Sharks snap up Junior Bok skipper

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 27 Jul 2016 at 17:44
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The Sharks have confirmed the signature of Junior Springbok captain Jeremy Ward from 2017 on.

Ward, who plays outside centre, attended Grey High in Port Elizabeth with another young Sharks prodigy in Curwin Bosch. He played Craven Week for Eastern Province two years running and also played two years of under 19 rugby for the Province, beginning in his matric year. In his second year (2015), Ward captained the EP under 19s to a first-ever tournament win, scoring two tries in the final to help his side beat the fancied Blue Bulls.

Ward was appointed captain of the South African under 20 side this year and led them on their ill-fated trip to the Junior World Championships in Manchester; it was felt that the captain always put his own hand up and showed bravery and commitment despite some average team performances. He went on to represent the Southern Kings in two Super Rugby matches this year.

Ward turns 21 in January next year and will thus be available to the Sharks for under 21 rugby – if required – in 2017. Given his pedigree (and the likelihood of a full Currie Cup campaign with EP this year), it’s more likely that the young man will play Super Rugby for the Sharks next year. He joins the franchise on 1 Novebmer.

Well done Sharks and a warm welcome to Jeremy.


  • Woohoo! Great signing!

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.07.16 17:46:58 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • this is phenomenal news. Watched the Junior Champs and identified Ward and Wiese as two players I really wanted. Wiese didn’t manage to impress me as consistently as Ward, though.

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.07.16 17:52:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • Getchoosummathat!

    Sharks rising!

    Good time for the turncoats to turn from their wicked ways, and get back with the Sharks, ’cause we ain’t welcoming you back when this ship sails true north.

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.07.16 17:56:12 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Now this is the positive signing type that we have been waiting for.

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.07.16 17:57:44 by KingRiaan Reply

  • Anyone got stats on his height, weight etc. How fast is he? What’s his defence / attacking play like?

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.07.16 18:04:13 by Hulk Reply

  • @Hulk (Comment 5) : 1.87m

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.07.16 18:09:25 by 50shadesofshark2 Reply

  • still think the sharks should have a look at ew viljoen.fullback/wing/no13 for wp age groups(last year u21 capt) and cc qualifying team.

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.07.16 18:19:07 by 50shadesofshark2 Reply

  • @Hulk (Comment 5) : Don’t have any stats to offer, but he is one extremely balanced runner – a thing of beauty to behold (that’s my love for athletics shining through there).

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.07.16 18:24:52 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 8) : I’ll keep my eye on the King’s this CC. Sharks are starting to rack up a few good youngsters. Bosch, Ward, Nkosi. Now throw Lambie, Esterhuizen, Sithole and Mvovo we can have a very exciting, young backline.

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.07.16 18:36:11 by Hulk Reply

  • @Hulk (Comment 9) : According to Robbie Kempson EP Kings has no contracted players. He feels they will struggle to compete in the First Division let alone the Premier Division.

    Most of the Southern Kings were on short term contracts with SARU, many of them won’t be available for EP.

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.07.16 19:16:56 by Baylion Reply

  • I called it! Like the look of this young man.

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.07.16 20:33:52 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Hear we are losing Sbura and Mjekevu to Province? Any truth to this. Don’t blame them. Gold has really f….ed them around.

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.07.16 21:25:25 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • Excellent news this… 🙂

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.07.16 22:14:47 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Great news!

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.07.16 05:18:27 by BarendL Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 10) : The Kings are basically a sunk experiment.

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.07.16 07:16:11 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Supporting the Sharks is just such a schizophrenic, roller coaster experience! First we announce the signing of Ricardo Laubscher as skills coach, whose greatest coaching achievement (based on his time with the Boks) is teaching backline players to don the correctly-numbered jersey. (This might be a bit harsh on Ricardo; for all I know he might actually be good, and just have been stifled operating under Paul Kruger as head coach. Time will tell). And then, just as I’m convinced that the Sharks are not just good at shooting themselves in the foot, but actually enjoy doing so, they announce the signing of Jeremy Ward, the most promising junior centre I have seen in ages….!

