Richard Ferguson

Where is the logic?

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 12 Apr 2012 at 13:00
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The Sharks team announcement this week has lead me to think that there is something wrong within the Sharks camp, whether it be the coach or the management staff back home, but nobody seems to be effectively communicating with each other.

Three weeks ago, there was speculation and rumours as to which of the Sharks XV props would receive the call to join the tour party in Australia. We all know the answer was Nick Schonert, who flew across the Indian Ocean to join up with his mates, only to carry the tackle bags for the duration of the tour and not even get a bench appearance.

Now you might say, yes Richard, but he was there to cover the front row in case something went wrong. I agree, but why not send him over from the start, ahead of a certain Paul Jordaan, who was named in the tour party from the outset, but has not seen any rugby himself, being bracketed into the 22 jersey being the closest he got to game time on this tour.

Now surely somewhere in management a decision could have been made that no matter what happens to the team, win or lose, that Marius Joubert will have the inside lane to the bench spot and that Paul Jordaan could have been left at home to keep himself fit in the Sharks XV team, and potentially get some game time with his Baby Boks team mates as they are all on camp at the moment and will be facing Argentina this weekend.

Maybe the reason for taking him on tour was not to play him at all, but to keep him at the disposal of the Sharks instead of having him go on camp with the Baby Boks, which one can almost understand, but is surely detrimental to the player himself, who has not taken contact on a rugby field in four weeks now.

The next mind boggling addition to the squad was last when Conrad Hoffmann was rushed over the very same ocean, an even longer flight straight into New Zealand, to join up in place of an injured Odwa Ndungane. Firstly, it is far from a like-for-like replacement, with neither Odwa being a scrumhalf nor Hoffmann being a wing? There was a bit of thinking in that Lambie was injured and Michalak was doing duty at flyhalf, but there was sufficient cover within the camp in with both Meyer Bosman and Paul Jordaan willing and able flyhalves, and both McLeod and Michalak able to play nine, in any emergency. Again, a player has been flown over as cover, only to hold tackle bags and get a free holiday. In the case of a player being replaced, why did we then not take advantage of the fact that a player was going home (Ndungane) to cover the all-important hooker position, with Bismarck having already been injured at this stage?

The more I think about this, the more I wonder who exactly is making these decisions, and what their reasoning or logic is. One cannot blame the players for any of this, as they are merely given their tickets and told to hurry on over, only to sit in a foreign country and do very little.

The only emergency tour call up that has made sense to me is the one that happened in this last week, with Kyle Cooper, who should have been on tour in the first place, replacing the injured Bismarck du Plessis. Deep down I hope that Kyle takes the field, otherwise it will be another mammoth amount of money wasted.


  • i think that the calls are made by Rudolph Straeuli.he likes to have a finger in all the pies.

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.04.12 13:34:32 by pete69 Reply
  • Awesome article. I cannot for the life of me understand why they have not given Jordaan more gametime. He has performed excellently as a replacement yet we persist with Marius (the worst Joubert to ever play for a Durban based team).

    My perception is that these senior (purchased) players must have clauses in their contracts which put pressure on the selectors.

    Agree with you though, if you know a guy is definitely not going to play on tour, then leave him at home to get more gametime. See the bigger picture.

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.04.12 13:44:06 by Orelando_G Reply
  • Don’t want Jordaan going to train with baby Boks just yet…he can def. add value and x-factor if Sharks are looking to rank up some 4 try bonus points towards the end of the tournament.

    Can’t wait for Jordaan to get a proper run/chance this superugby season. I thought we would use Jordaan this season similarly to how Jacobs was used in the past…surprised to see cart horse Joubert on the bench at times.

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.04.12 13:47:29 by JJR Reply
  • Hey Richard.

    Don’t ask higher grade questions! ๐Ÿ™„

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.04.12 14:14:36 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 4) :

    I woke up on the smart side of bed this morning….

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.04.12 14:16:13 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • A losing team will result in knee jerk reactions ๐Ÿ˜ณ

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.04.12 14:17:33 by dawj Reply

  • Decisions that I can’t understand:
    Taking Paul Jordaan, and not using him
    Using Marius Joubert
    Calling up Nick Schonert, and not using him
    Using Marius Joubert
    Giving Craig Burden a sum total of six (I think) minutes playing time, out of position, until forced otherwise by injury
    Giving Marius Joubert game time
    Not taking Kyle Cooper
    Taking Marius Joubert
    Replacing Odwa Ndungane with Conrad Hoffman
    Not replacing Marius Joubert with absolutely anyone
    Having your first choice scrumhalf (Charl McCleod) and your only backup scrumhalf (Freddie, who is also the backup flyhalf) in the same starting lineup
    Having Marius Joubert in the lineup
    After all this time, still not seeing the value in having defence- and mental coaches
    After all this time, seeing value in Marius Joubert

    ‘Tis a fool that looks for logic in the chambers of Sharks management’s hearts and minds… ๐Ÿ™

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.04.12 15:17:28 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Strauli and logic in the same sentence is like military and Intelligence in the same sentence. dun mak sense. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.04.12 15:22:48 by Caratacus Reply

  • Rich, for me it is obvious.

