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Aus, NZ hunting 'Super Sarel'

2011-04-14 07:52

Hendrik Cronjé

Bloemfontein - Sarel Pretorius will soon have to make the toughest decision of his rugby career.

GALLERY: Cheetahs prepare for Canes

With some of New Zealand and Australia’s leading sides showing interest in his services - something that could potentially open the door for him to play Test rugby for the All Blacks or Wallabies in the future - the scrumhalf has to weigh his Springbok dream against possible greater fame overseas.

His agent Stephan Weyers confirmed to Sport24 that the contract of the 27-year-old Griquas and the Cheetahs scrumhalf expires at the end of the season.

He therefore has to decide whether he will remain in South Africa in the hope of playing Test rugby one day or if he will head overseas to possibly play for another country after completing three years of residency.

As soon as his contract expires, he will also no longer be available for the Cheetahs, who play the Hurricanes at the Free State Stadium on Saturday.

"I can confirm that seven teams have enquired after Sarel’s future plans. That includes enquiries from New Zealand, Australia and France. He has a tough decision to make after 1 July," said Weyers.

The agent did not want to say which overseas teams were interested in the player's services, but Sport24 understands that two of the teams are among the top five teams on the latest Super Rugby log.

Pretorius will have to think about whether he will ever wear the Springbok jersey while he has to compete with Fourie du Preez, Francois Hougaard and Ruan Pienaar for the two scrumhalf spots in the Springbok match-day 22.

He is one of the form South African scrumhalves in Super Rugby and therefore it's no surprise that there is interest from New Zealand and Australia.

Former Springbok scrumhalf Werner Swanepoel recently told Sport24 that Pretorius is the most attacking South African scrumhalf.

He was even named man of the match after his team was beaten 45-6 by the Crusaders in Christchurch last year, and also named man of the match in three of the Cheetahs' last four games in their 2010 campaign.

This year he has continued his good form and the Waratahs gained first-hand knowledge of the mobile gamebreaker when the Cheetahs recently beat them 23-3.

Another factor that may lead Pretorius to continuing his career overseas is that his salary could then be on a par with that of Springbok players in South Africa.

It's unlikely though that Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské and the Griquas coach Abré Minnie will sit with their arms folded. They are likely to pull out all the stops to keep Pretorius at the Cheetahs.

Teams

Cheetahs:
15. Riaan Viljoen, 14. Philip Burger, 13. Robert Ebersohn, 12. Barry Geel, 11. Rayno Benjamin, 10. Sias Ebersohn, 9. Sarel Pretorius, 8. Davon Raubenheimer, 7. Ashley Johnson, 6. Kabamba Floors, 5. Wilhelm Steenkamp (captain), 4. Francois Uys, 3. WP Nel, 2. Ryno Barnes, 1. Coenie Oosthuizen

Substitutes: 16. Adriaan Strauss, 17. Lourens Adriaanse, 18. Martin Muller, 19. Leon Karemaker, 20. Tewis de Bruyn, 21. Naas Olivier, 22. Corné Uys

Hurricanes:
TBA
 

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Comments
  • Lloyd - 2011-04-14 07:59

    Ricky is beter.

      ck - 2011-04-14 08:08

      You can't be serious

      Gorilla - 2011-04-14 08:27

      Ja. And Susan Boyle is sexier than Jennifer Aniston.

      Sallie - 2011-04-14 08:31

      Hopefully you meant that it will be better for South Africa that Ricky should go to Aus/NZ instead of Sarel

      Trokkie - 2011-04-14 08:43

      Loloyd is so dom soos grond

      GILLBERT - 2011-04-14 08:53

      lol... i like this oak... but believe he should go over seas there just isnt place for him in the bok team atleast not this year but hes 27 if he should go over seas and qualify for the residence hell be 30 and over the he'll... if he should stay good on him he'll get there next year

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-14 09:27

      ...Ricky is vetter....

      Whatever - 2011-04-14 10:46

      Ai en die Bulls kan hom nie koop nie want volgende jaar is die Bulls en die Lions mos 1 span in die S15. Luke is julle baas!Sarel gaan Kaap-toe waar daar lewe is.Bulls + Lions = Bullions 2012!

