The Sharksworld Awards: Currie Cup 2013

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 15 Nov 2013 at 11:08
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Let’s look back on this year’s amazingly successful Currie Cup campaign and hand out awards to the players that we feel did particularly well. The rotation system does, of course, make this task a little more difficult this year, but we’ll do what we can to adapt.

Without further ado, I present the Sharksworld Awards for the 2013 Currie Cup season!

Best Attacking Player: The Sharks displayed some great attacking intent throughout the campaign, scoring some lovely tries as a result. While we had the usual bunch of “grafting” forward scores in the mix, this campaign was also marked by something of a return to incisive backline play, with two players in particular sticking out. Heimar Williams, in his debut season, regularly found himself on the scoresheet and was furthermore instrumental in creating far more tries than he ended up scoring. He narrowly misses out this time, though, to our eventual winner, SP Marais. Attack is in this kid’s blood and he’s very, very good at it!

Best Defensive Player: The sheer amount of rotation amongst the loose forwards, in particular, makes this one very difficult to give. A number of players put their hands up very strongly, with stalwarts like Jacques Botes, Jean Deysel and Louis Ludik always consistent. Our award, though, is shared by two players who always stood out for their work-rate on defence, even though they may not have enjoyed too much game time. Take a bow Justin Downey and Tera Mtembu.

Best Debutant: This one is awarded to a young player who first played Currie Cup this year and was judged to show the most promise. While Jaco van Tonder and Heimar Williams must come into the picture here, there can only be one real winner. This year, the award goes to Fred Zeilinga.

Best Newcomer: Also known as the β€œbest buy” award, this goes to the player coming into the Sharks squad for the first time this campaign who has made the biggest impact. While it would be wrong to undervalue the contribution made by Marco Wentzel before his injury, this one really cannot go to anyone other than SP Marais.

Most Improved Player: This one goes to the player who has made the biggest gains in terms of personal form and consistency over the course of the campaign. A guy like Danie Mienie came strongly into the reckoning here, but we have decided to go with a guy who played more overall and give the award to Peet Marais.

Best Team Player: To the man who selflessly places the needs of the team above his own. We’ve decided this campaign, captain Keegan Daniel should be the recipient of this award.

Best Comeback:Given his form at the start of the campaign, compared to how he played in the Final, can this go to anyone other than Charl McLeod?.

Most Consistent Player: It’s always hard to look past Louis Ludik for this sort of award; even from an unfamiliar position, he delivered games of an unfalteringly high quality all season long. Honourable mentions here to a host of others, including Jacques Botes, Odwa Ndungane and Tim Whitehead.

Most Valuable Player: This one goes to the player without whom the Sharks would have lost far more matches than they did this year. Like a good wine or cheese, he just keeps getting better with age. Our choice is Odwa Ndgungane,.

Best Forward: Over the campaign, the man who has made the biggest overall contribution to the Sharks’ play up-front. In an incredibly congested category, we give this to Jean Deysel.

Best Back: The backline player who has delivered the best combination of attacking and defensive play, with a few moments of real magic thrown in. We’re going to make a somewhat controversial choice here and share the award between Fred Zeilinga and Heimar Williams.

Best Player: The player whose contribution over the course of the season has been the greatest, balancing out attack, defence, work-rate, commitment, attitude and consistency. This one, we’ve decided, is impossible to award for this campaign, so we’re going to cop out and award it to Keegan Daniel, representing the entire squad. That’s perhaps fitting, given the way in which this campaign was played.

Best Try: There were a number of strong contenders; Charl McLeod’s second in the Final was great, as was Cobus Reinach’s late score against the Cheetahs in Durban, set up by Jaco van Tonder. We’re going to go with Fred Zeilinga’s superb effort against the Lions at Ellis Park, though, as our winner.


  • Looks about right but not even a mention of Kyle Cooper?!

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.11.13 11:21:58 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I think this year was a good year for the Sharks and even the tough patches were needed to strengthen the Union and team. Im interested to see how a few players fair in the next year at the Sharks. SP Marais- if he gets an extended run at 15 could be exciting. Frans Steyn, Jordaan combo- i believe that these 2 in midfield could cause havoc. And with Williams and Whitehead as very ample backup. Im keen to see the Bresler PSDT lock combo for an extended period. Id like to see a loose trio of Coetzee, Alberts, Kankowski. And then very very keen to see if we have an able replacement for Jannie in Adriaanse.

