Ebehrsons steal the show

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news on 26 Feb 2008 at 12:56
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The second week of the Varsity Cup caused some major upsets, with NWU-Puk losing to TUT on Saturday and then Ikeys Tigers demolishing Tukkies 55-24 in a thrilling encounter in Cape Town.

Report courtesy News24.

The star in the Ikeys line-up was Marvin Christians who crossed the tryline four times, while Robert Hopwood dotted down twice. The other Ikeys tries were scored by JP Koster and Herbert Mayosi.

Tukkies had a fairy tale start to the Varsity Cup last week when they produced one of the biggest comebacks in rugby history, drawing with Maties 31-31 after trailing by 31-5 with six minutes to go. But on Monday night none of that magic was anywhere to be seen.

In Johannesburg, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) got a real thumping at the hands of Shimlas, going down 54-6. The visitors showed real class, especially in the interpretation of the new laws and couldn’t put a foot wrong.

The young Ebersohn twins are going to be stars of the Varsity Cup this year and it is hard to believe that they were still at school last year.

After the second round of the Varsity Cup the competition has been thrown wide open and it is still anybody’s guess who will be the top dog come the Easter weekend in George.


  • Personal Details
    Full Name Josias Mathiem
    Nick Name Sias
    Surname Ebersohn
    Height 174cm
    Weight 78kg
    Birth Date 23 February 1989
    Birth City Bloemfontein
    Marital Status Single
    Favourite Film Gladiator
    Favourite Music Afrikaans
    Favourite Food Pizza
    Primary School Grey College Primary
    Secondary School Grey College
    Tertiary Education UFS

    Full Name Robert Thompson
    Nick Name Rob
    Surname Ebersohn
    Height 180cm
    Weight 82kg
    Birth Date 23 February 1989
    Birth City Bloemfontein
    Marital Status Single
    Favourite Film The Boondox Saints
    Favourite Music Gospel
    Favourite Food Moms food
    Primary School Grey College Primary
    Secondary School Grey College

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.02.08 12:59:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • How long before the Ebehrsons are stolen? 😉

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.02.08 13:03:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • At an average height of 1.75m and an average weight of 80, these boys better become friendly with Pierre Spies, and quickly, if they hope to get anywhere in BIG rugby.

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.02.08 13:03:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • Agree with Rob- if these lads quickly progress up the ladder despite their lilliputian bent, I would be surprised, and in the light of guys like Dollie, perhaps a bit concerned.

    Super skilled though – I watched the match yesterday, and though they were truly sublime, that Shimlas team has talent in plenty other possies.

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.02.08 13:08:10 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Have watched them play – they really are good. I think the one that is captain (Rob I think) was really good.

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.02.08 14:46:34 by Nessa Reply

  • The sooner they get to the big stage the better. Like I said on the other thread the way Sias (10) drop goal and sent his backs in space is unbelievable. Knowing Andre Smit’s (RAU 10) x Paarl Gimmie quite well, I can gaurantee he is also a great talent.

    Think they will be in the Cheetah S14 next year.

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.02.08 14:51:07 by PaarlBok Reply

  • they’re gonna get killed when they get those 110kg islanders running at them…

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.02.08 15:05:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • That’s for sure – at 80 odd kilos – that’s small!

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.02.08 15:09:31 by Nessa Reply

  • Dont think the Blues 10 will agree with you, but I think they need to get there experiense wise. Wont be good to have a Gaffie repeat again.

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.02.08 15:30:16 by PaarlBok Reply

  • how big is evans?

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.02.08 15:32:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • ok… 1.78 and 84kg. Looks like you may be onto something

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.02.08 15:33:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • These guys are only 18…

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.02.08 15:35:48 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • so am I being unfair? How much did Steyn weigh at 18?

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.02.08 15:42:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • Bryce they may be 18 in years but they totally dominate their age group in 2007 and the one match I watch last night they look way older on the field of play. Andre Smit their opponent played SA Schools three years back and was a no show against the Ebersohns.

    We have a saying in this part when it comes to age group sport. “Quality have no age group”

    Its not if they are in the tight five where it matters.

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.02.08 15:45:45 by PaarlBok Reply

  • I expect these two brothers to have the same effect to rise like Schalk & Steyn.

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.02.08 15:48:16 by PaarlBok Reply

  • I believe Waylon Murray in matric was many many kgs lighter then he is now….

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.02.08 15:51:46 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • oh? Do you think he’s a friend of Pierre Spies’s?

  • Comment 17, posted at 26.02.08 15:53:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • Age doesn’t necessarily mean all that much. Sure they can bulk up a bit more – but it depends on their frame. I was watching the U19’s the other day and was horrified by the size of some of those boys!

  • Comment 18, posted at 26.02.08 15:55:57 by Nessa Reply

  • Now now Rob you have already got your blog into trouble today….there can be defamation by implication 😉

  • Comment 19, posted at 26.02.08 15:59:56 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • Im with Nessa on this – I have a few friends involved in age group rugby, and they say some of the lads coming through are monstrous.

    Bulking up really depends on your frame. Those twins are both quick and strong for their size, but it remains to be seen if they can take it up another level to senior rugby. A short guy cant afford to bulk up to much; cos you lose speed and agility as a result.

