The ghost of try time

Ruan Reprieve

Written by cheers had fun (The ghost of try time)

Posted in :Original Content on 12 Sep 2008 at 10:57

 Recently Ruan has received criticism and questions for his insistence to play scrumhalf instead of flyhalf.

People wonder why he limits his chances by refusing to become a flyhalf. Everytime he has played flyhalf for the Sharks or Boks he has shown his fans what a dynamic and talented player he is. The try he pulled off in the Bok Aussie Test is testament to the abilities this player has. But the reality sadly for his fans is Ruan loves playing scrumhalf.

 Ruan has played flyhalf for both country and province and he has excelled at it. He has a mean step, nifty boot and quick eye that puts opposition backlines on the backfoot. He has done so well in the position that commentators, coaches and fans have questioned his decision to stay a scrumhalf. This week alone he has answered three fans on his website ( “I don’t mind playing number 10, but I feel number 9 is my best position.” Last week there were reports that highlighted his passion for the number 9 jersey, when he turned down, what probably was, a lucrative offer to play flyhalf at Toulon. Recently with many South African players chasing the Euro, I respect players that stay in SA to play for their fans. And I have a new found respect for Ruan.

 Currently he has endured sitting on the bench regularly, because of his decision to be a scrumhalf. His chances of being a full time starting Bok are slim with the likes of Fourie and Januarie ahead of him. Even at the Sharks Rory Kockett is challenging hard for the starters jersey. But his choice in playing scrumhalf even with the odds stacked against him shows the passion Ruan has for the game. I will hope that one day soon he may change his mind to help the Sharks and the Boks out by becoming a Flyhalf, but his commitment to play where he loves gets my respect as I know that when he runs out in the number 9 jersey he is going to give it his all.


  • well i have to agree with ruan , if one makes ur name and then things are changed and things go wrong what do you do ??
    go back to the basics

    the basics for him is scrum half

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.09.08 11:21:05 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 1) : yes i agree. i think the problem is we need flyhalves so badly, that we want players to help out. ruan got to where he is through his scrumhalf skills, maybe it is wrong of us to force him out his comfort zone.

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.09.08 11:28:00 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 2) : true

    i haver been thinking about cockott
    he has all the attributes and could help out at fly half too

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.09.08 11:39:41 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 3) : yeah, he’ll have to work on his boot though. rory’s tendency to kick the ball straight out when he kicks ahead could be costly at flyhalf.

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.09.08 11:49:00 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 4) : never said it wold be 100 %
    even ruan has things to work on if he is to play flyhalf

    im just pointing out that if you look at rory as a player he has all the attributes

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.09.08 11:51:50 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • during the next few weeks i would like to see frans play at 10. maybe he will get his wish next year if he proves himself. riaan swanepoel has proven to be a quality inside centre, so moving steyn to flyhalf may not be a bad idea (that is if he doesn’t mess up)

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.09.08 11:53:30 by try time Reply

  • @sharks_lover (Comment 5) : definately

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.09.08 11:54:20 by try time Reply

  • Good piece TT…

    Ruan gives it his all irrespective of the number on his back…but he wants to play scrumhalf.

    It’s so easy for us to say he’s a rugby player therefore he must play wherever he is needed…but would you want to teach ENGLISH if your passion was SCIENCE? Would you wanna report on SPORTS if your passion was POLITICS?

    He is prepared to face all the challenges to become the best 9 in the country/world. All the best RP.

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.09.08 11:58:18 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 6) : Agree…

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.09.08 12:00:46 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @just blackshark (Comment 8) : agreed 100%

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.09.08 12:00:47 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Nice piece, TT. Thanks a lot

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.09.08 12:01:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • Voldys backing you guys, you porked now ! 😆

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.09.08 12:09:33 by Sauce Reply
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  • And nice piece BTW.

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.09.08 12:12:17 by Sauce Reply
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  • @Sauce (Comment 12) : hehehe them bones

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.09.08 12:18:38 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
  • @Sauce (Comment 12) : Aarrggghhhhh!!!! 😡 Why???? Why???Why???

    Where am I gonna find the muti to remove the jinx at such short notice? 👿

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.09.08 12:22:19 by just blackshark Reply

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  • While I am all for players wanting to play where they believe they are the best, and most of the time they are right because they know their limitations, I am also of the opinion that players are not properly assessed in SA Rugby, and therefore not advised correctly as to their strengths and weaknesses.

    I can turn a flank into a center if he has the right skills, but I will be fighting a losing battle if he does not want to.

    More often than not players have a perception of their abilities, and sometimes this is wrong. It comes down to mental ability not feeling comfortable in a certain position because of these perceived strengths and weaknesses.

    It is imperative that players strengths and weaknesses be assessed from a physical and skills point of view and explained to the player, and then WITH the player how he can add/contribute to the game as it is played in general, and according to team strengths and weaknesses.

    Getting a player to believe he is the best somewhere simply comes down to making him feel comfortable in his ability for the position. And to do that, you have to work with the guy mentally more than physically. Trust if you will, in his advisor and in himself and his abilities.

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.09.08 12:28:43 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 16) : and as has been proven over and over again, games are won by the players with the best attitudes not skill necessarily. look at the tri nations this year. how can teams play so well one week then fall apart the next. mental strength is huge. that brings me back to frans. maybe his average form is because he isn’t happy. maybe giving him the number 10 jersey and saying prove us wrong will bring back the frans that played brilliantly against western province that rainy day in durban.

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.09.08 12:42:27 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 17) :

    But again, also do not lose fact of the assessment and obvious skill, or lack thereof that exists in a player.

    Obviously I am not in a position to assess players like Frans first hand.

    But from what I have seen there are certain skills lacking from the player for effective flyhalf play.

    Yes it could be worked on, but it is still not there yet.

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.09.08 12:51:15 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 18) : hence my wanting him to get some game time at 10 before s14. no point in saying cheers to fred at the end of the season and then go well lets see who can play ten.

  • Comment 19, posted at 12.09.08 13:13:24 by try time Reply

  • @just blackshark (Comment 15) : Like i said you porked.

  • Comment 20, posted at 12.09.08 13:15:41 by Sauce Reply
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  • Great to finally see the Sharks game today… and great to see RP in form… but where to for the Boks and grooming some 10’s?

    Grant seems to be steady yet nothing more, it’s Steyn’s first choice (but I cannot see him there only 15 really), Rose has been touted and whilst his form has been somewhat sparkling in the CC… the man will never be able to defend… so we really seem to be farked as per normal in this position…

    Which brings me to the Sharks next season… cupboards even more bare?

    There simply has to be some youngsters coming through?

    P.s. lol I’d still think RP should be at 10 😳

  • Comment 21, posted at 12.09.08 13:41:41 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Good article try time.

    I think now that Ruan knows that he will be first considered as a scrumhalf we are going to see him blossom and play with direction and confidence.

  • Comment 22, posted at 12.09.08 13:48:24 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • I think he’s a silly boy actually.

    In a country blessed with stacks of talented scrumhalves and not a flyhalf in sight he decides he wants to play scrummie and nothing else.

    If he turned his hand to flyhalf and stuck to it he could nail down the flyhalf starting berth for the next 8 years.

    Comfort zone and personal preference aside rugby is still a career and he’s pissing it away. Not everyone gets what they want in life, and definitely not in pro sport.

    My fear for Ruan is that he wakes up in 3 seasons time and he’s still not a scrumhalf and he’s still not nailed down a permanent spot anywhere.

    He’s wasting his talent with this stubborness.

  • Comment 23, posted at 12.09.08 17:51:53 by VinChainSaw Reply

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