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Welcome back Stephan!


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 20 Jan 2016 at 10:34
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In some truly great news, it looks as though sharks and Bok lock Stephan Lewies is finally over his awful knee injury and is now training flat-out with the rest of the Super Rugby squad.

Lewies has had an unfortunate run, with a solitary Bok cap in 2014 the high point in a career thus far blighted by injury. A horror knee dislocation on tour against the Reds last year cut short any hopes of a comeback, after knee and shoulder problems has also curtailed his 2014 campaign. With the likes of Lood de Jager, Eben Etzebeth and that blonde kid establishing themselves as the Springbok second row options for the future, Lewies certainly has his work cut out for him if he hopes to add a second Bok jersey to his collection.

This kid has always been about adversity and doing things the hard way, as his rise through the ranks in Sharks country, after being overlooked by the Bulls, testifies. With new locks aplenty in Sharks country too, Stephan’s first challenge will be to pick a jersey and then oust one of Ruan Botha, Etienne Oosthuizen or Giant Mtayanda from that position. With an injury-free run and a good bit of game time, we’re sure his form will warrant higher honours once more.

Welcome back, Stephan. We’ve missed you.



86 Comments

  • Missed him indeed. Welcome back Mr. Lewies! Hoping the Sharks conditioning crew is keeping a very close eye on him this year.

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.01.16 10:45:54 by vanmartin Reply
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  • When fit and firing he is an immense talent. Although keeping him fit seems to require an immense talent too. Would love to see him and Ruan Botha as a combo. PS. is ‘that blonde kid’ Matfield by any chance? ;)

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.01.16 11:00:14 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Welcome back Stephan!!!!!!!!!! Good luck for the season!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.01.16 11:03:13 by JD Reply
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  • Now you talking ,partner him up with EO and 4 and 5 are sorted and bring on those Crusaders

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.01.16 11:03:44 by benji Reply
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  • Hahaha “Lood de Jager, Eben Etzebeth and that blonde kid” nice one Rob!!!!!!!!!!! :twisted: :roll:

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.01.16 11:06:11 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 2) : both Matfield and the blonde kid are dead to me.

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.01.16 11:07:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 2) : way of the mark with Matfield but pretty close with the PS!!!!!!! :twisted:

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.01.16 11:07:36 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : Matfield is like the highlander…there can be only 1…and only 1 way to kill him off ;)

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.01.16 11:08:30 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 7) : Have you seen that Matfield beard…only a matter of time till he is blonde (well silver/grey)

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.01.16 11:09:47 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Awesome news

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.01.16 11:10:53 by JarsonX Reply
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  • How old is he now?

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.01.16 11:29:08 by T-Shark Reply

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  • @T-Shark (Comment 11) : 339

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.01.16 11:30:55 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 12) : I meant Stephan, not Matfield ;)

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.01.16 11:34:36 by T-Shark Reply

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  • @benji (Comment 4) : You are maybe forgetting we also have Ruan Botha now…?

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.01.16 11:45:11 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @T-Shark (Comment 13) : 23 years and 358 days (he was born in 27 January 1992). :lol:

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.01.16 11:45:25 by JD Reply
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  • Would be great to start him and botha with Mtyanda and Oosthuizen as impact. Then on the Rotate start Giant and bring him or Botha off. Sorry but Oosthuizen is very far from a dependable asset in my book, he needs some work.

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.01.16 11:50:56 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 16) : True I don’t think oosthuizen has found his proper place as yet, but I think with another season behind him he will add something to the pack, I also don’t know if JW has made all the right calls with him and gave him time to settle properly

  • Comment 17, posted at 20.01.16 12:38:35 by Henkb Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 16) : @Henkb (Comment 17) : think this s&%$#t of playing him at 7 should stop. Let him play 4 and see if he’s worth keeping or not. He had one or two good games last year but I personally feel the move to 7 did not do him any good at all.

  • Comment 18, posted at 20.01.16 13:05:53 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 18) : Yeh i agree with that.

  • Comment 19, posted at 20.01.16 13:07:21 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 18) : I agree time for him to shit or get off the pot. Maybe he is taking up valuable space whether flank or lock.

