Pat, Bismarck and Sbura rewarded

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 4 Nov 2011 at 10:48
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Bok flanker Schalk Burger picked up the prestigious Rugby Player of the Year award at SA Rugby’s annual award ceremony last night, but three Sharks players also picked up gongs in their respective categories.

Burger’s heroics at the Rugby World Cup, where he was arguably the Springboks’ most consistent and effective player, saw him beat a strong field including Bulls players Victor Matfield and Francois Hougaard, as well as Sharks lads in Pat Lambie and Bismarck du Plessis.

Du Plessis made up for his loss by scooping the Players’ Player of the Year Award – arguably the one you really want to win because it’s fellow players that vote for that one, rather than the oft-fickle media. Lambie, who was a shoe-in for the Young Player of the Year award in 2010, yet somehow didn’t win it, made up for that mistake by picking up the title this year, ahead of a strong field including media favourites Elton Jantjies, Jaco Taute and Johan Goosen.

Francois Hougaard, nominated in both the Player and Young Player categories, was unlucky to walk away empty-handed after a superb season.

The third Sharks prizewinner was Under 21 winger Sibusiso Sithole, who scooped the gong for Try of the Year for his tournament-winning effort for the SA Sevens team in Edinburgh earlier in the year.

The Lions predictably scooped a number of prizes for their good season, including Team of the Year, Coach of the Year (for John Mitchell) and Currie Cup Player of the Year (for Josh Strauss).

Here are all the nominees and winners:

SARU Rugby Player of the Year
Winner: Schalk Burger
Finalists: Bismarck du Plessis, Francois Hougaard, Pat Lambie, Victor Matfield.

Absa Young Player of the Year
Winner: Pat Lambie
Finalists: Johan Goosen, Francois Hougaard, Elton Jantjies, Jaco Taute.

Absa Team of the Year
Winner: MTN Golden Lions
Finalists: Regent Boland Cavaliers, Springbok Sevens, DHL Stormers, University of Cape Town.

Absa Coach of the Year
Winner: John Mitchell (MTN Golden Lions)
Finalists: Allister Coetzee (DHL Stormers and Western Province), Eugene Eloff (Regent Boland Cavaliers), John Plumtree (The Sharks), Paul Treu (Springbok Sevens).

Vodacom Super Rugby Player of the Year
Winner: Sarel Pretorius (Toyota Cheetahs)
Finalists: Gio Aplon (DHL Stormers), Schalk Burger (DHL Stormers), Bismarck du Plessis (The Sharks), Duane Vermeulen (DHL Stormers).

Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year
Winner: Josh Strauss (MTN Golden Lions)
Finalists: Johan Goosen (Toyota FS Cheetahs), Elton Jantjies (MTN Golden Lions), Frederic Michalak (The Sharks), Jaco Taute (MTN Golden Lions).

Absa Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year
Winner: Elgar Watts (Regent Boland Cavaliers)
Finalists: Bolla Conradie (Regent Boland Cavaliers), Danwel Demas (Regent Boland Cavaliers), Willie le Roux (Regent Boland Cavaliers), Luke Watson (EP Kings).

Vodacom Cup Player of the Year
Winner: Lionel Cronje (DHL WP)
Finalists: Marnitz Boshoff (Vodacom Blue Bulls), Marcell Coetzee (Sharks XV), JJ Engelbrecht (DHL WP), Juan Imhoff (Pampas XV).

SARPA Players’ Player of the Year: Bismarck du Plessis

Springbok Sevens Player of the Year: Cecil Afrika

Supersport Try of the Year
Winner: Sibusiso Sithole (Springbok Sevens vs Australia in the final of the Edinburgh Sevens)
Finalists: Gio Aplon (DHL Stormers vs Chiefs in Hamilton), Lwazi Mvovo (The Sharks vs Toyota Cheetahs in Bloemfontein), Sarel Pretorius (first try for Toyota Cheetahs vs Blues in Whangarei and first try vs Brumbies in Bloemfontein), Jaco Taute (MTN Golden Lions v Sharks, Absa Currie Cup final)

SA Under-20 Player of the Year: Arno Botha

Coca-Cola Craven Week Player of the Tournament: Jan Serfontein (Free State)

Marriott Referee Award: Craig Joubert

Women’s Achiever of the Year: Cebisa Kula

SARU National Club Championship Player of the Tournament: Justin Wheeler (University of Johannesburg)


  • Good morning, very well done to all the winners in their respective categories, and especially to the Sharks representatives…may your good work continue!

