I’ll play for my team mates: Sharksworld chats to Jacques-Louis Potgieter

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 9 Dec 2010 at 16:15
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Former Cheetahs and Bulls flyhalf Jacques-Louis Potgieter has been somewhat of a nemesis of the Sharks in recent years, often spurring those teams on to heartbreaking victories over our side in the past few years. The good news for fans of the black and white is that he’s now on our side, having signed a 3-year deal with the Sharks starting from 2011. Sharksworld caught up with Jacques-Louis for a quick chat.

Sharksworld: Firstly, welcome to Durban and the Sharks! Can you tell us how well you’re settling in so far?
Jacques-Louis: Well, it’s really different from the Pretoria scene! There are a lot of surfers here – and we’ve got the ocean to look at every morning. It’s got a completely different vibe. I’ve lived in Pretoria basically my whole life – apart from the two years I spent in Bloem. Pretoria is very Afrikaans, whereas this is English the whole day! It just takes a bit of getting used to – luckily my wife’s here with me, which makes it a bit easier to settle in.

SW: And what made you decide to swap Pretoria for Blomefontein for those two years?
JL: It was probably just about opportunity – just to try something different. I wanted to explore a bit. I’m not a guy who will sit at one union and just wait for a chance to play. For me it was easy – just like coming to Durban – I just said here’s an opportunity, so I packed up my stuff and said I’m going to try it.

SW: And the decision to head back to Pretoria for 2010? What prompted that?
JL: I knew that they would win the Super 14 again and they also asked me to come back. The fact that my wife and I are both from Pretoria and that I’d stand a good chance of winning a Super 14 title made it an easy decision to make. I signed there for a year, just to see what happens – and also to keep a back door open, in case of another opportunity – either overseas or at another local union. I didn’t think I was going to leave again – in the back of my mind I thought I was going to sign a year contract and then negotiate another year or two after that.

SW: So what happened with the Sharks?
JL: When I was still at the Cheetahs, I met with John Plumtree and Rudolf Straeuli and they said they were really interested in me – they were looking at [Juan Martin] Hernandez and me at that stage. Right back then I told them that I was either going to join the Sharks or the Bulls for 2010 – it would definitely be one of those two. So they signed Hernandez and I went to the Bulls, but there was interest from the Sharks side way before I went back to the Bulls. When we [the Bulls] played the Sharks in Pretoria this year in the Super 14, John just said he wanted to meet up and I was open-minded… Just two weeks before the Super 14 final he called me and I said I would come up during the Currie Cup pre-season and we could sit and have a chat. Two weeks after the Super 14 final we met up and reached an agreement – and well, I’ve signed, so basically it went well!

SW: And was there any sort of commitment made about you being the starting flyhalf if you came?
JL: I don’t think a coach can ever guarantee you a spot – anything can happen and there are a lot of scenarios in rugby and things that can change. So I just came here to do my best and obviously there’s a lot of interest – they’re not going to give me a contract and then just leave me out! Just the commitment of signing me for three years said a lot. In fact, that three-year commitment really clinched it for me.

SW: At the time you signed, the Sharks were really struggling at flyhalf. Pat Lambie has since stood up and really played well, though. Do you think that might complicate things?
JL: He’s been playing well, but that wasn’t the case when I signed and it wasn’t a thing that I could see coming. One thing I can say, though, is that I’ve been playing rugby for a while now and I know how to get myself into a team. My feeling is that if you’re going to pick a team that you want to win a title with, you’re really going to have to get a specialised kicker in. Just running the ball in every game isn’t going to work and there are going to be games when you’ve got a crucial kick to win the match and that’s when you want a good kicker with the pedigree to take aim at the posts. I feel I definitely have a lot to contribute to the team from that perspective.

SW: How do you think the Sharks style of play will suit you?
JL: They play a lot more like the Cheetahs do. When I got to the Bulls, it’s a far more kicking-based game and thankfully I can kick! I’m more of a runner, though and when I started running at the Bulls, nobody was really switched on to run from your 22, let’s say. The Sharks approach to the game is a little bit more my style – keeping the ball in hand and taking opportunities, not always to kick the ball away when you’re in a certain situation.

SW: How about the drop-goal that you put over to knock the Sharks out of the 2009 Currie Cup? Any of your new team mates giving you a bit of stick about that?
JL: If somebody chirps me, I’m not really too bothered. It’s something that happened. I was lucky enough to get into the situation and I coped with it – it’s a real morale-booster for me, but, ja… some of the guys are chirping me about that, but I’m not letting it get to me! It’s usually when you do something like that and people react to it; it’s people acknowledging that you did something really special.

SW: How much of a factor is “playing for the jersey” in this age of professional rugby? Is it difficult to do when you switch teams?
JL: Whichever team you’re with – when you’re on the training field and you’re sweating with the okes – and you see special things from the other players in training – them really putting in the hard yards – you really develop a lot of respect for those guys and ultimately those are the guys you play for – your team mates. Having a good season or a special moment that you can bank on for the rest of your life. Maybe in professional sport it’s not so much about playing for the jersey as it used to be in the old days, but you’re still playing for the guys around you – you get to know those guys really well, especially on tour – and that’s a big thing in rugby these days.

