Akker swops out to the other Sharks too

Written by Udo Lütge (pastorshark)

Posted in :Sharks, Super Rugby on 25 Feb 2019 at 20:47
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The Sale Sharks have announced that they have signed another of our local Sharks, this time hooker Akker van der Merwe. Although this was not unexpected after the whispers that Sale was going to sign a host of South Africans from these shores, it does make this a pretty bleak day for Sharks rugby.

Added to the signing of Rob du Preez (jr) this a serious blow for our players stocks for the Currie Cup and for next season. Of course, added to the trend of recent years that South African players are rather too easily signed by overseas sides, this is also a world cup year…so all the South African sides are expecting an exodus like this. Arguably the Sharks may feel this signing even more than that of RdPj. The Sharks have Curwin Bosch and Rhyno Smith on their books and might well look to lure Ben 10 (Benhard Janse van Rensburg) back from the Cheetahs. At hooker, however, the stocks are thinner. Chilliboy Ralepele is nearing the end of his career. Kerron van Vuuren shows a lot of promise. But behind him there is not much.

If the other rumoured signings of the du Preez twins are also confirmed that will put several glaring holes in the Sharks squad. All of that means that the Sharks will be looking to the brilliant juniors of last year to start stepping up next year…and may look to haul out the check book to supplement stocks where necessary.

Let’s see how all this develops! And let’s hope everyone can maintain focus on this season which has started so promisingly…


  • Can’t say I blame any of these guys, but fuck it hurts! And right as the on field situation started getting better. These were supposed to be our new generation Sharks, the bright future. Guess we just have to get used to it

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.02.19 20:54:50 by Die Kriek Reply
  • @Die Kriek (Comment 1) : Unfortunately your last sentence is just too true!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.02.19 21:01:33 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Kerron looked good thus far so maybe he can step up, chilli can still contribute, I’m not sure about any of our u21 or u19 hookers, so recruit sa u21 wc winning hooker Mark Pretorius (last seen at the pumas)

    At FH Bosch has improved, Smith is surprisingly good, but having Bosch and Rob Jr gave us options in terms of approach

    So I’m definitely on board with the idea of getting Ben10 back, even though his been playing 13 almost exclusively since going to the cheetahs.

    Young guns in terms of FH in the u21 and super sport rugby championship setup as winnar (mostly a 15) and Visagie (very young still havnt seen much). Both very similar to Bosch and Smith in terms of how they play, smaller players compared to rob and Ben, but more of attacking threat, in relation to turn of pace and taking gaps

    Chiefs seem to be doing well with Damian Mckenzie..

    Yes its disappointing losing player more and more every year, but we have to move on.

    Hope the coaching staff uses this as a rallying cry to the squad to give it their all this season.

    Do or die.

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.02.19 00:31:46 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 3) : Good points…all this just makes it more difficult for SA teams…But it’s not the end of the road. The Lions had an even bigger exodus when JA left for Gloucester…and still made the final again the next season. Both squad and succession must just be properly managed!

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.02.19 06:51:31 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Its a bummer, but as others have said, not unexpected. These are damn good players, many can see their value, and others are too obtuse to see that value (yes you Rassie Erasmus). They are clearly not in Erasmus’s Bok plans and they know it so what is there to keep them here. Whoop, whoop, cant wait to see Schalk Britz and Bongi / Scara at the world cup.

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.02.19 10:52:46 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 5) : Yup and Elton and Damien,

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.02.19 10:56:12 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 6) : Ouch…

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.02.19 11:33:09 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Spanner in the works time. How about retreading Fassi as FH or even Ward? Just saying. 😈

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.02.19 12:27:00 by markm Reply

  • @markm (Comment 8) : Ive always wanted to see Andre have just one game at 10,he has size strength skill speed and a huge boot and if you can play 12,13 surely you can play 10

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.02.19 12:35:52 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 9) : Esterhuizen/Am/Ward does make for an interesting 10/12/13

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.02.19 12:40:01 by SheldonK Reply

  • @The hound (Comment 9) : I’d love to see that!

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.02.19 12:43:51 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I think they key is to keep the guys focused on this season. The major rebuild starts again next year and there will be more players who will go.

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.02.19 12:48:52 by Byron Wright Reply

  • Why are we paying money for Frenchie if we could offer Akker more?

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.02.19 12:59:15 by coolfusion Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 10) : Yup, I’d pay to see that!

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.02.19 14:29:17 by Karl Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 13) : Are we paying money for Frenchie? Could we ever pay enough money to compete? Can you pay one player so much more? What will the other players say about that? And I think there are more factors playing a role? Complexthing this…

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.02.19 20:57:01 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Byron Wright (Comment 12) : yup…

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.02.19 20:57:38 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @markm (Comment 8) : I’m sure Fassi played 10 whilst at school (but I could be wrong).

  • Comment 17, posted at 26.02.19 22:05:26 by JD Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 13) : Sry I’m not up to date, who is this Frenchie you mentioned?

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.02.19 00:36:41 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 18) : there was a rumour that the huge chunk of French centre named Basteraud wants to come to the Sharks next season…

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.02.19 07:23:31 by pastorshark Reply
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