Bok blow for Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Springboks, WP on 5 Jul 2010 at 06:00
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SARU have announced that, on completion of the Vodacom Tri-Nations on 4 September, the 20 contracted Springbok players will be placed on conditioning programs and thus won’t be available to their provinces for the Currie Cup until the knock-out stages.

This effectively means no Currie Cup rugby for the contracted Bok group, right up until the semi-final stage; from a Sharks perspective, though, it raises an interesting question. What of those contracted players who are currently returning from long-term injuries – Adi Jacobs, Bismarck du Plessis and JP Pietersen? The prognosis on all of them is that they should probably be ready to make some sort of return to competitive rugby before the September deadline, yet this latest ruling would appear to make it unlikely that they’d be allowed to play in the Currie Cup at all.

Players currently in the Bok reckoning, but who don’t have a contract, would be able to play in the Currie Cup once their Tri-Nations commitments have been fulfilled. For the Sharks, this means that Jannie du Plessis and Ryan Kankowski may well return in September. For Beast Mtawarira, John Smit and Ruan Pienaar, though, unless the Sharks make the play-offs, there’ll be no further outings in the black and white this year. In the case of Smit and Pienaar, of course, that might just mean forever…

Of the other teams involved, it’s only really Western Province that are likely to really benefit from this move, since they have a fair number of non-contracted Bok players currently out, including Francois Louw, Gio Aplon, Juan de Jongh and (bizarrely) Jean de Villiers. All four of these players should be back a round or two into the second half of the Currie Cup season.


  • well this is a turnaround from what was mentioned before by saru and div. originally boks were not going to play currie cup at all. i am not even sure why they should play in the knockout stages at all. full time boks should be rested during the currie cup, forcing unions to strengthen their depth.

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.07.10 07:46:31 by try time Reply
  • I think SARU might be bright enough to give Adi, JPP, Brussouw, Juan Smith and Bismarck some CC game time although I have watched enough rugby to know that logic is sometimes an unused sub.

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.07.10 07:57:00 by Oubaas2009 Reply
  • Also perhaps SARU will be contracting more players this year in preparation for 2011… That means the likes of JDV, Flo, Gio, Kanko, BJ, Jannie etc should be contract bound at some stage. One would think? But that could be asking too much…

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.07.10 07:59:28 by Oubaas2009 Reply
  • i have no problem with the currie cup being used to get the fitness up for recuperating boks, but throwing boks in the knockout stages just cos they are available is shortsighted and in bad spirit. we all saw how the boks let the sharks down last year.

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.07.10 08:01:10 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 4) : i still remember jacque louis potgieter’s last gasp drop goal to sink the sharks in last year’s semi-final, where he turned & punched the air even before the ball had gone over the poles, hahaha 😀 that was classic 🙂

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.07.10 08:07:33 by Megatron Reply
  • @Megatron (Comment 5) : not as classic as watching me punch the air (while swearing at the braindead ….) everytime stefan kicked the ball away. 😆

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.07.10 08:21:32 by try time Reply
  • @Megatron (Comment 5) : A bit off the topic perhaps?

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.07.10 08:21:39 by CS Reply
  • @Oubaas2009 (Comment 3) : I tend to agree with Oubaas on this one… I reckon the other’s in the squad will probably also be contracted before the end of the Tri-Nations… if not I’m sure their Unions will also be strongly encouraged to use them sparingly.

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.07.10 08:23:24 by CS Reply
  • We may also find that the Unions choose not to bring back these “super-stars” at the death… choosing team dynamics over individualism

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.07.10 08:24:33 by CS Reply
  • Best news all year.

    If the Boks hadn’t come back last year to bugger everything up the Goue Koppie would today be standing in Durban.

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.07.10 08:27:25 by rhineshark Reply
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  • I was just about to almost start liking you, Megatron 😉

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.07.10 08:31:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • Just ignore Megatroll!! 🙄

    Scroll by his feeble attempts at stirring!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.07.10 08:35:25 by wpw Reply
  • @CS (Comment 9) : we can hope they show that kind of common sense, but lets be honest when last did the sharks show any?

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.07.10 08:36:44 by try time Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : @wpw (Comment 12) : @try time (Comment 13) : @Megatron (Comment 5) : Morning all….at least we have some rugby to look forward to this weekend. ğŸ˜Ž

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.07.10 08:44:55 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Morning Pokkel!!

    Die weekend was lekker boring sonder rugby né?? 🙄 😐

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.07.10 08:49:08 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 15) : Ja…the football just doesn’t make up for the lack of rugby even though I’m quite enjoying the soccer.

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.07.10 08:51:00 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 16) : @wpw (Comment 15) : i have actually loved the big rugby break. the sharks had pissed me off one times to many this year and i needed the break from the game. i didn’t even watch the boks i was so sick of rugby (that is how badly the sharks had made me feel about the game). and what is best watching how kak football is i am starting to find love for rugby again.

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.07.10 08:58:46 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 17) : I don’t have your willpower…I can’t stay away.

