Drotske and Vogt win October awards

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 27 Oct 2011 at 06:05
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In what must seem a little like winning a consolation prize in both cases, Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske and Griqquas fullback Rudi Vogt have been named Currie Cup Coach and Player of the Month respectively for October.

Drotske, whose side managed to go through the second round of Currie Cup matches unbeaten (although they did draw twice) will find the award particularly ironic, since it comes just days after his side were knocked out of the Currie Cup semi-finals by the Sharks. Nevertheless, the timing of the award is likely to be somewhat of a boost to a man who appears to be the only professionally coach anywhere in the world who seems to be actively campaigning for the Springbok coaching job. Every other contender seems to have publicly declared themselves unavailable, although our information is that most would, of course, take the job were it to be offered to them directly.

Drotske narrowly beat both John Plumtree and Griquas coach Abre Minnie to take the October gong.

Meanwhile, Vogt emerged as one of the real danger men for Griquas in the latter stages of the competition, with his deadly boot winning him the number 15 jersey on a reasonably permanent basis, after starting the season mostly as a reserve. Such was his dominance at the back that regular fullback Riaan Viljoen ended up being shifted to flyhalf to accommodate Vogt, who was particularly impressive in his side’s Kimberley victory over the Blue Bulls.

It’s important to note that the process to decide on the winners was completed prior to last week’s semi-finals, though. This was confirmed by SARU earlier today.


  • Congrats to you guys!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.10.11 06:35:48 by Franshark Reply
  • You can have the awards.. We’ll take the cup.. Thanks πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.10.11 06:36:36 by Franshark Reply
  • Congrats guys πŸ™‚

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.10.11 06:55:33 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Congrats to the lads. Rob wasn’t it more a case of the Griquas having no one better to play at 10?

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.10.11 07:28:51 by Ben Reply
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  • Yes, a Kimberly victory that insured the Bulls’ exclusion from the final four! πŸ˜€

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.10.11 07:30:41 by Letgo Reply
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  • Is it just me or does Rudi Vogt remind you of Zane Kirchner when he was at Griquas, except Vogt can kick for poles! Im not convinced about Drotske as a coach. His team plays wonderful running rugby against teams if the opposition dont apply much pressure. But as soon as the opposition is switched on defensively and takes the game to the Cheetahs then the team seems to lie down and get run over. The Cheetahs need a high profile coach to kickstart that Union! They have arguably the best rugby factory in the world in that province!

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.10.11 08:32:31 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 6) :

    Hmm can’t agree.

    Run over? They lost only two S15 games by more then 7 points. Were in with a chance basically every game. That after losing Brussow, Smith & Andries Strauss for the season. Adriaan Strauss also missed half the competition.

    Drotske is a good manager. Not for me to judge his coaching, but I like the way he’s handled things with the Cheetahs.

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.10.11 08:51:41 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 7) : If u dont agree then ask yourself this, how many games should the Cheetahs have won this year but didnt? When i say run over i dont mean they got a hiding. I mean that they failled to up their game and close out a win. Being 13 nil up in the Semi last week is a prime example! No disrespect to Drotske but how many big names are going to go to Bloem or stay in Bloem with him in charge? Put it this way, If Rassie Erasmus was coach would he draw bigger name players?

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.10.11 09:20:22 by SheldonK Reply


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