Adriaanse gets Bok call up

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Springboks on 8 Aug 2016 at 12:26
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Trevor Nyakane has been withdrawn from the Springbok Rugby Championships squad due to an ankle injury. His replacement will be Sharks prop Lourens Adriaanse.

The call-up is just reward after a great season for Adriaanse, but causes some headaches for the Sharks, who have limited Currie Cup depth at tight head prop.

Well done, Lourens – good to see you back where you belong!


  • Fantastic! Well done Lourens!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.08.16 12:32:13 by Another Nick Reply
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  • Great news for Adriaanse as he really is looking fit and sharp. Not so great news in that the Sharks just lost their only tighthead.

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.08.16 12:36:51 by SheldonK Reply
  • Congrats Lourens!

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.08.16 12:38:03 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Suppose this means Thomas will be moved to TH with a youngster moving onto the bench. This should give us a chance to really decide if Thomas is ever going to cut it as a specialist TH. At the moment my feelings are no.

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.08.16 12:38:19 by Hulk Reply

  • Well deserved, Well done Lourens!

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.08.16 12:38:33 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Well deserved. Given what we’ve seen from the juniors in the backline, I’m hopeful this is simply an opportunity for a youngster to show his stuff at no. 3. 😉

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.08.16 12:39:56 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Hulk (Comment 4) : Having watch DuToit scrum he is not a tighthead at the moment…too tall and technique not good enough. He will give away penalties…hope im wrong but yeh

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.08.16 12:40:07 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Culling Song (Comment 6) : Anyone in particular?

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.08.16 12:40:47 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Hulk (Comment 4) : I reckon he’s too tall to be a proper tighthead.

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.08.16 12:42:30 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Moral of the story – when you’re looking for a tight head, look no further than the Sharks….why it took an injury for the scales to fall off, I do not know.

    Can somebody please start a tight head academy? Of all the position in rugby, this seems to be the hardest to fill.

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.08.16 12:48:01 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 8) : Not a clue. That statement was rooted in blind optimism, not any form of insight or knowledge.

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.08.16 12:48:02 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 11) : …as is the expected norm for us genuine Sharks fans – blind optimists to the core. 😉

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.08.16 12:49:04 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Culling Song (Comment 11) : Damn…hope someone knew something i didnt

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.08.16 12:53:03 by SheldonK Reply

  • All I can say to Mr. Adriaanse is well deserved congrats and good luck!!!

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.08.16 14:40:44 by JD Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 6) : @SheldonK (Comment 8) : @FireTheLooser (Comment 12) : well I do think we would get Coenie back.

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.08.16 14:42:32 by JD Reply
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  • im happy for him. he defiitely deserves it. I feel sorry for trevor as his flipping good too

    but now thomas will have to step up at TH, which isnt so bad

    Better than counie 😐 at TH. who will cover TH from the bench though, dont we have a good young TH, cant remember the name

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.08.16 15:13:17 by revolverocelot Reply

  • Maybe Gerhard Engelbrecht will come into consideration again at TH

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.08.16 16:06:58 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 16) : Coenie is injured, apparently.

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.08.16 16:36:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • I am very chuffed for Lourens, he certainly deserves this call up based on his play this season. That said, this move makes little sense for the Boks, they have three tightheads (Malherbe, Koch, and Redlinghuys) and three looseheads (Beast, Kitshoff, and Nyakane), a nice balance (Coenie is injured but the Bok A side used him at loosehead, so who knows where AC sees him). One of your looseheads is unjured (Nyakane) and you bring in a specialist tighthead in Adriaanse making 4 tightheads and only 2 looseheads. That just does not make sense to me, what if Beast or Kitshoff have to cry off (hopefully won’t happen) at the last minute? This is a puzzling move, while Adriaanse may be the next best prop, we need a loosehead.

  • Comment 19, posted at 08.08.16 19:23:17 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 17) : thats the guy yes, he has played well when he had a chance, but i seem to remember them not picking him but instead another young lad in the announce cc 2016 squad.

    @robdylan (Comment 18) : thanks for the info, cant believe he packed down at LH for the boks when there are so many reports that its bad for his [email protected]Dancing Bear (Comment 19) : good point

  • Comment 20, posted at 08.08.16 19:43:22 by revolverocelot Reply

  • Well done, Lourens! Congrats and good luck!!

  • Comment 21, posted at 08.08.16 20:20:43 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 19) : I think you have one too many props in your list. Malherbe is out for three months…so we have two tightheads (Koch and Redelinghuis) and two looseheads (Beast and Kitshoff). Nyakane was prop number 5. Given this balance, I’m sure prop number 5 was meant to be one who could cover loosehead and tighthead. With both Nyakane and Coenie now injured, AC had to choose to back one of the two positions up…he chose tighthead…

  • Comment 22, posted at 08.08.16 20:26:42 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 22) : Thanks for that….so many complaining that Dylan Smith wasn’t called up (the 365 fanboys), had me wondering whether he’s a th. The one position where you never take chances should be th, so no issues here.

  • Comment 23, posted at 09.08.16 07:23:08 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Whatever happened to Ruan Dreyer. I always thought he was going to step up.

  • Comment 24, posted at 09.08.16 09:45:23 by coolfusion Reply

  • @pastorshark (Comment 22) : I understand, just with one point, the last time Nyakane had the chance to come on at TH, his team opted to rather take uncontested scrums. So not sure if he is still considered as a TH option. So again, wondering why pick 3 looseheads and only 2 tightheads, and then replace one loosehead with a tighthead.

  • Comment 25, posted at 09.08.16 19:15:10 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 25) : Nyakane is definitely still seen as a tighthead option. The incident you’re talking about was definitely not one where the Boks chose uncontested scrums. They wanted contested scrums with Nyakane at tighthead. However the match officials correctly pointed out that according to the rules Nyakane was that day listed as the LOOSEHEAD replacement (if I remember correctly, Malherbe was the official TIGHTHEAD replacement)…and the rules stated that (for safety’s sake) the official LOOSEHEAD replacement could not come on at TIGHTHEAD, even though he can play in that position. It was out of the Boks hands. With this squad make-up Nyakane was definitely chosen as a fifth prop who could cover both loosehead and tighthead. With him and Coenie out AC ran out of options of players who can cover both…so he went with someone who could cover tighthead. If he had known this up front he,may have changed the balance of his squad (?)…

  • Comment 26, posted at 09.08.16 20:52:37 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 26) : You are correct there. And i must say im pretty happy with the props in the squad (Beast, Kitshoff, Redelinghuis,Koch and Adriaanse) . Think Beast needs to up his game a bit though and he is capable of that- think the Sharks captaincy distracted him too much from just playing.

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.08.16 08:20:19 by SheldonK Reply

  • Just food for thought…Probable Bok team vs My Possible Team of those left out :
    Probable: 1. Beast 2. Strauss 3. Redlinghuis 4. Etzebeth 5. PSDT 6. Kriel 7. Louw 8.Vermuelen 9. DeKlerk 10. Jantjies 11. Habana 12, DeAllende 13. Mapoe 14. Combrinck 15. Kriel

    Possible: 1. Kitshoff 2.Bismarck 2. Adriaanse 4. Mostert 5. Lewies 6.Tecklenburg 7. Van Der Walt. 8 Whiteley 9. Hougaard 10. Goosen 11. Skosan 12. Van Rensburg 13. Venter 14. Pieterson 15. Steyn

  • Comment 28, posted at 12.08.16 09:31:46 by SheldonK Reply


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