Boots – you legend!

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 1 Jun 2012 at 09:00
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A lot has already been written about fan favourite Jacques Botes reaching a milestone of 100 Super Rugby caps for the Sharks, but we’d like to weigh in with our own little tribute to the great man as well.

Christened Louis Jacques Botes, back in Johannesburg nearly 32 years ago, the plucky flanker took the hard road on his way to rugby stardom, missing out on the Craven Week and junior rugby “fast track” that so many of his peers have enjoyed. After matriculating at the unfashionable Potchefstroom Gimnasium, Boots went on to study at Tukkies, where he first caught the eye of coach Dick Muir.

It was only after 3 hard years of graft in the unfashionable colours of the Pumas that the tough-as-nails loose forward was offered a Sharks contract, coming in under the blanket of controversy that surrounded Kevin Putt’s “no-name brand shopping spree” back in 2005. As an unheralded and completely unknown 25 year old, few, at that point, would have anticipated Botes going on to amass 200 caps for the Sharks, as those procured alongside him were culled from the squad one by one.

In a rare stroke of luck, though, it was Botes’s old club coach Muir who duly replaced Putt at the helm and the faith he showed in the player was richly rewarded. Jacques went on to star for the side over the next few years, proving such an indispensable cog in the wheel that he played every single Super Rugby and Currie Cup game for the Sharks for four season (2006-2009). Time has moved on and Jacques has got older, but despite the veritable plethora of loose forwards that have made their way to Durban since he arrived, somehow he always manages to demonstrate continued value, to the extent that he stays in (or near) the match 22.

His 100th Super Rugby cap against the Stormers last week goes together with the 100th Currie Cup cap he picked up in last year’s semi-final against the Cheetahs (ironically, he was dropped for the final) to make him the second most-capped Sharks player ever, behind Stefan Terblanche. In this day and age of ever-increasing separation between Super Rugby and Currie Cup squads, dual-centurions like Jacques are sure to become a rare commodity indeed, making it all the more important to treasure him and marvel at what he has achieved.

Aside from the caps, he’s also scored 25 tries in Super Rugby and 35 in the Currie Cup, far and away the leading forward points scorer in both of those competitions. True to his modest self, though, Botes refuses to dwell on the milestone, giving all the glory to the Maker he credits for all he achieved, while putting his head down and concentrating on giving his all against the Lions this weekend.

Jacques Botes, we salute you and a true hero in black and white!


  • Congrats Boots!

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.06.12 09:02:50 by PTAShark Reply
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  • Congratulations Boots! Here’s to the next 100!

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.06.12 09:06:31 by Die Kriek Reply

  • Well Done Indeed.

    Our most effective fetcher and always one of the first names on my teamsheet. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.06.12 09:18:33 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Not just an underrated fetcher, but also one of the best supporting players at the Shark. Always just seem to be there to keep the ball alive

    Well done

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.06.12 09:22:31 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Congrats Jacques, thanks Dick.

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.06.12 09:31:54 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Congrats Boots! One of the best supporting players, just have a gift for knowing where the right spot will be to pop up in.

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.06.12 09:37:34 by KingRiaan Reply

  • Absolute Sharks legend! Congrats Jacques!

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.06.12 10:00:30 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Congratulations Jacques!

    Been a hard grafter for years, always fit and raring to go. I think one only truly appreciates his play when watching live – this dude throws himself into rucks like a demented kamikaze pilot!

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.06.12 10:07:16 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Like terblanche he is a great role model to any up and coming player tryna make their mark in the rugby world..not everyone has talent like the goosens or the steyns but hard graft and self motivation to push yourself can get you into any team..well done botes..I put you up there with the greats of sharks and sa rugby and I hope you continue to muster on…

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.06.12 10:27:51 by shaniboi Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 8) : would have him in any of my teams no doubt!

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.06.12 10:28:49 by shaniboi Reply

  • huurah!

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.06.12 10:29:30 by SharksRTB Reply

  • Always thought he was unlucky not to wear the Green and Gold. Still rate him as a great player

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.06.12 10:41:04 by Mutley Reply
  • Well dond Namesake 😎

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.06.12 10:43:02 by JarsonX Reply
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  • well done Jacques !! πŸ˜›

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.06.12 10:46:01 by rekinek Reply
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  • What a staatmaker!!! Congrats Boots!

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.06.12 11:43:59 by Ice Reply
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  • He was in matric at “unfashionable Potchefstroom Gimnasium” when i was in std 6…. What a great guy all round! Congrats Jacques, jy hou Potch Gim se naam hoog. BTW, Gim het Volkies gewen die naweek! πŸ˜€

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.06.12 20:39:26 by VanWilder Reply

  • Very well done Jacques!

    I’ve met this guy one time and he seems like such a lovely down to earth guy.

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.06.12 02:38:14 by Ben Reply
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  • JB… Absolutely a fan favorite, you have served the Sharks and its family with distinction.. We salute you for that…
    Well done and keep up the good work as long as it last…

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.06.12 07:54:39 by Franshark Reply
  • @VanWilder (Comment 16) : it wasn’t meant as a slur… one of my closest friends went to Gimmies. Just that it’s not a school known for producing great rugby players.

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.06.12 08:50:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • According to my Super Rugby App whenever Botes plays for the Sharks, the Sharks win 75% of their games. That’s amazing. l think that’s the highest ratio of all the Sharks players

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.06.12 12:41:06 by Mocho Reply

  • @VanWilder (Comment 16) : and a tiny school like Christiana beat Ferdinand Postma! U/16 beat them 62 zilch!

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.06.12 15:31:35 by Ice Reply
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  • @VanWilder (Comment 16) : was Alex Jay not also a Potch Boys higher?

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.06.12 15:32:33 by Ice Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : i know, weve produced a few good players over the years, including Pietman van Niekerk who played for the Lions, but surely my favourite is jacques. I saw him after a match a few years back, and he remembered me by name. He`s THAT type of guy.

    @Ice (Comment 21) : Yip, but Ferdies is a girls school, if you know what i mean… πŸ˜‰ jokes aside, its a good school, but not really interested in rugby.

  • Comment 23, posted at 05.06.12 10:57:28 by VanWilder Reply


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