Stef scores (another) double century

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 11 Oct 2011 at 07:22
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When you get to the stage of your career that Stefan Terblanche has, virtually every appearance you make is bound to include a milestone of some sort. Last weekend’s 20 minutes on the park against the Leopards were extra special, though, in that in addition to everything else he has achieved, Terblanche has now also become the first player to reach the 100-cap milestone in two different competitions for the Sharks.

Back in April, Terblanche played his 113th Super Rugby game for the Sharks which, together with the 87 Currie Cup caps he had accumulated at that point, pushed him over the double century in terms of total games played for the province. On Saturday against the Leopards, though, he earned his 100th Currie Cup cap (for the Sharks – he also has played for Boland on 67 occasions) making him the only player to date to rack up a century of caps in both Currie Cup and Super Rugby for the Durban team.

Terblanche ended the 2011 Super Rugby season with 122 total caps in that competition, just 3 behind John Smit, taking his overall total across both competitions to 222. Assuming he plays out this season’s Currie Cup before calling time on his long career, that will mean a figure of 225 Sharks appearances, a clear record and one that is likely to stand for years to come.

Congratulations, Stefan Terblanche, on yet another well-deserved accolade in black and white!


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  • Comment 1, posted at 11.10.11 07:31:25 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Dear me… Happy for him but did if he plays in 2012, I’ll be more then stunned.

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.10.11 07:35:24 by hendrikp Reply
  • nobody is going to touch this…

    The closest we yet have is Botes, who will play his 100th CC game in the semi (assuming he is picked both this week and next, which might not be a good assumption)

    He still needs 13 Super Rugby caps to reach 100, though and I seriously doubt he’ll get those next year.

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.10.11 07:39:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • Blixem! 😯

    Well done Stef!

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.10.11 08:21:42 by Ice Ice Bokkie Reply
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  • Well done Stef 😎 But seriously now, there is a time to come and a time to go 😉

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.10.11 09:07:51 by JarsonX Reply
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  • 😎
    All those caps and the bod to go with them.
    Well done young man.

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.10.11 09:24:37 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 2) :
    I’ll be more than stunned. I’ll actually be pissed off.
    His time has come, there are youngsters waiting to be unleashed and if he is still around next year, we’ll end up losing talented young players.

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.10.11 09:42:15 by John Galt Reply

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  • @John Galt (Comment 7) Get over it, this is an article acknowledging a very special achievemnet and not the place to continue your crusade.

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.10.11 10:04:22 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • As they say in the platteland, “Dit wil gedoen wees.” Well done, Oupa!

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.10.11 10:06:49 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Well Done Stef but now is the time to make way for the youngsters.

    Gouws Prinsloo should be given the full back jersey permanently.

    Did the sharks really need to sign Riaan Viljoen.

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.10.11 10:11:05 by Muzi Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 10) :

    I’ve been looking for you. Remember, you told me to stop talking kak? What happened to the Bulls man? I’ll tell you what happened… Deon Stegmann came back into the team.

    Might as well play a man down. Not a line-out threat, not a fetcher, not a ball-carrier, misses lotsa tackles.

    I knew it as soon as I saw that team.

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.10.11 11:45:16 by hendrikp Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 10) : “Gouws Prinsloo should be given the full back jersey permanently.”

    You reckon this after seeing him play one senior game? 😯

    Riaan Viljoen is a very decent player.

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.10.11 12:06:02 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 12) : No because he is class and he has the x-factor. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.10.11 12:15:19 by Muzi Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 11) :
    Someone please please pinch this guy from the cape 😕

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.10.11 12:18:33 by Muzi Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 11) : Weren’t the Bulls in the lead when Stegmann got subbed?

    Anyway it seems a bit unfair to blame the defeat entirely on 1 player. I thought the Bulls backs could have done a lot more to pressurise their opponents – they left too many gaps.

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.10.11 12:24:05 by beet Reply
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  • Comment 16, posted at 11.10.11 12:26:59 by Muzi Reply

  • @beet (Comment 15) : Hendrikp is a wp supporter i will say it over and over again the guy talks nonsense !

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.10.11 12:29:23 by Muzi Reply

  • We lost the match because we looked good on attack but we completely forgot how to tackle. :mrgreen:

    Van den heever..basson..Fouche..Venter and a few more players slipped way too many tackles.

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.10.11 12:33:16 by Muzi Reply

  • @beet (Comment 15) :

    I was half joking about Stegmann, but I really do think he’s a terrible rugby player.

    As for muzi… making a superstar out of every player who looks like he might one day play for the Bulls… Sorry pal.

    I’m a Province supporter, but I’m also very fair in my analysis I believe. It’s not like I’m calling for Deon Fourie to be a Springbok.

