Richard Ferguson

The magic 8-ball says…

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Lions, Original Content, Sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 3 Jan 2012 at 10:58
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With a brand spanking new year lying in front of us, and the amount of rugby matches that lie ahead enough to make some of us salivate, we have a chance of looking into the future and trying to spot who and what will happen over the next 12 months. Here are a few of my predictions (some may be somewhat tongue-in-cheek, so for any new reader, please do not take offence):

The first big rugby event this year will be the announcement of the Springbok coach, something that we are all eagerly anticipating, with this news coming out towards the end of January. I asked my magic eight ball who it thought would be the next coach, and surprisingly, Gert Smal made an appearance on its little screen. Whether this appointment would be a good or a bad thing, I do not wish to discuss at this stage, but what I do know is that his experience will do the Springboks a world of good. It is a step in the right direction after all.

The pre-season tournament/trophy that is worth it’s weight in pure gold is the annual Neo Africa Tri-Series, which will again take place down in the Cape (well we hope it is, they might want to force it to some other Cape based stadium, we will keep you all informed). I expect the Stormers to again be very capable, winning their game against the Sharks, only to succumb to the Lions, and claiming the trophy in some default home-team rule. This will again be the only Stormers trophy of the season. (And they will keep reminding us of this trophy).

SuperRugby is the single biggest event in the first half of the year, and here are a few of my left wing predictions. The Cheetahs will come out guns blazing and win all their derby games, with incumbent Springbok flyhalf Johan Goosen, racking up 200 points in no time. The Sharks will start the campaign in similar fashion to previous years, remaining unbeaten at home while they battle on their away leg, which comes rather early this season. The Stormers will again battle with injuries, this time in their depleted centre ranks. The Bulls, captained by the mighty Pierre Spies, will falter in the early half of the season until hitting some form and qualifying for the semi-finals in the last weekend of pool games. The Lions will be kak.

Players to keep an eye on during the SuperRugby campaign, include Juan de Jongh, who will be getting his fair share of game time this season, Francois Hougaard, who will playing in his best position at the Bulls, being at scrumhalf in the absence of Fourie du Preez, JP Pietersen, I just have a feeling he will be having a storming season, Heinrich Brussow, who must be itching to play some normal provincial rugby again and finally at the Lions, expect some magic from the young Elton Jantjies, as well as the ever-present Josh Strauss.

The rest of the year is still a bit of a blur to me, so we will have to wait until that clears up. For now, I leave you with my final prediction, and that is that the Sharks will make the SuperRugby playoffs in 2012.


  • Not predicting Willem Alberts being asked by Plumtree to play at flyhalf again this year? 🙄

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.01.12 11:47:17 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 1) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.01.12 11:47:47 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 1) : Play him at lock so that we have a decent enforcer! We’re a bit thin there without Sykes and Mostert!

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.01.12 12:05:39 by ChrisS Reply
  • The Brumbies have a bit of financial issues. Computer Associates have dropped them and another deal of theirs has fallen thru. So they start the season a bit like the Cats and Cheetahs did last year, without a key sponsorship deal.

    Also Luke Burgess and Josh Valentine has left Aus, leaving the field wide open for Aussie reserve scrummy contenders to step up and make a name for themselves this season. Nice carrot to dangle – that one 😛

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.01.12 12:37:07 by beet Reply
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  • I wud also like to see what a shake of the magic 8 ball has for Jano Vermaak’s future. Jano is a starting quality scrumhalf, certainly one of the better no.9’s in the SR compo, yet may find himself on the bench for SR or will he.

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.01.12 12:39:14 by beet Reply
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  • ‘The Lions will be kak.’ sies 😛

    @beet (Comment 5) :

    Him moving to the bulls might not have been the best career move …

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.01.12 12:45:27 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 6) : I think that was a bit of a typo, what he meant to say was “The Lion’s opponents will kak” 😆

    @beet (Comment 4) : The cats last year???? You watch a different competition to the rest of us?

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.01.12 12:48:40 by Greg Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 7) : Sorry Greg. The L-I-O-N-S! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.01.12 12:54:24 by beet Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 7) :

    ah yes !!!!! hahah !! and Zibbie and Greg will once again dominate FL SB and LMS !!!! 😛

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.01.12 12:56:07 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 9) : Absolutely, nobody else will stand a chance!!

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.01.12 13:02:13 by Greg Reply

  • I predict there will be MANY dissappointed Supporters from various SA teams thinking their team will be the top SA team at the start of the season.

    I won’t be one of them. 😛

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.01.12 19:13:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) : agree, The Year Of The Shark!!! 🙂

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.01.12 20:38:46 by Franshark Reply
  • @Zibbie (Comment 9) : maybe come CC………
    S15…….. Ie donte thinke sowe…….. 😉

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.01.12 20:41:03 by Franshark Reply
  • Rich, your predictions sounds a lot like last years happenings….. Go Sharks.!!!!!!!

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.01.12 20:43:36 by Franshark Reply
  • @Franshark (Comment 12) : 😆

    OOPS you misunderstood me. 😳

    I’m not saying we are going to be the best SA team, I’m saying I don’t have high expectations. 🙂

  • Comment 15, posted at 04.01.12 06:19:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) : AAA man, then I don’t agree, I always have BIG expectations 😛

  • Comment 16, posted at 04.01.12 07:16:40 by Franshark Reply
  • @Rich… Isn’t there something in that 8-ball about where Pat will be playing?

