Jacobs gone – for the season?

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 28 Mar 2010 at 23:40
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Adrian Jacobs, one of the few Sharks backline players to consistently shine on attack this season, suffered a potentially campaign-ending shoulder injury against the Hurricanes on Saturday. The veteran centre dislocated his shoulder early in the encounter and it appears to be a recurrence of the injury that plagued him in the early parts of last year.

John Plumtree has hinted that Jacobs will probably be out for the remainder of the Super 14, leaving the Sharks with a massive headache in the centres, an area of real concern even with Jacobs fit. The Springbok offers huge versatility, able to play either inside or outside centre; his direct competition for the number 13 jersey, Waylon Murray, still appears out of sorts and offers nothing at all on attack for the third season running. Riaan Swanepoel hasn’t had things all his own way at 12 either and the thought of these two operating as the first-choice centre pairing for the remainder of the season would be a cause for concern, given current form.

Looking at the Sharks XV, Andries Strauss has been tried at Super 14 level before and has never quite made the grade, while former Matie Jean Stemmet and the precocious Jerome Pretorius are both still very green. It’s the latter, though, who may just find himself thrust into the Super 14 spotlight as Plumtree searches for a replacement for Jacobs.

If anything, one would hope that the contrasting fortunes of Andy Goode and Pat Lambie have taught the Sharks management a few things about the folly of last-minute buying – as well as the wisdom in backing a promising youngster.

All the best, Adi. Sharksworld wishes you a speedy recovery.


  • Oh no. 🙁

    I hope he has a speedy recovery! He has been now added to Milissa’s injured rugbyman prayer list.

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.03.10 00:31:20 by Milissa Reply
  • mornning everyone 🙂 when you all do wake up 😆 😉

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.03.10 06:59:17 by Chaz Reply
  • That is bad news because i thibk Jacobs played a well game if you ask me and to see him go off like that its 👿 🙁

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.03.10 07:00:44 by Chaz Reply
  • 🙁 now what are we going to do well my guess is get somebody in the xv if they are green or not give them the chance and just maybe we will be lucky like we are with Lambie 🙂

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.03.10 07:02:56 by Chaz Reply
  • Charlie must be really disappointed!! 😥

    Anyway, hope Adi recovers in time for the Bok internationals cos I’d prefer him involved than the overrated Meisiekind!! 👿

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.03.10 07:15:08 by wpw Reply
  • Play Keegan at outside center 😉

    He’ll probably set up more attacking ball than any of our other backs. Plus after the performance Botes put in this weekend I don’t see him getting much game time at flank, plus he’s fast enough small enough and have enough skill to play there…

    Waylon is not the answer though, I don’t know these young guys you’ve mentioned, but I’d much rather see if they have some potential than just to struggle forward with Waylon or put a guy there out of position. Not even Andries Strauss will do, because he’s never been a good enough outside center, he’s already just a steady inside center, I don’t know why you’d ever use him at outside center.

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.03.10 07:28:48 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 6) : only someone who doesn’t understand the difference between 12 and 13 would pick Strauss at outside centre 🙂

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.03.10 07:32:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 5) : 😳 who’s meisiekind 😳

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.03.10 07:33:23 by Chaz Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : morning Rob how are you today 🙂

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.03.10 07:34:08 by Chaz Reply

  • @Chaz (Comment 8) : Someone playing for the Bulls, can you guess who?

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.03.10 07:37:44 by Letgo Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : 😆 … 😯 , That sucks for us, because Plumtree’s done it a couple of times.

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.03.10 07:39:04 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 10) : My daughter and myself was talking about it and there is only one i recall they called meisekind hope i’m right 😳

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.03.10 07:44:01 by Chaz Reply

  • @Chaz (Comment 12) : Wynand Olivier 😆

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.03.10 07:45:34 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 13) : thanks 😳 and you are right 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.03.10 07:55:07 by Chaz Reply

  • Good morning everybody 🙂

    @Milissa (Comment 1) : He’s on our whole family’s prayer list 😉

    @wpw (Comment 5) : As I saw the incident happen, I already felt that’s serious, the look on his face confirmed it for me 🙁

    To be honest, I still have hope that Adi will play his 100th Super Rugby game this year :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.03.10 08:20:41 by Charlie Reply

  • Any chance of Barritt being lured back to Durban? I assume it’s too much to ask for Steyn too?!

