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Back to the Past for Boks once more


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 6 Aug 2014 at 08:58
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In a rather predictable move, the Springboks have called up yet another aging veteran of the 2007 World Cup triumph.

According to report, Juan Smith has been summoned to join the squad as cover for the injured Victor Matfield.

Smith, who is comfortable at both flank and tight lock, will presumably only be involved for as long as Matfield’s knee injury keeps him out. It’s anticipated that one of the other 4s – Lood de Jager or Eben Etzebeth – will need to make the shift into the number 5 jersey, since Smith has never played this position.

Coach Meyer has intimated that although Stephan Lewies made a solid test debut against Scotland earlier in the year, the quality of opposition in that match was not good enough to judge whether he’s ready to step up in the Rugby Championship. I’ll not comment further on what I think of that opinion.



94 Comments

  • Woohoo!! Happy to seen Juan back!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.08.14 09:12:22 by ChrisS Reply
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  • Sigh. If I was a young lock I’d be pretty pissed off right about now. Lewies had a monster of a year, he more than deserves a place in the bok side!

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.08.14 09:23:23 by PTAShark Reply
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  • “Coach Meyer has intimated that although Stephan Lewies made a solid test debut against Scotland earlier in the year, the quality of opposition in that match was not good enough to judge whether he’s ready to step up in the Rugby Championship. I’ll not comment further on what I think of that opinion.”

    Well is it not based on that performance that POlLARD is included in the Bok squad ? good grief ….

    Can we skip forward to 2015 AFTER the wc so we can get on with things ?

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.08.14 09:28:00 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Oi vey. And then you ask me why I support the All Blacks since Heyneke is coach. FFS.

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.08.14 09:29:59 by CyberSakkie Reply

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  • I’d obviously prefer Lewies there too but isn’t he injured?

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.08.14 09:31:40 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @ Zibbie Comment 3 You sound as frustrated as I am!!!! Boks are the losers!
    I support SHARKS first and foremost!

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.08.14 09:40:37 by [email protected] Reply

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  • @[email protected] (Comment 6) :

    i suspect i might just be a little more frustrated :P as you can see , i support the Lions . How not even 1 single Lions player can even get a look into the squad boggles the mind ..

    but then again . Why was Lewis included against the Scots and not called up again if your not sure how he measures up ? makes no sens to me at all …

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.08.14 09:45:37 by Zibbie Reply
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  • “I’ll not comment further on what I think of that opinion.”
    ja nee, because the Argentina just oozes quality

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.08.14 09:48:22 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • Lol, just over a year still boys and girls then HM will be history like that kullid boytjie with the stemmetjie.. Wouldn’t it be awesome if SARU made Brendon Venter the boks coach?? or am I the only one who would love to see him as the bok breier?

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.08.14 09:56:50 by Stiko85 Reply

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  • When last did Juan Smith play lock?? I understand if he wants to replace experience with experience but then surely pick an experienced lock or at least pick a loose forward that has played lock frequently.

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.08.14 09:57:58 by SheldonK Reply

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  • HM is a Poephol :roll:

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.08.14 09:59:47 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Oh well, some of us judge HM’s coaching record on the same criteria – the quality of the opposition and there is one opponent who he gets a FAIL mark every time.

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.08.14 10:08:48 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Stiko85 (Comment 9) : I read somewhere on the Supersport site there’s a good chance Meyer’s contract will be extended irrespective of World Cup success. I think Brendan Venter would make an excellent Bok coach but overall I’m still happy with Meyer at the helm.

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.08.14 10:11:02 by vanmartin Reply
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  • So with Jean de Villiers looking doubtful, Matfield out it should then be Bismarck to captain the Boks.

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.08.14 10:11:59 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 13) :

    you drinking this early in the morning ? :shock: :razz:

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.08.14 10:16:38 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 12) : This year he’ll have genuine opposition from the ozzies too.