      Jigsaw - 2011-04-15 09:19

      Ja beter as Ricky gaan...

  • Arend - 2011-04-14 08:10

    Ek is 'n vurige Bul ondersteuner en dink Fourie du Preez is 'n fantastiese speler. Ek moet sê dat Sarel Pretorius hierdie jaar, op spelpeil , die beste in Suid Afrika is.

      Kaapie - 2011-04-14 09:41

      Cant agree more, The best in SA at the moment and Genia the best in S15 presently

  • Gavin Bird - 2011-04-14 08:13

    So basically "Make me a Springbok or I leave"??? Ok, bye then Sarel.........

      Johan - 2011-04-14 08:41

      Sarel has been knocking on the door for a long time. Keep Sarel and Hougaard.

      Lump of coal - 2011-04-14 08:46

      Er Gavin, read slowly bro ..... OTHER teams have approached him , he has been advertising by playing brilliant rugby. If this was season one and all players were unknown he would be the first choice on merit !!

      Warren - 2011-04-14 17:33

      Wyers, the bloody agent, all he is trying to do is score a new contract & bigger paycheque out of Pretorius' current employers by speaking a whole lot of BS (at least he is doing his job). Ofcourse he (Wyers) does'nt want to say which overseas teams are interested coz if he did, he would get a good few angry phone calls. Wyers' plan is not new at all, everytime a player is almost out of contract their agents send out the same press release with desperation scribbled all over it that sounds a bit like, umm... this report!!!

  • ZAPZAP - 2011-04-14 08:16

    Sy talente word gemors by die Cheetahs. Hy moet net nie Stormers toe gaan nie want dan gaan sy loopbaan afdraende. Miskien as hy op pensioen wil gaan oor 5 jaar.

      Russell - 2011-04-14 08:55

      Why Stormers??

      ZAPZAP - 2011-04-14 09:02

      That's where all the has been pensioners go. Habana, Fourie, van der Linde etc.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-14 09:28

      ....stormers = has-beens.....

      Kaapie - 2011-04-14 09:43

      Johnny jy tog papbulsak= hasbeens..

      Staalbal - 2011-04-14 10:43

      @ ZOLKOP Fourie 'n has-been? Jy is gef@k in die kop ou tjomma

      Paddy - 2011-04-15 12:19

      Nog n simpel agent wat goeie prys soek.NZ soek hom BESLIS NIE!Highlanders het Cowan(wat n grap van Spietkop du Preez gemaak het),Saders vir Andy Ellis wat nog n groter grap van Spietkop du Preez gemaak het,Leonard wat ook n grap van du Preez gaan maak en gelukkig speel die Floubulle nie die Blues wat ALBY MATHEWSON het nie.Gelukkig het Weepu nie vir die CANES gespeel teen die Bulls nie anders het hul daai een ook verloor.Ai hoe lekker het die Bulletjies nie verlede jaar pak gevat teen die Blues nie PAPPA! Nee wat laat die Floubulle maar Sarel koop want Tappet Hougaard is n barber en du Preez gaan dwarskoekies jag in Japan.Mind you hy sal seker soos Matfield en Botha stert tussen die bene terughol PETOORJA toe na n maand.BULLS SUCKS...REDS MET 30+

  • Oukoos - 2011-04-14 08:18

    1. Francois Hougaard, 2. Fourie du Preez, 3. Charl McLeod, 4. Dewaldt Duvenage, 5. Rory Kockott, 6. Sarel Pretorius. Sorry Sarel, good enough, but by far not under the top 3 in South Africa (and then I exclude players not participating in the S15

      Hanjo - 2011-04-14 08:48

      the super15? you clearly haven't been watching much super rugby this year...Hougaard will start his first game at SH this weekend, Fourie has been swinging his hands in teh air at every decision against his team, (way off the pace) Charl , Dewaldt and Rory in that order probably have all been steady, but none of them are in the same league as Sarel thus far this season.

      Kaapie - 2011-04-14 09:44

      Koos hoe kan jy se dat hougaard No1 is en hy het net een keer op skrumskakel hierdie seisoen gespeel..