    At this rate, I’m expecting the next signings to be Dean Greyling as a prop, and Steve Hansen as head coach…

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.07.16 07:24:00 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Great to hear the key signings are all under 35 for a change.

    @Culling Song (Comment 16) : 😀

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.07.16 07:54:19 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 12) : Rumours like that make me nervous, where there’s smoke there’s fire and all that.

    Sbura I’d be heart broken to lose but I’m not a fan of Mjekevu so not worried on that front.

  • Comment 18, posted at 28.07.16 08:14:36 by Hulk Reply

  • @Culling Song (Comment 16) : 😆 Too true! Though this is fantastic news! Well done all those involved. And welcome Jeremy! With a possible back line of Reinach, Lambie, Giant, Ward, Mvovs, Sbu and Bosch? Yes sir, I can live with that!

  • Comment 19, posted at 28.07.16 08:17:19 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @Culling Song (Comment 16) : my money is on Brok Harris and Mourinho

  • Comment 20, posted at 28.07.16 08:17:23 by The hound Reply
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  • This is a good clever signing and it caters to a significant need in midfield. Pretty much balances and even counters the pointless signing of that Namibian scrumhalf. Is Johan Deysel also a confirmed signing? And Rhyno Smith?

  • Comment 21, posted at 28.07.16 08:31:46 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 10) : The Kings are up to their shoulders in shit if you take a look at that article.

    @The hound (Comment 20) : Mourhino would do better than most SA ‘Managers’, even in a different sport than he’s used to, genius that guy. Not very good when staying at one club for more than 3/4 years though.

    @SheldonK (Comment 21) : Would like to see more of Johan Deysel, looks like he’s got a good set of skills, you know his height and weight ?

  • Comment 22, posted at 28.07.16 09:12:34 by Quintin Reply

  • @Another Nick (Comment 19) : Don’t think Sbu will be around much longer. A few guys saying he’s been around long enough and hasn’t really produced, which is fair I guess, maybe he’ll do better in other surroundings. I think he can be good for us though, just needs some proper coaching and settle his mind on a position.

  • Comment 23, posted at 28.07.16 09:24:58 by Quintin Reply

  • Great signing and Welcome Jeremy – we need a quality 13, but let’s also give the BOY time to settle in and perhaps play a bit of age group rugby first.

  • Comment 24, posted at 28.07.16 09:33:45 by Vonno13 Reply
  • @Quintin (Comment 22) : Really not sure his stats to be honest- he isnt the biggest guy but definitely doesnt shy away from any contact. Would be really good if Sharks can have all of Ward, Deysel and Smith fulltime contracted…think thats a move in the right direction

  • Comment 25, posted at 28.07.16 09:39:41 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 25) : Agreed. At least we have AE there to make up for some size and stopping power, he has tons of it.

  • Comment 26, posted at 28.07.16 09:41:01 by Quintin Reply

  • @Quintin (Comment 23) : Sad reality, but can understand from his point of view as well. But in fairness, Odders is not getting any younger and we need a quality wing. He sure is big and fast enough, so maybe just a skills upgrade?

  • Comment 27, posted at 28.07.16 10:08:55 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 26) : But not able to pass and offload – I would take a Giteau over an Esterhuizen everyday of the week

  • Comment 28, posted at 28.07.16 10:10:25 by Vonno13 Reply
  • @Another Nick (Comment 27) : @Vonno13 (Comment 28) : Skills upgrade for both of them it is! But I mean, how hard can it be to teach players to pass the damn ball and get the timing right? If Ricardo can do just that, I’d be happy we got him on board! Surely he can’t do worse with our backline than it already is, I’m sure he’ll have some sort of positive contribution, a lot of hate for the guy on this site and he’s not even started yet. I’ll give him a fair chance.

  • Comment 29, posted at 28.07.16 10:17:30 by Quintin Reply

  • @Vonno13 (Comment 28) : Feel Esterhuizen has made big improvements to his game since last year SR and am very happy with his development. If we use the CC as a platform for our guys to gel and allow some playing freedom without the high pressure of SR we may see more development in his pass / offload game. This applies not only to AE but the twins who also need to work on their skills.

