Richard Ferguson

Player of the Currie Cup

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content, Sharks, WP on 25 Oct 2013 at 12:15
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Along with a Cup Final, there is the usual Player of the Tournament award. I have a look at who stood out this year.

Deon Fourie won this award last year, and shouldn’t be too far away from winning this award again, having led Western Province through an undefeated series of pool stages and into the final. We discussed his Springbok credentials earlier, and I think he has quite a good shot at being the player of the tournament yet again.

Other Western Province players that put up their hands include Scarra Ntubeni and Damian de Allende. Both these players have had consistent seasons and have been key in getting Western Province to the Final tomorrow.

Looking at the Sharks, there aren’t a lot of players that can say they have had good games consistently throughout the Currie Cup, with Fred Zeilinga the stand out in terms of a new player, but not in the running for being the player of the tournament. Jacques Botes was solid throughout, but again, he is not indispensable in the Sharks team, as we see from his bench spot for the final. The same can be said for SP Marais, good in patches, but not someone you automatically think of when looking at the Sharks team.

A few other contenders include Anthony Volmink and Derick Minnie from the Lions, both having had really good seasons, and being joint top try scorers for the Lions at 6 tries a piece. Marnitz Boshoff must be the stand out find for the Lions this season, having stood in at flyhalf when necessary and doing a great job from fullback for the Lions. The Cheetahs midfield of Rob Ebersohn and Johann Sadie warrant a mention, but it is their loose forwards that really stood out, Boom Prinsloo being the main man.

Putting the question out there to you now… Who would be your ABSA Currie Cup Player of the Year, and who would you say is the Sharks’ player of the year in this tournament?


  • Richard, how can you ask this on sharksworld, when everyone is just going to say Patric Lambie? 😀

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.10.13 12:19:40 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 1) :

    I’m hoping that somewhere out there, there is a Sharks fan that give me some really insightful, unbiased answers…

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.10.13 12:21:38 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : Not saying he is the CC player of the year, but I like the prospect of Anthony Volmink. He is a pretty good winger.

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.10.13 12:29:48 by Uli Reply
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  • Being unbiased I would go for any one of the following guys :

    Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Louis Ludik, 12 Francois Steyn, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Peet Marais, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.

    Substitutes: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Stephan Lewies, 19 Jacques Botes, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Fred Zeilinga, 22 Heimar Williams.

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.10.13 12:29:56 by SuperShaun Reply

  • @Uli (Comment 3) :

    I agree..

    Volmink is one to look out for during the Super Rugby season next year. Won’t make him a Bok yet, but interested in his progress from here..

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.10.13 12:31:10 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Hate to admit it but for CC player of the year I would grudgingly select Deon Fourie. He has been the difference for WP in so many of their games. WP have had to defend for their lives at the end of most of their games and he has been one of the main guys to inspire the team to keep the defence up as well and put in those crucial tackles, slow the ball down and turn over ball.

    My Sharks player would be Jean Deysel. He has put everything into each game he has played. Esp the beginning of the season we only had one real ball carrier and even though he was a marked man he still regularly broke the gain line through sheer determination and a total lack of self preservation. I do feel bad for him as I felt he deserved to be in the final.

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.10.13 12:32:47 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 5) : I agree, not yet but hope the S15 brings out the best out of him.

    I do hope though that HM grows his player base on this tour, even if it cost us a game or two. I am willing to take that chance to grow some new prospects as the WC is only two years out, we need some extras on the wings to fill positions that might become vulnerable closer to the WC due to injuries.

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.10.13 12:35:00 by Uli Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 6) : yes D Fourie it must be, I cant think of anyone else either.

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.10.13 12:36:05 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 7) :

    Yes, it would be interesting to see him select say a 50 man training squad, from which he is looking to play in the World Cup next year.

    Any player not on the scene as yet, is unlikely to make the grade anyway, so he has to have some idea to whom he is looking.

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.10.13 12:36:37 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I think if you look at it realistically then guys like Deon Fourie, Gio Aplon, Robert Ebersohn and Derick Minnie are probably the front running canidates. From the Sharks,nobody has really stood out as it has been more about the collective team effort than an individual. But if I had to select an individual Jean Deysel or Jacques Botes are 2 names that come to mind and possibly Kyle Cooper as a third. But in reality the award should go to Aplon or Fourie.

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.10.13 12:37:34 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 9) : 50 is allot for the tour don’t you think? or are you just meaning a “general WC squad”?

    I think over played players need to stay home, Jannie, Eben, Jean, probably a few others too.

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.10.13 12:41:50 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 11) :

    I’m thinking a training squad in South Africa, not to tour Europe now..

    We will see these squads next year again, when he does those local weekends during Super Rugby. I think it would be interesting to get an insight as to a list of candidates per position, is order of preference.

    Should be an interesting exercise.

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.10.13 12:44:19 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • While I’m not sure if he’s in line for Player of the Tournament, the award for Most Improved Player must certainly go to Marius Joubert. He has clearly absorbed the lessons from the last few campaigns, and has demonstrated incredible consistence in his continuous absence from the senior squad, and has to be applauded for the massive strides he has thus made in improving our team performance…

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.10.13 13:06:21 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 13) :

    If there ever was an award for improving a team’s performance by way of absence, he would win it!