SW: What would you say your goals are for the coming season?
JL: Firstly just getting into the Sharks Super 15 starting lineup – if you start every weekend, the possibility of getting into the Bok squad is just way better than if you’re on the bench or not playing. There’s a whole Super 15 season before the World Cup and that’s basically the last chance of getting into the World Cup for me…

SW: How do you feel about playing different positions in the back line? Do you see yourself as a flyhalf first and foremost, or are you comfortable playing elsewhere as well?
JL: It’s difficult, because there are a lot of people who are in favour of versatile players, but also a lot of people who feel there’s no place for versatile players! Sometimes I feel that I’m really just a ballplayer – I can pretty much play anywhere because I have ball skills. I am quick enough to play wing, and I can play fullback as well because I’ve got those skills. I’ve been playing flyhalf for a while, but maybe I’m just a versatile guy who can do a good job in a number of positions?

SW: What sort of things do you enjoy doing away from the rugby field?
JL: I’m a big golfer – I play off a four now. I really like my golf and there are a lot of nice courses here, which I’m looking forward to playing. I’ve also got a corporate gifts business (Magnificent Gifts) as well as a family IT business that I like to stay involved in – so pretty much just golf and business!

We’d like to thank Jacques-Louis for taking the time to chat to Sharksworld and wish him nothing but the best for a long and happy future with the Sharks.


  • Just running the ball in every game isn’t going to work

    JLP didn’t watch the Sharks Currie Cup games this year? Just kidding – welcome to Durbs! 😉

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.12.10 16:21:04 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Great interview…JLP I hope you will win the S15 with the Sharks.

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.12.10 16:22:52 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 1) : well – I think what he meant to say is that you need to be sure of the points when they’re on offer 🙂

    He did say later on in the interview that he enjoys a good run about himself 🙂

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.12.10 16:24:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Ja, I know. Just easing him into the Sharksworld culture 😉

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.12.10 16:28:19 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Anyone know his goal kicking % ??

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.12.10 16:28:40 by Original Champion Reply
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  • I’m still not convinced. I would really dearly love to seem prove me wrong though!

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.12.10 16:37:12 by Crock Reply

  • Sounds like it was a nice hindsight,guess plum and straeuli shouldve opted for JLP over hernandez..but hindsight is the luxury of the couch coach lol
    Mentioned the importance of a dependable goalikcker ..I would just love to have a kicker in the sharks team that nails every kick!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.12.10 16:41:17 by bergshark Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 7) : I disagree of course!
    JM Hernandez was brilliant for us.

    But yeah, we`re well stocked in the flyhalf department now.

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.12.10 16:43:59 by Original Champion Reply
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  • Great to see that he doesn’t mind where he plays ( in the backline),as long as he gets gametime..refreshing and positive attitude !!

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.12.10 16:45:58 by bergshark Reply

  • In the cc ,yes ,hernandez did his bit.. But in the match that counted (cc semi 2009),jlp proved himself to be the better match-winner..
    And hernandez wasn’t much of a help to us in this year,s s14

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.12.10 16:56:25 by bergshark Reply

  • the key thing is having options – guys in form, pushing each other.

    Having JLP with all his experience determined to stake his place is only going to spur Lambie on to play better.

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.12.10 17:00:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • Confident player – that’s good as long as its balanced.

    ” My feeling is that if you’re going to pick a team that you want to win a title with, you’re really going to have to get a specialised kicker in. Just running the ball in every game isn’t going to work and there are going to be games when you’ve got a crucial kick to win the match and that’s when you want a good kicker with the pedigree to take aim at the posts. I feel I definitely have a lot to contribute to the team from that perspective.”

    Not the most subtle dig at Pat there. Not wrong either of course.

    Interesting tussle ahead – Pat is not one to step away from a challenge.

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.12.10 17:02:58 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I don’t like the oke. It may be because he’s a bull (or was), but his gonna have to win me over first.. 😐

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.12.10 17:09:13 by Letgo Reply
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  • By the sounds of it, the wings and fullbacks also need to up their performance..because JLP wants to play some rugby next year!!

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.12.10 17:12:17 by bergshark Reply

  • @Letgo: he is a shark now 🙂

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.12.10 17:14:16 by bergshark Reply

  • I think it’s great to have JLP onboard and I wish him all the best, but I suspect that one day when he looks back on his career, he might regret his decision to leave the Vrystaat. He was good for them, they were good to him, there were rewards to show for the effort put in and most importantly, he got game-time.

    He commented about the importance of a specialist kicker in the question about Lambie. So very true. Our team’s sights has to now be firmly set on lifting the S15 trophy. Morné Steyn’s overall play has resulted in him having many detractors but the evidence of his educated boot speaks for itself in superrugby. If Lambie hopes to challenge Steyn at Bok level and if the Sharks hope to emulate the Bulls’ S14 success, our young flyhalf has to put in lots of overtime with the kicking coach starting in the offseason and turn himself into a specialist goalkicker.

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.12.10 17:17:40 by beet Reply
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  • @bergshark (Comment 14) : Our wings and fullbacks are okay.

    Centre on the other hand Darren . . . . 😈

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.12.10 17:17:55 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @Big Fish: he was saying that he knows how to get himself into a team (and he is right to point out suspect matchiwinning ability with the boot that there is in the team..scoring tries is great but you need to convert the five into seven..),and he mentioned that he is a versatile player (being able to play fb and wing)..def starting 22 then..and if he can take his chances ,who knows?

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.12.10 17:19:51 by bergshark Reply

  • Bleh. I’m not sure I’m too happy about him joining. He has a good running game I suppose. It just feels like he’s an unreliable person when he’s needed.

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.12.10 17:21:55 by John Jardin Reply

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  • I think its great cos now our backline has a few options at every position. The competition for a place in the starting line up could be interesting. Go sharks this super 15 title is ours

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.12.10 17:25:42 by sharkbok Reply

  • @John Jardin: I can think of two instances where his team needed him (both times versus sharks),where JLP stepped-up and delivered the killer blow..

