Richard Ferguson

Ebersohn gets the call

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Springboks on 4 Jun 2013 at 08:00
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Cheetahs centre Robert Ebersohn has been called up to the Springbok squad. He is there as a result of injuries to Jean de Villiers, JJ Engelbrecht and Juan de Jongh. Ebersohn joins the Springbok squad this morning.

Even though he joins the squad, it is only precautionary and his involvement will be limited to covering any injuries to the midfield, should said injured players not recover.

De Villiers picked up a hamstring strain in the Stormers win over the Kings on the weekend. JJ Engelbrecht to a knock to his quad and de Jongh has been out for a while with a fractured finger. None of these players trained on Monday.

Joining the above spectators was Pierre Spies, who has a tight groin, Francois Louw, who has a quad strain and Pieter-Steph du Toit, who has a sternum problem.

At this stage the only fit centre is Jan Serfontein, who is in line to make his Springbok debut. If there was any doubt about his position in the squad, the injuries have certainly cleared that up.

With Jean de Villiers doubtful, Heyneke Meyer’s next problem becomes selecting a captain. He mentioned that a few players are available to lead the team. Adriaan Strauss, being vice-captain, jumps to mind, but there are two more names to be thrown in the hat.

Pierre Spies has led his Bulls team with great effect while Francois Louw has been the captain of Bath, so it really is a three horse race.


  • It must be Strauss for captain.

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.06.13 08:05:10 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) : I agree, however, Strauss almost certainly won’t be our vc going forward, so you might have to go with the more likely regular starter in Spies or Louw (preferably the latter as he has more of a hold on his jersey).

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.06.13 08:13:06 by David12246 Reply

  • Not Louw as he is not based in SA. Could go completely left field and choose Beast?

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.06.13 08:28:52 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 3) :

    What does being out of the country have to do with anything?

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.06.13 08:34:59 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 4) : @PTAShark (Comment 3) : I kinda agree with PTAShark. The captain should at least attend all the training sessions and none of the overseas based players attended any of the camps.

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.06.13 09:05:31 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 5) :

    I agree..

    But he is no way going to be a long term captain, he is just an interim captain?

    If he is an experienced captain for Bath, surely the Boks could use that?

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.06.13 09:07:04 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 6) :

    As a interim captain I would agree.

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.06.13 09:10:06 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 5) : Easily solved. Sharks make Louw an offer he can’t refuse. Two problems solved. πŸ˜†

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.06.13 09:11:11 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 8) : I like!

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.06.13 09:12:18 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 7) :

    A long term captain is a whole other story..

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.06.13 09:15:00 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @David12246 (Comment 2) : Strauss should be no.1 hooker and captain till 2015, as a package he’s the best thing we have at 2

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.06.13 09:15:55 by Ludz Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 11) : Give me a fit Bismark (the one that played Super Rugby last year)over Strauss every day of the week. Strauss is good but pales in comparison with Bismark in top form.

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.06.13 09:24:16 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 12) : I agree!

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.06.13 09:27:25 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 12) :
    @Pokkel (Comment 13) :

    Meyer even mentioned Bismarck as a leader he can turn to if Jean de Villiers is not fit this weekend. So who knows??

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.06.13 09:28:51 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 14) :

    Any idea how Bissie’s club games went?

  • Comment 15, posted at 04.06.13 09:32:07 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 11) : Bismarck has obviously been injured for far too long, and thus you have completely forgotten what he’s capable of doing on the rugby field.

    I am expecting to see a different Bismarck now that Strauss is his main competition, our boy Bismarck don’t take too kindly to those staking a claim on HIS jersey. πŸ˜‰

    I pity the opposition.

  • Comment 16, posted at 04.06.13 09:35:10 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • The simple fact is that Bismarck in top form may be the best forward in the world, let alone best hooker or best hooker in the country. He is capable of athleticism Strauss would only otherwise see on youtube. His game plan is also second to none in terms of carrying and his breakdown prowess. How fickle us South Africans are…

  • Comment 17, posted at 04.06.13 09:56:08 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 17) : You are generalising quite a bit now – it should read: “ how fickle Ludz is” πŸ˜†