    They were absolute rubbish last year.

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.08.14 10:21:43 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Zibbie (Comment 15) : “Van” is our local rugby-coach & player apologist. ;-)

    He’s kind of suffering from a type of “mother’s syndrome”, who’s children can’t do any wrong in her eyes. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.08.14 10:24:36 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 13) : That seems to be the general rumour. And could explain his slow building process with the younger players. Maybe

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.08.14 10:24:36 by Baylion Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 17) :

    ill be impressed if he can drum up Earl Rose :P ;-)

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.08.14 10:31:00 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 18) : i doubt that very much. jake white making all the right moves and saying all the right things. i think jake will take it and maybe we get venter back! that would be lovely, i cant care less about bok rugby right now.

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.08.14 10:32:33 by Poisy Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 18) : Great. So Saru is telling him there isn’t any real pressure next year, you have a job even if we go out in the quarters? Ridiculous.

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.08.14 10:33:13 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 15) : @FireTheLooser (Comment 17) : My only issue with Meyer to date is his win record against the All Blacks. Although one could argue that a certain ref didn’t much help matters in that regard we must start winning our home games at the very least. Regarding his player selections, that is his prerogative as coach even though I may not agree with every selection. It makes sense that every coach will try and achieve their objectives with players they feel most comfortable with. Regarding gameplan, I think the Boks have played some attractive rugby in their last two seasons, it seems to be improving although there is probably an over-reliance on le Roux’s playmaking. We need a really good backup to him.

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.08.14 10:40:04 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 21) : Keep in mind it’s very much a rumour. Also, SARU loyalties can change overnight as we’ve seen in the past.

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.08.14 10:43:15 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 21) : Well, that seemed to work for Sir Graham Henry…though he was originally fired after ’07, he really got his act together for 2011.

  • Comment 24, posted at 06.08.14 10:43:46 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 22) : Okay, so there is a pulse in you after all. :twisted:

    Yeah, pretty much my sentiments, though I feel that the Ozzies will be as tough as the kiwis at home this year..

  • Comment 25, posted at 06.08.14 10:48:31 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 25) : Oh dear, let me just reset the balance. :grin:

    I think Meyer should be giving Lambie more game time at… fullback.

  • Comment 26, posted at 06.08.14 10:53:16 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 20) : Doubt if JW will get the job back. Anyway, who wants to see the Boks playing Jakeball like the Sharks did this year and the Stormers did in the past?

  • Comment 27, posted at 06.08.14 10:59:29 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 27) : Agreed, I think White’s chances are probably slim at the moment.

  • Comment 28, posted at 06.08.14 11:05:50 by vanmartin Reply
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  • dont know if i can survive 4 more years of HM .. Lions might need to consider to apply to count as an NZL franchise

  • Comment 29, posted at 06.08.14 11:14:17 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 22) : If we could actually play a real flyhalf, and not a kickbot like Steyn, that would also help. And if the scrumhalves allowed the flyhalf to dictate the game.

  • Comment 30, posted at 06.08.14 11:28:06 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • When have the All Blacks had to call up any old timers? No time that I can recall. This is sad.

  • Comment 31, posted at 06.08.14 11:51:06 by David12246 Reply

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  • Gee but the Sharkies can moan! Juan is an excellent lineout jumper. He is experienced enough to play lock, should it be required, and as Meyer said, he covers flank and 8th man too.

    And if you watched any Heineken Cup, Juan was in outstanding form. Now just because the Sharks stuffed up their S15 chances, doesn’t mean you all must be so negative towards the Boks.! Comments like I support the Sharks first and foremost, sounds like it comes from the Cape All Backs! My word!

  • Comment 32, posted at 06.08.14 12:01:34 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @David12246 (Comment 31) : Hmmmm let me think! Brad Thorn maybe!

