Alberts set for Bok debut

Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :Admin, Original Content, Sharks, Springboks on 11 Nov 2010 at 14:30

News that will no doubt have the Welsh dragons turning into limp butterflies is that firebrand Sharks flank Willem Alberts has recovered from his calf strain and takes up his spot on the Bok bench for Saturdays game against the Welsh.

Alberts will be pulling on the Bok 19 jersey for the first time and one gets the feeling it will not be long before that jersey has a single digit on it, while the number of test caps does the opposite and increases from single to double.

The SARU media release states “Alberts has recovered from a calf strain sustained in the Absa Currie Cup final and replaces Sharks team-mate Keegan Daniel who made his debut from the bench in the 23-21 victory at the Aviva Stadium.

 “Willem has had an outstanding season for The Sharks as one of the most effective ball carriers in the South African game,” said Peter de Villiers, Springbok coach.

 “He has been nursing the injury since our preliminary training camp before the Absa Currie Cup final and has spent a frustrating couple of weeks watching from the sidelines and is hungry to get back into action.”

 We wish Big Vic all the best for his debut and hopes he gets enough time to unleash the type of carnage he has during the Sharks successful Currie Cup campaign


  • Good news.

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.11.10 14:32:38 by McLovin Reply
  • Good news this. Feel for Keegan though, but really want to see Alberts playing in a Bok Jersey. Hope they give him more than 20min on Saturday. What a brilliant player. I would have had him starting at 8 and not coming off the bench.

    Good luck Willem.

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.11.10 14:35:35 by Puma Reply
  • this is super 😎

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.11.10 14:37:50 by rekinek Reply
  • Tough on keegan,but great news for alberts! They ,and kanko,should then get starts vs scots?

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.11.10 14:38:28 by bergshark Reply
  • Rumour has it Gatland might roll out the ‘Welsh Lomu’ 🙄 against the Boks.

    Some kid – 1.95m & 108kg or there abouts. Bit of a light weight if you ask me.

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.11.10 14:39:17 by McLovin Reply
  • i think he will take over the role from danie as the big ball carrier who can play flank / lock…

    question – would he have EVER got a bok call up if he was still playing for the Lions?

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.11.10 14:40:07 by Barrel Reply
  • I dont think Keegan Daniel can offer much in the tight forward exchanges of international rugby. Will always be a top rated Currie Cup player. Hoping Alberts makes an impact off the bench as none of the replacements last week against Ireland offered anything different really. Used the right way Hougaard,Lambie and Alberts can change the game!

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.11.10 14:41:23 by SheldonK Reply
  • @Mclovin: sounds like they got daniller at the welsh 😛

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.11.10 14:48:34 by bergshark Reply
  • @Barrel (Comment 6) : @SheldonK (Comment 7) : welcome to the site, both of you!

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.11.10 14:56:50 by robdylan Reply
  • @bergshark (Comment 8) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.11.10 14:59:39 by McLovin Reply
  • Well after a burst geyser, car problems and renovation issues this is by far the best news Iv heard all day !

    Mmmm Alberts to bring the hurt around the 60min mark 😈

    Love it!

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.11.10 15:00:12 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 7) : Yeah, Keegan Daniel is overrated anyway ;-). Sorry, couldn’t resist.

    I reckon Keegan will surprise his critics once he gets a start. It’s a shame we can’t have both of them in there but great news for Vic nonetheless!

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.11.10 15:01:42 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Barrel (Comment 6) :

    As a Lion supporter Ive been pushing for him to be picked for the Boks ..There is no doubt that the exposure within a quality Sharks team made people stand up and notice him.

    Between him Wickus and Baywatch they at times carried the team big time.

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.11.10 15:04:19 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
  • Wales: 15 L Byrne (Ospreys), 14 G North – The Welsh Lomu (Scarlets), 13 T Shanklin (Cardiff Blues), 12 J Hook (Ospreys), 11 S Williams (Ospreys), 10 S Jones (Scarlets), 9 M Phillips (Ospreys); 1 G Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), 2 M Rees (Scarlets, capt), 3 A Jones (Ospreys), 4 B Davies (Cardiff Blues), 5 A-W Jones (Ospreys), 6 D Lydiate (Newport Gwent Dragons), 7 M Williams (Cardiff Blues), 8 J Thomas (Ospreys)
    Replacements: 16 H Bennett (Ospreys), 17 P James (Ospreys), 18 R Jones (Ospreys), 19 A Powell (Wasps), 20 R Rees (Cardiff Blues), 21 A Bishop (Ospreys), 22 C Czekaj (Cardiff Blues)

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.11.10 15:05:13 by McLovin Reply
  • “He has been nursing the injury since our preliminary training camp before the Absa Currie Cup final and has spent a frustrating couple of weeks watching from the sidelines and is hungry to get back into action.” Haha what the hell he only missed the irish game…

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.11.10 15:14:51 by Ben Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Ben
  • The Welsh bench wouldnt scare the Leopards but they have a good starting 15. If the Boks can get ahead early it should be comfortable, but if we fall behind it will be a long day!