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.12.10 17:31:07 by bergshark Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 12) : bear in mind there was clear entrapment on the part of the journo… 🙂

  • Comment 22, posted at 09.12.10 17:33:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @sharkbok (Comment 20) : hey! You made it! Welcome

  • Comment 23, posted at 09.12.10 17:34:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @beet:yes,lambie needs to put in the hard yards this off-season regarding his goalkicking..morne steyn wasn’t this deadly accurate gk two seasons ago,but he put in the hard work(think the defeat to sharks @dbn in 2008 cc game and the criticism of his gk performance that day,spurred him on to became a matchwinner with his boot.. Lambie will do well to show the same level of determination and dedication

  • Comment 24, posted at 09.12.10 17:37:47 by bergshark Reply

  • @robdylan
    Yeah I made it thanks for the help, excited to c and hear all these rugby brains coming together. Truely is a great site this

  • Comment 25, posted at 09.12.10 17:40:41 by sharkbok Reply

  • @sharkbok:thanks 🙂 and we ‘re trying hard to get rob just as smart as the rest of us 🙂

  • Comment 26, posted at 09.12.10 17:44:06 by bergshark Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 24) : So true about Steyn, when Derick Hougaard was around, MS was just slightly above average in the kicking dept. It’s just in the past few post-Hougaard seasons that he’s upped his place kicking game.
    Many seasons ago, I remember watching a 19 year old rookie Canterbury Crusader inside centre. The NZ commentators couldn’t stop praising him. I had my doubts about the guy and thought that he was good for his age and that was about it. His goalkicking wasn’t anything to write home about either – erratic at best I think it was round about the 60% mark. Well long story short. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The next season Deans moved him to flyhalf and today anyone who claims he’s the best flyhalf of all times has a really strong argument. He’s also the world’s leading test points scorer.
    So hope floats. Lambie could still become a world class kicker. And fingers crossed a world class player.

  • Comment 27, posted at 09.12.10 17:53:07 by beet Reply
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  • I am not too sure on JLP’s goal kicking. I have seen him miss some really easy kicks and horribly shank a few pressure kicks.

    If he can make Lambie a better player then he is welcome at the Tank 😆

  • Comment 28, posted at 09.12.10 18:01:13 by lostfish Reply
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  • Welcome to the Sharks JLP.

    I think though Lambie will be our number one Fh, but competition is always a good thing for players. I have no doubt Lambie will get better with his kicking. Morne was never such a great kicker it took plenty time getting there. Lambie will too.

    Remember next year is a longer tourney in the S15 players will be rotated and rested for some games. Need them fresh and injury free. So having another good Fh in the mix is a bonus for the Sharks.

  • Comment 29, posted at 09.12.10 18:02:25 by Puma Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : Rob, I changed my pic on Sunday but nothing coming up? See it is still waiting to be reviewed ❓

  • Comment 30, posted at 09.12.10 18:05:28 by Puma Reply

  • @beet:hoping for the same regarding pat lambie.

  • Comment 31, posted at 09.12.10 18:05:52 by bergshark Reply

  • @beet : off topic,but how would you rate niel burger (wp wing of 80s) in today’s game?

  • Comment 32, posted at 09.12.10 18:07:37 by bergshark Reply

  • Okay pic showing now.. 😛

  • Comment 33, posted at 09.12.10 18:07:47 by Puma Reply

  • What I like the most about this post ,is the headline..

  • Comment 34, posted at 09.12.10 18:09:51 by bergshark Reply

  • Rob,

    What about a interview with Hoffman? I hardly know anything about him. Should be interesting.

  • Comment 35, posted at 09.12.10 18:11:33 by Puma Reply

  • @Puma: rob said he is working on it (I also asked him for an arti on hoffman)

  • Comment 36, posted at 09.12.10 18:15:28 by bergshark Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 32) : I was still a kid at school when Burger was around. We tend to think the Welsh are bad with all their Jones’ but I remember WP had 4 Burgers in one team in those days – Neil, Schalk, Cobus and another Schalk (Junior). He was an incredibly strong player and stayed on his feet often breaking thru tackles if I remember correctly, possibly a bit like we’ve seen from Hosea Gear this November but maybe not as quick. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that if that if strong up and coming Julian Savea of NZ can make it to test level, Neil Burger could do the same if he was youngster all over again.
    I think there’re a few WP supporters hanging around here who’d remember him really well. What’s your opinion?

  • Comment 37, posted at 09.12.10 18:22:46 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 37) : Neil was a monster. 😎

  • Comment 38, posted at 09.12.10 18:45:08 by McLovin Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 30) : its a dolphin??

  • Comment 39, posted at 09.12.10 18:46:30 by lostfish Reply
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  • @beet: I can only judge him on the bit I saw of him near the end of his career and from hi-lites of yesteryear’s games..seemed like a steam train!! He wouldve been our answer to those strong running pacific islanders’ wings.

  • Comment 40, posted at 09.12.10 18:55:50 by bergshark Reply

  • Spot on beet and bergsharks: Carter and M Steyn were not as good kickers as Lambie at the same age – but they put in the time.

    Pat must just keep practising, and he will be at least an 80% kicker. I have no doubt he will get there: he has the discipline, drive and hunger.

  • Comment 41, posted at 09.12.10 19:02:01 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I interviewed Conrad Hoffman this morning 😉

  • Comment 42, posted at 09.12.10 19:12:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan: nice !!