  • Comment 30, posted at 28.07.16 10:20:30 by Hulk Reply

  • @Hulk (Comment 18) : I haven’t heard anything about Wandi, but there’s plenty of talk that S’bura is off.

  • Comment 31, posted at 28.07.16 10:20:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : any update on Willie, will he stay on for another season of SR?

  • Comment 32, posted at 28.07.16 10:22:59 by Henkb Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : off to somewhere locally or abroad?

  • Comment 33, posted at 28.07.16 10:29:42 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Quintin (Comment 29) : Yea I’m not talking about a massive overhaul, but things like off-loading in a tackle, ball retention, running into gaps (not players!), etc. Sharpen a few things here and there and you will have a world class player on your hands. That actually goes for all of them. And yes, if Ricardo can bring that element to our back line, I would be happy to have him on board.

  • Comment 34, posted at 28.07.16 10:29:53 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @Culling Song (Comment 16) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 35, posted at 28.07.16 10:39:21 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Why is he only signed for 2017 and for Super Rugby? Or am I misinterpreting the press release? 🙄

  • Comment 36, posted at 28.07.16 10:40:45 by bokbok Reply

  • @bokbok (Comment 36) : he is playing u21 CC for EP then joining Sharks from November for preseason etc

  • Comment 37, posted at 28.07.16 10:43:35 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Hulk (Comment 30) : Agreed, they all need to sharpen up on the skills levels. The one slight concern I have is this, is it not one of those things you are born with? I played club rugby for 10 years and you just had those players who could make things happen through their passing and vision and then you had those that no matter how hard they tried, they just did not have the skill set to get better. Obviously club is lower and the time on training these skills is far lower, but l just feel that no matter what level you at, some guys just have and some don’t.

  • Comment 38, posted at 28.07.16 11:07:05 by Vonno13 Reply
  • Great signing by the Sharks, hope he makes his mark and hangs around here for more than just a year or two.

    Now lets also get James Hall to come back to KZN.

  • Comment 39, posted at 28.07.16 11:11:44 by jonnow Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : If it’s true (which I hope is not the case), the Lions should grab him. He could be amazing in their setup.

  • Comment 40, posted at 28.07.16 11:25:50 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : I really hope that this does not happen

    Sithole is really good on both wings and at outside centre

  • Comment 41, posted at 28.07.16 11:31:58 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @Vonno13 (Comment 38) : Timing your pass by pulling in a defender enough so the guy on the outside can get away should be a skill any pro rugby player should be able to do. Only hard part comes from timing your pass in a set move or when a guy comes in on an angle, and having the awareness to spot it.

  • Comment 42, posted at 28.07.16 11:32:20 by Quintin Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 41) : When last did he have a good game though? Not in last 2 years.

  • Comment 43, posted at 28.07.16 11:45:09 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Vonno13 (Comment 38) : Vision and composure are very difficult to coach so in that i do agree that a player is born with it. Coaching how to catch and pass is easy. Coaching decision making is very difficult

  • Comment 44, posted at 28.07.16 11:47:29 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 44) : Ja look, decision making is in the hands of the player. I favour an attacking 12 who looks to put others away, Esterhuizen is never going to be that. I am talking about great ness here which is not really fair on him, but he will never be a Nonu or a Bill Williams, just as big as Esterhuizen, but far better steppers, decision makers, off loaders and passers of the ball, well jeez, just better players. Then you get the Giteau’s, small but incredibly quick and gifted when it comes to putting others in space. We have to use Esterhuizen like Jamie Roberts, get him running lines off the lineouts etc and getting over the advantage line. I would personally like to see a guy like Inno develop into a 12, he has very strong defence and could be the 12 I am looking for

  • Comment 45, posted at 28.07.16 11:58:44 by Vonno13 Reply
  • @Vonno13 (Comment 45) : I do fully get your thinking. I think just like there is more than 1 successful way to play the game there are numerous player characteristics that can be successful in each position. I am a fan of more of a play maker /distributer in the 12 channel than purely a Jamie Roberts type basher but thats not too say that cant be effective as well. Its about using players strengths not playing to their weak points. However, i think thats a bit off the topic of the ability to coach vision and decision making…i think there are ways to practise those things but very tough to teach it if its not there.

