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When the beautiful game turns ugly


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 20 Nov 2015 at 11:40
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While we’ve talked a fair bit – rather enthusiastically, for the most part – about an exciting squad that’s being assembled for Super Rugby by the Sharks, I don’t think it’s right or fair to gloss over the ugly reality that a number of players who have worn the black and white proudly in recent times have been shown the door at the same time.

There are plenty of things that I could say at this point, many of them not even vaguely helpful or useful, so I’m going to refrain from casting too many stones. As fans, we have the right to question the signing and selection of certain players, just as we have the right to question decisions to let players go and I think it behoves us (as just downright decent human beings) to remember that there are real, feeling people inside those jerseys. For us, this is about entertainment – for them, it is about life and livelihood – about supporting families, about planning for retirement, about putting food on the table and paying the mortgage.

There’s a dichotomy, then. As fans, we need to be welcoming and enthusiastic about new signings, continue to support the team and give hem our all, while at the same time being sensitive to those who are no longer with us.

I’d like to thank the departing players for their contribution and let them know that we will miss them. In particular, I’d like to write a few words about Marco Wentzel, because it’s his departure that saddens me the most (without any disrespect meant to Jaco, Waylon, JC, Wiehan or Lionel).

Marco Wentzel is the most honest rugby player I’ve ever had the privilege to meet. In a game where bland sound bites and toeing the party line have taken hold, Planet is refreshing, open and not afraid to speak his mind. As a guy coming to the Sharks in what he will readily admit was the twilight of his career, Wentzel knew he had a lot of rugby in him and a lot to give to a young squad in need of guidance, in need of leaders. Already deep into his 30s and having played the game professionally all over the world for more than a decade, there were no illusions in his mind about being a regular first choice; instead, his role was that of squad player, of mentor, of a guy who could use his deep and fundamental knowledge of lineout play to help younger locks develop and to benefit the entire squad.

I feel like that intended usage, however, never materialised. With first Pieter-Steph du Toit and then Stephan Lewies succumbing to the injury curse once more, Wentzel was thrust into exactly the sort of role that he never wanted and performed admirably as a starting option throughout 2015. What’s more, when all around him were losing their heads, he stepped up and accepted captaincy of the team, doing so with dignity under very trying circumstances. Emerging as the top lineout forward in both Super Rugby and Currie Cup, he showed that he was well on top of his game in that area and while it’s far too easy to point out that he lacks the physical impact of a Lood de Jager, we must remember that had any of the younger locks been fit and available, Planet would gladly have stepped aside for them and once again taken up the support and mentoring role for which he was originally earmarked.

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid,” according to Albert Einstein. I feel the Sharks have done Marco Wentzel a disservice by judging him against a set of criteria that were never part of the original plan. I believe that he still has plenty of value to add, perhaps not as a frontline player, but certainly as squad member and specialist coach. Perhaps most of all, though, as a man who stood up in difficult times and led the team to the best of his ability through a very tough period, I believe we owe him a lot more respect than this treatment shows.

Let me leave it at that.



139 Comments

  • Well written!really think wentzel can add value at the academy and u19s and u21s.
    All the best to the released players.this is not the end of the road,guys.
    Just down-the-road the kings are looking for players.

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.11.15 11:55:01 by 50shadesofshark Reply
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  • Agree 100%. He was one of very few players this year that really tried his best in every game. I deel for him and he must have been frustrated out of his skin at every post-match interview.

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.11.15 11:55:24 by T-Shark Reply
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  • @T-Shark (Comment 2) : Sorry type – meant to be 100%

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.11.15 11:56:14 by T-Shark Reply
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  • Yeh well written Rob

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.11.15 11:56:21 by SheldonK Reply
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  • @T-Shark (Comment 3) : TypO. Can you ability to edit comments to the SW app?????

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.11.15 11:57:05 by T-Shark Reply
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  • Very well written and agree 100%. Thank you to all the guys that have given their blood sweat and tears for the Sharks. Was really shocked by the Cronje move though as he is one that has potential and could have been coached to become better. It’s really never nice for the individuals impacted.

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.11.15 11:57:23 by GreatSharksays Reply
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  • Well written Rob,really feel for Marco,he performed admirably in the position he wasn’t meant to be doing!All the best for those released especially Captain Planet!

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.11.15 12:01:17 by BarendL Reply
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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 1) : I thought the same thing. We need him as a coach to work with the u19′s and u21′s and at the Academy. He seems like a really patient guy and he has so much to offer.

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.11.15 12:07:30 by StevieS Reply
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  • Superb piece Rob. Thanks. Feel exactly the same. The Sharks must do everything in their power to keep him around and tap into his wealth of knowledge. Great player and even better person. Post game interviews always honest and sincere, rather than the washed up cliches we’re so used to hearing from captains nowadays.
    All the best Planet. Hope you stay around for a LONG time still.

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.11.15 12:18:22 by Another Nick Reply

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  • Great piece Rob, still struggle to be believe that Marco can’t add value in a coaching capacity at the very least. To all the players leaving, thank you for your service to the Sharks.

