Richard Ferguson

Jake off to fast start

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 29 Oct 2013 at 10:30
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Reports are abound that Jake White has made his first signing for the Sharks on his first day as Director of Rugby.

Now, we have seen some really strange reporting coming from the Beeld, so we will take this with a fair amount of salt, but they are reporting that Jake White has brought lock Etienne Oosthuizen from the Brumbies.

Earlier reports indicated that Oosthuizen got a release from the Brumbies, stating that he wanted to return to South Africa to be closer to his family. Whether Jake White has actually played a masterstroke and signed the young man, remains to be confirmed.

Oosthuizen started at the Lions, coming through the age group ranks before playing a few games during the 2012 Super Rugby campaign, before heading to Australia, where he represented the Brumbies during the 2013 Super Rugby season. He was also part of the team that beat the British and Irish Lions team.

After initially having a lack of depth in the second row, the Sharks look to have an abundance of youngsters, starting with Pieter-Steph du Toit while adding Anton Bresler, Peet Marais, Stephan Lewies and Edwin Hewitt to the mix. Along with all the youngsters, the Sharks also have Marco Wentzel, who will be mentoring the locks and helping them with the line-out work.

Once we receive official confirmation about this signing, we will get the news up.


  • He is looking to build a young and successful team and win every competition they enter

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.10.13 10:48:36 by Gerrietheshark Reply
  • I’d that was the story The kids dolls the Brumbies, it would be hilarious.

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.10.13 10:54:51 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Etienne is a big kid.

    21 years old, 1.98m tall and weighs in at around 120kg

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.10.13 10:57:54 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Sounds like PSDT’s partner and Marco mentoring the young locks

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.10.13 11:03:55 by Gerrietheshark Reply

  • @Gerrietheshark (Comment 1) : I would expect nothing less from The GreatWhite

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.10.13 11:04:29 by benji Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) :

    I like it – “a fair amount of salt” 😆

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.10.13 11:05:43 by Letgo Reply
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  • We have too many locks… not good for the players.

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.10.13 11:21:37 by David12246 Reply

  • @David12246 (Comment 7) : Lest ye not forget that earlier this year we had to borrow locks to complete a team on the field…
    Good Job Sharks management!!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.10.13 11:25:01 by R Hayward Reply

  • Says on his bio he is a lock/flank.dont know how many games he has played at flank,but could be strong ball carrier/line-out jumper/aggressive ruck cleaner blindside flank/lock option then.

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.10.13 11:25:33 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

  • @David12246 (Comment 7) : maybe both oosthuizen and hewitt could fill the lock/flank role like a danie rossouw did at the bulls?dont know how many games either two have played at blindside but that is why the coaches are there.would help take workload of deysel and alberts-also bissie and coetzee-if we could get either or both these 2 playing the dual role.maybe hewitt a look at 8?just putting it out there.seems a strong unit also at 1.96m 117kg.
    Lock options: psdt,marais,lewies(really impressed with him),bresler,wentzel,hewitt and oosthuizen.
    Loosies:keegan,coetzee,alberts,kanko,botes,tera,stander-and then possibly hewitt and oosthuizen.

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.10.13 11:36:57 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

  • Well if Wikipedia is anything to go by…

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.10.13 11:42:18 by SuperEtts Reply
  • Although on second thought Wikipedia quoted the Beeld article haha 😛

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.10.13 12:08:29 by SuperEtts Reply
  • @SuperEtts (Comment 12) : same thing in the bio with the brumbies (lock/flank).

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.10.13 12:15:16 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

  • James o’connor has signed for london irish and mike phillips without a club after being released from his bayonne contract .

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.10.13 12:24:13 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

  • These means we’ll have 4 number 4 locks in Bressler, Peet, Hewitt and Oosthuizen. Lots of competition there. Your number 4 is like your tighthead prop, you want someone extremely strong there and that is able to cause damage. The competition will bring out the best in these guys. Need to leave space for the Du Preez twins though.

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.10.13 12:36:37 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 15) : Rotation rotation rotation, its a long competition and injuries are common. U have to rotate to keep players fresh. The quicker the teams realise this the more successful they will be.

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.10.13 12:47:44 by SheldonK Reply

  • Super 15 is not Currie Cup. Not to take anything away from CC. It is a long season from Feb to Oct and very physically demanding. Brendon and Co did a great Short term intervention, with astonishing results in a local competition mostly without springboks. Jake however will pick his own coaching team, S15 squad and develop a game plan around that. His focus is certainly going to be longer term holistic for the sharks union. We are fortunate to have a world Class coach and squad. Let’s support them to deliver the results. Can not wait for the S15 – 2014. Go Sharks!

