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Graaff adds bite to Sharks backline


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 30 Jul 2013 at 09:32
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The Sharks have moved to strengthen their backline ahead of the upcoming Currie Cup season by picking up the services of Griffons utility back Hansie Graaff, Sharksworld has learned.

The 23-year old Graaff – christened “Johannes Petrus Jacobus” – is a large lad indeed at 1.91m and a shade under 100kg and becomes the second alumnus of Wonderboom Hoër in the Sharks squad, with Charl McLeod also an old boy of that fine Pretoria North academic institution. Hansie made a name for himself playing for the TUT Vikings in the Varsity Cup between 2010 and 2012, before joining the Griffons for the Vodacom Cup and Currie Cup first Division last year.

One could argue that his first Currie Cup seasons was a relatively good one; Graaff won the First Division Player of the Year Award as he went on to establish himself as a versatile yet dependable back, capable virtually anywhere from flyhalf through to fullback. It was his deadly goal-kicking boot, though, that was more often than not the difference between winning and losing for the Griffons and Graaff came within a whisker of making the Cheetahs Super Rugby squad this year on the strength of that claim. Few Stormers fans will forget the last-second Graaff penalty that consigned their team to defeat in a pre-Super Rugby warm-up game in Bloemfontein in February this year.

Incoming Sharks Director of Rugby Brendan Venter is keen to move away from the “first team/second team” mentality that seems to beset South African rugby, insisting that the squad system employed by Northern Hemisphere clubs is the right way to manage players and win trophies. With the emphasis firmly on rotation this campaign, expect to see Graaff play a big role as an alternate to the likes of Fred Zeilinga and Butch James at flyhalf, as well as Louis Ludik and Jaco van Tonder at fullback.

Welcome to the Sharks Hansie – let’s hope your stay proves to be a long and successful one.



50 Comments

  • Sounds like a solid signing! Welcome to the Sharks Graaff!

    One player who doesn’t need a nickname, Graaff covers it!

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.07.13 09:34:36 by PTAShark Reply
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  • Hi rob you forgot about one other signing

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.07.13 09:43:00 by Gerrietheshark Reply

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  • @Gerrietheshark (Comment 2) : I know of two others, but I’m waiting to get the all clear :)

    You talking about the prop or the flank?

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.07.13 09:46:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Sheesh we signed another flank? Prop makes sense, but a flank?

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.07.13 09:47:28 by PTAShark Reply
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  • My only hope with this ‘squad system’ Venter speaks about, is that it doesn’t come at the expense of building strong partnerships in particular positions.
    Ie, if 2 centres are playing particularly well together and have a good understanding of each other, then there is no reason to rotate them just because the squad system says you must.

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.07.13 09:51:21 by John Galt Reply

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  • No the lock Marco Wentzel

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.07.13 09:52:08 by Gerrietheshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :
    Another flank?
    Need a few centres if you ask me.
    A prop yes, but not a flank.

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.07.13 09:52:27 by John Galt Reply

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  • @Gerrietheshark (Comment 6) : oh right – we did Wentzel ages ago.

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.07.13 09:53:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Gerrietheshark (Comment 6) : http://www.sharksworld.co.za/2013/07/17/sharks-secure-marco-wentzel-as-lineout-kingpin/

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.07.13 09:53:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • Come on Rob, you can’t tease us like that. Now I’m gonna walk around the whole time wondering who the hell we signed :twisted: But please let it be a decent loose head prop so that Chumlee can rather go play waterboy or some position like that :twisted:

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.07.13 09:57:50 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • Oh ok sorry missed that one

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.07.13 09:58:57 by Gerrietheshark Reply

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  • @Gerrietheshark (Comment 11) : no problemo

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.07.13 10:00:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : who is the flank we rumoured to bought

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.07.13 10:02:13 by Gerrietheshark Reply

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  • @Gerrietheshark (Comment 13) : if I was ready to reveal the name, I would have :)

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.07.13 10:05:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Gerrietheshark (Comment 13) : Epi Taione :twisted:

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.07.13 10:06:14 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @John Galt (Comment 5) : Let’s hope it is a partnership rotation, where players that best understand each other play together and are rotated together.

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.07.13 10:07:16 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : at least tell us, are they big huge signings or what? you cant do this :evil:

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.07.13 10:07:48 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 15) : you have a twisted evil mind :twisted: ;-)

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.07.13 10:07:58 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • Damn hoped we bought Derick Mienie

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.07.13 10:09:46 by Gerrietheshark Reply

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  • @Gerrietheshark (Comment 19) : I hope not, he is a walking penalty

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.07.13 10:10:34 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • He played well at the sharks the few games he played he mayed an big impact

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.07.13 10:14:19 by Gerrietheshark Reply

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  • @Gerrietheshark (Comment 21) : I don’t disagree that he is a good player, but I think he is just more of a liability. If he can clean his act up yeah, then maybe he will be a good choice

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.07.13 10:17:45 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • Is his contract only for the currie cup? I hope this guy is much better than Gouws Prinsloo…

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.07.13 10:19:09 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • Whad do u guys think of Lambie’s new understudy fred Zeilinga

  • Comment 24, posted at 30.07.13 10:20:58 by Gerrietheshark Reply

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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 17) : neither is really huge… more just about Currie Cup depth.