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.11.15 12:21:08 by vanmartin Reply
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  • 100% correct Rob!!!!! He seems to always try and yes like Gold he was asked to do something deferent to what he was signed for and agreed to do it because the team needed him, now he’s axed because he’s not as physical as someone 10 years younger!!!!! Once again the Sharks had the right idea but managed to fuck it up when implementing it!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.11.15 12:21:11 by JD Reply
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  • Agreed especially your sentiments about Marco. I feel he came to our rescue and although we shouldn’t choose on a squad on sentiment he truly deserves better from us.

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.11.15 12:23:12 by Hulk Reply

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  • @Hulk (Comment 12) : yes sharks could have used him as an assistant coach as we have a lot of youngsters that will need specialist coaching.

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.11.15 12:30:55 by JD Reply
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  • Yoh! Excellent article Rob.

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.11.15 12:36:35 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Thanks Rob. I wish all these gents the best of luck and thank them for their efforts…

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.11.15 12:45:50 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 14) : thanks Greg. Marco is close to my heart and a very special guy. I am gutted for him.

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.11.15 12:51:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • May I say this too, though:
    1. I know nothing of the background to this, how the players were dealt with, what was said and so on…
    2. I do think that sometimes it is necessary to look at a squad and management team and setup within the union and to make decisions about resources on that basis. Sometimes those decisions will be difficult. I, for one, am glad the Sharks are not shying away from difficult decisions. Personally, I see all of these decisions as sensible, with the possible exception of the continued use of Planet in some capacity at the union.
    3. I hope to goodness these decisions were reached fairly and communicated clearly and discussed honestly with those involved.
    4. Everything I have said above in no way diminishes my respect and gratitude towards these men, in particular Marco Wentzel. So once again a sincere thanks for what you gave to the Sharks!

  • Comment 17, posted at 20.11.15 12:53:42 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 17) : I know more of the background than I’ve shared. I wish I could say that you are right about point 3.

  • Comment 18, posted at 20.11.15 12:56:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : That is very, very disappointing… :x

  • Comment 19, posted at 20.11.15 13:07:06 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : Why is this Rob? I would honestly like to know why players are treated like wet dog sh!t at a union where the players are the most valuable asset?

  • Comment 20, posted at 20.11.15 13:10:31 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : Typical fashion where a Land Rover pulls up next to the field and people get fired?

  • Comment 21, posted at 20.11.15 13:11:25 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Another Nick (Comment 20) : The players as well as the supporters are the most valuable, yet both instances they get treated like crap.

  • Comment 22, posted at 20.11.15 13:12:45 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 21) : different circumstances, similar style.

  • Comment 23, posted at 20.11.15 13:16:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 19) : @robdylan (Comment 18) : not acceptable imo.hope common sense prevails re: marco wentzel and he is deployed in the junior ranks.if you were no1 in line-outs won and steals,then i think you can add value as line-out specialist with superrugby squad.

  • Comment 24, posted at 20.11.15 13:18:51 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : Highly disappointed to hear that. Planet as player, leader and allround nice guy deserved better. Thank you for the service!

  • Comment 25, posted at 20.11.15 13:26:37 by Kabouter Reply

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  • Wentzel really led from the front. I too was hoping that his experience could be put to use at the Sharks but contracts come to their ends and people move on. I do suspect though that the reason for writing this is because this was not handled in a way befitting the contribution that we, as supporters saw week in and week out from Wentzel. And if that is the case then shame on the Sharks for not having the insight to handle things better.

  • Comment 26, posted at 20.11.15 13:29:47 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 22) : True. Sad.. but true.

  • Comment 27, posted at 20.11.15 13:37:28 by Another Nick Reply

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  • I am back with the unpopular opinion, as always. Anyway, in the world of professional sport this is the normal, players are assets, bought and sold by businessmen all seeking to offer the best product (The team brand) and I for one am all for it coming into rugby.

    Sure these guys are people, probably mostly nice people, but I don’t know them and I don’t owe them. I appreciate their contribution to the team, and I appreciate their struggles in life but that’s all.

    At the end of the day my money goes to the Sharks, because they offer me entertainment, what they choose to do with that money is their business, as long as it improves the entertainment I am receiving. If an individual is deemed not worth the cost then it is their prerogative to let them go, this is not exclusive to professional sport, it happens in all competitive business environments around the world.

    As a professional sportsmen you know the risks, you know that your career could be ended by injury or the likes at any moment, it is your responsibility to safe guard against that. There is a reason why most professional sportsman earn a hell of a lot more than the average joe, they have highly competitive, extremely short, and very risky careers. There is no time for sentiment or pity in these competitive environments.

    Anyway that’s my opinion, let the hate begin.

  • Comment 28, posted at 20.11.15 13:42:33 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : I am not sure whether professional rugby has grown too quickly for the correct leadership / management / coaching styles to have evolved with it, or what the reason is, but players are often treated so badly on and off the field – the powers that be would never get away with some of these archaic leadership decisions if they were in the business environment with accountability to CCMA / Labour Acts etc.
    While I understand that there is a difference between contracting someone and employing them full time, surely some more scientific approaches to performance in terms of expectations (targets to actuals) and the management of employees, need to be implemented to safe guard against rugby unions ‘hiring and firing’ without a fair amount of strategic thought.
    Please note that I am not necessarily referring to the Sharks but Rugby in general. Football has been professional for a lot longer than Rugby – Does this happen in Soccer, for example? Is this just a hazard of professional sport?