      Oukoos - 2011-04-14 10:28

      Moenie dat die feit dat Francois en Fourie Blou Bulle is, julle oordeel beïnvloed nie. Ek hou ook v*kkol van die BB's, maar dit is 'n feit dat Fourie'n klas van sy eie is. Ja, hy is tans effens van stryk af, maar hy is steeds briljant. Wat Francois Hougaard betref - ja het het nog nie vanjaar veel kans gekry om sy talente op #9 ten toon te stel nie, maar dit doen nie afbreek aan sy bewese skrumskakel talent nie

      Raka13 - 2011-04-14 12:45

      Koos, you are correct, we cannot write off Fourie just yet, he is damn good. With Hougaard, Duvenhage and even Pienaar still in the mix, I don't think there will be a spot for Pretorius. Surely he is good, but so was Niel de Kock who never got his chance. Not every good/brilliant rugby player will get a chance for the Springboks

      Alibaba - 2011-04-15 02:02

      En jy noem nie eers Ricky Januarie nie - sy plek is reeds bespreek op die WB vliegtuig NZ toe maat - hy sal net vervang word as sy een been gebreek en die ander een geamputeer is. As ek Sarel is loop ek.

      Paddy - 2011-04-15 12:21

      OUKOOS was jou wyn in die son?Hougaard...asseblief outop!

  • kosie - 2011-04-14 08:19

    he is a bit old to think that he will play international for another country, if he does 3 years residency it will make him 30 years old to be eligible to play international. go play for the tah's they pay well.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-14 10:00

      @Kosie and they have cash to spend....which is why I am SO DAMN CURIOUS as to the amount of moola Kurtley Beale is being given to move to the Rebels? Must be a HUGE amount....

      kosie - 2011-04-14 12:46

      AUS$ 400000 PER YEAR

      kosie - 2011-04-14 12:56

      AUS$ 400000 PER YEAR

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-14 14:03

      Nice money that :)

      ed.solan - 2011-04-14 21:38

      2x AUS$ 400000 = AUS$ 800000 ... nice :)

  • Oukoos - 2011-04-14 08:19

    1. Francois Hougaard, 2. Fourie du Preez, 3. Charl McLeod, 4. Dewaldt Duvenage, 5. Rory Kockott, 6. Sarel Pretorius. Sorry Sarel, good enough, but by far not under the top 3 in South Africa (and then I exclude players not participating in the S15)

      dribble - 2011-04-14 09:36

      oukoos are you smoking your socks......firstly hougaard hasnt even played scrumhalf much...he has played well but putting him first hell no. 2 Putting du Preez second (on current form) no thanks. Mcleod is a tosser and is useless, Duvenage is better then mcleod anyday and on curent form He is 2nd best in sa. rory kockett cant make starting line up for the lions, and yes sarel pretorious is currently the best no. 9

      Kaapie - 2011-04-14 09:46

      dribble.. I am a stormers supporter but Duvenage is just a linkman nothing more nothing less. Against the Reds he was totally out of sorts.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-04-14 10:31

      Kaapie...the whole team was out of sorts!

      RL - 2011-04-14 10:37

      @kaapie as one stormers supporter to another, dont single out a player when the truth is all 15 were no where on the day ... id definitely like to see charl, dewaldt, hougie and fourie scrap it out ... lets just look forward to a much improved performance against the lions ...

  • burtfred - 2011-04-14 08:36

    Sarel, you are young, highly talented and very mobile. Your entire financial future depends on how successful you are in exploiting your God-given talent during the next decade. Besides having major competitors for the Springbok No 9 jersey, you also have the "wrong" skin colour for the SA selectors and their political masters. Never mind the emotional blackmail that South Africans will put on you to stay and compete for a Springbok jersey. Once your playing days are over you will soon fade from the public eye, but you will still have a long career ahead of you. Take the best offer you can get and go and enjoy your rugby. Good luck while saving some real money.