  • Comment 18, posted at 04.06.13 10:12:54 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Talent (Comment 17) :

    best forward?? πŸ˜†

    Kieran Reid! πŸ™„

  • Comment 19, posted at 04.06.13 10:19:41 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 19) : Trust a streamer supporter not to know a good forward when he sees him πŸ™„ πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 20, posted at 04.06.13 10:31:37 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 19) : Kieran wishes he could tie Bismark’s shoe laces! ppfffttt…

  • Comment 21, posted at 04.06.13 10:33:10 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 19) : See its these little princesses from down the coast who are spewing their anti-Shark -no Lambie ,Bis or Alberts crap πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  • Comment 22, posted at 04.06.13 10:57:23 by Talent Reply
  • They want Deon Fourie, Aplon and PSDT(only becuase he is from the cape πŸ˜† )

  • Comment 23, posted at 04.06.13 11:01:12 by Talent Reply
  • People from the Cape are generally really nice people ,that is until they start talking about Rugby and the Stormers…then you start to notice that they are wearing skinny jeans ,a vintage scarf, v-neck loose fit shirts and those glasses with the lenses punched out; then they start saying stuff like Deon Fourie should be the Springbok number 6 or 2. πŸ˜†

  • Comment 24, posted at 04.06.13 11:06:16 by Talent Reply
  • Strauss remains a better option to start and captain the Boks. Heyneke has said before that rather than pick the best player, pick the right player. Strauss is playing the best rugby of his career and presently is head and shoulders above any other hooker in world rugby gentleman. He’s probably the best leader in SA as well.

    Nothing against Bissie, but Strauss as a hooker in his form and a leader of a team far outweights having an on form Bismarck as a starter. Sharks shades off for a sec

  • Comment 25, posted at 04.06.13 11:54:03 by Ludz Reply

  • @Talent (Comment 24) : The best forward produced by the streamers over the past few decades was Braam van Straaten :mrgreen:

    Judging by their scrums, their forwards should be called backwards. πŸ˜†

  • Comment 26, posted at 04.06.13 11:59:08 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 25) : Sharks shades off and I disagree. Not saying Bismarck should start ,he should(and will)earn his jersey back.

  • Comment 27, posted at 04.06.13 12:05:18 by Talent Reply
  • @Ludz (Comment 25) : It’s a little hard to compare Strauss to Bismarck during the season in which Bismarck didn’t play a single game of rugby – with or without Sharks shades πŸ™„

  • Comment 28, posted at 04.06.13 12:06:51 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 26) : According to your average WeePee Brock Harris has the best hands out of any prop;therefore Springbok πŸ˜†

  • Comment 29, posted at 04.06.13 12:07:21 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 29) : πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  • Comment 30, posted at 04.06.13 12:10:19 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • I would just like to know when Strauss has ever outplayed Bismarck as comprehensively as Bismarck outplayed Strauss when last they met. Struass ,to his credit improved during the game, but there is an uneven ditch imprinted in Vodacom Park that perfectly matches Strauss’s back and arse.

  • Comment 31, posted at 04.06.13 12:12:18 by Talent Reply
  • Let’s see what happens, but if Heyneke has the team’s best interests, he’ll retain Strauss as a starter for the rest of this season and I believe as from next year should hand over the captaincy armband to Strauss.

  • Comment 32, posted at 04.06.13 12:48:44 by Ludz Reply

  • @Talent (Comment 31) : Are you refering to the return leg of the S15 last year…if so, yes, Strauss was good and got better as the game went on but Bismark was sublime and powerful and tackeld and stole and, and…

    Freddy was also damn good on that day.

  • Comment 33, posted at 04.06.13 12:49:02 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 8) : πŸ˜€

  • Comment 34, posted at 04.06.13 12:56:42 by King Shark Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 33) : Strauss, Ebersohn, Daniller. Every time Bismarck touched the ball, someone ended up on their ass <– some joyful memories

  • Comment 35, posted at 04.06.13 13:43:04 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 35) : How I crave to see the Sharks string together phases like that again culminating in a try. πŸ˜₯

  • Comment 36, posted at 04.06.13 13:59:03 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 35) : Like a tornado wrecking its havoc. Impressive.

  • Comment 37, posted at 04.06.13 16:57:25 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Sharks should have invested in Bismarck as captain long ago. Perhaps he would hve been closer to Bok capt mark by now.

  • Comment 38, posted at 06.06.13 10:02:16 by Gerhardt Reply


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