200 not out for Terblanche

2011-04-06 22:19

Christo Buchner

Johannesburg - Stefan Terblanche will on Saturday become the first player in the history of Sharks and Natal rugby to represent his province in 200 games.

Since making his debut in South African rugby for Boland in 1994, the man who hails from Swellendam has played an incredible 400 first class games.

This includes 37 tests for the Springboks, 87 for Welsh side Ospreys, two for the SA under-21 team, another four midweek games for the Boks, three for the Barbarians, 67 for Boland, and now 112 Super Rugby matches for the Sharks and 87 Currie Cup games for the KwaZulu-Natal side.

The 400 games that Terblanche has played in South African rugby is almost 50 more than Ollie le Roux’s 357 in second place.

Terblanche broke the long-standing record of Hugh Reece-Edwards and Steve Atherton (both 165) playing for the Sharks.

His recipe of still leading his side by example at 35 years of age is a mixture of luck, hard work and intelligence.

“I have been very fortunate with injuries,” he told the Sharks website.

“You also have to look after your body. You have to train hard, rest sufficiently and eat correctly. You also have to be smart with your training methods. Sometimes your body is a little sore and you have to listen to what it tells you. Rest is just as important as training. You have to find the right balance between the two,” said Terblanche, who was born is Mossel Bay.

He admits that it’s a major honour and privilege to stand on the verge of his 200th game for the Sharks.

“I’m just as excited about the game as when I started playing. The only difference is that composure comes with experience, though I’m still nervous before games,” said Terblanche.

“My first game for the Sharks against the Auckland Blues in 1998 was a wonderful experience. They had guys like Carlos Spencer, Jonah Lomu, Joeli Vidiri and Adrian Cashmore. It was an incredible team.”

He also remembers his 100th game against Western Province and says his highlight was last year’s Currie Cup final when he captained the Sharks to victory over WP in Durban.


  • Bootman - 2011-04-06 22:30

    That's brilliant. What an excellent servant of South African rugby. What's even more amazing is that he played 87 games for Ospreys. Seems like this dude has been around forever. With such a wealth of experience Stefan should seriously consider calling time on his career as a player and look at coaching.

      Rob - 2011-04-07 07:45

      Cliff you are a disgrace

  • Dan - 2011-04-07 01:03

    well done stefan

  • Effel - 2011-04-07 01:42

    Yes yes al julle klomp stowe! Ek's terug, it's been a while, weet julle het my gemis. Ek se sommer van die begin af die Stormers gaan weer Choke, hulle is baie soos die Proteas, eintlik maar kakkerig maar vreeslik grootbek! 10 jaar se storie nou. Bulle vat hom weer. Dan's dit 4 Super rugby's in 5 jaar. Wow.

  • CliffBradley - 2011-04-07 03:43

    @IanJ Exactly what I said Ian

  • Kevin Rack - 2011-04-07 05:13

    Well done Oupa. I did think you could have been a bok one more time.

  • Bielie - 2011-04-07 05:50

    Well done, couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

  • Jaco - 2011-04-07 06:39

    Should still be playing fullback.

  • Werner - 2011-04-07 06:59

    You are a legend ST. Can't wait for your Bio!

  • Rob - 2011-04-07 07:44

    Well done Stefan, a lot of guys in SA rugby could learn from you! Even though you playing centre, if you were at fullback you would be unmatched in SA given our current local players. Hard to beat for consistency.

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-07 15:27

      U're a wanker

  • Ghecko - 2011-04-07 07:47

    Well done to a gentleman of the game

  • Boels - 2011-04-07 07:55

    An awesome achievement. One of the few true gentlemen of the game. Hope to see you around for a couple more Stefan. (..and this coming from a Bulls supporter :-)

  • Bernard - 2011-04-07 08:02

    Great stuff Stefan, way to go champ, Go Sharks

  • Fulltime - 2011-04-07 08:04

    A true servant to S.A rugby!! I agree with Bootman, think he would bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to a coaching team!!

  • Anneleen - 2011-04-07 08:30

    Well done STEFAN!!!!! Go all the way SHARKS!!!!!!!!!!

  • caleb69 - 2011-04-07 08:30

    Well done Stefan, the only guy I like in the Sharks team. Its my team against yours this weekend, don't think we will win but hopefully you can score a try to celebrate. You in any case still the best fullback in S.A., way ahead of visgesig..

  • Delboy - 2011-04-07 08:34

    To the little man Cliff who I think was replying to the wrong column! It was not long ago that the Bulls were so pathetic they could not even get a sponsor, if I recall the government eventually had to bail them out. They had the worst away record, in fact I actually felt sorry for them. Aag Shame never mind!!

  • jeronimo - 2011-04-07 08:37

    One of the most intelligent, dedicated and gentlemanly guys to grace SA rugby. A million times better than the other glory boys we have to put up with. Well done Stefan.

  • rugby_guru - 2011-04-07 09:15

    Well done ek se :D

  • The Observer - 2011-04-07 09:55

    The first to 200. Well it makes sense seeing as the Sharks players are all journeymen. You know if you continue to try and pinch the likes of Mapoe and other money greedy players they’ll leave you as soon as something better comes along. Is it a coincidence that so many shark players have packed their bags over the last 3 years?

      Gilgamesh - 2011-04-07 12:38

      The game has been professional for about 15 years now. Players will come and go from all sides. Get over it.

  • Mark - 2011-04-07 10:26

    What a legend! If SA rugby don't make use of your services in the near future I sure as hell hope the Bulls do..

  • NZKiwi - 2011-04-07 10:44

    great acheivement and good luck against the lions.

  • Dave-the-bul - 2011-04-07 10:58

    Well done Stefan!

  • Me2 - 2011-04-07 11:49

    Incredible! Wonderful, player, wonderful of my all time favourites...can't wait to see this wonderful moment!

  • MJK - 2011-04-07 12:46

    Well Done Stefan, Great attitude, Great Leader, Great Captain & Great Player, Hopefully you will make the Boks Squad, Your experience and understanding of the game currently when other experienced boks are failing plus the calming influence you bring to the team is Invaluable, Hopefull SARU have noticed that. Well Done.It Had to be a Sharks To reach this milestone first.

  • Vikash - 2011-04-07 13:28

    One word... LEGEND!!!

  • Francois - 2011-04-07 14:50

    top stuff, well done ST - I still remeber this oke scoring LOADS when he played under Mallet at Boland.

  • CliffBradley - 2011-04-07 20:44

    I think Stefan has been with a man before

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