  • Comment 33, posted at 06.08.14 12:02:03 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 14) : Or Strauss

  • Comment 34, posted at 06.08.14 12:06:23 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 10) : You doubt JS lineout prowess? He was used regularly as a lineout jumper with great success for the Cheetahs. He has loads of experience and is in top form. Your major gripe is that he isn’t a Shark. Now if HM asked Alberts to fill in at lock, I suppose you would be saying “Good selection” even though he is shorter and less athletic than Juan.

  • Comment 35, posted at 06.08.14 12:10:44 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @CyberSakkie (Comment 4) : Nice! another cape maori

  • Comment 36, posted at 06.08.14 12:13:33 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @Zibbie (Comment 3) : HM is really a joke atm…getting a bunch of veterans instead of backing the younger guys and then giving stupid excuses. Once again not really interested in the RC this year

  • Comment 37, posted at 06.08.14 12:17:02 by HeinF Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 32) : I agree for what it’s worth. Get an experienced versatile player as a stop gap if needed.

  • Comment 38, posted at 06.08.14 12:27:28 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Juan is still my favorite player since Henry Honiball. Pity about all his injuries – as he should have had a chance at being the Bok captain.

  • Comment 39, posted at 06.08.14 12:37:04 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 34) : I have serious doubts about Strauss’ abilities as captain and player after this last season – he managed to lead the (now Bok laden) Cheetahs right down the sewer.

  • Comment 40, posted at 06.08.14 12:54:30 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 32) : I think people are more pissed off with Meyers double standards and thoughtless utterances than with anything to do with Juan the person and player.

  • Comment 41, posted at 06.08.14 12:58:21 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 36) : Is there a tendency for South Africans to be less supportive of their national teams these days. I am one of those that really get annoyed at the Cape Crusaders and All Black supporters but these days I myself find myself hardly bothering to get excited about the Boks – I dont mind missing their games and I wont shelve out good money to watch them live – they just dont feature on my priority list anymore. And I dont really know why.

  • Comment 42, posted at 06.08.14 13:04:19 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 40) : That was all Naka. Strauss is a stand-up guy in my opinion. This piece is enlightening: http://www.supersport.com/rugby/sa-rugby/news/140729/strauss_breaks_his_silence

  • Comment 43, posted at 06.08.14 13:08:39 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 43) : Drotsky must surely take the blame for a lot but Im sorry a captain of his experience should have got more out of that team – in my opinnion.

    As for the article, the cynic in me reads that Strauss thinks that the time has now come to expand his business interests into the Gauteng area. :mrgreen: :twisted:

    There was a lot I like about Strauss, particularly his communication skills, but he seemed to be coming apart at the seams this last competition. Maybe the move will be good for him.

  • Comment 44, posted at 06.08.14 13:22:01 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • The reason SARU will offer Meyer a contract extension before the WC, is that by the end of this year, his win/loss ratio will be the best of all coaches in the professional era.

    Unlike White, Meyer’s teams do not capitulate against long odds. Unlike White or Mallett, Meyer is not ruled by his ego.

    Think of Meyer as a PDivvie with a brain. ;)

  • Comment 45, posted at 06.08.14 13:28:39 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 35) : My gripe has nothing to do with the Sharks. I support the Sharks fully in Super rugby the best guys must play…even if they come from Northern Free State! Juan Smith is pure class and probably should have been included before a guy like Bakkies. My gripe is his selection as a lock replacement. Yes he is good in the lineout and yes like Alberts they will probably both play more at lock than flank in the future. Id love to See both Juan and Bakkies off the bench…but having said that there are so many quality young guns that should be given a shot. The mix is important though as we dont want all kids off the bench.

  • Comment 46, posted at 06.08.14 13:44:47 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @fyndraai (Comment 45) : PDivvie, (without a brain) as you suggest, has at least given me more enjoyment than Meyer could ever hope to and he has also toppled some of the worlds best

  • Comment 47, posted at 06.08.14 13:53:06 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 47) : Am i the only one missing those pearls of wisdom we used to get from PDivvy press conferences…

  • Comment 48, posted at 06.08.14 13:58:35 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 48) : Definately not. Things are now so staid and boring….so Pretoria like. :twisted: Pdivvy was a soundbites genius. And to think we used to wish that he would get a spoeksman – madness.

