Beast was robbed!

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 26 Nov 2008 at 10:29
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As much as there is cause for celebration following last night’s SA Rugby awards, I’m afraid I just cannot be still about the decision to award the Young Player of the Year to anyone other than Tendai Mtawarira.

The Young Player of the Year is awarded to the best player in the land who is 23 or younger (born in 1985). The nominees were Rob Ebersohn from Free State (who was declared the winner), Mtawarira, Ryan Kankowski (both from the Sharks), Free State’s Hein Brüssow and Province’s exciting young Nick Koster.

Looking at what the respective finalists have achieved, it is absolutely baffling that Ebersohn can have won. In fact, it is nothing less than a travesty that Beast didn’t win by a landslide. The likeable Zimbabwean, who only moved to the front row three years ago, started the season as the Sharks’ third choice prop. Grabbing his chance with both hands, he established himself as a key member of the front row when Deon Carstens was ruled out and made the position his own, his trademark bullocking runs and deadly all-over-the-park defence encouraging the crowd to chant his name in unison every time he did anything. Over the course of the season, he has allayed any doubts about his scrummaging acumen as well.

A superb Vodacom Super 14 series, in which he played every game for the Sharks, led to a Bok call-up in midyear. Beast quickly overtook the far more experienced Gurthrö Steenkamp in the national pecking order and has been the clear first-choice loosehead for the Springboks ever since the Tri-Nations. Nothing could sum up Beast’s season better than the absolutely heroic performance he put in against England last weekend, emerging with the second-highest tackle count of anyone in the team. And he’s a prop! Let’s not forget that, in addition to the 8 tests and 14 Super 14 games, Beast also played in almost every Currie Cup match for which he was available. The man is a legend and a machine and never gives less than his best.

Rob Ebersohn had a great Vodacom Cup and was a standout player for the SA Under 20 side this year. He is a rookie at Currie Cup level and although he enjoyed a promising debut season, to compare his exploits in a watered-down provincial competition to those of Mtawarira on the international stage just doesn’t make any sense. I fully endorse the awarding of the SA Under 20 Player of the Year to Ebersohn, but to pick him ahead of any of the others is quite frankly nonsensical.

Ryan Kankowski achieved more in the Super 14 alone than Ebersohn did the whole year. Even the other two candidates, Heinrich Brüssow and Nick Koster stood out more over the course of the Currie Cup season than Ebersohn did, with the former richly deserving his Springbok call-up for the end of year tour. The choice of Koster of Ebersohn is a subjective one, but on performance alone, there is no doubt that these are the two players who should have been vying for fourth spot in this particular competition.

Beast first, Kanko second and Brüssow third. Pick the other two in whatever order you like.

The only other award I can question is the seemingly bizarre decision to award Team of the Year to the Sharks Super 14 side. That one belongs to the Sharks Currie Cup team, in my opinion, since I have never seen a better example of teamwork than the display that took them from no-hopers after 6 weeks to champions after the final, stringing together an amazing 11-game unbeaten run in the process.


  • Amen.


  • Comment 1, posted at 26.11.08 10:33:12 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • All in favour of Beast…..say “Aye”!!!


  • Comment 2, posted at 26.11.08 10:38:48 by Dive Pass Reply
    Dive Pass
  • Aye
    And I say, lets make our own Young Player of the Year award and hand it to Beast.

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.11.08 10:46:06 by Salmonoid Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Salmonoid the Subtle
  • Aye

    Me thinks this SARU’s way of making the Cheetahs feel better about the fact they going backwards

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.11.08 10:51:30 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • Aye! Oh wait, I wrote the arti ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sauce – who is SA Rugby’s media liaison at the moment? You got contact details? I want to ask howcome Beast didn’t win…

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.11.08 10:54:28 by robdylan Reply
  • Aye!

    I remember the test qagainst the Wobblies down under where he made quite a few runs that would make some of our wingers proud.

    This guy is seriously talented. ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.11.08 10:57:22 by wpw Reply
  • Also agree on the team of the year, however as the award is Sponsored by Vodacom I can see why it went to the Super 14 team – and it sucks even more because for that. Just my opinion.