      RL - 2011-04-14 10:55

      every single starting scrumhalf in the south african conference is white burtfred, please dry your eyes and stop whining about skin colour .... seems some of you wont be happy with anything but an all white side and you have the pale audacity to ask why quotas and affirmative action exists ... disgusting

      Ringo - 2011-04-14 11:23

      Agreed RL, Sarel is not good enough to make the team. Both Fourie & Hougaard are better. He is probably on par with Duvenhage. It has nothing to do with colour. On the point of the white scrummies though: please name the scrumhalves of colour who are better than the ones who are playing. Ricky Januarie, Bolla Conradie, Heinie Adams, Tewis de Bruin? One cannot help but wonder though, about picks such as Elton Jantjies or Earl Rose ahead of Peter Grant. Or Bandisa Maku & Chiliboy as your touring hookers when the BB's played a flank ahead of them that season.

  • Weezychest - 2011-04-14 08:42

    He is a great scrummy. The best we have. Its about time you get recognised.

  • Trokkie - 2011-04-14 08:42

    Loloyd is so dom soos grond

      Lloyd - 2011-04-14 09:12

      Wie's Loloyd? En wie is eintlik die dom een?

      Lloyd - 2011-04-14 09:13

      Wie's Loloyd? En wie is eintlik die dom een?

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-14 09:30

      Go Lloyd...!! ...Go Lloyd..!! ........Stormers = faders.....

      Whatever - 2011-04-14 10:49

      Lloyd en JohnnyBB(bloubal) is 1 mens die webmaster het dit bevestig.ZAPZAP = Aalwyn vrottand!

      Paddy - 2011-04-15 12:22

      Lloyd jou massa!

  • sonnyg - 2011-04-14 08:51

    Not likely he will play for another country at 30 years of age but it just shows how useless the FS coaching staff are. They have taken 3 years to give Sarel the scrumhalf starting spot. A blindman could see his talent. There is no chance I would stay at FS if I was him.

  • Marx - 2011-04-14 08:55

    Think he would look great in Blue.....real playmaker, aanwins vir enige span.

  • John Smith - 2011-04-14 09:01

    If he doesnt get made a Springbok this year and go to the World Cup then I rest my case against the selectors. This guys is our in form scrumhalf at present and actually has been for the last year.

      sam kaitawa - 2011-04-14 14:16

      With a name like John Smith..... anythings possible. John Smith or JOHN SMIT? Waiting for patients is like waiting patiently............ KIA KAHA

      sam kaitawa - 2011-04-14 14:16

      With a name like John Smith..... anythings possible. John Smith or JOHN SMIT? Waiting for patients is like waiting patiently............ KIA KAHA

      sam kaitawa - 2011-04-14 14:16

      With a name like John Smith..... anythings possible. John Smith or JOHN SMIT? Waiting for patients is like waiting patiently............ KIA KAHA

  • Makabongwe Tyiwani - 2011-04-14 09:04

    Sarel must stay. At 27 he has a better chance of being a springbok than making it in Aus or NZ at 31. FdP and Ricky ought to be left out after the 2011WC. Ricky will be lucky to make it in September. That leaves Sarel, Rory who is competing with another Lions scrum-half and Charl in Natal. Ruan is an unstable character so i dont know if he will be a full time number 9 for the boks. If he stays, which i think he will then he will make his debut in this years Tri Nations when the "top" players who are likely to make the WC squad are rested. PdV must communicate with the player and help him commit to SA rubgy. Easy!

  • Makabongwe Tyiwani - 2011-04-14 09:06

    Sarel must stay. At 27 he has a better chance of being a springbok than making it in Aus or NZ at 31. FdP and Ricky ought to be left out after the 2011WC. Ricky will be lucky to make it in September. That leaves Sarel, Rory who is competing with another Lions scrum-half and Charl in Natal. Ruan is an unstable character so i dont know if he will be a full time number 9 for the boks. If he stays, which i think he will then he will make his debut in this years Tri Nations when the "top" players who are likely to make the WC squad are rested. PdV must communicate with the player and help him commit to SA rubgy. Easy!

  • CapeTownJunk - 2011-04-14 09:13

    This is just his agent talking, trying his best to promote his client, putting in the shop window in order to maximise his piece of the pie. I suspect this is exactly the sort of person Julius Malema was referring to with his "bladdy agent" outburst. (Sarel Pretorius is a really good scrumhalf though. On current form, I'd argue that he's worth a start in the Bok 9 jersey ahead of the out-of-form Fourie du Preez.)

