Kolbe in Bok squad for Australasia

Written by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring)

Posted in :The Rugby Championship on 31 Aug 2018 at 13:39
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Rassie has selected Cheslin Kolbe into the Bok squad for Australasia. He has also decided to have another look at the 37 year old Schalk Britz in place of Akker. Jesse Kriel has been favoured over Mapoe. Ross Cronje replaces Ivan van Zyl. Allende is back from injury and Notshe gets another chance.

Rumours of Thor being roped in seems to be unfounded.

Schalk Brits
Pieter-Steph du Toit
Thomas du Toit
Eben Etzebeth
Steven Kitshoff
Siya Kolisi
Francois Louw
Wilco Louw
Frans Malherbe
Malcolm Marx
Bongi Mbonambi
Franco Mostert
Tendai Mtawarira
Sikhumbuzo Notshe
RG Snyman
Marco van Staden
Warren Whiteley

Lukhanyo Am
Ross Cronjé
Damian de Allende
Faf de Klerk
Aphiwe Dyantyi
André Esterhuizen
Elton Jantjies
Cheslin Kolbe
Jesse Kriel
Willie le Roux
Makazole Mapimpi
Embrose Papier
Handré Pollard
Damian Willemse


  • 13/31 Western Province past and present that’s 42% . Someone mentioned on here how Rassie is building an all WP pack and now its getting to the backs as well. Soon we can be dazzled by the likes of Leyds again.

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.08.18 14:22:53 by Byron Wright Reply
  • Bosch must feel like Rassie just sucker punched him. First Willemse and now Kolbe. Its like everyone-but-you lad.

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.08.18 19:40:17 by SeanJeff Reply
  • @SeanJeff (Comment 2) : Yip so that is exactly why I don’t think that it is a good idea to play guys when they are too young; they mess up, lose confidence and go from hero to zero in a moment – then are written off! If Rassie isn’t careful, the same will happen to Embrose and Willemse they both have huge potential but, IMHO, they are too young to be playing at BOK level. The mental game should be considered; mental and emotional maturity is a large factor.

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.08.18 20:39:18 by Julesgr8ter Reply
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  • @Byron Wright (Comment 1) : Maybe, in his mind, Rassie thinks he was a success at the Stormers and he wants to relive those days. The reality is that he was actually pretty mediocre at the Stormers.

    I predict that if Rassie continues on this path then SARU may as well play all their home games in Cpt, or even choose to play all their games away from home as they will be getting better crowds at those venues than in SA.

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.09.18 12:19:17 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @SeanJeff (Comment 2) : Bosch basically showed against a Shimla team that he does not deserve a callup to the Boks

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.09.18 15:44:47 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 5) : You’re right, I was mistaken about his readiness. The Cheetahs B side showed what is possible with a team. The same Sharks showed up with the same laissez-faire attitude, which is why there has been no silverware since 2013.

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.09.18 15:51:43 by SeanJeff Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 5) : I would agree. Fair to hesitant and passive. Doesnt have the physicality for international rugby

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.09.18 08:04:23 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 4) : 100% bok fans are not going to turn out in their number to watch the 2013 WP team get snot klapped.

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.09.18 09:02:52 by Byron Wright Reply

  • Curwin has got time, he is still young. It’s easy to look at other fullbacks in the competition and say oh I wish we had that guy… We had Willie Le Roux and never won anything.

    We need to pick ourselves out of this slump as supporters and back our boys. Whoever they are! As long as they play with pride and for the jersey! That’s all we can ask for.

    You can see it when Curwin scores a try, penalty or drop goal…the boy has massive pride! He also has time to develop into a great international player but that lies with him.

    As long as any player who plays for the black & white jersey, plays for the jersey, the fans and for the team, they will always have my support!

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.09.18 14:45:35 by Keagan_Sharks Reply

  • @SeanJeff (Comment 2) : Not a surprise. Bosch again showed why he isn’t in demand. Heck even April showed more heart. Sharks faithful can keep the whizz!

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.09.18 07:18:32 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @Byron Wright (Comment 8) : Well in fairness, most of the WPplayers are there on merit, with the exception of Notshe. Which players from which team would have been more deserving? If the WP players are the one’s performing, then why whine. Pity JL and Cyle Brink got injured, because then I doubt Whiteley would be there.

