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Akker out for three weeks


Written by Udo Lütge (pastorshark)

Posted in :Sharks, Super Rugby on 1 Apr 2019 at 18:09

Akker van der Merwe received a three week ban for his role in the fisticuffs in Durban on Saturday, leaving the Sharks very thin at hooker.

Both hookers, Akker van der Merwe and Schalk Brits, received red cards in the second half of the local derby between the Sharks and the Bulls at Kings Park on Saturday. Akker had hit the ruck leading with his head, which struck Brits – I can’t label it a headbutt quite as easily as every other scribe seems to have. Brits retaliated with a punch or two before both hookers traded punches on the ground. Referee Mike Fraser sent them both off and the SANZAAR hearings followed today.

The news following form the hearings caused quite a stir this afternoon. Akker received a three week ban while Brits copped a four week ban. Practically, however, the ban amounts to the both players missing an identical three games because the Bulls have a bye in that timeframe. The Bulls have, however, been throwing their toys out of the proverbial cot with their president, Willem Strauss, labelling it “absolutely ridiculous!” The Union has appealed the SANZAAR decision. Personally I think both players probably got off a bit lightly.

Be all that as it may, the Sharks now find themselves with THREE players banned in the last THREE games. This poor discipline has left them very thin in two crucial positions, hooker and centre. At hooker especially, the Sharks are dangerously exposed. With Chilliboy still awaiting his B-sample result and unlikely to be available again and Akker now sitting out, Kerron van Vuuren will take over the no. 2 jersey. That will mean Fez Mbatha, who was in the no. 16 jersey at Loftus a few weeks ago, will don that jersey again.

I for one am hoping that we don’t see any more disciplinary issues in the coming weeks…



50 Comments

  • Brits should get 3 weeks and 1 free date with Akker after that very intimate kiss….

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.04.19 18:25:14 by coolfusion Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 1) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.04.19 18:44:46 by pastorshark Reply
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  • 3 red cards in a season must be a record for us

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.04.19 19:32:18 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 3) : Not the sort of record we were hoping for!! :o

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.04.19 19:34:53 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 3) : You mean suspensions, 3 weeks in a row. We have only received 1 red card so far this season.

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.04.19 19:40:25 by Dunx Reply

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  • @Dunx (Comment 5) : I am speaking under correction, but a post-match suspension for an offense (where a red card was not issued) counts as an off-field red card on the player’s record

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.04.19 19:52:30 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 6) : yup, the indiscretions were deemed to meet the red-card threshold and so these count as off-field reds on the player records as far as I know…

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.04.19 19:56:40 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I see the Stormers lose Etzebeth and Dan du Plessis to injury and PSdT to paternity leave…Wilco Louw is also in doubt…
    It will be a tough remainder of the tour…

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.04.19 19:59:28 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 8) : All this makes it so much more frustrating that we threw things away on Saturday…we could have been sitting so pretty!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.04.19 20:00:49 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I’mall for playing with aggression but this is just ridiculous!!! Powers that be must sit down with coaches and players and stomp out this over aggressiveness that’s costing the team!!! I like all three the players but think they should be fined a fair amount for their suspensions!!!

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.04.19 21:37:27 by JD Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 9) : Sharks seemingly just can’t beat local teams!!! Can’t belief that the coaches can not sort out the players mental issues as I truly belief Sharks have a huge memtal block when playing local teams!!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.04.19 21:40:56 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 11) : I still havent watched the game – only the first 15 minutes and Im wondering how we managed to lose – so far the bulls are terrible, Vermeulen especially. Oh and that was a try, plonker TMO, you should lose your job – but of course you wont.

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.04.19 08:56:45 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Found this information, 16 hours old on Twitter: @Perrugby
    Problemas de hookers para Sharks: Chiliboy Ralepelle (doping), Craig Burden (lesión) Kerron van Heerden (lesión) y Akker van der Merwe (sanción) https://t.co/gyl3QULoeP. I really hope Van Heerden is not injured, because then we have a real problem.

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.04.19 11:07:03 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • So, to summarize: Maybe no hookers left, Bosch wants to go (and who could blame him with Rob), playing away from home this week, and our scrum just took a hit on Saturday…which Sharks fan is brave enough to watch this upcoming match? Oh, and by the way our recruitment, retention and rotation are up the Khyber pass. Oi vey.

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.04.19 11:11:10 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • @SeanJeff (Comment 14) : uncertain times ..

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.04.19 13:06:06 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • Team list is out…reckon we’re going to get shunted in the scrum, big time

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.04.19 15:01:26 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • Van Vuuren with Mbatha as reserve hooker

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.04.19 15:02:06 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • Rob Du Preez starting again. Heartbreaking

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.04.19 15:03:00 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • @SeanJeff (Comment 16) : Same starting 8 as last week with Kerron on for Akker. Bosch also comes in at 15, about time, but probably a reaction to his threat to go to WP. I think Burden on the bench once again? or not…..

