Is Joost your October plonker?

2009-11-03 10:04

Cape Town - After much debate and head scratching, the Sport24 team have announced their Performers, Plonkers and Pictures of the month for October 2009.

Click HERE to cast your vote - and WIN!

Every month the Sport24 editorial team will announce nominations for a sportsperson or team (people who stole the limelight with a specific performance that month), a plonker (a team or person who has not covered themselves in glory) and a sports photo of the month (the one that makes you go "Ahhh"). You then get a chance to vote for the person, team and picture that best deserves the award...

So without further ado, then, the October nominations are...


Narrowing down the nominations for the October star of the month proved tricky with several candidates returning performances worthy of recognition.

Fourie du Preez
The Springbok scrumhalf capped his superlative year by playing starring role in the Blue Bulls’ Absa Currie Cup final triumph over the Cheetahs at Loftus. He did all of his staple duties smartly and typically coolly, and was also crucially involved in both of Bryan Habana’s first-half tries.

Stephen Cook
Salute the new Marathon Man: the Highveld Lions opening batsman set a new landmark for record first-class score in South Africa by scoring a whopping 390 in the SuperSport Series match against the Warriors at East London. It was the 12th highest score in global history, and fourth-highest ever in “time at crease” terms: 838 minutes.

Luke Watson
Love him or hate him, the Western Province captain had an inspired, swansong month both as player and captain of a resurgent Currie Cup side. Not only did they come within two minutes of upsetting the Blue Bulls in a semi-final, but the No 8 turned in consistently industrious performances … including a hat-trick of tries in the 50-7 derby whipping of the Cavaliers.

Andrew Puttick
It was a fairytale month for the unassuming Cape Cobras player, after he could initially find no place in their squad for the inaugural Champions League in India. But then Graeme Smith cried off, he was rapidly installed as captain, and blasted a spectacular century (104 not out, 62 balls) against Otago Volts. Upon return, he soon reached three figures again as the Cobras beat the Highveld Lions in the maiden MTN40 match at the Wanderers.

Frans Ludeke
There was widespread derision when Ludeke replaced Heyneke Meyer as Blue Bulls coach … instead the Loftus trophy cabinet keeps needing extensions! Ludeke was in charge of matters as the Bulls added the Absa Currie Cup in late October to their Vodacom Super 14 crown, making them the first side to achieve this distinguished double.


And in the not so serious plonker category... Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the biggest plonker of them all?

Boland Cavaliers
The Wellington-based Currie Cup side truly imploded in October, with relegation from the Currie Cup Premier Division (thumped by the Pumas) almost a merciful event after a grim campaign. They also had unresolved business with coach Deon Davids suing the union after Chester Williams was appointed director of coaching, and media reports suggesting they were negotiating with perceived has-beens like Justin Harrison and Pita Alatini for 2010.

Just another in the growing list of fiascos involving the national soccer body as they appointed a trio of “assessors” – Jomo Sono, Clive Barker and Gavin Hunt – to oversee embattled Bafana coach Joel Santana. But even before they could submit their report, Santana was sacked. What’s more, top local coaches (including some of the assessors themselves!) were again overlooked as Carlos Alberto Parreira was controversially recalled for a second tenure.

Brian Mujati
OK, so it was not quite in Percy Montgomery’s league, and more out of finding the most direct route to a ruck, but the big ex-Zimbo prop did push referee Nigel Owens in the back during Northampton's defeat to Perpignan. The offence was deemed “low-end” in terms of its seriousness but touching the ref is a big no-no, and Mujati has been banned for six weeks, meaning he enters the land of Plonker-hood …

MTN8 final
The final of this domestic cup competition ended up being a farce in more ways than one: Ajax Cape Town did it no favours by playing insipidly as they succumbed to Golden Arrows 6-0 in the supposed “showpiece” at Orlando Stadium, and the game was interrupted by floodlight failure just to heighten the general suffering …

Joost van der Westhuizen
The month in which the former Bok scrumhalf great confessed: “it was me”. After initial denial, Van der Westhuizen revealed (conveniently around the same time as he launched his tell-all book) that he had, indeed, been the man with the holed undies in the sex-and-drugs video. His SuperSport suspension then turned into more permanent dismissal, while newspaper reports on his tawdry matters stole some of the gloss from the Currie Cup triumph for his provincial pride and joy, the Blue Bulls.


