Sharks need a dose of Gouws

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 23 Aug 2011 at 08:00
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In a backline looking short of any real attacking potency at the moment, the Sharks simply have to find a way to accommodate the precocious skills of under 21 fullback Gouws Prinsloo in the senior side, as soon as possible.

Regular readers of the site will now that at Sharksworld, we are seldom afraid to back a young player and advocate the selection of exciting youngsters over the sort of “grizzled veteran” that seems to be the Sharks stock-in-trade of late. While players clearly don’t all develop at the same pace, with some adapting to the rigours of senior rugby at a far younger age then others (while yet other age-group stars somehow never manage to step up) if a player consistently stands out at age-group level (and manages to shine even in a poor team performance), then that player, I feel, should be promoted up the ranks.

We’ve seen it work with Pat Lambie – and far more recently with Marcell Coetzee who has by-passed the under 21 side entirely and over the course of just 6 games has emerged as the best forward of the Sharks Currie Cup campaign so far, bar none. Sbura Sithole is another who is being given a shot to show that he’s ready for the seniors. These are guys who have matured at such a rate that they were, quite simply, too good to be playing under 21 rugby even though still eligible and those who have watched Prinsloo in action this season seem to be of one accord; Gouws is another special player who regularly stands out in a Sharks under 21 team that tends to blow hot and cold. He is, in short, ready to take the step up and the Sharks need to find a way to blood this young man to senior rugby as soon as possible.

Finding a spot for a player is, of course, always easier said than done. While my somewhat reactionary suggestion to throw him straight into the starting team, in the completely unfamiliar position of outside centre, might be considered a little too “outside the box”, not to mention perhaps a tad unfair on the player, the inclusion of Prinsloo at fullback could open up the possibility of using either Louis Ludik or Odwa Ndungane in the troublesome number 13 jersey, a position which either player may find suits them well. While it may be a bit of a stretch to include Prinsloo in the starting team right now, my feeling is that having two centres on the bench, in the form of Adi Jacobs and either Stefan Terblanche or Marius Joubert, is superfluous in the extreme. Surely a strong case could be made for adding Prinsloo in the number 22 jersey, to introduce him more gradually in that way?

As a closing thought, here’s a quote attributed to the youngster in an interview he did with the website. “As far back as I can remember, there was somehow always a rugby ball in my hands as a kid. The game has always been a massive part of my life and one of my fondest childhood memories revolves around an u9 game that I was chosen to play in as a curtain raiser to the 1999 Currie Cup final at Kings Park. From that day on, it was my dream to return to the stadium and play there professionally. After school I turned down several opportunities at other South African unions so I could follow my dream and enrol in the Sharks Academy in Durban.” Now if that doesn’t sum up exactly the attitude you want from an aspiring Sharks player, then I simply don’t know what does!


  • Go Gouws !! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.08.11 08:28:37 by JarsonX Reply
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  • So good to see a player with such passion and commitment for his province,especially in todays professional era. Must admit I have only seen him play three or four times but he really seems to be an exciting talent…hope plumtree gives him some game time in the cc this year

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.08.11 08:29:52 by sharkbok Reply

  • Gouws is the real deal in my honest opinion he looks ready for currie cup rugby.Since the sharks have problems with outside centre why not try him out at 13…that experiement worked well last year in the under 21s with wynand pienaar who sadly is not in the system now.

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.08.11 08:41:02 by Muzi Reply

  • What a fantastic opportunity for me to plug my Gouws Prinsloo youtube video. :mrgreen:

    When are we doing Paul Jordaan again coz:

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.08.11 08:47:40 by beet Reply
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  • I agree that he is a consistent stand out at age group level and deserves a chance in the senior side to see how he handles the step up. i would agree with playing him off the bench but only if he is going to get meaningful game time. I dont believe that youngsters get much benefit from coming on for 10mins at the end of a game week in week out and would rather they played age group if that is the plan.
    A word of caution though – the 13 channel is probably the most difficult defensively and so I would rather see him find his feet first at 15 or wing (he looks quick enough) and eased into 13 if he has what it takes.

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.08.11 08:58:00 by steve Reply

  • @beet (Comment 4) : I must say, based on that clip he seems to be a beautifully balanced runner.