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.11.10 15:21:07 by SheldonK Reply
  • Anyone else see that fat aus prop illegally win the ball back for aus first try?(used hands and was lying on ground! After the tackle on beale).take 7 points away and award wales a penalty..couldve been a lot more interesting,that game…

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.11.10 15:33:56 by bergshark Reply
  • Sorry for the ignorance but why does everyone refer to willem as big vic?

    I fear Keegan may be a one-test wonder unless he gets a run against Scotland. Brussow and Schalk will come back and Keegan will fail behind in the pecking order.

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.11.10 15:40:10 by juz Reply
  • @juz (Comment 18) :

    No-one knows except that its a nic he gotat varsity…I’ll be sure to ask him next time I hang with him! 😉 😆

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.11.10 15:44:44 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
  • @juz (Comment 18) :

    Just had a chat to somebody who knows him, he told me that the nickname comes from school days, when he was the only guy that could catch the ball like Victor Matfield. Therefore, Vic.

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.11.10 16:02:23 by Bump Reply
  • Thanks bump!

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.11.10 16:13:31 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
  • @Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 (Comment 19) : you mean when you will be hanging from his window stalker :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.11.10 16:26:03 by rekinek Reply
  • @Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 (Comment 21) : kind of ironic that he’ll be making his test debut alongside Vic, isn’t it?

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.11.10 16:32:36 by robdylan Reply
  • Imho I think big vic has got what it takes to keep juan smith out of the team, he must just keep his current form and build on it! We will be hard to stop if he plays for us at the world cup like he playd for the sharks this season!

  • Comment 24, posted at 11.11.10 16:32:43 by Ben Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Ben
  • Thanks guys

  • Comment 25, posted at 11.11.10 16:33:06 by juz Reply
  • I would play Big Vic ahead of Spies. Spies has loads of potential but hasn’t delivered this year at all.

  • Comment 26, posted at 11.11.10 16:35:05 by juz Reply
  • @juz (Comment 26) : spies has never delivered to his potential

  • Comment 27, posted at 11.11.10 16:36:26 by Ben Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Ben
  • So who is going to get a run against Scotland?


  • Comment 28, posted at 11.11.10 16:38:42 by juz Reply
  • @juz (Comment 28) : tell you what, if they don’t take the opportunity to pick the Sharks loose trio as a combo against Scotland, then they’re just not thinking.

  • Comment 29, posted at 11.11.10 16:53:26 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : Thinking? Our coaches? They don’t know how to spell the word! 😉

  • Comment 30, posted at 11.11.10 16:55:09 by Ben Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Ben
  • @juz (Comment 28) : maybe we should play wales first 😉

  • Comment 31, posted at 11.11.10 16:57:13 by war1 Reply
  • @war, ja maybe I’m jumping th gun a little but I’m excited for a shake up in that bok team!

  • Comment 32, posted at 11.11.10 17:01:33 by juz Reply
  • @juz (Comment 32) : wouldn’t it be deliciously ironic to see Lambie score 20 points on his own against Scotland 🙂

  • Comment 33, posted at 11.11.10 17:12:05 by robdylan Reply
  • mmmm Slight mis-communication here. Only saw the heading on FB and thought Alberts might Start!

    Oh well, he`s halfway there now . . .

  • Comment 34, posted at 11.11.10 17:40:16 by Original Champion Reply
    Original Pierre
  • @Original Champion (Comment 34) : he’ll get a cap… having him on the bench and not using him is stupider than even our current Bok management are capable of being.

  • Comment 35, posted at 11.11.10 17:56:36 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 35) : I know our coach . . . come 59 minutes he sends on the reinforcements, team dynamics be damned ! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 36, posted at 11.11.10 18:04:03 by Original Champion Reply
    Original Pierre
  • Is it me or are the Welsh more quiet than usual? There’s usually no shortage of sound bites from the Welsh camp telling us how good they are and how they’re better than everyone else. 🙄

  • Comment 37, posted at 11.11.10 18:05:50 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 37) : guess they don’t feel like dreaming this time!

  • Comment 38, posted at 11.11.10 18:08:24 by Ben Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Ben
  • New big wing is Welsh Lomu. Oh Wow how many tries did Lomu score against the boks?

  • Comment 39, posted at 11.11.10 18:11:36 by Grey Shark Reply
  • @Grey Shark (Comment 39) : I think it was 10! But just take away the 1! 🙂

  • Comment 40, posted at 11.11.10 18:14:53 by Ben Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Ben
  • Can’t help thinking that you are all a little too dismissive of Scotland. Remember they beat Ireland this year in Dublin, won two tests against Argentina in Argentina, drew with England and were most unfortunate to be beaten by Wales in Cardiff. They are no push-overs.

  • Comment 41, posted at 11.11.10 18:16:43 by Donald Reply
  • @Donald (Comment 41) : interesting!

  • Comment 42, posted at 11.11.10 18:22:56 by Ben Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Ben
  • Looking forward to this human battering ram, taking the ball up a few times! PdV has absolutely no clue wrt subs, hopefully he’ll see action! Can’t help but wonder if Dainel will get a run on tour… perhaps against the Scots, not knocking them, but he would definitely have made their side years back…

    Come on Bokke! Closed roof, dry field, use it well!

  • Comment 43, posted at 12.11.10 08:25:43 by Champion Shark Reply
    Champion Shark

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