A message to our brave young Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 12 Oct 2011 at 07:40
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This one goes out to all the young players who have represented the Sharks with such bravery, commitment and enthusiasm so far this Currie Cup season.

It looks increasingly likely that John Plumtree will reintroduce as many of his World Cup players as he can, if not ahead of this weekend’s game against the Lions, then certainly for the semi-final the week afterwards. While this may be seen as something of a slap in the face for the youngsters who have battled so hard to maintain second position on the log – often in trying circumstances – I would urge them not to see it that way.

I think I speak for all fans in saying how much we admire all the efforts put in by the young brigade. You boys are ALL stars and we appreciate every effort you have put in for our beloved black and white this year. Remember, though, that playing for this great team is a huge privilege and that those Springboks who are returning have earned the right to wear those jerseys through years of distinguished service. There is, in short, no shame in losing your jersey to a Springbok – that is the natural order of things and as a young player, you need to use such a situation as motivation to keep getting better and prove, in time, that you deserve the jersey more than the more experienced incumbent, be he a Springbok or not.

The important thing, when still in the early stages of a senior professional career, is to see every development as a learning opportunity. Remember, it is a privilege in itself simply to be able to train with Bok heroes like John Smit, Bismarck du Plessis, JP Pietersen and the like and as young players, you should be like sponges, learning as much as possible from these superstars in order to emulate – or surpass – their great feats in years to come.

So, to Chadders and Wors, to Julz, Coops, Ants, Jandre, Peet and Marcell, to Ross, Cobus, Mark, Sbu and Gouws and of course any others I may have missed in the process, keep your heads high and your chins up. We all think you guys are great and there isn’t a one of you that we don’t want to see doing us proud in the black and white for many, many years to come. While the big boys look set to pick up the baton from this point, don’t think that we as fans won’t remember the contributions you have made to what will hopefully be yet another successful Currie Cup season.

A closing word to the Union too – these boys have done us proud, have stepped up in trying circumstances and have all showed the dedication and spirit that we expect of Sharks players. Don’t, even for a second, think of letting ANY of them leave, because we have seen the future of Sharks rugby in these players and we like it very much.


  • Richard, I don’t really agree with this approach. I think that the players who fought so hard during the entire Currie cup should be the ones to complete it. The boys coming back have had their share this year in the super 15, the tri-nations as well as the world cup.
    I’m sorry to say that if this is the tendency in the future of SA rugby we stand a chance of losing much of the great young talent that we have in our country.
    There should be a ruling that if you have not played at least a quarter of the Currie cup tournament, you should not be allowed to just fill in.
    I feel very strongly about this and surely hope that this will be looked into in the future especially with soo much more rugby being planned in the years to come.
    Although it is great to see your team win, I surely hope many others will feel the same way.

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.10.11 07:56:03 by Kaygee Reply
  • @Kaygee (Comment 1) : Richard?

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.10.11 08:06:43 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @Kaygee (Comment 1) : Hi Kaygee… it wasn’t Richard who wrote this one… it was me (Rob). I’m the bald one 🙂

    And I disagree with you. The Union pays these senior players the big bucks and I don’t see the point in struggling if they’re available and willing to play.

    Plum has stated that only those Boks who WANT to play and feel they want to contribute something will be considered. I fervently hope that Bismarck, in particular, is one of them.

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.10.11 08:10:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Kaygee (Comment 1) : I disagree with your opinion.

    The union needs to look at it’s bottom line and if we need the Boks to step in to make a home semi-final a reality. then so be it.

    Look at the big picture. A home semi equals more revenue, which in turn again equals an increased pot of gold to spread around and that increases the chances of more players being kept on.

    Would you rather these young guys play one more pool game and a semi (probably away, if we don’t use the Boks) and then move on elsewhere after the season because there was no money to keep them on. Or would you prefer they miss one or two games now and then stay around for the whole of next season and longer?

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.10.11 08:14:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Kaygee (Comment 1) : Part 1:
    Spare a thought for us greedy fans who will do anything for a home semi 👿

    Part 2 (if Part 1 materialises):

    …and be hoping like mad that on semi-final day the Lions get knocked over at CC Ellis Park. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.10.11 08:15:54 by beet Reply
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  • To the young players I have this message:

    You guys have served us well this season and will hopefully be doing so for years to come.

    I know the lure of of having a starting spot in a 1st div side may (in some instances) be stronger than having to wait in the wings at a premier div side, BUT, considering the new increased schedule in 2012, there WILL be injuries and HOPEFULLY a rotation policy.

    It is a whole lot easier to pull you into the squad if you are waiting in the wings than it is if you are playing 1st Div rugby somewhere.

