Special jerseys to commemorate special feats

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 16 Mar 2016 at 10:58
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The Sharks appear to have done something new at training this week – something that seems rather special indeed, at least to me.

Four players were spotted wearing special jerseys at yesterday’s session. Similar to the way the leader of a cycling race wears a yellow jersey, these alternate training strips are handed out to players as a recognition of their exploits in the previous week’s match.

Marcell Coetzee, as the official man of the match against the Stormers, was handed the yellow jersey.

Andre Esterhuizen’s fancy pink number is in recognition of making the most tackles in the match.

Etienne Oosthuizen picks up the green shirt for highest overall work rate:

Last but not least (and certainly most striking) is the white and red polka dot number for the player with the best attitude on-field (essentially players’ player of the week) and that went to Joe Pietersen.

Well done again to these guys and we look forward to seeing some other players pick up the jerseys next week. All images courtesy of (and copyright to) Steve Haag, so please do not share or use without his express permission).


  • This is really really clever, I love it.

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.03.16 11:00:37 by Seth101 Reply
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  • Awesome.

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.03.16 11:05:22 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • just those man bras look a bit off, especially on MC

    talking about innovation – how did the big name entertainment go at KP when Jaguares played there?

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.03.16 11:14:49 by Kabouter Reply

  • All those players had fantastic games in the exact areas they were awarded. Fantastic idea, Sharks. This team is coming together quite nicely!

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.03.16 11:19:57 by josefgremlin Reply

  • This is brilliant! Very good idea.

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.03.16 11:22:44 by gregkaos Reply
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  • This is so cool! Well done management. Love the idea! This is all part of creating a special environment among the players.

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.03.16 11:23:13 by Another Nick Reply

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  • Do they get to wear something special like the guys in the Varsity Cup?

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.03.16 11:23:27 by Haddock Reply

  • Love it! The GEES seems to be back at KP. Well done Sharks! 😎 😎 😎

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.03.16 11:24:10 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Haddock (Comment 7) : just not the pink shorts….

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.03.16 11:24:48 by Kabouter Reply

  • Awesome stuff. Nice idea to make other players step up to “take” the jersey

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.03.16 11:29:40 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • I think this could replace the player ratings – after all, these jerseys are being handed out by the coaching staff and they know whether the players preformed the way they were instructed to do.

    A weekly article showing which players got which jerseys every week could really work nicely Rob. (if feasible off course)

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.03.16 11:35:19 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 11) : I’ll do my best, provided I’m able to find the info.

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.03.16 11:36:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : Nice, that will be great – but I understand that obtaining the info will not always be possible.

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.03.16 11:46:48 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • nice innovation by the coaching staff!!!! Gives the players something to work towards!!!! Must say I do like the pink one.

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.03.16 11:59:01 by JD Reply
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  • Thats pretty awesome…hope this can be a weekly feature

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.03.16 12:10:16 by SheldonK Reply

  • Love this!

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.03.16 12:11:32 by Letgo Reply
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  • This is a great idea and having played cricket where we as a team hand out hats (as they do in the IPL) always brings that little bit extra from the guys. I’m sure the players enjoy the recognition too.

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.03.16 12:12:37 by Hulk Reply

  • @Kabouter (Comment 3) : To be honest it was a bit of a fail. Great ideas just execution wasnt the best…but hopefully they learn. So for example the flashers came out earlier than expected so that taking their time to get into the stadium missed it as they came on before the warmups really started. Then the 2 acts they had perform were not positioned in a great space acoustically so all you could hear was a noise unless you were very close by. I must admit i miss some of the old stuff like the cars circling he field before…seeing hundreds on scholars cheering the team onto the field…the captain introducing the team…even the old school push up boys that used to get the Banana Boy crowds going

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.03.16 12:14:19 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 18) : At least they got the jacuzzi back, but how do you get into them? I’d love to watch the sharks with a beer in the jacuzzi.

    I missed the first guy and I’m no Jack Parow fan (being a proper English boy) so really didn’t love it but like the intent and I’m sure they’ll get it right. Granted the half time drop goal thing was fun, thought Sharkie should have challenged the Rhino to a drop goal contest.