In a bid to deservedly salute the photographers doing the hard graft on the sidelines. Sport24 have put together a gallery of the "Best of the Best" pictures of the month of October. They're guaranteed to leave you speechless. Best of the best pictures

Reader voting

Readers monthly votes will decide the 12 finalists in each category, and it is from those 12 finalists that Sport24 will decide their Star, Plonker and Picture of the Year in December.


  • chris - 2009-11-03 10:41

    Ja, to all Joost supporters. He bull-sh%$d you all lekker. Hope Amor now leaves the guy so he can carry on scr..wing sluts and let Amor get on with her life. Maybe he should enter politics, his lies will suit the job.

  • Marloma - 2009-11-03 10:46

    Star of the month: Fourie du Preez Plonker of the month: SAFA Photo of the month: Morné Steyn & Fourie du Preez

  • Elsje - 2009-11-03 10:50

    Joost is the all-time plonker.What a loser!!!

  • Ron - 2009-11-03 10:57

    Just as well he has been given the boot by Supersport ,he would never make the grade as a commentator.Now he can spend more time getting exposure on TV with his wife on their childish game shows.

  • mikeh - 2009-11-03 11:40

    Did you say plonker or bonker?

  • ROBOT - 2009-11-03 11:49

    I was writing a nice little poem for him but we have a problem. I can only find one word that rhymes with JOOST.

  • Ponder - 2009-11-03 12:09

    If you think about what a great player Joost was, you have to wonder how great he could've been if he wasn't such a screwed up man

  • Charlie - 2009-11-03 12:16

    He has apologised has'nt he. Accept it like a civilised person. To say I'm sorry in public like he's done takes guts, what the majority of South Africans in high places have not got.

  • Al - 2009-11-03 12:18

    Joost's escapades are history and not applicable to October. My plonker for every month that rugby is played, is Kobus Wiese. A man that amazes: his English grammar is appalling, he knows zip about the Afrikaans idiom, his enunciation is absolutely nonexistant, and guess what: he is a broadcaster!

  • Clive Porter - 2009-11-03 12:31

    Joost! This confession from the child who has/had it all!

  • Jon - 2009-11-03 12:42

    Are Victor Matfielod and Bakkies Botha out of the closet?

  • Len - 2009-11-03 12:59

    Joost it looks like your the only sinner in SA. All these plonkers are standing behind the door. Thanks for great rugby entertainment.

  • Linda - 2009-11-03 13:29

    Leave the guy alone he has Apologised let him work his life out

  • NORMAN - 2009-11-03 14:05

    He really needs to buy new socks and underpants!

  • SM - 2009-11-03 15:46

    Joost, you did the right thing to confess and to ask for forgiveness. John 8:32: And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:7: He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone. Joost, what you did was wrong, but you've started a new life, take it one step at a time. I wish you and Amore all of the best and may our Lord and Saviour bless you. We pray for you.

  • Heather - 2009-11-04 08:03

    Joost if you can't keep it in your pants, why did you get married?

  • Alan - 2009-11-04 09:38

    Jooste Who?

  • Dean - 2009-11-04 12:39

    Heather - what are you, 12 years old? 'Why did you get married?' - as if ANY of us are capable of seeing what the future may bring... And the rest of you non-sinners and bible quoters - get real! Sex and lies and cheating and other secrets is part of everyday life - grow up, and stop giving yourselves away by frantically judging this guy. And I love all the indignant women commenting here - what a joke.

  • Obronie - 2009-11-04 14:01

    Tackle of the month: That goes to Schalla on Fourie!