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.10.11 12:43:54 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 19) :
    No but i know you calling for schalk burger to be the next bok captain. 😉
    And allister coetzee to be the next bok coach.

    Deon Stegmann is not a terrible player he is a good player.

    I can not say the samething about that guy from witbank duene vermuelen.

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.10.11 12:57:03 by Muzi Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 19) : Hey Hendrik. Sorry I missed the half joke there. :mrgreen:
    You’re entitled to own opinions. I actually enjoy reading them. Well most of them. I didn’t care much for you giving Arno the thumbs up while reversing the direction for Marcell but maybe it’s coz I’m a Sharks supporter :mrgreen: and have a bit of biase in me. I’ve also mentally noted that you do spread the love (and hate) around all the provinces in your assessments.

    You have to bear with young Muzi. On another site we blog on, he’s had one too many run in’s with WP supporters. I’m actually surprised that he’s managed to keep it together here at SW, given the high turnout of WP guys on a daily basis. All in all, he’s actually a good oke. And I also have much respect for the way you’ve handled the “kak” criticize both now and the other day.

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.10.11 13:01:35 by beet Reply
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  • @Muzi (Comment 20) : For a couple of weeks time. No excuses. You’d better be at the junior semi-final matches.

    I get a feeling that Louis, Arno and CJ will be back in u21 for that one probably against the Lions, while you’re u19s will probably be home to the Cheetahs.

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.10.11 13:05:00 by beet Reply
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  • @Muzi (Comment 20) :

    I’m not a big Vermeulen fan… I do think that if he made the Springbok squad he wouldn’t let us down, but we have so many talented loose-forwards that I wouldn’t even have him near it.

    I don’t see Vermeulen as a nr. 8 firstly. He is a blindside. And blindsides that are better then him are – in order: Juan Smith, Willem Alberts, Ashley Johnson, Jean Deysel & I believe in the very near future Arno Botha (who can rise as high as 3rd).

    @beet (Comment 21) :

    I’m just kidding around. Actually enjoy most of what he says :mrgreen: Except for whatever problem he has with Schalk Burger. 2nd Greatest Springbok of all time. End of story in my mind.

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.10.11 13:06:13 by hendrikp Reply

  • @beet (Comment 21) :

    And on Marcell Coetzee… I’m just basing it on what I’ve seen of Arno Botha at the Junior World Champs, where he was a stand-out alongside Goosen & Francois Venter. Some other Baby Boks performed well, but none of them got close to these 3.

    Saw a little bit of Marcell Coetzee in the CC games, but not enough to convince me that he’ll break into the Sharks Super rugby squad ahead of Kanko, Alberts or Deysel… which means he’ll have a tough time making a push for the Bok squad any time soon.

  • Comment 24, posted at 11.10.11 13:09:36 by hendrikp Reply

  • @beet (Comment 22) : Yea beet i haven’t been at loftus for a while now :mrgreen:

    I will have to drive up to pretoria or catch the gautrain from sandton to hatfield :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 11.10.11 13:20:34 by Muzi Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 24) : Alot of bulls supporters think i’m crazy :mrgreen: but i think francois venter is already better than watermeyer and olivier.

    Um don’t you think sadie needs abit of bulk at centre i’d like to see him play wing for the bok its his size that i am worried about.

  • Comment 26, posted at 11.10.11 13:25:40 by Muzi Reply

  • @beet (Comment 22) : You forgot francois venter to that list he is still 20 this year. 😉

  • Comment 27, posted at 11.10.11 13:26:58 by Muzi Reply

  • Siya and Carr were not that bad in the junior world cup i actually played against those two players in the wynberg festival.

    Carr was at number 8 for bishops they pretty must made us look bad :mrgreen: ..carr was solid it took two players to tackle the guy.

    Siya was massive all the grey high school set moves involved kolisi. 😈

  • Comment 28, posted at 11.10.11 13:31:47 by Muzi Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 26) :

    You been reading my stuff elsewhere? Sadie’s future is on the wing… centre is a position that demands physicality if you’re to be the best at test level, and Sadie is more about running good lines and being elusive… as well as being in the right place at the right time. The Boks can use him the same way Australia use James O’Connor.

    As for Francois Venter… I wouldn’t put him ahead of Wynand Olivier just yet who I think is criticized far too heavily, but he is right up there. Excellent player.

  • Comment 29, posted at 11.10.11 13:36:25 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 29) : na its abit crazy but stephan dippernaar was abit like sadie at junior lever breaking the line with speed then at senior level he is found wanting he lacks power in the tackle area he just can not break a line. 😥

    What impressed me wIth venter was his ability to break the line,Straighten the line and create space something watermeyer and olivier were not providing the bulls with in the past.

