Comment 49, posted at 05.10.12 15:09:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 48) : oh look – you got a star :)

  • Comment 50, posted at 05.10.12 15:09:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • Between Whitehead / Jordaan / Bosman they’ll have to fight it out a bit for game time, but really I feel each one of these guys should get at least 5 starts throughout the season.

    18 games is a lot. Giving Steyn/ Taute/ Ludik / Mvovo and JP /Lambie each 2 games of during the comp is already 12 starts shared between those three players. That’s 4 starts each before any injuries – And only one rest game for our (lets call them 1st choice backs). If you give the 1st choice each 3 games of. Whitehead, Bosman, Jordaan gets 6 games each.

    Those 6 games should be enough to keep them match fit and motivated and give them a chance to play themselves into 1st choice contention.

    There’s really enough games in a season to have a few extra players.

    Plum should just manage these players correctly.

  • Comment 51, posted at 05.10.12 15:14:00 by Letgo Reply
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  • The reason why I’d like Taute to come play for the Sharks is because he’s a world class player fist and foremost and our players should welcome the challenge. And since he can move around the back line he is not in direct contention for any position.

    So no particular player should feel threatened. I think if you’re form is down, another player might come into Tautes position and Taute will move into your position.

    Like if Taute plays 13 and Mvovo struggles. Ludik Might move to 11, Taute to 15 and Tim to 13.

    Or Ludik, Taute to 15 Tim or Jordaan to 13.

    Or Ludik and Mvovo… you get my point. He creates options.

  • Comment 52, posted at 05.10.12 15:14:42 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 44) : He’s constantly throwing tantrums at the line ref which is why I wouldn’t want him at the Sharks.

    If Pat Ciliers and Plum bumped heads, imagine Jantjies and Plum. :roll:

    @robdylan (Comment 27) : Tim is an inside centre, with those handling skills of his even Marius Joubert would be able to hit the gap. Tim can squeeze a pass through a key hole – simply mind blowing. Actually disappointed that he’ll have to be behind Frans in the pecking order.

  • Comment 53, posted at 05.10.12 15:15:43 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Mvovo and Ludik can rotate but Ludik is better under high balls and defence, think he is a very under rated player. Thanx for noticing my star.

  • Comment 54, posted at 05.10.12 15:20:44 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 48) : JC offers nothing in open play, no better than Chadwick – as long as Chadwick does not touch the ball.

    Anyways, I don’t think his and Bismarck’s egos will fit in the same front row (or scrum, or field, or province ;-) ).

  • Comment 55, posted at 05.10.12 15:22:00 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 53) : You mean he has done it before – really not cool.

  • Comment 56, posted at 05.10.12 15:32:36 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 53) : I’m with you on that, he has really impressed me this season! And I was one of the happy ones that Frans came home, but he just never passes :( a bit like donkey De Villiers at the Stormers and look how their back line moves (what little they have left) die with him at both Stormers and Boks :(

  • Comment 57, posted at 05.10.12 15:54:30 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • bloody hell… the kids are once again trying to defend a 5-point lead against the scum

  • Comment 58, posted at 05.10.12 15:59:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 58) : If I read it correctly they got home by a single point – great result at Loftus if thats the case.

  • Comment 59, posted at 05.10.12 16:34:02 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 59) : three points. 37-34

  • Comment 60, posted at 05.10.12 16:43:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 60) : Very chuffed for them, beating Province and Bulls in consecutive weeks takes some doing and will do big things for their confidence.

  • Comment 61, posted at 05.10.12 16:47:14 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @TRF_Ezequiel (Comment 30) : @robdylan (Comment 31) :
    He ignored him because he is kak….BIG STAMPCAR PLAYERS BELONG AT THE BULLS. Do Sharks fans forget how he (almost single handedly) lost the S14 final – missed easy kick and didnt kick ball out after hooter

    Just thought I would throw a spanner in there…

  • Comment 62, posted at 05.10.12 17:52:17 by pienaar111 Reply

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  • @pienaar111 (Comment 62) :
    So one act from a 20-year old should define the rest of his career?

    I think you need to broaden your outlook.

  • Comment 63, posted at 05.10.12 18:19:02 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 41) : Perhaps not the best word choice but I was referring to Super Rugby :smile: unless I am mistaken and he has debuted there as well?

  • Comment 64, posted at 05.10.12 19:38:24 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • Glad we are also speaking to JC. We need Taute, he’s one of the most talented backs in the country.

  • Comment 65, posted at 05.10.12 22:34:14 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 64) : nah, you’re right. He hasn’t played Super Rugby yet

  • Comment 66, posted at 05.10.12 23:41:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • We need another set of props, current currie cup props not up to super rugby level, if Beast or Jannie is out we have problems. If not JC then who?

  • Comment 67, posted at 05.10.12 23:52:17 by JD Reply
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  • Taute is an undoubtedly talented player, I’d hate for him to join a team and not see time. He/his team need to decide where he is better off, centre or fullback. If he did join us, would he start over Jordaan/Whitehead or Ludik/Viljoen. I’d take him as a fullback, just so Lambie never has to play there again.

  • Comment 68, posted at 06.10.12 04:40:38 by Here be dragons Reply

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  • Here is the Sharks backline for next season

    Reinach
    Lambie
    Mvovo
    Steyn
    Jordaan
    JPP
    Ludick

    Reserves
    Mcleod
    Bosman
    Whiteheaad

    Many others in the wings, and as for Jantjies and Taute? lets worry about where theyr should and sshouldnt play if and when they have actually signed to play at the Sharks.

  • Comment 69, posted at 06.10.12 11:01:04 by sharks_lover Reply

    sharks_loverSuper Rugby player
     
  • LUDIK! Not Ludick ;)

  • Comment 70, posted at 06.10.12 13:00:04 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

    TRF_EzequielUnder 21 player
     
  • A great Sharks backline:

    9 Reinach
    10 Lambie
    11 Jordaan
    12 Steyn
    13 Taute
    14 Pietersen
    15 Ludik

  • Comment 71, posted at 06.10.12 15:39:38 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 63) :
    yeah i know. and he is a good player…just not all people crack him up to in my opinion!!

    I was jusy looking to stir. surprized i didnt get more of a response :-) haha

    GO boks!!!!

  • Comment 72, posted at 06.10.12 16:32:54 by pienaar111 Reply

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  • Sharks have a good few choices…which usually backfire cause they try pick all of them…

    This happened before a few years back if memory serves…

  • Comment 73, posted at 06.10.12 16:35:50 by Hmmm Reply

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  • If Taute wants guaranteed game time he should go to the Kings… In fact anyone in need of guaranteed game time for ONE season should go there

  • Comment 74, posted at 07.10.12 17:29:55 by CS Reply

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