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De Waal’s boot worries Sharks

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark Β©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news on 19 Jun 2008 at 22:50

The Sharks are wary of the role former Cheetahs flyhalf Willem de Waal may play in their Currie Cup rugby match against Western Province here on Friday evening.

Cobus Claassen writes in Beeld that the Absa Stadium ground is likely to be wet and heavy after this week’s rain, making De Waal’s kicking ability a major factor.

Sharks eighthman Jacques Bothes, who will share with Keegan Daniels the responsibility of keeping the new WP flyhalf in check, feels the conditions may suit De Waal.

“It looks as if it will be wet. If that is the case, Willem will play a major role,” Botes said on Thursday.

De Waal’s Super 14 performances have led some experts to believe that he has certain limitations. However, the Sharks know that the best way to neutralise him is to keep the WP pack on the back foot.

Botes, normally a flank, says the “confrontation” at breakdown points will be crucial. “Francois Louw was outstanding in the Super 14 and Pieter Myburgh’s groundwork is good. They can form a formidable combination with AJ Venter.”

It will be strange to see former Sharks star Venter in a WP jersey but they know what to expect of the veteran, says Botes, who is expected to exchange positions from Daniel from time to time.

“We trained against each other many times and it should not be too difficult to adapt.”

Sharks coach John Plumtree has cautioned that, with De Waal in the WP line-up, the Sharks will have to maintain strict discipline.

“He is an experienced player and if we make too many mistakes it will cost us,” Plumtree said.

The Sharks beat WP 32-16 in Durban early last season. This prompted their captain, Johan Muller, to emphasise this week the importance of a good start and of winning at home.

The teams:

Sharks: Stefan Terblanche, JP Pietersen, Waylon Murray, Andries Strauss, Henno Mentz, Brad Barritt, Rory Kockott, Jacques Botes, Steven Sykes, Keegan Daniel, Alistair Hargreaves, Johann Muller (capt), Jannie du Plessis, Craig Burden, Deon Carstens.
Substitutes: Skipper Badenhorst, Robbie Harris, Albert van den Berg, Skholiwe Ndlovu, Scott Mathie, Lwazi Mvovo, Andrew Borgen.

WP: Gio Aplon, Wylie Human, Dylan des Fountain, PJ Vermeulen, Joe Pietersen, Willem de Waal, Alistair Siegelaar, AJ Venter, Francois Louw, Pieter Myburgh, Ross Skeate (capt), Adriaan Fondse, Brock Harris, Deon Fourie, Schalk Ferreira.
Substitutes: Simon Westraadt, Wicus Blaauw, Ruaan du Preez, Francois van der Merwe, Justin Melck, Paul Delport, Zhahier Ryland.

Referee: Christie du Preez.

Television: Live coverage on M-Net and SuperSport 1 on DStv from 19:00.


  • Yeah right.

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.06.08 23:22:03 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply
  • However playing with the ELV’s will surely limit De Waal’s kicking game. Also hasn’t he just returned from a stint overseas playing under the old laws. I know the Sharks tried to get his services a few years ago, but he decided to go to the Free State so maybe we can teach him and AJ a thing or 2 about playing AGAINST the Sharks.

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.06.08 23:36:24 by Dynamite Reply
  • i’m feeling a bit happier now that Botes and co have noted and are aware of De Waal’s experience and the potential danger he can pose.

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.06.08 09:53:53 by spykerbaard Reply
  • Can his boot score tries?

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.06.08 09:57:43 by blackshark Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 4) : The problem is he can set them up! Remember last year’s CC he was a majour headache for the Sharks! But I think the ELvs will catch him. The unknown I am worried about is AJ the turncoat! πŸ‘Ώ I hope you are taking tomatoes with you to Durban to launch at him, I unfortunately cannot make the game today.

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.06.08 10:29:48 by Sharksmad Reply
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  • @Dynamite (Comment 2) : yeah – I remember. He was on the verge of signing, and Markgraaff talked him out of it.