  • Comment 29, posted at 20.11.15 13:47:54 by Julesgr8ter Reply
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  • @Julesgr8ter (Comment 29) : Have you ever taken a look how players get treated in other sports? I can assure you there are sports out there that are hell of a lot more brutal than this. Only difference is those sportsman generally earn a hell of a lot more than rugby players, which makes it an easier pill to swallow.

  • Comment 30, posted at 20.11.15 13:50:17 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 28) : just re: the issue of marco wentzel: he can add value to the sharks game day product working with the juniors -and even superrugby squad-,imo.

  • Comment 31, posted at 20.11.15 13:52:54 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 31) : I deliberately avoided touching on the value of the individuals. Don’t necessarily disagree that he could have added value in other areas, but I also don’t disagree with what happened.

  • Comment 32, posted at 20.11.15 13:55:24 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 26) : Wentzel’s contract runs until the end of 2016

  • Comment 33, posted at 20.11.15 13:55:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 28) : your money is still going to Marco, mate. Just that the Sharks have decided to rather pay him and not use him

  • Comment 34, posted at 20.11.15 13:57:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 34) : Maybe someone should have mentioned that ;-) . Well then I can definitely say he is a wasted resource. He could definitely add value in the back ground and to not use him while still contracted is plain dumb.

  • Comment 35, posted at 20.11.15 13:59:52 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 30) :hear what you are saying.this is a country with massive unemployment and many people ,though employed,earning poverty wages.so it is tough out there.
    most of the players released are still young enough to find opportunities at other unions.who knows where they can end up 3 years from now?
    Wentzel though,can add value as a line-out specialist at the sharks imo.

  • Comment 36, posted at 20.11.15 14:00:03 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 34) : now that is not the smartest move ,is it?

  • Comment 37, posted at 20.11.15 14:03:13 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 34) : so he doesnt just want to sit at home or the beach earning his salary without having to do a thing to earn it?he actually wants to be involved and earn his salary?

  • Comment 38, posted at 20.11.15 14:12:21 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 34) : How many payouts has JS made since joining the Sharks as CEO?

  • Comment 39, posted at 20.11.15 14:18:03 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : Yup! The type of guy that I would be very happy if my hypothetically tall rugby playing son used as a sports role model.

  • Comment 40, posted at 20.11.15 14:20:47 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 36) : With all due respect to Wentzel, but maybe the thought has been that maybe his input at lineouts are not as valuable as what everyone initially thought it might be. That said I do agree, if he was still under contract use the oke. I don’t care how but use him. Make him the ball boy for all I care, but use him.

  • Comment 41, posted at 20.11.15 14:21:34 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 30) : To be honest, I haven’t checked out other sports. If it isn’t working maybe we should work on it to get it changed! :lol:
    Having said that, the manner in which these arrangements are communicated are not always done humanely / professionally.
    I am not entirely convinced that selections are always based on actual performance, so, while the remuneration may be seen to be fair, perhaps more factual criteria to performance on a weighted scale (injury history, experience, key performance areas pertaining to positions, leadership on and off field, team dynamics, BMT – playing under pressure – crowd size, adaptation to game plan…) may remove some of the seemingly emotional decisions that are made.
    Would a ‘Performance Contract’ not aid professional sport?

  • Comment 42, posted at 20.11.15 14:25:03 by Julesgr8ter Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 41) : could be,though he was initially contracted in a playing/mentoring role?and those sr and cc line-out stats say here is someone who actually is still doing on the field what you would like him to teach off the field.

  • Comment 43, posted at 20.11.15 14:36:04 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 33) : OK, I knight them big purple arseholes then.

  • Comment 44, posted at 20.11.15 14:38:27 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 28) : It an interesting “devil’s advocate” type argument and I was wondering who would bring it up as I have a counter-argument of my own. If professional sport is still stuck in this sort of archaic thinking it simply proves to me that they’ve fallen behind once again and are still clinging to a short-term gains mindset.

    The professional business environment is evolving beyond this type of thinking. I’ve been exposed to the working environments of a lot of corporates over the last few years (vendors, partners and the big players). My previous employer specialised in business process management so we got a really good look into the good, the bad and the nasty. The majority of companies we dealt with are to some degree at least finally waking up to the fact that their employees are their greatest assets (with the exception of some vendors we dealt with). The cliché that ‘employees come first and then by extension customers will come first’ turned out to be more true than some motivational poster gathering dust on some meeting room wall would have you believe.

    If any sports union still believes that players are nothing more than resources they’re missing a key ingredient to their long term sustainability and success.

  • Comment 45, posted at 20.11.15 14:47:33 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 45) : True, and then they too must not push the family angle to their customers, dont troop out the guys to sign balls, t-shirts etc.

  • Comment 46, posted at 20.11.15 14:53:33 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 34) : This is too bizarre to rationally comprehend. Knowing you, I’m sure you’re planning to or already doing some discreet questioning about this situation behind the scenes. I really hope someone is willing to remedy the situation and at least get him into some sort of advisory role. It literally won’t cost them anything. The Sharks can still fix this and get some good PR out of it.