  • Comment 20, posted at 20.01.16 13:12:04 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 14) : and unanivi.

  • Comment 21, posted at 20.01.16 13:41:50 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @Henkb (Comment 17) : oosthuizen shouldn’t be used as a 4lock/7flank player.let him focus only on playing 4-lock.

  • Comment 22, posted at 20.01.16 13:49:02 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 16) : my lock combo would be 4.lewies 5.botha.uanivi on the bench.

  • Comment 23, posted at 20.01.16 13:52:41 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • Now this is great news.

  • Comment 24, posted at 20.01.16 18:31:43 by Letgo Reply
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  • This is wonderful news! Welcome back, Stefan…and good luck for the 2016 season. I hope it is a goodie!

  • Comment 25, posted at 20.01.16 21:30:11 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 23) : Sounds good…I like our options this year…looks like this is one position in which we can do some very meaningful rotating…

  • Comment 26, posted at 20.01.16 21:36:08 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 26) : Yup I think the only reason Oosthuizen would be considered would be his dual role. But then again we do have jackpot who can play two positions as well.

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.01.16 06:27:17 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 22) : My opinion exactly, JW had this thing of trying to create “versatile” players and I get it some guys are born to do that, just remember our old son Brent Russell, but in my opinion Oosthuizen is not one of them he should concentrate on lock and see if he has any worth there

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.01.16 08:30:35 by Henkb Reply
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  • @Henkb (Comment 28) : I think oosthuizen was meant to only play lock but injuries to Alberts and then Deysel injury/suspension meant that they tried to fill a gap with Oosthuizen. That need isnt there anymore so he should be concentrating purely on lock which he is pretty useful at.

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.01.16 08:34:28 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 29) : That’s true, I would still think that he would be better of being used as an impact lock, not that I’m saying he is bad in any way, I just think that he was used incorrectly before, but as you said circumstances paved the way there, you brought up Alberts I see that he is currently injured again and out for long term, he was excellent on his form days, but I’m not to sad that he said his goodbyes to the Sharks

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.01.16 08:46:25 by Henkb Reply
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  • @Henkb (Comment 30) : Regarding Alberts..think it was about 2yrs ago that i said if he wanted a prolonged career he needed to move to lock as he is will only get injured playing flank and well ya. In terms of an impact lock i think all the players off the bench need to provide something different to what you already have on the field. So taking locks for example. If we start 2 mobile locks than id like to see a big scrumming lock for lack of a better term come off the bench and then vice versa. Same with the loosies…if we start a couple of bashers then id like to see 1 or 2 mobile ball players come off the bench. Just replacing like for like means the opposition doesnt need to adapt at all

  • Comment 31, posted at 21.01.16 08:55:59 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Henkb (Comment 30) : Alberts is a fantastic,no brilliant player,but he needs a break from rugby.
    Look at what an extended time out did for Juan Smith.
    Unfortunately on the mercenary money he is on in Europe he won’t get that break,as soon as he is near match fit,he will be thrown back into the fray Expected to play that balls to the wall take no prisoners game of his.Long story short he will be on wounded list again.

  • Comment 32, posted at 21.01.16 08:57:43 by The hound Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 31) : I think one of the best buys we made in the off season is Potgieter,he gives us a bit of Alberts,bit of Deysel,a bit of Sykes and a bit of Flo Louw.
    I think in tandem with Marcel,the Twins,Botha and Lewies we have lots and lots of serious dog fuck. from 4 to 8

  • Comment 33, posted at 21.01.16 09:03:54 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 32) : That is just the problem there, if he continues in this way I see him retiring shortly as it will be to much for his body to take, and he is like you say now a mercenary and playing for them, and they just care of what they can get out of their investment now, and are not to bothered about the long term growth of the investment, as they can and have the money to buy another quality player when the current one breaks down completely

  • Comment 34, posted at 21.01.16 09:06:18 by Henkb Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 33) : I agree. The best part of getting Potgieter back is that he now knows how to pass :) Id still love to see the twins play in tandem as when they on the field together things tend to happen. With Marcel and Van Der Walt our first choice loosies/locks look good. Ive also been asking for our props to do more more with ball in hand, even if picking and driving and i think with Beast/DuToit and Coenie we should get that.

