Sharksworld Team of the Currie Cup 2012

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content, Sharks, WP on 31 Oct 2012 at 11:00
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Unfortunately I cannot write this with the elation of a winning supporter but must again admit that we were beaten by the better (or maybe smarter) team on the day and were once again outplayed in a final. Congratulations to the ultimate winners! WP you deserve this trophy and it must be so much sweeter having waited for it for 11 years. We hope that you’ll have to wait 11 more for another trophy. (-;

Having topped the log the Sharks and their players were the most consistent performers and that reflects in our numbers with the Sharks taking 7 spots in our final team. Griquas completely missed out on the play-offs, but is the next best team with 3 spots. The Lions and the Cheetahs each took 2 spots and surprisingly, the new Currie Cup Champions only took 1 spot, which just goes to show it counts for shit to play good during the season if you’re not going to pull in through at the final hurdle.

Here’s the team put together based on our team of the week selections and individual selections throughout the season.

15. Louis Ludik
By far the outstanding fullback of this Currie Cup, with only Willie le Roux and Andries Coetzee providing any contest, Ludik and his supporters might feel a little hard done by his exclusion from the Springbok EOYT squad, but he’ll do well to continue his committed performances in Super Rugby 2013, instead of dwelling on why this season’s form wasn’t enough.

14. Odwa Ndungane
His injury just before the play-offs when he was in such good form might have had an influence on the final’s result, but if we’re honest Odwa would not have been able to make a difference to the line-outs. Hopefully injuries will stay away for him and he’ll put pressure on our younger wings with the type of form he showed in his last few games.

13. Paul Jordaan
There is certainly something there. He has pace to burn and smart on defence. And when playing inside a good inside centre that can get over the advantage line and put him into some space he’ll be valuable for the Sharks in 2013. He has room to grow, but he’s still only 20 years old, so that’s to be expected.

12. Meyer Bosman
He was moved to Flyhalf as soon as Tim Whitehead made his return from injury and then dropped to the bench without a second thought with Lambie’s return, but Meyer Bosman was certainly a consistent pillar in the Sharks backline and even though he might not be one of those guys who has sublime performances that supporters and coaches alike gush about, he never let his team down once and was acknowledged regularly in our team of the week for that.

11. Raymond Rhule
A young man with a bright future that seems to be well on its way already with his inclusion in the Springbok EOYT squad, Rhule is fast and nimble and if he does get caught is strong in the tackle, his selection is somewhat debatable, as he’s not has not even played Super Rugby yet, but no one can deny his talent and potential and as long as the Bok coaches help him grow and gain experience I can’t complain.

10. Elton Jantjies
When Elton was dropped from the Springbok Rugby Championship team he came back and showed the Bok selectors what they were missing. He even did enough to get his first Springbok cap from the bench against the All Blacks. Both he and Patrick Lambie has been the form flyhalves in South Africa for the past 2 to 3 years, whether they will ever take the field on the EOYT is another question.

9. Cobus Reinach
He forged his place into the Sharks starting line-up with a few excellent, mature performances and kept the experienced Charl McLeod on the bench. He is an outstanding talent, but when the finals came it seems the pressure of the occasion might have gotten to him just a bit. It wasn’t his best game, but one can only hope that he will be given the chance to grow in Super Rugby 2013.

8. Keegan Daniel
Captain Keegan Daniel, he’s such an interesting captain and player. He’s still relatively young and has already captained his team to 3 finals. Does the fact that all those finals were failures count against him as captain? If it does then surely getting to three finals should count for him?
I’ve personally grown to admire him as a captain and a player and although he might not fit into the Springbok coach’s plans, I feel if the coach was willing to adapt his plans and use Keegan more specifically to his skills he would great in and against any team.

7. Jean Deysel
He had a quiet season back from a long injury, but he should be pleased with his progress and more importantly the fact that he made it through an entire season without a single injury scare. Hopefully next season he will gain some confidence and form and push hard for a starting spot in the Sharks Super Rugby team. If he can regain his ground skills and playing more to the ball, more like an opensider he may just be invaluable to the Sharks’ cause.

6. Marnus Schoeman
He’s still very raw in what he does and still needs to perfect his skills in the ruck, but after Heinrich Brüssow and to a lesser extent Deon Stegmann (who is less effective, because of his penalty rate), he looks to be one of the few effective ball stealers in South Africa. The lack of importance we put on players who effectively play to the ball in this country is baffling. Of the many excellent flankers there’s only a handful that understands the role of an openside flanker.

5. Martin Muller
The most impressive part of Martin Muller’s play is his ability to control his team’s line-outs and disrupt that of the opposition. His general play is good or on par, but his ascendancy in this set piece is worth gold and if he can continue in this vein of form, he should be picked up by a big union lacking in this area sooner rather than later!

4. Ligtoring Landman
He was a very strong performer throughout this Currie Cup with strong ball carries and abrasive defence he kept his team on the front foot and in with a chance of gaining the upper hand in every game. It will be interesting to see if he is drafted into the Cheetahs Super Rugby side and whether he can continue this good form for them.