  • Comment 47, posted at 20.11.15 14:54:57 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 45) : The way i see it, it is is not archaic at all, it has come into sport as more money has come in, with earnings more and more reliant on performance you are going to do what ever it takes to be the best. Look at the BPL for example, where a difference log position at the end of the season is the can mean earning differences of hundreds of millions of pounds.

    “Employees are their greatest assets ” Have you seen how much professional sportsmen earn? There is no arguing that they are treated as the greatest asset, but an under performing player is a worthless asset that needs to be changed for one that brings more value.

    Also look at global business, especially at free markets, there you will find most competitive businesses will cycle through under-performing staff very quickly. Sure you have to treat your employees well, but only if they bring value to the table, if they don’t then you kick them to the curb and replace them.

  • Comment 48, posted at 20.11.15 14:57:42 by Seth101 Reply
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  • It is very easy to confuse sentiment with fact here.
    As admitted above all the facts are not on the table.So how can any judgement be made.
    On what is factual the decision is simple the guy was put into a position he was well paid for, and came up wanting
    He captained the team in the Currie cup,a team which for whatever reason was the worst performing team in recent history.
    A team which disintergrated for two reasons,no on the field or off the field leadership.
    He was responsible for the on the field part and Gold off the field.
    He was therefore not good enough to continue leading the team on the field and at his age he was no longer an asset and his time was up.
    We saw the utter folly of keeping players in position after their sell by date at the world cup.
    If you do not voluntarily retire when it is your time you are going to face the ignomanity that he has.
    He should have taken himself out of the game.Although he is a veteran of rugby with many years of solid service,very few except his last two were for the Sharks.We don’t even owe him a benefit year.
    He has made his money out of rugby,but like everything in life his time was up.
    Now on the other hand he is not the only one who should have been discarded,the other contributor to that dismal seasonshould have packed his bags as well

  • Comment 49, posted at 20.11.15 14:57:51 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 49) : Taking an emotionless look at his particular situation, I have to agree with you. Maybe he could contribute to U19 development or something but I don’t know who we already have in place for that kind of thing so I can’t make that judgement, and I think it’s naive to think the Sharks did this on a whim, they would have weighed up the value and decided on their move. Or at least i hope so.

  • Comment 50, posted at 20.11.15 15:09:23 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : So there is absolutely no chance that the sharks keep will keep him to coach in some capacity? I’ve always been a fan of John Smit, but this treatment is shocking. I expected more from the sharks

  • Comment 51, posted at 20.11.15 15:11:09 by HeinF Reply

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  • @Seth101 (Comment 48) : I’m actually not in disagreement with a lot of what you say. As an employee you ultimately need to add value. What I was trying to highlight is that a player cannot simply be treated like a piece of machinery. Does this mean I’m advocating for perpetually under-performing players to be rewarded? Definitely not! All I’m saying is it doesn’t cost a company anything to treat their employees with dignity – even during a termination process. It will ultimately only serve as a draw-card.

    @Seth101 (Comment 48) : @The hound (Comment 49) :It all eventually boils down to this one point of contention: was Wenztel adding value or not? I doubt we’ll convince anyone of a particular viewpoint. BUT, since we’re paying Marco anyway why not draw on his experience for the benefit of the youngsters at the union?

  • Comment 52, posted at 20.11.15 15:13:16 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 52) : I agree with that, you can say good by in a nice way definitely. Problem is as is very often the case we do not know the full story, and the people who do can’t/won’t share the finer details, so I don’t know if it was done well or not. If it was done well then great i am all for this, if not then maybe the Sharks need to work on the process a little.

    And yea the ‘did he offer value’ argument can go one for ever and no ones minds will change, but definitely since we still have him on the books might as well use him for something, anything.

  • Comment 53, posted at 20.11.15 15:20:31 by Seth101 Reply
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  • Heel reg gese Rob en ‘n mens wil mense wat dit toekom regtig die eer en respek gee maar dis nou soos die ou lewe is – en ons moet maar aangaan. So sterkte vir die manne wat dit nie gemaak het nie hoop daar kom iets goed oor julle pad. Mooi loop.

  • Comment 54, posted at 20.11.15 15:21:01 by Leon Schrenk Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 49) : “Emerging as the top lineout forward in both Super Rugby and Currie Cup……” so the guy whom this is written about, and is still under contract is deemed to be of no use to the union. Sorry Im not buying that one, there are many ways he could have been deployed and much of it would ft into what he would be doing when his acquisition was announced – mentoring the youngsters, and boy do we have a lot of them at the moment.

  • Comment 55, posted at 20.11.15 15:26:53 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 52) : A lot of players who put a lot more into the Sharks walked away with a lot less,as I said Wentzel put relatively little into the Sharks,arriving already into his twilight years .
    He is also a lot luckier than ,most at his age he is relatively injury free,think of all the poor guys cut down by injury in the prime of their careers..Hell the union can’t guarentee a place for every retired player on the coaching staff.Those places shoould be reserved for guys who have given ten years ,not two.

  • Comment 56, posted at 20.11.15 15:31:11 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 56) : Pretty much spot on there.

  • Comment 57, posted at 20.11.15 15:37:44 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 53) : He was the top lineout forward in Super and Currie Cup rugby. He added value, no question about it, now consider that stat and consider the quality of our hookers lineout work over these 2 campaigns and that value already goes up a grade or 2.