  • Comment 49, posted at 06.08.14 14:07:40 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 49) : Cant he come coach the Sharks….with Ashwin Willemse as assistant…thats entertainment right there nevermind the results

  • Comment 50, posted at 06.08.14 14:22:35 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 49) : @SheldonK (Comment 50) :

    :lol: hahah . you guys are AWESOME :)

  • Comment 51, posted at 06.08.14 14:28:10 by Zibbie Reply
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  • When asked why Kockott wasn’t considered for the squad,HM responded with he can’t pick too many overseas based players in a squad of 30,so what does he do when the oupa gets injured….call up a overseas based player!!! Like many others I don’t care much for the Bokke under HM and hope and pray that he doesn’t get a contract extension,that will kill the Bokke for me!
    With that I am happy for Juan to be back,had a great year after such bad injury luck!

  • Comment 52, posted at 06.08.14 15:22:58 by BarendL Reply
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  • @BarendL (Comment 52) : SARU will not allow Meyer to give a player his first Bok cap while that player is based overseas. In other words, players have to be based locally to earn their first Bok call-up.

  • Comment 53, posted at 06.08.14 16:05:25 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 13) : @Zibbie (Comment 15) : @FireTheLooser (Comment 17) : seems to me as if Van is one of those guys that’s extremely easy to please.

  • Comment 54, posted at 06.08.14 16:27:04 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 54) :

    Well he is a Sharks supporter…

  • Comment 55, posted at 06.08.14 16:44:37 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 55) : No ways, we are the most hardarsed, ultra expectant supporters out there. Now those Stormers guys that pack their stadium to watch their team run from sideline to sideline and tackle all game while not progressing on the log are the real easy crowd.

  • Comment 56, posted at 06.08.14 17:02:55 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 56) :

    Nah dude – it is easy to please you okes…

    Gooi a Sharks legend in to ‘steer the ship’ (never mind his experience or credentials), get a World Cup winning coach to take over the reigns together with a great PR campaign and everyone is full of smiles thinking ‘this is our time now’

    Nevermind:

    * The work that went on building the brand over 20 years
    * Losing the guy that got all the stars to Durbs (and is in the process of now doing it for another union targeting mainly the Sharks youth structures)
    * Sidelining a guy who took a bunch of kids to win the CC replacing it with a rugby methodology that was great in 2004
    * Allowing your main talent spotter to go and jol while all the other unions are at the Craven Weeks

    All you guys need is a great press release and the world is good! :twisted:

  • Comment 57, posted at 06.08.14 17:14:21 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 57) : A streamers supporter talking about talent scouts :lol:

  • Comment 58, posted at 06.08.14 17:20:52 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 53) : All i’m saying is to say that then,not give crap excuses all the time,I can literally think of quite a few!
    What makes us as Sharks happy is playing attractive rugby and winning trophies….if we are going to play boring outdated rugby (under JW) then we need a full trophy cabinet,seeing that neither happended this year,we will always say “at least theres next year” while all the while building up emotions not unlike a wife of a cheating husband! :mrgreen:
    In the end,no matter what,I will always support the 1st rugby team I ever fell in love with as a tjokker,screaming at guys to pass the ball to Cabous and let Lem tackle another victim,the grace and class of Jouba! Oh how I wish the Sharks could return to that golden playing style….the bad thing is we probably have the players for it,but coaches too scared to make it happen.
    What I one day hope for is a Sharks coach with Sharks blood in his veins,not a retired teacher or a overseas mercanary,someone that grew up loving and playing in the black and white,someone that breathes this team as much as the role Lance Klusener is doing at the Dolphins…a Nataller through and through! :razz:

  • Comment 59, posted at 06.08.14 17:50:02 by BarendL Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 54) : I’ve been telling you guys that for ages but great work detective :D

    Realise that your favourite team’s players and management do not owe you anything and you’ll be a happier person for it.