  • Comment 46, posted at 28.07.16 12:03:37 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Quintin (Comment 23) : The only coach that gave him a chance was Jake and boy what a season he had. Even got a call up to train with the Boks. I blame Gold for Sbu’s current situation.

  • Comment 47, posted at 28.07.16 12:04:09 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 46) : Yes agreed fully, you can practice all day long, but if not there, it just will not happen, That was Jakes issue with Andre, he felt his positional play at 12 was off, he felt he was a bit slow off the mark and mainly, he realised he could not really create much – unless you were playing bash up rugby off the 10. That is why he was moved to flank, which did not work. Jake could obviously see at training, that it was a lost cause in trying to teach him how to be a Frans Steyn, a guy who is big and powerful, but can control a game from 12 as he is a fantastic distributor of the ball. I do not want to put Esterhuizen down, as he has had a somewhat decent season and tackled his heart out, he always seems to give 100% which I really like, but he is just not my type of 12 and never will be

  • Comment 48, posted at 28.07.16 12:34:36 by Vonno13 Reply
  • @Vonno13 (Comment 48) : Fair point that i think.

  • Comment 49, posted at 28.07.16 12:37:24 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 49) : birthday today?

  • Comment 50, posted at 28.07.16 13:08:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 50) : yeh its one of those annual things that pop up…

  • Comment 51, posted at 28.07.16 13:08:46 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 51) : Happy birthday bud! All the best!

  • Comment 52, posted at 28.07.16 13:30:28 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 52) : Thanks man

  • Comment 53, posted at 28.07.16 13:32:14 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 51) : happy birthday champ!

  • Comment 54, posted at 28.07.16 13:59:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 54) : Shot Rob…hoping for some good rugby from the Lions this weekend as a present. Got to back the SA boys

  • Comment 55, posted at 28.07.16 14:00:30 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 51) : happy happy!!

  • Comment 56, posted at 28.07.16 14:04:37 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 56) : Thanks man

  • Comment 57, posted at 28.07.16 14:05:04 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK: happy birthday.

  • Comment 58, posted at 28.07.16 14:05:17 by 50shadesofshark2 Reply

  • @50shadesofshark2 (Comment 58) : Shot man

  • Comment 59, posted at 28.07.16 14:05:42 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 51) : Happy days boet! Many more to come. Have a good one!

  • Comment 60, posted at 28.07.16 14:07:22 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 51) : has’t a joyous happy birthday, and may all the rugby gods blesseth thee f’r int’rnity

  • Comment 61, posted at 28.07.16 14:15:11 by Henkb Reply
  • @Another Nick (Comment 60) : @Henkb (Comment 61) : Thanks chaps

  • Comment 62, posted at 28.07.16 14:20:43 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 43) : true but I still feel we have a good young player there, his been waiting in the wings for some time, still to get a solid chance

  • Comment 63, posted at 28.07.16 15:17:32 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 63) : Im not saying there isnt talent there…but if i try look objectively from the time he first made his debut till now is he a better rugby player now compared to then and has he given more than just the odd handful of good performances? He has been in the system and invested in for quite some time now and my question is it not time to perhaps look at putting that investment into someone else, perhaps someone younger?

  • Comment 64, posted at 28.07.16 15:23:02 by SheldonK Reply

  • sharks qualified from a handicap draw of 7home/8away games in the toughest pool (vs nz teams).feel the sharks have an opportunity now to sign a few youngsters.must just be smart who they sign.players want to play on the big stage.just make sure they are about team first.

  • Comment 65, posted at 28.07.16 15:47:52 by 50shadesofshark2 Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 47) : Agree, I have no reasons really to base an argument on that, like I said, he can be good in another coaching setup. Apparently, just not our current one 😕

  • Comment 66, posted at 28.07.16 15:51:37 by Quintin Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 51) : Gather you past the age you get excited about b/days. Have a good one in any case.

  • Comment 67, posted at 28.07.16 16:10:15 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 67) : haha yeh i dont think ill be going to Spur for my chico the clown icecream 😉 Thanks man

  • Comment 68, posted at 28.07.16 16:12:16 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 68) : many happy returns mate and may your team bring you a SR trophy in the next two to five years and you dont have to worry about chico hes coaches the Sharks

  • Comment 69, posted at 28.07.16 16:23:36 by benji Reply
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  • Happy birfday Sheldon!

