Hargreaves set for Saracens switch

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 10 Apr 2012 at 10:47
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Sharksworld has reliably learned that Sharks lock Alistair Hargreaves will move to Saracens in a few months’ time.

The former baby Bok skipper, who has played a smattering of test rugby for the Springboks, has played no part in this year’s Super Rugby campaign due to a pernicious foot injury – this is just the latest in a line of frustrating niggles that has limited his involvement in the Sharks team over the last 18 months.

Our information is that Hargreaves will sign a 2-year deal with the London club and will leave the Sharks at the end of June.


  • Good luck to him 😐

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.04.12 10:58:37 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Good Move for him, Skeate is also reaching on in years and he gets injured too often. So our Locks to take us forward are the ones currently on tour and PSDT. I like πŸ™‚ And Deysel, Alberts to be emergency backup, and we know how many quality loose forwards we have in our current squad and coming through at The Sharks XV.

    Would like to see Sharks turn quality of playing personnel into quality results on the field…been a problem the last couple of seasons.

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.04.12 10:59:29 by JJR Reply
  • Have to say that this is somewhat of a greek tragedy. Let’s be honest, Keegan Daniel isn’t a captain’s backside. Hargreaves is one of the players who has the potential to be able to step up as captain when fully fit and commanding his position.

    Steven Sykes is back but how many locks have we lost in the last few years?

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.04.12 11:04:25 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @Butchie34 (Comment 3) : Our youngsters have more ability than Hargreaves, think that’s the reason why HE is deciding to leave.

    Daniel says the right things as a captain off the field, but he can be so hot headed on the field i don’t know if he is even able to communicate the right things to the rest of the team.

    I must say i’m really worried and i am most of the time about how The Sharks prepare mentally for games…don’t think they do… πŸ™

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.04.12 11:12:12 by JJR Reply
  • @JJR (Comment 4) : I think he has a hell of a lot of ability and if you look at when our locks have outsmarted Matfield, it was Hargreaves. He really isn’t that old, I don’t think he’s even hit 26 yet so he has a hell of a long road still to go in his career.

    And the fact that he is a proven leader is just the cherry on top.

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.04.12 11:27:42 by Butchie34 Reply
  • Unfortunately Hargreaves, despite playing for the Boks, has so far not lived up to the potential he showed as junior. Whether this is due to a fault of his own, or down to poor management/coaching/selection from the Sharks, I’m not sure. However, on the face of it this appears a good move for him personally. Will be interesting to see how he fronts up in the more forward dominated NH game!

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.04.12 11:28:06 by Villie Reply
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  • Maybe they’ll toughen him up in those 2 years and then he can come back and play rugby rather than tiddlywinks.

    I was one of his big supporters, but like so many he just never REALLY got stuck in the way he should have as a senior player.

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.04.12 11:33:33 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • This is sad news indeed! Whilst I agree with the view that he hasnt lived up to the potential he showed as a junior, it worries me that we are losing local players, ala Barrit, Mike Rhodes, Pat Cilliers etc. These players need to form the nucleus of the Sharks going forward and it is sad that they seem to leave rather than stay. It is particularly sad as he is one that could be a potential vice-captain or even captain – although his performances on the field have not suggested that yet. Hopefully he comes back a better player – at least he has been capped by SA though!

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.04.12 11:41:37 by Pat Reply

  • Good luck to you Al! And if you’re reading this, I’ve enjoyed your Supersport columns so far!

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.04.12 11:43:43 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Cannot say I am very sorry. Never rated him in sr rugby, nor his captaincy ability. Never made the step-up IMHO.

    But I do wish him well. All players welcome at the Sharks…some by coming and some by leaving. 😈

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.04.12 11:59:13 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 10) : Don’t you want to let Marius Joubert know he’ll help the Sharks immediately if he disappeared into a black hole.

    He didn’t cost us the game on Friday but just seeing him run onto the field instead of Paul Jordaan makes my blood boil. It was the sure sign (for me) that it’s time Plum makes tracks. If he would rather back a hasbeen than a will-be-huge, he shouldn’t be coach.

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.04.12 12:10:57 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @Butchie34 (Comment 11) : I tend to agree.

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.04.12 12:12:39 by Uli Reply
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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 7) : So true.

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.04.12 12:12:46 by lostfish Reply
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  • Sarries must be a bit desperate for a lock because normally the northern hemisphere locks are a lot harder and get through a lot more graft on the field.

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.04.12 12:16:32 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 11) : So so so true! I also saw red on Saturday when I saw his name on the team sheet, and then when I saw him run on I just couldn’t take it anymore, and told my husband its time Plum did the right thing and resigned and then switched the tv off. 😈

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.04.12 13:11:40 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 5) : Maybe i’m just biased…cos Hargreaves is very inconsistent, and he is only good in the lineout, the rest of his game falls far short compared to our other locks. I’ll just say i don’t mind him leaving and i think Saracens is a really good move for him…he can play with Botha…other locks at sarries are Old, so Hargreaves to take their place.

