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Jake turns to van den Berg – April Fools!


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 1 Apr 2014 at 09:16
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Sharksworld has reliably learned that Cell C Sharks Director of Rugby Jake White has successfully lured Bok lock Albert van den Berg out of retirement to provide cover at lock in this year’s Super Rugby competition.

Van den Berg, who is currently forwards coach for the Vodacom Cup side, is already well acquainted with the systems and structures that White has put in place and furthermore will not use up any additional budget should he play, since he’s already on the Union’s payroll. With serious injuries to Pieter-Steph du Toit and Anton Bresler robbing the team of experienced options in the second row, van den Berg is just the sort of player White is looking for, bringing many years of battle-hardness to the lock position.

Van den Berg was unavailable for comment this morning, but his agent, former Bok centre Heinrich Fuls, revealed that Victor Matfield’s Super Rugby comeback had provided the necessary inspiration and motivation for his client to exchange his whistle for a pair of size 23 togs. “Spinnekop is still very upset about what happened in 2007,” says Fuls. “After the try he scored in the final quarter of that final, he really believed that his lifelong dream of winning a Super Rugby trophy was to be fulfilled. There’s simply no way he’s going to sit back and watch Victor go for his fourth medal when he doesn’t even have one.”



57 Comments

  • Why not Adolf Malan? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.04.14 09:19:21 by rhineshark Reply
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  • lol

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.04.14 09:19:32 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • That’s an interesting quote :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.04.14 09:19:34 by vanmartin Reply
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  • April fool?

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.04.14 09:19:39 by David12246 Reply

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  • :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.04.14 09:22:22 by Pokkel Reply
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  • nice one …The Cape Town Sharks Supporters Club announced this morning that Freddy is back at no 10 for the game against the Lions on the 10th (LOL)

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.04.14 09:23:42 by DaveB Reply

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  • Gonna be difficult to trust anything that one read today ha?

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.04.14 09:24:21 by R Hayward Reply

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  • No no. We are not that stupid! ;)

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.04.14 09:45:51 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • On a different note:

    Had a call from a certain Lassie Lion last night.

    He`s in high spirits. Seems he did some calculations and he expects The Lions to top the log after next weekend!
    They only need to get past the Crusaders in jhb this weekend and with our 0 % win record away from home we shouldn`t be a problem for them he says!
    I was less enthusiastic. . . :evil:

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.04.14 09:53:07 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Brilliant signing. Now if we can just get Keyser back too…and ive seen Teichman and Andrews lurking around as well. He may be a bit grey now but Andre Joubert is also in town…

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.04.14 09:53:55 by SheldonK Reply

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  • There’s a story on Supersport that the Stormers have just about signed Bakkies Botha…..is this an April fools joke or legit?

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.04.14 09:57:29 by woody Reply
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  • I can’t believe this! Albert is 40 and haven’t played any professional rugby for years. Surely Lewies and the others have done enough not to be replaced by him????

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.04.14 09:59:21 by Letgo Reply
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  • @woody (Comment 11) : Can you see Bakkies ever playing for the streamers?

    Don’t trust anything today.

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.04.14 10:03:55 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 12) : :grin: are you being serious?

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.04.14 10:05:31 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 12) : muppet!

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.04.14 10:11:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.04.14 10:11:50 by Bump Reply

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  • Some people are just so gullible!

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.04.14 10:12:51 by Bump Reply

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  • Thanks Rob, I almost choked on my coffee and I am now cleaning up my keyboard… You almost owed me a new macbook ;)

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.04.14 10:15:40 by lostfish Reply
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  • The Red and Gold Springbok Jersey story waked me up for the rest of the day.

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.04.14 10:16:55 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • ha,ha – not believing anything I read, hear or even imagine this morning1

  • Comment 20, posted at 01.04.14 10:18:59 by stevovo Reply

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  • @Son Of Mayhem (Comment 19) : Had me going for a while, until I read that SARU supposedly wanted to permanently replace the green with the red.

    Initially thought it would be a one off jersey.

  • Comment 21, posted at 01.04.14 10:32:29 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 12) : Another victim of April fools. Was also caught out this morning with Springbok red jersey story.

  • Comment 22, posted at 01.04.14 11:02:22 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : Is their any truth to the Robert du Preez (jr) story?

    Impossible to believe anything today…so best to double-triple-check before jumping on any bandwagons. :roll:

  • Comment 23, posted at 01.04.14 11:35:20 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • I can’t believe you all fell for that!!! :lol:

    I know what Rob does, April fools. :lol:

  • Comment 24, posted at 01.04.14 11:37:19 by Letgo Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 23) : Don’t know. Not reading any more stories today.

  • Comment 25, posted at 01.04.14 11:37:56 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 14) :

    No. :grin:

  • Comment 26, posted at 01.04.14 11:38:05 by Letgo Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 23) :

    It looks reliable, but who knows.

  • Comment 27, posted at 01.04.14 11:46:07 by Letgo Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 23) : Its true

  • Comment 28, posted at 01.04.14 11:48:31 by Seth101 Reply
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  • Ya all of you thinking that the Red and Gold Bok jersey is a joke just you wait…one minute its a joke, the next those okes at SARU think its a good idea…

  • Comment 29, posted at 01.04.14 11:50:05 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Seth101 (Comment 28) : How the heck did that happen?

    Thought the Sharks had his contract locked down…pretty sneaky from wpru.