    Its the one reason I have reservations about the future of Keegan Daniel and the very skilled Ishmaeel Doillie.

    Waylon was 95kg at 19.

  • Comment 20, posted at 26.02.08 16:00:43 by Big Fish Reply
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  • BF – look at someone like Keegan. He really needs to be bigger for that position – but his frame is small.

    (sorry BF – only saw your posting about Keegan after I had typed mine. But just shows you great minds think alike!)

  • Comment 21, posted at 26.02.08 16:04:34 by Nessa Reply

  • DP… Waylon and Pierre played age group rugby together, didn’t they? I’m just wandering how close they are… do they swap recipes, training tips, that sort of thing.

  • Comment 22, posted at 26.02.08 16:04:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • Pierre is the only Bulls player that I like.

  • Comment 23, posted at 26.02.08 16:11:51 by Nessa Reply

  • John Mametsa and Chilli are the only ones I like

  • Comment 24, posted at 26.02.08 16:15:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • oh – and of course Moxie and Wouter 😉

  • Comment 25, posted at 26.02.08 16:16:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • Comment 26, posted at 26.02.08 16:16:38 by Nessa Reply

  • 26.02.08 16:04:34 – Nessa

    😆 I feel flattered to be counted amongst such exalted company!

    Rob… eish!

    Waylon and Spies are really big, scary men.

  • Comment 27, posted at 26.02.08 16:16:41 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Okay guys – off to fight the traffic (the story of my life). Ceers!

  • Comment 28, posted at 26.02.08 16:20:26 by Nessa Reply

  • “Cheers” 😳

  • Comment 29, posted at 26.02.08 16:20:47 by Nessa Reply

  • cheers nessa. Nice to chat, as always

  • Comment 30, posted at 26.02.08 16:24:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • If you look at the way these youngsters are doing things today its totally different to what we had. At U14 they start with summer programs, diet and practise. At Paarl Gim the U18 A side had to do a 05h00 Gym program practise plus the normal practises 5 days a week, friday night a man to man session with the kopdokter and saturday games.
    If you want to be in the top lot you have to go the extra mile.

  • Comment 31, posted at 26.02.08 16:38:57 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Hey Paarl did Schalk forget to go to his kopdokter on Friday night? 😉

  • Comment 32, posted at 26.02.08 16:41:48 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • Great to see the Ikeys are back as strong as ever.
    We in WP have the best Varsity XV’s: Maties and Ikeys.
    Tukkies in tatters

  • Comment 33, posted at 26.02.08 16:43:31 by H.O. Reply

  • To my surprise Tukkies beat on saturday the impressive Shimlas against all odds after being smashed by Ikeys the previous weeks.

    Today there are three games , Pukke vs Maties (live on TV 18h30 – 20h30) in Potch and on TV, RAU vs Ikeys & TUT vs NMMU.

    Maties Team for Pukke clash
    The Maties team for the encounter is as follows:

    15. Andy Russel
    14. Shandré Frolich
    13. Sarel Potgieter
    12. Jowayne van Wyk
    11. Morné Jooste
    10. Jason de Villiers
    9. Donald Stevens
    8. Bennie Booysen
    7. Cameron Peverett
    6. Wesley Wilkens
    5. Jaco Nepgen
    4. De Kock Steenkamp
    3. Jacobi Adriaanse
    2. Lisle Clark
    1. Michael Rice

    16. Matthew Dobson
    17. Andrew Crausaz
    18. Albert Fullard
    19. Jonathan Adendorf
    20. Prieur de Jager
    21. Lucien Cloete
    22. Brendon April

  • Comment 34, posted at 03.03.08 12:48:00 by PaarlBok Reply

  • So Maties get their 2nd televised game while Ikeys havent had one yet?
    Nice. 🙄

  • Comment 35, posted at 03.03.08 12:54:21 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • They’ll get their change. Think the TV ones is prescheduled but I am also pretty much nuuskierig about them!

  • Comment 36, posted at 03.03.08 16:58:46 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Here you are
    Monday, March 3:

    NWU-Pukke v Maties (televised)
    TUT v NMMU
    UJ v UCT

    Saturday, March 8:

    Tuks v UJ
    Maties v Kovies

    Monday, March 10:

    TUT v UCT (televised)
    NMMU v NWU-Pukke

    Saturday, March 15:

    Kovies v NMMU

    The Easter Weekend Festival:

    To be played in George where all eight teams will play three league fixtures over a period of five days.

    Thursday, March 20:

    NMMU v UJ (televised)
    NWU-Pukke v Tuks (televised)
    UCT v Maties (televised)
    TUT v Kovies (televised)

    Saturday, March 22:

    Maties v UJ
    NWU-Pukke v Kovies
    Tuks v TUT
    NMMU v UCT

    Monday, March 24:

    UCT v Kovies (televised)
    TUT v Maties (televised)
    NWU-Pukke v UJ (televised)
    NMMU v Tuks (televised)

    Monday, March 31:

    Semi-finals (televised)

    Monday, April 7:

    Final (televised)

  • Comment 37, posted at 03.03.08 17:00:39 by PaarlBok Reply

  • I maybe miss tonights game tho. Gimmies plays their first game tonight under their brand new spreiligte and will try to go there.

  • Comment 38, posted at 03.03.08 17:01:55 by PaarlBok Reply


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