3. Marcel van der Merwe
He’s a young loosehead playing tighthead and put in strong performances in both positions. He is still very young for this position, but looks to be a strong scrummager and willing to carry to ball, with a high work rate. He’s definitely one to keep an eye on next year.

2. Scarra Ntubeni
He took his chances with all the injuries in WP’s back row and the move of their captain and starting hooker to cover these injuries and looked to be a certain starter with the predicted move of Deon Fourie to Toulon, but Fourie has since confirmed that he will stay with province and young Ntubeni will have to be satisfied with a bench spot.

1. JC Janse van Rensburg
After an impressive 2011 season he was asked to take over the captaincy for his struggling team in this year’s Currie Cup. JC is a strong scrummager and has been the outstanding player in his position this season. The only thing that counts against him when it comes to being noticed for higher honours is that he is one of those consistent performers that don’t necessarily stand out with flamboyant runs or hairstyles.


  • No place for Deon Fourie????

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.10.12 11:14:14 by Volstruis Reply
  • You must be joking!

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.10.12 11:19:14 by Zandman Reply
  • Personally, I would have made a few changes to this team..

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.10.12 11:30:01 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Can’t disagree too much I guess because the Sharks did make the final, and unlike WP had pretty much the same bunch of players throughout the season.

    But yeah, it must be tough being fair and picking players from the team that just snatched the CC from you.

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.10.12 11:31:21 by hendrikp Reply

  • Good team!

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.10.12 11:32:14 by Die Kriek Reply

  • Also, I don’t know where Ntubeni will come in for the Stormers next year.

    You would assume that one of Tiaan Liebenberg or Deon Fourie will be the starting hooker, and the other would take the bench.

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.10.12 11:32:45 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 6) :

    Yeah – I read that Fourie made it clear that he is a hooker and will return to the front row for Super Rugby next year.

    Scarra will do well to move, I think..

  • Comment 7, posted at 31.10.12 11:34:05 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • J.C. Janse van Rensburg
    Ryno Barnes
    Jacobie Adriaanse
    Michael Rhodes
    Anton Bresler
    Deon Fourie
    Justin Downey
    Keegan Daniel
    Jaco Reinach
    Elton Jantjies
    Rocco Jansen
    Tim Whitehead
    Robert Ebersohn
    Raymond Rhule
    Louis Ludik

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.10.12 11:35:54 by Morné Reply
  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 7) :

    TBH I’d almost prefer Liebenberg were the one to move…

    But then I don’t think you can or should invest fully in a player who doesn’t have the physical attributes to be the complete package (that being Ntubeni).

    How I wish Adriaan Strauss would move to Cape Town :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 31.10.12 11:40:43 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 9) :

    The way the Cheetahs are losing players, I wouldn’t rule a big move out for either Strauss or Coenie..

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.10.12 11:43:46 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Looks like the Brumbies could very soon have another two afrikaners in their midst, alongside Ettienne Oosthuizen of course.

    I know of Mark Swanepoel… a good scrumhalf.

    Know nothing of the other though. Name is Stephan van der Walt.


  • Comment 11, posted at 31.10.12 11:45:28 by hendrikp Reply

  • @Morné (Comment 8) : Pretty sure Jaco Reinach is too old to even make a Currie Cup team 😉

  • Comment 12, posted at 31.10.12 11:47:05 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 10) :

    Can’t see it. Besides, if Strauss were to move, I’d imagine he would go to Pretoria. Not something I necessarily want to see happen 😆

  • Comment 13, posted at 31.10.12 11:48:32 by hendrikp Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 7) :

    I doubt Scarra would leave anytime soon.

    He is big mates with Kolisi and I think the union has invested too much in him to allow him to leave.

    It reminds me of Burden having to wait in the wings while John and Bismarck were your top two hookers. 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 31.10.12 11:52:39 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 14) : Difference being that John and Bismarck are two damn good hookers.

  • Comment 15, posted at 31.10.12 12:12:57 by molly Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 7) : scarra throws better than fourie…

  • Comment 16, posted at 31.10.12 12:15:31 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 16) :

    He also throws better than both Burden and Cooper!

  • Comment 17, posted at 31.10.12 12:25:43 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 8) : Just to make it clear, these selections are based on the players who made it into our team of the week the most during the season.

    I agree Ryno was good, but still thought Ntubeni had better moments.

    It was a close one between Jacobie/Lourens and Marcell … Marcell got it because he also got selected twice at tighthead.

    Micheal Rhodes only started playing good rugby in the last few games … consistency over form here.

    Anton needs to figure out his lineout stuff with his union. It doesn’t look good for a number-5 lock when your team can’t consistently take their own line outs. Muller got into our team 5 times throughout the season.

    Deon was influential in the Final and semi’s, but made our team only once at 6 and once at 2. Again, Marnus was mentioned in this position more often than Deon, but I would say Fourie is the better player at this stage.

    Justin Downey was dropped for Wesley Wilkens halfway through the competition. Other players like Don Arman, Arno Botha, JC Stander, Jaco Kriel… all had really good games at 7, but none of them was selected here consistently.