    There is panic in the ranks, hence decisions are rash and not thought through.

    This results in knee jerk actions and selections in a ‘hop-for-the-best’ type of mindset.

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.04.12 15:28:41 by Mornรฉ Reply
  • @Culling Song (Comment 7) :

    “Taking Paul Jordaan, and not using him” these tackle bags are heavy ๐Ÿ™„ i dare say he was necessary

    “Calling up Nick Schonert, and not using him” – maybe he played very well and earned all expenses paid sightseeing tour ๐Ÿ˜†

    “Giving Craig Burden a sum total of six (I think) minutes playing time, out of position, until forced otherwise by injury” they were saving him
    “Replacing Odwa Ndungane with Conrad Hoffman” are you suggesting that Conrad is slower :mrgreen:

    “Using Marius Joubert” – even I cannot make up the answer for that one ๐Ÿ™„ ๐Ÿ™„

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.04.12 15:45:31 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 10) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    By the way, based on last year’s Currie Cup final I would suggest that Odwa could run the ball from the base of a ruck to the flyhalf faster than Conrad clears it ๐Ÿ™

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.04.12 15:54:49 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 11) : ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.04.12 16:00:39 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 7) : I can see we think along the same lines, although the first mistake was probably: signing Marius Joubert.

    I’d rather have a blind, deaf sloth on the bench than MJ.

    @rekinek (Comment 10) : If Marius Joubert is there, let him carry the tackle bags it might help his conditioning.

    It would be difficult for a prop to be slower than Odwa at the moment.

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.04.12 16:09:14 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 10) : “โ€œsing Marius Joubertโ€ โ€“ even I cannot make up the answer for that one” – he was conditioned and re-conditioned numerous times and is on a higher salary than jordaan, the sharks have to justify his pay :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.04.12 16:25:07 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 14) : Should do a Kees Lensing – who the Sharks paid even more for – and never freaking use him!

    Wasn’t Lensing’s salary R3 million a year? And he never made it past Vodacom Cup

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.04.12 16:27:24 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @Megatron (Comment 14) : they must have gotten very confused with all these conditionings and in fact reverse-conditioned him ….

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.04.12 16:39:08 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Orelando_G (Comment 2) : clauses in contracts.

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.04.12 17:29:22 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 5) : ๐Ÿ˜ˆ Great article! Yip, and it started with releasing players and buggering the Boland player around.
    There is smoke at the Sharks and the fire (or lack of it) shows in the team’s performance! ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.04.12 21:23:35 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • I can honestly say that john plumtree is the worst coach we ever had. Since Ian Mac we have always had really untalented head coaches but plum stands out due to his selections. Atleast others as bad as they were still selected and assembled the strongest squad and i could always blame the players for losing but this time its just the coach. But if he is still coach at the end of the season then i’m going to blame the idiots who keep him there.

  • Comment 19, posted at 12.04.12 21:36:10 by cody007 Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 14) : MJ is a classic example of how players can shine in European rugby but when they come back home they are shown up as unfit, unconditioned donkeys who need to be put on diet and reconditioned.

  • Comment 20, posted at 12.04.12 22:05:21 by lostfish Reply
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  • @cody007 (Comment 19) : You have obviously forgotten Kevin Putt.

  • Comment 21, posted at 12.04.12 22:05:54 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 21) : Oh and Hugh Reece Edwards . . .
    At least we won a CC with Plum, so he wasn`t all bad, just took a turn for the worse recently.

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.04.12 06:54:41 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @cody007 (Comment 19) : No way in hell is Plum a worse coach than Putt and Reece-Edwards; at least he has two Currie Cups to show for his efforts. It is concerning that our second-worst coach ever is now our back line coach though…

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.04.12 07:22:51 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 23) : HR-E’s doesn’t even have a decent coaching portfolio. He was a pretty decent fullback though.

  • Comment 24, posted at 13.04.12 08:07:26 by lostfish Reply
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