  • Comment 58, posted at 20.11.15 15:38:41 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 58) : Doesn’t necessarily make him a good coach, but since he has a year left on his contract may as well give him a try at it.

  • Comment 59, posted at 20.11.15 15:41:40 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 56) : But he is not a retired player, he is a contracted player still. This does not make business sense.

  • Comment 60, posted at 20.11.15 15:42:50 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 58) : So you think he should still be first choice and lead the team.

  • Comment 61, posted at 20.11.15 15:42:52 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 61) : I completely agree with a lot of what you are saying, but you realise he still has a year left on his contract right? May as well use him for something, or loan him out so he doesn’t cost anything.

  • Comment 62, posted at 20.11.15 15:44:35 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 62) : For sure, even if its ball boy, by all means at least make use of his services instead of just paying him out for the year.

  • Comment 63, posted at 20.11.15 15:46:26 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 56) : yes,the economic situation is difficult for many people in this country.can’t guarantee anyone a certain lifestyle.lots of people living in abject poverty.and like you rightly said: many players put in more and got out less.
    The fact that he is still under contract,though,and not using him ,is a bit strange.
    Could he add value as line-out specialist at junior level?even superrugby level?
    well,he is still under contract ,so why not employ him there and see how it goes.

  • Comment 64, posted at 20.11.15 15:46:29 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 61) : Didnt say that, but I will reserve commenting on that until the competition is well under way. Once again he has a full year to run on his contract, he could have been utilised with the juniors, the varsity cup etc.

  • Comment 65, posted at 20.11.15 15:47:23 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 60) : He was retired early,the real idiot here is the guy who gave a 36 plus veteran lock a four year contract.
    He is being paid out for two years that he doesn’t have to take weekly life shortening hits from demonic south sea islanders,crazed free state farmers,steroid freaks ,thugs and other assorted gentlemen of the game.
    Hel big up to the Sharks managemrnt for giving this guy two years salary,and we castigate them.

  • Comment 66, posted at 20.11.15 15:48:59 by The hound Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 59) : Yep, exactly right.

  • Comment 67, posted at 20.11.15 15:49:12 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 59) : @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 58) : now this makes a lot more sense.

  • Comment 68, posted at 20.11.15 15:50:13 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 45) : Absolutely. That is my experience too. And my issue would be less with at some stage have to take a difficult decision, it would be with how you treat people – even if you have decided they are no longer bringing value and therefore not necessary, they still deserve to be treated fairly and and humanely with clarity and honesty…and if they have given good service in the past also with appreciation!

  • Comment 69, posted at 20.11.15 15:52:16 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 69) : You write like you know something we don’t ,share it
    ,from where I am sitting this guy got a golden handshake,nothing un fair,inhumane,vague or dishonest about that.

  • Comment 70, posted at 20.11.15 15:55:20 by The hound Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 69) : Maybe one day we will hear how it was done, but I highly doubt it. So no point in speculating or assuming it was done badly. Only thing that is fact, is that he has 1 year left on contract, so may as well sue him for something.

  • Comment 71, posted at 20.11.15 15:55:42 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 66) : yes,agree the procurement of players was not well thought out.and the length of contracts given.

  • Comment 72, posted at 20.11.15 15:56:43 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @Seth101 (Comment 71) : @The hound (Comment 70) : And exactly, even if it was done horribly, he still has a year of contract earnings so can’t be that bad.

  • Comment 73, posted at 20.11.15 15:57:37 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 73) : unless there are extras involved,ie a set contract fee and then match fees,mentoring fees, etc?

  • Comment 74, posted at 20.11.15 16:03:46 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 74) : Even so it will still be some money for nothing. What more can he expect?

  • Comment 75, posted at 20.11.15 16:08:39 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 73) : this is what makes the coaching part of any sport,and running a business,so difficult.deciding when to let someone go.and then being the one to sit them down and tell them.
    Discussing someone’s bread and butter on an open forum.imo he can add value as a line-out specialist.the sharks coaching staff don’t.who has the final say?

  • Comment 76, posted at 20.11.15 16:09:36 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @Seth101 (Comment 75) : at the moment he is an unused expense -to put it bluntly in business terms.
    Get the most value out of him what you can.then evaluate him at the end of his contract on that -i’m talking coaching position-,and see if his services can be used there going forward.oh yes,and he still is a playing option.remember there is a comp that runs concurrent with superrugby.but yes,maybe there are extra fees involved that the sharks have decided to rather not spend.

  • Comment 77, posted at 20.11.15 16:14:33 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 76) : Would assume Gold as DOR would have final say.

  • Comment 78, posted at 20.11.15 16:14:55 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 77) : Yea, he is very much an unused expense, that’s why I think its absolutely crazy that people can say he is being hard done by. perhaps you are right, perhaps the Sharks would have to pay more to use him in which case they don’t deem him worth it, which is perfectly reasonable on their part.

  • Comment 79, posted at 20.11.15 16:17:07 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 71) : I think the reason for this thread is because it was handled badly and that there is some resentment.

