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‘Bekker better than Matfield’

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Other SA Teams, Springboks on 18 Sep 2008 at 07:10

Andries Bekker should be picked ahead of Victor Matfield in the Springbok rugby team.

Stephen Nell writes in the Die Burger that this is the opinion of Griquas coach Dawie Theron, who believes it will be difficult for his team to halt Western Province’s march to the Currie Cup semi-final when the two teams meet here at Newlands on Friday evening.

Bekker was the star last week when WP routed the Falcons by 92-15. He scored five tries.

“Andries has started reminding of Victor when he used to become red hot,” Theron said on Wednesday. I would honestly pick him ahead of Victor. He is hungry and has the talent.

“Of course I have a lot of respect for Victor. He is very experienced, but I don’t know how hungry he still is. He’s achieved everything in the game and goes through quiet phases. But in Andries I see the hunger one used to see in Victor in the early years.”

Bekker and Matfield have been paired by Bok coach Peter de Villiers this year following Bakkies Botha’s injury. Matfield has been captaining the South African team in the absence of John Smit.

However, Smit and Botha are expected to be available for South Africa’s tour to Britain at the end of this year.

“I would start with Bakkies and Andries, but would definitely also keep Victor in the picture,” said Theron. Between Bakkies, Andries and Victor we have three of the world’s top locks.”

While WP’s lock pairing of Bekker and Adriaan Fondse will give the team good service in the line-outs, Theron hopes that the Griquas’ scrum can give WP a run for their money.

“Our strength has always been our scrummaging,” said Theron, adding that they will want to dominate in that department.

Ruaan du Preez, who has been released by Province to join Griquas, will be played at tighthead prop by Theron on Friday night.

While Theron wasn’t happy with the way things went in the scrums when his team lost 20-41 to the Lions last weekend, he also believes referee JC Fortuin did not apply the rules correctly.

“It will be a different story with Jonathan Kaplan blowing the whistle this week. He handles scrums very well,” said Theron.

Friday’s match therefore again provides the two young WP props – Wicus Blaauw and JC Kritzinger – with an opportunity to show what they’re made of with a view to next year’s Super14 series.

The front row is the only area in which WP will lack experience, but Blaauw and Kritzinger are being groomed with a definite long-term goal in mind.

“We know WP are very dangerous now, with their Boks back in the side. WP is a team on a mission, and that is to reach the semis,” said Theron.

The Griquas team: Riaan Viljoen, Bjorn Basson, Jaco Bekker, Herkie Kruger, MJ Mentz, Conrad Barnard, Sarel Pretorius, Gareth Krause, Frans Viljoen, Rohan Kitshoff, Stefan Gerber, Wayne van Heerden, Ruaan du Preez, Hans van Dyk, Regardt Dreyer.

Subs: Dean Hopp, Bees Roux, Jacques Lombaard, Brendon Snyman, Dougie Helmuth, Naas Olivier, Barry Geel.


  • I like this Bekker bloke. He must be an intimidating dude next to one in the line outs. And he can even play wing.

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.09.08 07:17:03 by Silver Fox Reply
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  • Bekker has certainly done more than Victor Victoria this season.

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.09.08 07:22:56 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : Your name calling have reminded me of Kette’s saying and gave me an idea. You need to go elsewhere to see this. BTW, Captain C was better. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.09.08 07:29:55 by Silver Fox Reply
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  • Bekker is really playing well at the moment. 😎

    I wonder if PDDV will drop Matfield from the starting XV if both Bekker and Bakkies are available and John is fit to lead the side. 🙄

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.09.08 07:40:53 by wpw Reply
  • PDV

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.09.08 07:46:37 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 4) :

    I flippen hope so. 👿

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.09.08 07:54:21 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Yep I think Bekker has played him into a starting XV. He is going to become a legend, still only 24. I’d see him and Halgreave as the future Bok locks.

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.09.08 08:37:15 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 7) : “…and Halgreave as the future Bok locks ” What the hell man, what am i missing when it comes to this Hargreaves dude?
    Someone please help me

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.09.08 08:41:15 by PJLD Reply
  • He is looking very useful, and of course putting Matfield on the bench solves the Captaincy issue.

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.09.08 08:45:06 by Sauce Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 8) : Watching him from the SA U19 days. Still very young for a lock but I do grade him.

    Driving past that Gimmie WP Craven Week lock Schoonbie yesterday, he is vokken tall.

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.09.08 08:47:15 by PaarlBok Reply

  • I hope this thread will be able to get Piet Pienaar out from wherever he’s hiding. I don’t think he’ll take this very well. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.09.08 08:52:32 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 10) :

    I don’t think he is as good as he was when he played for the U19 Boks.

    He definitely hasn’t made the step up yet.

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.09.08 08:53:44 by wpw Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 8) :

    I agree… even in his last game before injury… which was one of his best… I still do not rate him…

    Would have been a good chance Bekker would have started and Vic benched if it wasn’t for the Captaincy…

    Muller is still right up there as one of the better all round Bok locks… very much in the Daniel Vickerman mould… and Vickers is currently the best lock in the world!

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.09.08 09:01:47 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @just blackshark (Comment 11) :

    Piet was refused Bail after he got arrested for moering his missus after the loss in Durban.

    he tuned her it was coz the Ref was trying to check her out and she wouldn’t go for a “walk” with him before the game.