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.08.11 09:09:30 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Apart from the fact that Ludick is probably the best fullback in the Currie Cup at the moment I have always thought that he would make a good 13. He runs hard and straightens the line and he has enough pace for a 13. So throw Gouws in at 15 and give Ludick a try at 13. With things as tight as they are on the log I wouldnt hold my breath though!

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.08.11 09:37:35 by SheldonK Reply

  • A dose of Gouws?!?!?!?!?! Do we have to “clap” with that? 🙂

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.08.11 09:39:59 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Would be good to see him in the match 22 this weekend.

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.08.11 09:48:42 by war1 Reply
  • In place of Joubert or Terblanche,please! 💡

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.08.11 09:57:18 by markm Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.08.11 09:58:32 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : Lol :). If it were up to me, Joubert would be a goner here…

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.08.11 09:59:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : And in reality it looks like he will be our only 13 next year.

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.08.11 10:06:11 by war1 Reply
  • I wouldn’t go with Either Ludick or Odwa at 13. Odwa is a good 15 and great 11/14. We need to play players in position and if they are not good enough for their original spot then they need to be put out to pasture.

    The young guys need to be patient when it comes to SR but I do agree that we need to use the CC to see just how good they are and CS article gets it spot on, it should be about the process of blooding the youngsters rather than winning the CC.

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.08.11 10:07:08 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : I heard that you just got scratched off Paarlbok’s Christmas card list. 🙂

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.08.11 10:10:31 by beet Reply
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  • @markm (Comment 10) :
    Both preferably. Adi would do better than both of those 2.

    Centres are without doubt the biggest problem at the sharks, as everyone knows.

    I would have used this opportunity to play the likes of Williams, Lineque, Jordaan, Prinsloo etc in the CC. Especially against the likes of the Leopards at the Tank.

    Give them 30 mins off the bench or something. Anything would have been better than the drivel dished up this weekend.

    It does play havoc with Sean Everitts plans but surely that is to be expected when coaching youngsters at provincial level?

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.08.11 11:41:46 by John Galt Reply

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  • @John Galt (Comment 16) : You speak my language. Are you cribbing from my article? 😆

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.08.11 11:49:28 by Culling Song Reply
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  • LOL. No, not at all. Have you posted an article around this subject?
    Its actually something I have posted before and have said for some time.
    Because this stage of the CC goes largely unnoticed behind the TriN and WC, I believe it would have been the perfect opportunity to blood some of the younger guys.

    I have taken a keener interest in the u21s this year than I have in the senior side, and Im sure Im not the only one.

    I’m sorry, but watching tired old Stef and Marius plod around just doesnt do it for me. And believe me, I do appreciate the experience and service these guys have given to the sport. I just feel it is now time to move on.

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.08.11 11:57:52 by John Galt Reply

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  • @Culling Song (Comment 17) :
    Ah, Ive just seen your article now.
    Something like that, yes.

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.08.11 12:00:58 by John Galt Reply

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  • On a different note a new Terreblanche has made his arrival father proud but sais only reservation is he looks like a forward 🙂

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.08.11 12:02:11 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : you guys missed the obvious pun

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.08.11 12:05:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : You need to pitch things at our level for us to get it… 😆

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.08.11 12:14:27 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 4) : Holy ship! But Jordaan’s got wheels!! 😯 😀

  • Comment 23, posted at 23.08.11 12:24:17 by Ice Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 22) : it was, admittedly, a bit of a stretch

  • Comment 24, posted at 23.08.11 12:29:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • His got the skills to solve our problems at 13. The boy is class.

  • Comment 25, posted at 23.08.11 12:47:33 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • I hope to see him in the sharks team soon. If only the senoir sharks had more players going to the world cup then Plum would not have a choice but to select the younger guys.

  • Comment 26, posted at 23.08.11 14:32:49 by Letgo Reply
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  • What school did Gouws attend?

  • Comment 27, posted at 25.08.11 01:00:55 by mikey Reply

  • Google gouws prinsloo sarugby profile

  • Comment 28, posted at 25.08.11 01:06:33 by bergshark Reply


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