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Give Stef a break


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 5 Oct 2011 at 07:00
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We’ve been pretty hard on the veteran, Oom Stefan Terblanche, over the last few weeks, what with a string of recent performances that fall somewhat short of the high standards he has set himself over a glittering career. I think it’s time we give him a break. Literally.

Here’s an interesting statistic, in this era of “player burnout” and “management”… guess how many games Stefan started for the Sharks during this year’s Super Rugby competition? 17 you say? Spot on. That, coincidentally, is the same number of games that the Sharks played this year. In 12 of those games, Stef played out the entire match, without being substituted off. That’s a hell of a lot of rugby for a 36-year-old to cope with, not just physically, but also mentally.

Fast forward to the Currie Cup and we see that, surprise surprise, Terblanche has again started all bar one of the Sharks matches, having been benched for the Leopards’ visit to Kings Park. Staying with the trend, he was kept on the field for the full 80 in all but two of his starting appearances, meaning that in total, he has played 21 full games already this season and has played some part in 8 others. I’ll repeat, that’s a hell of a lot of rugby for a 36-year-old to cope with.

The problem with Stef, if you will, is the fact that he’s physically still in such supremely good shape. The guy, simply put, is in such amazing condition, all the time, that he seemingly doesn’t feel the rigours of the game the way others do and is able to keep truckin’ on, game after game, without ever getting injured. THAT, I feel, is a hugely successful blueprint and one that he could and should pass on to younger players as an example to follow if they seek longevity in their careers. There’s a double edge to this cutting implement, however, in that because Stef’s body never needs a rest, he is never given the opportunity for his mind to rest. Simply put, I feel that Stefan’s poor form of late can in a large part be ascribed to sheer mental exhaustion, as a result of simply playing too much rugby this season.

This weekend’s outing against the Leopards, I feel, hands the Sharks the perfect opportunity to kill a handful of birds with the same stone. They can – and really should – leave Stefan out entirely this week and give him the rest that he needs. This will allow them not only to assess the suitability of Gouws Prinsloo for big rugby (let’s face it, the kid deserves a shot!) but also ascertain exactly how capable a captain Keegan Daniel can be without the elder statesman around to guide – and occasionally eclipse – his leadership. The fact that the Sharks under 21 side managed to whack the Leopards by 60 points last time out tends to suggest, also, that losing Prinsloo for this game is hardly likely to completely derail their campaign, especially given that Jaco van Tonder is a perfectly capable option in the number 15 jersey too.

So my call to Sharks fans and management alike is this: give Stef a break! The old boy clearly needs it.


49 Comments

  • “This weekend I will go back to Rustenburg, where it all started for me 18 years ago.
    At 18 I made my Boland debut there, and this week at 36years young I will play my 100th Currie Cup game for the Sharks.
    It might be very emotional for me as I am sure that all the memories of half my life will come flooding back to me
    This might also be one of the last away trips that I take with the Sharks as a player.
    Thanks for your unbelievable support throughout the years.
    Thanks for those of you who believed in me, and, for those of you who didn’t, you made me even more determined to succeed
    Believe”
    Stefan Terblanche’s weekly article in the Mercury.

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.10.11 07:39:12 by Mocho Reply
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  • Good way of looking at it. Have to say as well that with all that rugby, he really really must be in awsome physical shape. I know it LOOKS good, did not actually realise it is simply amazing too! 😉

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.10.11 07:42:39 by Ice Ice Bokkie Reply
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  • Ja, I liked Stefan since his Boland days. On the one hand I hope Plum lets you play his 100th in Rustenburg, but he also needs a break. And definitely one the best built around for his age!!!! 😀 😀 😀

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.10.11 07:45:41 by Marietjie Reply

     
  • Agree with your article Rob. Stef is a huge role model to other players considering his fitness and conditioning..

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.10.11 07:45:56 by Ben Reply
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  • @Mocho (Comment 1) : After that I guess Stef will start on Saturday.

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.10.11 07:48:03 by Ben Reply
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  • I agree rob but I don’t think the sharks coaches will agree.they have been very stubborn this year

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.10.11 07:51:36 by Poisy Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 5) :” This might also be one of the last away trips that I take with the Sharks AS A PLAYER”

    Hint hint. Nudge nudge. New Sharks backline coach? Just speculating. . . Maybe as Rob says, he should become the physio? I can vision it now. . . 15 36year olds running on to the field.

