Skeate is off – confirmed

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 18 May 2012 at 11:19
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To follow up on a rumour we reported yesterday, Sharks lock Ross Skeate has confirmed that he will leave Durban to join French club side Agen ahead of the 2012-2013 European season.

Skeate, who played for WP and the Stormers for many years before embarking on his first French adventure with Toulon, joined the Sharks as a big-name signing ahead of the 2010 Currie Cup. He played just a smattering of games in that competition before picking up an injury which ruled him out of action for the rest of the year. A bit-part in 2011’s Super Rugby was followed by a solid Currie Cup campaign, in which he played 14 times and emerged as one of the best players of the season.

This brief injury hiatus was not to last, though, with Skeate duly injuring himself again in the 3rd round of Super Rugby this year and failing to recover in time to play any further role in the competition. With his current Sharks deal set to end on 30 June this year, Skeate will leave Durban having played just 28 times (20 Currie Cup and 8 Super Rugby) over the course of those two years.

We’d like to wish Ross well for the future and hope that his luck with injury improves on the softer fields of South-West France.


  • Au revoir Skeato..

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.05.12 11:27:35 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I’ve liked what Skeate has done, but his signing has been yet another bad investment by the Sharks in terms of value for money. Still streets ahead of Mostert, Hoffman and Joubert though…

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.05.12 11:51:30 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 2) : he’s also taller than Danny de Vito, since we’re making comparisons ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.05.12 11:53:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : If it wasn’t for the fact that I’ve decided to tone down my personal attacks on him, I’d be tempted to say that Danny de Vito would have been been a better signing than MJ… oops ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.05.12 12:07:01 by Culling Song Reply
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  • This signing pretty much guarantees PSdT’s continued involvement in the senior side so not all together sad news.

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.05.12 12:11:11 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 4) : ๐Ÿ˜†

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.05.12 12:28:22 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • Adieu grand homme! tout le meilleur et rappelez-vous, cuisses de grenouilles goรปt de poulet :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.05.12 12:29:40 by Scott B Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 5) : I think losing Hargreaves and Skeate means we’re going to have to find an established replacement for the No.5 Lock role. Bresler isn’t a natural No.5, neither is Marais and PSdT is only 19. @robdylan Who do you think would be on our shopping list?

    Oh, and cheers Skeate-O!

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.05.12 13:01:55 by MerckZ Reply

  • Best of luck Skeato ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.05.12 13:04:33 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Wonder if the Pixie is going with..?

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.05.12 13:10:18 by Ice Reply
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  • @MerckZ (Comment 8) : Our signings in recent years have left MUCH to be desired. I think we’re better off backing PSdT – even if he is 19.

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.05.12 13:15:23 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @MerckZ (Comment 8) : Lambie was a Bok at 20, so the age thing doesnt concern me.

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.05.12 13:41:30 by Scott B Reply
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  • Just hope there’s a bigger plan. Sykes only has a 1 year contract and now we let Skeate go along with Hargreeves..hope we are getting Rhodes back.

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.05.12 14:23:59 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 13) : surely they must extend Sykes’ deal?

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.05.12 14:29:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • It is winter here idiot

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.05.12 14:31:28 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Cheers Skeato. Hope you make some big bucks.

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.05.12 14:40:54 by Ben Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 15) : Haha your comment makes no sense any more. But I know what it was about. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.05.12 15:36:01 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 17) : enlighten the rest of us please

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.05.12 15:54:14 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 18) : Some yank posted an advert about summer clothing that’s on sale. Rob deleted the comment.

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.05.12 16:43:11 by Ben Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : I just want Rhodes back mate…We’d hope they would extend his contract. Something tells me that he signed a one year contract and him staying in SA will depend on whether he makes the Boks.

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.05.12 16:55:35 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 11) : Etsebeth is also 19, If you are good enough you are old enough,

    I dont think we should wait till pension time before wanting to play them.

    PSDT is ripe to play right now as is sykes and Bresler, so for me we are doing well enough without Skeate and Hargreaves, no need to buy

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.05.12 17:02:33 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 19) : along with the user ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.05.12 17:14:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 20) : Mike Rhodes? Why?

