Sykesie getting amped for a BIG Super 14

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 12 Dec 2008 at 10:17
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Sharks lock Steven Sykes is expecting a big 2009 season after an inspirational domestic campaign this year.

His first taste of Sharks rugby was with the Academy six years ago and he has since worked his way up the Sharks’ lock pecking order – an area which boasts considerable talent and experience.

Under the watchful eyes of Sharks veteran locks Johan Ackermann, Johann Muller and Albert van den Berg, 24-year-old Sykes has really come into his own over the last couple of years, establishing himself as a vital component in the second row.

Sykes believes competing with the experienced campaigners has benefited his rugby and he can’t wait for the Super 14 to get going.

“I really enjoy the rugby [Super14], it’s tough and physical and the kind of game that I really enjoy,” Sykes told Independent Online.

“I didn’t play a lot of Super 14 last year with Johan Ackermann in the team but I have managed to get more game time over the last year.

“There are lots of things I have learnt from him [Ackermann], Johann Muller and Albert van den Berg.”

Sykes believes the Sharks’ Currie Cup triumph this year has inspired the team to achieve in 2009 and he’s already set his sights on getting regular game-time in 2009.

He continued: “Winning the Currie Cup was a really big moment for us all and I know that some guys have been playing here for many years and it was the first time they have won a trophy as well, so it was incredibly special for them, the coaches and all the supporters

“My main goal is just to get as much game-time as possible in the Super 14. Another goal is to one day go on to win the Super 14 with the Sharks.

“Playing internationally is also still one of my biggest goals, but I can’t rush it. It’s something I can’t control and it’s just a waiting game that I’ve got to play.”


  • this boy is going to silence a LOT of critics next year… mark my words

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.12.08 10:34:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : tell me rob, who`s our lock options for 2009? Sykes, Muller, Hargreaves (btw, i also think his going to have a GREAT 2009) and the Snyman dude? anyone know anything about him?

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.12.08 10:37:45 by VanWilder Reply

  • @VanWilder (Comment 2) : oh yes, and is Mr van den Berg still with us? he could have made the transition from lock to wing with no hassles..

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.12.08 10:38:38 by VanWilder Reply

  • @VanWilder (Comment 2) : I know Joe Snyman pretty well. He’s a hard grafter who’s just dying to get an opportunity to play for the Sharks. He spent the second half of last year playing for Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand.

    Nah, the Sharks are going to be fine in the second row. As you say, Hargs is going to be huge as well. He finally seems to have found his mongrel streak.

    so I see it like this… we have two fours (first choice Sykes, second choice Snyman), two fives (first choice Muller, second choice Hargs) and a specialist 18 in Albert

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.12.08 10:44:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • I told you so….LOOONNGGG years ago!! 🙄 😉

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.12.08 10:52:01 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • Don’t know much about the Snyman dude but I’m pretty happy with a fit Sykes and Johan – with Ol’ VDB on the bench. Big Al is also a good player to have – so I’d say we’re covered.

    Sykes is really learning fast, I’ve been impressed…and i’m pretty sure I’ce will be happy when she sees this. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.12.08 10:53:09 by blckshrk - BUCS Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : thanx rob… i`m just glad that we have specialized second row players as back up – mark my words – the Stormers gonna have trouble if one of their first choice guys get injured. AJ & Lobberts not good enough to start and end a game as second rowers (just my opinion).

    one thing i like about the sharks, is that we slowly bring in our young talent through the ranks. Take Sykes, Hargreaves, Deysel, Beast, JP… They all had to work hard but ultimately got their chance. its nice to see 2-3 youngsters making the grade each year. Sign of good Structures at the Sharks. 🙂

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.12.08 10:53:33 by VanWilder Reply

  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 5) : Hey Ice…you beat me to it…

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.12.08 10:53:45 by blckshrk - BUCS Reply

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  • @blckshrk – BUCS (Comment 8) :

    What can I say…I am a fast gun… 😎

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.12.08 10:56:01 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • @blckshrk – BUCS (Comment 6) : another up-and-comer who could play anywhere in the second or back row is Mike Rhodes. Keep an eye on him in the Vodacom Cup.

    @VanWilder (Comment 7) : I reckon AJ still has enough in the tank to play 80 at number 4. Probably his best position now. You mustn’t forget that he’s a seriously big unit.. 1.98m tall! As for Lobberts – thanks, but no thanks.

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.12.08 10:56:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : Yeah…I’ve been hearing good stuff about the likes of Rhodes, Downey etc…looks like Development side is playing it’s part.

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.12.08 11:07:37 by blckshrk - BUCS Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : Methinks AJs legs have given up on him, was vrek slow in the Currie Cup.

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.12.08 11:14:06 by PJLD Reply

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