  • Peter - 2009-11-04 14:16

    Leave the guy alone now, all you "Holier than thou" commentators forget that his problems are inherent in all of you Joost will realize that there is no future in hookers and the "Vim Tin" he will grow out of it, he has just got to learn the hard way, lets see how he stands up now, there in lies the real story

  • Peter - 2009-11-04 14:25

    Leave the guy alone now, all you "Holier than thou" commentators forget that his problems are inherent in all of you Joost will realize that there is no future in hookers and the "Vim Tin" he will grow out of it, he has just got to learn the hard way, lets see how he stands up now, there in lies the real story

  • Esric Fransch - 2009-11-04 15:05

    I wonder if Lance Armstrong will win the tour of Athlone?

  • Bloues - 2009-11-04 15:21

    Daai Joost soek net bietjie aandag. Hy is 'n regte swaap! Bly nou asb tog net uit die verdomde nuus uit, ek is nou dik daarvoor om jou ou vertraagde storietjie te hoor!

  • anti joost - 2009-11-04 15:25

    Joost is not only a plonker but an asshole ! How would he have felt if it was Amor in the video ? You play with fire, you get your hand burnt

  • Ginger - 2009-11-04 17:04

    @Dean. If you believe that lies and cheating are part of living / marriage then I suggest you need to review your standards for living if you have any !

  • Capetonian - 2009-11-04 18:15

    Joost only the Oct Plonker? Sorry guys, he's the ULTIMATE plonker. Plonker 2009 ...and counting

  • Wessel - 2009-11-04 20:50

    Joost jy sal soos almal wat die pad al geloop het besef wat jy in jou hande gehad het tot jy dit finaal verloor het...hy was op n 'personal hi'soos soveel MENSE kan wees...ek noem MENSE want ja dit is way hy is n mens...en die bliksem weet as daar iemand is wat weet wat hy verkeerd gedoen het dan is dit Joost. Daai 5 minute kramp in die G.. is nie n wonderlike vehouding en familie werd nie....sterkte vir jul almal julle gaan dit nodig kry. Jy was n groot man Joost maar soos die engels man dit uitdruk "Don't start something you can't finish"

  • Fires - 2009-11-04 22:12

    I realy feel so sorry for all the stone throwers. Hope your closets are locked tight to prevent your skeletens to come out in the open like Joost's because there ARE skeletens small or big.

  • lebogang - 2009-11-04 23:17

    I think he's doing all of this to create a buzz for his book.He shouldn't have said anything to Amor,i think.But what is done is done,if they love each other they will come out of this.holla!

  • Blue Jake - 2009-11-05 03:49

    Welgedaan Joost dat jy uiteindelik alles erken het. Sterkte vorentoe en ek glo God het jou klaar vergewe en Amore sal ook. Baie geluk met die feit dat jy duisende boeke verkoop het op die eerste dag. Ek het ook probeer om een te kry maar ek kon nie. Ek probeer maar weer.

  • Jan - 2009-11-05 06:21

    Ek wens die mense will ophou on hul self te verlekker in ander. Julle gedrae julle soos n klom kleuter skool kinders. Word groot

  • Filamon - 2009-11-05 08:08

    Gmfh!!! Frans Ludeke????? Met so span sal ek as afrigter elke ander span in die wereld met 50 punte klop. Ludeke het Kaplan en Legoete R50 elk betaal om die final te wen. Hy is die plonker!!!!

  • Mini Me - 2009-11-05 21:08

    Joost van der "Who gives a crap". Those who need publicity will find a way of getting it. Steve Hoffmeyer is a living example. En kyk wie troos nou vir wie. Joost a plonker? Maybe not. He just got caught on video. Wrong guy at the wrong place at the wrong time. Story of my life. Godspeed going forward.

  • Sêding! - 2009-11-18 08:36

    Hul sê "hou jou voel uit die gate dan bly jou gat uit die k%k!" EN "hou die Here voor jul oe en jul gulpe toe!">Wonder hoeveel van die "Blou gelowige kerkmanne" met die bybel onder die arm lê nog in Teazers rond en snuif omo!?

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