  • Comment 35, posted at 21.01.16 09:09:43 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 32) : Yeh i cant see him lasting another 2yrs

  • Comment 36, posted at 21.01.16 09:10:40 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Henkb (Comment 34) : True but they bought him and pay a fortune for him to play the game he is famous for,brutal confrontational 100%physical rugby.
    Can’t blame them if it shortens his career.
    I think he should have done what George Smith did play sole in the Jap league for a year or two.No Super rugby,no European rugby,no tests not even Currie Cup till his body has healed again.
    He would have made plenty of money there and extended his career for 5 more years.

  • Comment 37, posted at 21.01.16 09:15:05 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 37) : Maybe he doesnt like fish and rice ;)

  • Comment 38, posted at 21.01.16 09:20:37 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 38) : On the money he gets paid there he could exist solely on Kobi Beef,and until you try that you haven’t really ever understood meat.

  • Comment 39, posted at 21.01.16 09:23:25 by The hound Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 38) : Sad story all around because probably with the exception of Lem and Pieter Muller in his prime, I never saw better tackler on a rugby field

  • Comment 40, posted at 21.01.16 09:26:51 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 37) : I think he would have done better if he could have joined Toulon, look what they have put into Juan Smith as per Sheldon also, or let’s say his agent should have thought of that, in my personal opinion they are a much better club in that regard as the parisians

  • Comment 41, posted at 21.01.16 09:29:52 by Henkb Reply
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  • @Henkb (Comment 41) : Yes but remember Juan Smith had a whole year off of rugby before he joined Toulon,didn’t even play for the Cheetahs,

  • Comment 42, posted at 21.01.16 09:32:47 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 39) : hehe with the amount of Kobe beef he would eat i dont think there would be anything left. @The hound (Comment 40) : Alberts when fit and firing was probably the most destructive player in SA in recent times.

  • Comment 43, posted at 21.01.16 09:43:55 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 42) : Im sure it was more than a year?

  • Comment 44, posted at 21.01.16 09:44:45 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 40) : That collision in the Lions game between Willem ‘die bus is vol’ Alberts and Mark Richards was probably one of most brutal rugby moments I’ve ever witnessed. Brutal in terms of physicality, not foul play. For a split second I was convinced poor Mark was dead.

  • Comment 45, posted at 21.01.16 10:29:32 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 45) : Speaking of Mark Richards…he is back in Durban playing for Rovers

  • Comment 46, posted at 21.01.16 10:34:58 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 45) : That was seriously one sided,I loved watching Alberts take out guys like Duanne Vermullen,Kieran Reid,Liam Messam, nobody but nobody ran down his channel twice with much confidence.
    Maybe Bakkies in his prime.

  • Comment 47, posted at 21.01.16 10:37:20 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 33) : @SheldonK (Comment 35) : yes Sharks is sorted at 1, 4-8 just hope the players playing 2 & 3 can join the party then Sharks could have a monster pack!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 48, posted at 21.01.16 11:47:50 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 46) : he was a real prospect but then somehow disappeared?!?!? Would love to see what he can do, really hoping he gets a chance in the first part of the Currie cup.

  • Comment 49, posted at 21.01.16 11:51:49 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 48) : I think we are fine at 2 if the guys can find their jumpers- rest of their game is fine. Yes they arent Bismarck…but not nobody is. As for 3…hmm not sure who is going to fill that role- probably Coenie to start.

  • Comment 50, posted at 21.01.16 11:52:23 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 49) : He has a bit of speed and footwork but end of the day he is just too lightweight. So its all good till he makes contact with someone or is asked to defend. I mean Richards defending Naholo,Savea, JP Pieterson…there is only 1 winner

  • Comment 51, posted at 21.01.16 11:53:58 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 51) : for me defence is more about the size of the players hart than the size of his body. Nobody can run without legs so small guys must just go lower. But hey that’s just me, in SA everything is mos about size!!! Interestingly Wikipedia is stating he will be playing for the Kings in 2016?!?!