  • Comment 60, posted at 06.08.14 20:08:43 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 57) : Preach Morne preach. Man Im so glad someone is willing to tell us the lie of the land over here. These utterances have been frowned upon coming from the Sharks faithful for quiete a while now.

  • Comment 61, posted at 06.08.14 20:57:18 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 57) : Who are these “stars” that Streauli, who I am assuming you are referring to, supposedly enticed to Durban?

    The Sharks’ signings have hardly been “stellar” for a number of years now. It’s one of our main issues when you consider how no single player would dream of turning the Sharks down in the 90s and early noughties.

    Re Venter – isn’t it more the case that Venter himself could not commit more time to the Sharks?

  • Comment 62, posted at 06.08.14 21:01:34 by Feather Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 49) :

    Sure….If interviews, gossip and People Magazine are your things.

    Myself never watch those. Skip through the anthems, hakas and half-times also. It’s all about the actual rugby and lately the actual rugby the Boks have been playing has been more entertaining and rewarding than anything I’ve seen since I started watching in 2004.

  • Comment 63, posted at 06.08.14 23:48:39 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 55) : ja boet you must take the small pleasures if the big ones does not happen. ;-)

  • Comment 64, posted at 07.08.14 00:13:10 by JD Reply
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  • @Feather (Comment 62) : think Streauli did sign a lot of very talent youngsters it’s however the old and injured players that was signed that bothers me like Hoffmann.

  • Comment 65, posted at 07.08.14 00:18:17 by JD Reply
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  • @Feather (Comment 62) : Ja I suppose he’s referring to Marius Joubert….and Stefan Meyer (our never flyhalf of 2010)….and handing the Cronje twins senior contracts.

    Strange how, since his departure, we’ve managed to hold on to PSdT (against all odds, thanks John Smit) and lured both Thomas “the tank” and Swiel down to the SHarks…all three players from Mr. WP’s own backyard.

    Ja, we’re really in trouble since John Smit took over, what with a CC trophy and a third place SR finish, things have really gone backwards :roll:

  • Comment 66, posted at 07.08.14 07:34:41 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 66) : Nope, sorry but PSdT and TdT were signed well within the time that Strools was still with the Sharks. Swiels arrival coincided with Jakes arrival. I will trade you a Tim Swiel for a Robert du Preez though.

    And then lets have a look who we have lost since Srolls’ departure – Keegan Daniel, Jean Deysel, Francois Steyn, Charl McCleod, Anton Bresler, Wiehan Herbst.

    Now look at who we are not even going to be getting from our most promosing schoolboys from this year – guys that are choosing the Lions over the Sharks and you have to start hearing alarm bells.

    As for the CC, well lets see if we can retain it this year – that should be accomplishable if things are still on the up.

    Anyway I hope I am very wrong.

    BTW Has anyone ever seen any evidence that Sheryl Calder has done any work with the Sharks as touted.

  • Comment 67, posted at 07.08.14 08:49:47 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 63) :What is this gossip and People Magazine you mention, Im not familiar with them?

    Meyers teams tend to entertain against the Scotlands of this world, but them he dismiises those teams as rubbish – poor taste for a coach to say that. And he does entertain in the coaches box on match day.

  • Comment 68, posted at 07.08.14 08:57:18 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 57) : According to reports I read, Brendan pretty much recruited JW himself.

    @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 67) : Steyn will be back for Super rugby next year – as will Kanko and JPP

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 67) : Let’s not forget whom we lost under Straeuli….

