The message from the Sharks is clear; if you’re a top player with Bok credentials, then we want you in our system. According to Volksblad’s Gerdie Karstens, Griquas strongman Lourens Adriaanse will play for the Sharks in 2014.
Adriaanse, who came within a whisker of Springbok selection this year, only for Heyneke Meyer to make a baffling about turn and insist on Coenie Oosthuizen as his reserve tight head for the Rugby Championship, made up for that slight in the best possible way last weekend – by delivering a display of power scrummaging in his side’s Currie Cup opener that left the Sharks scratching their heads. As the cornerstone of both the Griquas – and Cheetahs Super Rugby – pack, his absence will be keenly felt by the central unions, with the Sharks now set to boast the best tight head depth in the country, if not the competition.
Confirming the move, Griquas CEO Arni van Rooyen told Volksbklad, “Lourens received a very good offer from the Sharks and has decided to accept it. We tried hard to keep him in Kimberley, but that just didn’t prove possible in the end.”
Adriaanse will join a tight head contingent including Jannie du Plessis as elder statesman and another young man knocking hard on the Bok door, Wiehahn Herbst. With depth in the tight five a key part of John Smit’s plan for the Sharks, the onus will now be on Brendan Venter and Brad Macleod-Henderson to work out an effective rotation strategy to see all three men adequately served in terms of game time for next season.Tweet