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.09.08 09:06:33 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 12) :

    At u/19 the lack of bulk for a lock is not an issue, so Hargreaves was the best there was at the time.

    I think he is playing as well as he did then, but just needs a bit of bulking up.

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.09.08 09:08:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 13) : I reckon Muller and Driesie could actually be a fine combo.


  • Comment 16, posted at 18.09.08 09:12:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) : Hargs is a different animal of late… he looks like he picked up 10kg in the space of 2 months

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.09.08 09:17:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • Schutte Bekker have alreday retire in 2004, julle klomp moegoes

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.09.08 09:19:53 by Pienaar die Blou Bul Reply
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  • @Pienaar die Blou Bul (Comment 18) :

    Hey Wie het jou bail betaal?

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.09.08 09:21:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) :

    I hope so

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.09.08 09:23:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Why is he called Driesie?

    Because he hangs out on the wing to score ‘Dries’… as well as being a small ‘Reus’?

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.09.08 09:29:22 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : And now he weighs the same as Waylon Murray…your wing.

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.09.08 09:31:18 by PJLD Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 21) : 🙂

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.09.08 09:31:39 by PJLD Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) : vroulief het ‘n sleutel in haar koeksister ingesmokkel

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.09.08 09:48:01 by Pienaar die Blou Bul Reply
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  • @Pienaar die Blou Bul (Comment 24) : holeee shiiiirt

  • Comment 25, posted at 18.09.08 09:59:30 by PJLD Reply
  • @Pienaar die Blou Bul (Comment 24) : Gawe suster his wife has. 🙂

  • Comment 26, posted at 18.09.08 10:02:47 by McLovin Reply

  • eish ek sien julle is lekker lus om kak te praat lol :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 18.09.08 10:06:55 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 26) : ja nee, baie gaaf.

  • Comment 28, posted at 18.09.08 10:07:39 by PJLD Reply
  • @sharks_lover (Comment 27) : howzit!!!! Bakkies come to Durban yet? 😉

  • Comment 29, posted at 18.09.08 10:15:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pienaar die Blou Bul (Comment 24) :

    :mrgreen: 😯

  • Comment 30, posted at 18.09.08 10:19:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Pienaar die Blou Bul (Comment 24) :

    😯 😳

  • Comment 31, posted at 18.09.08 10:24:15 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : lol boet i never said he wass , i said theres stories he wanted to
    you forget he is your neighbour

    he is born and raised in newcastle , then came to falcons

  • Comment 32, posted at 18.09.08 10:46:23 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • rob mate ill be at the sharks game this weekend , and will be at the after match party with all the players
    gonna be awesome

  • Comment 33, posted at 18.09.08 10:50:46 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • imma chune fransie you say he is s kak lol

    hy gaan jou moer 😈

  • Comment 34, posted at 18.09.08 10:51:18 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • 😆

  • Comment 35, posted at 18.09.08 10:51:42 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • While there have been no wholesale changes to the side that beat the Free State Cheetahs last weekend at The Absa Stadium Durban, Sharks Coach John Plumtree has mad rotational and enforced changes for the Valke clash at Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

    Bismarck du Plessis and Stefan Terblanche have both been given the week off to give tired bodies a rest while Odwa Ndungane is out injured. Waylon Murray will shift from outside centre to wing with Adrian Jacobs getting a start in the number 13 jersey where he will partner Francois Steyn in the midfield. Monty Dumond comes in at fullback, a position he has played much of his rugby.

    There is a new halfback partnership in Rory Kockott and Ruan Pienaar, the latter shifting from scrumhalf to flyhalf with Fred Michalak taking a seat on the replacement bench.

    Having started every game so far in the tournament, top try-scorer Jacques Botes, having earned his 50th Absa Currie Cup appearance last week, gets a rest and will play off the bench. This affords the Sharks Coach the opportunity to continue playing the irrepressible Keegan Daniel who will shift from eighthman to flank to accommodate the return of Ryan Kankowski at the back of the scrum.

    There are two changes in the front row, Skipper Badenhorst (pictured), playing some excellent rugby at the moment, replacing Bismarck du Plessis and in the final change to the starting line-up, Deon Carstens moves to tighthead prop and young Patric Cilliers takes over at loosehead, with hard-working Jannie du Plessis named on the bench.

    Given the expectation that this match will feature plenty of running rugby instead of the trench warfare style of the previous two weeks, the coach has reverted back to a four-three split on the bench. Craig Burden, Bradley Barritt and Chris Jordaan all return to the squad to once again showcase the depth the coach has at his disposal.

    Sharks Matchday 22

    15. Monty Dumond
    14. Waylon Murray
    13. Adrian Jacobs
    12. Francois Steyn
    11. JP Pietersen
    10. Ruan Pienaar
    9. Rory Kockott
    8. Ryan Kankowski
    7. Jean Deysel
    6. Keegan Daniel
    5. Johann Muller (Capt)
    4. Steven Sykes
    3. Deon Carstens
    2. Skipper Badenhorst
    1. Patric Cilliers

    16. Craig Burden
    17. Jannie du Plessis
    18. Albert van den Berg
    19. Jacques Botes
    20. Frederic Michalak
    21. Bradley Barritt
    22. Chris Jordaan

  • Comment 36, posted at 18.09.08 10:53:16 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 34) : he has to find me first

  • Comment 37, posted at 18.09.08 10:56:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • :mrgreen:

  • Comment 38, posted at 18.09.08 11:00:33 by sharks_lover Reply
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