    Anyone know the new signings 100m time?

  • Comment 70, posted at 28.07.16 16:51:26 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 51) : Happy Birthday.

    @Vonno13 (Comment 48) : Getting back to this rather intriguing debate I feel AE has more to offer. Yes he may never be a silky smooth distributor but up until SBW came along Nonu was little more than a crash ball with some passing. He then worked on his boot and all of a sudden he is this well rounded centre. Andre has the physical defence, he has the hard direct running line, his boot isn’t great but it can be worked on so now we need to get our “skills & attack” coaches, whoever they may be to work on his passing game. His size naturally draws in defenders and even with an average passing game he’d be lethal.

  • Comment 71, posted at 28.07.16 17:05:29 by Hulk Reply

  • @Hulk (Comment 71) : so where was he last Saturday?

  • Comment 72, posted at 28.07.16 17:29:47 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 72) : seems an odd response to an interesting argument on both sides. Personally, I’ve always been a fan – think he’s crucial to the game plan.

  • Comment 73, posted at 28.07.16 19:39:25 by JR Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 70) : Seems the litmus test will be whether he’s able to out-run Ardie Savea…:)

  • Comment 74, posted at 29.07.16 06:55:49 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Hulk (Comment 71) : Sorry boet, Nonu was just a crash ball with some passing, no no no. Go back and watch – he always possessed an incredible step and swerve movement for such a big man. If O Driscal and J De Villiers rate him as the best they have ever faced, then you know you are talking of a legend of the game.

    The All Blacks have centres who run with the ball in two hands, hence, always confusing the defence as to what they will do – Andre can’t seem to do that and if he does, I am not convinced of his speed off the mark. We talking different leagues here

  • Comment 75, posted at 29.07.16 08:10:32 by Vonno13 Reply
  • Happy birthday for yesterday Sheldon.

  • Comment 76, posted at 29.07.16 08:31:10 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @JR (Comment 73) : he was exposed for the wet toilet paper that he is,zero skill,zero rugby kop,zero offload and when his supposed size doesnt work like against NZ teams, he gets dropped on spot or tackled backwards,no where near the gain line ever

  • Comment 77, posted at 29.07.16 08:35:48 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 69) : @Big Fish (Comment 70) : @Hulk (Comment 71) : @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 76) : Thanks Chaps…seems my bday coincided with our foreign coach jumping de fence and leaving KZN…such a pity

  • Comment 78, posted at 29.07.16 08:38:24 by SheldonK Reply

  • @benji (Comment 77) : Good Lord, I’m convinced that you have managed to reach a point where your negativity is more finely wrought than a Hattori Hanzo katana…

  • Comment 79, posted at 29.07.16 08:41:50 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Good replacement for Jordaan , might even be better jordaan was very injury prone , hope Ward can be a solid #13 for us we need it

  • Comment 80, posted at 29.07.16 09:17:54 by John Reply

  • @John (Comment 80) : Yeah your right, he’s injury prone although I think he can be an awesome player if he actually plays a couple of seasons without getting injured.

    @benji (Comment 77) : Sorry but that is just a stupid comment. Based on one game that is your assessment of AE? Starting to think you are a troll.

  • Comment 81, posted at 29.07.16 10:27:31 by Quintin Reply

  • Yes jordaan is a good player and i think without injuries he would have been our bok 13

  • Comment 82, posted at 29.07.16 10:41:11 by John Reply

  • @Quintin (Comment 81) : No troll mate and not one game which game though exposed him for what he is. Please explain then why he can never straighten the line,run space ,and when he gets contact can never tuck down always runs in with his head held so high,for me we all entitled to our opinion but smoke blowing an average player, really

  • Comment 83, posted at 30.07.16 09:10:11 by benji Reply
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  • @Quintin (Comment 81) : Rohan jv Rensburg,see thats a 12

  • Comment 84, posted at 30.07.16 17:14:38 by benji Reply
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