De Jongh in shock Sharks switch – April Fools!

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 1 Apr 2011 at 07:00
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In an unprecedented move, Stormers centre Juan de Jongh has walked out on his contract with the Cape team, citing a lack of game time and will instead turn out for the Sharks this weekend.

According to De Jongh’s agent, the Springbok centre’s contract requires the Stormers to pick him to start in at least 60% of their games and with his inclusion on the bench this week, that criterion has now been broken. “Juan is a free agent and is simply looking for guaranteed game time now,” according to April Fuhls, media liaison officer for the agency that represents the player. “We have approached the Sharks and they’ve agreed to take him on, offering him a starting spot in the team as early as this week”.

“I’m really happy to have De Jongh in the setup,” says Sharks coach John Plumtree, “although dropping my captain, Stefan Terblanche, at such short notice has caused a little bit of disruption in the squad. Fortunately, Ryan Kankowski pulled up a bit lame at captain’s run, so we’ve asked Gary Teichmann to dig out his kit and lead the team for us against the Stormers”.

Revised Sharks team for Saturday:
15 Ludik, 14 Ndungane, 13 De Jongh, 12 Bosman, 11 Pietersen, 10 Potgieter, 9 McLeod, 8 Teichmann (capt), 7 Alberts, 6 Daniel, 5 Hargreaves, 4 Sykes, 3 J du Plessis, 2 B du Plessis, 1 Mtawarira.

NOTE: As I’m sure you’ve all already figured out, this is not a true story, but rather an April Fools joke. Since it’s after 12pm now, we need to point this out πŸ™‚


  • Ha ha ha….. Ha ha ha πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ :)…. Ha ha ha

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.04.11 07:08:18 by franshark Reply
  • Quality

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.04.11 07:10:10 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Eish! Hehehe.

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.04.11 07:10:21 by Crock Reply

  • Nice one.

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.04.11 07:11:13 by Crock Reply

  • :mrgreen: 😈

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.04.11 07:21:19 by Original Champion Reply
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  • Ja right!! I nearly fell off my chair when i saw the headline!!
    πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.04.11 07:26:21 by Caratacus Reply

  • Can’t believe I ‘sort of’ fell for this one when I saw the headline on twitter!
    Damn you Rob! πŸ‘Ώ

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.04.11 07:27:22 by wpw Reply
  • Don’t care much for de Jongh but glad to see Teichman is coming back. Always thought he retired to soon.

    HAHAHAHAHA :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.04.11 07:32:31 by Viking Reply
  • I wonder if Plum will play him at LH, TH or hooker. Decisions decisions.

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.04.11 07:35:35 by rugbypedia Reply

  • Hahaha :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.04.11 07:38:51 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Classic, spat my coffee over my keyboard in shock and then it dawned on me.

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.04.11 07:40:15 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • Haha, but a bit too obvious 😈

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.04.11 07:44:49 by FerrisWJ Reply

  • We don’t want de jongh- he’s such a pansie! Haha, great april fools though;)

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.04.11 07:45:38 by jessi Reply

  • This would have been more believable if you didn’t throw in the Teichmann bit.

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.04.11 07:46:29 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I would love for this to be true…’s a travesty that de Jongh is being benched

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.04.11 07:47:42 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Nice try Rob, I’d give that effort a 7

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.04.11 07:52:35 by tallchap Reply

  • Hahaha

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.04.11 07:53:34 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • c’mon rob, too easy to spot. if you are gonna do an april fool joke, make it realistic. you must make it believable. a player may not play for another team in the same tournament that season. a good one would have been john mitchell resigning from the lions due to player problems.

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.04.11 07:56:03 by try time Reply

  • The guys on the radio up here is pulling a nasty one, an “ugly duckling” competition, where you can win plastic surgery for your ugly child. . .

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.04.11 07:58:10 by Crock Reply

  • LOL – I just saw the heading on facebook…nearly rolled my car ….and then realised…stoopid woeman! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 20, posted at 01.04.11 07:58:37 by Ice Reply
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  • @Crock (Comment 19) : hahaha – heard that! And Tahir being prohibited from playing cricket as he “bought” his SA citizenship by marrying an SA woman.. πŸ˜†

  • Comment 21, posted at 01.04.11 07:59:42 by Ice Reply
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  • april fools!

  • Comment 22, posted at 01.04.11 08:02:13 by Megatron Reply

  • Yep, and concerned mothers are buying it, phoning in to complain! Hehehe.

  • Comment 23, posted at 01.04.11 08:03:08 by Crock Reply

  • Big dreams…. But will be great if this dream becomes reality in the near future……. Good one Rob…

  • Comment 24, posted at 01.04.11 08:10:18 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @Crock (Comment 19) : That was a good one. Really enjoyd the advertisement they made for it. “There is nothing bakgat about bak-ore” πŸ˜†

  • Comment 25, posted at 01.04.11 08:10:46 by Viking Reply
  • April’s fool joke or not, you don’t joke about that. We should be hunting that boy’s signature down. We need more players in the backline that can beat a player with the step. Then again, the Crusaders showed that the backline can score many tries by running good angles @ pace into space and having moves that involve your wings and fullback.