    Rocco and Raymond both played 11, we didn’t select players out of position. But if we did that would have been fair.

    Tim only joined the Sharks halfway through the comp, and I thought lost form in his last few games. He was only selected once in our team, bosman was selected 4 times. Brache was the closest contender with 2.

    Robert Ebersohn was nowhere in this comp imo. And did not get selected in our team once. Lionel Mapoe on the other hand when he started playing at 13 was strong opposition for Paul. Lionel got selected 3 times in our team Paul 4.

  • Comment 18, posted at 31.10.12 12:26:03 by Letgo Reply
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  • http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/CurrieCup/WP-throw-money-at-fans-20121031

    LOL !!!

  • Comment 19, posted at 31.10.12 12:39:23 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @SharksRTB (Comment 19) : Purely from a safety perspective – that is such a retarded thing to do.

  • Comment 20, posted at 31.10.12 12:42:32 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 17) : Everyone does 😥

  • Comment 21, posted at 31.10.12 13:12:57 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 12) :

    He is still my hero! 🙂

  • Comment 22, posted at 31.10.12 13:21:49 by Morné Reply
  • I really hope Ligtoring Landman makes the Cheetahs Super Rugby team next year. Can’t wait to hear how the Nah Silland commentators pronounce that name.

  • Comment 23, posted at 31.10.12 13:43:56 by Orelando_G Reply

  • Just shows how wrong you got it during the season… 😉

  • Comment 24, posted at 31.10.12 20:59:01 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Good team in principal… Would have mentioned Mapoe at 13 for impact and pure match winning quality…

    My team:
    15 ludick… There can be only one!
    14 O Ndungane… Kuros!
    13. Mapoe.. Barring injury, would’ve been his 2nd year as top CC nr13
    12. Bosman… But for the lack of consistent other performances.
    11. Rhule… Point.
    10. Lambie, I’m not a fan but who knows what would be if he wasn’t collecting 5min caps for the boks. He dispelled my doubts about him in his performances the last 2 weeks.. Demitri as close 2nd (how is that for a Lions supporter)
    9. Reinach… If Karma is too be believed, he’ll surpass his fathers legend… Real talent.
    8. Keegan… Unstoppable at CC level… ‘Nough said!
    7. CJ Stander… Watch this guy… Whenever he played, he was magic…except in the semis…
    6.Deon Fourie…was a star,if only just pipping Schoeman.
    5.Martin Muller… Nuff said!
    4. Micheal Rhodes… Limited playing time through injury but full value for every appearance… A special talent that has the X-factor
    3. Jacobie Adriaanse… Toughest scrumager in the whole comp and put pressure on all his opponents.
    2. Craig Burden… If he played all the games, he would’ve been undisputed… (Can we say) pity about his bok call-up…?
    1. JC… Played the part, lead like William Wallace and just an awesome guy… What every coach, player, man, woman and in-law would want?…

  • Comment 25, posted at 31.10.12 22:06:45 by blesbeer Reply

  • @blesbeer (Comment 25) : Sorry to say but Burden played poorly after returning from the bokke. Missing a jumper is one thing but missing the whole lineout and almost hitting the backs there is no words for that. I like Burden a lot but he must work on the basics of playing at 2 – LINEOUT THROWING or he would not get picked for much longer!!! Seeing Burden and Cooper in the last two matches just reminded me how much we missing Bissy.

  • Comment 26, posted at 31.10.12 23:20:33 by JD Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 11) : a player that is also going to make a dabut this year(if he passed his exams) is Willie Du PLessis son of springbok willie-he played for the univerdaty of sydney since the age of 19 and finishes his studies this year where he will be joining the warathas. But I am not sure if he is still in the mix info based on a article I read a year ago. But he is a big and fast boy and is consistently amoung the top try scorers in the universaty shield(closed to our currie cup in Aus).

  • Comment 27, posted at 01.11.12 08:53:57 by BoerSeun Reply

  • Bad Spelling bud sorry

  • Comment 28, posted at 01.11.12 08:55:28 by BoerSeun Reply

  • 9. Cobus Reinach????? This guy had a SHOCKER in the final, I feel he is really over rated, McLeod would have been a much better bet in the final for us.

  • Comment 29, posted at 02.11.12 08:26:48 by Uli Reply
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  • I find it very amusing that you have two Sharks players in this team , who could not even make the Final team.

  • Comment 30, posted at 02.11.12 08:28:25 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 29) :
    @Uli (Comment 30) :

    Just in case you were wondering – this team rewards the players for their performances throughout the Currie Cupo season..

    So – those players who played off the bench in the final (still in the team in my eyes, but anyway) played good rugby throughout..

    If you are still unsure how this actually works, feel free to drop me an email..

  • Comment 31, posted at 02.11.12 08:34:47 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 31) : Rich , I think the point I am trying to make is that these people deserved to be playing in the final, they got us there in the first place, just to have to drop out. 😉
    That cant be good for confidence.

  • Comment 32, posted at 02.11.12 08:45:27 by Uli Reply
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