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.10.13 13:07:51 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 14) : Is he even still in the province?

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.10.13 13:10:21 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 15) :

    Yes he is – and still earning a salary if his original contract details are to be believed..

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.10.13 13:11:58 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 16) : Ah i thought those SHarks tackle bags looked remarkably clean and well placed on the field. Good job Marius keep it up!

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.10.13 13:13:58 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 17) :

    We should be rid of him now at the end of this season..

    Unless he has somehow arranged an extension?!

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.10.13 13:17:13 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 18) : Is he not honourary life captain of the vodacom cup side?

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.10.13 13:28:16 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 19) :

    That is why I am not ruling out a contract extension..

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.10.13 13:33:54 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Marnitz Boshoff must be up there. He will shine in the next SR season.

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.10.13 13:35:35 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Man, I’m already getting nervous, how am I gonna make it to the game.

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.10.13 13:47:40 by Letgo Reply
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  • Player of cc should come from someone that played in the whole cc: d fourie; j deysel; r ebersohn; d de allende; gio; lood de jager

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.10.13 13:53:34 by KingsArmy Reply

  • For the overall season it pains me to say Deon Fourie, although in the final stages I think Vermeulen was immense – and this against much stiffer opposition.

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.10.13 13:59:24 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Player of the season, Deon was immense, yes, but I would go with de Allende
    Shark of the tournament, Fred Zeilinga

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.10.13 14:15:03 by Die Kriek Reply

  • I donno about you oukes, but fan of the season is definitely flippie! I miss that ou!

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.10.13 14:17:05 by R Hayward Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 25) :

    I also think Zeilinga should be considered as Sharks player of the Currie Cup

  • Comment 27, posted at 25.10.13 14:21:34 by Letgo Reply
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  • ABSA player of cc Deon, Sharks player of cc Keegan.

  • Comment 28, posted at 25.10.13 16:33:04 by JD Reply
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  • Unfortunately, I would have to go with Deon Fourie. Sharks player would be Zeilinga or Deysel

  • Comment 29, posted at 25.10.13 17:05:17 by Rocket Fan Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 27) : @Letgo (Comment 22) : move it move it bud and don’t forget to take fresh carrots with,I hear mountain goats luv to get carrots. As for Fred I agree,what a find what skill set ,eish

  • Comment 30, posted at 25.10.13 17:06:48 by benji Reply
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  • Sticking with Jean as my CC Sharks player I’ve got the following honourable mentions for the following Sharks:

    Odwa Ndungane. The Unsung hero

    Dale Chadwick. Most improved player of the CC

    Kyle Cooper. The 100% player

    Cobus and Charl combined for the biggest impact players off the bench

  • Comment 31, posted at 25.10.13 17:29:33 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Ryan Kankowski.

  • Comment 32, posted at 25.10.13 18:28:37 by SeanyJMc Reply

  • @ Super Shaun – I FULLY AGREE!

  • Comment 33, posted at 25.10.13 18:29:19 by [email protected] Reply

  • So Pumas crushed the kwas…let’s hope the re-vote for cc expansion happens.

    The vote should be decided by the premier division teams and not the short sighted, selfishly minded, bottom feeder amateurs whom voted against it previously.

  • Comment 34, posted at 25.10.13 21:10:13 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Player of the Currie Cup: Deon Fourie. He has been immense & inspirational for Province. Sharks player of the Currie Cup: Jacque Botes. The hard work that he does makes the whole team look good. One of the most underrated players in the country.

  • Comment 35, posted at 26.10.13 04:37:24 by loona Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 5) : I WENT TO SCHOOL WITH VOLMINK!!!! just thought Id be a groupie for second there!!! He was lightning then…lightning now. His 100m time is 10.47!!! Are there any wingers in SA with a faster time?? Like a legit faster time and not just speculation..??

  • Comment 36, posted at 26.10.13 05:13:32 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @pienaar111 (Comment 36) : Sergeal Petersen

    PB 10.55 (10.46 wind assisted)

  • Comment 37, posted at 26.10.13 07:30:58 by Baylion Reply

  • @pienaar111 (Comment 36) : Sergeal Petersen is as quick if not quicker

  • Comment 38, posted at 26.10.13 11:07:56 by Ludz Reply

  • A 100m time ran on an athletics track in spikes is a pretty useless stat on a rugby field. 40m sprints in rugby boots on grass is much more usefull. 🙂

    I also heard that Kolbe ran so quick once he went back in time. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 39, posted at 26.10.13 12:49:48 by McLovin Reply

  • Deon and FZ

  • Comment 40, posted at 28.10.13 12:37:47 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • Well ,considering the Currie Cup was won by the Sharks it should go to a Sharks player, they are after all the most successful team.

  • Comment 41, posted at 28.10.13 12:52:00 by Talent Reply
  • @Baylion (Comment 37) : and a 7.00s for the 60m

  • Comment 42, posted at 28.10.13 13:34:35 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

  • If it wasn’t for the final Deon Fourie would take it. Freddie didn’t play in the final. Keegan had an awesome Currie Cup if you compare his Super 15 form. Fourie probably still slips it.

  • Comment 43, posted at 28.10.13 21:07:33 by markp Reply


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