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.04.19 15:03:01 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 19) : Burden out injured for I think 6-8 weeks.

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.04.19 15:09:00 by JD Reply
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  • I watched the press conference and at one stage Rob Sr. claimed that ”we played some outstanding rugby” against the Bulls. Did I miss something there in that game?

    Anyway, on players threatening to leave for other local teams, I don’t care. If your heart isn’t in Durban, by all means go somewhere else. Beast is an excellent example of someone who is dedicated to the Sharks, we need more guys that wants to play for the jersey if we want to go anywhere in the future.

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.04.19 15:15:27 by Quintin Reply

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  • @SeanJeff (Comment 18) : I actually cannot say more on the nepotism point its becoming heartbreaking(as you say) to see our union used like this.

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.04.19 15:16:01 by Byron Wright Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 21) :

    Rob is delusional.

    I want the players to want to be here but thats as much the Sharks responsibly as the players. I am not sure the team environment makes players want to stay.

  • Comment 23, posted at 02.04.19 15:19:12 by Byron Wright Reply

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  • @SeanJeff (Comment 13) : Kerron van Vuuren?

  • Comment 24, posted at 02.04.19 16:24:46 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Byron Wright (Comment 22) : Quick one, Im sure Ive asked it before….who do you want defending the 10 channel against Duanne Vermeulen and every other bruiser we play against – its clearly not Rob du Preez, so who of Bosch or Smith do you want there?

  • Comment 25, posted at 03.04.19 09:18:41 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 25) : Well with only one specialist flyhalf in the squad you dont have much choice but seeing rob get run over last week I dont think he can play for his D alone. To counter who do you want in every other aspect of play?

    Rob mas made 26 tackles this season and missed 6 for a percentage of 80% which is pretty good.

    Pollard made 45 missed 7- 87%

    Jantjies made 46 missed 17-75%

    Du Plessis made 38 missed 8 -79%

  • Comment 26, posted at 03.04.19 09:22:26 by Byron Wright Reply

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  • @Byron Wright (Comment 26) : By all accounts Rob was crap last week – have only seen the first half and yes he was poor (even his “nepotistic” old man was wincing at one of his blunders but does that makehim a crap player -Duanne Vermeulen was crap and so was Pollard, are they now crap – no. Who was the player last year that was torn to pieces week in and week out with childish comments like “shit for hands” etc – yes Dan du Preez and his father was “nepotistic” then for playing him.

    Who would you have picked as starting flyhalf forlast Saturdays game and this Fridays one?

  • Comment 27, posted at 03.04.19 10:01:01 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 27) : I would have picked Rob to start at 10 last week and curwin at 15 and on the back of one of the worst performances at 10 I have ever seen live I would have dropped Rob this week. Watch the second half it gets much worse.

    Dan has certainly come good this year but would he have been given as much chance if he wasnt the coaches son. Should we hope that Rob comes good next year at sale?

    The lack of options at 10 are also something most posters here have been criticising from before the season started and now the excuse is we must play Rob because he is the only option.

    To compare pollards crapness to Robs is not even in the same ballpark.

  • Comment 28, posted at 03.04.19 10:36:03 by Byron Wright Reply

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  • @Byron Wright (Comment 26) : Curwin could be such a good player if his D was up to scratch, sadly its not.

  • Comment 29, posted at 03.04.19 10:38:47 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 29) : I agree that is why in my view he must focus on FB in future but for now whether by accident or design there is no one else and things are not going well for Rob and the team. 50% win rate means we can afford to take risks in selection because the “best 15″ are not winning enough.

  • Comment 30, posted at 03.04.19 10:46:22 by Byron Wright Reply

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  • @Byron Wright (Comment 30) : With 50% win ratio I would prefer to consolidate and grind it out from there.I really dont think its time to throw caution to the wind yet.

  • Comment 31, posted at 03.04.19 11:57:51 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 31) : Fair enough lets see how we go on Friday, we have some winnable games after that so we could get on a roll if we win on Friday. If we lose and drop below 50% without even having toured OZ/NZ we in trouble.

  • Comment 32, posted at 03.04.19 12:07:13 by Byron Wright Reply

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    Cape Town – The B-sample result of Sharks hooker, Chiliboy Ralepelle, has confirmed the presence of the banned substance, Zeranol.

    Zeranol is a synthetic nonsteroidal estrogen of the resorcylic acid lactone group related to mycoestrogens found in fungi in the Fusarium genus and is used mainly as an anabolic agent in veterinary medicine.

    In an email on Wednesday, South African Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS) CEO Khalid Galant confirmed the process an athlete tested for a banned substance goes through, as well as the options now available to Ralepelle.

    During the sample collection process, the athlete divides his sample into an A-sample container (60ml) and a B-sample container (30ml) and seals both containers.

    The B-sample container therefore contains the same urine as the A-sample container.