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.10.11 07:58:11 by Mocho Reply

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  • @Mocho (Comment 1) : one have to (despite his performance lately) take off your hat to Stef. He is and will be for a long time someone who represents a true player.Perhaps the ultimate player.

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.10.11 07:58:12 by Ice Ice Bokkie Reply
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  • Fair point Rob.

    I think Oupa needs to hang up his boots asap, but that doesn’t detract from what he has achieved in a great career – and I for one will always remember that part more than recent vintage.

    Perhaps its again a case of our coach not using a player well – Adi doesn’t get enough game-time, and Oupa is getting too much.

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.10.11 07:59:11 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Must be honest, I forgot about the 100th cap coming up. Quite sure Stef would secretly rather celebrate that milestone at home against the Lions.

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.10.11 08:01:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • I think what screwed up Stef mentally was when they started playing him at centre, he is a great FB but he is low on confidence after the centre outings

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.10.11 08:02:10 by Mutley Reply
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  • Taps nose

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.10.11 08:13:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • Great player, he’s been great for the Sharks. I hope he does stay on as a coach of some sort.

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.10.11 08:25:07 by Letgo Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : Wouldn’t he rather celebrate his 100th cap with a win? 😆 😆

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.10.11 08:35:57 by Greg Reply

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  • @Greg (Comment 14) : U not suggesting the Lions will take it, r u?? 😆

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.10.11 08:42:04 by Ice Ice Bokkie Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 14) : and your point is 😉

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.10.11 08:45:10 by Franshark Reply
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  • Stef has been a great player for the Sharks and a true professional for those youngsters coming through to emulate.

    But.

    Surely the time has come for him to gracefully bow out.
    He must realise now, after a very average season, that he is too old, too slow and making too many errors to compete at the highest level?

    Surely?

    The time has come Stef. Its the right thing to do.

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.10.11 08:45:14 by John Galt Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : I don’t know Rob, he sounds quite excited to go down to Rustenburg to get that 100th cap.

    I don’t know if giving these youngsters one game at the end of the season would do any good. If I were them I’d rather want to stay with my team and see them through to the final of my competition.

    It seems like it would be a little late to do something like this.

    Even so, i get your point, I would love to see these guys playing at a higher level to put their talent and potential to the test.

    But you know, Lambie was only given one, if I’m not mistaken CC game before being selected at fullback in the Super15. He proved himself there. Maybe you don’t need to play CC first?

  • Comment 18, posted at 05.10.11 08:57:26 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 14) : It’s great when your team plays well enough to be cocky like that…even sarcastically! 😆

  • Comment 19, posted at 05.10.11 09:03:22 by Letgo Reply
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  • Perosnally I would like to start with the same team as against WP – they need to redeem themselves big time! However I would like to some excitement from the bench! Rugby is a 22 man game these days and coaches need to have a bench that can change a game and make an impact!

  • Comment 20, posted at 05.10.11 09:11:37 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Stef hope you come back as a coach one day, can imagine you training with the guys and pushing them ,legend!

  • Comment 21, posted at 05.10.11 09:40:07 by Talent Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 18) : Thats a good point but he was given an entire cc campaign to find his true or best suited position

  • Comment 22, posted at 05.10.11 09:41:56 by Talent Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 14) : classic comment

  • Comment 23, posted at 05.10.11 09:51:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 19) : gee… they are playing well, aren’t they? Of the 10 points on offer in their last two games, they got how many? By my count, it was 3…

  • Comment 24, posted at 05.10.11 09:57:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ai but this week is long… With no rugga in between…

  • Comment 25, posted at 05.10.11 10:06:32 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 21) :

    Well done! Not one spelling error! 😈 😉

  • Comment 26, posted at 05.10.11 10:16:49 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 26) :

    Bwhahahaha!!