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.11.08 11:13:04 by Salmonoid Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Salmonoid the Subtle
  • @Salmonoid (Comment 7) : in that case, how the hell did the Sharks get it? They are one of only 2 SA Super 14 teams NOT sponsored by Vodacom ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.11.08 11:16:37 by robdylan Reply
  • Oh…now it works!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜›

    AYE! AYE! AYE! (The Spartan way) ๐Ÿ˜†

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.11.08 11:30:02 by blckshrk - BUCS Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @Salmonoid (Comment 3) :
    Yeah Salmo – Sharksworld should give him the award anyway…daylight/night-time robbery!!! ๐Ÿ˜ก

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.11.08 11:32:08 by blckshrk - BUCS Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @blckshrk – BUCS (Comment 9) : yeehaaA

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.11.08 11:34:24 by robdylan Reply
  • Adi Jacobs will at least get my comeback kid player award :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.11.08 11:44:10 by Charlie Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :
    Although not sponsored by Vodacom, the team that won the award is the the one that played in the Vodacom sponsored competition.
    I am eternally grateful that they aren’t sponsored by a sponsor that insist that the team is known as the so an so Sharks, as Vodacom does with WP and the Bulls.

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.11.08 11:47:13 by Salmonoid Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Salmonoid the Subtle
  • @Charlie (Comment 12) :

    I didn’t think he needed a YOUR comeback award because he was always right up there in your opinion…. ;)…. by the way how are your efforts going to have that Adi Jacobs statute put up and have you managed to have him included in the street renaming process? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.11.08 11:53:12 by Dive Pass Reply
    Dive Pass
  • Think it’s time for the sharksworld awards. Travesty that beast didn’t win. Personally would’ve picked him as player of the year, not to mention youngster of the year!

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.11.08 12:22:28 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 15) : hey – why not.

    Fellow writers… send me your suggestions. From the serious to the utterly ridiculous ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.11.08 12:26:37 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 16) :

    Serious – Eddie Andrews
    Utterly Ridiculous – Ryan Kankowski


  • Comment 17, posted at 26.11.08 12:32:28 by wpw Reply
  • @Dive Pass (Comment 14) : Well in his hometown Kraaifontein his a legend, BTW great idea ๐Ÿ’ก

  • Comment 18, posted at 26.11.08 12:33:10 by Charlie Reply
  • Mr. Personality or should I say Mr. Split Personality….”Puke roll…Oops drumroll…goes to Lookie de Look… ๐Ÿ™„

  • Comment 19, posted at 26.11.08 12:35:39 by Charlie Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 17) : what are those awards for, Wes… ?

  • Comment 20, posted at 26.11.08 12:36:26 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 20) :

    You really wanna know???

    Eddie Andrews – Lifetime Achievement Award
    Ryan Kankowski – Most Promising Player

  • Comment 21, posted at 26.11.08 12:42:28 by wpw Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Not sure – probably the guy who replaced Hewitt – hes been around or maybe Andy Colqhuan ?

  • Comment 22, posted at 26.11.08 12:47:41 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @Charlie (Comment 19) : The only he award he gets is that if you see him the street you have to tell him what a toss he is and record it on your phone and upload it to youtube

    Seconded the Eddie Andrews award

  • Comment 23, posted at 26.11.08 12:48:43 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 23) : Actually i would like to upgrade that Eddie Andrews call to an entry into Rugby Hall of Fame

  • Comment 24, posted at 26.11.08 12:52:50 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 24) : in the “softest prop to play international rugby” category?

  • Comment 25, posted at 26.11.08 12:57:28 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : Easy one with many love childs ๐Ÿ˜†

    Somethings are just deserving.

  • Comment 26, posted at 26.11.08 13:08:40 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 26) : you mean children? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Comment 27, posted at 26.11.08 13:14:30 by robdylan Reply
  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 22) :

    Yes it is Andy Kalkoen.

    Dont expect answers though.

  • Comment 28, posted at 26.11.08 13:24:46 by MorneN Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : ๐Ÿ˜€ i r from the Kaaaaaap

    @MorneN (Comment 28) : Never tried, probably never will.

  • Comment 29, posted at 26.11.08 13:42:00 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @MorneN (Comment 28) : you agree that’s it was a shocking call?

  • Comment 30, posted at 26.11.08 13:43:19 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 30) :

    Yep, agree 100%

  • Comment 31, posted at 26.11.08 13:51:05 by MorneN Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 30) :

    I reckon they had to spread out the awards.

    Wouldn’t be fair if the Sharks won nearly everything.