  • Comment 52, posted at 21.01.16 12:21:02 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 52) : You can have the biggest heart and go as low as you want…you still have to have the power to knock him off his feet. Yes you may bring him down once…but 8 of 10 times you will get run over. So no you dont need to be Mr Muscle…but you cant be super lightweight either. And i wouldnt rely too much on Wikipedia..he is training at Rovers

  • Comment 53, posted at 21.01.16 12:31:01 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 53) : I do believe you that he’s training at Rovers. Is Mark smaller than Colbe or the same size?

  • Comment 54, posted at 21.01.16 12:38:17 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 54) : Height wise fairly similar i reckon. Muscle wise Kolbe probably better. Kolbe’s defense vs the Highlanders is my case in point though…he was barely a speedbump. On attack yes he is great unless he gets caught…then he will get held up and ball probably turned over. He should have listened to Mallet and become a scrumhalf…although Mallet did also think a flank would make a good scrumhalf…

  • Comment 55, posted at 21.01.16 12:44:21 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 50) : I saw in an interview Coenie mentioning how great it is to pack down next to Beast,so fairly sure he is seeing himself as a TH at the Tank

  • Comment 56, posted at 21.01.16 13:23:38 by HeinF Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 56) : Well technically if he is next to Beast then he is playing hooker ;) But yeh seems that way. Just hope his neck holds up there

  • Comment 57, posted at 21.01.16 13:29:44 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 57) : hmm…you could be right, we could be in for a surprise ;)

  • Comment 58, posted at 21.01.16 13:30:40 by HeinF Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 37) : good point.

  • Comment 59, posted at 21.01.16 13:47:21 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 56) : @SheldonK (Comment 57) : well anyway you look at it he’s probably not at Loose head as I can’t see Beast moving to hooker!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 60, posted at 21.01.16 14:23:56 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 55) : tough times for small guys probably better for them to move closer to 9.

  • Comment 61, posted at 21.01.16 14:30:48 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 61) : Small is fine but you have to be powerful..think Halfpenny,Lambie etc. Interestingly enough Kolbe plays scrummy for the 7s side and Hougard plays centre- always though Hougaard would make a good 13.

  • Comment 62, posted at 21.01.16 14:42:54 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Interesting names of ex durban club players popping up in the Boland Cavaliers Squad for 2016: Sergio Torrens (fullback), Charlie Mayeza (wing), Ferdi Horn (loosie), Shaun Ardendorff (loosie)

  • Comment 63, posted at 21.01.16 14:53:41 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 60) : At least he said packing down and not next to Beast,could have meant he sees himself as a 9 ;)

  • Comment 64, posted at 21.01.16 21:28:21 by HeinF Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 40) : Pat Lam was fierce…

  • Comment 65, posted at 21.01.16 21:54:24 by the ko Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 64) : Yes lets use the Nick Mallet technique and play Coenie at 9…now thats entertainment

  • Comment 66, posted at 22.01.16 08:27:32 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 62) : must say that was a bit of a surprise but think Hougaard is stronger and a better defender.

  • Comment 67, posted at 22.01.16 09:29:48 by JD Reply
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  • @HeinF (Comment 64) : ja think maybe he should move to 9 just to shake it up a bit!!!!!!! :twisted:

  • Comment 68, posted at 22.01.16 09:31:12 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 66) : Coenie might be able to get the ball away from the rucks quicker than Ruan Pienaar

  • Comment 69, posted at 22.01.16 09:31:47 by the ko Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 67) : I like Hougaard in the centres or wing…think he is a decent scrumhalf but his talents are better utilised elsewhere…he should have gone to RWC as a wing

  • Comment 70, posted at 22.01.16 09:36:25 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @the ko (Comment 69) : Pienaar’s speed had a lot to do with the Bok gameplan…he certainly isnt slow for Ulster

  • Comment 71, posted at 22.01.16 09:37:01 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 70) : don’t like him all that much but for his sake they better decide where he will play in the 15 man game or he will end up like Brett Russel.

  • Comment 72, posted at 22.01.16 09:43:02 by JD Reply
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  • @the ko (Comment 69) : @SheldonK (Comment 71) : must say I think the speed of a 9 has a lot has to do with how quickly the other players are ready to take the ball.