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.11.11 10:53:57 by Anneleen Reply
  • Well done guys 😎

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.11.11 11:03:03 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Big BIG congratulations to you blokes, Sharks skop gat! Keep on keeping on, al youngster with big futures 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.11.11 11:05:28 by Franshark Reply
  • I think a few awards dont get the limelight they maybe should. Craig Joubert as ref of the year. He was outstanding in 2011. Justin Wheeler getting Club player of the year, he played for the Lions Vodacom Cup side but never got a look in for the senior he just not good enough yet? I think people forget Lambie’s age sometime as he looks so composed and mature in his thinking and play on the field, so just reward for him. Hats off to Schalk…he deserves the award not only because he tries harder than anyone else on the field BUT he has also learnt to pass the ball!!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.11.11 11:54:17 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 4) : Wheeler’s had a couple of games for the senior side a few years ago. He looked decent back then but couldn’t hold onto his place.

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.11.11 12:09:54 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 5) : I suppose trying to get ahead of Strauss,Grobbelar,Minnie,Whiteley etc is tough. Any thoughts on which players will make us sit up and take notice in Super rugby??

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.11.11 12:17:04 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 6) : I think you just mentioned a couple yourself!

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.11.11 12:29:45 by Greg Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 6) : I haven’t really thought about it yet.

    There’ll obviously be the usual suspects like Ranger, Dagg, Genia, Cooper, Brok Harris, Carter, possibly Hougaard, Pocock, Brussow etc.

    Julian Savea is a name that comes to mind when thinking of new players. He had a lousy 2011 when much was expected of him.

    I’m looking forward to seeing how Johan Goosen and Piet v Zyl copes. Also Marcell Coetzee if he gets a chance. And hopefully Frans Venter and Arno Botha also get some game time.

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.11.11 12:38:14 by beet Reply
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  • I am just glad Lambie got it ahead of Goosen. Afterall he did have a good S15, CC and was at the RWC – I would have been really X if Goosen got it based on his CC performance (how good ever) alone.

    Stoked for Bissie too! And Cecil running with the likes of Lomu etc. Awsome stuff!

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.11.11 12:40:44 by Ice Reply
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  • was ecstatic for Lionel and Sbura last night,Lionel hasn’t had the best year this year,in fact the last two at Province have been awful. Bulls move an awesome 1,he needs to go elsewhere where they believe in him again. Watched a couple of WP games in the Vodacom Cup,he was really good there,played mostly at 15,than the flyhalf crisis started and he was pulled into the no.10 jersey at a time where I thought his confidence and head weren’t in the right place yet. Well done to him though. Sbura,now there’s some dynamite,really proud of him last night,definitely the best try this year,now he’s had a superb year and am sure the Sharks see a huge future with him. Always tend to disagree with some guys on Arno Botha,particularly Sharks okes. This guy is phenomenal and I felt he deserved the award,Sharks okes always say Marcel should’ve been 8thman in that side,but Arno was the best man for 8thman,Marcel should’ve been in that squad,but as a blindsider,with Kolisi or Carr or Kleinhans at openside depending on the match situation. The awards were fair all in all.

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.11.11 13:05:57 by Ludz Reply

  • I see Div will be applying for the Bok coaching job again. Let’s hope that common sense prevails.

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.11.11 13:09:13 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 8) : I was talking more bout the SA guys as well who cares bout those okes across the sea! haha There are a few combos that im looking forward to seeing, well will hopefully see….Van Zyl/Goosen for FS, DeVilliers/De Jong for WP, Venter/Sadie for Bulls, Brussouw/J.Smith/Johnson for FS, Potgieter/Botha/Stander for Bulls…

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.11.11 13:19:06 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 12) : Pity that there are no Sharks combinations in there 🙁

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.11.11 13:21:57 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 12) : Like the Bulls loose trio you got there boet

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.11.11 13:24:20 by Ludz Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 13) : The Sharks combos id like see probably wont happen thats why. @Ludz (Comment 14) : That loose trio offers speed and aggression, which is what you want. WP would be close to having the same if they picked Burger,Kolisi,Carr/Koster…altho im not convinced. I wonder if any franchise will pick up Puke Watson??

  • Comment 15, posted at 04.11.11 13:34:11 by SheldonK Reply

  • @beet (Comment 8) :

    Hope Piet van Zyl has a good season.

    The sides that are in with a shot of winning it seem to be the ones with good 9-10 combinations, that break the line often.