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.03.10 08:27:40 by Flashman Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 15) :

    I suggest you DO NOT visit KEO today!!! 😈

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.03.10 08:31:48 by wpw Reply
  • Hard luck Adi.

    Waylon needs a psychiatrist – he has all the physical attributes to be a monster 13, but never runs straight and hard.

    I still back him, but I wish someone would just cream at him “You weight over 100kg and run bloody fast – just run with the bloody ball!!!”

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.03.10 08:36:42 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Jerome ‘Trompie Pretorius’, Zuks Vulindlu, even Odwa can play 13, then mayce Mvovo can get a chance, there’s also Stemmet.

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.03.10 09:03:10 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 17) : Was already there, strong enough, idiots never change 😈

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.03.10 09:04:25 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 20) : Sorry dude, we’ll miss you out there, get enough rest now, you hear. 😉 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.03.10 09:11:03 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 21) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.03.10 09:24:01 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 15) : hope so he a good player :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.03.10 09:34:53 by Chaz Reply

  • @Flashman (Comment 16) : we are all hoping but from the looks of things to much money 😳

  • Comment 24, posted at 29.03.10 09:35:43 by Chaz Reply

  • Did anyone notice who went to centre on saturday when swanepoel went off? How about jp pietersen for outside centre? It might just get him running hard and straight again! Good defender too..

  • Comment 25, posted at 29.03.10 11:30:40 by zenrugby Reply

  • @zenrugby (Comment 25) : who was at inside? Was it Waylon?

  • Comment 26, posted at 29.03.10 12:01:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) :ja waylon went to inside, I’m sure plum will play swanepoel and waylon but I’m not convinced about a bacline with goode,swanepoel and waylon, we need to improvise!

  • Comment 27, posted at 29.03.10 12:12:24 by zenrugby Reply

  • @zenrugby (Comment 27) : Zuks is an outside centre, Trompie looks great. We dont really have a problem. Waylon is a crabbit though

  • Comment 28, posted at 29.03.10 12:20:41 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Craig Burden played for our first team at Maritzburg college, was a year ahead of me. He played centre his whole school career, and was a dam fine centre at that (If i’m not mistaken, he only switched to hooker some time after he joined the sharks). He has the speed, power and skill to fill in at centre for the sharks for a few games, possibly more.

  • Comment 29, posted at 29.03.10 12:31:34 by justinwhufc Reply

  • The only reason Waylon looks “out-of-sorts” is because he hasn’t played particularly much rugby. I know Adi adds a lot on attack, and I really like him as a player, but his basics have been really off lately. He’s thrown some awful passes and broken down a few backline moves over the course of the season. I think a bit of consistency for Waylon will see him return to his best. Have Zuks on the bench, covering Wing and Outside Centre, he’s overdue a chance too.

    Waylon’s drop from the heady heights he experienced in 2007 and even 2008 have to do with the loss of his longtime centre partner, Brad Barritt. He was the perfect foil to Barritt, who put Waylon in space to use his pace and size. Riaan Swannepoel is a different kind of Inside Centre though, Riaan does the running and makes the effort to get over the advantage line, limiting the effectiveness of a player like Waylon. I personally think we should look at bringing in a Barritt/Mauger type player for the Currie Cup. Riaan’s a great guy and a promising player, but he isn’t what the Sharks’ need at 12. Instead of wasting money on Butch, who is a hero, but past it, we should spend our money convincing Brad Barritt, Peter Grant and Frans Steyn that Durban is the place to be.

  • Comment 30, posted at 29.03.10 12:32:34 by MerckZ Reply

  • I wish we could get Barrit back, its so frustrating thinking of all the sharks players overseas ! Doubt Barrit will ever come back considering the he is no longer elligible to play for the springboks ! I hope he really regrets playing for the saxons !

    I agree with the notion W Murray need therapy the guy just looks like he’s lost the killer instict he used to have and thats so NB for rugby !

  • Comment 31, posted at 29.03.10 13:08:04 by GAZZO Reply

  • I still think JP could be a decent centre,would also open up a space on the wing for Mvovo to have a go !

  • Comment 32, posted at 29.03.10 13:09:49 by GAZZO Reply

  • Ai, ai Adi.
    Man thats a bummer.
    Heres hoping for a quick recovery.