  • John - 2011-04-14 09:15

    Make the move young man. Ricky has about 35 years to go before retirement age.

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-14 09:15

    This would indeed be sad. Sarel is the ONLY SA scrummie in ANY sort of form that could dominate on an international level at the moment (I do hope du Preez regains form as the season continues of course) BUT currently (and he has in fact been pretty much in form for a quite a whileeeeeeeeeeeeee) he should get a starting shot in the Tri series, at the very least. I know for a fact, many players (those who have been in form and will not be rewarded) will be seeking pastures greener shortly. On the one hand, who can blame them? They have seen the contracted Bok list, and they know they are fighting for 7 places......so they shouldn't be judged if they decide to chase the $. The only other option for them, is to hang tough in SA, until the current Bok management, playing squad and all that comes with it, retires/leaves/crashes after the WC, and then HOPE that they get a look in within a NEW Bok setup. Very sad though when mediocrity is rewarded.......very sad.

      Gertjie_Mac - 2011-04-14 10:16

      @ Saffa-Cat. A BIG request please! I frequent this website daily. I read the comments religiously. I beg you to please ignore and steer clear of the kindergarden trolls. You completely waste your time with them. Please stick to commentary like this specific post. When you speak rugby, you show you are extremely knowledgeable, clever and with it. STICK TO THAT PLEASE!!! Just please ignore the trolls, that should be easy enough! KEEP FOCUS!!!

      boyd.lance - 2011-04-14 11:18

      I echo the sentiments of Gertjie. I cannot understand what's gotten some of these guys' panties in a knot on the blogs, and tend to steer clear of their 'handbag flinging' in favour of constructive rugby debate and banter. Lets all please endeavour to speak the rugby truth on these forums moving forward. As for the Sarel situation, although I cannot find fault with him chasing the money abroad as a player's career is short, I sincerely hope that he'll stay in SA and fight for a bok cap. This may not be Sarel's chance to go to the world cup, but I sense that after this campaign there will be a thorough spring cleaning of the bok squad, with several senior players retiring/axed from international rugby...Fourie du Preez being one of them. Thus leaving Hougaard as his primary successor. Given the current scrumhalf talent available in SA, I think it would be a three-way between Sarel, Ruan and Duvenage (I rate Jano Vermaak as well but until he moves from the Lions he'll never flourish, and I'm not completely convinced about Mcleod) for the other specialist scrummie spot after the world cup. At this stage he'll be about 28...two years earlier than if he had played out his 3-year residency.

  • Dicey - 2011-04-14 09:24

    Sounds to me like his manager is holding a gun to SARU's head. Risky business, coz you need to be prepared to pull the trigger if your bluff fails.

      sam kaitawa - 2011-04-14 09:47

      "Pull the trigger"........... Sounds like there's a new gun slinger in town. "There's only enough room for one of us in town pilgrim" (Quote P. Div)

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-14 09:58

      Sam is correct @Dicey. The fastest gunslinger in town is NOT Sarel P's manager. It is SBW, and as P Divvy has confirmed, even the fastest ones die eventually.

      sam kaitawa - 2011-04-14 10:21

      @SAFFA-CAT, Quick draw McCaw. Instead of changing the Bokke springbok emblem to the unfortunate proteas emblem, why not just wear tutu's In P.Div we trust because if God changed P.Div he'd have to tell God he made a mistake, Oh, by the way, I am not GOD. Good on ya SAFFA-CAT.

  • Mike@CapeT - 2011-04-14 09:37

    One of the better scrummies, so far, this year....in fact, had him in my Super 15 team last week! Why is it that their agents are always dropping hints about moving to greener pastures. Does anyone take any notice about these fools, only out to make a quick buck?

      Effel - 2011-04-15 03:02

      Well done Miketjie, what a little futch pecker you are

      Effel - 2011-04-15 03:02

      Well done Miketjie, what a little futch pecker you are

      GraemeBB - 2011-04-15 11:01

      @Mike - bucks makes the world go round and round. If the Stormers had Sarel, I would fear the Stormers. This man makes adifference, and it wont surprise me if he is being head-hunted. For the life of me, I cant understand why he has not been snapped up.