  • Comment 30, posted at 11.10.11 13:45:10 by Muzi Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 30) :

    Olivier is a crash-ball type player. The Bulls used him correctly in a game-plan that is becoming a tad outdated. He’s never going to be a Jean de Villiers or Francois Steyn, but I think he was one of the very few players to return from Australasia this year with an enhanced reputation. Mvovo, Basson & Adi Jacobs to a lesser degree looked out of their depth.

    I think Venter will be at the next World Cup. He might even play for the Boks in the next couple of years… but at this stage I think Francois Steyn, Jean de Villiers, Juan de Jongh & Jaque Fourie are locked in as Bok centres… with Francois Venter being very close behind.

    You might find this article interesting:

    I included Arno Botha, Francois Venter & Steven Kitshoff as my youngsters to blood in the very near future.

    In hindsight the only changes I’d make to that squad right now would be retaining the very impressive Gurthro Steenkamp (despite him going overseas), keeping CJ van der Linde on until someone steps up & keeping Bakkies Botha until one of those locks step up (as he says he’s still available to the Boks for the next couple of years)

  • Comment 31, posted at 11.10.11 13:53:05 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 24) : I stay in Durban so Glenwood HS isn’t much of a drive. I didn’t go to the school but I’ve been there countless no. of times to watch rugby over the years. In 2009 they had a fairly good team with some good l/fwds. It never occurred to be that one of the Sharks brightest young stars would be plying his trade just a few blocks down the same road at a small school called Port Natal. When the KZN Craven week team was picked, one of our strengths looked to be in the loose forward dept. The name of a player from Port Natal never came up (but then again rugby blogs and info flow in 2009 paled in comparison to what we accept as the norm today)
    Last year I watched 4 or 5 of the Sharks u19s home games. If I was asked to rank the players in that team from most likely to succeed to least likely to succeed as a pro rugby player, I’m sure Marcell would have featured nearer to the bottom of the list than the top.
    2 years out of school and 1 year out of junior rugby, the transformation has been amazing. Marcell has gone from being a complete outsider, unknown to average 1st year junior to starting player for the Sharks (in a filtered CC year) in 2 years. Many of the players who get the opportunity at his age where IDed as stars in the making at the age of 13, perhaps even younger.
    Arno went to Nylstroom, also a little school that forms part of the Limpopo Bulls region. It would have been far easier for him to go to one of the big school in Pretoria, so hats off for managing to draw attention to himself and his skills while still at school. He is different from Marcell in that he was a Bulls target acquisition. They made him captain of the u19s and I think there has always been a plan in mind for him. He caught my eye when I watched him at Kingspark last year coz for a guy of just 19, he has massive upper arms – like Pierre Spies today (I’ve watch Pierre play wing as a 19 yo. He wasn’t as big as he is now) or a Steve Atherton from the old Sharks days.
    So 2 youngsters from small schools who have done very well in a short space of time but Marcell has definitely followed the harder path. I think his star is still on the rise. Just prior to the JWC, Marcell was putting in MotM performances for the Sharks Vodacom Cup team. I believe that had he had the same chance as Arno, he too would have stood out in that compo. Anyway time will tell who has what it’s made of. Looseforward is traditionally SA rugby’s strongest position so the compo is always that much tougher. All these guys: CJ Stander, Boom Prinsloo, Nick Koster etc etc have high levels of “gees” and talent, so it’s the rugby brain that will set the guys apart at the end of the day.

  • Comment 32, posted at 11.10.11 13:58:21 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 32) : Well said Mr Beet 😉

    Arno’s guns :mrgreen: in grade 12 where not that big when i saw him jol for limpopo blue bulls he was not that huge geez what on earth did he eat. 😯

  • Comment 33, posted at 11.10.11 14:05:01 by Muzi Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 33) :

    I just hope he’s got stronger legs then Pierre Spies.

    Chicken legs aren’t good for a loose-forward.

    Spies should’ve been a winger.

  • Comment 34, posted at 11.10.11 14:06:57 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 34) : You had to bring that up hey i was hoping you would not mention anything concerning Spies. 🙁

  • Comment 35, posted at 11.10.11 14:15:36 by Muzi Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 35) :

    Hey man, I had high hopes for him.

    But I’m not about to ask Juan de Jongh to play hooker.

    So I don’t think Pierre Spies should be a nr. 8

  • Comment 36, posted at 11.10.11 14:20:35 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 36) : If he wants to be a bok again he will have to produce the goods like everyone again in the super 15 on a consistent basis.

    I miss the Pierre Spies of 2009 though.