  • Comment 26, posted at 01.04.11 08:11:51 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • I hear the Ndungane brothers are being investigated for playing for one another on bok tours…Hahahaha

  • Comment 27, posted at 01.04.11 08:12:26 by Viking Reply
  • @Viking (Comment 27) : When he has a great game it’s Odwa, when he sucks it’s Akona 😈

  • Comment 28, posted at 01.04.11 08:15:45 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Only noticed it now: ”according to April Fuhls”

  • Comment 29, posted at 01.04.11 08:18:56 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Haha great one Rob, bet some Stormers supporters will get a hart attack when they read that headline

  • Comment 30, posted at 01.04.11 08:19:35 by KingRiaan Reply

  • Nice one skipper.

  • Comment 31, posted at 01.04.11 08:23:47 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Blue Bulls are being sold…will soon be called Mamelodie Blue Bulls !!! πŸ˜†

  • Comment 32, posted at 01.04.11 08:30:00 by Charlie Reply

  • πŸ˜† good one.
    On a serious note now, does anyone want to by the Eiffel Tower?

  • Comment 33, posted at 01.04.11 08:34:31 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • When the Stormers plays the Sharks on Saturday, they wont only play for top spot but also for the newly created Coastal Cup. The Cape franchise has created this Cup with much thought in a bid to add more silverware to their trophy cabinet.

  • Comment 34, posted at 01.04.11 08:44:26 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Rob you bloody bugger :mrgreen: You nearly gave me a heart attack with all the excitement of reading the headline 😈

  • Comment 35, posted at 01.04.11 09:06:57 by SharkyTaylor Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 26) : Talking about players running great lines.

    Did anyone see Zack Guilford and SBW run a great line into Charl McLeod and Meyer Bosman to obstruct them from getting to Andy Ellis to give Dagg his try. I just had to mention that one.

    They’ve been showing these damn tries over and over again on super sport. So yesterday I slowed them down to see how the heck they just got through us like that. So the first one was just brilliant and a little bad defense on our side.

    But the second one is maybe the worst obstruction I’ve ever seen. Even Carter who passes the ball to Ellis technically obstructs JLP, because he passes about a meter and a half before getting to Potgieter and the makes sure her runs into him. I would have let that one slip though, if he hadn’t passed the ball to Ellis behind Guilford who took out McLeod and then Ellis ran in behind Carter and Sonny who ran into Bosman.

    That left us with Stefan and Mvovo to cover Fruean, who was tackled by Stefan, Maitland who went past Mvovo, because he went up for the intercept or something and then Dagg who came into the line. By the time Ludik got there from cover. It was all over.

    Great move by the Crusaders, because there was probably no way the Sharks could stop it, but maybe the ref should have penalized them, but I don’t blame him. Cause even though I suspected that there was obstruction, I couldn’t be sure of exactly what happened until I slowed it down. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 36, posted at 01.04.11 09:22:22 by Letgo Reply
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  • Had me for a moment…

  • Comment 37, posted at 01.04.11 09:38:38 by BoerSeun Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 36) : only cheating if you are caught. and we all know the kiwi’s are governed by a seperate set of laws.

  • Comment 38, posted at 01.04.11 09:40:21 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 38) : And it’s usually the better teams that get away with it. I didn’t enjoy that it was against the Sharks, but those tries were planned very well. They tricked the Sharks and sometimes even the ref. Not that, that’s hard with this particular ref. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 39, posted at 01.04.11 09:51:08 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 39) : the better teams get away with it because they keep the referee occupied with other stuff. south african teams battle to do more than one thing at a time.

  • Comment 40, posted at 01.04.11 10:23:59 by try time Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 39) : And in one instance they even used the ref as a blocker πŸ‘Ώ

  • Comment 41, posted at 01.04.11 10:29:02 by SharkyTaylor Reply

  • Glad to see Teichman back – he will add plenty extra kgs to the scrum so we will just push the stormers lighties. wpw was right stormers are underdogs.

  • Comment 42, posted at 01.04.11 11:04:33 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 11) : yaa yaaa, the nervousness settling in. can’t keep ones cool πŸ˜†

  • Comment 43, posted at 01.04.11 11:05:38 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 20) : are you facebooking whilst driving 😯

  • Comment 44, posted at 01.04.11 11:09:41 by rekinek Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 7) : πŸ˜†

  • Comment 45, posted at 01.04.11 12:13:29 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 36) :
    @SharkyTaylor (Comment 41) :

    At least you guys are using the appropriate place (an April fool thread) to air your concerns.

  • Comment 46, posted at 01.04.11 12:15:28 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • Keo is predicting a Sharks win πŸ‘Ώ Stormers now definitely favourites

  • Comment 47, posted at 01.04.11 12:20:05 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 47) : He is hoping to jinx us. And if the Stormers win he can say his prediction was an April fools joke. πŸ˜›

  • Comment 48, posted at 01.04.11 12:22:12 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 44) : Sitting in traffic! πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 49, posted at 01.04.11 12:56:17 by Ice Reply
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  • Also thought that there was a lot of obstruction but wasn’t sure. To be honest I can’t blame the guys… I was confused just watching those moves.

  • Comment 50, posted at 01.04.11 15:34:02 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 26) : we have a huge prospect in Paul Jordaan…that boy can play rugby-and at 18 years jung has probably the best BMI in SA rugby today…he is going to carf up mid fields…

  • Comment 51, posted at 02.04.11 01:53:20 by BoerSeun Reply

  • this is great news glad to have him aboard πŸ™‚

    GO Sharks GO πŸ˜†

    well give him a good contract and lets keep him :mrgreen:

  • Comment 52, posted at 02.04.11 07:05:28 by chaz Reply


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