  • Comment 43, posted at 09.12.10 19:18:34 by bergshark Reply

  • JLP has to proof himself worthy first. Yes he has won games for the Cheetahs but he had a crappy season at the Bulls.

  • Comment 44, posted at 09.12.10 19:20:55 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 39) : Dumbo?? 😉

  • Comment 45, posted at 09.12.10 20:19:25 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @bergshark (Comment 36) : Yip, Think getting interview with Hoffman would be great. I no nothing much about him, also only seen him play once, coming on as a sub at wing.

  • Comment 46, posted at 09.12.10 20:32:27 by Puma Reply

  • @lostfish (Comment 39) : hahahaha. Nah, it is a Shark.. 😛 Got a few on the net and for sure it says Shark with football 😎 Looked like a rugby ball to me, so kinda liked it. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 47, posted at 09.12.10 20:35:26 by Puma Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 42) : Will be interesting Rob. Looking forward to that thread.

  • Comment 48, posted at 09.12.10 20:37:12 by Puma Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 41) : Agree 100%. Pat just needs plenty practice with kicking, I have plenty faith he will be a fine kicker. One good thing with Pat is his calmness he will be just fine.

  • Comment 49, posted at 09.12.10 20:42:15 by Puma Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 41) : Only 20years old too. Has plenty time to get it right, for sure.

  • Comment 50, posted at 09.12.10 20:43:11 by Puma Reply

  • Guys off topic but I see the lions have gone into negotiations with fransie n butch again..why not spend that money on a development academy n reap the benefits from all the u think a couple players will bring a super trophy to a union that last saw any trophies back in the 90s in one year of player buying..

  • Comment 51, posted at 09.12.10 20:58:16 by shaniboi Reply

  • @shaniboi (Comment 51) : I read that, but maybe only Butch going. Fransie still has a contract with Metro until 2012. Then they could buy him out of it I suppose, but would cost Lions plenty, cause Fransie must be one of the highest paid rugby players over there.

    Still even if Fransie goes to Lions, rather have our talent right here playing in South Africa than over in Europe.

    Good luck to Lions, hope they get it right in bringing him home.

  • Comment 52, posted at 09.12.10 21:03:54 by Puma Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 52) : I am a huge Butchie fan, but I am not sure what he would offer the Lions since they already have Spencer. EJ is their 10 for the future, so all Butchie would do is warm the bench and offer some experience which Spencer already provides. As much as I hate to say it, at this point in time, if Butch were to come to SA, he would fit in best at the Stormers. With JLP, Pat and Bosman, the Sharks are quite well set in the 10/12 positions, the Stormers could use a strong defending 10 that can also get his backline going.

    Fransie would be a good signing for the Lions, he has a long future, and if they can bring him back, he may offer them a lot for the future. My only concern is that I see Frans as a 15, and the Lions have Taute who has been superb. Yikes, Fransie would probably fit best with the Stormers at this point as well.

  • Comment 53, posted at 09.12.10 21:24:46 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • I’m sure that with Lambie, JLP and Bosman, all rotating through the 10 and 12 positions, each will get plenty of match time combined with sufficient rest, so the Sharks will benefit from all three playing. All three have the ability to kick for poles at a high percentage. I wonder if it is coincidence that the Shark have three players that are all equally good at 10 or 12, perhaps the best three players in this mold in South Africa (with the possible exception of Grant).

  • Comment 54, posted at 09.12.10 21:35:30 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • He sounds a bit arrogant…..I knew the bulls would win the super 14 again and I am quick enough to play wing…wtf

    So he probably knew that they were going to lose against the pumas 😯 and he still played.

  • Comment 55, posted at 09.12.10 21:44:09 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • For 3 years!! I heard for 1 year damn.

  • Comment 56, posted at 09.12.10 21:45:36 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • @Honey Badger (Comment 56) : He’s a Shark now, we have to support him until he screws up…no? 😉

  • Comment 57, posted at 09.12.10 21:52:56 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • 3 whole years?

  • Comment 58, posted at 09.12.10 22:26:57 by Morné Reply
  • Anyone know whats happening with Pretorius? We have a bit of a bottle neck at flyhalf next year, the 4 of them are going to have to bring their A games.

  • Comment 59, posted at 09.12.10 22:50:50 by Zebra Reply

  • Frans steyn must only play for one sa team and that is the sharks!!

  • Comment 60, posted at 09.12.10 23:31:17 by bergshark Reply

  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 57) : I really do not know?

  • Comment 61, posted at 10.12.10 00:24:01 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • Still a arrogant bugger, but I am glad he is on our side now….welkom JlP!!!!

  • Comment 62, posted at 10.12.10 07:06:50 by BoerSeun Reply

  • @Honey Badger (Comment 55) :ya I know what you mean his not gonna make a lot of mates with that attitude,confidence is fine but don’t cross the line to arrogance ,he needs to think before he speaks,but hey let’s hope he plays well for us because as soon as he screws up I’m first in line to take a dig at him lmao 😉 😛

  • Comment 63, posted at 10.12.10 07:39:03 by Poisy Reply
  • @Zebra (Comment 59) : They did not renew AP’s contract. So its only 3 flyhalfs.

    JLP sounds pretty arrogant. He reminds me a bit of Percy in his young days. Brilliant most of the times, but then doing something so stupid that you forced just to love to hate the guy.