    * I’m surprised Keegan wasn’t nominated… ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  • Comment 32, posted at 26.11.08 13:52:45 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 32) : for CC Premier Division player of the year? Well, he was top try scorer…

  • Comment 33, posted at 26.11.08 14:08:11 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 30) :

    Feel sorry for Stefan too.

    But that only lasted about 10 minutes…

  • Comment 34, posted at 26.11.08 14:18:32 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 34) : 10 minutes? Wow – that’s actually quite impressive for you

  • Comment 35, posted at 26.11.08 14:25:41 by robdylan Reply
  • Tunnel-visioned-blinkers award… the Jaco Van de Western Province supporters for their ‘glazed eyed’ demanding that Brits, Mujati, Watson, Bekker have the devine right to a Bok cap, not too mention their hoo-haa about how they were going to make the S14 not to mention the CC finals…

    Ouch… I crown thee… Jaco Van de Western Province supporter’s (please do

  • Comment 36, posted at 26.11.08 14:42:29 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • not fall off the goal-posts) ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Comment 37, posted at 26.11.08 14:44:14 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • happy birthday Brycie ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Comment 38, posted at 26.11.08 14:49:34 by robdylan Reply
  • Wonder who would win the award for “Most Over-rated Journalist”?

    Would have to be one of the Voldy blokes!

  • Comment 39, posted at 26.11.08 14:51:09 by Baldrick Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 38) :


  • Comment 40, posted at 26.11.08 14:53:44 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @Baldrick (Comment 39) :

    JC without a doubt.

  • Comment 41, posted at 26.11.08 14:56:47 by MorneN Reply
  • @Baldrick (Comment 39) : can’t be Ryan Vrede, cos nobody rates him at all.

  • Comment 42, posted at 26.11.08 14:57:56 by robdylan Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 36) :

    And the “thank #%^*# finally” award for the Sharks who eventually introduced a new generation to silverware.

    You know some okes that were born when you last won it is now in high school…??? ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  • Comment 43, posted at 26.11.08 14:58:11 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 43) : now that’s just not necessary ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Comment 44, posted at 26.11.08 15:00:12 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 44) :

    Had to balance Bryce’s post out!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Comment 45, posted at 26.11.08 15:01:17 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 41) :

    Did you like his “Scattergun” article??? What a load of crap!!

  • Comment 46, posted at 26.11.08 15:01:31 by wpw Reply
  • โ€œthank #%^*# finallyโ€

    Hehe… I can’t argue with that… I think it’s exactly what I said at full-time…

  • Comment 47, posted at 26.11.08 15:02:46 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 46) :

    Not specifically, but from the posts I saw you loved it!

  • Comment 48, posted at 26.11.08 15:03:20 by MorneN Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 47) :

    Funny story, and a true story…

    I bought my uncle a bottle of Sharks (Branded) Schnapps when I was in Durbs probably about 8 years ago.

    The deal was that he was only allowed to open the bottle when the Sharks win a trophy.

    My uncle never kept any bottle of booze for that long in his live!

    Needless to say, when the final whistle blew, guess who phoned me!

    Made me listen how he opened the bottle, and continue to down the bottle!!!

    It was a relatively small bottle, 200ml or something, perhaps 250…

    He said it was the best ‘dop’ he has ever had!!!

  • Comment 49, posted at 26.11.08 15:06:25 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 49) :

    Hehehe… classic…

    (Sharks were busy building their branding all the way back then eh…) ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Comment 50, posted at 26.11.08 15:19:46 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • Aye

    Ebersohn,what position did he playe again ๐Ÿ˜ก

  • Comment 51, posted at 26.11.08 15:58:16 by Pokkel Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
  • @Pokkel (Comment 51) : loosehead centre

  • Comment 52, posted at 26.11.08 16:07:14 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Is it not Anthony Mackaiser again?

  • Comment 53, posted at 26.11.08 22:24:25 by Villie Reply
  • @Villie (Comment 53) : How did it go today?

  • Comment 54, posted at 26.11.08 22:37:19 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 54) : Not very well Rob. Started off fine but then I got hit with a couple of nightmare scenario type questions and I lost my composure and focus. Very disappointed as I didn’t come across like I wanted. Anyway….what will be will be…

  • Comment 55, posted at 27.11.08 01:23:23 by Villie Reply
  • Coach of the year – JOHN PLUMTREE
    Team of the Year – SHARKS Super 14




  • Comment 56, posted at 27.11.08 08:22:52 by blckshrk - BUCS Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!

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