  • Comment 80, posted at 20.11.15 16:40:45 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 80) : Then proof that it was needs to shown. Can’t have opinions on something with no substance provided. Not saying it’s not true, just that if we meant to be getting upset about it then we need to be told why….

  • Comment 81, posted at 20.11.15 16:50:48 by Seth101 Reply
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  • I recon the players and staff must head for the hills every time a (these days) Jeep screeches onto the practice fields.

  • Comment 82, posted at 20.11.15 16:58:54 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Well said! I wrote the same thing on Springbok supporters fb page. Thank you Captain for stepping up when no one else did…for standing tall when noone else did! Thank you from a sharks supporter. Good luck Captain Planet!!

  • Comment 83, posted at 20.11.15 17:04:59 by Sharkfinn Reply

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  • Gotta agree with the Hound – not sure that this is really such a big deal, since his contact is presumably being paid out.

    How he was signed to a long term contract is beyond me. Although he certainly added some value over the last 2 seasons and I thank him for that.

  • Comment 84, posted at 20.11.15 17:47:16 by Big Fish Reply
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  • What baffles me about this whole situation is how the Sharks deem Etienne Oosthuizen to be more useful than Marco Wentzel. :roll:

  • Comment 85, posted at 20.11.15 18:59:15 by Ben Reply
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  • Thanks Marco. I know you gave it your all. Good luck.

  • Comment 86, posted at 20.11.15 19:01:09 by Ben Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 84) : my understanding is that they are not planning to “pay out” outstanding contract value, so to speak. If they said to Marco and the others “here’s RX000 which is your outstanding contract amount, now please buzz off” that would be one thing. A pretty shitty thing, but there you go.

    What they’re doing instead is saying “you continue to stay here and we will continue to pay you a monthly salary but you are not welcome at the stadium any more”. The obvious intention is that the players will get so frustrated that they themselves will leave, in which case the contract is broken. I believe in the business world it might be called “constructive dismissal”

  • Comment 87, posted at 20.11.15 19:11:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ja I’m not so sure we should have lost his experience just yet.

  • Comment 88, posted at 20.11.15 19:16:02 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 88) : Marco that is

  • Comment 89, posted at 20.11.15 19:17:13 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 87) : so all released players are still receiving a monthly salary?

  • Comment 90, posted at 20.11.15 19:26:32 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • Lately it’s always one extreme or the other. Guys like Ruan could have benefited from his lineout skills coaching or mentorship. We should also value the I. P. As much as any other aspect. I hope they reconsider and treat him with honour. He helped is in a dark time that must mean something.

  • Comment 91, posted at 20.11.15 19:31:39 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 90) : look, I don’t know the exact specifics of each case, but I know that you can’t unilaterally terminate an employment contract without paying out the remaining value. So for each of the guys that is still in contract, the Sharks will have to continue to pay the salary unless the contract is terminated by mutual agreement, or it expires.

  • Comment 92, posted at 20.11.15 19:33:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 91) : better to use him.both the union and the player then loses if this doesn’t happen and the player just sits out his contract.the union for not using whatever it is the employee could offer in a coaching capacity.also even playing in the comp running concurrent with superrugby.the employee because he might proof himself a capable line-out coach.if the union feels they do not want to contract him after expiration of current contract,he at least can put that on his cv.

  • Comment 93, posted at 20.11.15 19:38:44 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 93) : Well I hope so we have junior and senior team members who could use his help.

  • Comment 94, posted at 20.11.15 19:45:00 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Better for the union to try and seek employment opportunities for the players at other rugby unions then,whether here or overseas.

  • Comment 95, posted at 20.11.15 19:50:48 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • Sadly, being a professional sportsman, this thing comes with the territory – it is a privilege that can easily be taken away through either injury or poor form (or the new coach that just does not really see your value).

    It is not your typical day job, and players should probably accept that their time in a team is pretty much borrowed time that can just as easily be snatched away.

  • Comment 96, posted at 20.11.15 20:18:13 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Too bad. As long as the Sharks do not repeat 2015. However, Gold is still head coach for the upcoming Super campaign… I fear the worst, his coaching record is terrible…

  • Comment 97, posted at 20.11.15 20:47:17 by Gold_Must_Go Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 56) : But no one is insisting that he be guaranteed a permanent spot on the coaching staff? What a multitude have already pointed out is since we’re already paying him till end of next year and since he knows more than the average Joe about lineout work, call him in and let him give the young locks some pointers every now and then. He doesn’t need to sit in the coaching box or travel with the team. Just use what we’re already paying for. Marco has already made clear he’s willing to do this on twitter.

  • Comment 98, posted at 20.11.15 20:59:46 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 90) : I think it would be treated as garden leave

  • Comment 99, posted at 20.11.15 21:01:36 by durbsguy Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 87) :
    it’s known as gardening leave in corporate.

    I think that the issue is that the new coaches are kind of stuck with players they don’t believe in on long contracts. What to do?

    Their solution is to incentivize the guys to leave and cancel their costly contracts since nobody wants to be in this playing purgatory. The way I see it, it’s a great measure of whether we signed these guys on contracts that were too juicy. If they aren’t worth this in the market, they will continue to haunt KP. If they are, someone else will soon sign them up – so time will tell whether or not the coaches were too harsh in their assessment and treatment.

