Richard Ferguson

The hardworking eight


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 7 Apr 2011 at 08:14
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After the first few rounds of the 2011 Super Rugby season, it is clear which teams are in the running to battle it out for the play offs and which will do battle for the Wooden Spoon. Everybody knows that there is still a massive amount of rugby to be played, but we see a few players playing brilliant rugby and not getting the necessary recognition for it. So here are my eight most under-recognised players:

1. Steven Sykes (Sharks lock) – Steven has come on in leaps and bounds in the last season, doing the hard work in the rucks and mauls, jumping the line outs like a true legend and doing the defensive work that is expected from him. He does all this work under the radar and doesn’t shine like the rest of his flashy forwards.

2. Beau Robinson (Reds flank) – Beau is an absolute machine in the mould of Jean Deysel who gets through an amazing amount of work in a match, from getting through massive amounts of tackles to doing the dirty work in the rucks and mauls. He is a strong runner with ball in hand and it takes at least two people to bring him down.

3. Wyatt Crockett (Crusaders prop) – Wyatt is the cornerstone of a very strong Crusaders front row, and this 6 foot 4, 112kg giant has made the number one jersey his own at the Crusaders over the last few years. He goes about his business without many noticing and does a bloody good job while at it.

4. Rynardt Elstadt (Stormers lock) – Rynardt must have thought that he would playing a lot of Vodacom Cup rugby this season, especially with Anton van Zyl, Adriaan Fondse and De Kock Steenkamp in the squad, but he has made his mark this season and has slowly made the 4 jersey his own.

5. Sam Whitelock (Crusaders lock) – One of three Whitelock brothers, and the one making the biggest impression this tournament so far. Hugely talented and puts in the hard yards forming part of the Crusaders tight five that have been dominating teams week in and week out.

6. Jamie McIntosh (Highlanders prop) – Jamie has been somewhat of an unknown, I myself knew very little about him before the season started, and has now somehow made his way into my Fantasy League team! He is not the flashiest player around, but he quietly dominates in the scrums.

7. Tom Carter (Waratahs centre) – Some might think he is a young up-and-coming centre, but the guy is hitting 28 already and is yet to make the Waratahs 12 jersey his own, nevermind an International spot. That aside, Tom plays great rugby, has an eye for the gap and his defence doesn’t him down very often.

8. Doppies la Grange (Lions centre) – I have kept the most under rated player for last. He has come into his own at the Lions, whether due to experience counting in his favour or him finally able to shine from the opportunity given to him. His partnership with Waylon Murray over the last year has seen him making it into many a team of the week.


30 Comments

  • i cant wait to see the sharks team for sat.

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.04.11 08:21:59 by grant10 Reply
     
  • @grant10 (Comment 1) : Me neither. Hope Adi gets a start.

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.04.11 08:24:55 by Ben Reply
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  • What is wrong with the bloody flyhalves this season. I cant manage 2 fit players (FL) for a round these last 3 weeks. 👿

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.04.11 08:36:19 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @grant10 (Comment 1) : Judging by what Plum said on the official Sharks website, we can expect JLP to start. You going to be supporting the Sharks against the Lions this weekend?

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.04.11 08:51:47 by war1 Reply
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  • The Lions Sharks game will be so exciting , Lions will know sharks are in a spot of bother and try take advantage of the pressure on us .
    Sharks will come out firing

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.04.11 08:56:58 by Talent Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 4) : I would normally, but this silly conference format has me confused.Certainly will be hoping Bulls beat the Saders….that will be a physochological blow for the Boks….

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.04.11 09:23:30 by grant10 Reply

     
  • @grant10 (Comment 6) : That wnt be a good thing for the Sharks.

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.04.11 09:40:18 by Ben Reply
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  • Thanks for a good article Rich. 🙂

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.04.11 10:05:42 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 8) :

    Thanx Wes.. You’re the first to actually comment on the article..

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.04.11 10:21:53 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 9) : Jamie Mcintosh – does he have an all black cap yet?

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.04.11 10:37:45 by Ben Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 9) : We show our appreciation by visiting the site daily and posting comments every now and then 😉

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.04.11 10:41:06 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 10) :

    He made the 2008 End of year tour for the All Blacks, but only made the team once.

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.04.11 11:09:31 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 12) : Will be hard to overlook him for the WC. Who’s keeping him out of the team?

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.04.11 11:17:35 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 13) :

    The Franks brothers..

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.04.11 11:21:14 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 14) : He doesn’t only do well in the scrums, he works hard in the rucks and tackles like a machine. Jamie that is.

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.04.11 11:23:34 by Ben Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 14) :

    Oh, and Wyatt Crockett

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.04.11 11:23:55 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Rich
    That’s why I thanked you for the good read. I noticed that no one was actually commenting about the article. Btw, no Brok Harris?? 😯 😉

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.04.11 11:27:54 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 17) : Brok who? 🙂

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.04.11 11:31:31 by Ben Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 17) : The tittle of this article reads, “The hardworking eight”. If it read, “The hardworking fifty”, well maybe then Brok would have made the list! 😉

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.04.11 11:35:51 by Ben Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 17) :

    I literally ran out of time..

    I went from having 15 people in there, to only getting around to 8.

    As you can see, there are a few articles being pumped out today..

  • Comment 20, posted at 07.04.11 11:41:17 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 17) :

    And I felt that Elstadt deserves a spot more than Brok does..

  • Comment 21, posted at 07.04.11 11:42:08 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 4) : Well if JlP starts, which I can understand to a certain extent, we haven`t got another kicking option, would Bosman drop out for Adi at least?

    JlP and Bosman next to each other doesn`t work how much more proof do we need?

  • Comment 22, posted at 07.04.11 11:55:11 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 22) :

    Where does JLP and Bosman not work? How do you get that?

    As far as I’m concerned, they nullified the Stormers centres on defence?!

  • Comment 23, posted at 07.04.11 11:56:40 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 23) : Sharks team has been announced!
    Smit at loosehead
    Van Staden at tighthead
    Mostert in for Hargreaves

  • Comment 24, posted at 07.04.11 12:01:15 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 20) : So,
    where do you see Alberts in the list of hard working players. I would have thought he will make the top 8 or so?

  • Comment 25, posted at 07.04.11 12:09:48 by Viking Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 24) : Looks like Plum went for consistency and made minimal changes to the team. Very glad the Van Staden is getting a go. He has a lot of potential. Also sorry for Adi not getting called up to the starting 15.

  • Comment 26, posted at 07.04.11 12:16:19 by Viking Reply
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  • Ben
    Brok who??
    The guy who made John Smit his biaaatch last weekend. That Brok! 😈

  • Comment 27, posted at 07.04.11 12:41:03 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 27) : Hahaha John who?

  • Comment 28, posted at 07.04.11 13:36:00 by Ben Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 25) :

    If you read the intro, its the under rated 8 players.

    Alberts is not under rated..

  • Comment 29, posted at 07.04.11 19:15:21 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 29) : Cool arti, Rich. What’s next? The famous five? Fab four? Super 14? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 30, posted at 07.04.11 19:37:20 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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