  • Comment 64, posted at 10.12.10 07:49:27 by Mocho Reply

  • @Poisy (Comment 63) : Thinking before speaking and Rugby in S.A don’t go together 🙂

  • Comment 65, posted at 10.12.10 07:53:19 by Mocho Reply

  • I think he’ll be a graet assett to the team. PEOPLE, don’t mistake arrogance with confidence. The Bulls are(were) the most dominant force in world rugby for some time now. So that confident mentallity is obviously evident in JLP.
    And a little competition is going to be great, just look what it did to our foraward pack again this year when everybody from 1 – 8 had to play for their spot because of stiff competition!
    So I say, welcome JLP!!!!

  • Comment 66, posted at 10.12.10 08:05:26 by SharksRTB Reply

  • Firstly i think that JLP is a very useful player and could offer a lot to the Sharks at 10,12 or 13.
    But judging from this article the guy needs a slight attitude adjustment if he is going to be a success in Durban. He must first produce the goods before shouting his mouth off.
    It seems he holds a bit of a grudge against the Sharks and is just here because we had the best offer. Hopefully after time and a friendly “welcome to durban” from Mr Alberts will shift his attitude in the right direction!

  • Comment 67, posted at 10.12.10 08:16:04 by SheldonK Reply

  • He wants to play rugby ,and make a positive contribution to the sharks .he is a very smart player to identify how and where to best integrate his skills set into the sharks team.
    All the best Jac-Louis!!

  • Comment 68, posted at 10.12.10 08:29:50 by bergshark Reply

  • @Sheldonk: sharks (in hindsight) would have done better to get jlp instead of hernandez..don’t think there is anything wrong with his attitude ,he just wants to get out there on the field ,contribute to the team and so doing ,show pdivvy and the bok selectors what he offers as a player.

  • Comment 69, posted at 10.12.10 08:35:58 by bergshark Reply

  • What’s wrong with his attitude?

    He backs himself, and did not put any team-mate down.

    Read the headline again guys.

  • Comment 70, posted at 10.12.10 08:52:15 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @bergshark (Comment 69) : In hindsight yes maybe JLP would have been the better acquisition, but if Hernandez had stayed injury free I dont think we would be saying that. JLP had a very average year in 2010, especially at 10. His best games were played at 13. I have no problem with a guy having a bit of attitude/over confidence…but if he makes it just about shwoing what he can do to make the Bok team then im afraid he is gonna find himself in Sharks XV colours very quickly!

  • Comment 71, posted at 10.12.10 08:54:39 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Sheldonk:I think jlp has been involved in pro rugby too long now to make the rookie mistake of wanting to outshine teammates..headline says:”I’ll play for my teammates”..

  • Comment 72, posted at 10.12.10 09:26:47 by bergshark Reply

  • If he has the skills and the match situations present itself for him to show what he can do,then by all means he should show it

  • Comment 73, posted at 10.12.10 09:28:59 by bergshark Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 13) : I agree. I have met to many people that stayed in Pretoria their whole life and grew up Bull supporters. They cannot get converted. He will support the Bulls against all the other teams. He just can’t help it. He is born a Bull and will die a Bull. (Almost like a born Shark) Will you ever be able to support the Bulls. We support only two teams The Sharks and anybody playing against the Bulls. I am not sure if he will fit in. Go Lambie practice your kicks my boy. A Bull wants to take your place

  • Comment 74, posted at 10.12.10 09:33:32 by Stef Reply

  • @Stef: lol ..c’mon guys,he never gave anything but his best when playing for the cheetahs(even when he had to play the bulls).
    Jlp does not shirk away from competition..and that is the type of player any team wants on the field.

  • Comment 75, posted at 10.12.10 09:42:04 by bergshark Reply

  • Read the arti again,guys..jlp was very open and honest..think he will fit in just fine.

  • Comment 76, posted at 10.12.10 09:46:22 by bergshark Reply

  • Lambie likes running the ball up.with jlp there ,we will have an extra fh to direct play if lambie is tackled.

  • Comment 77, posted at 10.12.10 09:59:35 by bergshark Reply

  • Hell guys give the man a chance to prove himself before shooting him down…when the Sharks signed him we had NO flyhalf and the S15 is a long competition. Lambie could get hurt in pre season training for all we know. I’m embarresed by some of the comments I’ve read here.

    My fellow Sharks supporter are acting like real asses at the moment. 🙁

  • Comment 78, posted at 10.12.10 10:02:47 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel: yes,let’s give jlp a chance to show his skills and dedication to the sharks team.
    Perhaps rob should add a pic of jlp in his sharks outfit to this arti ;-)because he is a SHARK now 🙂

  • Comment 79, posted at 10.12.10 10:09:57 by bergshark Reply

  • @Stef (Comment 74) : you guys know that Johann Muller was (and probably is again) a dyed-in-the-wool Bulls supporter?

  • Comment 80, posted at 10.12.10 10:12:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • I’m with Pokkel here.

    Jacques-Louis is a Shark. He deserves an honest shot and deserves our backing. Plumtree has seen something in him and reckons he’ll add value to the team and I am certainly not going to question that. The guy may have a bit of an attitude on him, but so do a lot of really good players. It seems funny to me that everyone is prepared to explain away and condone Frans Steyn’s shit attitude, but heaven forbid some other guy (who happened to be born in Pretoria) should have the gumption to back himself – this after we’ve all seen what he can do!

  • Comment 81, posted at 10.12.10 10:16:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • so – let’s do a count here.

    Who’s in the pro-JLP camp? Me, Poks, bergshark, RTB, Boerseun, DB…

    And against? Stef, Letgo, Sheldon, Honey Badger, Mocho, Jarson…

    About even

  • Comment 82, posted at 10.12.10 10:23:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan: so is that what johann and pieter muller both have in common ??