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.05.12 17:14:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : Trace him down and sue the f#cker! ๐Ÿ˜†

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.05.12 17:20:48 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 24) : ja… cos finding some random dude using a made-up email address is mos easy ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Comment 25, posted at 18.05.12 17:22:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : You IT gurus have your ways. Send him a virus or something. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 18.05.12 17:24:20 by Ben Reply
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  • @Scott B (Comment 12) : I’m not saying that he’s too young to play, but inevitably in a young player’s development there will be hiccoughs. It will be better for the Sharks and for PSdT to have an experienced No.5 Lock ahead of him, to mentor him and with whom to rotate. I have no doubt that he’ll be a top notch player for the Sharks in the years to come, but it would be foolhardy not to look to find a replacement for Skeate/Hargreaves.

  • Comment 27, posted at 18.05.12 17:45:30 by MerckZ Reply

  • @MerckZ (Comment 27) :
    No no no. Then we sign some dude for 2 years and the likes of PSDT/Bresler/Marais bros moves on. Just like Rhodes did. And then three years down the line we say: “We must get PSDT/Bresler/Marais back”!!!!!

  • Comment 28, posted at 18.05.12 18:42:23 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • “It will be better for the Sharks and for PSdT to have an experienced No.5 Lock ahead of him, to mentor him and with whom to rotate.”

    Sharks and ‘rotate’ in the same sentence? Not in this lifetime! ๐Ÿ™„

  • Comment 29, posted at 18.05.12 18:45:42 by Ben Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : He’s a 100% KZN boy, he has the skill, talent, passion, right aggression (never stands back to anyone) required to dominate opponents at this level, he stands at 1.98m and is very strong. I just feel that we are a little light in the second row and would love to have him to counter the likes of Eben in the future. I’m old school and still believe the game is won upfront, if your tight five dominates the opponenet in all aspects, the game is 50% in the bag. Imagine a tight five containing Beast, Bissie, Jannie, Sykes/Bressler and Rhodes!!! Add Marcel, Alberts and Keegan…with the other guys on the bench. Our pack is good, still waiting for our locks to deliver that Eben performance though. Just think Rhodes can fill that void.

  • Comment 30, posted at 18.05.12 18:48:57 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • And suddenly the lock cupboard was bare.

  • Comment 31, posted at 18.05.12 19:35:03 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 31) : The curse of the nomad lock strikes again! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Comment 32, posted at 18.05.12 21:53:04 by vanmartin Reply
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  • The Sharks’ player acquisitions over the last handful of years have left a lot to be desired. Especially when seen in the light of the players who have left in the same period. Far too many bit part, journeyman, over-the-hill type players being signed…. *ahem* who is responsible for these acquisitions? Strooli?

    Whitehead and Alberts are two glaring exceptions in the last 4 years.

  • Comment 33, posted at 18.05.12 22:10:10 by siorc Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 30) : and what are we going to do about the fact that his knee is stuffed?

  • Comment 34, posted at 19.05.12 00:23:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • From being in a position where we had a tradition for having great worls class locks, we seem to be a bit short at the moment. Thinking back names like Visagie, atherton, andrews and muller come to mind. They were players who on any given match could dominate their opposition and they all had the most important factor – reputation. Lately we seem to be bleeding locks like no other union on the planet … Were buying stop gap fillers and playing flanks as locks aka dysel. Were playing young locks earlier than we should out of nesessity. The result we have average locks with no reputation. Bressler is only now starting to play well. I hope they continue with him. I hope they buy another lock as a stopgap to allow our 19 year old locks to grow at age group level so when they do step up they come with rep

  • Comment 35, posted at 19.05.12 08:34:58 by byron Reply

  • @byron (Comment 35) : Or they can do it the way the Stormers did with Etzebeth and let him build his rep at S15 level.

  • Comment 36, posted at 19.05.12 08:38:58 by KSA Shark ยฉ Reply

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  • @KSA Shark ยฉ (Comment 36) : dude – the way you go on about Etsebeth, I swear you have a poster of him in your room ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Comment 37, posted at 19.05.12 09:06:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • Etsebeth had already built up a rep in the Varsity cup … and he was special then – Ask Rudolph he tried to sign him then

  • Comment 38, posted at 19.05.12 10:58:48 by byron Reply


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