    …Gerhard Moster, Alistair Hargreaves, Rory Kockott, Ruan Pienaar, the Butch James debacle, we actually lost Steyn under Straeuli but he returned due to a deal with SARU and he will be returning for SR, how many Sharks youngsters picked the bulls over the Sharks (the Kriel twins, if I’m not mistaken), how many locks have we lost under Stroolsie?

    Remember Warren Whitely, Redelinghuys and probably a few others all went to the Lions whilst Straeuli was at the Sharks…

    Btw, PSdT was all but packed for the bulls, until John Smit had a meeting with him…it made big news around this neck of the woods.

    I might not have all my facts right, more than a few bloggers will be able to correct me where I am wrong, but for me, the Lions can have kamp-staldraad with a smile, he’s merely contracting Sharks academy rejects over there.

  • Comment 70, posted at 07.08.14 09:16:16 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 69) :
    Yeah I remember that story about a chance meeting at an airport etc but I doubt Venter had any actual power to recruit the Sharks Director of Rugby

    Yes they will, but maybe they should rather not come back if what has been dished up by the Nippon brigade is anything to go by thus far.

  • Comment 71, posted at 07.08.14 09:20:18 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 70) : Well you will always lose and gain players and yes those players may have moved on in Strauli’s time but he probably had a hand in getting them to them to the Sharks in the first place. Now if you compare the numbers of those players you mentioned that moved on and you take the time into consideration that Rudi was with the Sharks and compare it with the list and calibre and numbers of players that have left in the few short months since he moved on then one maybe gets another picture.

  • Comment 72, posted at 07.08.14 09:30:12 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 57) :
    All true except for the sidelining of Venter. That wasn’t by choice, he was only ever here for 6 months(didn’t even sign a contract) and then advised Smit to speak to White after talking to White himself.

    Who is our main talent spotter anyway.

    And Heyneke is still stuck in 2004 as well just by the by.

  • Comment 73, posted at 07.08.14 09:43:00 by John Galt Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 72) : Most of the guys moving on are approaching the magical 3 zero mark.

    If we saw players leaving in droves, as we saw at the bulls a few years ago, then I’d be worried, but that’s not the case at all.

    So from what I’m seeing, I do not see any reason to be worried…it’s the normal ebb-and-flow of senior players and fringe youngsters moving on.

    I also believe the Sharks are moving toward a reliance on academy players, instead of using band-aid seniors form other franchises.

    Our players stock seem to be rather healthy, with 4 scrumhalves, 4 fh’s, 3 hookers, 3 lh’s, loosies to burn, serious center depth….lock and th being our only problem areas.

    We never had this kind of player depth in our backline under Straeuli.

  • Comment 74, posted at 07.08.14 09:46:17 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 74) : well if you look at the form of our u19s and u21s not sure who you’d want to fast track. They’re having an awful season into the senior side. Sharks will have to pull out the cheque book!

  • Comment 75, posted at 07.08.14 09:56:06 by slammerboy Reply
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  • Sharks u 21s and u19s have each played 4 games, 3 at home, they have each only won 1 game, at home – against the Leopards. They have lost 2 home games. These guys will have to do some serious stepping up if they are to fill the voids left by those leaving.

  • Comment 76, posted at 07.08.14 10:03:17 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 75) : Haven’t seen any of their games, still rather early in the season too….but guys like Ungerer, Venter, Wright, Thomas du Toit, André Esterhuizen are all age group players ready for senior CC rugby…rather impressive.

  • Comment 77, posted at 07.08.14 10:08:20 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 74) : Who are the new backline players that have come post Straueli?

  • Comment 78, posted at 07.08.14 10:13:32 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Look upon what you have unleashed Morne :mrgreen:

  • Comment 79, posted at 07.08.14 10:18:02 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 78) : I wouldn’t have a clue, as they’d all be with the academy…just stating that it is interesting to note the depth we now have at backline.

    If it is due to Staeuli, then he sure took his time to get us to this position…and I guess we should give our new recruiter the same amount of time to get into the groove of proper recruiting.