  • Comment 83, posted at 10.12.10 10:23:37 by bergshark Reply

  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 53) : Dancing Bear, Lions only have EJ, who is their 1st choice fh, Spencer now coaching, so think Butch for the bench there is what they are thinking. Can’t go into a long tourney like S15 with only one fh. Then Butch is prone to injury so have to wait and see. Also read he will only be available around June next year, unless Bath get a offer they can’t refuse. See Lions are hoping to get both Butch and Fransie by January. They the only union right now with that kinda money to buy Fransie and Butch out of their contracts. But what I read Metro and Bath seem stubborn about this and want to keep their players until the end of their contracts. Money talks I say and we might see both playing for the Lions sooner rather than later.

    I would have loved to have had Fransie back at the Sharks, but if we can’t get him back (I doubt he will ever come back to the Sharks) would rather see him back here in SA playing his rugby for any union, rather than playing for a club overseas.

    Agree Stormers would do well with both, but don’t see them with the money to buy any of those two out of their contracts.

  • Comment 84, posted at 10.12.10 10:24:12 by Puma Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 83) : haha! Clever. But no

    The answer to that one is far more obvious if you look at their profiles on SARugby. It stares you in the face.

  • Comment 85, posted at 10.12.10 10:32:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 82) : Rob, I in the Pro JLP camp 😛

    Look think we gonna need another good fh, very long season next year. Also what happens if Lambie gets injured? Hope not though but one can never count out injury. Still want Lambie to be our number one fh, but great to have JLP on board at the Sharks.

  • Comment 86, posted at 10.12.10 10:41:28 by Puma Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 85) : It does?? I looked at those profiles several times and couldn’t find it 😯

  • Comment 87, posted at 10.12.10 10:45:52 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Poor Jacques-Louis, a baptism of death. Imagine what must have been going thru his mind when he found out that a PBHS old boy was going to be responsible for introducing this Affies boy to his new “fans”. :mrgreen:
    For those that didn’t think it’s started good, lets hope it ends good (and the middle part is good as well)

  • Comment 88, posted at 10.12.10 10:49:02 by beet Reply
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  • we’re working on getting a pic of JLP in Sharks gear… hopefully early next week

  • Comment 89, posted at 10.12.10 11:01:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 87) : come on Poks – really? Maybe my mind just works differently 🙂

  • Comment 90, posted at 10.12.10 11:02:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan: lol thanks for the help :-)poor guys hehehehe

  • Comment 91, posted at 10.12.10 11:03:04 by bergshark Reply

  • @beet (Comment 88) : reckons his sister is about to marry a Boys High Boy 🙂

  • Comment 92, posted at 10.12.10 11:03:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • cant believe how you guys are shooting JLP down… Sure he missed a few (some sitters), but so did Lambie. Its going to be a LONG, tough season, and this time next year you will be thaking JLP for his contributions. Bosman will only play at 12 IMO, and if you guys think back, JLP played REALLY well outside Wynand Olivier for a few games at 13, a position we dont really have the specialised cover for… what if Adi gets injured again, and maybe a lambie gets injured… we needed a bigger squad for the backs, and thats what weve got. Welkom in Durban Jacques-Louis. Het in matriek 1 game teen jou gespeel toe jy in affies was, ek dink jy was fullback daai dag, saam AB, Heino, Visagie, Pierre ens. anyways, welkom en alles van die beste!!

  • Comment 93, posted at 10.12.10 11:10:16 by VanWilder Reply

  • Think he is gonna struggle with Lambie in the same team as him. But always good having more than 1 quality flyhalf in the team (look at the S14 this year when Ruan got injured and we were struggling with our FH). All the best to JLP though..

  • Comment 94, posted at 10.12.10 11:30:34 by rumps Reply

  • Im just basing my opinion of the guy on the way he answered some of the questions. I not knocking his rugby ability, which can be good- although i think best suited to 12 than 10. Much like an Aaron Mauger. In professional sport you need to be confident, perhaps even arrogant but keep it to yourself and produce the good first. Personally id like to see the first starting lineup to be 9-Mccloed,10-Lambie,12-Potgieter,13-Bosman. Will wait and see…

  • Comment 95, posted at 10.12.10 11:47:58 by SheldonK Reply

  • Interesting centre combo,sheldonk..actually think meyer bosman can be awesome @12..maybe switch them with jlp @outside and mb playing @12?but what to do with stefan? And if adi is fit?

  • Comment 96, posted at 10.12.10 11:51:58 by bergshark Reply

  • With jlp in the team ,you have extra fh option(considering how lambie likes to take the ball up..if he is on the ground,jlp can slot into fh)

  • Comment 97, posted at 10.12.10 11:54:15 by bergshark Reply

  • He mentioned that he can play fb ..

  • Comment 98, posted at 10.12.10 11:56:48 by bergshark Reply

  • How about JLP at flyhalf ( maybe he can be our new butch! ) and Lambie at 12?
    That way we have 2 kicking options next to each other so they can help each other out when the pressure is on, also they can swop on attack. . .

  • Comment 99, posted at 10.12.10 12:17:33 by Original Champion Reply
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  • Firstly why move Lambie to 12- we constantly complain about coaches moving players but we do the same!
    Lambie must play 10- altho i must admit he did well at 15 against the Baabaas. I agree you could probably play Bosman 12 and JLP at 13. Stef and Adi on the bench as Ludick has been doing well as 15.
    Just think of Stef,Smith and Adi coming on in the 2nd half when the game is tight and need experienced heads! Just a thought!