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.09.18 07:24:01 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @Keagan_Sharks (Comment 9) : Very well put, my sentiments exactly.Curwin has so much talent, reminds me so much of a young Andre Joubert but with a much better boot.
    I am quite happy he isn’t in that desperate Bok set up, which will turn rancid very soon with back to back losses in the Antipides,then the blame game will start.

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.09.18 09:33:14 by The hound Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 11) : @KingCheetah (Comment 11) : I could name lots of players who haven’t made the squad, especially when the net is being cast as wide as Kolbe an uncapped overseas based player but that would reflect my bias views.

    I do think its a problem when 6/8 forwards that are due to start this weekend played for the stormers side that finished second to last in our super rugby conference. Either Whiteley and Mostert are absolute world class or we may struggle lets see though I may be wrong.

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.09.18 10:31:56 by Byron Wright Reply

  • @The hound (Comment 12) : I don’t think the bok arena is the place to develop players especially when as you correctly say its not a positive environment. Curwin will be a top top player,he has time on his side and the backing of the Sharks fans.

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.09.18 10:35:37 by Byron Wright Reply

  • @Byron Wright (Comment 13) : I think the selection of Kolbe and Britz is made even more pathetic, when you consider how Bismark and Frans Steyn were treated.Both called up and then mysteriuosly developed injuries and then completely discarded.
    I wonder who the AB’s would rather face Britz and Kolbe or Bismark and Frans

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.09.18 10:59:25 by The hound Reply
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  • Bosch not even making the Sharks CC starting side this weekend…he is very far off the Boks. Perhaps post RWC 2019 he will be in the mix

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.09.18 11:09:52 by SheldonK Reply

  • One Shark in Rassie’s starting 15, one on the bench, screw that.

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.09.18 07:17:45 by SeanJeff Reply
  • @SeanJeff (Comment 17) : So which Sharks player would you have in the team, that is going to improve the team significantly?
    Rassie has stated that he has to balance his objectives, of increasing squad depth, for the WC with trying to win.
    J-L is injured, though he needs to step up, or Cyle Brink will overtake him in the pecking order.
    Beast is being rotated.
    Am and AE were not very ineffective vs the Bargies, and in fairness, de Allende and Jesse were 1st choice and doing well as a combo.
    One player that can be regarded as unlucky is Akker, though he just like Marx needs to work on line-out accuracy.
    Tank should be on the bench with Wilco starting imo.
    Apart from that if there aren’t any other suggestions that you can make, you were just having a rant?

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.09.18 08:23:39 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @SeanJeff (Comment 17) : WP you lekker ding it seems! Pity they were not so lekker in super rugby

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.09.18 14:53:05 by Byron Wright Reply

  • @The hound (Comment 15) : True no one is going to argue that Britz and Kolbe offer more than Frans and Bismark

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.09.18 14:54:12 by Byron Wright Reply

  • @Byron Wright (Comment 19) : Which SA team was so lekker. All things considered, no SA side were in the playoffs on merit. Lions the best of a poor bunch, and mostly due to the weak Conference they played in.

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.09.18 15:25:45 by KingCheetah Reply

  • The lions and Sharks were better the table tells us that.Province finished joint last with the Bulls who have 1 player in the starting 15 as opposed to 7 from the stormers. We obviously not going to agree on this issue and you must forgive my sharks bias especially as I am posting here on Sharksworld but I see a lot of the moves Rassie is making as having a WP (past and present) preference.

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.09.18 15:46:57 by Byron Wright Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 21) : Agreed. Things are looking gloomy for our SR franchises.

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.09.18 17:57:11 by coolfusion Reply

  • @Byron Wright (Comment 22) : If it was as simple as SR team form, just select all the Lions and Sharks. Unfortunately it doesn’t work like that. I am sure Coenie will be back in the reckoning when he returns. Many of the stars at the Lions haven’t taken the step up to test level. Warren, and Jantjies are good examples of this. We all have our personal preferences, but we must keep in mind that Rassie is trying to give as many players opportunities to broaden his options before the WC.
    Sharks that are bound to feature, are Beast, Thomas, JLduP, AE, Am, Mapimpi, and Nkosi. Players like Louw, Phillip vd Walt may surprise.

  • Comment 24, posted at 07.09.18 07:50:47 by KingCheetah Reply

  • Well Kolbe can return to wherever he was!

  • Comment 25, posted at 09.09.18 18:13:50 by sharkingmad Reply


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