  • Comment 18, posted at 05.07.10 09:02:26 by Pokkel Reply
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  • A good friend of mine got so pissed at the Sharks that he cancelled his DSTV subs

  • Comment 19, posted at 05.07.10 09:10:27 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 16) : Unlike PDiv who, as an ambassador of South African sport, says he’s had enough of the Spccer World Cup… and that “he doesn’t care” who is in the SWC semi-finals 😯

  • Comment 20, posted at 05.07.10 09:10:31 by CS Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 19) : i was almost that close. i only have mnet though, but my wife likes the kak stories so i lost the battle.

  • Comment 21, posted at 05.07.10 09:17:53 by try time Reply

  • @CS (Comment 20) : Seriously??? 😕 Ai ai ai Snor….think before you speak dammit 🙄 😯

  • Comment 22, posted at 05.07.10 09:18:20 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @CS (Comment 20) : i’m liking the guy more and more.

  • Comment 23, posted at 05.07.10 09:18:37 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 21) : Getting my wife away from Grey’s anatomy would take a bulldozer….she will probably go into depression tonight…I think it’s the last of the series.

  • Comment 24, posted at 05.07.10 09:20:41 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 24) : Not only that, but it looks like half the cast are going to be killed off… so good luck getting lucky this week :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 05.07.10 09:23:31 by CS Reply

  • @CS (Comment 25) : @Pokkel (Comment 24) : hopefully meredith is the first to go. i might actually watch it if she gets filled with lead. my wife also loves the show. so mondays i get great ps2 time in, when the kids hit the sack.

  • Comment 26, posted at 05.07.10 09:27:53 by try time Reply

  • and rob you mention jp as if he is going to be a bok. i don’t want see that guy in a bulls jersey nevermind a bok jersey. the guy has been poor at best for the sharks, he doesn’t deserve the green and gold.

  • Comment 27, posted at 05.07.10 09:36:33 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 27) : You can’t deny he has been good in the past? I agree though that he’s had a severe slump in form over the past 2 seasons.

  • Comment 28, posted at 05.07.10 09:38:56 by CS Reply

  • @try time (Comment 27) : I think now though, with Aplon, Habana, Hougaard and a whole host of others not even in the squad (eg. Van der Heever)… it”s highly unlikely JP will make the Bok squad this year (then again… anythings possible with Mr “I hate Soccer” in charge)

  • Comment 29, posted at 05.07.10 09:40:27 by CS Reply

  • @CS (Comment 28) : not at all. but no-one deserves a spot on past achievements. ask england about rooney and spain about torres.

  • Comment 30, posted at 05.07.10 09:42:48 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 30) : Agreed

  • Comment 31, posted at 05.07.10 09:46:50 by CS Reply

  • We have to wait until Thursday to find out what happens to McDreamy and his bunch of associated misfits.

    I’m hoping the gunamn takes all of them out…

  • Comment 32, posted at 05.07.10 11:02:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 32) : Can I mail you tomorrow with the ending??…give it to your wife 😈

  • Comment 33, posted at 05.07.10 11:08:11 by Pokkel Reply
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  • don’t write off JP Pietersen, guys… do we really want to get rid of every single one of the talented backs that Dick unearthed?

  • Comment 34, posted at 05.07.10 11:13:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 33) : are you tired of this site already? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 35, posted at 05.07.10 11:13:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • I can tell you now 😈

  • Comment 36, posted at 05.07.10 12:08:17 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 35) : You could always ignore my mail and delete it immediatly…….if you can. 😈 😉

  • Comment 37, posted at 05.07.10 12:11:39 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 33) : I could tell both of you right now…

  • Comment 38, posted at 05.07.10 12:15:42 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 38) : I don’t care…I could probably predict it pretty accurately. The series will probably end with more questions than answers so people have to wait another 9 months to find out what happend….It will tear my wife to pieces.

  • Comment 39, posted at 05.07.10 12:24:34 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 39) : It starts again in September 😉

  • Comment 40, posted at 05.07.10 12:46:24 by lostfish Reply
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  • I don’t mind finding out, but if my wife does, I will be dead and this site will probably grind to a halt about 4 months later 🙂

  • Comment 41, posted at 05.07.10 13:00:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 41) : You let her read your sharksworld e-mails?? 😯

  • Comment 42, posted at 05.07.10 13:11:04 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 5) : i to were camping and had to watch in the bar at Manjane and my it was not a good feeling at all shit if you ask me now the dude is playing for the Bulls 👿
    maybe Sharks should buy him 😳 but maybe not we got Lambie :mrgreen:

  • Comment 43, posted at 05.07.10 15:53:06 by chaz Reply

  • @rhineshark (Comment 10) : agree on that that is what i said on the other thread whole new ball game if the boks don’t come back in the CC

  • Comment 44, posted at 05.07.10 15:55:20 by chaz Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : me too but the 👿 😈 TROLL in him always seems to come back 🙂

  • Comment 45, posted at 05.07.10 15:56:48 by chaz Reply


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