Sharks give Hansie another shot

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 28 Oct 2013 at 15:19
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According to an article in several of the Afrikaans dailies, former Griffons utility back Hansie Graaff is set to stay in Durban for a further 6 months.

Jóhann Thormählen reports that the Sharks have offered Graaf a contract extension up until April next year, after his Currie Cup season ended up finishing before it has started due to a succession of unfortunate injuries. Initially contracted to provide cover across the backline, in the wake of departures by the likes of Meyer Bosman and Riaan Viljoen, Graaff picked up a knee injury during training and while he watched frustrated from the sidelines, the likes of Fred Zeilinga, Heimar Williams and SP Marais went on to establish themselves within a rapidly-improving Sharks backline.

Graaff did recover sufficiently to be available for selection later in the season (along with another pre-season injury casualty, S’bura Sithole) but by the time that had happened, the Sharks were already in their full-strength phase and couldn’t accommodate giving him any game time.

It is anticipated that Graaff will need to use the 2014 Vodacom Cup as a vehicle to push for Super Rugby selection, as it’s hard to see him forcing his way ahead of too many of the current Sharks backs.


  • He must play his heart out for the Vodacom cup side to be considered for the SR side and hoping for luck to be on his side otherwise he is going to be a second string player

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.10.13 15:24:33 by Gerrietheshark Reply
    GerriethesharkUnder 21 player
  • what happened to conrad hoffman

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.10.13 15:28:57 by MJ Reply
    MJUnder 21 player
  • @MJ (Comment 2) : Last I heard he was injured and thinking of moving to an other province

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.10.13 15:30:50 by Gerrietheshark Reply
    GerriethesharkUnder 21 player
  • He could be a valuable bench option though but if our rotation policy starts paying dividends when it comes to injuries he may not even get a look-in there

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.10.13 15:32:11 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @MJ (Comment 2) : At the brumbies now…

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.10.13 15:32:27 by R Hayward Reply

    Super Rugby player
  • Oh ok looks like he and Jake traded places

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.10.13 15:56:34 by Gerrietheshark Reply

    GerriethesharkUnder 21 player
  • I wonder if Hansie can play outside centre? I hope he can make a good fist of it in the Vodacom Cup for the CellC Sharks ;)

    Where do you reckon we still need to strengthen, Rob?

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.10.13 16:14:10 by MerckZ Reply

    MerckZSuper Rugby player
  • @MerckZ (Comment 7) : outside center. Loosehead. Scrumhalf.

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.10.13 16:23:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Do you reckon we’ll go with youngsters or recruit? Who do you see making a step up in those positions from the current crop of youngsters? Or who would you like to see us recruit – realistically or ideally – in those positions?

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.10.13 16:37:10 by MerckZ Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : @MerckZ (Comment 9) : well if we need another scrummie then lets hope the sharks can persuade kockott to return to the tank.

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.10.13 12:00:20 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

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  • @50shadesofblackandwhite (Comment 10) : Sharks will never get Kockett back. And besides we have the 2 SA u20 scrumhalves. The Sharks are sorted at scrumhalf for a while.

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.10.13 12:02:16 by SheldonK Reply

    SheldonKAssistant coach
  • @MerckZ (Comment 7) : sounds like hansie can play quite a few positions in the backline.hope all goes he gave up opportunity to play some 7s because he wants to focus on impressing white and play sr next year.

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.10.13 12:03:32 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 11) : is ungerer staying in durbs?read rumours he might go to the bulls.
    Personally feel kockott’s boot has a bit to offer the he is a rascal at 9,combative.dont know how much the pass has improved,though.

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.10.13 12:07:35 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

    Under 21 player
  • @SheldonK (Comment 11) : My thoughts 2 ouens… not even pienaar thought it wise to comeback to us, hence his contract renewal.

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.10.13 12:10:31 by R Hayward Reply

    Super Rugby player
  • @R Hayward (Comment 14) : To be honest Kockett is doing well at Castres but he thinks he can do a lot on his own. I prefer scrumhalves that are quick to breakdown and distribute with the occasional break. Its that what made Charl McCloed so good on Sat and why he was initially called up to the Boks. Too many scrumhalves try and do too much from the base of scrums/rucks. Its why i always thought Kockett would make a good 10. @50shadesofblackandwhite (Comment 13) : I would hope Ungerer stays at the Sharks- he has an incredible pass and is physical. He also seems to have the inside track over Hanco Venter. But yeh i can see all 4 of the guys we have staying and Ungerer’s mates from school are at the Bulls.

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.10.13 12:39:35 by SheldonK Reply

    SheldonKAssistant coach
  • LOL I carried Hansie in my FL team almost through the entire season! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 31.10.13 09:23:26 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original PierreSuper Rugby player

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