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Sharks sign flyhalf cover


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Vodacom Cup on 29 Apr 2015 at 17:09
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According to the Community Cup Facebook page, DurBell flyhalf Garth April has signed a two-year deal with the Sharks.

The former SA Schools and Lions age-group player, now 23, has spent the last two years in the Boland Vodacom Cup squad, before making a name for himself with the Durbanville-Belville Club, which won this year’s Community Cup.

With the likes of Tim Swiel, Robert du Preez and Jean-Luc du Plessis all having left the Sharks in the last year, there is a need for flyhalf cover, one only made worse by recent injuries to Pat Lambie and Innocent Radebe. With Fred Zeilinga and Lionel Cronje currently on tour with the Sharks Super Rugby side, don’t be too surprised to see April rushed straight into action for the Vodaocm Cup side this weekend; Heimar Williams was used as a stopgap flyhalf against Boland last week but a more regular pivot will need to pull the strings against the far-more-formidable Griquas this weekend.

Welcome to Durban, Garth – let’s hope this works out well.



47 Comments

  • And right there – that is Natal’s problem.
    When you continually sign mercenaries, you shouldn’t be surprised when they have no loyalty when a better offer comes along.

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.04.15 17:21:51 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Hmm signing a club player ? Good for him getting a shot, just wishes he was 3 years younger.

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.04.15 17:27:34 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 1) : I don’t want to write the guy off before he’s even had a chance to play, but I hear what you say.

    We bliksem away two really good flyhalves from our age-group ranks and then have to go panic shopping. Makes no sense.

    Should have kept Rob. Not like you muppets are using him.

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.04.15 17:28:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • Never going to be the best if you don’t buy the best. This guy is not the best….

    I am not part of the ‘back the youngsters’ brigade, but rather back youngsters then go shopping for no name brands.

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.04.15 17:39:28 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 4) : Hopefully this guy is good and surprises, but I would still prefer we threw our money at an established super rugby player, not bet on someone not tested at anywhere near super rugby level.

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.04.15 17:43:40 by Seth101 Reply
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  • Sharks must throw cash at Jaco van der Walt. This guy is class and won’t be starting for the Lions any time soon with Jantjies playing well. With Lambie injured he is good enough to get the Sharks 10 jersey.

    Agree with the above comments, we should have held onto Robert du Preez.

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.04.15 17:47:50 by slammerboy Reply
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  • OMW – what about Brendan Cope, Sandhile Maseko, Duncan Campbell – surely we can use one of them?

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.04.15 17:54:05 by Julesgr8ter Reply
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  • @Julesgr8ter (Comment 7) : Cope is injured and has signed for Jersey, apparently.

    I take it you mean Sandile Kubeka… I would personally have backed him to grow into the role. Not sure what’s up with Campbell.

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.04.15 17:56:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • Robert du Preez should have stuck around for more than a quarter season before running to supposed greener pastures…he would have had his shot this year – now he’s stuck behind some no-name Capetonians (let’s face it, if Catrakilis is 1st choice, I’d hate to to see 2nd, 3rd and 4th choice)

    Ditto for du Plessis.

    Fred on the other hand, stuck it out – he didn’t give up when Swiel was carted in, but chose to fight for his starting position…it has now paid off.

    I’d prefer the Sharks back players willing to fight for their starting position, as apposed to those riding on daddy’s shoulders and past exploits.

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.04.15 18:00:06 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : sorry yes, Kubeka came on off the bench last week’s VC game with Hanco Venter and they both played so well as a 9/10 combination.

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.04.15 18:05:38 by Julesgr8ter Reply
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  • On the bright side at least his not a former Sarries player pushing 40 ;)

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.04.15 18:24:27 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 11) : Who’s chronically injured

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.04.15 18:25:02 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 12) : from watching a few Comm Cup games I am guessing he is Monty Dumondt level. Hopefully he takes the gap provided. Cant see RDP and JDuP sitting too long at Province. Coleman will play CC and maybe one of them a few games. Ernst Stapelberg also in queue there at WP and he made Theron’s touring squad, something has to give. So sad considering RDP was preferred to Pollard at Junior Bokke and let go so easily, especially now that Swiel gone to England.

    Planning post Strauli seems to have not worked out at all. Can only get better….

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.04.15 18:46:50 by Kabouter Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :jersey as in league 2 south england?

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.04.15 18:47:45 by durbsguy Reply

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  • @Julesgr8ter (Comment 10) : I heard very good things about them, yes. But Boland were also poor (I’m told)…. big risk to take a guy who last played 10 at school.

    Then again, it’s not like we’ve really got anything to lose

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.04.15 19:09:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @durbsguy (Comment 14) : think so

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.04.15 19:09:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : i will find out have a few mates that play for them

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.04.15 19:20:02 by durbsguy Reply

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  • @durbsguy (Comment 17) : it was on the BBC site

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.04.15 19:22:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/32411523

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.04.15 19:22:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • Kubeka played KZN age-group rugby at flyhalf twice, and was moved to centre to accommodate Rob du Preez. Clearly when he played there on Sat, he played really well; I don’t see why he shouldn’t be backed to play there

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.04.15 19:29:17 by DonAlexander Reply

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  • @DonAlexander (Comment 20) : good info – I wasn’t aware of that.

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.04.15 19:40:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @durbsguy (Comment 17) : do you know Harvey Biljon the Jersey coach? I know he played club rugby in Durban. Was a decent 9 at school if i remember correctly…back in days when DHS were strong

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.04.15 20:37:46 by slammerboy Reply
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  • @Kabouter (Comment 13) : I’m secretly hoping this works out brilliantly ala Coetzee and Lewies and we as fans end up partaking of the humble pie. It’s past due that the union ‘gets one right’ again.