  • Comment 37, posted at 11.10.11 14:27:40 by Muzi Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 37) :

    True that, but he never seemed like he was a permanent fixture because of his running lines with ball in hand. Too often gets caught trying to run slightly across-field. I wish he’d put his head down and try use the leg-drive that he has to setup quick ruck ball or attempt an offload.

  • Comment 38, posted at 11.10.11 14:29:57 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 38) : When Heyneke Meyer coached Spies they found out that he lacked the basic skills of a true classical number 8.

    Meyer was like a father figure for pierre he even admitted that spies mentally is not strong he is prone to do the odd mistake there and there.

    It sad for me to say this and admit this BUT pierre does not have the intelligence to operate at number 8. 😥

    He is a luxury player a great athlete and a great talent wasted again by South African coaches.

  • Comment 39, posted at 11.10.11 14:41:12 by Muzi Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 39) :

    Good man.

    Bring on the days of Nick Koster. He’s going to have a breakout S15…

  • Comment 40, posted at 11.10.11 14:46:30 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 40) : That bad knee injury cost Koster big time.

    I will never forget that barbarians match where jake white selected koster he was sublime.

    Koster needs to play at 8 next year shift vermuelen at 7 and burger 6 please.

    He is too good a player to be sitting on the bench.

  • Comment 41, posted at 11.10.11 14:56:01 by Muzi Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 41) : Where on earth is young eben etsebeth 😕 geez that guy loves inflicting serious pain on other players :mrgreen:

  • Comment 42, posted at 11.10.11 14:58:12 by Muzi Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 42) :

    Not sure AC feels the same way. Looks like Quinn Roux is ahead of him at the moment.

  • Comment 43, posted at 11.10.11 15:10:36 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 43) : Amongst other things Quinn is a strong scrumager.

    In terms of strength he has the jump start on the likes of Reniel Hugo and Eben. These 2 are more traditional type locks who I believe will do well at senior level.

  • Comment 44, posted at 11.10.11 15:16:27 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 44) :

    Really think they could use Eben as an enforcer. Doesn’t shy away from that side of the game from what I saw of him… and maybe not the ideal line-out specialist.

    I’m not convinced about Elstadt, so have high hopes for an Etzebeth & Bekker combination in the next 2 years.

  • Comment 45, posted at 11.10.11 15:29:08 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 45) : Elstadt has done extremely well imho. He’s a l/fwd by trade. The same age as Koster. It seemed like a huge risk playing him at lock but its paid off.

    To be honest I can’t see the harm of continuing with that Bekker/Elstadt combo in 2012. Let it fail first before tossing it.

    I’ve watched Eben at u19 and u21 level. He’s filled out quite a bit. During the Sharks game a few weeks ago, he showed that he is quite a physical player. But he’s a tall boy as well so he’ll have nowhere to run and hid if he doesn’t hold his own as a competitive goto lineout jumper at senior level. His lineout partner Ruan Venter from the JWC is more of the enforcer type. Whatever he doesn’t give you in the lineout, he’ll more than make up for at ruck time, in open play and in the scrums.

  • Comment 46, posted at 11.10.11 15:47:20 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 46) :

    Sorry a bit harsh… I do think Elstadt is a good player… what I meant to say was I’m not convinced he will push for Springbok honors… and Etzebeth looks like he could. I think the Etzebeth/Bekker combination would be best in the long run, but I’m not concerned about Elstadt as a player.

  • Comment 47, posted at 11.10.11 15:51:37 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 47) : I heard the bulls offered etsebeth a senior contract.

  • Comment 48, posted at 11.10.11 15:55:21 by Muzi Reply

  • @beet (Comment 46) : Etsebeth was untouchable last year he was the reason why arno botha’s under 19 team lost in the final.

    He was massive the bulls under 19 players could not handle his physicality.

  • Comment 49, posted at 11.10.11 15:56:54 by Muzi Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 49) : They had Malherbe, Ntubeni, Kolisi and Carr. Sam Lane, vd Spuy, that useless fullback you’re always on about :mrgreen: Jokes. I know you’re a big Ulrich fan. Lots of threats.

    But I felt that the Bulls just didn’t bring it that day. If Lohan Jacobs had played his usual assertive game, I think things would have been different. But in the end the Bulls fought back and it was a close game.

  • Comment 50, posted at 11.10.11 16:01:42 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 50) : I still can not believe iot that the bulls under 19s with a venter lost the final. 👿

    I still can not believe it that the bulls craven week side lost against grey free state. 👿

    I still can not believe it that the sharks under 19s did not make the semi finals. 😈

  • Comment 51, posted at 11.10.11 16:05:42 by Muzi Reply


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