  • Comment 100, posted at 10.12.10 12:46:28 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 100) : You`re right of course. We have so many options at the moment you could close your eyes and draw names out of a hat, guarenteed you won`t come up with a bad combination.

    But this is the super 15. We need to mount a serious challenge next year. The Currie Cup Champions should be a lot more competative in the super 15!

    We don`t have too bad a draw either. Rebels, Chiefs and Force could mean points for us overseas . . .

    We have a lot more depth now, time to go for it!

    Pity it`s still months away though. 😥

  • Comment 101, posted at 10.12.10 13:05:37 by Original Champion Reply
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  • Welcome JLP!!! A quality flyhalf/Centre and now with us. He is well conditioned and has very good overall abilities…glad to have him in The Sharks family. Geniet dit JL…dit is n great plek om te bly, die rugby is leka en die fans is die beste…Sharks foreva!!!

  • Comment 102, posted at 10.12.10 22:05:47 by JJR Reply
  • I can’t remember who the contact was,but one of my friends know a supplements guy that is friends with alot of the bulls players and they told him that he really didnt have any friends because he thinks he’s the shizzzzz……That’s what a bull friend of mine told me early in the cc,just sayin……….maybe it’s true,maybe not.

  • Comment 103, posted at 11.12.10 00:50:26 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : and I’m afraid it will spur the coach on to play Lambie out of position. 🙁

  • Comment 104, posted at 11.12.10 07:39:28 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 18) : That comment of his sounded more like a “I know how to make myself look good and my team mates look shit” comment.

    Watch your backs boys.

  • Comment 105, posted at 11.12.10 07:45:28 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • yeah jlp, lambie’s kicking is not up to scratch and could’ve cost even the boks against ireland…all the best son!

  • Comment 106, posted at 11.12.10 08:06:19 by Megatron Reply

  • This guy sounds like an idiot! Prove yourself in the black and white and ill come around.

    9) Charl
    10) Pat
    11) Mvovo
    12) JLP/Bosman
    13) Jacobs/Bosman/JLP
    14) JPP
    15) Ludik

    Im not so sure about Jacobs anymore! His defense on tour was shocking on tour! Is Stef still playing cos then ill have him at 13 no problem.

  • Comment 107, posted at 11.12.10 09:31:27 by Ozbok Reply

  • Welkom JLP

    I think JLP and Meyer Bosman must be itching to get on the field behind a really strong, dominant pack coupled with a scrummy that gets the ball to the backline extra quickly.

  • Comment 108, posted at 11.12.10 09:39:42 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Well, welcome to the Sharks JLP….certainly got the hackles up with the dig at Lambie….Lambie isn’t the only kicker in our side, and with the talent he has it is a given that he will improve. In his first year of top flight rugby Lambie has become an international household name…more than be said for JLP.

    On another note…will be over the moon if Fransie comes back to SA…don’t see it happening during PDV’s reign though.

  • Comment 109, posted at 11.12.10 10:59:03 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 109) :
    I still hope he decides to come back to the Sharks – having matured a bit. He should decide whether he wants to focus at 12 or 15 too.

    Reckon maybe another season abroad will do him the world of good.

  • Comment 110, posted at 11.12.10 11:07:46 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 110) : really? I reckon every season he spends there he gets a little bit worse…

  • Comment 111, posted at 11.12.10 11:15:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 110) : 😥 yes it might…but that just means he might meet some one else to marry instead of me…. 😆

  • Comment 112, posted at 11.12.10 11:19:24 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 111) : 👿

  • Comment 113, posted at 11.12.10 11:20:43 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Puma (Comment 47) : I just took a quick look and the tail looked horizontal… but now I looked again and there are pelvic and the extra dorsal fin so it is a shark 🙂

  • Comment 114, posted at 11.12.10 11:31:41 by lostfish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 111) :
    I agree: I took stick for saying his ability and conditioning has regressed since he went Frog, but I think he might do some growing up (ala #46) while he is there.

    He needs that more than anything else, if he is gonna reach the heights he is capable of.

    Imagine what he could do next to Lambie and Lindeque – or even with JPP and Mvovo.

  • Comment 115, posted at 11.12.10 12:23:16 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Re: frans steyn: I hope that if he returns to sa,he will once again play for the sharks.he has just so much talent!!

  • Comment 116, posted at 11.12.10 14:32:58 by bergshark Reply

  • JLP welcome to durbs my friend can’t wait to c how this is all going to fit in but welcome to our Sharks team :mrgreen:

  • Comment 117, posted at 11.12.10 17:13:21 by chaz Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 115) : He is still a prima donna but I reckon Chabal keeps him in check. There are some other big names at the club too.

    You were/are right about his conditioning, his boep could rival Jantjies right now.

    He does seem to have grown up a little but still plays the impetuous game now and then and is still rather selfish with the ball at times. He still buggers up and when he does it isn’t pretty but he still has those moments of magic which are impressive.

  • Comment 118, posted at 11.12.10 19:25:35 by lostfish Reply
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  • woo hooo…well done Racing Metro and Ulster…..Bath and Saracens having difficult seasons….. Frans you beauty…

  • Comment 119, posted at 11.12.10 19:28:28 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • I’m a fan of frans but I don’t think he had the best game vs saracens tonite..poor effort on defence allowed cato to score..was interesting seeing racing play jm hernandez @fb..nice try by sireli bobo .
    Was looking forward to seeing the match-up between two former sharks @12..but both had rather disappointing games..barritt did have a nice run in setting-up cato’s try..missed the incident the commentatirs were going on about him gifting jm hernandez a try..
    Think frans steyn must re-sign with the sharks and play fb..what is ludik’s plans?he keen on staying on at sharks or looking to go to europe if he doesn’t make bokteam on his time @sharks?