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.04.12 13:48:12 by JJR Reply
  • @Butchie34 (Comment 11) : That also pissed me off…why did he bracket them then…i thought Joubert would be better in the Wet and Jordaan better in the dry…the conditions were perfectly fine and we still didn’t see Jordaan in the 22 jersey, WTH. Jordaan started out in the 22 jersey, why the last few rounds he hasn’t? He didn’t even get any real opportunities to play and then you select crap Joubert over him…can’t tell you how much stress Plum’s conservative selections has caused for me.

    Our inability to look after our own ball at ruck time is the thing that is pissing me off the most; it is a recurring problem.

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.04.12 13:52:32 by JJR Reply
  • Only a matter of time before someone like Jordaan ups and leaves as he has to sit out in favour of a player thats about 20 years past his prime πŸ‘Ώ

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.04.12 13:58:35 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Hargreaves is no great loss.

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.04.12 14:07:45 by Loosehead Reply

  • @sharks_lover (Comment 18) : I agree

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.04.12 14:23:17 by Uli Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 18) : πŸ™‚ We don’t need to worry about that, Joubert’s contract will obviously not be renewed when it expires. Jordaan will most likely get the 13 jersey(Currie Cup) when JPP goes off to the Boks…Joubert is not really being considered as a 13 anymore…he’s too slow. Lets remember Jordaan is still U/20, he will get his chance, we all just believe it should’ve come already πŸ™‚

    Bosman will get the 10 jersey when Lambie is with the Boks during Currie Cup, so 10.Bosman 12.Whitehead 13.Jordaan and i hope Mjekevu is on the bench in place of Joubert…don’t think it will happen, though, maybe Plum will be gone by then… πŸ˜†

    I reckon Plum should go back to focussing on being a forwards coach, and focus on the breakdown like he did in 07′. Nick Mallett Sharks’ Head Coach πŸ™‚

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.04.12 14:47:08 by JJR Reply
  • @JJR (Comment 21) : I love your thinking. Nick Mallett as our coach.

    I was actually thinking that we need to have bit of a split at the Sharks like they do at the Bulls with Frans Ludeke and Pine Pienaar. Plum does well at CC level, but has never achieved anything when it comes to SuperRugby. Plum should be the Vodacom Cup and Currie Cup coach and we get a far more talented coach to be our “head” coach and only concentrate on Super Rugby.

    @sharks_lover (Comment 18) : That’s my worry. Why should we lose an up and coming talent for someone who shouldn’t even be there.

    @JJR (Comment 17) : Have to say that you speak the truth in respect of Hargreaves’ consistency. He can be good and really average (haven’t seen him play really badly or spectacularly).

    I want to chase Joubert into the ocean with a shambok and if he can swim back to SA, by the time he reaches Durban he can happily play in the team, but until then… πŸ‘Ώ

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.04.12 14:59:13 by Butchie34 Reply
  • Think Al was always a bit over rated to me. that being sed, i was so dissapointed this week end. i have only watched 4 games from the sharks this season and we have lost all 4, so starting to think i am the sharks badluck charm. the sharks seem to have a problem with there game plan, aand if things go wrong there is no plan b. we run when we should kick and visa versa. i think that comes down to plum not doing his job correctly. so for me it is time for him to go. plum die bus is vol, this is your stop

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.04.12 15:27:27 by Jakes 08 Reply

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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 22) : I challenge you to try and chase MJ anywhere and with anything. 😈

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.04.12 15:28:45 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 24) : True, he might be slow but I’m slower. I’ll ask Ollie, he might have the pace to outstrip MJ. I just have to convince Mr Spur Burger that MJ is critical to the team and he’ll do it with a smile on his face πŸ‘Ώ

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.04.12 15:55:07 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @Butchie34 (Comment 22) : I want to chase Joubert into the ocean with a shambok and if he can swim back to SA, by the time he reaches Durban he can happily play in the team, but until then…”

    😯 That’s rather extreme… want to be my BFF? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 10.04.12 16:03:22 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 26) : MJ causes my blood level is rise every time I see him. Can’t help it πŸ˜†

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.04.12 16:05:50 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @Butchie34 (Comment 27) : You and me both. And that was already the case back in the days when he was still a Springbok, so you can imagine my delight at having him in the squad at present…

  • Comment 28, posted at 10.04.12 16:10:11 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 28) : Can’t agree more!

    He got chased away from WP, Cheetahs for a reason! Why bring his problems back? He always seemed to have such an attitude which annoyed the crap out of me. It seems as though it has never left.

  • Comment 29, posted at 10.04.12 16:11:56 by Butchie34 Reply

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