Battle lines drawn for Ebersohn, van Zyl

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Original Content on 17 Jul 2013 at 09:35
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Despite assurances form Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske that he is confident both Rob Ebersohn and Piet van Zyl will accept the contract extensions in front of them, both players are being strongly linked with an exit from Bloemfontein.

Ebersohn is believed to have agreed a move to Montpellier in France, one which he subsequently got cold feet about when receiving a belated Springbok training camp call-up. That pendulum seems to have swung back the other way now, though. Heyneke Meyer has made it rather clear that the likes of Jan Serfontein and JJ Engelbrecht are next-in-line at centre, leaving Ebersohn, we understand, to attempt a hasty resurrection of his French plans. I would imagine there would be some “stuff” to sort out on that side, given the way in which the initial agreement was reneged upon, but the smart money seems to be on that move happening nevertheless.

Van Zyl, on the other hand, appears to be a Bulls target, with the Pretoria union looking at him to replace the departing Jano Vermaak. There’s obviously no confirmation of this, but it’s likely that they are offering him significantly more than the Cheetahs can match, making a move likely.


  • Finally some transfer stuff coming through… Weren’t the cheetahs & WP suppose to hold media conferences earlier in the week to “unveil” their signings?
    Or did they find it pointless as the media already know mostly all?

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.07.13 10:02:21 by R Hayward Reply
  • @R Hayward (Comment 1) : Very true, plus the fact that the contracting window only closes on 31 October makes media conferences in July all kinds of stupid. Another retardation of Super Rugby: Guys are signing contracts to leave the provinces that they haven’t even started playing Currie Cup for!

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.07.13 10:12:43 by disgruntled shark Reply
  • Marco Wentzel to The Sharks

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.07.13 10:52:27 by youthfulshark Reply
  • Hoping the meeting The Sharks are having with Du Toit this morning goes well!! If we lose him it will be an absolute disaster!! It’s not like we have quality locks lying around! πŸ™ and he is already world class…

    Even more so if we lose him to the bulls!! πŸ˜•

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.07.13 11:03:07 by AlienArmy Reply
  • @youthfulshark (Comment 3) : Is that confirmed or just a rumour?

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.07.13 11:16:52 by ChrisS Reply
  • @AlienArmy (Comment 4) : JA jislaaik I nearly kaked my pants when I saw that! My thumbs are broken from holding them soooo tight!

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.07.13 11:19:58 by R Hayward Reply

  • @R Hayward (Comment 6) : I honestly think Du Toit is one of the top 3 players we absolutely have to hang on to!

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.07.13 11:28:33 by AlienArmy Reply

  • @AlienArmy (Comment 7) : to keep du toit at similar money to he’s being offered by the Bulls, we’d probably need to lose the Dup’s or Alberts…

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.07.13 11:34:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : I hope we can hang onto him. I’d love to see him and Alberts pack down as locks together with a loose trio of Deysel, Kleinhans and Kanko. It would give us 2 ball carrying locks and a balanced loose trio.

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.07.13 11:42:23 by ChrisS Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Where did you hear about the cash he’s being offered by the Bulls?? Who said we can’t match him.

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.07.13 11:47:48 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @youthfulshark (Comment 3) : I wont support the Sharks is this is true

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.07.13 11:48:19 by Uli Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 10) : mate, i have lots of different sources on this one. Forgive me if I don’t reveal them here πŸ™‚

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.07.13 11:48:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Which would you prefer though? Seeing as we’re a bit thin on the ground when it comes to lock…but losing the brothers or Alberts would be as bad!

    Deysel is playing well, so losing Alberts MIGHT be offset by that somewhat…but with the style of play they are expected to employ, how long will Deysel last if he has to carry the workload by himself

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.07.13 11:51:31 by AlienArmy Reply

  • @Uli (Comment 11) : You seem to be looking for lots of reason not to support the Sharks πŸ˜†

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.07.13 11:52:29 by AlienArmy Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Rob have U got a profile on that Stander Loosie that played the Lions…he looked like a very good player. and I think he might be a bit of a wild card to come through the ranks.he has a funny name…I HOPE WE HAVE a magic trick up the sleeve this morning…Matfield had a big part to play here, if Du Toit moves on.

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.07.13 11:54:54 by BoerSeun Reply

  • @Uli (Comment 11) : do us a favour and just get on with it? All this poer-poering around is getting annoying πŸ™‚

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.07.13 11:58:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @BoerSeun (Comment 15) : Brynard Stander. Very good player – you will have seen him in the Currie Cup last year?

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.07.13 11:59:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • Can anyone tell me what kind of style does BMH use? Anyone seen his style?

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.07.13 12:01:51 by R Hayward Reply

  • @R Hayward (Comment 18) : I can tell you now… his style is “doing what Venter tells him to do”

  • Comment 19, posted at 17.07.13 12:03:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @AlienArmy (Comment 14) : @robdylan (Comment 16) : Stop hating me πŸ˜€ I try hard to stop, but I cant even go a day without checking this site out πŸ˜€

  • Comment 20, posted at 17.07.13 12:04:47 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 20) : Addictive ne!

  • Comment 21, posted at 17.07.13 12:07:29 by R Hayward Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : I haven’t seen enough Saracens rugby to know if venter’s style was enforced there….

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.07.13 12:09:05 by R Hayward Reply

  • @R Hayward (Comment 22) : Farrel 10, Barret 12, that should tell you enough πŸ˜€

  • Comment 23, posted at 17.07.13 12:17:27 by Uli Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :

    Rob, were the bulls not cutting guys contracts when they came up for renewal, as they did not have the budget, due to all the age group players they had contracted?

    If so, what’s changed?

  • Comment 24, posted at 17.07.13 12:18:34 by Bump Reply

  • @Bump (Comment 24) : was wondering the same thing! They let of guys go because they were offered half their normal salaries…were does the big spending now come from? Or was that done in order to buy a couple of big’uns…?

  • Comment 25, posted at 17.07.13 12:20:59 by AlienArmy Reply

  • @Bump (Comment 24) : Moerse klomp borred oomies with MOERSE wallets?

  • Comment 26, posted at 17.07.13 12:21:15 by R Hayward Reply

  • @Bump (Comment 24) : what has changed is that so many of those guys left…

    Think about it… who are the real “big money” players left on hte Bulls’ books? Spies, Hougaard…. who else?

    I’m sure they’re paying Botha, Serfontein, Engelbrecht a lot, bug they’ve lost real top-earners in Chilli, Zane, Wynand, Vermaak, Kruger… also both Potgieters… got to free up some budget

  • Comment 27, posted at 17.07.13 12:27:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : true, good point. Well lets hope they spend their new found fortune on brandy instead of Du Toit! πŸ˜†

  • Comment 28, posted at 17.07.13 12:32:36 by AlienArmy Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : True, but if they sign PsdT at this large price tag, they’ve hopefully left with very little for future acquisitions. Not that I want PstD to leave.

    Strange how Bulls supporters always claimed that they developed their own stars. πŸ™„

  • Comment 29, posted at 17.07.13 13:48:45 by Bump Reply

  • ill tell you guys what will happen .
    Du toit to the Bulls
    franco vd merwe to the Sharks …

  • Comment 30, posted at 17.07.13 14:56:44 by Zibbie Reply
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