    Regarding coaching – which coach gets paid a players salary? In addition, how good would it be for morale to have a demoted player coaching the juniors? I think people are being naive here.

  • Comment 100, posted at 20.11.15 21:54:51 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Yes, it’s sometimes better to sweep clean, start fresh, get some of the leading proponents of annus horriblis out… how Gold survived the purge is beyond me.

  • Comment 101, posted at 20.11.15 22:56:41 by Gold_Must_Go Reply

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  • Hi Rob … is marco expected to stay on as a specialist lineout coach?

  • Comment 102, posted at 21.11.15 07:49:13 by byron Reply

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  • @Gold_Must_Go (Comment 101) : @Big Fish (Comment 100) : fully agreed and also unfair to single MW out ,if its personal then keep it as such,and why the harsh heading? Also flip side of coin is he was signed as a stop gap at best,he was still huffing and puffing two hours after SR games,so really

  • Comment 103, posted at 21.11.15 08:53:55 by benji Reply
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  • Fully agree Rob Dylan and co. He is a master at lineout time and he could still add tremendous value to the senior and junior sharks jumpers. Show some love this festive season and give that man a bellz!

  • Comment 104, posted at 21.11.15 09:10:10 by DeanOwens Reply

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  • So we can be all clinical and pure business when it comes to Marco but at the same time jump on our high horse when a player like pieter steph makes a clinical and business decision and wail about honour and integrity? It cuts both ways.

  • Comment 105, posted at 21.11.15 09:39:44 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @benji (Comment 103) : Well said. I find it ridiculous that people can laugh at the bulls for hanging onto Mayfield, and then get upset when we won’t hang onto Macro frikken Wentzel… Emotions (which a clearly involved here) aside, this is a good move. The only question mark is his year long contract and nothing to do, but I’d have to see the details of his contract to understand if it’s clever or dumb.

  • Comment 106, posted at 21.11.15 09:53:00 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 105) : In both situations it just emotions. Take emotions out of it and neither were necessarily bad moves.

  • Comment 107, posted at 21.11.15 09:54:35 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 107) : Sure if you were one of the people who had that its just business viewpoint when players left. But if you were one of those righteous anger people who were up on arms cause the player did us wrong then you can’t now say it’s fine for the shoe to be on the other foot and the union can do the same. That’s a double standard.

  • Comment 108, posted at 21.11.15 10:52:33 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Nice article Rob.

    Would have been nice to see something similar when Plum was given the boot.

  • Comment 109, posted at 21.11.15 11:01:45 by jonnow Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 108) :
    Help me understand what is unfair in the current situation.

  • Comment 110, posted at 21.11.15 14:09:57 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @jonnow (Comment 109) : ouch, but fair point.

  • Comment 111, posted at 21.11.15 14:27:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • I hope we didnt just drop Marco, but the writing was on the wall

    I can’t wait for the 12th of march I get to see the sharks play live here in cape town and beat the smug stormers I hope :)

    although I may have moved to polokwane by then having changed companies

  • Comment 112, posted at 21.11.15 18:01:59 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 108) : My biggest problem back then was him saying one thing and doing another. It’s not like the Sharks are going back on their word or anything, they are making a harsh but legitimate business decision.

  • Comment 113, posted at 21.11.15 18:32:10 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 112) : eish, you’re moving from Cape Town to Pietersburg?…

  • Comment 114, posted at 21.11.15 21:38:26 by Gold_Must_Go Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 111) : to be fair to the site I sort of did a similar piece on Plum (http://www.sharksworld.co.za/2013/05/22/the-enigma-that-is-plum/).

  • Comment 115, posted at 21.11.15 21:48:37 by JD Reply
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  • The Sharks are bumbling from one catastrophe to the next Marco was one of those sure things they needed with continuity going forward. None of my friends are renewing their season tickets now do I? Already I have to give up our 3 berth picnic site as I am on my own.

  • Comment 116, posted at 21.11.15 21:50:48 by markp Reply

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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 112) : geez better start practicing for that heat by sitting in the oven!!! ;-D

  • Comment 117, posted at 21.11.15 21:51:36 by JD Reply
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  • @markp (Comment 116) : ja boet really hope they catch a wake up and pull their act together. Maybe if things go better next year the lot of you can renew your tickets and enjoy going to the stadium again.

  • Comment 118, posted at 21.11.15 21:55:18 by JD Reply
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  • @Gold_Must_Go (Comment 114) : Yep thats a option for me, if ever the AC stops working in the office I’l just have to call it a day

    decent chance I’l live close to the office, so I’l definitely cycling to work

    @JD (Comment 117) : everyone keeps referencing the heat, flip flops!

  • Comment 119, posted at 21.11.15 21:57:06 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 119) : From what I’ve heard that place is seriously hot so flip flops alone won’t help much!

  • Comment 120, posted at 21.11.15 22:04:57 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 118) : From your lips to Pastors Bosses ears mate then maybe I won’t have loner syndrome anymore,perhaps we should all get together before and after games for a braai and drinks on B field.

  • Comment 121, posted at 22.11.15 12:48:22 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 121) : would love to go to the stadium and braai if only we lived a bit closer. Currently I’m living in Free State so only go to the stadium when we’re on holiday.

