So there’s actually rugby news out there

Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Lions, Original Content, Sharks, Springboks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 16 Jan 2012 at 09:28
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It seems that the dreaded off season is drawing to a close and we are finally starting to get rugby news that we actually care about. Cricket commentary will dominate these pages for another 1 or 2 days at most but it won’t be long before normal service resumes.


The hottest news/gossip at the moment is that of the Springbok coaching position, the blazers at SARU will announce their man in under a fortnight and while it seemed that they had a clear plan from the outset and that Gert Smal was their man we should have all known better and that there would have to be a bit of silliness involved. Heyneke Meyer, who had made himself unavailable for the post seems to have done an about turn and is now keen for another bite at the cherry. If rumours are to be believed SARU are split down the middle on this one, the final week should be interesting. Rassie Erasmus has had his name thrown about as a technical director for the Bok gig but he has rubbished the claims this morning which probably means he has the job. Rassie is a strange one.


The Sharks have pulled themselves out of the annual Neo Africa Tri Series that is held at Newlands with coach John Plumtree saying that they did not want face the Stormers twice in quick succession, the Cheetahs have filled in their spot on the bill. As reported on this website versatile prop Eugene van Staden will be looking to further his stay in France. Van Staden answered an SOS from Biarritz after another South African prop Eduard Coetzee had to retire prematurely.  JL Potgieter has also secured an early release from his Sharks contract having lost his spot to the meteoric rise of one Pat Lambie. Paul Jordaan has been release from the Baby Bok squad and it seems that the Sharks coaches have big plans for the youngster.


The Stormers have just lost the services of their DOR Rassie Erasmus, there is a major debate raging practically everywhere as to whether this was a good or bad thing, on the one hand the Stormers have lost the services of one of the greatest rugby brains out there, on the other it seems they have lost a paranoid disruptive figure. Rumours of a rift in the management team were rife with certain members of the coaching squad looking for employment elsewhere due to poor contracting etc. Coach Allister Coetzee is still sweating on two major players to return to full fitness, Duane Vermuelen and Andries Bekker have still not participated in full contact sessions yet and he is hoping that they will be able to get a hit out in the Tri Series. The Stormers have just returned from a team building camp in Hermanus.


The Lions have just named Josh Strauss as their captain for the Super Rugby campaign. They will be looking to carry their impressive Currie Cup form into the campaign and their is no doubt coach John Mitchell has been drilling the lads into an extremely well conditioned unit, while his no nonsense approach alienated him in Australia it seems to be working a charm in the Republic of  SA, I guess we just build them tougher here, the players probably had stricter coaches at primary school.  On a slightly more negative side the union seems to be struggling financially and it was reported recently that the Guma group wants the Union liquidated.


The Cheetahs will participate in the Sharks place in the Neo Africa Tri Series this year, it will be their first appearance in this warmup series and will be a good hit out for the central union and they will be travelling with a squad of 30. Inspirational captain Juan Smith is still out injured with the achilles injury that forced his withdrawal from the RWC squad  and prop Coenie Oosthuizen is nursing a neck injury, both players will not travel to Cape Town.


News coming out of the kraal is a bit slow but we know that Pierre Spies and Wynand Olivier have been names captain and vice-captain respectively, Olivier however has broken a small bone in his wrist and will be out for a few extra weeks.  Fudge Mabeta has been ruled out of the entire Super rugby campaign after being involved in a car  accident and Francois Hougaard will be played primarily at 9 ahead of the the vastly experienced Jano Vermaak. The Bulls will probably rotate these two regularly and Hougaard will be able to cover wing if necessary.


  • Its about time super rugby season started again, i guess we did have the 7’s and overseas rugby…BUT…its super rugby that gets our blood pumping!!!

    BRING IT ON!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.01.12 10:23:02 by Barrel Reply
  • In other news….Oupa Stef apparently made 4 linebreaks for Ulster in a game against Leicester Tiger where Ruan also kicked 21 points for a 41-7 thumping.

    Now this begs the question……Is the standard of rugby in the NH really THAT bad that Oupa managed 4 linebreaks??? 😈 😈 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.01.12 10:27:14 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Boland vs Stormers this Saturday in a televised warm-up game. Should be interesting to see how much Boland have really improved. They dominated the First Division, but how good are they really?

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.01.12 10:29:37 by StevieS Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 2) : I read that this morning and thought the exact same thing

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.01.12 10:32:50 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @StevieS (Comment 3) : They have a good coach in Loffie but Its still pretty much going to be one way traffic

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.01.12 10:33:28 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Rassie said in an interview he’d love the DOR for the Boks job, but doubt if they will look at him – also said he believes a bok coach should be older – round 50 – he recons he is too young still…but my guess is if he is offered the job, he’ll take it.

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.01.12 11:04:41 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 6) : Rassie is sneaky and sly. He wants the behind the scenes job with all the perks and pay but without having his head on the chopping block like a coach does.

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.01.12 11:29:59 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 6) : 🙄

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.01.12 11:30:42 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @StevieS (Comment 3) : @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 4) : Come On Boland !! 😈 😈

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.01.12 11:47:22 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 2) : Is Oupa playing centre or fullback for them?

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.01.12 11:54:29 by mbay-shark Reply

  • @mbay-shark (Comment 10) :

    Sounds like he played fullback.

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.01.12 12:08:17 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 11) : Exactly where he should`ve been playing for us . . .

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.01.12 12:14:44 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Just looking forward to the rugby starting, getting gatvol of all the talk and no action.Are the warm up games being televised?

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.01.12 12:23:24 by Jakes 08 Reply

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  • Go Oupa Stef!!! 😈

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.01.12 12:25:09 by JarsonX Reply
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  • I cant wait for the rugga (the real rugga) to start 😛

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.01.12 12:27:12 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Jakes 08 (Comment 13) : The Stormers Boland game will be on the box this weekend 😎

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.01.12 13:00:25 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Ok my predictions for this year
    1. The Sharks/Stormers will win the conference but both will fail in the play off games
    2. The Lions will not get the wooden spoon but still fininsh bottom of the SA teams
    3. Peter de Villiers wont be named Bok coach but it will be a suprise selection
    4. THE NEW BOK coach will select mainly Bulls, Stormers and Sharks but will fail in the 4 nations and will only beat Argentinia
    5. Either the Lions or Cheetahs will win the CC, but the final will be either in Durban or Cape Town

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.01.12 13:59:11 by Mutley Reply
  • @Mutley (Comment 17) : The Cheetahs? What am I missing here?
    As I recall the rankings at the moment looks a little more like this :
    Lions, Sharks / WP ( anyone`s guess really as neither team can win their home games ), Cheetahs, Bulls, GW, Boland, Pumas, Leopards, Kings. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.01.12 14:14:52 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @mbay-shark (Comment 10) : @Pokkel (Comment 11) : the game I saw he payed on the wing….

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.01.12 14:46:38 by Franshark Reply

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