  • Comment 30, posted at 01.04.14 11:51:24 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 30) : It’s probably in retaliation for Swiel :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 01.04.14 11:57:49 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 31) :

    I don’t know Swiel that well, but I really liked the look of Du Preez and would have preferred if we kept him over getting Swiel.

  • Comment 32, posted at 01.04.14 12:01:53 by Letgo Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 31) : du Preez would be pretty brain dead to pick Gert Smal over Jake White/John Smit combo….guess he’s one of the players afraid of winning.

    Fear of success strikes again :twisted:

  • Comment 33, posted at 01.04.14 12:02:02 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 32) : @FireTheLooser (Comment 33) : Judging from the pecking order at the Sharks he was at the very least fourth in line and with the Stormer’s current attrition rate du Preez may still get a Super Rugby start this season (if he is moving this season, not sure on the details).

  • Comment 34, posted at 01.04.14 12:10:28 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 30) : @vanmartin (Comment 31) : @Letgo (Comment 32) : He was at least 4th in line. I would much rather have Swiel if I am honest.

  • Comment 35, posted at 01.04.14 12:15:43 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @ FireTheLooser (Comment 21) : If it was a once off then I would have believed it too. :twisted:

  • Comment 36, posted at 01.04.14 12:18:40 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • Why do I have this feeling that there is not much love between the DuPreez clan and the Sharks at the moment.

  • Comment 37, posted at 01.04.14 12:37:08 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply

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  • Does anyone know if the sharks are still looking for a replacement for the locks we have lost?And if so who are they thinking of.Alberts did very well at 4 but I do feel we need a proper 2m+ lock.Why has Peet Marais fallen out of favour so badly?

  • Comment 38, posted at 01.04.14 12:40:12 by tigershark Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 37) : I’m not sure… the two younger sons are there and are happy, as far as I know?

  • Comment 39, posted at 01.04.14 12:58:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @tigershark (Comment 38) : in order…

    Yes.
    I agree.
    I have no idea.

  • Comment 40, posted at 01.04.14 13:00:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • So who will we use at u/21 this year?

  • Comment 41, posted at 01.04.14 13:09:01 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 41) : Swiel maybe?

  • Comment 42, posted at 01.04.14 13:16:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 39) : Well I hope I have it wrong. Its not that far fetched to think that Robert jnr could still play SupeRugby for the Stormers this year, and that is an opportunity that any youngster would jump at.

  • Comment 43, posted at 01.04.14 13:19:52 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 43) : he’s looked at the queue ahead of him and made teh right move in terms of game time. Can’t blame the guy.

    I don’t think we need to make that into a bigger story than it is

  • Comment 44, posted at 01.04.14 13:20:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 42) : He turns 21 in June this year, does that still meet the u/21 age requirement?

  • Comment 45, posted at 01.04.14 13:23:03 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Has anyone noticed that Hugh Reece Edwards is now coaching the Impala Plats team in the Community Cup cmpetition, assisted by Jaco Gouws.

  • Comment 46, posted at 01.04.14 13:26:08 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 46) : Yes I spoke to him in our local gym the other morning and he said he was enjoying the new challenge.

  • Comment 47, posted at 01.04.14 13:53:26 by tigershark Reply

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  • This one from Planet Rugby:

    Marler quits Harlequins for the Sharks
    Highly talented England prop Joe Marler has revealed in a
    series of tweets that he will be leaving Harlequins to join
    the Sharks in Super Rugby.
    “I would just like to thank everyone @QuinsRugbyUnion for
    6 fantastic years, I have enjoyed every minute,” tweeted
    Marler.
    “The opportunity to experience a different culture, different
    style of rugby in South Africa is too good an opportunity to
    turn down.
    “It’s been the toughest decision I have ever had to make but
    I’m looking forward to becoming a Shark and getting stuck
    into a new chapter in my life. Thanks everyone.”

  • Comment 48, posted at 01.04.14 13:59:14 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • @Son Of Mayhem (Comment 48) : So we’ve gone for a scrumming lock then :twisted:

  • Comment 49, posted at 01.04.14 14:07:19 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @tigershark (Comment 47) : :cool: I imagine his biggest challenge at this stage is speaking the taal.

  • Comment 50, posted at 01.04.14 14:08:40 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply

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  • A quick Google of Marler indicates that the Kings Park faithful will be treated to some interesting hair styles.

  • Comment 51, posted at 01.04.14 14:14:17 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 50) : Natal is known as the last outpost ;-)

  • Comment 52, posted at 01.04.14 14:49:58 by lostfish Reply
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  • that Marler thing has prank written all over it.

    That said, another good young loosehead…. hmmmm

  • Comment 53, posted at 01.04.14 16:48:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 53) : just went on Mallers tweet account, he did tweet those tweets as reported. I wonder

  • Comment 54, posted at 01.04.14 18:29:59 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 54) :

    No it was April Fools, Harlequins has just announced that Marler has singed until 2016.

  • Comment 55, posted at 02.04.14 15:09:34 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 55) : just looking at the way he conducts himself on Twitter, I’m very glad he’s not coming to us.

    Comes across as an arrogant twit

  • Comment 56, posted at 02.04.14 15:10:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 56) : I got that just from the hair… :lol:

  • Comment 57, posted at 02.04.14 15:50:08 by lostfish Reply
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