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Boland eye ex-WP, Sharks No 9

2013-07-10 10:23

Cape Town - The Boland Cavaliers are interested in the services of forgotten former Western Province and Sharks scrumhalf Conrad Hoffmann.

Boland, who are preparing to face Border in a Currie Cup First Division match in Wellington on Friday, have an injury problem at scrumhalf with Ricky Schroeder sidelined with a sore shoulder.

Coach Loffie Eloff told Die Burger's website he will give Schroeder as much time as possible to recover, which could open the door for the 25-year-old Hoffmann, who is currently playing club rugby for Hamiltons in Cape Town.

Eloff has named Lucky Kebe at No 9 for Friday's match but the reserve scrumhalf spot in still open. Boland are currently in negotiations with Hamiltons to try and attain Hoffmann's services on a short-term basis.

In the event of Hoffmann not being available, flyhalf Ricardo Croy will cover at scrumhalf.

Hoffmann was a regular in the Stormers and WP squads a few seasons back before joining the Sharks at the end of 2010. However, injuries hampered his progress, which saw him return to Cape Town earlier this year.

Boland are currently fifth in the eight-team First Division, with one win and one loss, while Border occupy last spot with two defeats.

Friday's game at the Boland Stadium kicks off at 16:00.

Teams:

Boland:

15 Jacquin Jansen, 14 Cheslyn Roberts, 13 Johnathan Francke, 12 Braam Gerber, 11 Rynard Erwee, 10 Len Olivier, 9 Lucky Kebe, 8 Zandré Jordaan, 7 Thor Halvorsen, 6 Franzel September, 5 JC Astle, 4 PJ van Zyl, 3 Francois Hanekom, 2 Clemen Lewis, 1 Sabelo Nhlapo.

Substitutes: 16 Jacques Kotze, 17 Ulrich Pretorius, 18 Ben Venter, 19 Bradley Fortuin, 20 TBA, 21 Eric Zana, 22 Senan van der Merwe

Border:

TBA

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Comments
  • Dinos Kaparos - 2013-07-10 10:48

    Its a shame. This guy had a bright future. He was a serious talent a few years ago in the Varsity Cup.

      Nico Eksteen - 2013-07-10 11:00

      Yes, very good at school level too.

      Riaan Van Der Merwe - 2013-07-10 11:13

      I also thought when he came to the sharks that he is going to become great player and maybe a bok. But somehow he just fell out of the bus and had some shocking games at the sharks in the CC.

  • Rainer Christian Mücke - 2013-07-10 11:37

    It's a pity he didn't fullfil his promise, but who knows, at 25 years of age he could probably still come back and make something of his Rugby career...

  • Sparky - 2013-07-10 12:53

    What a pity that the WP and Sharks messed up a talent like this,

  • Stefan Alberts - 2013-07-10 17:01

    When he played scrumhalf for the junior boks the commentators described him as the next Fourie du Preez. He was brilliant. Then Rassie Erasmus tried to make him a flyhalf and totally destroyed this guy's game and also his self confidence. He has never been the same since.

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