  • Comment 27, posted at 05.10.11 10:20:23 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 26) :
    😆

  • Comment 28, posted at 05.10.11 10:20:55 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : And of the 60 points on offer in their last 12 games, they got how many? By my count, it is 45…
    😆

  • Comment 29, posted at 05.10.11 10:21:48 by Greg Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 19) : Isn’t it just :mrgreen:

  • Comment 30, posted at 05.10.11 10:23:17 by Greg Reply

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  • In a shameless bit of self-promotion, allow me to point you in the direction of another pertinent Oupa Stef-related article:

    http://www.sharksworld.co.za/2011/07/14/defending-the-age-man/

  • Comment 31, posted at 05.10.11 10:43:53 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Plumtree has selected every single team from the start of the SR season until now.

    A man’s mind can only concentrate for so long and then it needs a break.

    Can we give Plumtree a rest as well?

  • Comment 32, posted at 05.10.11 10:46:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • mental exhaustion 🙄

    ridiculous. 😀 I ask you to concentrate for 80 minutes per week and you get exhausted!!!! 😈

  • Comment 33, posted at 05.10.11 11:02:39 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 33) : And that’s why you’ll never coach a team ‘coz you won’t expect them to concentrate during training. 😈 😛

  • Comment 34, posted at 05.10.11 11:08:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 32) :

    There will be plenty of time to rest once the Currie Cup finishes..

    Almost 3 months of no rugby..

  • Comment 35, posted at 05.10.11 11:14:19 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 35) : WTH am I going to do with myself in that time? 😯 😯 May have to take up a hobbie of sorts.

  • Comment 36, posted at 05.10.11 11:19:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 34) : 😆

  • Comment 37, posted at 05.10.11 11:29:27 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 36) : There’s the cricket!! SA vs Aus and SA vs England!! Maybe yrl should start a proteasworld. Look at the cricket world cup, sharksworld had quite a cricket following?

  • Comment 38, posted at 05.10.11 11:39:16 by Mocho Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 36) :

    I’m not sure myself..

    What I do know is that I better start saving up, with nothing to do I will try and keep every pub in Durban financially afloat..

  • Comment 39, posted at 05.10.11 11:40:15 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 31) : There are some conditioning coaches still waiting for you to apologise for undermining their qualifications. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 40, posted at 05.10.11 12:09:32 by beet Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 36) : What happened to Rassie and Frikkie Erasmus’ plans for a superleague to start after RWC??? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 41, posted at 05.10.11 12:11:23 by beet Reply
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  • I’ll gave the current “pride of the provinces” anytime than no rugby for 3 months!! 🙁

  • Comment 42, posted at 05.10.11 12:20:20 by Ice Ice Bokkie Reply
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  • i think he has given his strongest hint to date that he is retiring at the end of this season. Keep him on the bench and bring him on in the second half for his emotional farewell.

  • Comment 43, posted at 05.10.11 12:20:32 by dawj Reply

     
  • Last Friday Stef was in the Jozi SS studio for the Bok game and then flew back for captain’s practice. I understand that players have lives and careers outside rugby but I thought that action was a bit offsides, given the importance of the game.

    I also agree that we should try to remember players for what they delivered at the peaks of their careers. I was there to witness every game of Stef’s awesome form in 1996 (methinks that was the year) and again when he returned from the Homelands and played with such great composure as a fullback.

    I also remember a period towards the end of his first spell with the Sharks when he played outside centre (not to well then either) back during an unsuccessful Sharks campaign.

  • Comment 44, posted at 05.10.11 12:37:39 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 44) :

    I saw that.. I think he is trying to secure a SuperSport spot more than wanting to win the Currie Cup..

  • Comment 45, posted at 05.10.11 12:40:17 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Ice Ice Bokkie (Comment 42) : ❓

  • Comment 46, posted at 05.10.11 12:54:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @beet (Comment 44) :
    He was a great wing: very quick and super strong. Great work ethic all round, and a good oke.

    I hate that Stef is still playing for us, but I honour him as a great servant and a good person.

  • Comment 47, posted at 05.10.11 13:30:25 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 47) : I totally agree with you.

    What I meant to say is honour a player for his overall contribution to rugby and don’t just remember him for the twilight years.

    Stef deserves lots of respect but we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that he’s exceeded his sell by date.

  • Comment 48, posted at 05.10.11 13:39:38 by beet Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 46) : refereing to an article where the shit state of the CC was highlighted – just saying that I’ll take this CC anytime than no rugga for 3 months that coming soon! (U and Rich I think were talking about it)

  • Comment 49, posted at 05.10.11 13:54:53 by Ice Ice Bokkie Reply
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