    So we ended up with Conrad Barnard instead 😳

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.06.08 10:41:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Sharksmad (Comment 5) : Yes…his boot hurt us badly last year…but damn did we have a bad hooker(no names mentioned). All lineouts were a nightmare.

    As you mentioned the ELVs will obviously limit his kicking in a way…but he’s still one to watch. Also I don’t think this Province side has the same quality of outside backs as the last year’s CC side.

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.06.08 10:49:22 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 7) : last year’s Cheetahs side

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.06.08 10:51:23 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 8) : too right! I feel quite confident which I haven’t for a while! Yep the hooker last year πŸ™„ And talking to some WP friends and reading comments by the WP I think they are banking a lot on AJ! I hope that backfires!

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.06.08 11:01:35 by Sharksmad Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) :

    I believe he was the loser….playing most of his rugby at altitude he became just another 1 dimensional kicking fly-half who never made the green and gold. Now if he had come to the Sharks he may have become a more complete package – teach him for listening to Maakgraaf.

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.06.08 11:02:35 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 10) : damn straight. He could have ended up with 3 fewer CC winners medals πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.06.08 11:06:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : πŸ˜†

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.06.08 11:08:53 by blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) :

    We are getting into the realm of conjuncture here….but who says they would have won it without him? πŸ˜‰ But I still think Butch looks better in green and gold then what he would have….

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.06.08 11:11:37 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 13) : agree. De Waal even looked kak at Super rugby level.

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.06.08 11:13:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • Should be a breeze for province.

    Stir, Stir

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.06.08 12:24:30 by Sauce Reply
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  • @Sauce (Comment 15) : you been reading Gavin Rich? πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.06.08 12:26:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • De Waal’s boot worries Sharks-Ja they found it lying next their training pitch and are investigating it to see if it had any bugs or hidden cameras in it. De Waal was a spy for the NP government and they are worried he might be spying on the sharks for the wp. so far investigation has found nothing, but this still worries the sharks as maybe it was a trojan boot.

  • Comment 17, posted at 20.06.08 12:31:34 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 17) : it’s the snor that gave it away…

  • Comment 18, posted at 20.06.08 12:32:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • Nah after touring with the man once…its hard to take anything he says seriously, or even entertain his ramblings. Much the same can be said for most of the Cape Press and your very own son Mike Greenway.

  • Comment 19, posted at 20.06.08 12:34:04 by Sauce Reply
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  • De Waal’s boot worries Sharks-the cape town sharks board have found a unique way of keep great whites at bay. de waals rugby boots. the smell emminating from them seem to be very effective at worrying sharks and keeps them away from swimmers. the finding was totally accidental as a staff member had won the boot in a competition and when it arrived at the offices the staff member drop the boot in the shark tank upon opening the parcel as the smell was so bad. the national sharks research centre are impressed with the findings and are asking de waal to loan his jocks to see what other wildlife could be kept at bay.

  • Comment 20, posted at 20.06.08 12:38:25 by try time Reply

  • well thank God the Sharks arent as casual as their supporters are

  • Comment 21, posted at 20.06.08 12:39:04 by spykerbaard Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : you mean the snore. it is boring watching him play.

  • Comment 22, posted at 20.06.08 12:39:20 by try time Reply

  • @Sauce (Comment 19) : Mikey is something else… πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 23, posted at 20.06.08 12:40:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 20) : :mrgreen: Good stuff…

  • Comment 24, posted at 20.06.08 12:45:20 by blackshark Reply

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  • The unknown I am worried about is AJ the turncoat!

    How come AJ is a “turncoat”

    He moved on- like all rugby players do- you know its their job!

    There is no place in the pro-game for sentiment- olde worldly ideas like loyalty…..


  • Comment 25, posted at 20.06.08 13:43:30 by Oranje Orakel Reply

  • @Oranje Orakel (Comment 25) :

    Nonsense ….when we get them from the Free State its a good acquisition …when they leave for Province its a turncoat….

  • Comment 26, posted at 20.06.08 16:39:54 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 26) : IT’S A TRAP!!!

  • Comment 27, posted at 20.06.08 16:47:56 by robdylan Reply
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