Sharks rope in van Niekerk

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 7 Mar 2012 at 08:00
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While it seems that Griquas prop Steph Roberts’ stay in Durban was a short-lived one indeed, the Sharks appear to have secured the services of another experienced front ranker in Boland’s Janro van Niekerk.

The 29-year-old former Paarl Boys High student played junior rugby for the Bulls way back in the early 2000’s, before finding his way back to the Boland where he’s been ever since 2005. A few appearances for the Emerging Boks at the IRB Nations Cup 2008 are the stand out event on a somewhat patchy rugby CV, although a series of strong performances in the Currie Cup First Division for the Cavaliers last year saw him called up to the Cheetahs wider training squad for Super Rugby this season.

No details have been released as to whether van Niekerk will stick around with that Sharks, or if so, on what basis that will be. All we know is that van Niekerk trained with the squad yesterday and may potentially come into the selection frame at some stage.

More on this as we get it, as always!


  • Must be honest, I really don’t know too much about this guy… anyone else seen him play? Where’s Oom PaarlBok?

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.03.12 08:22:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • Must be honest, I’d rather back our U20 players than some unknown guy.

    Its not like he is going to get vast amounts of game time, so why not put Dell or Schonert on the bench. If something goes wrong and they end up playing 60 minutes, and they are bad then, then look elsewhere.

    What if this oke is seriously off the boil as well?

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.03.12 08:26:23 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Who…???

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.03.12 08:42:04 by Ice Reply
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  • Must be honest.

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.03.12 08:43:25 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : The problem with backing young props is that there is a massive difference between junior and senior front rankers, especially when it comes to scrum time. So whilst strength and power play a part, you cant buy experience in the front row and a youngster would get eaten alive by an older more experienced opponent is his technique isnt sound. So yes the Sharks do have young props that will be coming though in the next couple of years, but in the meantime they need to get the chequebook out and get in sum quality to fill the gap in the meantime. This is the only occasion where im in favour of buying in players but our front row stocks are seriously thin! 2 injuries and we are stuffed! Its coming to the end of the NH season…and im sure a few guys wouldnt mind getting a few rand in their offseason.

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.03.12 08:56:29 by SheldonK Reply

  • Huh?

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.03.12 08:57:53 by JarsonX Reply
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  • 😀 Let’s get BJ Botha back!!! Still scrums like a beast…or should that be BEAAAASSST!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.03.12 09:12:59 by ChrisS Reply
  • @ChrisS (Comment 7) : We’re short on loosehead’s though. How is Jannie at Loosehead?

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.03.12 09:15:10 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 5) :

    You hit the nail on the head with one of your comments – “you cannot buiy experience” – so giving these youngsters time off the bench will give them this experience.

    What experience does this guy have that Schonert and Dell, both who are part of Junior Bok ranks, don’t have?

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.03.12 09:15:26 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 8) : He’s played there before and done ok

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.03.12 09:43:06 by ChrisS Reply
  • Playing for the Cavaliers. How could he have been called up to the Cheetahs training squad?

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.03.12 09:54:52 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 11) :

    Probably with one eye on signing him..

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.03.12 10:00:02 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • 😈 I am going to back this decision. He is a good player and bullied EP. He is 29 and I would believe hungry to prove himself as he was overlooked by the Bulls. I trust that the Sharks management selected a guy that fits in with the style we would like to play (someday soon) 😈

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.03.12 10:05:39 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • I watched a good amount of Janro Van Niekerk when Boland were in the CC, and trust me he is a strong guy, and scrums well…is also capable of playing both sides. He has also always been a very well conditioned prop.He’s good at carrying it up around the fringes aswell.

    Don’t worry people, he will be good for us. Welkom Janro!

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.03.12 10:05:52 by JJR Reply
  • @Ben (Comment 11) : probably in the same way that he is now training with the Sharks and that Roberts did likewise earlier. Cheetahs and Boland have many cose links since Hawies joined up with the Cheetahs.

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.03.12 10:05:53 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 13) : He should’ve been playing superugby somewhere along the line, i was always surprised to see him run out for Boland every year.

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.03.12 10:07:09 by JJR Reply
  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 9) : Yeh that was kinda my point that its pointless getting in pretty average guys to fill the gap. Either yes give the youngsters a few min off the bench each week to see how they go, or else get in quality! The Sharks just seem to not be committed to anything this year. There seems to be a lack of passion and decisiveness from both players and management.