  • Comment 25, posted at 30.07.13 10:26:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Gerrietheshark (Comment 24) : great prospect…. I think this kid has the goods

  • Comment 26, posted at 30.07.13 10:31:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • :|

  • Comment 27, posted at 30.07.13 10:42:20 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @Gerrietheshark (Comment 24) : I liked the look of him the little ive seen. seems confident

  • Comment 28, posted at 30.07.13 10:43:03 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 28) : I agree he is a good kicker too and full of running

  • Comment 29, posted at 30.07.13 10:47:28 by Gerrietheshark Reply

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  • Welcome Graaff, all the best.

  • Comment 30, posted at 30.07.13 10:53:05 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Gerrietheshark (Comment 24) : I like him! I know he went to school in Dbn, but he’s originally from my home town of Ladysmith if I remember correctly. About time we deliver someone after Andre Joubert!

  • Comment 31, posted at 30.07.13 11:11:35 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 31) : Ladysmith? Do you know Johannes Boshoff?

  • Comment 32, posted at 30.07.13 11:16:08 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 32) : Hehe yes I know him. Played rugby with his brother Coenraad at school.

  • Comment 33, posted at 30.07.13 12:29:36 by PTAShark Reply
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  • Sharks should only choose No 10′s with the name Fred,they tend to be the real deal,Pat just doesn’t cut it

  • Comment 34, posted at 30.07.13 12:34:32 by benji Reply
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  • Graaff is a good addition

  • Comment 35, posted at 30.07.13 12:40:07 by benji Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 33) : no ways! ek en Coen het ook saamgespeel. Hy en Joe bly ook nou in ballito. Ons kuier seker elke naweek. wat is jou naam?

  • Comment 36, posted at 30.07.13 13:21:59 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 36) : Waha, Johann Pollard. Klein wereld ne! Ekt in die 2despan voorspelers my beste gedoen terwyn Coenraad oor almal gehardloop het op senter vir die eerste span. Gehoor daai twee lewe nou lekker by die see.

  • Comment 37, posted at 30.07.13 13:27:26 by PTAShark Reply
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  • Piet van Zyl has signed a 2 year contract with the Bulls, Starting November 2013.

  • Comment 38, posted at 30.07.13 13:45:02 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 38) : and Solly left the Queens. Wahaha. Whose jerseys he gonna steal now? Edinburgh already playing in black. Lekker man lekker

  • Comment 39, posted at 30.07.13 13:53:24 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 37) : jaco vd merwe. Sal vir hulle se jy stuur groete. ;-)

  • Comment 40, posted at 30.07.13 13:54:07 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 40) : Maak so!

  • Comment 41, posted at 30.07.13 14:05:53 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @John Galt (Comment 5) : Rotation works if you have a playing pattern both on attack and defence. Each player knows his role in that pattern. What then separates one player from the other is the ability to take your opportunities within that pattern. I think we should expect a Sharks team that shows us what they are trying to do on the field not this aimless rugby we’ve seen lately.

  • Comment 42, posted at 30.07.13 14:34:19 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • Couldn’t agree more

  • Comment 43, posted at 30.07.13 16:41:42 by benji Reply
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  • The loosie is Justin Downey.

  • Comment 44, posted at 30.07.13 21:27:23 by RealDirtyShark Reply

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  • And the prop is Rayno Gerber !

  • Comment 45, posted at 31.07.13 06:07:29 by Rvw Reply

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  • @RealDirtyShark (Comment 44) : @Rvw (Comment 45) : I’m not handing out prizes, you know… :)

  • Comment 46, posted at 31.07.13 08:52:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 46) : Damn! LOL!

  • Comment 47, posted at 31.07.13 09:00:37 by Rvw Reply

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  • @Rvw (Comment 47) : I see Beeld have let the cat out of the bag, so no point in my delaying any further.

    Stories to follow.

  • Comment 48, posted at 31.07.13 09:03:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 48) : Jip, that is were I saw it.

  • Comment 49, posted at 31.07.13 09:05:33 by Rvw Reply

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  • So apparently Graaff has moisture on a knee and might miss a few games.

  • Comment 50, posted at 02.08.13 08:46:59 by JarsonX Reply
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