Bok bonanza for Sharks, Province

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Sharks, WP on 21 Jul 2008 at 15:48

The Sharks and Western Province are the two unions that will benefit most from the Springboks’ two-week break in Test rugby, as they strengthen their Currie Cup squads with national players.

The Springboks have a two-week break from international action after their 9-16 loss to Australia on Saturday in Perth. Their next Test match will see them take on Argentina at Ellis Park on Saturday, August 9.

Western Province have been struggling badly in the Currie Cup recently, and have lost two consecutive matches to ‘minnows’ Griquas and the Falcons.

Coach Allister Coetzee will be breathing a huge sigh of relief now that he will be able to call on Bolla Conradie and Peter Grant, as well as forwards Brian Mujati and Schalk Brits to boost his side’s ailing fortunes.

The Sharks will also be thrilled with the news that they will be able to call on four Bok players to their camp.

The Durban-based side have been found out recently after losing two out of their last three matches in the Currie Cup.

Their latest defeat was a heavy 9-31 loss at the hands of the Cheetahs, and coach John Plumtree will be desperate to add some Springbok reinforcement to his side. The availability of Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira, Odwa Ndungane and Ruan Pienaar will be like music to Plumtree’s ears.

Eighthman Ryan Kankowski could also join up with his Sharks team-mates this weekend, but that depends on the player getting medical clearance from the Springbok team doctor.

Bismarck du Plessis will be under suspension until August 3, which means he will not be eligible to play for the Sharks before during the international break.

Adrian Jacobs is still struggling with a hamstring injury, the extent of which should become apparent very soon. Despite that, chances are that Jacobs will be instructed to rest.

John Smit is carrying a long-term groin injury, and is in a race to be fit for the end-of-year Springbok tour.

Free State Cheetahs and Springbok hooker Adriaan Strauss was the first player to be released from Tri-Nations duty on Monday, and will be free to line-up for his province in the Currie Cup series.

Coach of the Free State Cheetahs, Naka Drotské, confirmed to OFM Sport that Strauss would be available for Friday’s clash against the Falcons at Vodacom Park.

Strauss of course made his Springbok debut in the Tri-Nations Test against the Wallabies in Perth on Saturday, a match the Springboks lost 9-16.

Hooker Strauss will most probably replace Jaco du Toit as hooker in the starting line-up of the Cheetahs, with cousin Richardt Strauss likely to sit on the bench as the replacement hooker.

Drotské confirmed he will not rest any of his regular players as the Falcons will be a very difficult team to beat, especially considering their shock 38-32 win over Western Province last Friday.

The Cheetahs will however not have the added luxury of fielding Boks CJ van der Linde and Juan Smith in the Currie Cup, as both players will be resting up for the Springboks’ home leg of the Tri-Nations.

Flank Duanne Vermeulen could also play in his first game, while there is uncertainty over the availability of captain Hendro Scholtz.

The Bok flank injured his shoulder in Free State’s 31-9 win over the Sharks at the weekend.

Blue Bulls coach Frans Ludeke will feel slightly hard done by, as none of the Blue Bulls’ Springboks have been released to play Currie Cup rugby.

Ludeke would have been hopeful of boosting his team with Bryan Habana, Bakkies Botha, Victor Matfield, Pierre Spies and Gürthro Steenkamp, but none of those players have been released for provincial duty by SARU.

Meanwhile, Bok stalwart Schalk Burger is undergoing scans to assess the severity of his neck problem, and he could well be rested.

It is unclear if any of the other Springbok players are allowed to play for their Currie Cup teams.


  • ok

    1 Beast, 2 Burden, 3 BJ, 4 Sykes, 5 Muller, 6 Botes, 7 Deysel, 8 Kanko, 9 Macloed, 10 Pienaar, 11 Bodmer, 12 Barritt, 13 Swanepoel, 14 Ndungane, 15 Jordaan

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.07.08 15:53:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) :

    That looks like quite an improvement…but we all know that Murray and Terblanch will still play…

    So unfortunate Jordaan and Swanepoel will lose out….

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.07.08 16:05:12 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 2) : yeah – you’re probably right

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.07.08 16:07:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :

    And even a chance of Mentz cracking the nod…why was JPP not released? He never really played for teh Bokke….

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.07.08 16:12:42 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 4) : if Mentz ever plays again, I swear I’m sending my replica jersey back.

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.07.08 16:16:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • I would play jordaan ahead of Bodmer and play Stefan at 15.

    or even better.

    11. Bodmer
    14. Jordaan
    15. Ndungane


  • Comment 6, posted at 21.07.08 16:19:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • will it be enough though? for WP, not you ou’s.

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.07.08 16:24:25 by molly Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) :

    You know there is a chance of him playing hey!??!

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.07.08 16:30:16 by Hmmm Reply

  • @molly (Comment 7) : WP have Boland next? Nah – they’ll beat them.

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.07.08 16:35:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Puh-lease, I have lost all hope. We are so KAK.

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.07.08 16:37:22 by molly Reply
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  • The LIONS have a tough match against the Sharks with those players back…but the LIONS have been a unit for about 3 weeks now (all fit) and might just have the advantage…
    But the Sharks will be desperate….which will make them dangerous…well that is if they keep Keegan lock down somewhere and the ball away from Murray…

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.07.08 16:39:32 by Hmmm Reply

  • Who gives a damn about WP anyway???