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.03.12 10:42:46 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 17) :

    I agree with you to a certain degree..

    The prop situation did catch us off guard a bit.

    You cannot exactly blame the coaches for the fact that there are no quality props hanging around that are willing to make a loan move..

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.03.12 10:45:44 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 18) : I dunno about catching us off guard hey. Van Staaden went in the off season. That left Jannie,Beast,Chadwick and Herbst. Im not counting Redelinghuis as he has been injury prone for last few years. So thats 4 props! Surely they would think that there wud be a time when 1 if not 2 of them get injured or are unavailable. And im sure there are some props that would love to play super rugby if they were actually approached!

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.03.12 11:06:46 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 19) :

    You have to count Redelinghuys as an option though, so 5 props all in all. You wouldn’t have more than that in your Super Squad anyway.

    Two injuries in a matter of two weeks, with the sale of van Staden.. It is sudden..

    Yes, players like van Niekerk and Greef will jump at the opportunity, but players overseas in set contract will not want to come play off the bench behind Chafdwick and Herbst..

  • Comment 20, posted at 07.03.12 11:15:51 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 20) : I dunno hey. Mayb I just see it from another angle but as soon as I heard that Van Staaden’s move was permanent I knew the Sharks would be in trouble.

  • Comment 21, posted at 07.03.12 11:49:11 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 21) :

    Do you really think we are trouble though?

    I mean, a lot has to do with Jannie being in such abysmal form, even if we had Beast our scrum would be going backwards?!

  • Comment 22, posted at 07.03.12 11:52:20 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Seems like another crazy Destroyli signing.

  • Comment 23, posted at 07.03.12 12:12:57 by Stu Reply

  • This kind of move frustrates me and really damages the faith i have in the ” Brains Trust ” at the Sharks…we see WP signing new deals with their youngsters and putting faith into them…and we shun ours. disaapointing man management….Is Rudolf really thinking these things through ?

  • Comment 24, posted at 07.03.12 12:21:21 by The Duke Reply

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  • we are seeing a swing from having a Competent Forward pack and a Wishy washy backline…to a wish washy pack and a strong backline.

    bugger all balance !

  • Comment 25, posted at 07.03.12 12:23:15 by The Duke Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : Disagree, you want to throw an untested 20 year old at prop in the toughest competition in the world? Don’t let WP fool you, the caliber of their youngsters in the tight five is awesome. Plum has backed Herbst, Chadwick,Lambie, Bressler, Marcell etc.. What more must he do to satisfy you that he is prepared to give youngsters that have the talent and ability a chance? Sign the entire u21 team? Do yourself a favour and watch our game against the Bulls again and see how our youngsters were targeted and bullied by the Bull’s heavies. Even better, get Bressler to shed some light.

  • Comment 26, posted at 07.03.12 12:42:06 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 26) :

    So give an untested 29 year old a go? Is that what you are saying?? A prop that has done absolutely NOTHING to prove that he can even match the game that Dell and Schonert bring.

    If this oke was good enough to play Super Rugby, the Cheetahs or someone somewhere would have signed him..

  • Comment 27, posted at 07.03.12 12:44:46 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 26) :

    And he has satisfied me with his continued selection of our youth, I think it is brilliant.

    I just disagree with giving some hass-been prop a couple of Super Rugby caps while our own talent can get that valuable experience in game time at the toughest level.

  • Comment 28, posted at 07.03.12 12:45:54 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 28) : have to agree with you !

  • Comment 29, posted at 07.03.12 13:26:24 by The Duke Reply

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  • People Chillax, a LOAN(If it was a long term deal we would know about it via Sharks website) signing is what we needed, what’s the problem?! Our younger props are age 20 below, do we really want a 20 year old playing against the Franks in his first taste of senior rugby? Don’t think it is a good idea.

    Janro has been around the Block, has scrummed well against CC opposition when Boland were in the Currie Cup and was key to Boland beating Kings to the First division title last year. At around 28 years old he has got a good amount of experience and he also scrummed Cilliers in the CC a while back. If i was looking for a guy to bring in, he would’ve been the guy.

    Well done Rudolf!!

  • Comment 30, posted at 07.03.12 13:42:38 by JJR Reply

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