  • Comment 122, posted at 22.11.15 12:53:38 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 117) : You guys have no idea what heat is!

  • Comment 123, posted at 22.11.15 13:38:04 by Ben Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 122) : Ja me too. If I were living close I would be at KP as often as I could. But as it is all I can do is a trip from jozi every now and then. I have some hope for this new season so I guess I will be seeing my mates in kzn a little more often this new year.

  • Comment 124, posted at 22.11.15 15:21:49 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 69) : Well said. That’s all I ask too. That we not be just another business. But I hope the guts in management will do what is right.

  • Comment 125, posted at 22.11.15 15:24:24 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Great article!!! Beautifully wrtten!
    I agree about all you said about Marco Wentzel! I’m gonna miss him!

  • Comment 126, posted at 22.11.15 15:41:44 by Den Reply

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  • jokes aside

    I’m looking for real advice now guys, whose lived or worked in polokwane

    what’s it like ?

    Keep in mind I’l be doing a office job

  • Comment 127, posted at 22.11.15 22:08:21 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • Gary Gold is a fucking idiot, I remember him coming back from the UK and spending time with us at Club level. I also remember Johann Ackermans face while he was Sharing his wisdom and knowledge. The next moment the idiot was at province and the boks…now let’s be honest people like Gold. But no one likes the Currie Cup. We want to win it. That brings me to John Smit, who is implementing a very old principle very badly. Surround yourself with people You can trust. People who can be accountable to you and each other. He just forgot the most important thing. Get people who has a track record of winning its the only way you can become a winner. I am so sick of this current cage of Sharks involved with the Sharks…it’s like winning a trip overseas but you have to go with a bunch of twats….

  • Comment 128, posted at 23.11.15 07:28:18 by BoerSeun Reply

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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 127) : My sister and my cousin worked there for a while and I grew up in an adjacent town.

    I’d avoid the CBD. The rest is not too bad. What would you like to know in particular?

  • Comment 129, posted at 23.11.15 08:45:26 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 129) : whats fun to do around there, Hiking/mountain biking ?

    whats the best mall

  • Comment 130, posted at 23.11.15 12:54:57 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 130) : Fun things to do in Polokwane:-

    1.you can start by publicly urinating on a Blue Bulls rugby jersey (if the name “Matfield” is on the back, even more fun is guaranteed.)
    2 ……….please feel free to populate the list.

  • Comment 131, posted at 23.11.15 14:43:18 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 130) : The one thing Polokwane really has going for it, is that it fairly close to some great getaways. My preferred destination would be the Duiwelskloof, Magoebaskloof, Tzaneen & Haenertsburg areas. Beautiful region and there are so many hidden gems in that area. There’s all kind of fun to be had around there including fishing, hiking, sightseeing, mountain-biking, resorts, B&B’s etc. Even a Saturday road-trip is great due to the surrounding scenery. I’d start there.

    Savannah used to be considered the best mall but I now believe that people prefer the Mall of the North.

  • Comment 132, posted at 23.11.15 14:58:35 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 132) : This the very town that also gavebirth to John Smit,Peter Mokabba and Julius Malema in no order of importance.

  • Comment 133, posted at 23.11.15 15:43:18 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 133) : Matfield too.

  • Comment 134, posted at 23.11.15 15:48:48 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 134) : S o what you aresaying is that if you want to attract a little attention there piss on a blue bulls jersey, a red beret,a landrover while shouting one bullet ,one farmer.

  • Comment 135, posted at 23.11.15 16:23:28 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 135) : :lol: Yeah, that should do for a little attention.

  • Comment 136, posted at 23.11.15 16:52:13 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 132) : thanks, could well be a good adventure

  • Comment 137, posted at 23.11.15 18:41:48 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 137) : There’s of course also the Soutpansberg mountains to the North and the perennially green Levubu farming district to the east of it. If you enjoy nature there’s plenty to explore and enjoy in Limpopo.

  • Comment 138, posted at 23.11.15 22:04:22 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Courtesy of the Sharks official website:

    MEDIA RELEASE CLARIFICATION
    26 November 2015

    With reference to a press release issued by The Sharks on Thursday, 19th November 2015, we wish to clarify the following information relating to the announcement of the players released:
    Our wording of ‘Players having been released from their contracts’ was factually incorrect. In selecting a provisional pre-season training squad, difficult decisions needed to be made in order for us to move forward. Our coaching team had the uncomfortable task of re-looking at our current squad and sadly identified that the players mentioned, would find it difficult to get regular game time in 2016 and keeping them would be unfair on their careers currently. This exercise was completed at this stage, to allow those players the opportunity to find alternate employment either locally or internationally.
    It is important to note that the players listed were not released from their contracts and are still under the employ of The Sharks. As such, they will be remunerated accordingly until alternate employment is secured. Saying goodbye to members of the Sharks family is never easy and these gentlemen have contributed to the environment whilst here which makes this process a tough one emotionally as friendships have been forged over the years. They will be missed and are always welcomed guests at the Tank.
    We would like to take this opportunity to thank the players mentioned for their service and contribution to the union and offer them our best wishes as they move forward in their careers.
    - See more at: http://www.sharksrugby.co.za/index.php/component/articles/?view=article&id=2843024#sthash.2WsCVzHR.dpuf

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