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.10.13 12:55:32 by Observer Reply

  • @Observer (Comment 17) : This is all happening, because the Sharks board had the good sense to get a rugby man, hell a rugby legend to be CEO of the Sharks! At last I say!

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.10.13 13:04:03 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • CONCUR!!!! the future looks bright and exiting!

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.10.13 13:26:54 by Observer Reply

  • I was listening to an interview with Keegan Daniel on Ballz, wherein he mentioned Albert van den Berg had been heavily involved in mentoring the young locks and helping with the line-out. On the evidence of our line-out and Peet & Piet’s performances in the final, I hope Jake keeps him around. Old Bert from the Mountain was always a staple on Jake’s bench, so chances are he will.

    It’s important to have lots of depth at 4 & 5, especially considering how young our locks are – Peet, Piet & Stephan are all 22 or younger. If it’s true, I hope it, along with the signing of Lourens Adriaanse, is a sign that we’ll stick to Brendan Venter’s rotation policy.

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.10.13 14:56:22 by MerckZ Reply

  • Hewitt is also very young and marco is the oldest lock we have so we are building a real young team

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.10.13 15:11:29 by Gerrietheshark Reply

  • Anyone else think there’s a chance we’ll put in a cheeky bid for Jaque Fourie? Amend his contract so it’s identical to the one JP Pietersen has with his Japanese club? With Jake White at the helm, I wouldn’t put it past him. We can ditch Marius Joubert and have Fourie mentor Paul Jordaan…

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.10.13 15:50:07 by MerckZ Reply

  • Dont forget we have Williams Steyn and whitehead as our centres

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.10.13 15:57:12 by Gerrietheshark Reply

  • @Gerrietheshark (Comment 23) : None of whom you could describe as outside centres…

  • Comment 24, posted at 29.10.13 16:02:17 by MerckZ Reply

  • @50shadesofblackandwhite (Comment 25) : paul jordaan

  • Comment 25, posted at 29.10.13 17:29:32 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

  • @50shadesofblackandwhite (Comment 25) : He’s perennially injured. I like Jordaan, he’d be my first choice 13, but having only one specialist outside centre on your books isn’t enough. Whitehead can do a job at 13, but he’s not quick enough and clearly better suited to 12. I’d say the same about Williams.

  • Comment 26, posted at 29.10.13 18:13:54 by MerckZ Reply

  • @MerckZ (Comment 26) : Whitehead is actually a 13. Only moved to 12 to make way for Sardie.

  • Comment 27, posted at 29.10.13 20:02:32 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @50shadesofblackandwhite (Comment 25) : Are you a ninja? You just managed to reply to your own comment before you had even posted it!

    You’ve replied to yourself (comment 25), and yet that is the 25th comment.

    I bow down before thee, Inception commenter! 😆

  • Comment 28, posted at 29.10.13 22:51:56 by SeanyJMc Reply

  • @SeanyJMc (Comment 29) : 😀 deleted the original 25th comment and then corrected that comment (didnt see it was waiting moderation)

  • Comment 29, posted at 30.10.13 01:11:41 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

  • @SeanyJMc (Comment 29) : have you seen the fijian winger signed by the crusaders,nemani nadolo? See his stats are given anything from 1.93m -1.96m and 123-132kg.crusaders reckon he is 1.95m and just under 130kg.25 years old and playing in japanese league.bit of a journeyman though.had a stint with waratahs,exeter chiefs,bourgoin and japanese club nec green rockets.kolbe will run circles round him whole day long!and seargal will burn him on the outside.

  • Comment 30, posted at 30.10.13 01:21:25 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

  • @50shadesofblackandwhite (Comment 30) : Yeah he should be easy to step around…but I feel for anyone who has to stop him when he’s at full pace, ouch!

  • Comment 31, posted at 30.10.13 11:35:07 by SeanyJMc Reply

  • Sorry to say but looking at Wikipedia it seems as if Nemani is another troubled oz rugby player.

  • Comment 32, posted at 30.10.13 22:37:25 by JD Reply
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  • @50shadesofblackandwhite (Comment 25) : What Happened to Jordaan anyway? Will he be back to take part in our Successful Super Rugby campaign under The Great White?

  • Comment 33, posted at 31.10.13 10:00:28 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 34) : suffered acl (knee ligament)injury playing touch rugby in aus on sharks aus/kiwi sr tour.

  • Comment 34, posted at 04.11.13 09:09:49 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply


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