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.03.16 12:19:48 by Hulk Reply

  • @Hulk (Comment 19) : Jacuzzi is by invite only bud..sorry unless you know someone ur best chance is getting a jacuzzi at home 😉 The first guy was like a rapper/mc..well least i think so…our seats are on halfway and could only hear noise. Im not too fussed by the halftime show…im usually on a beer run haha

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.03.16 12:37:50 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 20) : Half time show wasn’t too bad but I was in the Sybia superstand and the beer queues aren’t that long up there. With Jack Parow I couldn’t really make it out and sounded like noise but I usually think it sounds like noise anyway.

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.03.16 13:05:28 by Hulk Reply

  • So anyone got a connection who can get me Jacuzzi seats??? If you don’t ask you don’t get!

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.03.16 13:07:23 by Hulk Reply

  • Great initiative Sharks. Its like Tour de France at Kings Park. Really great to see all the pride and gees back at KP

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.03.16 13:08:08 by Fox Reply

  • I wouldn’t mind joining in the jacuzzi either. With a branna and coke of course 😉

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.03.16 13:09:27 by Fox Reply

  • There was a time not too long ago when that polka dot jersey could go to the ones it was invented for – the king of the mountaineers – Mark Andrews would have had a cupboard full of those.

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.03.16 13:24:17 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Hulk (Comment 21) : Yeh look cant say im a big jack parrow fan hey. The beer queues werent too bad hey, think they have more outlets. I was impressed with some of the new food outlets like steers and afros chicken in the stadium. The guy in the Sharkie suit was a bit lame though…need someone with more life in them

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.03.16 13:43:42 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Fox (Comment 24) : Can you still get brandy and coke in a jug? I know my mates from jhb got it the one CC final

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.03.16 13:45:27 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Hulk (Comment 22) : @Fox (Comment 23) : @SheldonK (Comment 20) : I want a pink jersey, who must a tackle to get one?!?!? 😈

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.03.16 14:04:47 by JD Reply
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  • @Fox (Comment 24) : Ok, so that’s two in the Jacuzzi so far. Rob can you put a good word in with one of the higher powers? Call it the Sharks Sharksworld fan club. I think we are onto something here :mrgreen:

  • Comment 29, posted at 16.03.16 14:06:53 by Hulk Reply

  • @JD (Comment 28) : U have to tackle the kid that runs out with the ball before the game…show a clear release and get to your feet and effect a good steal…then you may get one 🙂

  • Comment 30, posted at 16.03.16 14:35:46 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK nope not that im aware of. But a cold branna and coke beats a hot beer (last quarter of the jug) anyday. @Hulk @JD what if I tackle whatever visiting mascot???

  • Comment 31, posted at 16.03.16 15:02:50 by Fox Reply

  • @Fox (Comment 31) : Ive never seen a visiting mascot at Kings Park so that would be a first…you get my vote

  • Comment 32, posted at 16.03.16 15:11:34 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 30) : @Fox (Comment 31) : what if I tackle the Bulls mascot at Loftus? 😈 I really want a pink jersey!!!

  • Comment 33, posted at 16.03.16 15:29:06 by JD Reply
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  • Very cool. Nice to see this initiative from the Sharks.

  • Comment 34, posted at 16.03.16 17:14:21 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Really excellent concept…well done!

  • Comment 35, posted at 16.03.16 21:15:02 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 26) : Why in the hell did they not let the guys perform in front of the main stands? It took me a couple of minutes to locate where they were performing.

  • Comment 36, posted at 17.03.16 09:12:36 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @KingRiaan (Comment 36) : I think it could be something to do with the equipment setup…and also thats where the concerts used to be performed from . But yeh something wasnt setup correctly as you could barely see the guys and the acoustics were terrible…not that the artists were that great in their subject material for a rugby game. I feel a small band or guy with a guitar would have been better…personal preference i guess

  • Comment 37, posted at 17.03.16 10:03:20 by SheldonK Reply


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