  • Zooma Lema - 2011-04-14 09:43

    Go for it Sarel. At least you will be one day victorious over Divvy's lame, sick, pensioner, affirmative boks. We will breed them so that the other countries can play with them. And they will always recruit the best.

  • StBad - 2011-04-14 12:55

    Bet you the Sharks are on that list!!! Sarel is SUPA!

  • sam kaitawa - 2011-04-14 13:20

    Hmmmmmm, just to let you know, New Zealand (Aoetearoa) aren't too shabby at producing half backs, I'm sure FDP wouldn't disagree. NZ have 3 captains to control our style of play and FDP is looking average to say the least. When a team shuts down the no#8, half back, "enforcer", full back, loose head (lose head?),no#10, prop, hooker.......then basically you're in trouble. No matter how many kicks SA converts, we'll (NZ) try. It's not the amount of kicks SA kicks, it's why/when/where and to whom. Let's just hope the Bokkes under your game plan continues. The reason why FDP is looking average to say the least (only my opinion) is because the Bokkes are too structured relying on kicks. Cut a long story short..... FDP can't/wont handle pressure with rushing defensive attacking rugby. Our scrums, Lineouts, tactical kicks, has been mauls/rucks are coming to fruition. Maybe biased but we're waiting patiently for SA to play on our shores and lose convincingly. (how many times have I said that?) FDP was a brilliant player when structured plans were in place but without a game plan, relying on kicks he's lost. You kick,..... we run, I can't wait.... hopefully I wont be eating my own words but (here comes the big But), NZ are going to show SA the true meaning of rugby. KIA KAHA

      boyd.lance - 2011-04-14 14:24

      New Zealand better win for your sake!

      sam kaitawa - 2011-04-14 15:16

      @Boyd..... Paddy said so there. On a serious note, by the time the RWC is over, SA will be lucky if the Bokkes are ranked No#6 after England/Ireland/France kick the Bokkes into touch..... Don't forget the EOYT, oh my, probably more like a HAS BEEN..... Thanks P.Div, your plans are running accordingly to plan....SA are GREAT. No country for old men No#3 turned to oblivion, KIA KAHA

  • sam kaitawa - 2011-04-14 16:34

    OZ and NZ are hunting serial killer Bakkies, unfortunately WO and Bakkies arn't looking flash. Attn Saffas: Is that it?

  • GT - 2011-04-14 18:09

    As a Bulls man, I must say, Sarel Pretorius has been the standout scrum half for me for the last 2 years. Very much in the model of General Du Preez. If one of the bigger unions in SA doesn't grab him, then it's SA's loss. He's a great player !!!

  • GT - 2011-04-14 18:09

    As a Bulls man, I must say, Sarel Pretorius has been the standout scrum half for me for the last 2 years. Very much in the model of General Du Preez. If one of the bigger unions in SA doesn't grab him, then it's SA's loss. He's a great player !!!

  • Andrew - 2011-04-15 01:57

    Tony Johnstone, from New Zealand, spoke on the radio before the game against the Highlanders and he rates Sarel as the top scrumhalf in the competition at the moment.

  • Andrew - 2011-04-15 01:58

    Tony Johnstone, from New Zealand, spoke on the radio before the game against the Highlanders and he rates Sarel as the top scrumhalf in the competition at the moment.

  • Count Olaf - 2011-04-15 02:09

    I think Duane Vermeulen is the best scrumhalf in the competition. Thank you

  • Johan Kruger - 2011-04-15 07:12

    Super Sarel = Sarel Van Der Merwe, the racing/rally driver

  • Johan Kruger - 2011-04-15 07:13

    Super Sarel = Sarel Van Der Merwe, the racing/rally driver. He claimed the "Super Sarel" name in the 1980's

      Stoffel - 2011-04-15 08:13

      Sarel is op super vorm maak nie saak watter span jy support nie, hy laat Fourie Du Preez na n has been lyk

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