Sharks bid 3 farewell

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 10 Jul 2017 at 09:54
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Saturday’s home fixture against the Lions will mark a Sharks Super Rugby swansong for three players, all of whose contributions will be marked on the day.

Sharks half-centurions Cobus Reinach, Etienne Oosthuizen and Lourens Adriaanse will all leave Durban to take up lucrative European contracts after the Super Rugby campaign and with no prospect of a home playoff game, Saturday will mark the last time they will run onto the Kings Park turf as Sharks players.

Reinach, a product of Grey College in Bloemfontein, joined the Sharks Academy after school in 2009 and played age-group rugby for three years before a lone Super Rugby cap in 2012. He made his Springbok debut in 2014 (following in late father Jaco’s footsteps) and will mark his 58th cap for the Sharks in Super Rugby on Saturday against the Lions. He has scored 10 career tries in the competition, including a memorable effort against the Crusaders in Christchurch in 2014, the only time the Sharks have tasted victory at that venue.

It was initially announced that Reinach would only join his new club, Northampton, on conclusion of the Currie Cup season, but that date appears to have shifted forward and with the Sharks signing new scrumhalves in Cameron Wright and Louis Schreuder for Currie Cup and beyond, Reinach (who is now out of the national reckoning too) seemingly has no good reason to hang around.

Oosthuizen found a home in Durban after an unsettled early career that saw him play just three matches each for the Lions and Brumbies in Super Rugby, before following Jake White to Durban in 2014. After a poor first season, he turned his game around and quickly became an established starter in the number 4 jersey, earning an impressive 51 caps over the course of just four seasons. Oosthuizen has also scored five tries for the Sharks in Super Rugby, which might actually be a record for a Sharks second-rower.

His departure to Lyon comes at a very unfortunate time, with a mid-year Springbok training squad call-up an indication that he is (or was) at least on the national radar. What’s more, with few natural successors in the “enforcer” lock position, Oosthuizen’s departure leaves a massive hole in the Sharks’ engine room, one which they have not been able to backfill through recruitment.

Lourens Adriaanse is another player whose departure is unfortunate, given that the Sharks offloaded plenty of home grown props (including the likes of Wiehahn Herbst, Maks van Dyk, Allan Dell and Danie Mienie) in order to sign him. Likable Lourie joined the team at the start of the 2014 season, after playing 30 games for the Cheetahs and has to date amassed a further 60 caps for the Sharks, scoring a single try in the process. At just 29 years old, Adriaanse is in his prime as a tighthead prop and wit a high work rate on defence and in the tight loose, is just the sort of player that the Shakrks really wouldn’t want to be losing.

The re-emergence of the younger Coenie Oosthuizen as a tighthead of test quality, coupled with a fall down the national pecking order, seem to have made it easier for Adriaanse to leave. He’ll join Pau in the French Top 14 on a three year deal.


  • Although highly unlikely, statistically we just might…

    Overly optimistic (and playing all games within SA):

    Quarter-final 1: 1 v 8 = Crusaders vs. Highlanders
    Quarter-final 2: 2 v 7 = Lions vs. Sharks
    Quarter-final 3: 3 v 6 = Stormers vs. Chiefs
    Quarter-final 4: 4 v 5 = Brumbies vs. Hurricanes

    Semi-final 1: Winner QF 1 v Winner QF 4 = Brumbies / Hurricanes vs. Highlanders
    Semi-final 2: Winner QF 2 v Winner QF 3 = Stormers vs. Sharks

    Final = Sharks vs. Highlanders

    This week we are supporting the Reds to prevent the Highlanders to get a single log point. We beat the Lions with a bonus point. This will result in us playing the Lions…..