    ….please let it be fh…..

  • Comment 17, posted at 04.01.12 07:48:33 by SharksRTB Reply

  • And Frans Steyn… 😎

  • Comment 18, posted at 04.01.12 07:49:08 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @SharksRTB (Comment 18) :

    FS will be playing at 12 😛

  • Comment 19, posted at 04.01.12 09:21:06 by Zibbie Reply
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  • My Predictions for 2012;
    Sharks will top conference.
    Cheetahs will beat the Stormers ,Bulls and Lions this season, and be the dark horse for a wild card position.
    Cheetahs flyhalf Johan Goosen will be key to this success however he will be shifted to fullback at some point either to accommodate Sias or because of lack of depth.
    The South African derby games will produce the least tries ,except the games between Lions and Cheetahs.
    Marcel Coetzee will step up to the plate this season and out play some senior loose forward. Arno Botha will be the other loose forward youngster to upset some springboks in the bulls camp.
    Pat Lambie will be one of the lowest scoring 10s in the South African derby behind Goosen ,Steyn and maybe even Jantjies and the rest of South Africa will call for his head at flyhalf based on this .
    Pat Lambie statistically will be the best defensive flyhalf .
    Willem Alberts or Jean Deysel will fill the lock 4 position .
    The Surprise packages of the super rugby competition ;Chiefs + Cheetahs

  • Comment 20, posted at 04.01.12 12:14:43 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent: hope we don’t play alberts and/or deysel at 4 lock.

  • Comment 21, posted at 04.01.12 12:36:45 by bergshark Reply

  • @Talent: cheetahs with a fit juan smith and brussow will be dangerous.

  • Comment 22, posted at 04.01.12 12:39:07 by bergshark Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 22) : lack good locks and wings …everything else is test level .

  • Comment 23, posted at 04.01.12 12:50:46 by Talent Reply
  • @bergshark (Comment 21) : short term i dont mind.

  • Comment 24, posted at 04.01.12 12:51:07 by Talent Reply
  • this forward pack;


    17.Van Staaden


  • Comment 25, posted at 04.01.12 13:00:28 by Talent Reply
  • daniel /deysel combo works -Deysel can be the fetch component.

  • Comment 26, posted at 04.01.12 13:01:23 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent:I think wiehahn herbst might push van staden for that place on the bench.

  • Comment 27, posted at 04.01.12 13:03:35 by bergshark Reply

  • skeat alberts and kanko can jump
    daniel first to breakdowns
    deysel fetch in a similar way to flouw.
    Kanko + daniel x factor

    Marcell could even slot in at 6, when we played the bulls id have him at 6

  • Comment 28, posted at 04.01.12 13:04:32 by Talent Reply
  • @bergshark (Comment 27) : im also inclined to think on a talent basis he would ,but van staaden is an awesome prop in loose play and can play both th and lh

  • Comment 29, posted at 04.01.12 13:06:02 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent: think we should also look to build our “fetching” game around better defence.we need to bring opp ball-carriers to the ground behind the adv line .

  • Comment 30, posted at 04.01.12 13:09:20 by bergshark Reply

  • @Talent: I’m worried looking at the amount of pens van staden gave away in past cc season. I know people say there are far fewer scrum than line-outs but the amount of pens from scrums is high.and that can shift momentum( see team on attack getting kicked back on the defensive or seeing 3 points scored against them.).

  • Comment 31, posted at 04.01.12 13:12:37 by bergshark Reply

  • I wouldve felt far happier if that fwds pack included the names of either sykes or mostert,and then rhodes to cover the lock/7 flank pos.

  • Comment 32, posted at 04.01.12 13:16:42 by bergshark Reply

  • We have an unhealthy obsession with fetchers ,not many teams have an out and out fetcher and if we look at those teams who do only one has been consistently in contention for play offs . The rest have been no where .
    The reds beat the Saders this year with no out and out fetch while the Saders had two. Good fetchers expose poor defence and unstructured attack . I read that the ab`s plan in the rwc semi was to run at pocock and commit him to making the tackle so he couldn’t pilfer the ball.

  • Comment 33, posted at 04.01.12 13:17:26 by Talent Reply
  • @bergshark (Comment 31) : i agree but surely thats something that can be worked on .

  • Comment 34, posted at 04.01.12 13:19:00 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent: sharks have been exposed at the breakdown because of lack of support for the ball-carrier (could also say ball-carrier sometimes taking wrong options and playing away from support,but sharks seem to not support the ball carrier as good as they could and should).

  • Comment 35, posted at 04.01.12 13:30:39 by bergshark Reply

  • @Talent: re: van staden’s scrumming: I’d think it would perhaps be easier to up a player’s contribution in the loose than his scrum technique..I don’t know if all the pens were legit,since one always hears that it does become “a bit of a lottery at the sceum”,but fact is the pens have been awarded.
    Who is our scrum coach/consultant at the sharks these days?

  • Comment 36, posted at 04.01.12 13:34:42 by bergshark Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 35) : see we dont need a fetch ,just to fine tune our play.

    @bergshark (Comment 36) : No idea but van staaden is a valuable player who we cant just drop -same sentiments about MB.

  • Comment 37, posted at 04.01.12 17:34:34 by Talent Reply

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