    With AC in charge we won’t make the semis…

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.07.08 16:39:52 by wpw Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : @molly (Comment 10) :

    Boland kept the Bulls down to 5 points in the second half…and the Bulls have much better attack than WP…who have scored the least number of tries in the comp!??! (and have a -2 try dif)…
    I back WP to win it…but after WP’s two latest loses I would think Boland will play with extra confidence…so they might make it tough for WP and prevent them from scoring an attacking bonus point…

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.07.08 16:46:28 by Hmmm Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 12) :

    it looks like AC and Plumtree will be fighting for that 5th place. 🙁

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.07.08 16:47:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 12) :

    You think he coached with Ludeke for too long?

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.07.08 16:47:06 by Hmmm Reply

  • Why is Joe not released!??!

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.07.08 16:55:56 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 13) : makes me sick to even think about it.

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.07.08 17:03:19 by molly Reply
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  • geez, the people at the other site are a little crazy. Claiming that no WP players should have gone on tour. I realise some shouldn’t have been there, but Grant and Brits? Who else would they have had there?

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.07.08 17:05:47 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 18) :

    Which other site is that? Reitzworld or Keo?

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.07.08 17:08:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) :
    Either way thats weird because they both are heavily populated by Province supporters.

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.07.08 17:10:47 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) : Keo of course, first time I’ve read the comments there in a while. But both sites seem very afrikaans lately, or is that just me?

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.07.08 17:16:30 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 21) :

    I could air my views on that but might get into trouble 🙂

    Anyway, i have a plane to catch back to KSA. 🙁

    Will be online more regularly from tomorrow. 😎

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.07.08 17:19:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I also havent read too much on Keo lately but did get the impression that there were plenty of Province supporters there these days, a fair amount of Shark supporters and not too many Bulls supporters, of which there were always many.

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.07.08 17:20:34 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 18) :

    Grant maybe as he was never used…
    But Januarie should def have been there and Bekker of S14 form..
    And Jean is the best centre in the country…
    And Schalk has been the best international player of the season thus far….

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.07.08 17:27:00 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Salmonoid (Comment 20) :

    I am sure it is the WP supporters saying so cozz they feel their team is losing and some of their players are on tour and not being used….

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.07.08 17:28:01 by Hmmm Reply

  • KSA…

    If you add “Player that lost their talent” “Talentless players” to that poll I’ll vote…

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.07.08 17:30:01 by Hmmm Reply

  • It was Tacitus and Joe maher and as far as I remember they’re staunch bull supporters. Their major gripe was with the other WP players you didn’t mention: Brits, Mujati, Bolla and Grant.

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.07.08 17:34:02 by molly Reply
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  • bugger just in time for the Lions game… 😐

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.07.08 17:34:40 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @molly (Comment 27) :

    I agree on Bolla and Mujati…they def should not have been there…

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.07.08 17:41:10 by Hmmm Reply

  • Who else with Smit’s injury and Bismarks suspension should have been there…are they daft…what they expect Kuun should have gone!??!

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.07.08 17:42:46 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 29) : Me too, but then why do they need to throw Brits and Grant into it? Last time I looked there were no other options for Hooker. And Grant was far and away the best flyhalf in the S14. Steyn, Pienaar and JPP didn’t deserve to be there either, but we only gun for the WP players.

  • Comment 31, posted at 21.07.08 17:44:16 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 31) :

    Ruan and Steyn got the nod for their versatility…
    JPP got the nod for his experience (I think PdV though hid rather play experience for the 3N)…not that JPP played well….

  • Comment 32, posted at 21.07.08 17:48:21 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 32) : Didn’t PdV say that he preferred players experienced and settled in their positions over versatility. Or am I confused?

  • Comment 33, posted at 21.07.08 17:49:57 by molly Reply
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  • If my beloved Lions can pull off a win this Sat then I feel they’ll look good for a Final and a CC in the cabinet..finally 😀

  • Comment 34, posted at 21.07.08 17:53:02 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 34) : hate to say it, but the bulls are looking too good. But its still early days.

  • Comment 35, posted at 21.07.08 17:54:59 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 33) :

    I don’t know….he talks too much to keep track!??!

  • Comment 36, posted at 21.07.08 18:03:13 by Hmmm Reply

  • very well indeed.
    No. 46 (Luke Watson) not released to play in CC matches for Western Province.
    This means he will play for the Boks again 😳 hehehehehehehehe
    A lot of trouble awaits the Boks.
    Snor + No. 46 = neverending troubles…

  • Comment 37, posted at 21.07.08 19:38:21 by H.O. Reply

  • hallefrikkinlujah. odwa at fullback, keegan dropped for ryan, ruan at flyhalf and then move to scrumhalf for fred second half. beast to start. what better luck could we need.

  • Comment 38, posted at 22.07.08 08:44:58 by try time Reply

  • oh sorry and stefan sent to the opposition we are playing. it is the only way we will improve possession stats. he kicks away all possession.

  • Comment 39, posted at 22.07.08 09:13:45 by try time Reply

  • Bok squad reassembles next wednesday…having 4 guys back for 1 week will only mean something if the Sharks win this weekend, which means all the guys need to lift their game and play as a team… hardly likely given that this is another disruption and Ryan,Ruan and co. have hardly played for the past two months… sheez, i hope i’m wrong

  • Comment 40, posted at 22.07.08 09:51:56 by spykerbaard Reply

  • @spykerbaard (Comment 40) : It is sad that we have to keep clutching at “boks” all the time, while our opposition teams are either sitting with the same problem or are of a dubious quality anyway. I would much rather see that the Sharks PERFORM with whatever team they have!! 🙁

  • Comment 41, posted at 22.07.08 10:02:06 by Silver Fox Reply

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