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.07.17 10:03:59 by BluffShark Reply
  • @BluffShark (Comment 1) : pass to the left. You’re hogging. 🙂

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.07.17 10:12:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • I assume you mend “hoping” 😉

    Hogging or sweat hogging refers to the practice of groups of men who target overweight or obese women, typically for sexual encounters – Wikipedia…

    What an amazing conclusion to the BI lions tour…

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.07.17 10:19:46 by BluffShark Reply

  • @BluffShark (Comment 3) : no, I meant you’re hogging the crack pipe and should pass it on 🙂

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.07.17 10:41:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • Big loss that Oosterhuizen. Most underrated number 4 lock in the country.

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.07.17 11:27:51 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @BluffShark (Comment 3) : Agree about the end of the BI Lions tour. It’s just surreal how that unfolded and even more crazy how there isn’t more about it in the media. I still can not believe how calm Read was when the ref changed his decision in what felt like a last minute knee jerk reaction.

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.07.17 11:29:37 by Hulk Reply

  • “Hogging or sweat hogging refers to the practice of groups of men who target overweight or obese women, typically for sexual encounters – Wikipedia…” this I did not know, and I dont know that I am any the wiser for knowing it now. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.07.17 11:44:05 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 5) : Agree with you on that. I think his presence is going to be missed. He has become such a huge part of our maul defence I hope either Lewies or Botha can step up. I think with the loss of Oosterhuizen we need to re-evaluate Dan du Preez as a no. 4 lock. He has the power and mongrel for it and his defensive play is better than his attack right now. I feel this will also get a lot of people off his back about this handling woes until it improves. We can then also play a more balanced loose trio. Now for someone to go and tell Coach Rob this.

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.07.17 11:44:44 by Hulk Reply

  • I don’t think the tour was that well followed locally, but I have seen numerous comments about it on overseas media. Mallet, Naas and even Kaplan aired their views. The debate surrounded whether scrum or penalty and if penalty for whom continued in the earlier hours of today and I am sure it would continue even further.

    A worthy response to a Kaplan tweet was “Sad thing is that even refs argue the decision which emphasize that Rugby has become too complicated and RULED by the Refs and their laws”

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.07.17 11:51:30 by BluffShark Reply

  • Ghost site

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.07.17 16:52:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @BluffShark (Comment 9) : @Hulk (Comment 6) : I think it wasn’t the right decision but if that decision was made in the 15th min, not much of a fuss would have been made about it. If anyone wants to blame that one call as the reason they drew the series they would have to go and look at the ones that also went the other way throughout the series. It’s also not a 100% guarantee that they would’ve converted the penalty.

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.07.17 17:04:41 by Quintin Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 5) : I fully agree ,the others are way to soft

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.07.17 17:07:13 by benji Reply
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  • Could we not have used Reinach salary to counter offer the other two?

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.07.17 19:19:58 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 13) : replaced Reinach with two others so don’t think to much of his salary remains available. Think the main reason all three is leaving is the lack of international opportunities. Reinach and Adriaanse “fell of the radar” and EO is seemingly only an option if six others are unavailable. Going for the money over maybe getting one or two opportunities to play international rugby is not all that dificult decision!!!!
    Real pity you’re leaving but can understand why!!! G ood luck guys!!!

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.07.17 20:26:49 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : ???

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.07.17 20:27:45 by JD Reply
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  • @Hulk (Comment 8) : Dan will battle at 8 and should really go back to lock.

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.07.17 06:53:52 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • Thinking of it, although some good rugby was on display during this tour a draw is really an “ice block” on it.

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.07.17 07:26:42 by BluffShark Reply

  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 7) : Also something I just did not want to know

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.07.17 09:48:49 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @BluffShark (Comment 9) : Lions tours are special, they are real tours and sometimes they gel into an amazing rugby side that are almost unbeatable.

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.07.17 10:04:49 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 14) : Maybe we should option these guys yes you can leave but if you return we get first option. I have a feeling oosthuizen is going to come back greatly improved if he decides to come back one day.

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.07.17 17:52:15 by coolfusion Reply


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