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.04.15 21:55:26 by vanmartin Reply
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  • In fact, the Grant Khomo 9/10 combination was Wright and Kubeka, with Chris de Beer at 8th man and Dan Kriel at 12.

  • Comment 24, posted at 29.04.15 23:33:07 by DonAlexander Reply

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  • This guy has talent, and it is not like Boland is known to recognise good talent even when it smacks them in the face (Willie le Roux…).

    That said, it is impossible to say if he has what it takes to make it to the top level.

    From the Community Cup games I watched, he is electric, good feet, good distribution.

  • Comment 25, posted at 30.04.15 08:49:25 by Morné Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 9) : Robert du Preez was on the fringes last year, he was loaned to Maties for the VC, Province saw a good thing, made an offer and the Sharks accepted it. No riding on past glories or daddy’s shoulders there. JL du Plessies now seems to have the inside track to the WP flyhalf berth with du Preez having to play at inside centre. I think his contract with WP is only for 2 years so hopefully he could be encouraged home soon.

  • Comment 26, posted at 30.04.15 09:01:12 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 26) : I’m not sure contract negotiations are done between franchises…Robert would have accepted the deal himself (as far as my limited knowledge goes) – showing that he was unwilling to stick it out with the Sharks.

    Hopefully he has learned that the grass is not necessarily greener on the other side.

  • Comment 27, posted at 30.04.15 09:09:34 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 27) : Im sure he was contracted to the Sharks, they would have to have released him.

  • Comment 28, posted at 30.04.15 09:17:19 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 6) :

    Again buying players from other teams instead of hanging on to your own youngsters … tusk tusk . have you not learnt anything ?

  • Comment 29, posted at 30.04.15 09:26:23 by Zibbie Reply
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  • I think we need to keep a few things in mind with this signing. No top level player is coming to come and sit 3rd in the queue. The Sharks also dont have the cash to splash on more just yet. This guy is a youngish club player who has proven himself on a decent stage, so i have no problem with it. Also what exactly have our age group players done in recent years to warrant us not looking elsewhere? Have any shone at Craven Week? u19? or u21? or Vodacom Cup? Inny Radebe been decent but he now injured. And id like we want to have more than 1 guy we bank everything on

  • Comment 30, posted at 30.04.15 09:28:43 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Zibbie (Comment 29) : Says the guy supporting a team filled with unwanted mercenaries :twisted:

  • Comment 31, posted at 30.04.15 09:29:01 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 28) : correct and correct. Stupid decision.

  • Comment 32, posted at 30.04.15 09:30:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 28) : My point being, if Robert was willing to fight it out at the Sharks, he would have stayed…nobody forced him to join WP.

    Du Preez probably felt discouraged with the acquisition of soft-man Swiel (thanks JW :roll: ) – understandable, but that’s when I want the Sharks future 0players to grit their teeth, and prove that they deserve their place in the team.

  • Comment 33, posted at 30.04.15 09:33:25 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 31) : we have a hugging session with our mercenaries each week . Makes them stay :P

    you need a merc to stay for longer than 2 years :p

  • Comment 34, posted at 30.04.15 09:34:22 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 33) : you’re right to an extent. Robert himself had to be keen on the move and ask for the release, otherwise it would have been a non-starter.

    Can’t blame a talented player for looking for gametime, though. Careers are short and exposure is everything.

  • Comment 35, posted at 30.04.15 09:46:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 34) : Does the hugging session turn into scrum practice?

  • Comment 36, posted at 30.04.15 09:50:33 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Zibbie (Comment 34) : Conrad Hoffman and Matt Stevens are receiving far too many hugs in that case :mrgreen:

  • Comment 37, posted at 30.04.15 09:51:29 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 35) : But in Robert’s case, it completely backfired…he would have been the VC starter for that Sharks now – with an opportunity to unseat Cronje as 3rd choice (currently 2nd choice) fh.

  • Comment 38, posted at 30.04.15 09:55:19 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Zibbie (Comment 34) : aah…even the rugby brutes need to feel some love – our boys DEFINITELY did NOT have any hugging sessions under JW, definitely no hugging :lol:

  • Comment 39, posted at 30.04.15 10:16:23 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 1) : yes and clueless even in personel stratergy,eish,how bad can the situation seriously get

  • Comment 40, posted at 30.04.15 10:17:58 by benji Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 38) : yes sure, but at the time that he made the decision he was behind Lambie, Zeilinga, Swiel Graaff and seemingly also du Plessis in the Sharks pecking order. Probably also picked up the talk that we were going to sign Cronje.

    Hell, we all wish that he’d had a crystal ball…

  • Comment 41, posted at 30.04.15 10:25:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 41) : To be totally fair i think Robert is actually more suited to playing 12 than 10. He can distribute from 10 but always looks stifled there and actually does better at 12. Well in my opinion

  • Comment 42, posted at 30.04.15 10:36:10 by SheldonK Reply

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  • http://m.news24.com/sport24/Rugby/VodacomCup/Sharks-sign-April-from-WP-20150430

    The Sport24 article suggests he is talented but does not otherwise paint his personal traits in a good light…

  • Comment 43, posted at 30.04.15 11:20:54 by Feather Reply

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  • @Feather (Comment 43) : yeah, I’m sure the unnamed WP source in that article is completely trustworthy.

  • Comment 44, posted at 30.04.15 11:21:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • Stormers24 for you… :roll:

  • Comment 45, posted at 30.04.15 12:25:41 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 45) : Their journalism is about as reputable as the commenters on SA Rugby :roll:

  • Comment 46, posted at 30.04.15 12:27:48 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : And there we go. Nail —> head. Our recruitment is up to maggots. Seething if you looking at the ledger book of incoming and outgoing.

  • Comment 47, posted at 04.05.15 13:20:46 by Richard Reply

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