Botes milestone underlines experience chasm

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 28 Aug 2014 at 11:09
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Three cheers for Jacques Botes, who earns a 150th career cap in Currie Cup this weekend. Any who doubt the value that such experience brings to the Sharks team in this 2014 campaign only needs to cast an eye over the cap tallies of the other members of the team to realise just how important Botes (and a handful of others) are to the cause.

Botes earns a 123rd Sharks Currie Cup cap, which, together with his 27 Pumas appearances, extend his individual record for most Currie Cup games to 150, a mark that no other has yet reached. His counterpart amongst the backs – a man whose value many are quick to overlook – is Odwa Ndungane who will earn a 111th career cap in Nelspruit. Odwa has 27 Border caps, two more for the Blue Bulls and earns an 82nd for the Sharks this week. He has appeared in 5 Currie Cup finals, the most of any player in the current squad.

Tondie Chavhanga has moved around a bit, but has all the same accumulated the better part of 40 Currie Cup caps for the Lions and Western Province, to go with his 3 Sharks caps. That’s not all that many, roughly the same number as Conrad Hoffmann, who is hovering somewhere near the 40-50 mark all told. Both are experienced men in general terms, but are still wet behind the ears as Sharks Currie Cup players. The same can be said of Lourens Adriaanse, who has nearly 40 Griquas caps, but only 3 for the Sharks so far.

The only other players in the team to boast Currie Cup cap tallies that extend beyond the teens are Kyle Cooper (earns a 42nd), Dale Chadwick (a 37th) and S’bura Sithole (his 23rd). Every other player in the squad for this weekend’s match has fewer than 20 Currie Cup caps to his name. A rather sobering thought, I’d say. Even captain Tera Mtembu and Bok squad member Paul Jordaan boast just 14 caps each in this competition.

We’ll leave it as an exercise for the reader to work out how many other players’ tallies need to be added together to equal the caps amassed by Odwa and Jacques, two players without whom we’d be royally stuffed this season.


  • Congrats on the milestone oom Botes. 😎 Lol hope the old milestone devil doesn’t trip us up this week jong.

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.08.14 11:18:55 by Stiko85 Reply
  • Congrats Mr. Botes well deserved!!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.08.14 11:20:44 by JD Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld JD
  • Legend!

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.08.14 11:33:43 by SheldonK Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 3) : Absolutely and by all accounts he’ll be sticking around at the union after retiring which is good news too.

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.08.14 11:40:01 by vanmartin Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld vanmartin
  • It’s great to see a player like Jacques Botes, with almost 150 CC caps behind his name (and a host of other experience), give his all in a game so consistently. At times one would swear, based on his enthusiasm, that he’s playing his very first game hoping to impress every coach up to Bok level.

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.08.14 11:43:55 by vanmartin Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld vanmartin
  • Well done to a legend ❗

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.08.14 12:02:29 by stevovo Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld stevovo
  • @vanmartin (Comment 4) : Yeh i believe he will be a sort of players manager or something to that effect.

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.08.14 12:04:44 by SheldonK Reply
  • Sharks Legend!! He will be missed.

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.08.14 12:18:14 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Awesome contribution to Sharks rugby, what a legend.

    Good signing Mr Putt :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.08.14 12:35:03 by jonnow Reply
  • @jonnow (Comment 9) : Putt signed Odwa too

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.08.14 12:43:24 by robdylan Reply
  • Its really sad…and somewhat depressing…when rugby players or in general sport heros of my age retires. 🙁

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.08.14 14:38:52 by bokbok Reply
  • @bokbok (Comment 11) : yeah, there are very few left who are older than me (turning 37 this year). Jacques is a good few years my junior.

    That’s why I’m such a big Marco Wentzel fan…. at least we’re of similar vintage.

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.08.14 14:49:38 by robdylan Reply
  • in fact, both Jacques and Odwa (33) are relatively young!

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.08.14 14:50:25 by robdylan Reply

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