    Should really be modelling their games on Genia & Sarel Pretorius IMO. Not the defensive side though :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 04.11.11 16:30:21 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 16) :

    I’m backing the Bulls to finish top of the SA conference.

    Don’t tell muzi.

  • Comment 17, posted at 04.11.11 16:32:52 by hendrikp Reply

  • The awards are a fair reflection of this years results. Young player could have gone to any one of them so to player of the year. Josh Strauss should be the next Bok Captain, he leads by example and his team respects him as a player and a leader and he will do far better than stomp Spies at No8. Also really glad Bismark got a award, the only reason Smit was ahead of him was because he is the Captain, Smit didn’t have a bad WC, did nothing wrong but also just that he just did what was required nothing more while Bismark played with fire and passion.

  • Comment 18, posted at 04.11.11 21:45:35 by Mutley Reply
  • My Post WC team
    1. Beast
    2. Bismark
    3. Jannie
    4. Juandre Kruger
    5. Andries Bekker
    6. Brussow
    7. Schalk Burger
    8. Josh Strauss (c)
    9. Hougaard
    10. Lambie/Jantjies
    11. Mvovo
    12. Frans Steyn
    13. Jaque Fourie
    14. JP
    15. Taute

    16. Adrian Strauss
    17. Coenie
    18. Flip vd Merwe
    19. Derrick Minnie
    20. Jano Vermaak
    21. Jantjies/Lambie
    22. Jean de Jong

    I would rotate Lambie and Jantjies

  • Comment 19, posted at 04.11.11 21:51:51 by Mutley Reply
  • @Mutley (Comment 19) : Minnie ahead of Alberts? 😕

  • Comment 20, posted at 04.11.11 22:43:54 by Ben Reply
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  • Pity about Hougaard. That guy rocks. I’m sure we’ll see even more of his nippy footwork next year.

  • Comment 21, posted at 05.11.11 08:40:51 by CapeShark Reply
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  • It was between Minnie and Alberts, but Minnie can also play fetcher that’s why I picked Minnie

  • Comment 22, posted at 05.11.11 08:42:26 by Mutley Reply
  • @Mutley (Comment 19) : This had absolutely nothing to do with the Lions winning the Currie Cup did it? :mrgreen: Let’s see how these young Lions like Taute and Jantjies perform in Super Rugby, it’s a level up from the Currie Cup, y’know. Also a rotational system between Lambie and Jantjies is complete madness. Can you imagine a Bok team with a different starting flyhalf every week.

  • Comment 23, posted at 05.11.11 08:46:00 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @Mutley (Comment 19) :

    Think we’d be best off going with a large group and then deciding where to go to from there. Think we’ve hit a golden patch in terms of young players coming through, and I’m not convinced players like Jean de Villiers & Bryan Habana are finished yet.

    I really like Minnie, but he’s no Springbok hey. With Habana, even when he’s not on top of his game, I still believe he’s a better choice then Mvovo.

    I’d like to see Johan Goosen play for the U20’s while England are touring here, so I’d be looking at something like this for the first test.

  • Comment 24, posted at 05.11.11 08:57:27 by hendrikp Reply

  • @CapeShark (Comment 23) :

    Yeah I like Jantjies as well, but I don’t see where he fits into the Bok squad in the long run. I just reckon Goosen is a superstar.

    But let’s give Jantjies a shot against England :mrgreen:

    Also not sure Taute is in the same league as AB & OZ fullbacks. Lambie has star quality. Might not break the line like Beale, or score tons of tries like Dagg, but he’s got other qualities that make him irreplaceable.

    Flyhalf for the Sharks. Fullback for the Boks. I like it.

  • Comment 25, posted at 05.11.11 08:58:54 by hendrikp Reply

  • Would be unfair to pick a Springbok 15 as I’d probably change my mind by the time Week 2 of the Super 15 passes, but some I would definitely have are

    2 Bismarck du Plessis
    5 Andries Bekker
    6 Heinrich Brussow
    8 Schalk Burger
    9 Francois Hougaard – Although needs to convince me in Super Rugby.
    12 Francois Steyn
    14 JP Pietersen – Needs to step it up as a finisher though. He’s gotten by easy sometimes because Habana has taken the flak.
    15 Patrick Lambie

  • Comment 26, posted at 05.11.11 09:04:31 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 26) : Changed your mind about playing Pienaar at 9?