  • Comment 80, posted at 07.08.14 10:22:08 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 79) : Ive got a feeling he was just waiting for the right time to do the unleashing.

  • Comment 81, posted at 07.08.14 10:22:10 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 71) : I know he did not sign him himself, but he did initiate the process by talking to JW and then recommending Jake to John. My point is just that is not the action of a man being sidelined, but rather someone that wanted to move on.

  • Comment 82, posted at 07.08.14 10:24:07 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 79) : people need to know that Sharks junior recruitment will grind to a halt unless the scouts pull their finger out. About 6 Glenwood kids have been signed by the Lions. True about our talent spotter jolling at some Oakley event when he should have been working his nuts off in Middelburg!

  • Comment 83, posted at 07.08.14 10:24:38 by slammerboy Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 79) : He sure succeeded in deflecting the negative attention his team had been receiving, and to think old Salmo initiated the negative attention toward them, now he’s been turned into Morné’s biggest disciple….truly a master at work :twisted:

  • Comment 84, posted at 07.08.14 10:25:07 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 80) : Sorry, I was refering to the depth that you mention that we have in the backline – who of that depth is post Straueli – Tonderai, who came via the club scene and who else?

    Who is our new recruiter?

  • Comment 85, posted at 07.08.14 10:26:32 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 83) : He saw what he wanted to see at the Kearsney tourney…

    ….Craven week is not an accurate gauge of all the talented players in SA…

    Lewies never made it to craven week, if our guys relied only on Craven Week, we’d be without him.

    I’d rather have our recruiter visiting school tournaments to look at far more players than he’d get to see at Craven Week.

  • Comment 86, posted at 07.08.14 10:30:53 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 84) : To be honest I think Morne’s comeback to my retort was a bit of shifting of the goalposts but I was more than happy for him to bring up a topic that has been bugging me for a long while now.

  • Comment 87, posted at 07.08.14 10:30:57 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 86) : what about the players who only get a chance to market their talents at a tournament like Craven Week? The top players at Kearsney are already signed up. I also think its good PR for the Sharks to have the scouts at Craven Week. Look at the playera who the Sharks have signed for 2015 compared to other unions and you will understand the point im trying to make

  • Comment 88, posted at 07.08.14 10:37:27 by slammerboy Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 83) : Of those 6 how many made the KZN side and how many the SA side. I think one KZN SA schools boy has been signed by WP – also from Glenwood.

  • Comment 89, posted at 07.08.14 10:38:23 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 85) : As I said, if the depth we currently have in our backline is due to Straueli, then he sure took his time in figuring out how to build this kind of backline depth, as we’ve never had this sort of depth during his time there.

    And therefore we need to give the same amount of time to our new recruiter (seems slammerboy might know whom it is), before we claim that we have lost every chance of getting new players, due to Straueli leaving.

  • Comment 90, posted at 07.08.14 10:39:42 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @slammerboy (Comment 88) : Not only Craven Week, the Academy Week as well, I caught a few games of it this year and there were scouts and talent galore. If Butch is the recruiter I did not see him.

  • Comment 91, posted at 07.08.14 10:41:22 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 88) : I’m talking about the Easter rugby Festival held by them, which had quite a few top schools competing….including Grey College, Affies, Monument, HTS Middelburg, Framesby etc.

  • Comment 92, posted at 07.08.14 10:44:39 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 90) : Im sure we will get new players but we want the best available, at this rate we are going to end up with paying customers to the academy and Im afraid that most of those guys just wont make it – which will mean buying in experienced quality to fill gaps in our Super squad – which wont be easy competing against other SA franchises and even more so against the foreign currencies.

  • Comment 93, posted at 07.08.14 10:46:47 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 92) : BTW I hope you are right and that I am totally wrong in my chain of thought here.

  • Comment 94, posted at 07.08.14 10:48:44 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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