    Upon receipt of the athlete’s A and B-samples at the laboratory, only the A-sample’s seal is broken and the sample is then analysed for banned substances.

    When the presence of a banned substance is identified in the A-sample, the athlete is notified and has the option to accept the result or have the B-sample analysed to confirm or invalidate the A-sample result.

    Ralepelle exercised his right to have his B-sample analysed.

    The legal representative of the athlete has been informed of the test result.

    Ralepelle now has the option of accepting the result and offering a guilty plea, where after a reasoned decision will be issued explaining the doping sanction.

    Ralepelle may also submit a plea for consideration of a reduced sanction by providing mitigating circumstances.

    Should Ralepelle opt to contest the sample result, a hearing of an independent tribunal panel will be convened to adjudicate over the proceeding and hand down a decision.

    SAIDS is only able to further comment on this case after a final decision is rendered. All doping decisions are disclosed within 21 days of that decision.

    This is not the first occasion that Ralepelle, 32, has faced a doping enquiry.

    The 25-Test Springbok has had two previous run-ins with illegal substances and was given a two-year ban in 2014 having tested positive for Drostanolone while at French club Toulouse.

    The other incident came in 2010 when, along with team-mate Bjorn Basson, Ralepelle was sent home from the Springboks’ end-of-year tour after traces of the banned substance Methylhexanamine were found in his system.

    Both players were proved innocent, though, with SA Rugby having been at fault for providing them with the wrong supplements.

  • Comment 33, posted at 03.04.19 12:12:00 by Loosehead Reply

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  • @Byron Wright (Comment 32) : Friday will be tough with 2 very rookie hookers.

  • Comment 34, posted at 03.04.19 12:20:10 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 34) : Akker is a big loss and they have a clear advantage at 2 but I would probably say we better in most positions. With a Mapoe/Dyanthi midfield we should be able to get a big advantage there. PvdW also back

  • Comment 35, posted at 03.04.19 12:25:25 by Byron Wright Reply

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  • @Loosehead (Comment 33) : got some real problems at 2 now and into next year

  • Comment 36, posted at 03.04.19 12:27:12 by Byron Wright Reply

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  • Flip, Chiliboy’s B sample also dodge according to news24

  • Comment 37, posted at 03.04.19 12:46:32 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • @Byron Wright (Comment 35) : It might be very good for Kerron to be thrown in the deepend now. This is where some players really come into their own.

  • Comment 38, posted at 03.04.19 12:52:25 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 38) : True sometimes a gem emerges when you forced to give these youngsters an extended run. Mbatha also a very good youngster

  • Comment 39, posted at 03.04.19 13:10:31 by Byron Wright Reply

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  • @Loosehead (Comment 33) : Chilli should forget Rugby and open a pharmacy. Damn it he is a pharmacy! A walking one. He may get away with technicality though since that substance is not officially on the banned list…but come on this guy is clearly someone who has no qualms with doping. Do we want such a guy influencing young players? If he gets away with such things how many others will try the same.

  • Comment 40, posted at 03.04.19 13:37:53 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @SeanJeff (Comment 37) : Not surprised at all.

  • Comment 41, posted at 03.04.19 13:47:48 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Probably going to see Bosch and Leyds ducking to WP. Won’t be surprised to see van Wyk leave too. But all is fine at sharks ….

  • Comment 42, posted at 03.04.19 14:17:41 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 42) : Dont be surprised to see many palyers from all usions moving. If they are moving to SA unions then you know that they are not really high on the desireable pecking order. I hope van Wyk gets regular game time, I wouldnt want him leaving. Leyds is already at the Stormers but probably off to Europe and I think they are trying to replace his undisputed defensive attributes with someone similar and hence the interest in Bosch.

  • Comment 43, posted at 03.04.19 14:27:50 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 43) : Well not like Leyds did anything. But I do think the Sharks are leaking players faster. Very strange actually since there is a rwc on the cards so many guys should see game time especially if there is SR injuries and rotation.

  • Comment 44, posted at 03.04.19 15:12:51 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 42) : @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 43) : maybe thinking about Zas? Rumour is he is also looking to go.

  • Comment 45, posted at 03.04.19 17:12:46 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 45) : Zas. Yes. Sorry. Dunno why I said Leyds. But Leyds also going overseas

  • Comment 46, posted at 03.04.19 17:59:43 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 46) : But if you guys recall when we got Bosch he was considering stormers at the time they were in some deep financial probs…well deeper at any rate.

  • Comment 47, posted at 03.04.19 18:01:18 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 47) : I see Fran’s Steyn coming back to SA in 2020. Sharks probably miss that trick too.

  • Comment 48, posted at 03.04.19 18:06:58 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 48) : ja totally missed that trick!!! Don’t think he will consider any offers outside of Bloemfontein as he already bought a house in Bloemfontein to settle down and raise his children.

  • Comment 49, posted at 03.04.19 21:05:27 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 49) : Sigh…

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