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Not so Rosie at the top anymore

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 6 Oct 2008 at 12:00

Earl Rose must be kicking himself for his poor performance against the Sharks. From having a run away lead as the leading points scorer in the Currie Cup, he suddenly finds himself under immense pressure.

Things were looking Rosie all season until last week when Morne Steyn managed to haul in and overtake Earl Rose as the leading Currie Cup points scorer in 2008. Earl Rose managed to take that lead back this week after the Bulls rested their top players.

With Rose now only holding a slender 3 point margin over the Blue Bulls’ Morne Steyn, it is all but guaranteed that Morne Steyn will emerge from the season as the leading points scorer after the dust settle. The Bulls have in all probability two more matches to play with the Lions probably only have one more. For Steyn to score the required points to take the lead should be all but a formality.

The Top 10 points scorers for the season thusfar are:

Player Team Tries Cons Pens Drops Total
Earl Rose Lions 5 35 24 1 170
Morne Steyn Blue Bulls 2 35 28 1 167
Conrad Barnard Griquas 1 20 19 0 102
Chris Rossouw FS Cheetahs 1 11 19 0 84
Willem de Waal WP 0 9 19 0 75
Ruan Pienaar The Sharks 0 22 9 0 71
Justin Peach Boland 1 19 9 0 70
Peter Grant WP 0 21 8 0 66
Keegan Daniel Sharks 9 0 0 0 45
Monty Dumond Sharks 0 7 9 0 41

Three Blue bulls are still in the running to take top try scoring honours away from the two Sharks who are currently in 1st and second place.  I would have said it is all but impossible for them to catch the Sharks, but then again I witnessed the defensive performance from the Cheetahs this last weekend against Boland.  It sort of makes me believe that there is a distinct chance of the two Sharks at the top being overhauled.

Top try Scorers.

Player Team Tries
Keegan Daniel Sharks 9
Jacques Botes Sharks 8
MJ Mentz Griquas 8
JP Pietersen Sharks 6
John Mametsa Blue Bulls 6
Tiger Mangweni Blue Bulls 6
Wynand Olivier Blue Bulls 6
Jongi Nokwe FS Cheetahs 6
Andries Bekker WP 6
Bjorn Basson Griquas 6
Michael Killian Lions 6
Doppies la Grange Lions 6


  • Only 1 WP player in the top try scorers list. 😯 👿

    And he scored 5 in one match. 🙄

    Pretty much sums up their season.

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.10.08 12:08:40 by McLovin Reply
  • Bjorn Basson? His parents were probably hoping for a tennis player. 😉

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.10.08 12:10:14 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 2) : I thought Pierre Spies was the Borg… 🙂

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.10.08 12:15:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 1) :

    Hate to tell you this but if you go further down the list there still aren’t a lot of WP players.

    Waylon Murray The Sharks 5
    Ernie Kruger Valke 5
    Sarel Pretorius Wildeklawer Griquas 5
    Jaco Pretorius Xerox Lions 5
    Earl Rose Xerox Lions 5
    Danwel Demas Boland Kavaliers 4
    Willem van Zyl Boland Kavaliers 4
    Elgar Watts Boland Kavaliers 4
    Albert van den Berg The Sharks 4
    Dewald Pretorius Valke 4
    Marius Delport Vodacom Blue Bulls 4
    Akona Ndungane Vodacom Blue Bulls 4
    Wikus van Heerden Vodacom Blue Bulls 4
    JW Jonker Vodacom FS Cheetahs 4
    Fabian Juries Vodacom FS Cheetahs 4
    Jean de Villiers Vodacom WP 4
    Sireli Naqelevuki Vodacom WP 4
    Rayno Benjamin Xerox Lions 4
    Willie Wepener Xerox Lions 4
    John Daniels Boland Kavaliers 3
    Deon Carstens The Sharks 3
    Chris Jordaan The Sharks 3
    Rouan Cloete Valke 3
    Johan Jackson Valke 3
    Derick Kuun Vodacom Blue Bulls 3
    Pedrie Wannenburg Vodacom Blue Bulls 3
    Heinrich Brussow Vodacom FS Cheetahs 3
    Tewis de Bruyn Vodacom FS Cheetahs 3
    Robert Ebersohn Vodacom FS Cheetahs 3
    Kabamba Floors Vodacom FS Cheetahs 3
    Wilton Pietersen Vodacom FS Cheetahs 3
    Hendro Scholtz Vodacom FS Cheetahs 3
    Juan Smith Vodacom FS Cheetahs 3
    Schalk van der Merwe Vodacom FS Cheetahs 3
    Tonderai Chavhanga Vodacom WP 3
    Wylie Human Vodacom WP 3
    Luke Watson Vodacom WP 3
    Lukhanyo Nontshinga Xerox Lions 3
    Franco van der Merwe Xerox Lions 3
    Jaco van Schalkwyk Xerox Lions 3
    Jano Vermaak Xerox Lions 3

    Seems you guys missed the real try scorers. Jean and Kalie only played a few games and they are your leading try scorers apart from Bekker.

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.10.08 12:17:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Wylie Human needs he’s eyes tested, took one pass on the chin, and completely missed another. 👿

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.10.08 12:22:05 by McLovin Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : That says it all.

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.10.08 12:22:58 by McLovin Reply

  • I blame Willem de Waal 😈

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.10.08 12:25:26 by molly Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Yes, first name Cy. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.10.08 12:26:41 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 5) :

    Was it him who had the ball go right through the bread basket pass?

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.10.08 12:30:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @molly (Comment 7) :

    What do you mean?

    Are you saying they didn’t bother to score any tries coz they knew the kicker wouldn’t be able to convert them? 😛

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.10.08 12:31:32 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : even if he had caught it, his complete lack of pace would have seen him caught in a second.

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.10.08 12:32:14 by molly Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : It was… 😐

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.10.08 12:32:42 by McLovin Reply

  • @molly (Comment 11) :

    Yeah all I can recall is that the player was catching the ball front on and was turned sideways in comparison to the direction he was supposed to run.

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.10.08 12:35:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) : yip, thats how it went straight through his legs… Winger, my foot.
    But then again, they had to pass the long pass so that Wylie could actually get the ball without some center holding on to it for too long.

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.10.08 12:37:59 by molly Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 2) :

    The guy has some serious gas…

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.10.08 12:49:08 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • five tries from flyhalf is pretty impressive, or maybe he just doesnt pass…

    Interesting that the top two try scorers(is that spealt right?) are flanks.. and from the sharks.

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.10.08 15:34:29 by beez Reply

  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 15) : I’ll keep an eye out for him in the future.. 🙂

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.10.08 15:54:52 by McLovin Reply


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