    Don’t ALWAYS follow the money, your agent is in it for himself not and very seldom for YOUR best interests. 😛

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.10.11 08:25:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Rob, I am not disagreeing concerning the revenue etc. I also want our team to do well and win. A home semi and even a final does a lot for our union and our Province.
    I am however saying that we should allow players who started the tournament to finish it well….(and this goes for all provinces) and we do have the necessary talent available to us. If we (all provinces) adopt this approach then they will make every effort to scout and develop more up and coming talent in our country.
    I do feel that we are over playing certain players throughout the year (previous post regarding Stefan) and inevitably this is not a good thing. I understand they are being paid top money so they need to perform, but if we do not invest and develop sufficient young talent we will run into problems if there are substantial injuries.
    I don’t want to be the fly in the ointment, but I do believe that because of the current approach, there are many young players in SA that will not get the opportunity they deserve.
    Hope this makes sense…

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.10.11 08:26:58 by Kaygee Reply

  • Although I share Kaygee’s sentiment surrounding the “juniors” – I have to agree that we need to look at the bigger picture as KSA said so well in his post. After-all rugby is a business.

    It’s always tough making this call and if a junior player deserves his spot, then he should keep it, but all in all we need the best team to go forward to ensure the future!

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.10.11 08:27:31 by Ice Ice Bokkie Reply
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  • @Kaygee (Comment 7) : But how will that chance (2 or 3 games) make a real difference?

    There are X-amount of players and Y-amount of matches. The numbers aren’t the same and some (a lot actually) players will not get a chance in the big time. If any of these youngsters have not yet shown what they are capable of an extra game or 2 won’t make much of a difference.

    If those players do get to play these last 2 or 3 games it will not make any real difference to the chances they will get in the future. There are just not enough rugby competitions to accomodate all players.

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.10.11 09:04:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Very proud of the boys.

    Hope they get more oppertunity with some of the older guys bowing out… hopefully.

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.10.11 09:28:39 by Letgo Reply
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  • Are Currie Cup medals/cups only handed out to players involved in the final? If so, then perhaps herein lies the answer. If a player has been involved in X percentage of matches throughout the Currie Cup season but plays no part in the semi’s and final (due to returning seniors) then perhaps he should still receive a winner’s medal/cup. In that way all contributions are recognized.

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.10.11 09:48:53 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 11) : I’m pretty sure everybody who’s contributed significantly to the success will get a medal – not just the matchday 22 for the final.

    Let’s concentrate on beating the Lions this weekend, though… we’ll worry about medals once we get to and win the final :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.10.11 10:05:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • And a special thanks to Adi Jacobs for his patience sitting on the bench collecting splinters… 😆 :mrgreen: 😆

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.10.11 10:13:51 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 13) : DAMN RIGHT. The Youngsters can take a leaf out of his book and learn how to be patient. 🙂

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.10.11 10:19:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : Sorry, I wasn’t trying to imply the Currie Cup is in the bag for the Sharks. I was just thinking it would help alleviate any bad blood in ANY side if all major contributions were recognized.

    I also agree that the idea of allowing the youngsters to see the season through seems a very noble one but is a very unlikely scenario. A coach will have to face irate fans, management & shareholders if he did not employ all resources available to him to win a competition.

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.10.11 10:42:40 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) : 😎

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.10.11 10:46:55 by Charlie Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 15) : The strongest proponents of seeing the season through with the youngsters are those close to the youngsters (friends, family, girlfriends, etc.) and it is understandable that objectivity will be difficult to achieve in such circumstances.

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.10.11 10:53:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • To be honest if SA rugby really had the players careers at heart then they would withdraw all the Boks that went to the RWC. Even if they didnt play the travel,training and intensity would have taken it toll on the whoile group. But players resting doesnt put bums on seats and money in the till!

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.10.11 11:00:02 by SheldonK Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) : Not exactly something to look forward to if you’re a junior, though. The way Adi has been treated at the Sharks would not fill me with joyful expectation if I was a youngster waiting in the wings.

    I would constantly be waiting for the next over-the-hill short-term purchase to land in Durban to take my place.

  • Comment 19, posted at 12.10.11 11:31:05 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 19) : I was cracking a joke. 🙂

  • Comment 20, posted at 12.10.11 11:45:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 17) : teehee…. you’re a very astute oke, you know that?

  • Comment 21, posted at 12.10.11 11:51:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 20) : I wasn’t. This kind of thing pisses me off. Why there forever has to be crisis management (and panic buying) at the Sharks is a bloody annoyance. I get enough of that with my clients at work – hardly need it to stress out my weekends as well.

  • Comment 22, posted at 12.10.11 11:52:57 by rhineshark Reply
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  • ” I fervently hope that Bismarck, in particular, is one of them.” Well knock me dowm with a feather! 😈 finally this site has seen Bissies’ worth! 🙂 I have been saying it like forever! 😉

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.10.11 07:40:29 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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