  • Comment 27, posted at 05.11.11 11:02:12 by Ben Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 26) : The Bok squad to face England in June will be chosen based on SupeRugby performances, dude. Let’s see if Jantjies a) comes back from the off season in condition, b) retains his composure under pressure in crucial matches and c) copes with the pressures of touring. He didn’t do too well in all three categories last year. Let’s hope the Currie Cup has taught him a few lessons in that respect.
    You can have all the talent in the world, but if your attitude and mind aren’t right, it amounts to nothing.

  • Comment 28, posted at 05.11.11 11:19:16 by SharonvanWyk Reply
  • @Ben (Comment 27) :

    I’m open to seeing what Hougaard can do in Super rugby. He needs to play at 9 though.

    @SharonvanWyk (Comment 28) :


  • Comment 29, posted at 05.11.11 11:20:44 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 17) :


    But seriously, it’s exciting to enter a tournament where there’s no clearcut favourite. The only problem is that the SR rules favour conferences where there is a team much stronger than it’s conference rivals.

    I was actually thinking that since the SR season has been extended, I wud have liked to have seen the organisers allow each team to play each other team at least once (currently teams only play 8 out of 10 foreign opponents)

    I also wish that conference games only counted for half the number of points, so that it was more important to beat overseas rivals.

    I just think that playing all 10 foreign opponents along with only being able to get half the points against your local rivals who you play twice, will go a long way to evening up the playing field and making sure that the crucial top 2 positions on the overall log are occupied by the 2 best teams in the compo.

  • Comment 30, posted at 05.11.11 11:56:32 by beet Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 29) : Its sad that Jano and Frans Hougaard are on the same team.

    The dynamics of rugby change all the time but ideally either of these guys should at either the Sharks or the Lions to ensure that our best SA players are 1st choice starters.

  • Comment 31, posted at 05.11.11 12:00:43 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 30) :

    I’d prefer an eventual return to the old format, and also the inclusion of the EP Kings obviously.

    Won’t happen though as local derbies bring in much more $$.

    The 1/2 points idea has merit.

  • Comment 32, posted at 05.11.11 12:07:57 by hendrikp Reply

  • I hate the sodding derbies. Wish they’d drop all of them

  • Comment 33, posted at 05.11.11 12:37:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 32) : The old format would be better with only 15 team tho. 7 home + 7 away games is the fairest approach. It was something the S12 and S14 couldn’t get right.

  • Comment 34, posted at 05.11.11 12:49:05 by beet Reply
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  • Lambie never impressed me at FB for the Boks. Yes he is good under the high ball but doesn’t join the line much, doesn’t have the pace to break the line at will from FB, thus play him at FH with Taute at FB who had a good SR this year and a great CC especially in the play off games against the Boks FB like Aplon and Lambie, outplaying both of them. Goosen is a flash in a pan, folded under the pressure in the semi and was overshadowed by Lambie(when he moved to FH), while Jantjies started showing good form at the end of the SR and also had a great CC, showing off a French international twice at Ellis Park, kicked 100% in the play off games and ended in 2nd on the points scored 8 less than Michelak and playing 3 less games, he matured and with Lambie will be unstoppable. Minnie has been playing decent rugby for a couple of years now and has matured under Mitchell in the fetching role thus would be a good bench player. Mvovo has got size and speed while Habana is a empty shell of what he was since moving to WP. Jean de Villiers is only looking for intercepts he has to get of his high horse and relies he has to play rugby. Burger is a great player but no No8 and even less of a captain

  • Comment 35, posted at 05.11.11 12:50:18 by Mutley Reply
  • @Mutley: prefer whiteley at 8 rather than strauss.

  • Comment 36, posted at 05.11.11 12:56:42 by bergshark Reply

  • Let’s just up the fitness and the tackling technique and turn every player in a threat at the breakdown

  • Comment 37, posted at 05.11.11 13:00:43 by bergshark Reply

  • @ Bergshark
    Whiteley is also a good No8 but the blessing of SA is we have brilliant loose forwards even in 1st Division rugby

  • Comment 38, posted at 05.11.11 13:10:20 by Mutley Reply
  • Roelof Straulie is set to announce the Sharks new signings for 2012
    1. Os du Randt at prop
    2. Joost vd Westhuizen at SH
    3. Braam van Straaten at FH
    They finally reached the age to qualify for the Sharks

  • Comment 39, posted at 05.11.11 18:04:59 by Mutley Reply
  • Well done Bismarck! 🙂

  • Comment 40, posted at 07.11.11 09:00:22 by rekinek Reply
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