  • Comment 120, posted at 11.12.10 22:50:50 by bergshark Reply

  • Commentatirs?? .. Commentators

  • Comment 121, posted at 11.12.10 22:54:56 by bergshark Reply

  • Ulster now 7 games undefeated @home in the heineken cup

  • Comment 122, posted at 11.12.10 23:12:11 by bergshark Reply

  • Stephen ferris given motm in ulster game

  • Comment 123, posted at 11.12.10 23:13:28 by bergshark Reply

  • Both Bobo and Barrit had shockers of games – their try’s saved their pride, but were against their run of play for the afternoon. I am sure that Rugby Dump will put Brads brain fart up soon…it really is one of those “what was I thinking” moments.
    I thought that Frans had a good game – could have been better, but that can be said for everyone else on the field.
    Caught the second half of Ulster/Bath game..glad to see Ulster regain their composure and win over pukies team. Ruan started to find his groove….Also great to watch Muller play again….miss both of them.

  • Comment 124, posted at 13.12.10 08:29:23 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Did anyone catch Brendon Venters’ post match interview…..EXTREMELY strange, seem completely out of it.

  • Comment 125, posted at 13.12.10 08:30:42 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 124) : I forgot to catch the Saracens/Metro game, but im sure ill catch the highlights somewhere. I watched the Ulster/Bath game though. Good to see Pienaar and Muller doing well. Pienaar does what all good scrummies do- clear the rucks early thus allowing quick ball to the backs. And for those saying he kicks too much in the Bok jersey, clearly that is a direction from the coaching staff because I think he only kicked 3 times the whole game I watched and they were all clearing kicks. The rest of the time he just fed the ball to his outside backs. As for Muller- he dominated the lineouts and hit the majority of the rucks effectively. Was good to see BJ Botha also get involved- but he goes walkabout sometimes and im not sure about his concentration levels. But when switched on he is good!

  • Comment 126, posted at 13.12.10 09:03:40 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Just a Fan (Comment 124) : I thought Bobo scored a good try!

    Wonder if we`d beat Racing if we had to play them tomorrow ?

  • Comment 127, posted at 13.12.10 09:27:54 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @Original Champion (Comment 127) : ….Umm…to just clarify I support all things Frans Steyn..which means “we” for me means Racing Metro…. 😛 😀 ….But it is also great to see our boys in the other teams.

  • Comment 128, posted at 13.12.10 11:20:10 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • BoBo’s try was good, but before that IMO he was just awful during the game…

  • Comment 129, posted at 13.12.10 11:21:59 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 85) :

    Sorry – but when I search there is no Pieter Muller on…?

  • Comment 130, posted at 17.12.10 09:18:32 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
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  • Pieter muller is definitely there. Pieter Gysbert Muller

  • Comment 131, posted at 17.12.10 09:48:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 85) : thas gee at least u coud of give as the address to look it up and now its over and u tell us now 👿 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 132, posted at 17.12.10 10:09:51 by chaz Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 131) :

    Still shows 0 found in my search??

  • Comment 133, posted at 17.12.10 10:25:52 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
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  • @Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 (Comment 133) :

    Okay – had to google it and get the link to go there..

  • Comment 134, posted at 17.12.10 10:30:58 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
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  • DAMN!!!! THAT EASY???

    Surely I could get a half a mark for my effort as its also a thing they have in common?? 😆 😉

  • Comment 135, posted at 17.12.10 10:32:53 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 128) : Nah think you misunderstood. I meant Racing vs Sharks. . . .

    I have a feeling Racing will be difficult to beat even in the shark tank!

  • Comment 136, posted at 17.12.10 10:33:23 by Original Champion Reply
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  • Lol the sharks will walk racing @the tank

  • Comment 137, posted at 17.12.10 10:41:19 by bergshark Reply

  • Alberts vs chabal .. Bye-bye chabal.

  • Comment 138, posted at 17.12.10 10:43:16 by bergshark Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 138) :

    It takes 15 to tango…not one.. 😆

  • Comment 139, posted at 17.12.10 10:44:41 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
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  • Frans steyn vs the sharks.. Can only be one winner (and as much as I like frans steyn as a player..this one will go to the sharks )

  • Comment 140, posted at 17.12.10 10:48:32 by bergshark Reply

  • Bob vs jp pietersen.. C’mon,like the fijian even has a chance!

  • Comment 141, posted at 17.12.10 10:50:56 by bergshark Reply

  • @chaz (Comment 132) : chaz – do you not understand what a “competition” is? It is not an exercise in sending me a series of increasingly pleading and desperate emails to reveal the answers! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 142, posted at 17.12.10 11:04:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • Oops,saw the comp is closed !

  • Comment 143, posted at 17.12.10 11:08:03 by bergshark Reply

  • I wonder if albert heenop visits this site? I think he wouldve won this quizz hands-down

  • Comment 144, posted at 17.12.10 11:11:42 by bergshark Reply

  • Bob??? Meant bobo (sireli ,not of the class of 2005)

  • Comment 145, posted at 17.12.10 11:15:32 by bergshark Reply

  • Chabal,leo’o,jaques cronje vs kanko,alberts,keegan..sharks!!! If I wanted to be mean I’d choose alberts,deysel and keegan …

  • Comment 146, posted at 17.12.10 11:20:16 by bergshark Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 142) :


  • Comment 147, posted at 17.12.10 11:22:24 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
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