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.11.13 11:38:14 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) : Kyle didn’t have a great Currie Cup, did he? Started like a house on fire, but then fell off rather alarmingly

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.11.13 12:07:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • Keeping it in the family,Rob? Take a bow Justin Downey. Had to Fit him in somewhere! πŸ™„ I would have gone for Chumlee (Dale Chadwick) as a good defensive player as well as Brynard Stander when he played.Otherwise spot on with the choices, although Cooper did deserve a mention as well. 😎

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.11.13 12:08:47 by markm Reply

  • Too many awards……keep it short and sweet. Think jean deysel was MVP!!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.11.13 12:10:33 by KingsArmy Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Could be. I suppose you watched more closely than I did.

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.11.13 12:11:01 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @KingsArmy (Comment 5) : I’m sure the article you wrote was just the right length. Pity you didn’t send it to me, so I had to do my best instead.

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.11.13 12:11:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @markm (Comment 4) : Chadwick did also make a lot of tackles too…. as I said, that one could have gone to any number of players, with the rotation making it pretty hard to pick just one.

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.11.13 12:13:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • When SP marais was here at the kings he was known as a very attacking player……but he was also known for doing silly things at the back, like run when he should’ve kicked and get caught at the back. Happy he is doing so well!! He’s a big boy aswell…..

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.11.13 12:17:05 by KingsArmy Reply

  • Perfect lenght article, but is best player & mvp not kinda the same. 😈

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.11.13 12:17:58 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 10) : I also wondered that. What do YOU think?

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.11.13 12:21:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) :

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.11.13 12:23:38 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : I’m going to say yes. But don’t really have any strong feelings on the subject. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.11.13 12:25:34 by McLovin Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 2) : It’s a very exciting time to be a Sharks fan…

    Valedictorian Awards: To the player who left the Sharks during the course of 2013 who will be missed the most. Contenders include the ever dependable Craig Burden, a real team player who waited for his turn patiently and, even when he was usurped by Kyle Cooper, gave his all to the cause and was always a thrill to see him in full flight, outpacing backline opponents.

    Butch James, despite his Lions sojourn, a Sharks man through and through. Despite his disciplinary brainfarts and the fact that his glory days were in 2007, he’s made a huge contribution to Sharks and Springbok rugby.

    Louis Ludik would be my choice for the award; probably one of the most consistent players in South Africa over the last few years. Reliable, hard-working, solid on defence and under-rated on attack, his time at the Sharks warranted a Springbok call up, but untimely injuries and a Bok managerial penchant for Nik Naks denied him this chance. I’m so glad his time at the Sharks ended with silverware – he deserved it.

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.11.13 12:31:59 by MerckZ Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 13) : 3 cheers McLovin

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.11.13 12:33:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : And best comeback of the year goes to Rob!

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.11.13 12:35:12 by Bump Reply

  • I must say, I’m really looking forward to seeing Tera Mtembu get more chances in next seasons super rugby. What a skilful player.

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.11.13 12:38:31 by Bump Reply

  • @MerckZ (Comment 14) : I think id have to agree with you about Ludik. Ive always rated him very highly. He was solid at 15 and when moved to 13 our backline looked so good defensively.

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.11.13 12:40:48 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Bump (Comment 17) : Ahead of Kankowski and Daniel at 8? Or at 7, when Alberts and Deysel are undoubtedly simultaneously injured?

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.11.13 12:41:48 by MerckZ Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 15) :
    You must have had a good breakfast today.

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.11.13 12:59:52 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 20) : just two cups of coffee dude

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.11.13 13:17:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) :
    Yet here you are making oblique Brendan Venter references.

    Good damn coffee.

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.11.13 13:28:00 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 22) : Tassimo, by Bosch.

    Amazingly good, if ironically named.

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.11.13 13:34:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • Jinx of the Season: shared between Morne and Keo for backing WP to take the final 😈

  • Comment 24, posted at 15.11.13 14:53:58 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @MerckZ (Comment 19) : I think that he could probably play 7 or 8. Whether he will get game time ahead of the incumbents as a starter is debatable, but he sure has some silky skills with exceptional pace.

  • Comment 25, posted at 15.11.13 15:00:03 by Bump Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : Love the Cafe Crema and Chai Tea. 😎

  • Comment 26, posted at 15.11.13 15:23:40 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 26) : Cafe Crema is good… also love the Colombian one

  • Comment 27, posted at 15.11.13 16:44:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : The Colombian one is hard to get a hold of in our local shops. Ordered it online as part of the range I bought with my €40 Tassimo voucher, but too expensive to keep buying online. πŸ™

  • Comment 28, posted at 15.11.13 17:40:20 by rhineshark Reply
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  • If they continue with the rotation policy, then everybody will get decent playtime. We really have a great squad and amazing talent.

  • Comment 29, posted at 16.11.13 06:28:57 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • There should be a “Best Performance” award…that way PSdT would get a well-deserved award! He had a monster in the final!!!!

  • Comment 30, posted at 18.11.13 19:05:31 by bueddel Reply


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