  • Comment 73, posted at 22.01.16 09:45:13 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 72) : Nothing wrong with having a multi talented guy like Hougaard and Russel. You just need to be clever enough to use them for the best impact. Same with Willie LeRoux

  • Comment 74, posted at 22.01.16 09:50:36 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 73) : It does indeed. Also depends on the instruction given etc. So yes not many 9s in SA just clear from the base. But that comes from coaching and a history of wanting our 9s from a young age to challenge the line before giving the pass. So our 9s are predominantly the play maker in the side.

  • Comment 75, posted at 22.01.16 09:53:03 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 75) : Simple answer. Fourie Du Preez. As talented as he was he actually set us back a number of years. Why? Every young player tried to model their game to that of Fourie’s forgetting that Fourie Du Preez was a one in a million. He had the ability to know when to slow the game down or increase the tempo. At the same time make excellent decisions. Ordinary players therefore tried to be the general without having the mental and physical speed of a Fourie Du Preez. Guys like Faf and Rudi have that ability to a certain extent and give me a lot of promise in terms of the Bok 9 jersey going forward.

  • Comment 76, posted at 22.01.16 10:18:43 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 76) : This. Hougaard was a pretty useful scrummy, proficient in most of the basics until the Bulls (along with Fourie himself) announced he was the “next Fourie du Preez”. That’s where his decline started. If he built on what he had instead of trying to turn himself into a tactical kicking scrumhalf we might not be suggesting that he’s best utilized in other positions.

  • Comment 77, posted at 22.01.16 10:34:05 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 76) : Yeh fair point. I think its a cash of trying to emulate someone as opposed to playing to your strengths. I know he isnt a scrummy but Frans Steyn for example. He was a big guy so they wanted him as a battering ram ala Tevor Halstead…but Steyn’s value comes in that he actually had good feet and distribution skills that werent fully used as we tried to use him as Halstead was used.

  • Comment 78, posted at 22.01.16 10:42:40 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 77) : I still think should he concentrate on it Hougaard can still be a good international scrummy. Reason i like him deployed a bit wider though is that he just has that eye for the gap and that x-factor that can create something from nothing. Bok rugby will always be pretty predictable…but if players like Hougaard/LeRoux are deployed correctly that will really make the opposition think twice…which will only aide our forward power game

  • Comment 79, posted at 22.01.16 10:46:41 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Huge huge Lewies fan, I think he can get back in the Bok setup, Etzebeth, Blondie :lol: , de Jager will all be in. A few really great talents in Lions’ Lourens Erasmus and Franco Mostert, Bulls’ RG Snyman and Jason Jenkins will be pushing for that 4th lock spot in the Bok squad

  • Comment 80, posted at 22.01.16 19:35:30 by Ludz Reply

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  • I can’t find on what thread Tiaan Liebenberg was mentioned…I see he is practicing with the Cheetahs…

  • Comment 81, posted at 22.01.16 22:11:31 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 71) : True, I joke about the guy, but the fact is that he’s been a servant of the game, under saru and the saarks… Pity he hasn’t been afforded the opportunity to play the game his own way (for his bok career anyway)

  • Comment 82, posted at 23.01.16 00:32:04 by the ko Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 79) : I think part of that x-factor you’re referring to is -among other things – he runs hard at the gaps and tries to make as many metres as possible. I really like him as a 13 because of that, and he’s tough as nails, so you know for sure that channel will be defended without a doubt! I still think he’s a doos though!

  • Comment 83, posted at 23.01.16 00:38:59 by the ko Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 79) : Eish mate,”forward power game’,seriously,Bok rugby? I think Bok rugby is like bringing T-Rex to battle The USS Ronald Reagan

  • Comment 84, posted at 23.01.16 12:36:07 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 84) : We are top 3 in the World with having won 2 world cups…you making it seem like Boks are one of the worst teams in the world. Be pessimistic by all means but a bit of reality doesnt hurt too.

  • Comment 85, posted at 25.01.16 08:03:23 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @the ko (Comment 83) : haha there are many many very good players over the course of history that have been a proper doos. His hard running etc is just part of what give shim that x-factor…its also his timing and ability to see the opportunities that may result in points- and thats something very difficult to coach.

  • Comment 86, posted at 25.01.16 08:06:37 by SheldonK Reply

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