  • Comment 33, posted at 29.03.10 13:17:59 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Backline for 2011:
    12.Steyn (He will see sense and come back for the WC)


  • Comment 34, posted at 29.03.10 13:33:34 by MerckZ Reply

  • @justinwhufc (Comment 29) : Burden played wing at the Sharks, then Dick sat him down and told him that he would be better suited to hooker and as an “extra loosie”.

    I think he went to the Murray Mexted Academy to train. He said something along the lines of rather be a fast hooker than a slow wing.

    @Letgo (Comment 6) : You seem to be very keen to stick flanks out in centre…

  • Comment 35, posted at 29.03.10 13:36:18 by lostfish Reply
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  • Good balance of attack, defense, talent and solidity; with a good dose of home grown talent…

  • Comment 36, posted at 29.03.10 13:36:44 by MerckZ Reply

  • @lostfish (Comment 35) : He was primarily a centre, but at the time we had: Barritt, Steyn, Rees, Bobo, Murray, Jacobs, Strauss, et al, all capable of playing centre. Sadly, the majority of those talented players have gone, but reverting Burden to centre isn’t an option. He’s become an awesome impact forward.

  • Comment 37, posted at 29.03.10 13:41:23 by MerckZ Reply

  • The only problem with Pietersen at 13 is that he has no idea about what to do on defense. I would rather want a settled and specialist outside centre, even if it is a rooky like Stemmet.

  • Comment 38, posted at 29.03.10 13:43:51 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 35) : No, not specifically keen. But when you have an abundance of quality players in one position and hardly any quality players in another, then maybe it’s not such a bad idea to take a fast, skilled loosie like Keegan and turn him into one of the quality 13 in the country…because lets face it after Jaque Fourie and Adi there’s not much there to pick from for SA.

  • Comment 39, posted at 29.03.10 14:22:39 by Letgo Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 38) : I don’t think he has no idea,but I get what you’re saying. Still might not be a bad idea if no one else puts their hands up.

  • Comment 40, posted at 29.03.10 14:24:03 by Letgo Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 35) : you right, i do remember him playing a bit of wing as well, but he still has the know how of centre from his school days i [email protected]MerckZ (Comment 37) : why do you think reverting Burden to centre wouldn’t be an option? if we are desperate for centres at this stage, and needed someone on the bench to provide cover for centre(possibly for strauss, if he was put back in the 1st team),i’m sure burden could do the job (temporarily, until a better centre comes along at least)

  • Comment 41, posted at 29.03.10 14:24:09 by justinwhufc Reply

  • @MerckZ (Comment 37) : I agree, burden has lost to much of his pace, there’s no point in going backwards now. And since I think John will play 1 permanently now, we’ll need that cover at 2 anyway.

  • Comment 42, posted at 29.03.10 14:25:58 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 39) : Perhaps the Sharks need to do what Dick used to do and have trials with all the clubs.

    That is where he found JPP who turned out to be a great find.

  • Comment 43, posted at 29.03.10 14:26:58 by lostfish Reply
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  • @justinwhufc (Comment 41) : Because this is a chance for the young guys to shine…that’s how you give guys a chance and see new talent coming through. It will be a very negative option to put someone in that position if they don’t have a chance of filling that position impermanently.

    And like I said in my previous post, it’s not like we have hookers lining up to cover for John and Bissie. We need him right where he is.

  • Comment 44, posted at 29.03.10 14:29:23 by Letgo Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 43) : Not a bad idea at all, I’ve always liked the idea of trails. Even with the amount of rugby that’s being played these days. It’s not really there for the guys who we already know is good. It’s to find talent and figure out exactly who can match up with whom and who can play where.

  • Comment 45, posted at 29.03.10 14:32:00 by Letgo Reply
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  • We all see how well de Jongh and Whitehead has done. Get a centre from VC or U21 team to enter the team rather than a makeshift 13.

  • Comment 46, posted at 29.03.10 14:44:01 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 46) : That is the smartest idea yet, the only reason I’m looking for options elsewhere is because I don’t know the quality of our young players. If I had an opportunity to see some of them play, I would have been able to make an informed comment about this issue.

  • Comment 47, posted at 29.03.10 15:13:32 by Letgo Reply
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